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Catch up on the latest Rural Procedural Grants Program news from our bi-monthly Rural Procedural Grants Program newsletter and more.


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, June 2022

In this issue:


The latest news

Online education claims extended

We’re pleased to advise that you can continue to claim grants for online education until 31 December 2022. The date has been extended by the Department of Health in collaboration with the GP colleges to make professional development more accessible for rural and remote GPs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

This means you can claim both face-to-face and online courses until the end of the year. Rural procedural GPs can receive up to $20,000 per financial year, and GPs providing hospital-based emergency services can receive up to $6,000 per financial year in training grants.  

Additional funding of $6,000 per financial year is available for eligible GPs providing emergency mental health services. 

It’s a great opportunity to access financial assistance to maintain or update your procedural and emergency medicine skills by the end of the triennium so that you can continue to provide vital service to your rural or remote community.  

Visit the RACGP website for more information.  


End of financial year claims

As the end of the financial year fast approaches we are faced with a surplus of adjudications and claims. We appreciate your patience as we work through these and we will get to yours as quickly as we can.  

Any outstanding claims for the 2020-21 financial year must be submitted by mid-June 2022. You can only claim for the current and previous financial year and nothing beyond that. This means that from 1 July 2022 we can no longer process claims from the 2020-21 financial year.  


Update your details

We are currently reviewing the RPGP credentials we have on file to ensure that they are up-to-date. Please let us know if your circumstances have changed so that we can update them in your account and you can continue to submit your claims.  

Remember that we’re here to support you through the claims process and assist with any queries. You can email the team or give us a call on 1800 636 764.


RPGP: Did you know?

Grant payments

Grant payments are not subject to GST or PAYG documentation. However, recipients are encouraged to seek advice from their accountants on the taxation status of this funding.


Upcoming courses

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

If you would like more information about other grant eligible training courses, email the RPGP team.

Events calendar

Rural Obstretrics & Gynaecology Forum

30 July 2022 | Perth WA

Two day Obstetrics

Emergency Response Day

13 August 2022 | Birtyina QLD

One day Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics

Rural Emergency Medicine

19-21 August 2022 | Rockhampton

Two days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics

Ultrasound in Rural Medicine

8-10 August 2022 | Gold Coast

Three days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery

Maternity Emergency Care

23-25 September 2022 | Nhulunbuy NT,
7-9 October 2022 | Broome WA
25-27 November 2022 | Hobart TAS

Three days, Obstetrics

Emergency Mental Health

Online

 One day Emergency Mental Health

Western Trauma Course

17 September 2022 | Kalgoorlie WA

One day Emergency Medicine

Neonatal Advanced Life Support 

4 November 2022 | Bedford Park SA

One day Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics

This program is funded by the Commonweath Department of Health.


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, May 2022

In this issue:


The latest news

Rural Procedural Grants Program staff changes

Over the last month, we’ve welcomed a new addition to the RPGP team: Amy Freeman returned from parental leave mid-April to join Kate in the role of Rural Education Officer. Amy has worked with Simone, Leeanne and Cheryl over the years and previously held the Rural Administrator role within RACGP Rural. Please join us in warmly welcoming Amy into the program as she strives to navigate the system and works to answer your queries.


End of financial year

As the end of the financial year fast approaches, we’re faced with a huge number of adjudications and claims. We’d appreciate your patience as we work through them!

Any outstanding claims for the 2020–21 financial year must be submitted by mid-June 2022. You can only claim for the current and previous financial year and nothing beyond that. This means that from 1 July 2022 we can no longer process claims from the 2020–21 financial year.


RPGP: Did you know?

RPGP grant allocations operate by financial year, and your grant allocations start on 1 July each year. Claims are paid according to the date of training and will be deducted from the grant allocation for the financial year in which the training takes place. Grant allocations don’t roll over to the next financial year if they aren’t used.

You can claim for the current financial year and the previous financial year, but nothing prior to that. Claims for the preceding financial year must be approved ahead of a cut-off date two weeks prior to the end of the financial year. You can submit current financial claims at any time.


Event in the spotlight

Emergency medicine for rural GPs: Bathurst
Date: Saturday 21 May 2022
Time: 7.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Bathurst Hospital
Cost: RACGP member $695, Non-member $995
 

RACGP Rural is partnering with the NSW Government’s Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) for a full-day workshop held in HETI’s state-of-the-art mobile simulated clinical training facility and in Bathurst Hospital.

This accredited activity will enhance your rural emergency medicine skills as you rotate through seven hands-on simulated scenarios that reflect real rural and remote challenges. The workshop will focus on common rural emergency medicine situations and coordination and communication with other healthcare professionals. You’ll also develop strategies for self-care, stress management and debriefing. All the scenarios are written by experienced rural GPs from actual cases.
 

Register here


Upcoming courses

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Events calendar

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound

13 May 2022 | Bendigo, VIC

One day, all categories

Dealing with depression in rural Australia

14 May 2022 | Northam, WA

One day, Emergency mental health

Trauma workshop

21–22 May 2022 | Brisbane, QLD

Two days, Emergency medicine

Rural emergency medicine

19–21 August 2022 | Rockhampton, QLD

Two days, emergency medicine, anaesthetics, obstetrics

Effective management of anaesthetic crises

12–14 May 2022 | Sydney, NSW

Two days, anaesthetics

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound

28 May 2022 | Darwin, NT

One day, all categories

Maternity emergency care

23–25 September 2022 | Nhulunbuy, NT,

7–9 October 2022 | Broome, WA

Three days, Obstetrics

Advanced suicide prevention

11 May 2022 | Sydney, NSW

One day, Emergency mental health

Ultrasound: Critical care workshop

14–15 May 2022 | Brisbane, QLD

23–24 June 2022 | Sydney, NSW

Two days, Emergency medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery

RESP: Rural high-risk emergencies

Online (LearnEM)

Two days, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery

Mental health emergencies

Online (Crana+)

One day Surgery

Responding to the deteriorating patient

Online (LearnEM)

Two days, Anaesthetics

Online fetal surveillance education program

Online (RANZCOG)

One day, Obstetrics

This program is funded by the Commonweath Department of Health. If you’d like more information about other grant eligible training courses, email the RPGP team.


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, February 2022

In this issue:


Happy New Year Welcome back everyone.
We hope you all had a lovely festive season and are ready to tackle whatever challenges are thrown your way in 2022. We look forward to supporting you in the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP).


The latest news

COVID-19 support: online training

COVID-19 online training support has been extended for a further six months, to 30 June 2022. You can continue claiming costs for a limited number of online procedural or emergency medicine continuing professional development (CPD) activities, at a rate of $1000 per day.

This is capped at 10 days for procedural GPs and three days each for emergency medicine and emergency mental health.


Pre-approved training database

Over the next six months the RPGP team will be developing a database of pre-approved training programs that are eligible (under the Department of Health guidelines) for a RPGP grant. Once these programs have been approved the team will upload them onto the RPGP website for your information. In the meantime, if you would like to know whether a program is grant eligible please email the RPGP team.


Emergency Mental Health

Access to the Emergency Mental Health component of the Rural Procedural Grants Program is still available. You need to already be enrolled in Emergency Medicine if you want to claim for Emergency Mental Health. To be eligible, we need a supporting letter from your hospital stating that you are responsible for providing care in respect of emergency mental health services/crisis intervention in patients presenting with acute mental health issues.

Please remember, training must be in relation to the ‘emergency’ aspect of mental health – not mental health plans that you would normally conduct in a general practice.

Contact the RPGP team if you would like us to email you a list of pre-approved Emergency Mental Health training courses.


Existing funding and eligibility

If you’ve already received funding from the federal, state or territory government for a training program, it will not be eligible for a Rural Procedural Grant.


