2019 has been a year of change for OTD training programs and policies in Australia. One major change has been the introduction of the Practice Experience Program (PEP) run by the RACGP. The PEP has two streams, the standard and specialist streams which we have explained below which will be for OTDs on the specialist pathway and for Non-VR GPs in Australia working towards fellowship.
PEP is a self-directed education program funded through the Department of Health’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy and brings the college in line with the goal to redirect OTDs towards areas which are classified as MMM2 or above on the Modified Monash Model.
The specialist stream is replacing the current Specialist Recognition Program from 1 September 2019 for GPs who hold substantially or partially comparable qualifications. Under the specialist stream, GPs will no longer be awarded Fellowship ad en Grandum (FAEG) but will be required to work in Australia for 12 months FTE prior to being awarded the full FRACGP. The good news is that even though theses GPs will technically be Non-VR, the RACGP has made sure that they will have full access to A1 Medicare rebates.
The major change is, as with most other programs, that the GPs will be required to work in areas that are MMM2+ for those initial 12 months at least to meet the requirements of fellowship. The RACGP will be applying and granted provider numbers to the GPs under this new program.
The PEP Standard stream is the new pathway for Non-VR GPs working in Australia who are working towards fellowship. The main things you need to know about this stream is:
You can find out more about the PEP streams on the RACGP website
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