November 2019

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges met on Thursday 21st November 2019 at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney 127th meeting as CPMC. The Eora Nation were acknowledged as the traditional owners of the land upon which the meeting was held.Dr Truskett is featured with the new CPMC Chair Dr Kym Jenkins FRANZCP.

This was the final meeting for Dr Philip Truskett AM. Dr Truskett is featured with the new CPMC Chair Dr Kym Jenkins FRANZCP.

Dr Philip Truskett AM, Chair, CPMC welcomed Dr Michael Dray, the new College President of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) to the meeting. Dr Simon Judkins was formally thanked having completed his term as President, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). Forum participants also noted the completion of terms for Dr Zena Burgess, CEO Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP); Mr John Ilott, CEO Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), and Mr Duane Findlay, acting CEO, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Dr Truskett noted the attendance by Mr Nigel Fidgeon, new CEO ANZCA, and Mr Peter McIntyre, new CEO for the RACP.

The Australian Medical Council reported on governance changes to include a special council focussed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander plus Maori health; the review of the national internship and matters in relation to accreditation of Colleges.

The Australian Government as represented by Professor Brendan Murphy, Commonwealth Chief Health Officer and Dr Andrew Singer AM, Principal Medical Adviser reported on the development of the National Medical Workforce Strategy; the MBS Review; and the Action Plans under development.

The Medical Board of Australia as represented by Dr Anne Tonkin, Chair updated on the results of the first national medical training survey and process for release; the professional performance framework with reference to the draft registration standard on CPD; the revised Good Practice Guide for the specialist international medical graduates; mandatory reporting and notifications.
The Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association as represented by Associate Professor Shannon Springer, Vice-President reported on the finalisation of the National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) Specialist Trainees in the Medical Workforce Project which contains minimum and best practice standards for implementation; the AIDA Cultural Training program and Medicare Number Fact Sheet resolving the rebate matter.

The Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care as represented by Professor Villis Marshall AC and Dr Robert Herkes reported on the launch of a Charter of Healthcare Rights; the development of a fourth Atlas of Variation and including new items; the NQHS standards and short accreditation visits.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) was represented by Dr Andrew Miller AM who raised the issues of medical student numbers, the workforce strategy, non-accredited trainees, issues associated with employment and doctor wellbeing.
The Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand as represented by the Chair, Professor Ian Symonds and Ms Helen Craig, CEO. MDANZ is developing up options where medical schools could further improve their contribution to improving regional training and addressing the regional and rural medical workforce mal-distribution.
The Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) as represented by Ms Jessica Yang called for stakeholders to assist with the availability of quality internships to all Australian medical graduates.
CPMC will focus on continuing to provide expert input to the development of the National Medical Workforce Strategy; submit to the Obesity Strategy; advise on internship review; and participate in the Australian Medical Council’s general meetings of Council in New Zealand.

New College regional offices have established in Canberra by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP).

The next CPMC meeting is scheduled for Thursday 27 February 2020 at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in Melbourne.

CONTACT: Dr Kym Jenkins, Chair CPMC at email: or via Ms Angela Magarry, Chief Executive, CPMC at: or on 0437227422