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 
  • AHPRA  
  • RACGP 

 

MEDICARE  

New 3GA Programs Announced for 2019 – 

The Department of Health have announced there are three new 3GA programs starting on 1 January 2019: 

  • the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Fellowship Program. 
  • the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Fellowship Program. 
  • the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP). 

 

Note – MDRAP is for doctors who work in eligible locations. The pathway helps you to access Medicare before you transition to a college program. 

 

So far there’s very limited information about each of the programs. Our team are in touch with RACGP, ACRRM and 19AA Department of Health to find out more and will release updates as they become available. 

 

If you’re registered in an existing program, you don’t need to change to a new 3GA program. More information can be found at – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/news/3ga-pathway-programs-trainee-gps-are-changing-january  

 

Application Processing Times – 

A reminder that Medicare are experiencing peak processing times that are likely to continue until April 2019. For more information about the option to apply for a provider number through PRODA, see the following link – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/proda  

 

2019 Table of Threshold – 

Medicare have recently updated the Medicare Safety Net thresholds, each are dependant on patient circumstances. Further details can be found via Medicare –  https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/medicare-safety-net/thresholds/2019-table-thresholds  

  

AHPRA  

Are you practicing under the name published on AHPRA’s online Register of Medical Practitioners? 

The national online Register of Medical Practitioners is a vital part of Australia’s system of regulating medical practitioners to support patient safety. Each registered health profession has an online register. The public and employers can look up the names of all health practitioners who are registered to practise. The registers also provide important information about limits or restrictions placed on the way a registered practitioner is allowed to practise. 

 

Some health practitioners practise their profession using a name that is different from their legally recognised name published on the register (an alias), so AHPRA have asked governments to consider changes to the law that would enable a practitioner to nominate one or more aliases to be recorded on the public register. Governments recently consulted on this, among a range of other possible amendments to the National Law. 

 

For more updates on changes to the law and reporting requirements see the AHPRA website – https://www.ahpra.gov.au/news.aspx#  

 

Alerts – 

Assessing your patient’s fitness to drive: A number of jurisdictions have online resources for doctors to promote conversations with patients and some have online medical assessment forms to streamline the assessment process. Doctors have a key role in assessing patients’ fitness to drive. This includes assessing if a person’s health, disability or medical condition is likely to affect a person’s ability to drive safely, advising patients about the results and implications of the assessment and if required, notifying the relevant road safety authority. 

 

This responsibility applies to all doctors in Australia. Here’s where you can find more information – https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/Newsletters/December-2018.aspx#alerts  

 

RACGP  

Tips to Improve your AKT Results – 

The RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP) Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is a three-hour online exam. The AKT comprises 150 questions incorporating two different questions types – single best answer questions and extended matching questions.  

 

RACGP have put together a report with tips on how to improve your AKT results, you can find this information on RACGP’s website – https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/racgp/tips-for-candidates-to-improve-akt-exam-outcomes  

 

The Federal Government released its 2018–19 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)   

The primary care package announced in the MYEFO includes $318.3 million in new funding specifically directed towards general practice, as well as: 

  • $98 million over four years for GPs visiting residential aged care facilities, including the introduction of a $55 call-out fee 
  • $146.5 million over to facilitate Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to continue to provide localised after-hours services 
  • $33.5 million for GP telehealth rural services 
  • $17.5 million for chronic disease management. 

 

To find out more information, visit RACGP’s website –https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/professional/myefo-what%E2%80%99s-in-it-for-general-practice   

 

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.