Are you a general practitioner who risks losing access to higher rebates on 16 June 2021?

Recent legislative changes have simplified recognition of General Practitioners (GPs) as specialists, streamlining access to higher Medicare rebates for your patients. GP access to Medicare will be determined by continued registration status with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). Medical practitioners who have been awarded fellowship must be registered as a Specialist GP with Ahpra.  

Fellows who do not hold specialist registration with Ahpra 

If you have gained fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and are not registered as a specialist with Ahpra, you must apply to update your registration status with Ahpra by 16 April 2021 prior to expiry of the transition period. Current Fellows of the RACGP and ACCRM who do not hold specialist registration with Ahpra AND do not complete an application for specialist GP registration in time will lose access to the higher rebates. You can check if you fall into this group by: 

  1. Checking your current registration status with Ahpra by clicking here

  1. Type in your Surname and Christian name and click on the ‘Search’ button. 

  1. If there are multiple entries, scroll until you find your details and Click on ‘View Details’ 

  1. Scroll down the page to ‘Registration Type’. 

  1. If you are a fellow of the RACGP or ACRRM, you should hold Type:  Specialist registration and Specialty: General Practice 

  1. If you hold General Registration only you will have to apply for specialist registration with Ahpra before 16 April 2021 by clicking applying to update my registration status 

  1. If you need assistance to submit your application, please contact Ahpra on 1300 419 495 

Doctors who were previously on the Vocational Register 

GPs who were previously listed on the Vocational Register and wish to be re-instated and recognised as a GP by Medicare, will need to complete an Application for Vocational Registration for General Practitioner form.  Forms must be submitted to Services Australia by 30 April 2021. There will be no opportunity to return to the Vocational Register after 15 June 2021

If you no longer need access to specialist GP Medicare items no further action is necessary. If you are already registered as a specialist GP with Ahpra no further action is necessary.  

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