Please read the following advice carefully to ensure you are aware of the processes in place before your exam.
Face masks are a condition of entry and participation in the exams. N95 face masks are strongly recommended as the highest-grade protection. Surgical face masks are accepted at minimum. Cloth masks are not accepted.
Note: if you are attending the exam as a close contact under the NSW Health exemption, you must wear an N95 face mask as this is a condition of the exemption.
We know that all candidates are experienced health care workers who are accustomed to wearing face masks for long periods and will do the right thing to protect the safety of other candidates, staff and their communities.
Face masks must be worn in accordance with the following Department of Health guidance at all times except when drinking water:
Make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face.
Consequences of non-compliance
We trust in our members to understand the reasons why face masks are a requirement at the exams. However, in order to ensure community safety, we want to clearly advise of the process that will be followed should any candidate not follow the mandatory requirement.
If a candidate arrives at the exam without an appropriate face mask, they will be unable to sit the exam and will be asked to leave the venue. This is for the safety of all other candidates and staff.
If a candidate refuses to wear their face mask during the exam, the invigilator will allow them an opportunity to comply before formally cautioning them up to two times. If they continue to breach the directions, the invigilator is required to document the non-compliance in detail and submit a report to the RACGP.
The matter may be investigated under the Academic misconduct policy or Member code of conduct. The consequence of this may extend to disciplinary proceedings, forfeit of exam fees, voiding of exam results and prohibiting any further enrolment in exams for 12 months.
Candidates should be prepared to show their COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter the exam venue. Two doses is considered fully vaccinated and candidates do not need to have received a booster dose.
Candidates must be able to satisfactorily complete a COVID-19 attestation in order to sit the exam.
Candidates are permitted to sit the exam if they have symptoms which are unrelated to COVID-19, are expected, and are responding to their usual medication.
If a candidate has unexplained COVID symptoms on exam day, they won’t be able to sit the exam unless they have a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result on the day and are able to satisfactorily complete the COVID attestation.
NSW Health has issued an exemption allowing GPs to attend the exams if they are considered a close contact and must isolate under the Public Health (COVID-19 Self Isolation) Order (No 4) 2021 (the Order).
The exemption states:
- An Exempt Person is exempt from clauses 7A and 8 of the Order but only in relation to attending a general practice examination on Friday 4 February 2022 or Saturday 5 February 2022 with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (the Examination) and subject to the conditions at Clause 2.
- The exemption at clause 1 is subject to the following conditions:
- The Exempt Person must only leave their place of residence/isolation to attend the Examination if the Exempt Person does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 (including coughing, fever, sneezing, nasal congestion).
- The Exempt Person must travel by the most practicable direct route to and from the Examination and their place of residence/isolation in private vehicle (not public transport).
- The Exempt Person must have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) on the morning of the Examination.
- he Exempt Person must, on arrival to, and while at, the Examination:
- wear an N95/P2 mask; and
- take reasonably practicable steps to remain 1.5 metres from any other person at the Examination.
If you are a close contact, you must contact the RACGP NSW Faculty before the exams to discuss your circumstances at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9886 4700.
There are significant consequences for making a false attestation, which may include:
- your details being reported to the public health unit in your state
- referral to the Medical Board of Australia for professional misconduct
- voiding of your exam result and / or termination of RACGP membership under the Academic Misconduct Policy.
NSW COVID-19 attestation
On exam day, candidates will be asked to confirm ’Yes’ to the following:
- I am free from symptoms related to COVID-19
- I am not awaiting results from a COVID-19 test which was undertaken because I had symptoms
- I am not currently considered a close contact in accordance with state directions
I am a close contact but do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have tested negative to COVID-19 prior to my examination today and meet all conditions of the exemption issued by NSW Health
- I am not currently required to self-isolate or self-quarantine in accordance with state directions