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 
  • RVTS 



New ACRRM Professional Development Program (PDP) Framework for 2020-22 –

From 1 Jan 2020, ACRRM will be updating its framework to be measured in hours rather than points, with 150 hours per triennium (or 50 per year). 

Read more: https://snip.ly/owerqm 


2019 Rural Registrar of the Year Award –

goes to Allison Hempenstall who says “Don’t underestimate the impact that every rural doctor has on your community, patients, medical students and junior doctors. Because one day, one of them will become a rural generalist, and perhaps even registrar of the year, all because of you”.

Read More: https://snip.ly/9te6r6


Get your Mental Health Qualifications with ACRRM

Starting November 7, ACRRM are running their Mental Health course providing you with the skills to help your community, plus you will gain access to Medicare item numbers 2715 and 2717. 

Register Here: https://www.acrrm.org.au/continuing-development/virtual-classrooms/mental-health 



New Telehealth Item Numbers for GPs now available–

DoH and Medicare have released new item numbers allowing General Practitioners to bill for services provided to patients in a MMM  6 – 7 seen via a telehealth service, providing the Doctor has seen the patient in a facet o face consult 3 times within the past 12 month period. 

Read Here: https://peoplemedical.com.au/item-numbers-for-gps-practising-telehealth/ 


Heart Health Assessments

The rebate percentage for MBS item 699 (heart health assessment by a general practitioner lasting at least 20 minutes) has increased from 75% to 100%. For MBS item 177 (heart health assessment by a medical practitioner (other than a specialist or consultant physician) lasting at least 20 minutes) has also increased to 100% 

The changes are supposed to align these health assessments with other health assessment items where patients receive 100% of the patient rebate. 

Read the factsheet here: http://snip.ly/zj1c72 


Eating Disorders

There are 11 item numbers for GPs to support patients with eating disorders. 

Read the factsheet here: http://snip.ly/0ih4v7 



There has been a restructure of items for colonoscopy services to reduce unnecessary colonoscopies. 

Read the factsheet here: http://snip.ly/7hm4d7 



Genetics for GPs–

RVTS has highlighted genetics as an important area GPs should be aware of, and have released a blog and video. 

Take a look here: https://snip.ly/pwiuux 


Check out this great podcast from The Medical Republic about avoiding burnout in General Practice: http://snip.ly/t5q4qx 


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Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at [email protected]


People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

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