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MBS changes for in-hours RACF visits from 1st March 2019


MBS changes for in-hours Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) visits from 1 March 2019

Since 1 March 2019, there are changes to the MBS items for in-hours RACF visits. There are NO changes to urgent after hours or non-urgent after hours RACF MBS items.

There are new in-hours RACF visit items to replace the old item numbers. The old items had a ‘ready reckoner" system – ie rebate is dependent on the number of patients seen during that visit. The new items do NOT have the ‘ready reckoner’ system. The new numbers can be claimed for each patient attended during a RACF visit.

There is a new flag fall amount/ call out fee for RACF visits:

  • #90001 for VR GPs – fee $55
  • #90002 for non-VR GPs – fee $40

The call out fee is only payable once per visit to a RACF. 90001 can be billed more than once on the same day when the practitioner is required to return to the RACF on a separate occasion on the same day. The call out fee is only paid when billed with one of the above new in-hours RACF items.

Please visit the March 2019 MBS Latest News page for full details:

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Immunisation Module for GPs


A new immunisation module has been added under GP Resources.

This module provides practical immunisation information for GPs including:

1. Where to access the latest National and State/Territory immunisation schedules

2. Risk classification of the immunisation schedule

3. Eligible criteria for common funded and private vaccines

4. Pre-vaccination procedures

5. Procedures for administering intramuscular and subcutaneous vaccines. 

To access this module, please go to

Mental Health Skills Training

There are 2 pathways in which GPs can obtain completion of MHST
  1. Completing a minimum 6 hour online course accredited as MHST by the GPMHSC Committee, or
  2. Completing a face to face course accredited as MHST by the GPMHSC Committee

If you would like to complete Mental Health Skills Training, there is an online option available via gplearning.

94398 - Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health (gplearning)

The Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health active learning module (ALM) provides general practitioners (GPs) with the skills to recognise and assess mental illnesses and to prepare evidence-based GP mental health treatment plans.
In recognition of these increased skills, GPs who have completed mental health skills training (MHST) gain access to additional MBS items 2715 and 2717.
The MHST modular pathway and this ALM consist of two modules:

A Mental Health Core Module, which provides an overview of the Australian mental healthcare system, aetiology of the common mental illnesses seen in general practice and how to complete mental health treatment plans.

A Mental Health Clinical Enhancement Module which provides participants with the opportunity increase their skills in detecting and managing mental illness in young people.

Please click on the below link to access the course on the RACGP website:

Every fortnight the RACGP's GPMHSC send a report to Medicare of GPs who have completed their Mental Health Skills Training and have a Medicare provider number in their system.

Medicare usually takes 4-6 weeks to process this and then they will send you a letter confirming that you are able to begin using the new MBS item numbers.

Another additional Mental Health Training with specific item number: 4001: for non-directive pregnancy support counselling services provided to women who are concerned about a current pregnancy, or a pregnancy that occurred in the preceding 12 months.  Rebates for up to three non-directive pregnancy support counselling services per patient, per pregnancy, may be claimed.

GPs who complete the Pregnancy advice and support (including assessment) activity on gplearning can use Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number 4001 when consultations meet the necessary requirements.

Please contact the gplearning Helpdesk if you have questions about these courses:

gplearning Helpdesk
T: 1800 284 789

(Edited by Shirley Fung - original submission Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:12 AM)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Check out one of the latest topics added on Learn 360: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. To access the module enter your login and password.