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Key message

The capability framework helps guide how medical education providers throughout the continuum of medical education can play a role in the development of a digitally capable medical workforce in Australia and New Zealand.

The AMC partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) to understand how technology impacts the standards of medical education, training and practice in Australia.

This project aligned with the AMC’s roles as a national standards body for medical education and training, and as the accreditation authority for the medical profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.

The Agency is the corporate Commonwealth entity tasked with improving health outcomes for Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems and the National Digital Health Strategy for Australia.

Advisory Group

The Medical Workforce Digital Capabilities Advisory Group was established to provide expert advice and feedback to the project from peak bodies in medicine and stakeholders of digital health. The aim of the advisory group was to deliver:

  • a horizon series strategic paper
  • an online forum
  • a digital capability framework for medicine.

Horizon Paper

The Horizon Paper explores areas of future collaboration and strategic focus of the AMC and its partners to shift the spotlight of medical education and AMC accreditation more firmly on achieving health workforce reform. As a starting point, this paper provides, as an illustrative example, one key area of workforce health reform; the need to build a digitally capable medical workforce.  

It demonstrates that such change is best achieved through collaboration, alignment of goals, and approaches adopted from nationally and internationally evidence-based health reform policy to help shape the Australian medical education system. 

Download the Horizon Paper (July 2021)*

Online Forum

The online forum was an opportunity for participants to learn how to ensure that their medical education programs integrate digital capabilities into competency frameworks, teaching and learning support, assessment programs and evaluation. The forum consisted of four workshops. Recordings of each opening session are available.

  • Workshop 1: Current State in Digital Health in Medical Education across the Continuum.
  • Workshop 2: An Eye to the Future – Why Digital Health Matters.
  • Workshop 3: A Framework to Take us Forward.
  • Workshop 4: Next Steps – Where to from here?

A Digital Capability Framework for Medicine

The capability framework is a guide to how medical education providers throughout the continuum of medical education can play a further role in the development of a digitally capable medical workforce in Australia and New Zealand.

This document is designed for medical schools, prevocational training providers across all Australian jurisdictions, College vocational training programs and Continuing Professional Development Programs(CPDs), International Medical Graduate (IMG) Assessment and Support, and other providers of digital health education such as professional bodies and institutes. It calls for intergenerational, cross-sectorial and cross-curriculum learning and assessment of digital health in medicine.

Download the Digital Health in Medicine Capability Framework (August 2021)

Consultation Report for the Capability Framework on Digital Health in Medicine

This document provides information about the consultation that was undertaken to create the Capability Framework in Digital Health in Medicine.

Download the Consultation Report- Digital Health

Australian Digital Health Agency Resources and Tools

The Agency has developed a range of online education resources which align with the framework and provide useful materials to support medical education providers to consolidate the digital health capabilities of their organisations. 

Health Education England (HEE) (now NHS England) Collaboration

The AMC and HEE collaborated to explore, in an online roundtable series of sessions, issues of mutual interest in workforce development and medical education in digital health in medicine, March – July 2022. Click on the links below to access the session reports:

Roundtable 1: Building a Digitally Capable Medical Workforce – Digital Health Literacy and AI Literacy for Medical Practitioners
Round table 2: Levers of Change – Maximising Integration and Uptake of Digital Health in Medical Education and Medical Practice.
Round table 3: Implications of Digital Health – Improved Access and Quality of Care in Community and Rural and Remote Settings.

Australian Medical Council Medical School Accreditation Standards Review

The AMC has implemented revised medical school accreditation standards following an extensive consultation process. These standards incorporate new requirements for digital health.

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