Upcoming courses

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Face-to-face courses

CRASH/RESP critical care workshop

18−19‌ February 2022, Hindmarsh, SA

Two days Emergency Medicine Anaesthetics

De-escalating conflict and aggression

Saturday 5 March 2022, Kilmore, Vic

One day Emergency Mental Health

Dealing with depression in rural Australia

Saturday 5 March 2022, Kilmore, Vic

One day Emergency Mental Health

2022 Anaesthetics Procedural Conference

4−5‌ March 2022, Sydney, NSW

Two days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics

Advanced life support

12 March 2022, Orange, NSW

One day Emergency Medicine

Rural Emergency Advanced Clinical Training (REACT+)

24−25‌ March 2022, Perth, WA

Two days Emergency Medicine

Advanced suicide prevention

2 April 2022, Randwick, NSW
12 March 2022, Mt Isa, Qld
19 March 2022, Toowoomba, Qld

One day Emergency Mental Health

Emergency bedside ultrasound

2−3‌ April 2022, Hindmarsh, SA

Two days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery

POCUS Bendigo pre-conference workshop

13 May 2022, Bendigo, Vic

One day Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Surgery

Ultrasound: Critical care workshop

14–15‌ May 2022, Brisbane, Qld

Two days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery

CTEC’s The cutting edge: Introductory GP wound suturing

1 April 2022, Perth, WA

One day Surgery

CTEC’s The cutting edge: Emergency procedures workshop

26−27‌ May 2022, Perth, WA

Two days Emergency Medicine

Trauma team simulation training

25 March 2022, Perth, WA

One day Emergency Medicine

High-risk emergency medicine course

10−14‌ April 2022, Hawaii

Three days Emergency Medicine

Remote emergency care

30 April − 1 May 2022, Nhulunbuy, NT
12−13‌ November 2022, Launceston, Tas

Two days Emergency Medicine


Online courses

 

RESP: High-risk emergencies

Online | self-paced

One day Emergency Medicine

Emergency Mental Health

Online | self-paced

One day Emergency Mental Health

Online Foetal Surveillance Education Program (OFSEP)

Online | self-paced

One day Obstetrics

Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery Principle

Online | self-paced

Nine days Surgery

Paediatric trauma

Online | self-paced

One day Emergency Medicine

Responding to the deteriorating patient

Online | self-paced

Two days Emergency Medicine Anaesthetics

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, December 2021

In this issue:


The latest news

Season's Greetings

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year. It has been a challenging year and we’d like to thank you for all of your hard work for our rural and remote communities.

Please stay safe over the festive season. We acknowledge those who will be working over the Christmas break and hope that your rural or remote community remains unharmed and healthy over this period.


RPGP staff changes

Over the past month we’ve had a few changes in the RPGP team. Both Simone Low and Leeanne Shaw, our RPGP Administrators, are moving on and leaving the College.

Our long standing RPGP Administrator Leeanne Shaw is moving to Rural Health West to continue to support rural and remote GPs. Leeanne has provided RPGP support to our rural GPs over many years and we thank her for her dedicated work in the program. We wish Leeanne all the best.

We would like to welcome Kate Dart to the team. Kate has been working with the RPGP team over the past month so they could impart their RPGP wisdom on her! Please warmly welcome Kate into the program and understand that grant claim processing may take a little longer as she navigates the program and claims system.


End of year program closure

The RACGP will be closed over the Christmas and New Year break from 12 noon on Thursday 23 December 2021 and re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

When we re-open, we expect to have a backlog of enquiries, applications and claims. We ask for your patience as we aim to respond to all emails as soon as possible.


End of year claims

Any claim submitted after 13 December may not be attended to until after January 4 2022.

Depending on volume of last-minute claims, we cannot guarantee your claim submission will meet the 16 December payment run. Please ensure all your information is complete for a seamless process.

You may still continue to submit your claims in December; however, we will only release payments from mid-January 2022.


Supervised clinical attachment program claims

Remember to attach your learning objectives and educational outcomes.(in a separate word document) when submitting a supervised clinical attachment claim.

Learning objective

A general statement about what you want to learn throughout the attachment.

Learning/educational outcomes

A specific statement describing exactly what measurable skills and abilities you have developed.


Check your bank details

As we move into a new year, it’s a great time to check your bank details to ensure that they are correct and up-to-date so your grant funds can be paid without any delays.

To ensure that payment is made to the correct account, you can attach a copy of your bank statement to confirm the details.


RPGP: Did you know?

Log in tip

When entering your account number and security question answer when you log into the program’s claim site the main page asks GPs to select the “Tab” button. What we really need you to do is after you enter in your number and security question answer is hit the tab button on your keyboard!

Additional information

We have a new RPGP – Additional Information Form tab on the front page of the claims portal. This tab, located on the right-hand side of the main page, allows members to upload credentialling information and other requested documents.

Online claims

Please remember claims for online training cease on 31 December 2021 unless we receive further information from the Department of Health. Should any information or dates change we will list these updates on our RPGP website Members will be able to claim for online training completed before 31 December 2021 until 30 June 2022 beyond that date you will not be entitled to claim.


Upcoming courses

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Face-to-face courses

Rural Emergency Advanced Clinical Training (REACT+)

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 February 2022 also 24 and 25 March 2022 | Parmelia Hilton Perth

One Day Emergency Medicine

Neonatal Advanced Life Support & Common Problems in Neonatology

11 March 2022 | Flinders Medical Centre Neonatal Unit, South Australia

One Day Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics

Obstetrics Emergencies

18 March 2022 | Albany Health Campus, South Australia

One Day Obstetrics

Trauma Workshop

21-22 May 2022 | Gold Coast

Two Days Emergency Medicine

Rural Emergency Medicine

11-13 February 2022 | Brisbane

Two Days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics

Advanced Suicide Prevention

19 February 2022 | Traralgon
2 April 2022 | Randwick
12 March 2022 | Mt Isa
19 March 2022 | Toowoomba

One Day Emergency Mental Health

Ultrasound - Critical Care Workshop

14 – 15 May 2022 | Brisbane

Two Days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery

Advanced Life Support

16 -17 February 2022 | Melbourne

One Day Emergency Medicine

Mental Health Emergencies

21 March 2022 | Darwin

One Day Emergency Mental Health

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, October 2021

In this issue:


The latest news

An Antarctic adventure

Dr Bosco Lee
Dr Bosco Lee and his colleagues training in expedition and wilderness medicine

One of our Rural Procedural Grants Program GPs, Dr Bosco Li, came to Australia from the UK in 2012 and has since been working as a locum all around the country, providing anaesthetics and emergency medicine.

This has seen Dr Li work in some very remote areas across Australia. To add to his medical and travel experience, he’s decided to head off to Antarctica to live and spend a season working on a station with scientists and support staff (you can find further information on the Australian Antarctic Program website).

The Antarctic stations are extremely isolated communities, with just a single doctor at each, and it’s critical that Dr Li is ready for a wide range of scenarios. Each station doctor is supported remotely by the polar medicine unit based in Hobart.


To prepare for his mission, Dr Li moved to Tasmania in July to study expedition and wilderness medicine at the University of Tasmania. He leaves for his Antarctic adventure at the beginning of November, so we’ll keep you up to date with his experience in coming newsletters.


What should your RPGP grant be used for?

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) is designed to assist you as a procedural GP and or a GP practising in emergency medicine with, the cost of attending CPD to maintain and/or enhance your skills. Grants provided under the RPGP are intended to offset expenses associated with attending CPD activities, such as course costs, travel and accommodation, and locum costs.


Clinical attachments

If you want to do a clinical attachment, please make sure you have clear learning objectives. For instance, if you’re an anaesthetist and don’t have many opportunities to practice epidurals in your town, you may want to go to a larger tertiary centre or maternity hospital to consolidate your skills and learn the latest techniques from a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA). This will incur costs to you, and that’s where the grant will come in to help you.

Unfortunately, doing a shift at your hospital means you’re being paid to do your job and you have some sort of supervision or instruction for the day, so this doesn’t meet the criteria for a clinical attachment.

If you’re unsure, please feel free to contact us at rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au with any questions.


