May 2018

College Presidents met on Thursday 17 May 2018 at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Council Room in Sydney. Dr Philip Truskett AM Chair, CPMC opened the meeting at 9am and acknowledged the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land upon which the meeting was held. CPMC thanked Dr Catherine Yelland, Professor David Scott and Professor Charlie Corke for their contributions and welcomed new College Presidents with Professor Mark Lane, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Dr Rodney Mitchell, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Dr Ray Raper, President, College of Intensive Care Medicine.

CPMC welcomed the Federal Government’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy. The extension of funding for the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia program was highlighted as a welcome initiative to enable enhanced access to CPD and skills development for rural and regional medical specialists. In his address to the Forum Dr Truskett reflected on the importance of ensuring the adequate distribution of specialists across Australia.

Australian Medical Association Dr Michael Gannon, AMA President addressed the forum calling for the development of a National Medical Workforce Strategy through COAG processes. The AMA broadly supported the 2018 Federal Budget Medical Workforce Package. Dr Truskett thanked Dr Gannon for his contribution over his term as AMA President and to Ms Anne Trimmer as Secretary-General.

The Australian Medical Council discussed regulatory policy issues and the interim results of the National Internship Survey.

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer was represented by the Department of Health and reported on the transition arrangements for general practice training, national medical workforce training, the management of a syphilis outbreak in northern Australia and the Medicare Benefits Schedule review. The Department of Health will provide advice in relation to Qualified Privilege.

The Medical Board of Australia reported on progress towards the Professional Performance Framework and highlighted the appointment of Professor Kate Leslie AO to chair the advisory group.

The Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association reported on the current situation with regards to the recruitment and retention strategies for colleges and need for a standardised definition for Indigenous status. The ADIA Congress 2018 will be held in Perth on 26-28 September. College Presidents expressed strong interest in attending as part of the national collaboration with AIDA and also the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care reported on the demand for training to become assessors and the development of a third Atlas of Variation.

The Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand reported on concerns with the redistribution of medical school places, while also welcoming the increased focus on rural GP training. MDANZ updated the forum on the current activity of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) network; the enhancement to Medical Schools Outcome Database tool to link with other databases; and announced the Medical Deans conference will occur on 6-7 September 2018 on the Gold Coast at Bond University.

The Australian Medical Student’s Association reported it welcomed parts of the Federal Budget particularly the measures in relation to bonded medical students but concern in relation to the lack of a cap on international full fee paying students.

At the conclusion of the forum CPMC took a group photo and welcomed participants to Morning Tea before resuming with a roundtable on Climate Change.

Roundtable on the Effects of Climate Change on Health and Healthcare

The CPMC Roundtable on Climate Change was convened to raise awareness of climate change risks to healthcare and the benefits of early action. CPMC Chair Dr Truskett and Professor Mark Lane welcomed Dr David Pencheon OBE to lead the discussion.

Dr Pencheon and forum participants acknowledged there is a need to focus on avoidable environmental impacts from what work occurs in health, the pharmaceutical industry and in general. All participants agreed the forum would assist in providing policymakers, hospitals and health services with expert guidance on risk management.

Next CPMC Meeting

The CPMC will next meet at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons on Thursday 23rd August 2018 at the Regional Office, Brisbane. See the dates at:


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