The Australian Association of Consultant Physicians (AACP)

Represents all consultant physicians and paediatricians to assure recognition of the value of quality consultant physician and paediatric practice in Australia.



AACP plays an active role in advocating on behalf of its members to enhance the sustainability of consultant physician and paediatrician practice. Our advocacy campaigns focus on remuneration and workforce matters that are important to all practicing consultant physicians and paediatricians.

Telehealth MBS Items

Advocacy by the AACP and other medical organisations has now resulted in reinstatement of ALL Telehealth (video/telephone) items, at least up to 30 June 2022, including the items that enable specialist medical practitioners to provide Telehealth consultations to hospital in-patients when their doctor cannot attend the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions.

MBS Review

The Medicare Benefits Schedule Review was conducted by the MBS Review Taskforce between 2015 and 2020, and was the major policy issue facing the medical profession since its announcement.

The AACP closely monitored and responded to areas of concern for it’s members, and their patients.


MBS items 132 and 133

The AACP achieved a significant win for consultant physician and paediatric practice with the introduction of two major Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items – Items 132 and 133.

These items, together with item 110, are now the cornerstones of consultative medicine.

2023-24 Federal Budget Briefing

12 May 2023|

2023-24 Federal Budget and the role of CPPs in supporting primary care This week’s 2023 Federal Budget has proposed welcome additional investment in Medicare, particularly in relation to primary health care in recognition of the ongoing challenges being [...]

Introduction of “30/20 telephone rule”

9 October 2022|

TELEHEALTH Introduction of foreshadowed "30/20 telephone rule" On 1 October 2022 changes to the prescribed pattern of services were made by the Department of Health with the introduction of the new ‘30/20 telephone rule’. These changes, foreshadowed earlier in the year, [...]

Become a member of AACP 

When you join the AACP you are joining a national association that solely focuses on supporting all practising consultant physicians and paediatricians, and their patients.