It is proposed that the appropriate qualifications for persons applying for APP status to practise in categories GX, GY and B laboratories must be a specialist pathologist for the purposes of the HIA and that this would be assessed according to the established Medicare Australia mechanisms for this recognition process. Overseas trained pathologists wishing to have their qualifications recognised as comparable would need to contact the RCPA and the Australian Medical Council for details of this recognition process.

    Where Medicare Australia has previously recognised an APP as having specialist qualifications comparable to the FRCPA, those practitioners will continue to be eligible for APP status in relation to all of these categories. For example, anyone who has been recognised as a specialist pathologist for the purposes of the Patient Episode Initiation items under the MBS will also be considered to have qualifications comparable to the FRCPA, and therefore meet the required qualifications and experience to become an APP. Existing APPs who will not be able to meet these revised requirements will need to be considered as part of a proposed transitional arrangement outlined below in section 5.

    It is anticipated at this stage that APPs approved for categories GX, GY and B would also be eligible to provide services in categories M and S laboratories if the relevant requirements were met for that category and scope of service provision.