General Practice Updates

Published on September 4, 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
  • ACRRM
  • Medicare
  • Medical Board of Australia

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 26,046 cases in Australia. Of that 21,907 have recovered and 678 have died. There have been 127 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 2,495 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 open and will close on the 13th of September. 

Apply here: https://rvts.org.au/

RACGP-

AGPT Applications –

Applications for the second round of AGPT are now open and will close on the 13th 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

ACRRM-

ACRRM Independent Pathway Applications –

Applications for ACRRM IP are now open and will close on the 21st of September. 

Apply here: https://www.acrrm.org.au/fellowship/pathways/independent-pathway

MEDICARE-

Updates to MBS Item Schedule–

Item 73343 will enable testing in patients with relapsed or refractory CLL or SLL to determine eligibility for newly PBS-subsidised acalabrutinib, in addition to ibrutinib, idelalisib and venetoclax. 

Find out more information here.

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

Updated standards for the assessment of specialist international medical graduates –

The Medical Board of Australia has released updated standards for the assessment of specialist international medical graduates to come into effect from 1 January 2021.

The updated Standards for specialist medical college assessment of specialist international medical graduates will replace the current Good practice guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process.

The revised standards guide how specialist medical colleges assess international medical graduates.

The updated standards aim to improve transparency and procedural fairness and make the requirements of the assessment clearer. They do not significantly change the approach to the assessment of specialist international medical graduates.

Differences include:

  • rewording and reordering to make requirements clearer
  • for a specialist recognition assessment, colleges will provide applicants with a summary highlighting any gaps between their application and college requirements, and an opportunity to make corrections to any errors in their information, before the college makes an interim assessment decision
  • introducing a mandatory minimum period of supervised practice for specialist international medical graduates assessed as substantially comparable or partially comparable.

Read more about it here.

Podcast: Advocating for kids- a new episode on children’s health–

The latest Taking Care podcast discusses the changes, challenges and innovations in providing health care to children, including during the pandemic.

Listen here. 

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 13th of September
  • RVTS is currently open until the 13th of September 
  • PEP is currently closed for 2020
  • 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 13th of September!

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