Online learning grants

Grants for online learning will no longer be available after 31 December 2021.


This Rural Life

The RACGP has launched a new digital project to inspire more people to consider a career in rural general practice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

A collaboration of the Rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health faculties, This Rural Life shines a spotlight on rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs across all career stages by sharing their incredible stories.

It’s intended to be a living project and GPs across the country are being asked to contribute.

Visit the RACGP website to find out more or share your story


Rural health webinar: Disruptive disorders in childhood

Date: Thursday 4 November 2021

Time: 8.00–9.00 pm AEDT

Venue: Zoom

Join the RACGP for a free webinar on disruptive disorders in childhood, including management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). These will be explored with a particular focus on the challenges these settings provide, as well as some practical tips that can be applied to diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and management pathways. This events attracts two CPD points.

Register here


RPGP: Did you know?

Frequently asked questions

We have a great section on our website with some common FAQs, for example:

When an activity is run over two financial years, the grant is to be paid in the financial year that it is claimed. The payment will be taken from the grant allocation of the financial year that training is completed.

Visit the website to read the FAQs and let us know if you’d like anything else added.


Upcoming courses

We encourage you to check with us as to whether an emergency mental health training course is approved for a grant. Some courses don’t have enough emergency/acute context or content, so it’s best to check before registering if you’d like to claim a grant.

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Face-to-face

Course name

Date/location

Grant approved

Advanced training in suicide prevention  

Friday 22 October 2021, Lakes Entrance VIC

One day – emergency or emergency mental health

Western trauma course

Saturday 30 October 2021, Albany WA

One day – emergency, anaesthetics or surgery

Advanced de-escalation skills  

Tuesday 2 November 2021, Perth WA

One day – emergency mental health

Advanced life support in obstetrics: advancing in maternity safety

Saturday to Sunday 13–14 November 2021, Melbourne VIC

Two days – obstetrics

Advanced training in suicide prevention  

Wednesday 24 November, Goonellanah NSW

One day – emergency or emergency mental health

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound – Busselton

Saturday 27 November, Busselton WA

One day – emergency, anaesthetic, obstetric or surgery

Advanced training in suicide prevention  

Saturday 27 November 2021, Darwin NT

One day – emergency or emergency mental health

Emergency ultrasound for rural and remote medicine  

Multiple dates, Melbourne VIC

Three days – emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics, or surgery

Core obstetric ultrasound  

Multiple dates, Melbourne VIC

Two days – emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics, or surgery

1st trimester ultrasound  

Multiple dates, Melbourne VIC

One day – emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics, or surgery

Ultrasound in rural medicine core  

Multiple dates, Gold Coast QLD

Three days – emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics, or surgery


Online

You cannot bundle two unrelated courses together to make up a day. The must be modules in a set course to be approved.

Course name

Date/location

Grant approved

Maternal infections  

Online, at your own pace

One day – obstetrics

Emergency mental health  

Online, at your own pace

One day – emergency mental health

Cardiac boot camp

Online, at your own pace

Three days – emergency

Fetal surveillance education program (OFSEP)

Online, at your own pace

One day – obstetrics

Advanced life saving

Online, at your own pace

One day – emergency or anaesthetic grant

Perinatal training program

Online, at your own pace

Obstetrics – grant dependent on modules completed

ABCDs of acute behavioural emergencies

 

Two days – emergency mental health

LearnEM

Multiple options

Emergency grant – dependent on course completed

Ultrasound medical and surgical online

Online, at your own pace

Two days – all components

Ultrasound critical care online

Online, at your own pace

Two days – all components

Emergency mental health  

Online, at your own pace

One day – emergency mental health

Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery  

Online, at your own pace

Nine days – surgery

Advanced certificate of skin cancer surgery

Online, at your own pace

10 days – surgery


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, August 2021

In this issue:


The latest news

Online portal update

We hope you’re all getting the hang of the new online claims portal, and we’d like to thank you for continuing to send in your feedback and highlighting areas that could be tweaked to make it more user-friendly. We’ve listened and plan to make some improvements in the next month to improve your experience.

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on using the portal (see below). Please take a look at these and the online claims guide to help you navigate the claims process.

We’d like to thank you again for your patience during the transition to the online claims process. We’re working our way through the claims submitted in July and will be back on track soon to provide you with a faster turnaround time. If you’re waiting on anything urgent, please let us know so we can assist you.

The RPGP team is here to help, so call us on 1800 636 764 or email rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au if you’re having trouble with your online access, or if you have any feedback to share with us.


Online portal FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we receive about the online portal.

Q: The form asks me for my account number. Is this my RACGP number?

A: No, your RPGP account number is not the same as your RACGP number. You were sent an email on 1 June 2021 with your RPGP account number. The temporary answer to your security question is your surname with the first letter capitalised, unless you enrolled in the program after we launched the online portal, in which case you would have set this up yourself.


Q: I registered to access the online portal a while ago and now I want to apply for a grant. Where do I find the log-in page?

A: Visit the RPGP website. Scroll down and click on the ‘Make a claim’ button, which will take you to the log in page. We recommend you bookmark this link in your internet browser or add it to your favourite pages so you can easily find it next time.


Q: My claim was rejected, and I need further information. What should I do?

A: Log in to the online portal, open ‘My tasks’ and you’ll see your grant application. To resubmit your claim, open the claim, attach the requested information and submit. You don’t have to fill it all out again.


Q: How do I update my details?

A: Email your new details to us at rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au


Q: Can I put all my claims on the same form?

A: No, you need to complete one form for each claim linked to one component of the program.


Q: I’ve sent in several claims and one was rejected. How do I know which one it was?

A: The rejection notice will have a task number on it. You’ll be able to see your completed claims under ‘My tasks’ in the online portal and that will show you what has been approved.


Update your information

We can’t approve your grant application if we don’t have your current employment information. Many credentialing letters (scope of practice) expired on 30 June 2021.

Once your credentials or clinical privileges have expired, email us the updated document along with a roster with your name listed on it and a contract saying you’re employed to provide emergency, obstetric, anaesthetic or surgical services.


New team member

Simone Low photo

We’d like to warmly welcome Simone Low who has started as our new Rural Education Officer for the RPGP.

Simone is based in Townsville, Queensland, and will be up to speed very soon and ready to assist you.


Tax time

The Department of Health has advised that grant payments don’t include GST, so you should retain your payment advice for tax requirements.

Incentive payments must be declared for tax purposes, and we advise you to seek advice from your financial advisor, accountant or the Australian Taxation Office regarding tax arrangements.


Online training

We’re pleased to let you know the current RPGP COVID-19 flexibilities that allow online training have been extended to 31 December 2021.

This means you can continue claiming costs for a limited number of online procedural or emergency medicine CPD activities, at a rate of $1000 per day.

Don’t forget that online training must fit the criteria for a grant and is subject to the following caps:

Emergency medicine

3 days

Emergency mental health

3 days

Procedural component

10 days


Upcoming courses

We encourage you to check with us whether an emergency mental health training course is approved for a grant. Some courses don’t have enough emergency/acute context or content so it’s best to check before registering if you’d like to claim a grant.

