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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.

Submission to the Independent Review of Accreditation Systems

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.

Consultation on the Rural Health and Multidisciplinary Training Programme

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.

Submission to Intern Review

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.

Submission to the NRAS Review

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.

Submission on the review of Medicare Locals

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.

Submission to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)

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.

Submission to the Australian Government’s Base Funding Review of Higher Education

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.