General Practice Updates

Published on July 31, 2020

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

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • Department of Health
  • AHPRA
  • RACGP
  • Medicare
  • Medical Board of Australia

and Check-ins with 

  • OET
  • AMC 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Coronavirus at a glance – 

There have been 

  • 16,303 total cases
  • 9,758 total cases recovered
  • 189 total deaths

There are currently 5,609 active cases in Australia. 747 new cases in 24 hours

AHPRA-

English Skills Test – 

The current English language skills registration standards allow applicants to combine test results from two sittings within six months subject to certain requirements as set out within the respective National Boards’ English language skills registration standards. The period for applicants to combine test results from two sittings has been temporarily extended to nine months.

This would mean that for all applications received before 22 October 2020, applicants who have:

• sat their first test after 1 October 2019, and

• sat a second test within nine months of the first test and before 22 October 2020

can combine results from two test sittings.

This means applicants will need to have applied for registration before 22 October 2020 and have taken a second test within nine months of their first test date in order to be able to combine test results over this extended period. 

RACGP-

Fellowship exams – 

All candidates who enrol in a Fellowship exam after 1 January 2019 will have three years to complete their candidacy. All candidates eligible to sit the RCE or the new Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) in 2020 and 2021 will be granted an additional semester in their candidacy, bringing the new total to seven semesters over 3.5 years (plus approved suspensions and leave).

PEP Enrolments – 

RACGP is re-opening applications for the PEP Standard Stream from 9.00‌ am Monday 3 August 2020 until 11.59‌ pm 13 August 2020.

MEDICARE-

Summary of Changes: Cardiac Imaging Services – 

From 1 August 2020, there will be a revised structure of items for cardiac imaging services.

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, reducing patient’s exposure to unnecessary testing. These changes will promote high-value use of electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, ambulatory ECG, ECG stress testing and stress echocardiogram.

Item 73301 has been created to fund genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 variants present because of either hereditary (germline) or non-hereditary reasons, in the tumour tissue from a patient with advanced ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer. The test may be requested by a specialist or consultant physician to determine eligibility for the PBS listed drug olaparibis.

Summary of Changes: Ovarian cancer – 

Item 73302 has been created to test patients with advanced ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer who have had a tumour identified as having a BRCA variant, to determine whether that variant is present as the result of a germline (hereditary) variant in that patient.

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

Call for applications: ACT Board of the Medical Board of Australia – 

2 community members and 3 practitioner members (incl. Chair) vacancies have arisen on the ACT Board of the Medical Board of Australia.

More information about the roles, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found within the online application form on Ahpra’s page.

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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