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Face-to-face

Course name

Date/location

Grant approved

Advanced life support

Saturday 28 August or Sunday 29 August 2021

1 day emergency or anaesthetic

Emergency ultrasound for rural and remote medicine

Wednesday to Friday
1–3 September 2021
Victoria

Approved for 3 days all categories excluding mental health

Acute mental health for rural GPs

Saturday 18 September 2021
South Australia

1 day emergency mental health

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound (Bendigo)

Saturday 2 October or Sunday 3 October 2021
Victoria

1 day all categories

WA ACE Country Conference

Friday to Sunday
29–31 October 2021
Western Australia

1 day anaesthetic

Rural emergency medicine workshop

Friday to Sunday
8–10 October 2021
Queensland

1 day emergency

Ultrasound in rural medicine

Monday to Wednesday
11–13 October 2021
Queensland

3 days emergency all categories excluding mental health

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound (Cairns)

Saturday 16 October 2021
Queensland

1 day all categories

Advanced procedures workshop

Thursday 21 October 2021
Western Australia

1 day surgery

Managing skin and soft tissue injuries workshop

Friday 29 October 2021
Western Australia

1 day emergency

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound (Busselton)

Saturday 27 November 2021
Western Australia

1 day all categories

Focused cardiac ultrasound workshop

Various states/dates

2 days all categories excluding mental health


Online

Course name

Date

Grant approved

The cardiac bootcamp self-study course

At your own pace

3 days emergency

Emergencies in general practice

Wednesday 1 September 2021

1 day emergency

Online fetal surveillance education program

At your own pace

1 day obstetrics

Advanced life support

At your own pace

1 day emergency or anaesthetic

LearnEM online courses

At your own pace

Dependant on course

CT – Acute medical and surgical interpretation essentials online

At your own pace

3 days all components

Emergency radiology course

At your own pace

2 days emergency

Perinatal training program

At your own pace

Obstetrics, dependant on modules completed

neoResus

At your own pace

1 day obstetric emergency and anaesthetics

Perioperative

At your own pace

Dependant on course

ABCDs of acute behavioural emergencies

At your own pace

2 days emergency mental health


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, June 2021

In this issue:


The latest news

End-of-financial-year claims

As we approach the end of the financial year, we’d like to remind you of the claims rules for the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP). You can claim for the current financial year and the previous financial year, but nothing beyond that.

Your claims must be entered online before Wednesday 30 June 2021. Please remember that this is our busiest time of the year, and it may take some time for us to approve and pay your claim. We’re experiencing a backlog of claims and are working our way through these. We’ll get to your claim as soon as we can.


Online claims portal

The RACGP has launched an online portal to make it easier for you to access the program and submit your claims.

RPGP participants who are using the portal tell us it’s intuitive, time-saving and easy to use, so we encourage you to start using it. We’re no longer able to manually submit claims for you and can’t accept any claims sent via email.

The RPGP team is here to help, so call us on 1800 636 764 or email rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au if you’re having trouble with your online access. We’ll walk you through the steps to log in and make a claim.


Rejected claims

The main reason a claim is rejected is because we have incorrect information on file, so please ensure your information is up to date.

Locums

Supply evidence you’ve completed 28 days per financial year prior to claiming.

Permanent contracts

Email us with:

  • the name and address of your current practice
  • a credentialing letter stating your unsupervised clinical privileges, scope of practice and the duration of credentialing
  • a letter of employment stating the services you’re employed to provide (emergency/anaesthetic/obstetric or surgery) and the duration of the contract
  • an on-call roster with your name listed.

If we don’t have the correct information, we’ll have to reject your claim until we receive more information. You can resubmit the same claim as soon as you’ve emailed us your updated details. You don’t need to complete the form again.


Viewing historical transactions

If you want to see your past claims, look for the My Transactions button next to the claim form when you log in to the RPGP online portal. You can open your list of transactions and use the filter to search for all of your claims to date.

Please note that we’ve identified a glitch in the system, and we’re working to rectify it quickly. As an example, if you ticked all the components of the program when making a claim for an emergency grant, the results would list your claim against any component, even though you entered the number of days under the component you wanted to use. We’ll fix these records and change the way you’re able to select the component you want to put the training against.

Remember you can only make one claim per component.


Supervised clinical attachments

Once you’ve completed your supervised clinical attachment, you’ll need to upload a letter from your hospital or a completed supervised clinical attachment supporting evidence form.

The information should contain:

  • the hours and dates you were at your teaching hospital
  • signatures and contact details for your supervisor
  • a summary of what you were learning.

Please clearly outline your learning objectives, educational exposure and learning outcomes.

  • Learning objective: A general statement about what you wanted to learn throughout the attachment.
  • Learning outcomes: A specific statement describing exactly what measurable skills and abilities you’ve developed.

RPGP: Did you know?

Updated program guidelines

New program guidelines took effect from 1 January 2021. These guidelines provide information on all of the updated eligibility requirements for the program and supersede the 2011 guidelines.

The key reforms are as follows:

  • Modified Monash Model (MMM) categories 3–7 have been adopted.
  • Locums must conduct their placements in MMM 3–7 areas to be eligible for the program. 
  • You must be on a training pathway to Fellowship or already a Fellow (vocationally registered) of either the RACGP or ACCRM.
  • Principal clinical practice must be physically located in a MMM 3–7 region.

Check your location to confirm if you’re still eligible.


Upcoming courses

Upcoming courses – Face-to-face

Note: Online training courses will no longer be eligible from 30 June 2021.

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Course name

Date, location

Grant approved

Paediatric trauma

Complete before
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Online

One day, emergency

Focused cardiac ultrasound

Saturday and Sunday
10–11‌ July 2021
Canberra ACT

Two days, all domains

Advanced resuscitation and life support

Friday 16 July 2021
Sydney NSW

One day, anaesthetic or emergency

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound – Toowoomba

Saturday 17 July
Toowoomba QLD

One day, all domains

Obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound

Monday to Friday
19–23‌ July 2021
Broadbeach QLD

Two days, emergency

Trauma workshop

Saturday and Sunday
24–25‌ July 2021
Cairns QLD

Two days, emergency

Obstetric emergencies

Friday 6 August 2021
Kununurra WA

One day, obstetric or emergency

Focused cardiac ultrasound

Saturday and Sunday
7–8‌ August 2021
Melbourne VIC

Two days, all domains

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound – Port Lincoln

Saturday 7 August 2021
Port Lincoln SA

One day, all domains

Advanced resuscitation and life support

Friday 13 August 2021
Sydney NSW

One day, anaesthetic or emergency

Critical airway and respiratory management

Friday 13 August 2021
Kalgoorlie WA

One day, anaesthetic or emergency

Cardiac emergency management

Saturday 14 August 2021
Kalgoorlie WA

One day, emergency

Rural emergency advanced clinical training

Saturday and Sunday
21–22‌ August 2021
Esperance WA

Two days, emergency or anaesthetic

NSW Rural Doctors Network 2021 Anaesthetics Procedural Conference

Friday and Saturday
20–21‌ August 2021
North Sydney NSW

Two days, anaesthetic

Emergency ultrasound for rural and remote medicine

Wednesday to Friday
1–3‌ September 2021
Greensborough VIC

Two days, all domains

Introduction to obstetrics

Wednesday and Thursday
3–4‌ November 2021
Broadbeach QLD

Three days, all domains

Core obstetric ultrasound

Monday and Tuesday
13–14‌ December 2021
Greensborough VIC

Two days, all domains

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.


Rural Procedural Grants Newsletter, May 2021

Vale, Cheryl Shepley

Cheryl Shepley, our valued RACGP Rural faculty team member, unexpectedly passed away two weeks ago after some health-related issues.

Cheryl joined the RACGP’s Rural team in June 2013, initially supporting the Rural Council before moving into a key role delivering the Rural Procedural Grants Program.

From the South Australia faculty office, Cheryl has worked closely with members, staff and external stakeholders; all Cheryl’s roles have been member facing.

Cheryl was calm, kind and could always find a solution to any problem. She was a loved member of the Rural and SA faculty teams and she will be missed.

If you have any stories of Cheryl you’d like to share, please email them to rural@racgp.org.au and we'll pass them on to her family.

During this time it may take us a bit longer to get back to you. We appreciate your patience and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Chris Kyranis

Manager – RACGP Rural

In this issue:


The latest news

RPGP online system

The RACGP has launched an online portal to make it easier for you to access the program and submit your claims. We’d like to thank you for your continued patience as we work to transition to the new system.

The RPGP team is here to help set up your account and log in. If you haven’t accessed the system yet, please call us on 1800 636 764 between 8.30 am – 4.00 pm AEST from Monday to Friday and ensure that you can access your email via your computer or device. We only need five minutes to help you log in.

We’ll email you the details while you’re on the phone and walk you through the steps to log in and access the online portal.

