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In Practice: Medicare Participation Review Committees


Morgan Liotta


6/06/2024 3:11:01 PM

Nominations are open for GPs looking to help safeguard the future of Medicare and ensure users are fit to participate in the program.

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DoHAC is inviting GPs to nominate for a position on one of its independent Medicare Participation Review Committees.

This week’s In Practice also features information on a new training opportunity related to team-based care for patients with a chronic disease and dementia, as well as a webinar focused on how GPs can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents.
 
Medicare Participation Review Committees
The Department of Health and Aged Care is inviting GPs to nominate for a position on one of its independent Medicare Participation Review Committees (MPRCs).
 
MPRCs are independent statutory committees established on a case-by-case basis to determine if a practitioner should maintain the right to participate in the Medicare program. Notifications are referred to committees when a medical practitioner has had a pecuniary penalty order made against them for a civil contravention or been convicted of an offence.
 
Nominations are made for an indefinite time and successful applicants are expected to dedicate 1–2 days per hearing, with additional time for reading/preparation and discussion. Remuneration and travel are provided, and selected GPs can consider availability before accepting their formal appointment.
 
MPRCs operate independently and have no relationship to the Practitioner Review Program. Successful members are chosen by the committee Chairs and will fulfil their role as an individual, rather than representing an organisation.
 
GPs interested in nominating should send a current CV to Amanda Gardner, Representatives Endorsements Coordinator, by Tuesday 11 June, along with their preferred contact details.
 
Team-based management of chronic disease with comorbid dementia
Webinar: Tuesday 18 June, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEST)
CPD: 1 hour EA
 
Presented in partnership with Dementia Training Australia, RACGP Specific Interests is inviting members to discuss how to organise team-based care for patients with chronic disease and dementia.
 
The hosts – GP Professor Dimity Pond and practice nurse Caroline Gibson – will explore how to use a collaborative approach, care planning, case conferencing and other relevant MBS-approved strategies.

Register online.
 
Uncovering the worries of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents
Webinar: Thursday 13 June, 7.00 – 8.30 pm (AEST)
CPD: 1.5 hours EA
 
The third instalment of RACGP Specific Interests 2024 Emerging Minds webinar series will detail how GPs can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents, and the parent–child relationship, by embedding principles of cultural safety into practice.
 
An expert panel featuring Dr Helen Milroy, Professor Tricia Nagel, and Dr Danielle Arabena will explore the practice skills required to effectively work with parents to explore and respond to concerns about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
 
Register online.
 
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