GP Network News, Issue 12 Number 31
The AMA reminds all members to renew their medical registration by 30 September 2012.
AHPRA is encouraging registrants to renew online at www.ahpra.gov.au. To do this you will need to know your User ID and your password. If you have misplaced your User ID and password, contact AHPRA on 1300 419 495. Please note that your User ID is different to your registration number that appears on the National Register.
If you have not yet renewed your registration, you would have received electronic or hardcopy reminders from AHPRA. If you have not received any reminders to renew or are unsure, please check the National Register to make sure your details are up to date or contact AHPRA on 1300 419 495.
There are four things you can do to prepare for your renewal:
Leaving renewal to the last minute may have serious consequences for your practice.
The AMA welcomes the release this week of the research, Getting Doctors into the Bush: GPs Preferences for Rural Location, which investigated the types of incentives and compensation needed to entice GPs to shift to rural locations.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said that the research highlights the need for a robust set of incentives – a comprehensive plan, such as the AMA has to attract doctors and medical students to live and work in rural and regional Australia.
The AMA Position Statement on Regional/Rural Workforce Initiatives 2012 identifies possible solutions to help attract and retain more doctors in regional and rural areas.
The AMA Plan urges the Government to:
The AMA, concerned about the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) and its application to determine the distribution of financial incentives, has also recommended a proper review.
Click here for full press release.
The AMA has developed a new Position Statement on Access to Medical Care for Older Australians, which highlights medical care as an integral component of comprehensive quality aged care.
Dr Hambleton, said today that the AMA has for many years promoted the importance of access to medical care for older Australians but successive Governments have failed to elevate medical care as a priority in their aged care policies.
Dr Hambleton said that the Government’s recent Living Longer Living Better aged care package failed to give any prominence to medical care. The aged care sector must be able to provide the level and quality of medical, nursing and allied health services required to meet the needs of the ageing population. Without appropriate policy and funding measures, there is a very real risk that older Australians will not be able to get the medical care they need when they need it. The Government must take a serious look at measures to ensure that older Australians continue to have access to medical care in their twilight years.
“The AMA Position Statement sets out the measures that the Government should put in place now to allow our ageing population to secure affordable medical care into the future,” Dr Hambleton said.
“Medicare rebates for medical services provided in residential aged care facilities must be increased to reflect the complexity of care and the significant amount of additional, but clinically relevant, non face-to-face time with the patient that goes into overseeing their care.”
The AMA Position Statement on Access to Medical Care for Older Australians is available here.
View the full press release here.
An AMA survey of medical professionals working in the aged care sector has found that the aged care medical workforce is ageing and that more than 15 per cent are intending to reduce their aged care visits over the next two years.
The survey of general practitioners, consultant physicians, geriatricians, emergency physicians, psychiatrists, and palliative medicine specialists was conducted in July 2012 and received 845 responses.
Dr Hambleton, said today that the survey shows clearly that the older medical workforce is providing the majority of medical services to older Australians in residential aged care.
“Our survey shows that the medical workforce in aged care is ageing and individuals are starting to cut back their visits, and that younger health professionals are not moving in to fill the gap.
“Current aged care policies ignore medical workforce issues and medical workforce planning.
“This survey shows that governments and aged care advocates must urgently embrace policies to build and support medical care in aged care. If not, older Australians who lack mobility and cannot travel to the surgery are going to have less and less access to quality medical care in coming years,” Dr Hambleton said.
Click here for the full press release and the key findings of the 2012 AMA aged care survey.
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