In practice: MBS, GP22 and women’s health

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Members can now access a new online MBS tool as submissions are sought for this year’s national conference program.

The new RACGP MBS Comprehensive List Tool provides a compilation of all GP items included in other guides.


This week’s roundup also includes information on the all-new RACGP Plus, a campaign to “unclog the hospital”, how to become a parkrun practice, the National Practice Owners Conference, EMDR therapy and a survey. on women’s health Jean Hailes.



MBS Online Tool – Full MBS List Now Available
The RACGP has added a new guide to its Online MBS Tool.


the Complete list of MBS is a compilation of all the General Medicine MBS items included in other guides that are part of the MBS Online tool. It includes face-to-face, videoconference and telephone elements.


The tool allows GPs to enter fees for services provided in your practice and will automatically calculate the patient’s personal contribution based on the MBS discount.


The following guides are available as part of the tool:

 

The tool also includes a ‘Create my own list‘ which allows GPs to create their own personalized list of MBS articles from all the articles available on the MBS.

For GPs who prefer hard copies, all guides can be saved and printed.

National Practice Owners Conference

The financial future of general practice. Securing financing, measuring commercial and operational performance. Increase the goodwill value of a medical center.

For more information on these topics, general practitioners can join CommBank Health to 2022 National Practice Owners Conferenceor Belinda Hegarty will provide information on:

  • what banks are looking for in a financing application for medical centers and surgeries
  • what needs to be in place for buying a practice, expanding an existing practice, purchasing equipment, and structuring or refinancing existing loans
  • what practical business plans or financial projections for a bank should look like
  • how to track and measure key financial or operational metrics in a practice
  • what factors affect the measurement of a practice’s goodwill.

Australian Medical Association Clear the hospital logjam campaign

The AMA recently launched a campaign calling for hospital funding reform, which highlights the declining performance of hospitals across Australia and pushes for urgent action to address access to hospital care.

As part of this campaign, the AMA called for more investment in general practice to help prevent avoidable admissions and readmissions. Other proposed measures include the reintroduction of funding for improving hospital performance and expanding the capacity of public hospitals.

Interested members can get involved in a number of ways, including sharing their stories of hospital traffic jams with [email protected]

All members interested in learning more about the campaign can visit the WADA website “Eliminate the hospital traffic jam” Web page.

The GP22 call for applications is now open

The GP22 Advisory Group is inviting applications for this year’s national conference programme, which will be held November 25-27 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

General practitioners have the chance to share the unique contribution they make, together with their colleagues, to patients, the general medical profession and health care in Australia.

The RACGP asks:

  • 15-minute oral presentations to share research
  • one hour clinical presentations
  • clinical and research poster/ePoster presentations.

More information is available on the RACGP website.

Become a parkrun trainer

RACGP has partnered with parkrun Australia to launch Parkrun Practice, an initiative that encourages and empowers GPs and GPs across Australia to link up with their local parkrun to become ‘Parkrun Practices’ .

Research shows that parkrun can improve the health and well-being of patients and staff through exercise, friendship and personal empowerment. More information is available on the RACGP website.

The New Home of Member Benefits
The all-new RACGP Plus offers a wider range of offers from Australia’s leading retailers, including essentials, professional services for practices, a wide range of electronics shopping and luxury cars.


More information and to configure an electronic wallet are available on the RACGP Plus website.



RACGP “Mental bites” webinar series

EMDR therapy – a “trauma-informed” approach to mental illness – where is the evidence?
Webinar: Thursday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (AEST)
1 CPD point available


“Mental bites” tackles common mental health issues, with the second webinar in the series together to discuss evidence-based practices in dealing with trauma.


EMDR therapy is one such approach and was included in the list of targeted psychological strategies (FPS) in 2020 – the only addition since the introduction of the Better Access program in 2006.


Attendees will get an overview of practical skills and have the chance to participate in a Q&A session with an expert on this topic.


Whether GPs have a high level of experience and training in psychological medicine, or simply want to improve their skills and increase their confidence in applying those skills in consultations, this webinar series will cover common and relevant topics in psychological medicine with which general practitioners are confronted in their daily practice.



Register online.



What do Australian women need to be healthy and happy?
RACGP Community Partner Jean Hailes launched the 2022 National Women’s Health Survey.


It’s a chance for every woman in Australia to express what she needs to be healthy and happy. Participants who complete the survey can enter the draw for one of 10 $100 EFTPOS gift cards.



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