RPGP participants who are using the system are telling us that it’s intuitive, time-saving and easy to use, so we encourage you to get in touch with us to get started with the portal.


Making a claim

You will need an account number to submit a claim for training in the new online portal. We recently sent you your account number by email. Please take note of this number and save it for use during the online claims process.

The temporary answer to your security question is your surname. You will be required to set a new security question for future use.

We have also created a user guide for the claims process to help you navigate the new system.

Download the online claim guide


Historical transactions: Are you in an MMM 1–2 location?

If yes, you’re no longer eligible to participate in the RPGP. However, you have until 30 June 2021 to claim for training undertaken from 1 July 2020 to 1 January 2021. You can consider some locum work in these areas to maintain your registration.

Find more information regarding the criteria on our website, or you can give us a call and we’ll talk you through it. You can go to the Department of Health website to check the Health Workforce classification for your area.


Supervised clinical attachments

Once you’ve completed your supervised clinical attachment, you’ll need to upload a letter from your hospital or a completed supervised clinical attachment supporting evidence form.

The information should contain:

  • the hours and dates you were at your teaching hospital
  • signatures and contact details for your supervisor
  • a summary of what you were learning.

Please clearly outline your learning objectives, educational exposure and learning outcomes.

Learning objective: A general statement about what you wanted to learn throughout the attachment.

Learning outcomes: A specific statement describing exactly what measurable skills and abilities you’ve developed.


Go beyond with Practice to Practice

The RACGP has launched a pilot program to connect general practices in diverse geographical areas. And we’re looking for more participants from urban and rural Australia to jump onboard.

Practice to Practice connects urban and rural practices in an effort to grow locum pools, increase peer support, enhance professional development and provide a greater service offering for patients.

The program encourages you to go beyond your everyday and try life and work in a different practice setting.

General practices all over Australia can participate in Practice to Practice. Whether you’re based in an urban, regional, rural or remote area, the program has benefits for you, your team and your patient community. The RACGP will help find you a ‘match’ in a region quite different to your own, and you’ll have the opportunity to tailor the partnership to get what you want out of it.

Though the program is designed to link practices, it can also help individual GPs connect with a practice in a different area.

Places for our pilot program are limited, so visit the RACGP Practice to Practice website to register your interest.

Register your interest


RPGP: Did you know?

  1. If your documents are not up to date, then we can’t approve your claim. You’ll need to provide the following:
    • The current name and address of your practice
    • A credentialing letter stating your unsupervised clinical privileges and scope of practice, the duration of credentialing and an on call roster
  2. You can’t claim for musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound training. Any MSK training should be approved by the RPGP team before you start the course.

Upcoming courses

Upcoming courses – Face-to-face

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Course name

Date, location

Grant approved

2021 Anaesthetics Procedural Conference

14–15 May 2021

Sydney NSW

Two days, anaesthetics

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound – Coffs Harbour

Saturday 15 May 2021

One day, all domains

Emergency paediatrics

15–16 May 2021

Gold Coast QLD

One day, emergency

Advanced paediatric life support

19–21 May 2021

Alice Springs NT

Three days, all domains

Toxicological emergencies

21 May 2021

Albany WA

One day, emergency

Western trauma course

19 June 2021

Northam WA

One day, emergency

Emergency trauma management course

Multiple locations and dates

One day, emergency

Rural emergency advanced clinical training (REACT+)

26–27 June 2021

Geraldton WA

Two days, emergency

Emergency ultrasound for rural and remote medicine

28–30 June 2021

Melbourne VIC

Three days, all domains

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound – Toowoomba

Saturday 17 July 2021

Toowoomba QLD

One day, all domains

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound – Port Lincoln

Saturday 7 August 2021

Port Lincoln SA

One day, all domains


Upcoming courses – Digital

Course

Format, location

Grant approved

LearnEM courses

Multiple options, online

Grant dependent on course

Cardiac bootcamp self-study course

At your own pace, online

Three days, emergency

Trauma radiology

At your own pace, online

Two days, emergency or surgery

Ultrasound – Medical and surgical online

At your own pace, online

Two days, all components excluding emergency mental health

Ultrasound – Critical care online

At your own pace, online

Two days, all components excluding emergency mental health

Fetal surveillance education program

Online

One day, obstetric

Advanced life support course

Six hours online, plus virtual clinical assessment

One day, emergency or anaesthetic

Perinatal training program

At your own pace, online

Obstetrics grant dependent on modules completed

neoResus

3–5 hours online

One day, obstetric, emergency and anaesthetics

ABCDs of acute behavioural emergencies

At your own pace, online

Two days, emergency mental health

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.


Rural Procedural Grants – February 2021 update

In this issue:


The latest news

Online system

We’re making the final adjustments to our new online system, which will be going live in the near future. You’ll receive an email with your login number and instructions on using the system. We’ll also put these instructions on our website. For those of you who aren’t fans of technology, don’t be alarmed – the system is very user friendly.

Features of the system include the ability to retrieve statements for tax and a list of your claims for a financial year.

The RPGP team is here to help. Please contact us if you have any questions about the new system.


Online training

The revised COVID-19 eligibility arrangements for claiming RPGP support for online CPD activities will remain in place until 30 June 2021. We’d like to remind you that any online training must be completed by this date.

Online activities must be for a minimum of four hours and be related to the component/s you’re registered in, be interactive, include an assessment component and include a certificate of completion.


Emergency mental health

As a new RPGP component, emergency mental health is still evolving and more courses are becoming available. RACGP and ACRRM are working together to determine the appropriate definitions and acceptable training and we’ll continue to keep you updated on this. In the meantime, if you find any courses you’re interested in, you’re welcome to send us a copy of the program and we’ll let you know if it’s eligible for an emergency mental health grant.

Please consider a supervised clinical attachment option in an acute inpatient mental health unit. These services provide voluntary and involuntary short-term inpatient management and treatment during an acute phase of mental illness, until the person has recovered enough to be treated effectively and safely in the community. These services are located within acute general hospitals. If you do consider a clinical attachment, please send us a copy of your learning objectives prior to starting the attachment so we can assess its eligibility for an emergency mental health grant.


Go beyond with Practice to Practice

Launching in early March 2021, the RACGP’s Practice to Practice program links practices in different Modified Monash Model areas and encourages a mutually beneficial relationship to develop between them. Participating practices will enjoy opportunities for coaching and mentoring, chances to locum, exposure to different skills and services, peer-to-peer support and problem solving, and remote telehealth workforce support. Each relationship will differ depending on the needs of the practices.

Find out what it’s like to work in a different location, experience the challenges and access mentoring/training, all while receiving peer support from GPs in these communities. Working in another location boosts your professional development and opens up new career possibilities. It’s your chance to make a difference to rural and remote health outcomes.

Register your interest


Women in rural health: Share your views

RACGP Rural is seeking your views on professional, personal and community factors that influence women in rural general practice, including barriers faced while working and living in rural or remote communities or considering a rural career.

Women in rural general practice can be both doctors and carers and require good support, services and networks.

Historically, female doctors in Australia have been outnumbered by males, and this still rings true in rural communities. Women are also poorly represented in Australia's rural medical workforce. Rural communities require a gender balance to provide appropriate access to care, and lower rates of female doctors in rural areas means it’s often difficult for female patients to see a female GP.

More advocacy and support initiatives tailored to the needs of female GPs are required to sustain and grow our workforce. Please take our short survey to help identify priorities for action, consider potential solutions and determine how we can better support women in rural general practice, now and in the future.

Dr Renee Strazzari

Deputy Chair, RACGP Rural

Take the survey


RPGP: Did you know?

Existing funding and eligibility

If you’ve already received funding from the Commonwealth, State or Territory government for a training program, it will not be eligible for a Rural Procedural Grant.


Supervised clinical attachments

A supervised clinical attachment must be a minimum of six hours in a clinical or a hospital setting. Your aim should be to either learn new specific skills or update your specific skills and knowledge.

