New era of practice care as assisting students graduate

AUSTRALIA’S first medical-assisting students have graduated at a ceremony in Brisbane, marking the start of what course organisers hope will be a new way of working in general practice.

The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting course was developed by GPpartners in collaboration with GPs, practice staff and nurses, and is offered in Queensland through Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local.

Student registrar, Mr Simon Moore, said it was designed to give medical receptionists new administrative and clinical skills they can use to take pressure off nurses and GPs.

“The focus tends to be on clinical skills like ECG, venepuncture, assisting with minor operations, setting up for Pap smears, sterilising and cold chain management,” he said.

“The idea of a medical-assisting qualification is something that is well known in other countries, but is new here.

“This is really about working on some of the low