Weekly 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:

  • Medicare
  • Medical Board of Australia



New Medicare items for health professionals to support those affected by bushfires – 

Individuals, families, responders and volunteers affected by the 2019-20 bushfires can now access 10 mental health treatment services without needing a referral or a mental health treatment plan under new Medicare item numbers. Those in rural and remote areas can also access psychological support through video telehealth services.

Item Numbers: 

Health Professional  Face to Face Telehealth 
General practitioner 91721, 91723, 91725, 91727 91729, 91731
Medical practitioner 91283, 91285, 91286, 91287 91371, 91372
Clinical psychologist 91000, 91005, 91010, 91015 91001, 91011
Registered psychologist 91100, 91105, 91110, 91115 91101, 91111
Occupational therapist 91125, 91130, 91135, 91140 91126, 91136
Social worker 91150, 91155, 91160, 91165 91151, 91161


Read More: https://snip.ly/17f113 



RACGP seeking GP views on controversial CPD changes – 

The Medical Board of Australia, last year, proposed some significant changes regarding the continuing professional development (CPD) system. Under this new system, doctors would now be required to complete 50 hours of CPD a year, replacing the current point based system which can be completed over three years. Representing a significant increase, of these hours, 25 would be focused on measuring outcomes and reviewing performance- targets that RACGP President Dr Nespolon state is an unwarranted imposition of GP’s clinical time. As a result, the RACGP is preparing a response to the Medical Board of Australia and is asking for submissions by GP’s to ensure CPD is a system designed for, and by, GP’s. 

Feedback is required by questionnaire and due January 31st.

Read More:  https://snip.ly/9iftam 



Change to the competent authority pathway – 

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) will now accept medical graduates from courses on the MBA’s list of eligible courses, outside of the UK and Ireland as long as they are still accredited by a competent authority such as the General Medical Council or Medical Council of Ireland. However, category’s B and C’s experience component has not changed and must be completed in a competent authority country. 

Read More: https://snip.ly/aqy6ot



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