Medical Training System Review: Communications Update

COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS OF MEDICAL COLLEGES
Effecting Reforms in Australia’s Medical Training System Post COVID-19
THE BACKGROUND
The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on Australia’s health system. Organisations from the continuum of medical training have responded with a range of adaptations and innovations.
This disruption, and our reactions to it, present an opportunity for learning and reform of medical training in this country. CPMC is undertaking this work as a body that brings together the specialist Medical Colleges of Australia and has connections with the key stakeholders in the medical training system.

OUR AIMS
1. To investigate the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s medical training system
2. To inform the National Medical Workforce Strategy (NMWS) under development by the Medical Workforce Advisory Committee (MWRAC)

OUR ACTIONS
We will undertake:
• A literature review on how Australia (and countries with similar systems) are managing medical training during the pandemic.
• Consultation with organisations involved in medical training and other key stakeholders on the pandemic’s impact, their responses, and future improvements.
• Consultation with government and workforce on how the States/Territories and other key stakeholders can better align to streamline training.

Together, these will inform a policy recommendations report on how to ensure that Australia has an appropriately trained and supported medical workforce into the future. This will be shared with MWRAC and all stakeholders involved in the project. Issues of alignment with accreditation processes will be considered in tandem with regulators.

OUR STAKEHOLDERS
We will consult stakeholders from across the continuum of medical training including:
• Medical schools
• Trainee organisations
• Specialist medical colleges
• The AMA and other peak bodies
• Hospitals and other training settings
• State and territory health departments

Their input will be vital for forming a good understanding of the current issues and future improvements. We understand out stakeholders are time poor, now more than ever. As such, we will design the consultation to be as fast as possible without sacrificing quality of information.

OUR TIMELINE
October to December 2020: Stakeholder consultation
January 2021: Research completed
March 2021: Release policy recommendations report
Contact: Angela Magarry, CEO; E: ceo@cpmc.edu.au