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ISSUE 19: APRIL 2021


Hi <<First name>>, 

Welcome to Issue 19 of Practice Made Perfect, a newsletter for practice managers in remote, rural and regional NSW, brought to you by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).
 
Our thoughts are with communities and health practitioners impacted - personally and professionally - by the flooding in NSW.

During these tough times, please try to remember your own self-care.

RDN’s Rural Health Together initiative provides rural health professionals with self-care support.

Visit ruralhealthtogether.info.

IN THIS EDITION


Subsidised training positions for practice managers
The role of Medical Practice Assistants in a contemporary practice setting

RDN ONLINE EDUCATION

The process of employing an IMG
Breakfast with Gary - February edition

RESOURCES

OTHER EDUCATION

SUBSIDISED TRAINING POSITIONS FOR PRACTICE MANAGERS


NSW Rural Doctors Network, in partnership with registered training organisation UNE Partnerships, is seeking expressions of interest from practice managers in MMM 3-7 locations who are looking to upskill.

Dependent on your level of experience, RDN is subsidising two types of training.


FUNDAMENTALS OF PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Twenty subsidised positions are available for practice managers who are new or transitioning to the role. 


DIPLOMA OF LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE

Fifteen subsidised positions are available for experienced practice managers who want to enhance their skills and knowledge. 
 
Please check eligibility criteria and course commitments
 

The expression of interest period will close COB Friday 30 April 2021. Find out more information here

For any further questions please contact Kristy Seysener – Retention Manager via kseysener@nswrdn.com.au or phone 02 4924 8093.

Pictured above: The 2019 practice managers who received funding for the Diploma gained so much from meeting each other in person.
"It doesn't matter what age you are or how much experience you have, the Diploma is an incredible opportunity for any practice manager wanting to increase their knowledge and skills." 
- Tania Cotterill, Practice Manager at Glenrock Country Practice.

Read more about how successful completion of the Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership has assisted Tania to increase her knowledge and skills as a practice manager.

THE ROLE OF MEDICAL PRACTICE ASSISTANTS IN A CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE SETTING
 

Busy practices are often looking for innovative and efficient ways to improve their businesses, often with diminishing resources at their disposal.
 
Medical Practice Assistants (MPAs) are highly valued, multi-skilled team members of the medical practice, formally trained to provide administrative and clinical assistance to health practitioners.
 
RDN’s Workforce Retention Manager recently attended the inaugural Medical Practice Assisting Conference in Newcastle. The conference was hosted by the HNECCPHN in collaboration with University of New England Partnerships (UNEP) and the AAPM, and focused on the role of the MPA in the contemporary general practice setting.

Pictured: MPA Carla Barkwill (left) and MPA Sharon McSwan (right) from Gloucester Medico, with RDN Retention Manager Kristy Seysener (middle) at the Medical Practice Assisting Conference in Newcastle.
If you would like more information about the role of an MPA you can contact Kristy Seysener, Retention Manager via kseysener@nswrdn.com.au or for more information about this qualification visit the UNE Partnerships website or contact Margaret Kirby, Program Manager at UNE Partnerships on 02 6773 0020.
 

RURAL HEALTH PROFILE: KIM WEEKS

Read about how Kim Weeks, Practice Manager at Marima Medical Practice is integrating MPA’s into their practice. Kim says MPAs have improved the patient experience and provided unexpected benefits.

RDN ONLINE EDUCATION

THE PROCESS OF EMPLOYING AN IMG - FREE WEBINAR

 
Understand the benefits and process to employ an International Medical Graduate (IMG) with this informative webinar presented by RDN Recruitment Services Manager Chris Anderson and HR+ Tasmania Project Support Officer Ros Schramm.

Employing IMGs is one option that a practice can use when planning for business growth, replacing GPs and to address the communities' primary care needs.
 
Topics to be covered include:
  • how to evaluate a potential doctors CV
  • 19 AB requirements
  • registration
  • immigration
  • provider numbers
  • the process of applying for a Health Workforce Certificate.
Thursday 15 April, 8-9am AEST

DID YOU MISS THE FEBRUARY 2021 BREAKFAST WITH GARY WEBINAR?


If you missed the first 2021 Breakfast with Gary webinar you can catch up on Rural Health Pro now.
 
Some of the topics include:
  • industry updates
  • telehealth
  • Super choice
  • changes to VR’d doctors
  • COVID-19 vaccines.
Join Rural Health Pro to access this webinar and become a member of the Practice Management Group for more great resources.

OTHER RESOURCES

CHANGES TO ACCESS TO HIGHER REBATES FOR GPS

 
Recent legislative changes have simplified recognition of GPs as specialists, streamlining access to higher Medicare rebates for patients. GP access to Medicare will be determined by continued registration status with AHPRA.

Medical practitioners who have been awarded fellowship must be registered as a Specialist GP with AHPRA. You can check your current registration with AHPRA here.
 
You must be registered as a specialist with AHPRA before 16 April to avoid losing access to higher rebates.

To register, or for more information, visit the AHPRA website.

RACGP PRACTICE TO PRACTICE PROGRAM

 
The RACGP Practice to Practice pilot program links up practices and GPs and encourages the development of a mutually beneficial relationship between them. 
 
This relationship could include opportunities for coaching and mentoring, locum opportunities, exposure to different skills and services, peer to peer support, problem-solving, and remote telehealth workforce support.

Get involved with Practice to Practice.
  

AAPM TIP SHEET - SETTING UP FOR PHASE 1B OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT

 
The Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) recently shared with its members a Tip Sheet for Practice Managers who are setting up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
 
The tip sheet is intended to provide a checklist of considerations to be included in planning for the set-up of a practice as an authorised vaccination site in the Phase 1B rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.  
 
Find the tip sheet here.

Thank you to AAPM for sharing this resource with the Practice Made Perfect audience.

EXTENSION OF TELEHEALTH SERVICES AND HEALTH DIRECT VIDEO CALL SYSTEM

The Federal Government has extended support for telehealth on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for a further three months until June 30 as part of a $1.1 billion package. The temporary measures were due to expire on March 31. 

Read more.  

OTHER EDUCATION

MAXIMISING YOUR PRACTICE WITH TELEHEALTH AND CLOUD-BASED SYSTEMS - WEBINAR


Explore the benefits of using telehealth in the AAPM webinar: Maximising your practice with telehealth and cloud-based systems. Interactive panel discussions and live demonstrations will show you how easy it is to set up telehealth and cloud-based systems in your practice.
 
Thursday 15 April 1-2pm AEST
Register here.
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