District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) will soon be Distribution Priority Areas (DPA)

Are you international medical graduate? You might know about current District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) mapping system to get 19AB replacement exemption. Department of Health is changing the methodology and name of this system from 1st July 2019. New name will be called Distribution Priority Areas (DPA). Doctor Connect map will also be updated from 1st

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More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

As announced during 2018-19 budget, the Government is thinking to provide incentives for non VR doctors to qualify as vocationally recognised (VR) or specialist GPs and to practice outside major cities. Warning: Please note that there are many recent changes to Medicare provider number legislations including introducing new 3GA programs and cessation of few 3GA

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MBS Rebate Changes for Non Vocationally Registered General Practitioners (GPs)

The Australian Government has reformed the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for non vocationally registered doctors. The new fee structure will affect all non-vocationally recognised (VR) GPs who are not participating in any of the approved training programs leading to fellowship. e.g. Australian General Practice Training (AGPT), Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) or ACRRM Independent Pathway.

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19AB or 19AA Spousal Exemption for Medicare Provider Number

There is nothing like 19AA spousal exemption. However, there is 19AB spousal exemption for the overseas trained doctors who are subject to 19AB. Exemptions under the spousal provisions as set out within the Guidelines for Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (HIA). Background to the spousal provisions The Guidelines for section 19AB of

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GPs are now in Skilled Occupation List from 1st July

UPDATE: This is an old article. Please refer to immigration website to check the current status of General Practitioners whether they are in skill list or not. General Practitioners are now in the new skilled occupation list effective from 1st July. General Practitioners are currently classified in Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). All occupations

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What is Special Approved Placement Program (SAPP) ?

Some doctors in Australia are restricted with 19AA of Health Insurance Act and can only work in 3GA programs. SAPP is a special 3GA program established in year 2003. It helps to assist doctors who due to exceptional circumstances are unable to participate in any other workforce or training program. The SAPP enables doctors to

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PESCI exam in NSW; another organisation approved to conduct PESCI

Since the introduction of National Registration in July 2010 the responsibility for registration has been taken over by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is administered by a Registration Committee of the Medical Board of Australia in each state. The Registration Committee will require some candidates entering General Practice to successfully complete a

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palmEM: Emergency Medicine is a must app for all Doctors

palmEM is an evidence based emergency medicine app. If you are a GP or a doctor with any specialisation, you should explore this fantastic medical app. It is most useful app for doctors in Internal medicine, critical care, family medicine and urgent care specialities. It will help you to deal with many medical conditions in

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