Workplace-based assessment (Standard Pathway)
Some IMGs in the Standard Pathway can have their clinical skills and knowledge assessed in the workplace by AMC-accredited providers as an alternative to the AMC Clinical Examination. However, the program currently has limited availability, with a range of assessment programs available. The AMC is not responsible for securing employment for workplace-based assessment.
Workplace-based assessment of your performance in everyday clinical practice in the Australian healthcare setting tracks your progress in integrating clinical knowledge and skills as a basis for safe and effective clinical judgments and decision making. It also assesses how well you deal with patients and whether you work productively in a team of healthcare professionals.
The content and the assessment standard of accredited workplace-based assessment programs are approved by the AMC and overseen by members of the AMC Board of Examiners, who ensure that the format and content of the assessments are consistent with the required standard.
The assessment methods for workplace-based assessment programs are rigorous and structured. Disciplines covered include medicine and surgery; obstetrics and gynaecology; paediatrics; and psychiatry.
Before you can take part in a workplace-based performance assessment, you must have passed the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and been granted limited registration by the Medical Board of Australia. You need limited registration to be employed in an approved clinical position for workplace-based assessment.
Accredited assessment programs
Workplace-based assessment programs must be accredited by the AMC. To date, accredited workplace-based assessment programs are available at the sites shown in Table 2.
Table 2 : AMC-accredited workplace based assessment program providers
Local Health District
|Gosford and Wyong, New South Wales||Ms Stacey Poole – Team Leader - Medical Education
P: (02) 4320 3793
|Flinders Rural Health SA||Mount Gambier Hospital, South Australia||Prof Lucie Walters
Profession of Rural Postgraduate Medical Education
W: Flinders Rural Health SA - WBA
|Hunter New England Local Health District||Newcastle, Armidale and Tamworth, New South Wales||Ms Lynette Gunning
WBA Program Coordinator
P: 02 4985 3313
|Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District||ISLHD Hospitals, New South Wales||Samantha Cavanagh
WBA Program Officer
Ph: 02 4253 4634
|Launceston General Hospital||Launceston General Hospital;
North West Regional Hospital,
Burnie; and Royal Hobart Hospital,
|Ms Debbie West
Consultant - State wide Workplace Based Assessment Program
P: 03 6777 4344
|Mid North Coast Local Health District||Kempsey District Hospital (with some support from Port Macquarie Base Hospital), New South Wales|| Mrs Robyn Finn
|Monash Health||Victoria||Ms Pina Tyrrell
WBA Program Assistant
Monash Doctors Education
P: 03 9594 3743
|Rural and Outer Metropolitan United Alliance (ROMUA)||Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton, Victoria||E: email@example.com
|Western Australia Health||Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie, Western Australia||Katrina Lynn
WBA Program Manager
W: Overseas doctors WA
|Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service||Hervey Bay and Maryborough Hospitals, Queensland||Mr Bob Clarke
WBA Program Manager
P: 07 4325 6946
To find out more about how your employer (hospital) can become a provider of an accredited program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Applying for a place
To apply for a workplace-based assessment program, you first need to contact the relevant workplace-based assessment manager at the site where you intend to work or are already working. The provider will explain the selection and application process and any additional requirements before offering you a place in the assessment program. Some providers require you to undertake a pre–workplace-based assessment program in addition to meeting the AMC's eligibility requirements.
The accredited provider has the final responsibility for offering places in its workplace-based assessment program. The AMC has no role in securing employment for workplace-based assessment.
Learn more about the assessment tools used in workplace-based assessment
The WBAonline website is designed to help AMC-accredited providers of WBA programs to continue to improve and standardise their training programs and provide AMC candidates on the Standard Pathway (WBA) a clear picture of what to expect when undertaking certain kinds of WBA.
The website features interactive learning modules on two popular WBA assessment tools (case based discussion and multisource feedback). Website users can also watch videos of effective feedback sessions. The modular format enables users to customise their time to the most effective areas for learning.
See the website at http://wbaonline.amc.org.au/.