Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) Program

This page contains information on the Approved Medical Deputising Service Program

Page last updated: 19 September 2016

What is an AMDS?

An AMDS service provider is an organisation which directly arranges for medical practitioners to provide after-hours medical services to patients of Practice Principles during the absence of, and at the request of, the Practice Principal.

An AMDS service provider is required to operate and provide uninterrupted access to care, for the whole of the after-hours period. The defined after-hours periods that must be covered by the AMDS service provider are: 6pm – 8am Weekdays, from noon Saturday, all day Sunday and public holidays.

An AMDS service provider must demonstrate that consultations and home visits are provided during the unsociable hours.

Summary of obligations for AMDS providers

  1. The Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) Program is a workforce program intended to expand the pool of available doctors who provide after-hours ONLY services including home visits on behalf of general practice Principals, during the whole of the Commonwealth defined after-hours period. Service providers approved to be on the Program have a current deed of agreement with Health.
  2. All AMDS applicants must have full accreditation and provide evidence from the relevant accreditation agency that they are currently operating as a medical deputising service.
  3. Operating as an AMDS means delivering home visits or after-hours clinic services during the whole of the Commonwealth defined after-hours period.
  4. All AMDS providers must have agreements with general practices to deliver after-hours services including home visits to patients on behalf of, and at the request of, general practice Principals.
  5. All AMDS providers must operate independently to a daytime general practice and not be co-located or share surgery or receptionist facilities.
  6. All AMDS providers must have a communications/control centre located within the physical location of the AMDS, operational for the majority of the Commonwealth defined after-hours period and not be outsourced to an external agency.
  7. Upon signing the deed with Health, AMDS providers agree to abide and operate within the parameters set by the AMDS Program Guidelines.
  8. All GPs employed by AMDS providers must be supervised by the Medical Director or other vocationally recognised GP in accordance with the supervision requirements set by the Medical Board of Australia.
  9. All GPs participating in the AMDS Program must complete within three months of commencing on the Program, an Advanced Life Support Course as approved by the RACGP or ACRRM.

Service Providers

Numbers of AMDS providers – 114


2012
2013
2014
2015
20161
Number of 1 year deeds approved during the year
2
14
43
42
8
Number of 3 year deeds approved during the year
8
17
35
37
21
Total number of AMDS Providers
66
76
83
115
114

Flow Chart

PDF version: Approved Medical Deputising Service – Program flow chart (PDF 102KB)
Word version: Approved Medical Deputising Service – Program flow chart (Word 65KB)

The flow chart describes the process taken by Health to process applications to participate on the Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) Program.

Department of Health Decision Phase

  • Step 1 Receipt of AMDS application for doctor’s participation
  • Step 2 Assess against eligibility criteria
  • If no - Advise Service Provider
  • If eligible - go to step 3
  • Step 3 If eligible Health grants an approved placement and provides advice to the Department of Human Service (DHS) to send notice to the AMDS (regarding the doctor’s participation).
  • Step 4 Health issues the Service Provider and DHS with an approved placement for the doctor’s participation

Department of Human Service (DHS) Administration Phase

  • Step 1 DHS receives approved doctor’s placement from Health
  • Step 2 Does Class exemption apply ?
  • If no – go to Step 3
  • If yes - apply class exemption
  • Step 3 DHS grants an approved placement and provides advice to the AMDS (regarding the doctor’s participation).
  • Step 4 DHS waits until the Medicare Provider Number application has been received to link the application with the placement on the 3GA register
  • Step 5 DHS issues the Medicare Provider Number for the doctor’s participation

1Year to date as at 22 July 2016

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