THIS WEEK’S UPDATES

Our team aim to keep our network of General Practitioners up to date with changes in the industry.  

 

This week’s summary includes updates from: 

  • Medicare 
  • Upcoming Elections 
  • Working Rurally 
  • Distressed Patients 

 

 

MEDICARE 

Public Holidays – 

With the upcoming public holidays, please be aware that Medicare will be closed on the 19th of April, 22nd of April and 25th of April. You can find out more about these closures at this link: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/well-be-closed-easter-and-anzac-day-2019-public-holidays 

 

 

UPCOMING ELECTIONS 

With the upcoming elections, there has been a lot of questions about how the parties plan to use the budget and how this will affect General Practice and the health care system. Make sure you read up on these promises before the vote. Take a look here: https://ama.com.au/article/key-health-issues-2019-federal-election  

 

 

WORKING RURALLY 

There is a massive outcry for funds for rural areas in Australia as some communities decide to raise the money themselves for improved resources. The federal Department of Health found that less than a third of doctors are currently working in regional and remote areas in compared to those working in major cities and some rural communities are saying this comes down to the lack of resources and long hours for doctors in these communities. You can read more about this here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-14/nsw-rural-communities-forgotten-by-the-health-system/10992844  

 

 

DISTRESSED PATIENTS 

General Practitioners are frequently caring for patients that are angry, frustrated and frightened due to feeling unwell and overwhelmed. Unfortunately, this can lead to acts of aggression, so GPs are encouraged to understand how to de-escalate these situations and train the reception staff in these strategies as they most commonly face the brunt of this. Additionally, some practices are implementing duress alarms to alert police if these situations get serious. Read more about this here: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/family-doctors-forced-to-install-panic-buttons-for-protection-from-patients-ng-b881158542z 

 

DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?  

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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.