February 2018

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine on Friday 16th February 2018. Mr Philip Truskett, Chair opened the meeting at 9am acknowledging the Kulin people as the traditional owners. Mr Truskett advised the Forum of the recent changes in College Presidents with Dr Lance Lawler, FRANZCR, replacing Dr Gregory Slater as President of the Royal Australia and Dr Simon Judkins, FACEM, replacing Professor Anthony Lawler from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Professor Jill Sewell, President of the Australian Medical Council remarked on the appointment to the Specialist Education Accreditation Committee of Dr Kym Jenkins, President, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. College Presidents received an update on the survey on Preparedness for Internship.

The Chief Medical Officer (Commonwealth) report was introduced by Dr Singer. A discussion concerning the development of the national health workforce strategy occurred in the context of linkages with other areas of national reform, training and selection.

National Health and Medical Research Council discussed the range of issues and opportunities in research grant funding, with Professor Anne Kelso, Chief Executive highlighting the funding available for influencing more women in science.

The Medical Board of Australia discussed with College Presidents the issues surrounding its proposed Professional Performance Framework as released in November 2017 and implications for College structures. A briefing was provided regarding the recent UK High Court ruling in relation to medical negligence and whether there were implications for the Australian context.

The President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association highlighted the AIDA conference to be held on 26-28 September in Perth, the NMTAN specialist trainees in the medical workforce project, and the progress in relation to the joint collaboration agreement between CPMC, AIDA and NACCHO.

The Chair of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Professor Villis Marshall AC highlighted the Commission’s work in developing the third Atlas of Healthcare Variation focusing on the impact of the first and second Atlases, appropriateness of primary and acute care setting, examining 12 new items largely using PBS and MBS as data sources.

The President of the Australian Medical Association Dr Michael Gannon briefed the forum on activities and issues undertaken by the AMA, highlighting the advocacy work occurring in relation to the next set of Health funding agreements and collaborative work occurring in relation to workforce.

The Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils noted the need for collaboration across the postgraduate training continuum.

Ms Alex Farrell, President of the Australian Medical Students Association briefed the forum on the national priorities for AMSA.

College Presidents then discussed governance and strategic priority issues and will focus on working collaboratively to inform Colleges of the issues associated with the development of the Board’s Professional Performance Framework. College Presidents will form a sub-committee to focus discussion and to enable collaboration between Colleges, and communication to the Board itself. The health effects of climate change, was also considered as a national health priority.

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges will next meet on 17th May at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney.