General Practice Updates

Published on September 18, 2020

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

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • The Department of Health
  • RVTS
  • RACGP
  • Medicare
  • Medical Board of Australia

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 26,779 cases in Australia. Of that 23,721  have recovered and 824 have died. There have been 53 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 1,175 current active cases. 

Find more: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

RVTS-

RVTS Applications –

Applications for RVTS are now closed. 

RACGP-

AGPT Applications –

Applications for the second round of AGPT are currently open and will close on the 21st 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

MEDICARE-

Updates to MBS Item Schedule–

Five new myocardial perfusion study (MPS) items (61394, 61398, 61406, 61410 and 61414). The new items allow patients to access MPS services where stress echocardiography services are not readily available. The new services benefit patients who live in rural or remote areas (as defined by Modified Monash 3 to 7 areas) and who are unable to access a stress echocardiography service as the first line investigation.

Find out more information here.

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

The Medical Board of Australia recognises an additional competent authority –

US medical graduates who have successfully completed the United States National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) from 2005 and prescribed experience can now apply for provisional registration.

CHECK INS-

OET– 

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. 

AMC MCQ- 

The AMC MCQ Examinations have commenced on a staged basis and where possible. 

AMC Clinical-

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 re-opening 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.

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT is currently open until the 21st of September
  • RVTS is closed for the year
  • PEP is opening in October
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway is currently open until the 21st of September

UPCOMING EXAMS:

Good Luck to all our doctors who are sitting the PEPEA on the 18th of September!

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