The Australian Medical Council is an organisation whose work impacts across the lands of Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Medical Council acknowledges the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the original Australians and the Māori People as the tangata whenua (Indigenous) Peoples of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We recognise them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.
We pay our respects to them and to their Elders, both past, present and emerging, and we recognise their enduring connection to the lands we live and work on, and honour their ongoing connection to those lands, its waters and sky.
The AMC Guidance Matrix accompanies the 2023 Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Primary Medical Program (medical school standards).
The aim of the Guidance Matrix is to share AMC accreditation expectations and current practice related to the standards with medical schools, AMC assessment teams and reviewers, and other key stakeholders.
The Guidance Matrix includes ‘Explanation’ of standards to provide further, plain language context on the standards. This includes explaining language in the standards and providing high-level frameworks for what the AMC expects when accrediting schools against the standards. Note that not all standards have a corresponding Explanation, only the (parts of) standards that the AMC has determined may require further clarity.
The Guidance Matrix further includes an indicative list of ‘Evidence’ that the AMC would generally seek to demonstrate a school’s achievement of or progress against a standard. Evidence supports descriptive text contained in a submission. There are two types of evidence listed:
The Guidance Matrix also contains ‘Example(s)’ of practice that meets or is on the way to meeting standards. These examples have been provided by medical schools. The AMC recognises that schools will have different and innovative ways of achieving the standards appropriate to their local context and strengths. Examples are included as a platform for collaboration and innovation, particularly where schools have shared challenges.
Finally, the Guidance Matrix includes ‘Resources’ that provide expert academic or policy views relevant to the standards. Except where these are AMC documents, the AMC does not necessarily endorse views contained in the resources.
Two further important notes: