· No COVID-19 cases have locally acquired in the last 24 hours – Australian Department of Health
According to the Australian Department of Health As of 6th May 2021, there have been a total of 29,865 COVID-19 cases in all of Australia with an estimation of 243 active cases. In the last 24 hours, 53,237 tests have been taken and 54 infected patients are currently hospitalised. No patients have been locally acquired in the last 24 hours. However, there were 13 overseas acquired patients in the last 24 hours.
For more information on daily reported cases, deaths, and tests conducted, please see the Coronavirus update of the Department of Health.
· Fellow GPs of RACGP or ACRRM must hold specialist registration with the Medical Board to access Medicare rebates. – Medical Board of Australia
If you are a Medical Practitioner with RACGP or ACRRM fellowship, but not specialist registration, this update should affect you. To access Medicare rebates, from 16 June 2021, general practitioners with a fellowship qualification from RACGP or ACRRM must hold specialist registration with the Medical Board to access Medicare rebates.
The April update of the Medical Board of Australia states that GP access to Medicare rebates will be linked to specialist registration with the Medical Board of Australia after Commonwealth Government changes to the Health Insurance Act 1973.
From June 16th, Services Australia will use AHPRA’s Register of Medical Practitioners to determine GP access to Medicare rebates.
· Medical Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners can authorise/order vaccinations including the COVID-19 vaccines. – AHPRA
Registered health practitioners who are trained, educated and competent in all aspects of vaccine management and administration and who are authorised under relevant state and territory drugs and poisons legislation (medicines legislation) can administer vaccinations including the COVID-19 vaccines.
According to AHPRA, some RNs and midwives are qualified as immunisers and have been educated in all aspects of vaccine management, authorisation and administration and are approved, under relevant medicines legislation, to authorise and administer vaccinations.
· RACGP has welcomed an increase in vaccine dose allocation. – RACGP
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) yesterday (05th May 2021) welcomed an increase in the weekly COVID-19 vaccine allocations to general practice.
Accordingly, practices in the 50 doses a week category will receive 150 doses a week and practices receiving 100 doses will receive 200 doses a week effective immediately. The increased doses will be available for all general practices that nominate to receive more.
“This is fantastic news because there are many general practices across Australia crying out for more COVID-19 vaccine doses,” RACGP President Dr Karen Price said.
· PEP Applications are now closed. – RACGP
· ACRRM Independent pathway applications are now closed – RACGP
Applications for the ACRRM Independent Pathway for 2022 intake were closed on Tuesday 20th April 2021. For more details, see https://www.acrrm.org.au/fellowship/pathways/agpt.