Supervised clinical attachments must be an educational training activity. The training must not be a day that you’re remunerated for. The grant is a contribution towards expenses related to attending the continuing professional development (CPD) activity and is not expected to cover the entire cost of the CPD activity and associated expenses.


Upcoming courses

Upcoming courses – Face-to-face

From January 2021, training held outside Australia won’t be approved for grants.

Although the following events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene protocols in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Course

Date/ location

Grant approved

Rural and remote emergency medicine skills workshop

 

12–14 February 2021

Perth WA

2 days, emergency medicine

De-escalating conflict and aggression

18 February or 4 May 2021 Subiaco WA

1 day, emergency mental health

Rural emergency medicine forum

20–21 February 2021

Perth WA

1 day, emergency, dependent on sessions

Basic and advanced life support

26–27 February 2021

Brisbane QLD

2 days, emergency and anaesthetics

CTEC’s The cutting edge: Introductory GP wound suturing workshop

26 February 2021

Perth WA

1 day, surgery

Fetal surveillance education program

27 February 2021

Sydney NSW

1 day, obstetrics

Focused cardiac ultrasound workshop

6–7 March 2021

Hobart TAS

2 days, obstetrics, emergency, anaesthetic and surgery

Paediatric advanced life support

 

14 March 2021

Sydney NSW

3 days, emergency or anaesthetic grant

FPAA certificate in reproductive and sexual health for doctors

15–19 March 2021 Northbridge WA

5 days, obstetrics

Ultrasound in rural medicine

 

22–26 March 2021

Broadbeach QLD

3 days, emergency and 5 days, obstetrics, anaesthetic or surgery

Ultrasound in rural medicine core

22–24 March 2021 Broadbeach QLD

3 days, emergency, obstetrics, anaesthetic or surgery

Basic and advanced life support

26–27 March 2021

Brisbane QLD

2 days, emergency and anaesthetics

RANZCOG diplomates day

7 April 2021

Darwin NT

1 day, obstetrics

RANZCOG fetal surveillance education program

8 April 2021

Darwin NT

1 day, obstetrics

CTEC’s The cutting edge: Managing skin and soft tissue injuries workshop

14 May 2021

Crawley WA

1 day, emergency or surgery

Focused cardiac ultrasound workshop

15–16 May 2021

Adelaide SA

2 days, obstetrics, emergency, anaesthetic and surgery

Mental health emergencies

16 August 2021

Cairns QLD

1 day, emergency mental health

Emergency trauma management course

Multiple 2021

3 days, emergency, anaesthetic or surgery


Upcoming courses – Digital

Course

Format, location

Grant approved

LearnEM courses

Multiple options, online

Grant dependent on course

Cardiac bootcamp self-study course

At your own pace, online

Three days, emergency

 

Trauma radiology

At your own pace, online

Two days, emergency or surgery

Ultrasound – Medical and surgical online

At your own pace, online

Two days, all components excluding emergency mental health

Ultrasound – Critical care online

At your own pace, online

Two days, all components excluding emergency mental health

Fetal surveillance education program

Online

One day, obstetric

Advanced life support course

Six hours online, plus virtual clinical assessment

One day, emergency or anaesthetic

Perinatal training program

At your own pace, online

Obstetrics grant dependent on modules completed

neoResus

3–5 hours online

One day, obstetric, emergency and anaesthetics

ABCDs of acute behavioural emergencies

At your own pace, online

Two days, emergency mental health

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.


Rural Procedural Grants – December 2020 update

In this issue:


Season’s greetings

We wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a COVID-free new year!

Stay safe over this festive season. We acknowledge and appreciate those who have to work over during this period, and hope your rural or remote community remains safe and healthy.


RACGP end-of-year closure

The RACGP offices will be closed over the Christmas and new year period from Monday 21 December 2020. All offices will re-open on Monday 4 January 2021.

When we re-open next year, we’ll likely have a backlog of enquiries, applications and claims, so we ask for your patience as we aim to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.


End-of-year claims

We encourage you to submit any claims to rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au before Sunday 13 December 2020. Any claims sent in after that date won’t be processed until after 4 January 2021.

Depending on the volume of last-minute claims, we can’t guarantee your claim submission will meet the 14 December payment run. Please ensure all your information is complete for a seamless process. You can continue to submit your claims after the cut-off date, but we’ll only be able to release payments from mid-January 2021.


Eligibility update: MMM 3–7

From 1 January 2021, only GPs providing services in MMM 3–7 locations will be eligible for the Rural Procedural Grants Program. Participants will have six months to submit claims for training completed from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.


Eligibility update: Registrars

The Department of Health has confirmed that registrars on a GP fellowship pathway will remain eligible for the Rural Procedural Grants Program. The decision to restrict the program to vocationally registered GPs has been revised.

Revised guidelines for the program will take effect from 1 January 2021, which include new eligibility criteria for participants and training. Take some time to read about the changes on the RACGP website.


Credentialing update

We have a backlog of claims awaiting updated credential documents. We need to make sure you’re still eligible for the program by sighting your scope of practice and confirming your documents are current.

Some participants have been issued with interim credentials due to COVID-19; if that’s the case, please forward your interim documents to rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au  

As always when you forward credentials, please include a current on-call roster to maintain your enrolment in the program.


Reminder: 2021 locum placements

As a GP locum, you must provide on-call services in a MMM 3–7 area to be eligible for the program.


Upcoming courses – Face-to-face

From January 2021, training held outside Australia won’t be approved for grants.

Although the following events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene protocols in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Course name

Date, location

Grant approved

CTEC the cutting edge: Advanced hand surgery for GPs

16 December 2020, Perth WA

1 day surgery

CTEC the cutting edge: Advanced procedures workshop

17 December 2020, Perth WA

1 day surgery

Paediatric advanced life support

20 December 2020, Brisbane QLD

1 day all domains

Advanced life support level 1

28 January 2021, Canberra ACT

1 days emergency medicine or anaesthetics

Focused cardiac ultrasound workshop

Multiple 2021 dates and venues

1 days emergency medicine or anaesthetics

Paediatric emergencies and clinical healthcare scenarios (PEaCHS)

5 February 2021, Denmark WA

1 days emergency medicine and anaesthetics

Advanced life support level 1

11 February 2021, Sydney NSW

1 day emergency or anaesthetic

Rural emergency medicine

12–14 February 2021, Brisbane QLD

2 days emergency medicine, anaesthetics and obstetrics

Basic and advanced life support

12–13 February 2021, Melbourne VIC

2 days emergency and anaesthetics

Rural & remote emergency medicine skills workshop

13–14 February 2021, Albany WA

2 days emergency medicine

Paediatric advanced life support

14 February 2021, Melbourne VIC

1 day all domains

Advanced life support 2 recertification

24 February 2021, Adelaide SA

1 day emergency and anaesthetics

CTEC the cutting edge: Introductory GP wound suturing workshop

26 February 2021, Perth WA

1 day surgery

Advanced life support level 2

27–28 February 2021, Adelaide SA

2 days emergency and anaesthetics

Emergency trauma management course

Multiple 2021 dates and venues

2 days emergency medicine

Neonatal emergency care (NEC)

4–5 March 2021, Geraldton WA

1 day emergency and obstetric

Emergency airway skills management (EAM)

12 March 2021, Busselton WA

1 day anaesthetics and emergency

Trauma team simulation training

27 March 2021, Perth WA

1 day emergency or anaesthetic

Emergency cardiology

27–28 March 2021, Brisbane QLD

2 days emergency medicine

Obstetric emergencies

30 April 2021, Bridgetown WA

1 day obstetric


Upcoming courses – Digital

Course name

Format, location

Grant approved

LearnEM courses

Multiple options, online

Grant dependent on course

Cardiac bootcamp self-study course

At your own pace, online

3 days emergency

Trauma radiology

At your own pace, online

2 days emergency or surgery

Ultrasound – Medical and surgical online

At your own pace, online

2 days, all components

Ultrasound – Critical care online

At your own pace, online

2 days, all components

Fetal Surveillance Education Program

Online

1 day obstetric

Advanced life support course

6 hours online plus virtual clinical assessment

1 day emergency or anaesthetic

Perinatal training program

At your own pace, online

Obstetrics grant dependent on modules completed

neoResus

3–5 hours online

1 day obstetric, emergency and anaesthetics

Perioperative

At your own pace, online

Anaesthetic, obstetric or emergency dependent on course and modules

ABCDs of acute behavioural emergencies

At your own pace online

2 days emergency mental health

 


Rural Procedural Grants – October update

In this issue:

Extended COVID-19 support – online training

It’s been an incredibly challenging year, and we’d like to thank you for the work you continue to do on the front lines.

