In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners.
This week’s summary includes updates from:
and Check-ins with
Total Coronavirus Cases –
There have been a total of 26,513 cases in Australia. Of that 23,031 have recovered and 788 have died.
RVTS Applications –
Applications for RVTS are now open and close on the 13th of September.
Apply here: https://rvts.org.au/
AGPT Applications –
Applications for the second round of AGPT are now open and will close on the 13th of September.
Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/registrars/fellowship-pathways/australian-general-practice-training-program-agpt/agpt/apply-now?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpLj-7pnJ6AIV1aiWCh1d2gbIEAAYASAAEgLEbvD_BwE
ACRRM Independent Pathway Applications –
Applications for ACRRM IP are now open and will close on the 21st of September.
Updates to MBS Item Schedule–
Item 73343 will enable testing in patients with relapsed or refractory CLL or SLL to determine eligibility for newly PBS-subsidised acalabrutinib, in addition to ibrutinib, idelalisib and venetoclax.
Find out more information here.
Updated standards for the assessment of specialist international medical graduates –
The Medical Board of Australia has released updated standards for the assessment of specialist international medical graduates to come into effect from 1 January 2021.
The updated Standards for specialist medical college assessment of specialist international medical graduates will replace the current Good practice guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process.
The revised standards guide how specialist medical colleges assess international medical graduates.
The updated standards aim to improve transparency and procedural fairness and make the requirements of the assessment clearer. They do not significantly change the approach to the assessment of specialist international medical graduates.
Read more about it here.
Podcast: Advocating for kids- a new episode on children’s health–
The latest Taking Care podcast discusses the changes, challenges and innovations in providing health care to children, including during the pandemic.
Some OET’s are progressing as planned, whilst others have been cancelled. For a full list of affected examination dates, check here: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/coronavirus-update/
At the moment, AHPRA hasn’t confirmed whether OET Online will be accepted, so keep an ear out.
The AMC MCQ Examinations have commenced on a staged basis and where possible.
AMC Clinical examinations are still postponed until further notice and the AMC National Test Centre is still closed. While the AMC is currently planning for the reopening of the National Test Centre, the AMC is also currently developing solutions to deliver the clinical examination content through alternate delivery methods rather than the traditional clinical examination format. It is expected the next stage of communications will occur toward the end of September 2020 regarding an implementation approach, further detail, and intended recommencement dates. Where possible, information will also be provided earlier.
Good Luck to all our doctors who are sitting the PEPEA on the 13th of September!
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