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 will be changing. Make sure you check whether your practice or the location you are in is changing. This information will only be available from the 1st of July.
RVTS 2021 Applications –
Applications for the 2021 Intake of RVTS closes on the 5th of July.
Apply here: https://rvts.org.au/
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 If general registration is not received, the training place offer may be withdrawn.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 opens on the 29th of June.
Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now
New guidelines for practitioners –
A new guideline for medical practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses has been released. This will come into effect on the 6th of July 2020.
The MBS indexation factor for 1 July 2020 will change to 1.5 per cent. Indexation was applied to most of the general medical services items, all diagnostic imaging services, except nuclear medicine imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and two pathology items (74990 and 74991).
Indexation is when Medicare Benefits Schedule fees are raised each year in accordance with the Government’s Wage Price Index.
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 will recommence in June 2020 on a staged basis and where possible. At this stage a recommencement date cannot be confirmed but will be advised as soon as it becomes available.
AMC Clinical examinations are still postponed until further notice and the AMC National Test Centre is still closed.
All RACGP PESCIs are still postponed.
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