25 November 2015


Outcomes Statement for meeting held on 25 November 2015

 

Item

Description and actions

1

Actions and Outcomes from meeting held on 16 September 2015

 

No further action

After Hours Practice Incentive Payments (PIP)

  • Feedback received by organisations differs
  • Some organisations reported unfavourable views towards all After Hours PIP tiers, while other organisations reported member support for Tiers 1 and 4, but not for tiers 2 and 3
  • Other concerns were raised regarding the loss of incentives for fringe towns

2

Outcomes from UGPA in 2015

 
  • UPGA members agreed that it is difficult to measure the impact of UGPA statements and letters.
  • However, it was also agreed that there was value in UGPA:
    • Making joint statements, which counters politicians arguing a lack of agreement from GP organisations.
    • By providing a forum for discussion on differences of opinions

4

Pharmacists scope of practice

 
  • Pharmacists are trained in pharmacology, not in therapeutics.
  • AMA and PSA have made a joint proposal
  • Any future trials conducted must be have a robust mechanism for evaluation

ACTION: UGPA Statement:

  • UGPA Supports the concept of pharmacists working at part of a GP-led team
  • Any implemented model needs to be evidence based
  • Any proposed pilot model will need careful design and ongoing evaluation to ensure patient outcomes are improved
  • It is important to have a separation between prescriber and dispenser Draft statement to be circulated to UGPA members for consideration

5

Revalidation

 
  • Revalidation will likely be a combination of mandatory and self-directed components.
  • There is no strong evidence that a more formal revalidation process results in better outcomes.
  • Any model needs to be well researched and evaluated.
  • Colleges need to lead the revalidation process.

No action

6

Primary Health Care Advisory Group

 
  • There is concern with some of the narrative coming from the Minister:
    • The Minister is seeking to reduce funding
    • PHCAG will make recommendations at a high level
    • implementation may result in less funding and UGPA will monitor due process carefully.

No action

7

MBS review update

 
  • The percentage of bulk billing has increased.
  • AMA are facilitating a conversation amongst the profession via Doctor Portal.
  • A genuine review of the MBS should increase funding for general practice.

No action

8

UGPA meetings in 2016

 
  • UGPA dates in 2016 to align with GPTAC meeting dates.