Process for the review of the National Framework

Review governance 

The following provides a summary of the governance of the project. AMC working groups and committees include representatives of key stakeholder groups. The governance structure has been updated to reflect the expanded scope of the project. The AMC has been tasked to develop a two-year capability and performance framework, entrustable professional activities and e-portfolio specifications on behalf of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.


Review process 

The AMC is conducting a two-staged review process. The current status is summarised below.

Phase 1

In 2019 the AMC formed the scope of the review through the process described below.

Environmental scanning To ensure that internship remains fit for purpose in the 21st century the AMC will consider policy initiatives and research that have relevance to or could impact on internship.
Creating an evidence base Evaluation of the impact of the framework and identification of key issues through a range of activities including data analysis, focus groups, surveys, policy reviews and engagement in national forums.
Testing ideas The AMC is testing ideas through targeted consultation activities with stakeholder groups while developing the scope of the review.

The AMC formally consulted on the scope of the review in October and November of 2019. The scope was confirmed in April 2020 and feedback gathered will be used to inform the detailed review and development phase.


Phase 2 

In 2020-2021 the AMC has completed phase 2 of the review. The detailed review phase included review and further development of framework documents based on feedback from Phase 1 and consultation on proposed changes. A summary of the revised two-year framework and packages of work completed is provided below:

Phase 3 

In 2022, the AMC has commenced Phase 3 of the review: Preparation. This phase of the review will focus on communicating and developing national guides and training material to support implementation, as well as developing a process for certification of PGY2 and the detailed specifications for an e-portfolio. The AMC will continue to consult and collaborate with stakeholders throughout Phase 3.

Stakeholder engagement 

The AMC review approach includes opportunities to consult and engage with stakeholders. Opportunities for stakeholder engagement in this review will include through national forums, formal consultation periods and a broad representative Reference Group for targeted consultation.

The AMC welcomes opportunities to engage with stakeholders through attendance at meetings and forums.

Stakeholders in this review include:

  • Medical Board of Australia
  • Intern training accreditation authorities (Postgraduate medical councils)
  • Health services
  • Junior doctors
  • State and territory governments
  • Commonwealth government
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholder organisations
  • Consumers
  • Medical schools
  • Specialist colleges
  • Other related professions