Policy change notice: Change to Special Consideration policy – 8 March 2017

8 March 2017

Notice of RACGP policy update

This notice is to advise of the publication of newly developed provisions for nursing mothers presenting for RACGP examinations.

Details on how the RACGP will accommodate candidates have been added to the Fellowship Examinations Candidate Handbook, the Special Consideration Policy and Application form, and in a new document, the Provisions and Procedures for Nursing Breaks during RACGP exams in which provisions applicable to each exam segment are detailed.

These changes are as follows:

5.3 Nursing breaks during RACGP exams

All exam candidates that expect they will be breastfeeding an infant at the time of their exam are encouraged to submit a Special Consideration Application form. The following accommodations may be made:

5.3.1 Online exams

Breastfeeding may be accommodated with the candidate sitting the exam on Friday (instead of Saturday) in their own exam room; extra time or paused exam time may also be permitted.

5.3.2 OSCE exam

No changes to exam structure may be permitted. Candidates may breastfeed prior to and after exam and may express milk during exam rest stations.

For more information regarding nursing breaks during RACGP exams, see Provisions and Procedures for Nursing Breaks during RACGP exams.

The process for granting special consideration to an eligible candidate will be coordinated by the Exam Delivery unit in consultation with the relevant Faculty office. Once provisions have been agreed upon, the request will be confirmed in writing using the Outcome letter pro forma attached that will be sent to the candidate from the Exam Delivery unit at the RACGP national office.

Administratively, the Exam Delivery unit will advise the relevant State Faculty Exam officer when a request is received and together they will be responsible in ensuring the venue is appropriately set up to accommodate the candidate, based on provisions applicable to the exam segment concerned. Please refer to the Provisions and Procedures for Nursing Breaks during RACGP exams for details, as provisions are different for Online and Clinical exams.

Where can I view the documents?

The policy and additional documents can be accessed via the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework. These documents can also be accessed below:

What if I have questions?

If you have any enquiries relating to this policy update, please contact the Exam Delivery Unit.