Kids’ check should not be linked to extra training

GPs may abandon the newly expanded child health checks if forced to undertake extra training to qualify for rebates, the Federal Government has been warned.

Details of the Budget measure to bring forward the program from age four to three and add an “emotional wellbeing” component are yet to be finalised. 

Budget papers indicated the expert group designing the content of the child checks would advise whether health professionals conducting the check required additional training.

AMA Council of General Practice chair Dr Brian Morton  voiced concern that any move by the government to stipulate additional training and link it differential rebates would drive GPs away. In 2009, the Government linked higher GP rebates for mental health care plans to additional training.

Dr Morton said the Government had “learned that it can use [training requirements] as a means to restrict [MBS] payments” but said similar