COVID-19 – impact on FPM and ANZCA

The faculty continues to monitor the situation and impacts on fellows and trainees as a result of COVID-19


Ahpra creates COVID-19 sub-register

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) has created a new pandemic sub-register to fast track the return to the workforce of experienced and qualified health practitioners. Ahpra will be contacting over 40,000 practitioners who previously held general or specialist registration and left the Register of Practitioners, or moved to non-practising registration in the past three years to alert them that they will be added to this new sub-register. 

The temporary sub-register will operate on an opt-out basis with practitioners added automatically. They will not need to fill in forms or pay fees, nor meet the usual return to practice requirements. There is no obligation for anyone added to the sub-register to practise or remain on it. The pandemic sub-register is expected to be in place from 6 April. For more information visit the COVID-19 information page.


Update to MBS telehealth services


Effective 30 March 2020 the recently announced temporary MBS telehealth items have been expanded and no longer have any relation to diagnosing, treating or suspecting COVID-19. 

All Medicare eligible Australians can now receive these services.

All services provided using the new temporary MBS telehealth items must be bulk billed.

For specialist and consultant physician item numbers and further information, please see the MBS changes fact sheet.

ANZCA statement on PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic (30 March)


ANZCA has prepared general advice in relation to personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the statement here.


Changes to recertification requirements in New Zealand

In recognition of the difficulties doctors are likely to have accessing the usual channels and methods to undertake learning and development to meet recertification requirements, the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) has agreed to waive recertification requirements for the next 11 months. For further information please see the MCNZ website.

The ANZCA and FPM CPD Committee are considering all communications from regulatory authorities and considering how this will impact CPD participants annual and triennial requirements.​ 


ASM, FPM Symposium cancelled and face-to-face meetings suspended


On Friday 13 March, ANZCA president Dr Rod Mitchell issued a communique to announce the cancellation of the Perth Annual Scientific Meeting including the FPM Symposium in May, and the suspension of face-to-face meetings until 22 April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

The college contacted all fellows, trainees and specialist international medical graduates following a number of emergency meetings in relation to examinations, the ASM, college events, and potential impacts on training and our trainees, in particular those sitting examinations.

The college is working on minimising the impact of these changes on CPD and is carefully monitoring our exams, training and education activities.


Training and education activities


The faculty has postponed the external April long case assessments and is continuing to carefully monitor all our training and education activities. We have approached all our training units to understand how each unit is individually impacted. 

Our Training and Assessment Executive Committee have prepared advice for all trainees. This advice will be regularly updated when required.

For more information on the COVID-19 outbreak, please see the Australian Department of Health website and the New Zealand Ministry of Health website.

For further information from ANZCA, please refer to this page

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