COVID-19 specialist training update – 18 March 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC 18 March 2020
The World Health Organisation has declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. The Australian Government has recognised COVID-19 represents a significant risk to Australia and has introduced a series of containment measures aimed at reducing the spread of the disease.
The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) comprises all fifteen specialist Medical Colleges. CPMC recognises the importance of maintaining system safety in the context of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. All specialist Medical Colleges have prioritised the safety of all patients, candidates, examiners and staff, and have contacted their Fellows, trainees and specialist international medical graduates following a number of emergency meetings in relation to examinations, conferences and college events, and potential impacts on training and trainees, in particular those sitting examinations.
This Communique sets out the latest available information regarding decisions made by each individual College with respect to exams, training and courses, meetings and events. Please check against the relevant website link as information may change.
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD)
The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) All face to face courses, meetings and events will be converted to distance-based modalities where possible or else postponed. All exams are progressing via online and video-based methodology.
Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) monitoring the situation with regards to the written exams scheduled for June.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM)
The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA)

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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has cancelled major Congress (conference) in May and has deferred the major convocation ceremony associated with that Congress. The Annual General Meeting will be conducted on 4 May electronically and all face to face meetings involving physicians will move to video-link. All clinical exams scheduled between May and August will shift to later in the year (provisionally around October).
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

WHO Pandemic:
COVID-19 National Health Plan available at: and the range of resources at:

CPMC Contacts:
Dr Kym Jenkins, CPMC Chair or Ms Angela Magarry CEO CPMC via email or Twitter: @CPMC_Aust