March 2018

WEBINAR – Inside Story On The 5th Edition Standards

Join Kathryn Davis for a one hour webinar outlining the main changes in the RACGP Standards for general practice 5th edition with extra tips to help you with the process of understanding the new standards.

Our first webinar will be on Thursday 19 April 2018 @ 12:30pm AEST.

REGISTER NOW: Webinar – Inside Story on the 5th edition Standards

Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) Scheme

The new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme came into effect on 22 February 2018. The NDB scheme applies to all agencies and organisations with existing personal information security obligations under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 … read more:

Information Security In General Practice

A new resource has been published by the RACGP – Information security in general practice replaces the existing Computer and Information Security Standards (CISS). The new resource includes information relating to essential business practice and policies & procedures to protect general practice information systems.

After Hours Other Medical Practitioners (AHOMPs) Programme

Four new urgent after-hours MBS items were introduced on 1 March; and two existing urgent after-hours items were removed. Vocationally-registered and vocationally-recognised GPs and GP registrars will receive a higher MBS rebate than non-vocationally recognised doctors working in metropolitan areas.

Current urgent after-hours arrangements in rural and remote areas will not change; and current rebate levels for all doctors providing urgent after-hours services between 11:00pm and 7:00am will also stay the same … read more >>

The AHOMPs programme guidelines have been updated.

Quality Improvement Incentive Deferred

The Department of Health has decided to delay the introduction of the Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement Incentive until 1 May 2019. The new time-frame will mean that the following five incentives (which were to cease on 1 May 2018) will now continue through to 30 April 2019:

  • Asthma Incentive;
  • Quality Prescribing Incentive;
  • Cervical Screening Incentive;
  • Diabetes Incentive; and
  • General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive.

Incentives News Update

Practices can keep up-to-date with any changes to the  Practice Incentive Program (PIP) and the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) via the Incentives News Update which is published four times a year by the Department of Human Services … read more >>

Campaign To Target Low Immunisation Rates

Parents in areas of low vaccination rates in children five years and under will be targeted under the second phase of the ‘Get the Facts about Immunisation’ campaign. The second phase of the $5.5 million education campaign will run for six weeks through online video, social media and online search … read the Media Release >>

National Immunisation Program

The Immunise Australia Program website is being updated … read more >>
An improved digital version of the Australian Immunisation Handbook is also currently being developed – this will be available later in the year.

National Employment Standards

Did you know that an employment contract can be in writing or verbal; however the National Employment Standards (NES) are 10 minimum employment entitlements that must be provided to all employees. The national minimum wage and the NES make up the minimum entitlements for employees in Australia … read more >>

APNA Nurse Awards

Do you have a star nurse in your practice? Nominations for the 2018 APNA Nurse Awards are now open – there are two categories: ‘APNA Recently Graduated Nurse of the Year’ and ‘APNA Nurse of the Year … read more >>

MBS Online

The 1 March 2018 MBS files (XML, DOC, PDF and ZIP) can now be downloaded from the MBS Online website: March 2018 downloads page. A summary of changes is available on the  March 2018 Latest News page.


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