Though we’re starting to see some light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, the Australian Government and the RACGP have put in place some revised eligibility arrangements for the RPGP to support you and ensure you can still access subsidised continuing professional development (CPD) activities.

We’ve extended these arrangements so they’re now available until 30 June 2021.

We’ve lifted the restrictions on claiming RPGP support for online CPD activities so you can claim for a limited number of online procedural/emergency medicine activities, at a rate of $1000 per day. The online training cap remains the same: three days for emergency, three days for emergency mental health and 10 days for procedural.

You can find more details in the COVID-19 addendum to the RPGP guidelines on the RACGP website.


Defining skills maintenance and upskilling

The RPGP improves rural and remote healthcare delivery and workforce retention by supporting GPs to complete CPD to maintain or enhance existing procedural skills.

So, what is skills maintenance and upskilling?

Skills maintenance

Complying with RACGP requirements to maintain your clinical privileging rights

Upskilling

Improving or extending your current skill level or learning a new skill relevant to the enrolled emergency or procedural component, based on current Australian accredited procedural curriculum and guidelines


RPGP changes

The new RPGP guidelines take effect on 1 January 2021. You can find a copy of the guidelines on the RACGP website.

Some of the key changes

  • Health workforce classification: All program participants, including locums, must be practising in Modified Monash Model (MMM) 3–7 locations. To find out which MMM classification you’re in, use the Department of Health's Health Workforce Locator map.
  • Requirement to be vocationally registered: If you’re not vocationally registered, you won’t be able to participate in the RPGP until you have Fellowed. You’ll be unable to undertake training from 1 January 2021, but you’ll have six months to submit claims for training you completed before 31 December 2020.

Program eligibility: You won’t be eligible for the program if you’re participating in training for which direct financial support is provided by federal, state or territory governments.


Emergency mental health training

If you’re enrolled in the emergency component of the RPGP, you may be eligible for the new emergency mental health component.

Emergency mental health is the urgent assessment, investigation and/or management of an acute mental health problem, including acute psychosis; severe depression; threatened or attempted self-harm or harm of others; or when a patient is brought to hospital under an involuntary detention order for urgent mental health assessment.

To enrol, submit a letter from the hospital stating you’re responsible for providing care for emergency mental health services or crisis intervention in patients with acute mental health issues.

We’ve approached education providers to develop training in this area because finding mental health courses that focus on the ‘emergency’ aspect has been difficult. Mental health training that you would need to use in your clinic to develop management plans is not considered ‘emergency’.

Courses take time to develop, so if you’ve found any great existing courses in this area, please email us at rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au and we’ll share them with RPGP participants.

Some of you have been doing supervised clinical attachments at acute mental health units, and the hands-on experience has been invaluable. Key learning areas include:

  • drug-induced and medical issues
  • sedation and post-sedation care
  • management of patients who display aggressive behaviour and those with mental health disorders
  • rapid treatment of agitation
  • restraint and seclusion use
  • evaluation of medical comorbidities
  • active treatment for substance intoxication or withdrawal.

Supervised clinical attachment

For supervised clinical attachment grant applications, please make sure the claim form and the attachment form are completed and signed by a qualified supervisor. Submit the forms with an email outlining your learning objectives, educational exposure and learning outcomes.

A learning objective is a general statement about what you want to learn in the clinical attachment. A learning outcome is a specific statement describing exactly what measurable skills and abilities you wish to develop.

Supervised clinical attachments are educational training activities, not a day for which you’re remunerated for working at another hospital. The grant is not expected to cover the entire cost of the CPD activity and associated expenses – it’s a contribution towards expenses related to attending the CPD activity.


2021 Western Australian Rural Health Excellence Awards

The WA Rural Health Awards celebrate the achievements of clinicians who have enhanced the range and quality of medical care available in rural locations. If you know a colleague worthy of recognition, consider nominating them for Procedural GP/District Medical Officer of the Year.

For more information on the award categories and criteria, visit the Rural Health West website. Nominations close Monday 30 November 2020.


Upcoming courses – face-to-face

From January 2021, training held outside of Australia will not be approved for grants.

Although these events are currently scheduled to go ahead (with strict COVID-19 hygiene principles in place), refer to up-to-date government guidelines prior to attending. Delivery format and dates may be subject to change. Your health and wellbeing always come first.

Course name

Date/location

Grant approved

Focused cardiac ultrasound workshop

7–8 November 2020, Geelong VIC

2 days emergency, obstetric, anaesthetic and surgery

Focused cardiac ultrasound workshop

21–22 November 2020, Brisbane QLD

2 days emergency, obstetric, anaesthetic and surgery

Trauma skills refresher

23 November, Geraldton WA

1 day emergency grant

Obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound

30 November – 4 December 2020, Broadbeach QLD

5 days obstetric, anaesthetic or surgery and 3 days emergency

Introduction to emergency medicine ultrasound

7–12 December 2020, Broadbeach QLD

5 days obstetric, anaesthetic or surgery and 3 days emergency

Ultrasound in rural medicine

14–18 December 2020, Broadbeach QLD

5 days obstetric, anaesthetic or surgery and 3 days emergency

Basic and advanced life support

11–12 December 2020, Parramatta NSW

2 days emergency or anaesthetics

Paediatric advanced life support

13 December, Parramatta NSW

1 day emergency or anaesthetics

Ultrasound in rural medicine core

14–16 December 2020, Broadbeach QLD

3 days emergency, obstetric, anaesthetic or surgery grant

CTEC’s The Cutting Edge: Advanced hand surgery for GPs workshop

16 December 2020, Crawley WA

1 day surgery

CTEC’s The Cutting Edge: Advanced procedures workshop

17 December 2020, Crawley WA

1 day surgery

Basic and advanced life support

18–19 December 2020, Brisbane QLD

2 days emergency or anaesthetics

Introduction to emergency medicine ultrasound

11–15‌ January 2020, Broadbeach QLD

5 days obstetric, anaesthetic or surgery and 3 days emergency


Upcoming courses – digital

Course name

Format, location

Grant approved

LearnEM courses

Multiple options, online

Grant dependent on course

Cardiac bootcamp self-study course

At your own pace, online

3 days emergency

Trauma radiology

At your own pace, online

2 days emergency or surgery

Ultrasound – Medical and surgical online

At your own pace, online

2 days, all components

Ultrasound – Critical care online

At your own pace, online

2 days, all components

Fetal Surveillance Education Program

Online

1 day obstetric

Advanced life support course

6 hours online plus virtual clinical assessment

1 day emergency or anaesthetic

Perinatal training program

At your own pace, online

Obstetrics grant dependent on modules completed

neoResus

3–5 hours online

1 day obstetric, emergency and anaesthetics

Perioperative

At your own pace, online

Anaesthetic, obstetric or emergency dependent on course and modules

ABCDs of acute behavioural emergencies

At your own pace online

2 days emergency mental health

Emergency medicine for rural GPs workshop

Saturday 7 November 2020, 1.00–5.00 pm, online (Zoom)

1 day emergency (pending CPD approval)


Rural Procedural Grants – August update

In this issue:

 

Caring for yourself in challenging times

Our thoughts are with all GPs at this time, but particularly those in the eastern states. It has been an incredibly challenging year and we’d like to thank you for all of your work on the frontlines.

