General Practice Updates

Published on October 16, 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
  • Medical Board of Australia

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 27,362 cases in Australia. Of that 24,909 have recovered and 904 have died. There have been 23 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 250 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

RACGP-

PEP Applications – 

Applications for RACGP PEP are now open and will close on the 22nd of October 2020. 

Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now 

AKT and KFP Exams – 

All candidates who sat the interrupted exams last weekend will receive a refund for the KFP and the AKT. RACGP has also confirmed that they are working quickly to reschedule and deliver a re-run of the exam. Those affected by the failed exam will be able to sit the new exams at no cost, and will not have the re-run of the KFP or AKT count towards their exam cap if they fail. All affected candidates will have an additional exam cycle within which to complete the exam. This is in addition to the extra allowance already made for the transitional Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) and 2021.2 Clinical Competency Exam.

Read More: https://www.racgp.org.au/kfp-and-akt-exam-day-information 

MEDICARE-

Greatest Permissible Gap –

The Greatest Permissible Gap (GPG) amount is indexed annually on 1 November in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) (June quarter). From 1 November 2020, the amount remains at $84.70 as the CPI was not a positive increase. The GPG amount applies to all MBS items that have an MBS fee of greater than $565.00.

Find out more information here.

CHECK INS-

English Language Tests– 

As of October 2020, test providers indicate that testing in Australia is available in all states and territories, except Victoria.

AMC MCQ- 

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

AMC Clinical-

The AMC have confirmed that they are developing an alternative clinical exam which will be delivered online via Zoom!  

The online exam will involve an invigilator, a simulated patient, and the candidate and will be recorded and marked after the exam by an AMC examiner. The alternative clinical examination will still be 14 scored stations and two unscored stations and the required pass mark will continue to be 10 or higher. 

AMC intends to provide a date for the recommencement late November. Their current plan is to recommence February 2021.

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT is currently closed for the year
  • RVTS is currently closed for the year
  • PEP is open as of the 5th of October
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake is currently closed for the year.

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