WHAT WE ASKED FOR?
The Australian Medical Association (WA) believes that all specialist-recognised practitioners should be appointed and paid as specialists/consultants.
WA Health continues to appoint specialist practitioners in non-specialist roles, which attract lower salaries. This typically applies to the skill set of specialist General Practice. WA Health wants to benefit from the qualification, but they do not want to recognise it and pay for it.
The AMA (WA) definition of consultant/specialist includes a medical practitioner who holds the qualifications of a university or college recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), or “in exceptional circumstances to satisfy areas of unmet need, such other specialist qualifications recognised by the DG of Health”.
General Practice is already recognised by the AMC. Practitioners with qualifications from the RACGP and ACRRM are registered specialists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), as are those GPs recognised under the Health Insurance Act.
WA HEALTH'S OFFER
WA Health refuse to consider recognising all specialist-recognised practitioners as specialists. In other words, they refuse to recognise General Practitioners as specialists.
Instead, WA Health has proposed a revised classification structure for rural GPs only. However, this does not provide for pay parity with other specialists.
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