General Practice Updates

Published on July 24, 2020

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

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • RACGP
  • Medicare

and Check-ins with 

  • OET
  • AMC 

RACGP-

Fellowship exam dates– 

The 2020.1 Fellowship exam dates have been rescheduled.

Enrolments for RACGP assessments – 

Enrolments for the AKT and KFP close on the 10th of August. 

Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/registrars/fracgp-exams/exam-enrolment-instructions/enrol-now

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.

AGPT Program –

Expressions of interest are now open for the second intake of the 2021 AGPT program.

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-

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. 

Read More: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/news-200701

Summary of Changes for Cardiac Imaging Services – 

From 1 August 2020 changes will be made to MBS items for cardiac imaging services to better clarify the clinical requirements and circumstances where this testing and repeat testing is appropriate. These changes will promote high-value use of electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, ambulatory ECG, ECG stress testing, myocardial perfusion studies and stress echocardiogram.

Read More:http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/news-200801+

Changes to MBS Items for August 2020 – 

New Items 

11704 11705 11707 11714 11716 11717 11723 11729 11730 11731

55126 55127 55128 55129 55132 55133 55134 55137 55141 55143

55145 55146 61321 61324 61325 61329 61345 61349 61357 73301

73302

Amend Items 

11718 11721 11729 12203 12204 12205 12207 12208 12250 18365 73295 73344

Ceased Items

11700 11701 11702 11708 11709 11710 11711 11712 11722 55113 55114 55115 55116 55117 61302 61303 61306 61307

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. 


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