Accreditation and recognition


Accreditation

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) develops standards for medical education and training in all phases of medical education. In its accreditation processes, it assesses education providers and their medical programs against these standards and monitors them to ensure they continue to meet the standards. AMC accreditation processes apply to:

  • Primary medical education programs provided by university medical schools.
  • The internship, the first year after medical school, which is a year of supervised workplace-based clinical experience. This process is new in 2014.
  • Specialist medical training and continuing professional development programs; the education providers for these programs are national specialist medical colleges.

AMC processes entail both accreditation (validating that standards are met) and peer review to promote high standards of medical education, stimulate self-analysis and assist the organisation under review to achieve its objectives. Accreditation is conducted in a collegiate manner that includes consultation, advice and feedback to the organisation under review.

Using a peer review process, AMC expert assessment teams assess medical training programs against the approved accreditation standards. The standards define the knowledge, skills and professional attributes expected at the end of basic medical training and specialist medical training, and good practice in the delivery of medical education and training. Education providers and medical programs that meet the standards are granted accreditation.

For more information on the accreditation standards and processes please use the links:

Assessing Basic Medical Education
Prevocational standards accreditation
Assessing Specialist Medical Education and Training

Recognition

For more information on the recognition process, see Recognition of medical specialties.

Evaluation of AMC processes and standards

The AMC regularly reviews its own accreditation and recognition processes, standards and criteria through:

  • feedback from AMC expert teams and institutions undergoing accreditation or recognition
  • reports by AMC team chairs
  • regularly reviewing government policy and health services developments which effect clinical training
  • periodically establishing working parties to review standards and procedures with extensive stakeholder consultation
  • networking with other regional, national, international medical education standard setting & accreditation agencies
  • regular review against national and international standards for good practice in accreditation.

Contacts

Note: Staff responsible for these email addresses cannot answer questions from international medical graduates about recognition of individual doctors' training in Australia.