Recent and up and coming events hosted by The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges.

Patient Safety Forum

Professor Gerald Hickson, Vanderbilt University USA

Date: Wednesday 1 May 2019

Time: 9am start – concludes at 1pm

Venue: Council Room, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 250 – 290 Spring St, Melbourne

Partnering with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges will convene to explore the link between unprofessional behaviour and patient safety and to discuss the role of medical colleges in advocating for a system–wide approach to this issue in Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Hickson currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention and Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA.

Professor Hickson has amassed a significant body of research over the past 28 years in the area of behaviours and impact on quality and safety in health care. The forum will have relevance to all specialist Medical Colleges.

RSVP: 29 March 2019 to

Managing and Responding to Climate Risks in Healthcare

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) convened a Roundtable forum on Thursday 17 May 2018 inviting discussion on the risks posed by climate change and more frequent and extreme weather events to health and healthcare services across Australia; and the additional burden this places on the sector’s capacity to continue to deliver high quality and sustainable healthcare.

The Victorian heatwave of 2009, which resulted in over 370 deaths1, represents a very real and deeply concerning example that these issues remain poorly understood by many planners, providers, and policymakers. Participants acknowledged that the health sector needs to do more to prepare for the increasing impact on health services and play its part in reducing its own contribution to carbon pollution.

Roundtable participants received an address from Dr David Pencheon OBE, founding director of the NHS England Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), which succeeded in reducing the carbon emissions of the NHS by 11% from 2007 to 2015, representing a saving of £1.85 billion while also increasing services by 18%.

Dr Pencheon cited these landmark developments in the United Kingdom as the first steps in a transition towards a more sustainable and resilient healthcare system, and said “It is vital for healthcare services to address the nature of energy use of the healthcare sector as well as implementing effective risk management strategies.”

CPMC noted the urgent need for more energy efficient operations in Australian healthcare services, with recent findings from the Lancet indicating that Australia’s healthcare system now contributes to more than 7% of the nation’s carbon footprint, and that hospitals and pharmaceutical companies were together responsible for two-thirds of this carbon footprint.

Medical colleges and health organisations have played a critical leadership role in raising awareness of the health impacts of climate change internationally and in Australia and New Zealand, with the Climate and Health Alliance process and release of the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-Being for Australia3 and reflections in the Medical Journal of Australia.

CPMC agreed on the need for more sustainable healthcare and evidence based strategies for management of climate change and extreme weather related risks to health and healthcare infrastructure, operations and personnel.

CPMC will explore ways to further engage in the ongoing discussion.

Mr Philip Truskett, AM Chair of CPMC

Colleges Endorsing this Communique

  • Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Australasian College of Dermatologists
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians
  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Ms Angela Magarry CEO, CPMC


Managing and Responding to Climate Risks to HealthcareDr David Pencheon, OBE

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges will convene to raise awareness of climate change risks to healthcare and the benefits of early action.

Dr Philip Truskett, Chair of CPMC and Associate Professor Mark Lane, President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians will host Dr David Pencheon, OBE, who is the founding Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for NHS England and Public Health England.

The forum will provide policymakers, hospitals, and health services with expert guidance on risk management.

Ministerial Forum November 2017, Indigenous Health

Ministerial Forum November 2017, Indigenous Health

Report on National Partnership Forum on Indigenous Health 204k

Friday 11 August 2017 – National Partnership Forum on Indigenous Health

This forum occured at the University of Newcastle to develop a partnership between the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and CPMC. As equal partners we are all committed to working together to address the health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 Friday 11 August 2017 – National Partnership Forum on Indigenous Health

Thursday 31st August 2017 – Growing Our Own – A Regional Training Transformation

This forum will occur as a joint initiative between CPMC and the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand to discuss how to better align training to rural workforce need, and to increase regionally based specialist training opportunities. There will be three presentations from specialist Medical Colleges, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; along with an overview of the Australian Government perspective on regional training hubs by the Chief Medical Officer. The forum will focus not only on current innovative work but also explore opportunities to generate some momentum and leadership for change and better collaboration across the training pipeline.

Forum report  786k

September 2017 – Remote & Indigenous Health on Thursday Island

A small cohort of Council Presidents will attend a remote health forum on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait focussing primary health care, remote health care and challenges facing Australian medical practitioners in the Torres Strait. They will also meet with students and receive briefings on Indigenous cultural issues.

Meeting The Prime Minister of Australia

L-R: Dr Bastian Seidel (RACG); Professor Phillip Truskett (RACS); Prime Minister Turnbull, Angela Magarry (CEO), Professor Nick Talley (CPMC-Chair), Dr Catherine Yelland (RACP)

Meeting Federal Minister for Health

The Hon. Greg Hunt, and Professor Nick Talley discuss challenges to Australia’s health and medical education sectors.

Joint singing of National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Health

L-R: The Hon Ken Wyatt, The Hon. Dr David Gillespie, The Hon. Greg Hunt, Professor Nick Talley (seated), Mr Craig Dukes (CEO, AIDA), Mr Matt Cooke (NACCHO)

Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association Board meets CPMC

Launch of the Australian Atlas of Health Care Variation

L-R:  Professor Talley, Professor Carmen Parter, Angela Magarry and Professor Villis Marshall

Health Workforce specialty discussion: Ophthalmology

L-R: Professor Mark Daniell, Angela Magarry, Dr Bradley Horsburgh (RANZCO)

National Medical Training Advisory Network strategy planning forum

L-R:  Professor Talley, Professor Napier Thomas, The Hon Dr David Gillespie, Professor Brendan Murphy (Australia’s Chief Medical Officer)

Ministerial Meeting 31 May 2017 features all of Australia’s specialist Medical College Presidents and government Ministers

November 2014

Group photo featuring Forum participants, College Presidents and CEO’s.

Group photo featuring Forum participants, College Presidents and CEO’s.