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
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-
Coronavirus at a glance –
Fellowship exam dates–
The 2020.1 Fellowship exam dates have been rescheduled.
Enrolments for RACGP assessments –
Enrolments for the 2020.1 intake of the Remote Clinical Exam (which has replaced OSCE) close on the 20th of July. If you have already enrolled, you don’t have to worry. Enrolments for the AKT and KFP close on the 10th of August.
PESCI Recommencing –
We have received written confirmation from the RACGP that face to face PESCI’s will recommence at the end of August, however they are already booked out until December. It’s likely that PESCI’s for doctors who are not already residing in the state they are sitting a PESCI for will be unable to sit one until early 2021.
Changes to Mental Health and Well-being Video Conferencing Consultations –
MBS items 2121, 2150 and 2196 (for GPs) and MBS items 894, 896 and 898 (for non-specialist medical practitioners) were introduced on 1 November 2018 to provide temporary mental health services via telehealth to support patients in drought affected areas until 30 June 2020. Patients in drought affected areas will no longer have access to these items after 30 June 2020. They will continue to be able to access mental health services provided by general practitioners and other medical practitioners working in general practice via the face-to-face attendances. From 1 July 2020 these items will only provide support to patients if they considered to have had their mental health adversely affected by a bushfire which occurred in the 2019-20 financial year.
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.
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