Grant approved training
The training must
a) involve a minimum of 6 hours of F2F learning or equivalent. This can be undertaken in a block or spread out over 2 or more days.
b) be relevant to the discipline pertaining to the specific type of grant :
- anaesthetics or emergency/radiological aspects of anaesthetics for procedural grants in anaesthetics
- obstetrics and gynaecology and emergency /radiological aspects of O&G for procedural grants in obstetrics
- surgery (wide range of surgical procedures and emergency / radiological aspects of surgery for procedural grants in surgery
- emergency medicine (any skills required when working in an ED whether they be physical or psychiatric, diagnostic or therapeutic) for emergency medicine grants
c) ensure 6 hour blocks of training are completed in one financial year . For example, if the activity involves 2x 3 hour sessions, both sessions need to be held in the same financial year. A daily grant of $2,000 can't be split across 2 financial years
Within the framework of the above criteria, non-procedural aspects of obstetrics & gynaecology (women's health), anaesthetics, emergency medicine and surgery can be included in grant approved training. For example, management of post natal depression and menopause can be included in grant approved obstetric training. Patient safety and risk management in emergency medicine can be included in grant approved EM training and dermoscopy and non-surgical options for management of skin cancer can be included in grant approved surgical training.
A wide range of training can qualify for a grant, including conferences, seminars, workshops, Small Group Learning activities and supervised clinical attachments.
Claiming for a grant
When you are registered in the program and have attended grant approved training, you can access a grant by following the steps below:
- Tick the box on the QA attendance sheet provided for you at an educational event organised by someone else, which asks if you would like to access a grant.
- Send your certificate of attendance or clinical attachment application to the Rural Procedural Grants team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you do not receive a certificate of attendance at the conclusion of the activity, please contact the team on email@example.com or 1800 636 764 and advise them of the title and dates of the activity and the name and contact number of the provider. They will then contact the provider to confirm your attendance.
Keeping A Record
How will you know how much of a program funding you have used, and how much you have left? This is also simple. After each electronic funds transmission (EFT) to your nominated bank account, Medicare Australia will send you a statement indicating the transmission details, and how much of your annual allocation you have used to date, and how much you have left. This statement will also be copied to the Colleges, so that they can cross-check with their records. That way, we hope to ensure that no payments ‘slip through the cracks'.
In the event, however, that a payment for which you are eligible fails to eventuate, please keep your own record of CPD certificates so that you can re-submit a missed claim. Before you do this, however, be sure to confer with the National Rural Faculty (1800 636 764) to ensure payment is not still in process.