Medical Deans is supportive of the current accreditation processes undertaken by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) which have both a quality improvement and quality assurance purpose. The submission expands on the strengths of the current approach and areas for potential improvement.
Medical Deans contributes in a variety of ways to the national health policy agenda, particularly in the areas of professional entry-level medical education and training and medical research. Written submissions are an important feature of that contribution.
This was a joint submission developed with the Group of Eight Deans of Medical Faculties Group in response to the request for views on the assessment of the distribution of medical school places in Australia being undertaken by the Departments of Health and Education.
Many issues raised in the discussion paper have implications for medical schools and faculties. Medical Deans is limiting comments in this submission to the issues raised on the relativities between disciplines of funding clusters.
Medical Deans provided feedback to the Commonwealth on proposed revision to the rural health workforce investments. Where Medical Deans welcomes the ongoing Government initiatives to improve the geographic distribution of the health workforce, but at the same time it does not support any reduction in the funding to RCTS with the consolidation of the 3 programmes.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council has commissioned the Review of Medical Intern Training. The purpose of the Review is to examine the current medical internship model and consider potential reforms to support medical graduate transition into practice and further training and to ensure that the workforce continues to be well trained, fit for purpose and equipped to meet the changing health needs of the Australian population.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) commenced in 2010 and planned a formal review following the first three years of operation. Medical Deans has provided a submission that primarily addresses the National Scheme’s objectives of facilitation of high quality education and training and the development of a flexible, responsive and sustainable workforce.
As part of a pledge by the incoming government, the Commonwealth instituted a review into Medicare Locals which commenced in December 2013. The review is chaired by Professor John Horvath, formerly Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, and will provide its advice to the government in March 2014.
Medical Deans provided its response to the Review of Australian Government Health workforce programs.
Medical Deans submitted its feedback to the Commonwealth on the development of the NATSIHP, based on a Discussion Paper. The discussion paper outlined the current state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sought responses to a range of questions related to health system performance and the social determinants of health.
Medical Deans forwarded a submission to the IHPA in their development of a Pricing Framework to support ABF and EP for Australian public hospitals. Medical Deans made key points in respect to the Teaching, Training and Research component of pricing hospital activity as well as responded in greater detail to the specific consultation questions asked by IHPA.
Medical Deans forwarded a submission to this inquiry on a range of matters, including: English Language Skills Requirements for Registration; Registration of pro bono teachers; Student Registration; Students reported to AHPRA by others than the host education provider.
The submission is strongly evidence-based and draws on a number of contemporary information sources to support the submission’s claims. There are two specific issues pertaining to medical education – the strong reliance of medical education on work integrated learning (or clinical placements as they are known in medicine) and the complexity of funding arrangements across two sectors: higher education and health. Both matters and their impact on base funding are dealt with in detail in the document.