Week That Was

General Practice Updates

In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners. 

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • Department of Health
  • Medicare
  • RVTS



Coronavirus at a glance – 


GP Revenue is up 16% from the same period (April) last year – 

$328 Million Face to Face Consults ($100 million less than April last year) and $219 Million in telehealth consults. However, practices across Australia are reporting an average 30% decrease in patient numbers & profits.  

Read about this here: http://medicalrepublic.com.au/who-is-getting-all-that-telehealth-money/29557 


New MBS for Anaesthetists, Dental Practitioners (oral & maxillofacial surgery) & Dieticians-

New MBS items have been introduced for telehealth and telephone services for these practitioners. Read about the new item numbers here: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/news-2020-05-22


Medicare will rely on AHPRA register to determine eligibility for higher Medicare rebates-

New legislation will see Medicare rely on the AHPRA public register to determine eligibility to access higher Medicare rebates, bringing it inline with other specialities under the National Law.

Read about this here: https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/ems/r6505_ems_3eac2a60-e04f-4673-9ea5-e0768a2c7a07/upload_pdf/732317.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22legislation/ems/r6505_ems_3eac2a60-e04f-4673-9ea5-e0768a2c7a07%22



2021 Applications – 

Applications for the 2021 intake of RVTS opens on the 1st of June and closes on the 5th of July. 

Apply Here: https://rvts.org.au/



RACGP AGPT Applications – 

In response to the current uncertain circumstances, final eligibility finalisation has been extended until the 5th of June.



ACRRM Independent Pathway Applications – 

Written submission & applications due for October 2020 cohort on 22nd June. We’re still awhile away but if you’re interested in applying, make sure you’re getting a headstart on finalising that application! 




  • Pending an update from OET on their new online platform and whether it will be accepted by healthcare regulators


  • Pending information from RACGP about the new OSCE exam – applications for AKT & KFP are currently open
  • AMC MCQ is open and taking submissions for June, the AMC Clinical remains closed until further notice
  • RACGP have no update on PESCIs after June
  • 19AA & 19AB extensions appear to be continuing for those whose programs and exemptions are finishing in June. 


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