Recognition of psychiatrists with previous rTMS experience

Psychiatrists who have provided rTMS treatment prior to 1 November 2021 and meet the criteria to qualify under ‘grandparenting’ rules may claim MBS items and do not have to complete any additional rTMS training.

Criteria for recognition under ‘grandparenting’ rules

If psychiatrists determine they meet the grandparenting criteria, the rTMS item numbers can be used from 1 November 2021.

Psychiatrists must self-asses their own skills, and meet at least one criterion under each of the following categories:

  • Demonstration of clinical practice in rTMS
  • Demonstration of involvement in continuing provision of education in rTMS
  • Demonstration of involvement in practice improvement in rTMS

rTMS grandparenting criteria – MBS rTMS explanatory notes [MBS website]

The ‘grandparenting’ provision is available until 1 May 2022. After this, psychiatrists wishing to claim MBS items for rTMS must complete a RANZCP-endorsed training course.

CPD requirements and auditing

Psychiatrists who meet the criteria may be required to stay up to date with current practice and research in rTMS therapy. Psychiatrists will also be subject to any ongoing CPD requirements set by the RANZCP. 

You may be asked to provide proof that you meet the requirements as part of any Medicare compliance audit activities. 

RANZCP Professional Practice Guidelines for the administration of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation


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