Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) Program

This page contains information on the Approved Medical Deputising Service Program

Page last updated: 12 February 2018

What is an AMDS Program?

The AMDS Program is a mechanism for doctors to obtain clinical experience in the after-hours period. The Program was introduced in 1999 as a response to a decrease in the number of after-hours services being provided by fully qualified GPs in the capital cities. The AMDS Program offers clinical experience to doctors who intend to achieve vocational recognition in general practice and increases the available workforce available during the after-hours period.

PDF version: AMDS Program Fact Sheet (PDF 82 KB)
Word version: AMDS Program Fact Sheet (Word 488 KB)

The AMDS Program is administered by the Department of Health according to administrative guidelines. The below Guidelines set the conditions for accredited medical deputising services and non-vocationally recognised GPs to participate on the AMDS Program from 1 March 2018.

PDF version: AMDS Program Guidelines (PDF 289 KB)
Word version: AMDS Program Guidelines (Word 100 KB)

What is an AMDS?

An AMDS is an accredited medical deputising service that holds a Deed of Agreement with Health. The Deed recognised the service as an ‘Approved Medical Deputising Service’ for the purpose of the Program and grants it the right to employ non-vocationally recognised GPs to perform after-hours deputising services under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

PDF version: AMDS Deeds of Agreement Fact (PDF 65 KB)
Word version: AMDS Deeds of Agreement Fact (Word 486 KB)

An AMDS arranges to perform deputised attendances to patients on behalf of their normal GP. An AMDS can extend the care available to a GP’s patients to cover the entirety of the after-hours period (6pm to 8am Weekdays, from noon on Saturday, and all day on Sunday and public holidays).

An AMDS is expected to meet and maintain minimum standards of conduct that are set out in the Program Guidelines to receive the privilege to employ non-VR GPs with MBS access. This includes adherence to restrictions on direct marketing of services and applying a triaging standard.

PDF version: AMDS Marketing Standards (PDF 64 KB)
Word version: AMDS Marketing Standards (Word 483 KB)

PDF version: AMDS Program Triaging (PDF 64 KB)
Word version: AMDS Program Triaging (Word 482 KB)

An AMDS that is engaged in conduct that is deemed to fall outside of the Guidelines may be required to show cause to remain on the Program. The show cause process is explained in the below fact sheet.

PDF version: AMDS show cause notification process (PDF 64 KB)
Word version: AMDS show cause notification process (Word 484 KB)

The AMDS Program is for doctors who are seeking to obtain specialist qualifications in general practice.

PDF version: AMDS Eligible Participants (PDF 58 KB)
Word version: AMDS Eligible Participants (Word 483 KB)

What MBS entitlements apply to AMDS Program participants?

The following fact sheet explains the MBS entitlements provided to participants on the AMDS Program.

PDF version: AMDS and MBS claiming entitlements (PDF 89 KB)
Word version: AMDS and MBS claiming entitlements (Word 485 KB)

The AMDS Program is administered by the Access Programs Section in the Rural Access Branch of the Department of Health.  Questions regarding the AMDS Program can be forwarded to: AMDS@health.gov.au.

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