Plan ahead for collaboration

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The AMA is urging GPs to sign-up to the government’s plans for them to work in collaborative arrangements with nurses and midwives, despite risks that the move could leave doctors out-of-pocket.

Ahead of the November start date for reforms to allow nurses and midwives to get MBS and PBS access, the AMA is calling on GPs to jump on the band-wagon.

... Federal President Dr Andrew Pesce insists there is a “real need” for the move.

... The AMA advises GPs to check with their indemnity provider to confirm they are covered while within the collaboration and to have a written agreement with the midwife or nurse.

Doctors should also ensure that any collaborative arrangement does not extend beyond their current area of practice, and to be prepared for arrangements that do not work out and need to be terminated, the AMA says.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448