Australian Medical Council Accreditation Update: Prevocational Accreditation Standards Committee 2018 Decisions


The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is the national accreditation body for the medical profession. The Prevocational Accreditation Standards Committee monitors the following area for the AMC:

  • Intern training accreditation authorities are assessed against the Domains for assessing accreditation authorities and according to the AMC Procedures for assessment of intern training accreditation authorities.
  • Providers of Workplace Based Assessment (WBA) for International Medical Graduates are accredited according to the AMC Accreditation of Workplace Based Assessment Providers: Standards and Procedures.
  • Providers of Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interviews (PESCI) for International Medical Graduates are accredited according to the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) Guidelines and Criteria for AMC accreditation of PESCI providers.

View the above reference documents here.

 

Intern Training Accreditation Authorities

Initial accreditation of new Authorities

Initial accreditation is a paper-based accreditation undertaken when a new provider is establishing. The AMC process for accreditation of intern training accreditation authorities involves three stages:

  • Formal notice of establishment of provide and its plans.
  • Initial accreditation. This requires a detailed submission addressing the addressing the five domains of the Intern Training – Domains for assessing accreditation authorities, and the AMC provides a guide to preparing this submission. The Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee completes the assessment of this submission and makes a recommendation to AMC Directors on granting initial accreditation. Directors notify the Medical Board of Australia of its decision before the provider starts work.
  • A reaccreditation assessment, which entails review by an AMC team. This assessment would occur sometime after the transition (either in the first or second year).

On the basis of a submission of for initial accreditation, the AMC has granted initial accreditation as an intern training accreditation authority to the following:

Queensland Department of Health – Prevocational Medical Accreditation Queensland (PMAQ) Initial accreditation for the state of Queensland

 

Extensions to accreditation

Each AMC accreditation report indicates the year in which the accreditation of the intern training accreditation authority and its programs will expire. The accreditation report will also indicate if the intern training accreditation authority is able to seek extension of the accreditation before the next reaccreditation assessment by an AMC team. The AMC considers requests for extension via a comprehensive report.

In the comprehensive report for extension of accreditation, the intern training accreditation authority is expected to provide evidence that it continues to meet the national standards, and that it has maintained its standard of education and of resources. The report also provides an appraisal of the developments since accreditation, and information on plans leading up to the next AMC reaccreditation.

If, on the basis of the report, the Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee decides that the intern training accreditation authority is continuing to satisfy the domains for assessing accreditation authorities, it may recommend that the AMC Directors extend the accreditation of the intern training accreditation authority. The period of extension possible is usually three years, taking accreditation to the full period which the AMC will grant between assessments, which is eight years. At the end of this extension, the intern training accreditation authority undergoes a reaccreditation assessment.

On the basis of comprehensive reports, the AMC has extended accreditation of the following intern training accreditation authorities:

Canberra Region Medical Education Council (CRMEC) Accreditation granted until 31 March 2024

 

Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Tasmania (PMCT) Accreditation granted until 31 March 2022

 

South Australian Medical Education and Training (SA MET) Accreditation granted until 31 March 2022

Reaccreditation

The AMC sets up an expert accreditation team, which reviews documentation provided by the Intern training accreditation authority, and completes a program of site visits and meetings. This team provides a report on the extent to which the authority continue to meet the AMC’s standards so that the AMC can make a reaccreditation assessment.

The AMC recently completed the reaccreditation assessment of the following:

NSW Health Education and Training Institute (HETl) Accreditation granted until 31 March 2023

Outcomes of the assessment are detailed in the accreditation report on the AMC website here.

 

Workplace Based Assessment Providers

Initial accreditation of new WBA providers

On the basis of a submission, the AMC has granted initial accreditation as a WBA provider to the following:

Flinders Rural Health South Australia Initial accreditation as WBA provider
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Initial accreditation as WBA provider
Mid North Coast Local Health District Initial accreditation as WBA provider

These providers will be subject to a review once the first cohort has completed the new WBA program and accreditation will be either confirmed or withdrawn.

Extensions to accreditation

Each accredited WBA provider may apply for an extension to their accreditation period by submitting a comprehensive report detailing how it continues to meet the accreditation standards and information on development plans leading up to the next AMC reaccreditation. The maximum period of extension possible is three years.

On the basis of comprehensive reports, the AMC has extended the accreditation period of the following WBA providers:

Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) Accreditation granted until 30 June 2021
Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) Accreditation granted until 30 June 2021

 

Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interviews

The following provider no longer offers Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interviews and accreditation has therefore been withdrawn.

Health Workforce Assessment Victoria (HWAV) Accreditation discontinued from 31 January 2019