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Improving your understanding of the MBS

Other RACGP online events

Originally recorded:

29 September 2022

This webinar provides an overview of how to improve your understanding of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). The MBS can be highly complex and questions about item interpretation are common. The session covers:
  • resources available to support MBS use and interpretation
  • how to ensure your use of the MBS is compliant
  • understanding your billing profile – how to find information about your billing profile from common practice software systems
  • RACGP resources to assist with MBS use (eg MBS online tool).
Download the MBS and compliance summary of useful links.
Download the Q&A from the webinar.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify problem MBS item numbers that are difficult to interpret and may result in compliance concerns
  2. Utilise common practice software systems to find information about your billing profile
  3. Locate resources to assist with MBS interpretation and Medicare compliance (both RACGP resources and external resources)

This event is part of Improving the sustainability of your practice. Events in this series are:


Dr Rachael Sutherland
Member – RACGP Business Sustainability Working Group

After graduating in 2000, Rachael worked at Box Hill’s affiliated hospitals before undertaking her GP specialty training in regional Victoria. She’s been practising in the inner and eastern suburbs of Melbourne since 2006. Rachael offers patients the full gamut of general practice while having particular interests in women’s health, pregnancy shared care and mental health. Rachael has been active in the education of medical students and GP trainees, advocates for quality and efficiency in our health systems and is the GP liaison consultant at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.


Brett McPherson
Member – RACGP Business Sustainability Working Group

Brett is a Director of Hogan McPherson Consulting with more than 30 years’ experience in health practice management. Brett consults widely to medical practices and is regularly sought as a speaker around practice business management. Brett is a past National President and Life Member of the Australian Association of Practice Management. He sits on numerous advisory groups, including the RACGP Expert Committee – Funding and Health System Reform and Business Sustainability Working Group.

Dr Robert Menz
Member, RACGP Expert Committee – Standards for General Practices

Robert has been a general medical practitioner in the inner eastern Adelaide suburbs since 1980. He also has wide experience in non-clinical aspects of medicine through organisations such as the RACGP, AMA, AGPAL and PSR. From 2001–2014 he was a Senior Medical Adviser for the Commonwealth Department of Human Services (DHS). This role provided advice, education and stakeholder engagement as part of the Health Professionals Branch and provided a professional link between DHS and the medical profession. Robert was the RACGP Corlis Fellow for SA and NT from 2014–2016. He has been an RACGP examiner since 1984 and was censor for SA/NT from 1997–2003.



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