Becoming an Accredited GP
All GPs undertaking obstetric shared care in South Australia are required to meet the accreditation requirements of the GP OSC SA and be familiar with both the program protocols and the policies of the participating hospital.
Approval for full accreditation is subject to both:
- Satisfactory obstetric experience, and
- Completion of an Accreditation Seminar.
Provisional accreditation may be approved for a period of up to 12 months on the basis that the GP attends and fulfils the requirements for a Category 1 Accreditation Seminar in that time. Provisional accreditation will usually be approved for GPs who have one of the following:
- DRANZCOG with current recertification, or equivalent qualification;
- Diploma Obstetrics RACOG, or CSCT in Women’s Health, plus recent involvement in antenatal care provision;
- FRANZCOG, FRACOG or FRCOG;
- GPs who can demonstrate recent significant obstetric experience such as having spent a minimum 3-month placement in obstetrics at a teaching hospital.
GPs who do not meet the obstetric experience requirements may apply to undertake a supervised obstetric clinical attachment at one of the public metropolitan maternity hospitals. If subsequent satisfactory clinical performance is demonstrated, provisional accreditation will be granted.
The ongoing accreditation of GPs for the GP OSC SA Program is managed within a 3-year accreditation cycle, which is conducted in parallel with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) triennium as defined by the RACGP and ACRRM.
To maintain accreditation a GP must demonstrate over the 3 year period that they have engaged in CPD activities equivalent to a minimum of 12 CPD points specific to Obstetric Shared Care. Four (4) of these points are allocated for participation at the CPD events organised by GP partners Australia over the three years.
Assessment of CPD activities is a role undertaken by the GPOSC SA Advisors and the two (2) CPD points per hour will be allocated; (in accordance with RACGP QA & CPD Program). The records management of CPD accreditation points will be managed by the GPOSC SA Co-ordinator.
CPD activities could include:
- GP OSC (SA) Accreditation Seminar
- GP OSC (SA) CPD events
- RANZCOG Diplomats Days
- DRANZCOG Revision course
- Online CPD activities eg GP learning
- Women’s health activities and other events conducted by GP Networks
- Other educational activities that can be demonstrated to be relevant to OSC eg part of a 40 point Active Learning Module
Rural GPs unable to meet this requirement need to contact the Obstetric Shared Care GP Coordinator.
For upcoming Obstetric Shared Care events click here