During the current COVID-19 restrictions that prevent GPs attending face-to-face CPD activities or where the activities have been revised to remove a face-to-face component of the activity, online training may be accepted as an eligible CPD activity and support payments can be paid to participants.
A partial grant payment of $1,000 per day will be paid for CPD activities delivered online. Courses must be approved by the colleges and include an interactive component and/or assessment. Other eligibility criteria outlined in the RPGP program guidelines will still apply. Until 31 December 2021 participants will be able to claim up to the following grant thresholds for the online component:
- Procedural component – $10,000
- Emergency medicine – $3,000
- Emergency mental health – $3,000 (from 1 July 2020)
Participants are still able to claim up to the maximum yearly threshold ($20,000 for procedural GPs/$6,000 for emergency medicine GPs) that applies under the RPGP with a mix of online and face-to-face activities. The thresholds for online training provide capacity for eligible GPs to seek grant support for face-to-face activities once COVID -19 restrictions have been lifted.
This is a time limited arrangement which will cease on 31 December 2021 unless otherwise advised by the Department of Health.