GPs can be involved in many varied specific requirement areas
Many GPs have requirements for other colleges or similar groups to maintain recognition of particular skills or qualifications. These requirements are often negotiated between the RACGP and other colleges, for example recertification as a Diplomat of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG) and reaccreditation as a rural GP anaesthetist.
The Joint Consultative Committees (JCC) are tripartite committees that include representation by the relevant specialist college, the RACGP and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
GPs can be involved in many varied specific requirement areas – only some have Medicare items that require specific requirements to be met and these are listed below:
- Diagnostic radiology – GPs provide the ‘R-Type’ radiology services are required by Medicare to complete one Category 1 activity approved for diagnostic radiology to comply with legislative requirements.
- Mental health – Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) items are available to GPs who complete at least one Category 1 activity approved for mental health. Please refer to General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) for further information.
- Medical acupuncture – GPs who are accredited with the JCCMA for medical acupuncture and can invoice against the 190 series of Medicare item numbers are required to complete at least one Category 1 activity approved for medical acupuncture to comply with legislative requirements.
- Women’s reproductive health – GPs who hold a DRANZCOG qualification must complete one Category 1 activity accredited for women’s reproductive health.
- General practitioner providing surgical services – GPs enrolled in the Joint Consultative Committee on Surgery (JCCS) Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) Program must complete one Category 1 activity approved for GPs providing surgical services.
- General practitioner providing anaesthesia services – GPs enrolled in the Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA) CPD Standard must complete the mandatory activities as outlined by the JCCA in its handbook. Whilst the JCCA CPD program (which is not recognised or assessed by AMC or Medical Boards) cannot mandate compulsory CPD, each of the colleges participating in the JCCA (ACRRM, ANZCA and the RACGP) are recognised, and agree with compulsory strengthened minimum standards.
With the exception of the following Specific Requirement categories:
- Cultural Awareness Training
- GPs who provide Anaesthesia services
- Mental Health CEM
- Mental Health CM
- Mental Health CPD
Category 2 activities will not be flagged for specific requirements.