6 November 2014

College Presidents met in Sydney on Thursday 6th November, 2014 for the 108th meeting.

Reports were received from Forum participants.

The Committee was advised that the Chair had attended the AIDA symposium which looked at ways to facilitate opportunities for Indigenous training. The Chair noted there was potential for Colleges to facilitate these opportunities.

Members noted the impact on sub-programs and the STP following the Williams High Court determination.

Members noted that the workshop on revalidation, held on 5 November had helped to provide greater perspective on how the concept of revalidation that could be refined; and in particular, how to approach the issue of revalidating non-aligned doctors, how to link different accreditation systems, and address outliers. Members noted a preference for making the process incremental rather than immediate. The CEO will prepare the report which will advise AHPRA and MBA.

The Australian Medical Council noted the involvement of the AMC in the three-year review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). Professor Mortimer also noted that the examination rooms at the National Testing Centre are now using video technology.

The Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer reported on the Ebola situation and accessibility to information relating to the PCEHR. An update was provided by Dr Andrew Singer on the transition of HWA to the Department of Health and the ongoing commitment to existing data gathering work.

The Medical Board of Australia was represented by Dr Joanna Flynn who noted that in August 2014 for the first time, 100,000 there were registered medical practitioners in Australia. Dr Flynn noted there were recent changes in the numbers of International Medical Graduates. Members noted that the Annual Report for AHPRA and the National Boards had been published and would reflect a state by state basis in addition to a profession-specific report. Dr Flynn noted the NRAS review was underway. Members noted Dr Flynn’s advice on the addition to the AHMAC website of a guide about how new specialties should be recognised.

Professor Villis Marshall represented the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care noting that almost all health services assessed to the NSQHS Standards met the accreditation process.

The Australian Medical Association was represented by Secretary-General, Ms Anne Trimmer who noted the National Alcohol Summit, the AMA submission to the NRAS Review, the AMA Fees Roundtable and the discussions held with private health insurers regarding pre-approval processes. Members noted the AMA is working with doctors’ health to ensure that health advisory services are available to all doctors around Australia. Attention was drawn to the AMA ‘s position statement on Regional Training Networks as providing a solution to improving medical workforce mal-distribution.

The National Accreditation Framework for Medical Specialty Training project final report was discussed for lodgement with the HWPC lead agency, NSW Health.

Updates on the activities of the CPMC Education subcommittee and the Indigenous Health subcommittee were provided. Members discussed a broad range of strategic policy issues including concerns relating to the ongoing funding required for maintaining the STP and RHCE programmes.

The next meeting will occur on 18 February, 2015 in Sydney.