THIS WEEK’S UPDATES:
Our team aims to keep our network of General Practitioners up to date with changes in the industry.
This week’s summary includes updates from:
GPs signing up to provide emergency locum relief amid bushfires –
Rural workforce agencies are calling for GP’s to work as locums in bushfire stricken communities to offer relief to rural doctors. CEO of Victoria’s Rural Workforce Agency states that these locums are not replacing the local doctors but providing additional support as part of the social rebuilding of the towns. Many local practitioners are reporting significant emotional exhaustion as a result of the long- lasting bushfires.
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VIC Rural Workforce Agency [email protected] ,
SA Rural Doctors Workforce Agency [email protected] ,
NSW Rural Doctors Network 02 4924 8000.
Government to help GPs reach the frontline –
The Federal Government has promised to prioritise all applications from doctors who want to work in rural bushfire affected communities. Under the new emergency protocols , Fellows are able to work in a new practice for two weeks under their existing Medicare provider number, after which they must apply for a new number through the Health Professionals Online Service.
Doctors restricted by 19AB are now eligible for six month exemptions, whilst those restricted by 19AA can apply for 3GA placements through their Rural Workforce Agency. Restricted doctors will need to submit a paper based application and a cover letter detailing the area they are moving to, to ensure it is prioritised.
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Bush doctors in line for big pay boost under new specialist plan –
A joint application by RACGP and ACRRM to recognise the special skills of rural doctors who are often the only ones available to deliver babies, anaesthetise, counsel and perform emergency surgery on the people in their town. Dubbed ‘rural specialists’, these doctors can expect to be able to access higher medicare rebates for certain speciality services. Under this proposed plan, Doctors currently earning $109 for an hour assessing a patient with a mental health issue, could receive $269- the same rebate as a psychiatrist. However, a general consultation not requiring specialist skill by a rural GP would still attract the base $37.70 rebate.
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