COVID-19: GP college resources, telehealth and practice support

Posted on 30th Mar 2020

We know you are under pressure in the current environment and are adapting to the introduction of telehealth, PPE, social distancing and learning via remote means. We understand that supervisors may become ill or too busy to commit to their teaching and supervisory requirements. Many of you will be engaging in telehealth and some will be doing this from home. This is an unusual situation and WAGPET is here to help.

In conjunction with both colleges, we are considering all innovative, flexible and adaptive ways for practices and supervisors to continue to fulfil their supervision and training requirements. Approval for alternative arrangements is required and we hope to make this process as streamlined as possible. We have created the following forms to help you with these alternative models of teaching and supervision and remote supervision for registrars using telehealth from home:

COVID-19 webinars

Did you miss our webinar on the impacts of COVID-19 on GP vocational training last week? You can watch the recording here.

To meet the immediate needs of members, ACRRM held a webinar on Wednesday with telehealth expert and member Dr Shannon Nott. The webinar, which covers the basics on telehealth implementation can be watched here.

In partnership with Rural Health West and WAPHA, RACGP WA hosted a webinar on the use of telehealth in response to the COVID-19. Watch the recording here.

Telehealth MBS items

The new COVID-19 telehealth MBS items can now be claimed in general practice, providing vulnerable patients with bulk-billed services. Visit the Medicare website for more information here.

ACRRM has also created a series of resources to assist you in providing patient care during COVID-19 with telehealth. These resources include:

GP college COVID-19 resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving health concern and we know this may be having a significant impact on GP vocational training. ACRRM and RACGP have created dedicated pages on their website to support you during this crisis.

The COVID-19 Support page on the ACRRM website is frequently updated with resources relevant to you as registrars and supervisors in general practice. These resources include FAQs, posters and factsheets. Visit the page here to learn more.

On the COVID-19 page on the RACGP website, you will find detailed information about the impacts of COVID-19 on your vocational training. From examination postponement to telehealth, enrolments to leave. Visit the page here to learn more.

Preparing your practice in crisis

GP Supervisors Australia (GPSA) has created a support kit to help you prepare your practice with a response plan for COVID-19. We encourage registrars, supervisors and practice staff to work together to develop your pandemic response plan to ensure every member of the practice is involved and informed about all practice processes. Download a copy of the COVID-19 Practice Preparation Support Kit here.