In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners.
This week’s summary includes updates from:
Changes to presenting-in-person requirements –
In response to social distancing and isolation requirements, AHPRA has made changes to the presenting-in- person requirements for international medical graduates. Applicants who hold current in-principle approval of registration and are currently in Australia only have to present to their intended place of employment to have their identity verified and their identity documents certified by a registered health practitioner.
Normally, applicants who applied for registration overseas would have to present to their intended place of work and also an AHPRA office so their identity is verified by both organizations before their registration is finalised.
Currently, proof of identity documents need to be certified by a registered health practitioner and then submitted to AHPRA via email.
Advice on off-label medicines for treatment and prophylaxis of COVID-19 –
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has acknowledged that there is currently very limited evidence to support the use of medications to treat COVID-19. There are several medications that are currently being trialled both within Australia and globally to test their efficacy and safety. Broadly, these are the medication classes that have been suggested:
However due to safety concerns and the unknown effects of prescribing these medications, AHPPC does not recommend the use of these medications.
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