AMC Special Projects


EFFECTING REFORMS TO AUSTRALIA’S SPECIALIST MEDICAL TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION SYSTEM POST COVID-19

Key messages:

  1. COVID 19 has affected Australian medical education and accreditation activities through its impact on health services and systems, clinicians, and medical education providers
  2. The AMC is involved in a partnership to identify and review the impact of COVID 19 on Australian specialist medical training
  3. The project will generate invaluable knowledge regarding specialist medical education and training, including challenges and innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic, which can further inform the National Medical Workforce Strategy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us rethink the way we live and has broadly affected health. There have been global disruptions to health systems, health care provision and the spectrum of medical education. The Australian Medical Council has partnered with the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges to deliver a project for the Health Workforce Division of the Australian Government Department of Health to consider the impact of COVID-19 on Australian specialist medical training.

The project entails separate and collaborative work by the AMC and the CPMC. The CPMC’s work is described on its website. The AMC’s phase of the work focusses on review and analysis of its accreditation findings before and during the COVID pandemic, and on providing resources to support innovation and good practice in assessment. This work commenced in February 2021 and is expected to conclude in June 2021.

For more information about the AMC’s work contact: specaccred@amc.org.au

 

A FRAMEWORK FOR A DIGITALLY CAPABLE AND ENABLED MEDICAL PROFESSION

In late 2019 the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) formed a partnership to engage in a project aimed at understanding 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.

The Medical Workforce Digital Capabilities Advisory Group was established as part of this strategic project to provide opportunity for expert advice and feedback to the project and its components from peak bodies in medicine and stakeholders of digital health and to deliver:

  • A horizon series strategic paper.
  • An online forum.
  • A digital capability framework for medicine.
Horizon Paper

Health Workforce Reform Leveraged through Medical Education and Accreditation: A review of the current and future directions of the AMC and its partners using the example of the health reform priority – building a digitally capable medical workforce.

This discussion paper explores areas of future collaboration and strategic focus of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and its partners in shifting medical education and AMC accreditation to focus 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 is demonstrated 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 – Published July 2021 here

Online Forum

Building a digitally capable medical workforce

The online forum provided opportunities 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 occurred from March to May 2021 in a series of four workshops. Recordings of each opening session are available below.

A Digital Capability Framework for Medicine

Capability Framework in Digital Health in Medicine

A capability framework has been developed to guide 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 as well as College vocational training programs and Continuing Professional Development Programs – CPD, International Medical Graduate (IMG) Assessment and Support and other providers of digital health education i.e. professional bodies and institutes. It calls for intergenerational and cross sectorial and cross curriculum learning and assessment of digital health in medicine.

Download the Digital Health in Medicine Capability Framework – Published July 2021 here

Consultation

The framework has been shaped by advice from the Medical Workforce Digital Capabilities Advisory Group – with broad representation from across the continuum for medical education in Australia and New Zealand – results from an online survey and follow up consultation focus groups, as well as engagement with a broad range of medical education stakeholders in a series of online fora. Consultation was also held with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to ensure the framework supported cultural safety.

The AMC and Agency expresses their sincere thanks to the very many people and organisations who participated in the consultation. The feedback has contributed significantly to this framework.

Next Steps

The AMC looks forward to working with Education Providers across the continuum of medical education and seeks further cross sectorial partnerships to engage in stage 2 of the project which aims to Test Ideas on the Ground and Build Readiness Across Diverse Settings through:

  • Further thought leadership and community of practice building activity
  • Piloting
  • Supervisor Training
  • Accreditation Standards

For more information on any of the above please contact: digitalmedicine@amc.org.au