COVID-19 update

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This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving international health concern. This page will be updated with NTGPE's latest information as it becomes available. 

The information on this page was last updated: Monday 29 June 2020

NTGPE continues to closely monitor advice given by the NT and Australian Government Departments of Health. We will be continuing to review and modify our approach as new decisions affecting our operations are made and provide regular updates to GP registrars, GP supervisors, training posts, JFPP participants and other stakeholders.

Our focus is the safety of our staff, stakeholders and the community, along with protecting the primary health care workforce in the NT.  We are working with the Dept of Health, ACRRM and the RACGP to minimise the impact on GP registrar training and pathway to fellowship.

We are very mindful of the enormous pressure that practices, GP supervisors, GP registrars and patients are currently under, and we want to reassure you that we are here to work with you and support you through this unprecedented and difficult time.

NTGPE program and corporate staff are working in the Darwin and Alice Springs offices, and Medical Educators will continue to work from home.

NTGPE key measures

These are the key measures to date:

  • NTGPE has an approved NT Government COVID-19 Safety Plan 
  • Where possible we are deferring or delivering through alternate methods rather than cancelling events and activities
  • Staff travel is being limited to important, time-sensitive trips

Status of NTGPE events and activities:

  • Face-to-face Small Group Learning (SGL) continues to be delivered online
  • GPR Workshop 2020.2 has been modified and will be in Darwin 27–30 October and include the 2020.1 workshop
  • ECTVs will be undertaken by video where possible; where required a local ECT visitor will be used for in-person visits
  • GP supervisor professional development – postpone 2020.1 sessions to 2020.2 (Supervisors in Central Australia received this training in February 2020)
  • Cultural Immersion Camps scheduled for June – deferred
  • Cultural Teaching Visits (CTVs) – deferred
  • Mobile Office in Gove, Alice Springs and Katherine in second half of 2020 – under review
  • NTGPE Fellowship and Awards Night 25 September – postponed
  • General Practice Training and Education Conference (GPTEC 2020) – postponed and will now be held in Darwin in September 2021

We are informing those GP registrars, GP supervisors and training posts affected by these decisions directly and will continue to make information available on this page.

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Telehealth consultation

COVID-19 is changing the face of General Practice rapidly and with that, NTGPE understands there may be an urgent need to have GP registrars participate in telehealth via either phone or video.

Despite the urgency to participate in telehealth, the ongoing training and supervision of GP registrars is important to our patients’ wellbeing and the future of our profession.

Telehealth consultations can be counted towards training time in-line with communication received from the RACGP and ACRRM (see links below).

Supervision and practice based teaching is expected to continue, commensurate with normal supervision requirements. This can include direct observation, medical record reviews and random case analysis, case based discussions, and assistance with cases during consultations. Supervision can continue face to face or remotely. However, please notify NTGPE of changes to supervision plans by emailing supervisor@ntgpe.org .

Steps to take:

  1. Discuss telehealth with your registrars and determine how your practice or training facility might incorporate telehealth into GP Registrar training.
  2. Complete the application form found here. This is required for all practices, supervisors and NTGPE registrars participating in telehealth.
  3. Please email completed form to supervisor@ntgpe.org.
  4. Ensure your GP registrar complies with the new MBS items numbers for telehealth and any changes that may occur; and notify NTGPE supervisor@ntgpe.org of changes to supervision (such as isolated or quarantined GP supervisors or GP registrars) or work arrangements (e.g. change of location, clinic, onsite or offsite).

NTGPE Telehealth application form

More information on telehealth participation is available through both colleges at the following links:

ACRRM: https://www.acrrm.org.au/support/clinicians/community-support/coronavirus-support

RACGP: https://www.racgp.org.au/coronavirus