In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners.
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Coronavirus at a glance –
Changes to DPA –
As at July 1st, DPA locations have changed. There is no list of what has and hasn’t changed, but you can check the status of your location at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator/health-workforce-locator.
Change to eligibility criteria for the AGPT program–
The 2021 AGPT Program will have 2 commencement periods- Jan/Feb and Jul/Aug. To be eligible for the AGPT Program, applicants must hold, or expect to hold, general medical registration before the commencement of either of these periods. Applicants who currently hold provisional or limited registration are able to apply, however training offers made to these applicants will be conditional upon them receiving general registration before the commencement of training. If general registration is not received, the training place offer may be withdrawn.
Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/registrars/fellowship-pathways/australian-general-practice-training-program-agpt/agpt/apply-now?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpLj-7pnJ6AIV1aiWCh1d2gbIEAAYASAAEgLEbvD_BwE
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.
PEP applications –
Applications for the January 2021 intake of RACGP’s practice experience program (PEP) are now open. They will close on the 16th of July.
Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-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.
New guidelines for practitioners –
A new guideline for medical practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses has been released. This recently came into effect on the 6th of July 2020.
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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