7 November 2013

College Presidents at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons on Thursday 7 November, 2013 for the 104th meeting. This meeting also coincided with the convening of the 2013 Annual General Meeting, at which time Professor Michael Hollands was elected as CPMC Chair for a two year term.

Professor Leslie highlighted the recent appointment of a new program manager for the RHCE project, the Indigenous Knowledge Initiative held 6 November, 2013 and the recently convened career planning meeting for junior doctors. At the invitation of Professor Leslie, Professor Warwick Anderson addressed the forum regarding the establishment of an academy of medical sciences and its’ interaction with specialist medical colleges.

Australian Medical Council reported on issues in relation to scope of practice, in particular the proposed expanded endorsement for scheduled medicine, and recognition of specialty fields of practice in clinical and genetic pathology. The review of accreditation standards for specialist medical training programs was outlined in the context of the timelines for consultation. The conclusion of Dr Glenda Wood as the CPMC nominee to the AMC was acknowledged.

Chief Medical Officer reported on the increased funding for additional medical intern positions for 2014 and Practice Incentives Program teaching incentive payments. The review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) was discussed in the context of clinical useability, and engagement with professions.

National Health and Medical Research Council reported on the recently announced funding grants noting the success rates for the applications and the distribution of funding both regionally and by type of research.

The Medical Board of Australia highlighted the intention to proceed with proposed changes to the IMG registration pathways and associated implementation plan, the current standards under review, and forthcoming work on standards relating to alternative and emerging areas of practice.

Health Workforce Australia noted their work in relation to the National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) plan and the extension of forward projects from 2025 to 2030 in addition to engagement with individual states and territories and various workforce projections updates.

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association noted the joint CPMC-AIDA Indigenous Knowledge Initiative under the Collaboration Agreement and NATSIM project progress.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care reported on recent activity relating to the introduction of ten health care standards and the number of health facilities accredited as well as the development of additional tools for clinicians to enable improved discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of proposed procedures with patients.

The Australian Medical Association highlighted the decision of the government to remove the cap on tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses, as well as the likely influence to all aspects of health and medicine across the country from the fiscal pressures facing the government.

Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand reported on their recent conference and desire to work across the jurisdictions to progress a range of initiatives in relation to workforce distribution across the medical continuum.

A presentation from the President of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards from Professor Karen Linegar concerning the ten National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and five EQuIP-content Standards was discussed with the Presidents including the challenges of moving from self-regulation as well as the burden of accreditation. The issue of potential overlap between College and ACHS accreditation was considered with ACHS indicating an intention to progress a mapping exercise of areas of duplication in tandem with consultation with CPMC and the individual Colleges.

Next Meeting will be held on Thursday 20 February at the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Melbourne.