ANSC January Update: The Royal Hospital for Women

Seeking GP representatives for antenatal shared care

The Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) GP Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) Advisory Committee is seeking expressions of interest for GP representatives to join the program. The GP representative will provide valuable advice and input and will work with the committee to enhance various aspects of the program.

Selection criteria for the role includes the following:

  • Interest to influence best practice in ANSC and continuous quality improvement in general practice
  • Current affiliation with the RHW ANSC Program
  • Knowledge of the RHW ANSC model of care and experience managing patients under this model
  • Knowledge, skills, and attributes relevant to the role

pdf Click here (282 KB) for more information about this opportunity, including selection criteria and the application process.

document Click here (277 KB) for the application form. Please complete the application form and send with supporting documents to:

Keren David
Maternal and Child Health Program Officer
Due date: 17 February 2017

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Antenatal shared care CPD requirements

There is still time remaining for GPs to obtain the required CPD points to maintain affiliation status in the ANSC program. GPs are required to obtain at least 12 Category 2 or Category 1 points per triennium of approved antenatal training. GPs who have not yet met CPD requirements will have until 28 February 2017 to acquire the required points for the 2014-2016 triennium.

Upcoming opportunities

ANSC CPD points can also be accrued through attendance at Perinatal Meetings held at the Royal Hospital for Women. A total of 2 ANSC CPD points will be allocated for each hour attended.

There are places remaining in the upcoming Perinatal Meetings scheduled at RHW:

  • Tuesday 7 February 2017 (5 pm – 6 pm)
  • Tuesday 14 February 2017 (5 pm – 6 pm)
  • Tuesday 21 February 2017 (5 pm – 6 pm)
  • Tuesday 28 February 2017 (5 pm – 6 pm)

If you would like to attend any of the above meetings, please email CESPHN Maternal and Child Health Program Officer Keren David.

Online learning options

pdf Click here (106 KB) for more information. GPs can complete any of these online activities as part of the ongoing educational requirements for a recognised ANSC GP.

If you are unsure of your current point status, please contact CESPHN Maternal and Child Health Program Officer Keren David on 8752 4967.

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Antenatal care MBS item numbers

Did you know that GPs providing antenatal care may claim the following MBS items?

Item NumberDefinitionCriteriaMBS Fee
16500 Antenatal Attendance This item can be billed throughout the pregnancy $47.15
16591 Planning and management of pregnancy > 20 weeks where the care of the patient will be transferred to another medical practitioner for labour and delivery Once per pregnancy that has progressed beyond 20 weeks $142.65
4001 Non-directive pregnancy support counselling
#eligible GPs only

>20 mins
Three per pregnancy


#eligible GPs are those that have previously completed the requirement for provision of this service i.e. online non-directive counselling training provided by RACGP (GP Learning).

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Reminder: new credentialing process

The Royal Hospital for Women’s ANSC credentialing requirements have recently been reviewed and updated in order to ensure all facets of the program meet the high standard of care expected within the Australian Healthcare Standards Framework and by the community. All GPs who are currently affiliated or newly recognised with the RHW ANSC Program will need to fulfil the new credentialing requirements in order to maintain affiliation. The RHW would like to thank all GPs during the introduction of the updated credentialing process and we appreciate that these additional requirements have added to the workload.

pdf Click here (723 KB) for more information about the new credentialing requirements. This includes information about the requirements and processes for new affiliation, renewal, and maintenance of affiliation.

Supporting documents for credentialing

If you have any questions regarding the new RHW credentialing requirements, please contact:

Keren David
Maternal and Child Health Program Officer
P: 8752 4967

Julie Davis
GPSC Liaison Midwife
P: 9382 6016

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