New legislation cuts Colleges out of loop

Is this the beginning of the end of the RACGP’s stranglehold on all things CPD?

A Bill, just passed by the House of Representatives, certainly seems to suggest so.

I know this newsletter is usually clinically-focussed but we think this development is too important to ignore.

The Bill (known by the catchy title the Health Insurance Amendment (General Practitioners and Quality Assurance) Bill 2020) paves the way for Medicare Services to say that if a GP is on the medical register they can access the higher Medicare rebates. No more getting the RACGP or ACRRM to report whether the GP has completed their triennium CPD requirements. If it’s good enough for AHPRA to register them it’s good enough for Medicare Services to pay them.

“There will be no need for Services Australia to liaise with bodies like the RACGP and ACRRM and instead will rely on the Ahpra public register to determine eligibility to access higher Medicare rebates. This is consistent with other specialities under the National Law”, according to the explanatory memorandum.

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Parliament of Australia [Internet]. Canberra ACT: The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, House of Representatives. Health Insurance Amendment (General Practitioners and Quality Assurance) Bill 2020: Explanatory Memorandum. 2019-2020. Available from:;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr6505_ems_3eac2a60-e04f-4673-9ea5-e0768a2c7a07%22

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