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Becoming a GP in Australia

Practice Based Assessment (PBA)

Practice Based Assessment (PBA) is an alternative College Fellowship Assessment for general practitioners who wish to achieve Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). The examination is only open to candidates who qualify via the Practice Eligible pathway and are actively working in general practice. PBA consists of three segments: 

  1. Examiner Clinical Visit (ECV) – The ECV is an assessment method using direct observation by an examiner.  The examiner will visit the candidate's practice and observe a general practice session with the patients.
  2. Recorded Video Consultations (RC) – The RC is an assessment of the applied knowledge, clinical reasoning, clinical skills, communication skills and professional attitudes in the context of consultations.  Three examiners will mark 15 recorded video consultations out of the 90 consultations submitted by a candidate.
  3. Viva – The Viva is an assessment of applied knowledge and skills, clinical decision-making, health promotion, continuity of care, practice management and medical record keeping.  An examiner will conduct and videotape the Viva examination at an agreed scheduled venue.

The three segments are designed to assess competence to undertake unsupervised general practice in Australia.

Please note that candidates may only enrol in either the PBA segments or the College Fellowship exam segments at one time. The credits gained from either the PBA or the College Fellowship exams cannot be 'mixed and matched'.

PBA Enrolment and segment completion

Candidates are expected to undertake all three PBA segments within one stream and have three years (a triennium) from which they pass their first segment to successfully complete all other required segments. 

It remains a requirement of the RACGP that all three segments of the exam be completed within 3 years of passing the first segment of your exams in order to satisfy the requirements for Fellowship.

PBA enrolments are open all year round but divided into two streams.

2014.1 enrolment period - now closed

2014.2 enrolment period

Enrolments for 2014.2 (results to be released March 2015) will be accepted from 4 April 2014 until 11 July 2014.

PBA Fees (GST free)

2014.1 & 2014.2

PBA (coupled=all segments) $7470AUD
Viva (uncoupled segment) $1945AUD
ECV (uncoupled segment) $1945AUD
RVC (uncoupled segment) $3580AUD

PBA Fees (GST free)

2015.1 & 2015.2

PBA (coupled=all segments) $10590AUD
Viva (uncoupled segment) $3385AUD
ECV (uncoupled segment) $3325AUD
RVC (uncoupled segment) $3880AUD

For information on the fee increases, please see "Why have the fees increased?"

PBA 2014 Timelines

2014.1:

Professional Portfolio Friday 10 January 2014
Recorded Consultations completed by Friday 14 March 2014
Viva and ECV to be conducted between Monday 10 March 2014 to Friday 23 May 2014
Results published Friday 12 September 2014

2014.2:

Professional Portfolio Friday 11 July 2014
Recorded Consultations completed by Friday 19 September 2014
Viva and ECV to be conducted between Monday 25 Aug 2014 to Friday 24 Oct 2014
Results published March 2015 (date to be confirmed)

PBA 2015 Timelines

2015.1:

Professional Portfolio To be confirmed
Recorded Consultations completed by To be confirmed
Viva and ECV to be conducted between To be confirmed
Results published To be confirmed

2015.2:

Professional Portfolio To be confirmed
Recorded Consultations completed by To be confirmed
Viva and ECV to be conducted between To be confirmed
Results published To be confirmed

Financial hardship

The RACGP Special Consideration Policy allows for the provision of payment plans for those facing financial hardship. Please refer to www.racgp.org.au/education/fellowship/fellowship-of-the-racgp/policies/ for further details.

Payment options

Payment is made at the time of enrolment by either credit card or cheque. 

For detailed information, please refer to the PBA Handbook or contact the Fellowship Services Branch on 1800 626 901 or email racgpeducation@racgp.org.au.

Downloads

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PBA Handbook Appendices (pdf 353KB)

Please note Appendix D: template for the Logbook for Recorded Consultations is available separately.

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