190506 - Pregnancy advice and support (including assessment)
The Pregnancy Support Counselling initiative commenced on 1 November 2006. It provides for Medicare benefits to be paid for non-directive pregnancy support counselling services provided to women who are concerned about a current pregnancy, or a pregnancy that occurred in the preceding 12 months.
GPs who complete the Pregnancy advice and support (including assessment) activity can use Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number 4001 when consultations meet the necessary requirements.
This activity should take approximately 4 hours to complete and is divided into 4 parts which much be completed. Parts must be completed in sequence. The final part of this activity will consist of an assessment in which you will need to achieve a pass rate of 80%.
Australia has one of the highest abortion rates in the western world. While there is already a range of pregnancy counselling services available to women and their partners, women may be unaware of available services or may find it difficult to access them, particularly in rural areas and after hours.
It is important that women are able to access non-directive counselling when they are uncertain about a pregnancy and that they are able to do so quickly. By providing a Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) item for this purpose, a broad network of service providers becomes available, increasing the likelihood that women will be able to get the support they need.
Learners will be able provide non-directive counselling to women facing an unintended pregnancy as well as information on options for managing a pregnancy to assist a woman in making an informed decision.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed
D4. Professional and ethical role
Reflection and self-appraisal are undertaken regularly
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately
- Children and young people health
- Pregnancy care
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health