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19AA of the Health Insurance Act 1973

What it does

Section 19AA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act)

Section 19AA of the Act places a requirement on all doctors who are permanent residents or Australian citizens to obtain vocational recognition as a GP, specialist or consultant physician to obtain Medicare access. A doctor is considered to be vocationally recognised once they have obtained a Fellowship qualification that is recognised in Australia.

Doctors who are subject to section 19AA of the Act may otherwise obtain Medicare access if they are working towards obtaining a Fellowship qualification on one of the approved workforce or training programs that are included in Schedule 5, Part 2 of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975 (the Regulations). Further information regarding these programs can be found at: www.doctorconnect.gov.au/

What it achieves

Section 19AA of the Act is a quality assurance measure and was introduced to recognise and support general practice as a vocational specialty, as well as to provide a framework for achieving long term improvements in the quality of doctors working in Australia. Please note that there is no exemption from section 19AA of the Act.

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Email: 19AA@health.gov.au
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For questions about provider numbers
Department of Human Services (DHS) - Medicare
Call 132 150 (all States)
OR
Email: PROVIDER.REGISTRATION@humanservices.gov.au