Should you need help, don’t hesitate to contact the RACGP GP Support Program. This is a free and confidential psychological support service available to all members, delivered by LifeWorks. Access the service by calling 1300 361 008 (24 hours, seven days).
 


Locum placements

Due to a recent policy change, we can no longer process locum grant claims until after you have completed 28 days of locum work for the financial year. You will still be entitled to the grant, but we now must see evidence of having completed the 28 days before your claim can be processed.

When you’re planning your locum work this financial year, please be aware that new guidelines will be in place from 30 December 2020. The currently applicable health workforce areas will change from 1 January 2021, and locum work will need to be conducted in MMM 3–7 areas for the next half of the financial year in order to be eligible for the grants program.

 


Emergency mental health

Access to the new emergency mental health component of the Rural Procedural Grants Program is now available. You need to already be enrolled in emergency medicine if you want to claim for emergency mental health. To be eligible, we need a supporting letter from your hospital stating that you are responsible for providing care in respect of emergency mental health services/crisis intervention in patients presenting with acute mental health issues.

Please remember, training must be in relation to the ‘emergency’ aspect of mental health – not mental health plans that you would normally conduct in a general practice.

 

Update your practice details

If you move practice, or your practice details change, please remember to keep us updated. We can change these details quickly and easily in our system, and ensure your continued eligibility in the program.
 

Historical claim information/statements

Some of you have told us you have had issues retrieving statements through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

We have contacted the Department of Health, who informed us they are not aware of any issues with Provider Digital Access (PRODA) and statements prior to 1 July 2020 should be able to be retrieved. Contact the PRODA helpline on 1800 700 199 if you are unable to get into your account.
 


Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia CPD Standard

The Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA) CPD Standard is a means for GPs providing anaesthesia services to develop continuing professional development (CPD) activities in this area. Effective CPD is understood as educational activity that results in quality improvement in clinical practice. Curriculum for general practitioner anaesthesia is the standard reference for this program.

GPs who finish the JCCA CPD Standard program are given a certificate of completion by their college.

It is important to note this is separate to the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP). Activities submitted for an RPGP grant will also need to be submitted to the RACGP state CPD office if adjudication towards the JCCA CPD Standard requirements is required.

Details of the 2020–22 JCCA CPD Standard will be added to the RACGP website by the end of August.
 


RACGP Rural Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 RACGP Rural Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements and exceptional individuals for their contribution to rural general practice.

Do you know a rural or remote medical practitioner, GP in training or student who has made a valuable contribution to rural general practice? Let them know about the awards or nominate them today.

The 2020 awards include:

  • Brian Williams Award
  • Rural GP in Training of the Year Award
  • Medical Student Bursary Award
  • Community Project of the Year Award.

Awards are open nationally across all states and territories. Visit RACGP Rural Awards for more information and to nominate.
 


Grants for online training

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RACGP Rural worked with the Australian Government to implement revised eligibility arrangements for the RPGP as part of our efforts to support GPs during this unprecedented time.

Restrictions on claiming RPGP support for online CPD activities have been suspended until 31 December, and you can claim costs for a limited number of procedural or emergency medicine activities, at a rate of $1000 per day.

Please keep in mind that the training you choose must align with the component of the program in which you are enrolled. If you are enrolled in obstetrics for example you can’t claim for training focused only on emergency medicine.

Online course completion hours

Number of claimable days

Less than four hours

None

Over four hours but less than eight hours

One eg. $1000

Over eight hours but less than 12 hours

Two

Over 12 hours but less than 16 hours

Three (cap for emergency medicine)

Over 16 hours but less than 20 hours

Four


If unsure whether a course is eligible for a grant, you can ask the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) team. We’ll review the program and get back to you.


RACGP Rural Procedural Grants Program expert Cheryl Shepley joins Anne Davis on the Practice THAT! podcast to explain the program which has been designed with training for rural GPs in mind.
 


Rural Procedural Grants – June update

In this issue:

 

Temporary changes to the Rural Procedural Grants Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RACGP Rural has been working with the Australian Government to implement revised eligibility arrangements for the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) as part of our efforts to support GPs during this unprecedented time. 

These changes include the ability to claim for online education for a limited time, and additional emergency mental health funding from 1 July for eligible GPs.

In addition, restrictions on claiming RPGP support for online continuing professional development (CPD) activities will be suspended until 31 December. Participants can claim costs for a limited number of procedural/emergency medicine activities, at a rate of $1000 per day.

Find out more on the RACGP website.
 


Important changes to the way you claim

From 1 July 2020, we will launch an online claims system for the Rural Procedural Grants Program to streamline the process and make it easier for you to make a claim.

As we move to the new system, there will be a transition period from 14–28 June 2020 during which we will temporarily be unable to process claims. Please submit any outstanding claims by 11 June 2020.

Any claims that have not been submitted by 11 June 2020 can be made on or after 1 July 2020 in the new online system. More details and instructions on the new claims process will be provided to you as soon as possible.
 


Online education eligibility

We have had a number of enquiries regarding the types of online CPD activities that are eligible for RPGP support.

There seems to be some confusion as to how the process works, so hopefully this will help:

  • You can claim for any online course you completed between 11 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, and it will come from your 2019–20 financial year allocation.
  • You will need to submit your claim online using the new system on or after 1 July 2020. Just like any training, the financial year in which you complete the training is the year from which the allocation is taken.
  • You can claim RPGP support for online CPD activities until 31 December 2020.
 

Online courses must:

  • be focused on emergency medicine, anaesthetics, obstetrics or surgical procedural upskilling (the component of the program in which you are enrolled)
  • be relevant in a hospital setting
  • run for a minimum of four hours
  • be interactive and include an assessment component
  • include a certificate of completion.
 

If you are unsure a course fits the above parameters, please feel free to send the information to the RPGP team for adjudication prior to completion.

We are working on a list of eligible online courses, which we will share with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some examples of eligible courses:

  • LearnEM online courses
  • RANZCOG’s Online Fetal Surveillance Education Program
  • CRANAplus Advanced Life Support (ALS)
 

I am a locum GP; can I still access the RPGP during COVID-19?

The Australian Government recognises that locums play an important role in delivering continuity of healthcare in rural and remote communities.

As such, locums who meet the RPGP eligibility requirements and deliver 28 days of services per year in rural and remote communities are eligible to access grant support for online CPD activities.

Please note, locums must complete 28 days for a financial year – there is no longer an eight-separate-placements arrangement.
 


Dual Fellows

Specialists are excluded from the RPGP, even if they are also a GP.

So if you are a GP with an additional specialty qualification, such as Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, you are no longer eligible to participate.
 

Last chance for 2018–19 claims

Any outstanding claims for the 2018–19 financial year must be submitted by 11 June 2020. You can claim for the current financial year and the previous financial year, but nothing beyond that.

As the end of the financial year fast approaches and we are faced with a surplus of adjudications for online courses, we appreciate your patience. We endeavour to respond to you as soon as we possibly can.
 

Tax

Grant payments do not include GST, so you should retain your payment advice for tax requirements.

Incentive payments must be declared for tax purposes and we advise you to seek advice from your financial advisor, accountant or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) regarding tax arrangements.
 


HPOS and accessing your statements

The utilisation of Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS) for the RPGP will cease from 1 July 2020.

If you have previously accessed your statements electronically, you will be able to continue to access this information via HPOS, as payment advice sent to the HPOS mail centre will remain.

If you have been receiving this information via traditional postage, you will need to make a request to Services Australia to obtain this information. A cost may be incurred for this service.

The responsibility for processing grant payments will be transferring from Services Australia to the RACGP and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) from 1 July 2020. This change will not affect RPGP participants.

The two colleges and the Department of Health will have limited access to historical information once Services Australia ceases processing of payments, so if you would like to access your HPOS statements we encourage you to do so now.
 




Contact RACGP Rural

racgp.org.au/rural |  1800 636 764 |   rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au 

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