Provisions and procedures for nursing breaks during RACGP assessments and examinations


Special consideration requests

The RACGP aims to accommodate all candidates with exceptional circumstances that appreciably exceed the pressures experienced by other candidates in assessment and examination settings. The RACGP acknowledges the importance of breastfeeding to both mother and infant, and therefore makes reasonable accommodations for both candidates and examiners during RACGP Assessments and Examinations. This document should be read in conjunction with the RACGP Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Policy and the RACGP Assessments and Examinations Special Arrangements Guidance Document.

The RACGP recognises that each breastfeeding relationship is unique. While these provisions aim to address universal needs of nursing mothers, they do not preclude applications for additional special arrangements.

Candidates seeking special arrangements for nursing breaks, or who expect they will be breastfeeding at the time of an assessment or examination, are asked to complete and submit a Special Arrangements Application Form. The application must be submitted to the RACGP as soon as practicable to ensure that arrangements can be accommodated.

This document applies to candidates sitting any RACGP Assessment or Examination, which includes the following:

  1. Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
  2. Key Feature Problem (KFP)
  3. Clinical Examination, which depending on the time of sitting, is the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) or Clinical Competency Exam (CCE)
  4. Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT)
  5. Practice Experience Program Entrance Assessment (PEPEA)

AKT & KFP

  • An area may be set up at the exam venue for expressing milk;
  • An RACGP supervisor will be in attendance to monitor examination scheduling;
  • The examination may be paused for nursing breaks for up to 30 minutes;
  • There will be no extension to the time allocated for completing the examination (examination duration time);
  • A care-provider may be permitted to care for the infant in an area outside the exam room.

The RACGP will ensure:

  1. the exam room is equipped with appropriate seating;
  2. a supervisor is in attendance to monitor examination scheduling.

The RACGP advises candidates:

  1. they may be granted permission to breastfeed for up to 30 minutes per examination but there will be no extension to examination duration time;
  2. to arrive at the exam venue 30 minutes prior to the scheduled examination commencement time to set up and receive pre-exam instructions.

Clinical Examination

  • Changes to examination structure are not possible;
  • Breastfeeding can occur pre-exam and post-exam ONLY;
  • Expressing milk can ONLY be permitted during rest stations;
  • Infants are NOT permitted on circuit / rotation during the examination;
  • A care-provider may be permitted to care for the infant in an area outside the exam room.

The RACGP will ensure:

  1. an appropriately equipped specified rest station / area is provided;
  2. the area is either a separate room or a screened off section of a larger area;
  3. the area is fitted with appropriate lighting, electrical outlets and appropriate seating.

The RACGP advises candidates:

  1. to arrive at the exam venue 30 minutes prior to the scheduled examination commencement time to set up and receive pre-exam instructions;
  2. that infants are not permitted in the exam area;
  3. to supply their own breast pump and refrigerated storage container;
  4. they may only use the specified nursing area when accompanied by a supervisor;
  5. that specified nursing area use is confined to scheduled rest stations and during the pre-exam period;
  6. that no additional time is permitted for the completion of their circuit / rotation.

CAAKT & PEPEA

  • An area may be set up at the exam venue for expressing milk;
  • Expressing milk can occur pre-exam and post-exam ONLY;
  • A care-provider may be permitted to care for the infant in an area outside the exam room.

Enquiries

 1800 626 901

 racgpeducation@racgp.org.au

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