Review of the Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Primary Medical Programs by the Australian Medical Council

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is beginning a review of the approved accreditation standards for primary medical programs. The AMC reviews the accreditation standards in full approximately every five years. It considers relevant national and international reports and policies relating to education and training in medicine, and takes account of the developments in countries with comparable medical education and practice standards. It also reviews AMC accreditation and committee reports.

The AMC has established a working party comprising of nominees of key stakeholders in the AMC assessment process, such as medical education providers, health consumers, Medical Council of New Zealand and Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand to undertake the review of the standards.

We are seeking feedback on the scope of the review of the standards by Monday 8 September 2017. The consultation document is available here.

The AMC will the consult on draft changes to the standards for primary medical programs in late September/early October 2017.

The AMC expects the review of the standards will finish by early 2018, with revised accreditation standards implemented in 2018. The AMC gives notice of the introduction of revisions to standards in the year before the changes take effect so that medical education providers have adequate time to consider the new standards in their accreditation submissions and progress reports.