Week That Was

Published on April 17, 2020

General Practice Updates

In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners. 

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • RVTS


COVID-19 at a glance – 



Issues outside AHPRA and National Boards’ role –

In light of an increasing amount of questions being directed at AHPRA outside of their role as a regulatory body, AHPRA has recommended that doctors who are seeking a trusted source of information regarding the coronavirus should download the Australian Department of Health’s recently launched app- Coronavirus Australia. 

AHPRA has also advised as to the specific areas they are unable to help with including-

  • helping practitioners find a job
  • providing information on the availability and accessibility of PPE
  • volunteering
  • clinical issues relating to COVID-19
  • decisions about emergency measures
  • decisions about what registered professionals are considered priority
  • technical support for telehealth. 

Telehealth guidance for practitioners –

Ahpra and the National Boards have developed a guideline which outlines their expectations of how registered health practitioners should use telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health practitioners are expected to practice in accordance with their National Board’s regulatory standards, codes and guidelines- including expectations about confidentiality and privacy, informed consent, good care, communication, health records and culturally safe practice. Health practitioners must also ensure they have appropriate professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements in place for all aspects of your practice, including telehealth consultations.

State and territory legislative requirements including (but not limited to) authorities that regulate heath records; privacy legislation and/or any other relevant privacy requirements; when appropriate, the use of government health and prescription monitoring services such as Prescription Shopping Programme, SafeScript, My Health Record, Healthenet; and any other relevant legislation and/or regulatory requirements must be complied with.

Read More: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19/Telehealth-guidance-for-practitioners.aspx


AGPT Applications – 

Applications for the 2021 AGPT program are now open. The closing date has been revised to allow for greater flexibility during this time and applications are now due by 11 May 2020. 

PEP Applications – 

Applications for RACGP Practice Experience Program opened on the 14th of April and will close on the 4th of May for the October 2020 commencement. 




RVTS Applications – 

Applications for the 2021 round of RVTS will open on the 1st of June and close July 5th 2020. 


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