Professional Practice Framework

The College is committed to ensuring the highest standards of physician practice across all the domains of professionalism. Resources in non-clinical areas of practice have been developed to assist Fellows and trainees to reflect on their practice and performance and identify areas of strength as well as opportunities for learning and professional development.

Professional practice domains

The Professional Practice Framework defines the domains of physician practice and underpins the RACP curriculum model. The Framework and Standards have been designed for application across the all training programs and the Continuing Professional Development program.

Communication Quality and safety Teaching and learning Research Cultural competence Ethics and professional behaviour Judgement and decision making Leadership, management, and teamwork Health policy, systems, and advocacy To serve the health of patients, carers, communities, and populations.

Professional Standards

For each domain of the Framework, the Professional Standards describes expectations for the RACP training programs and Continuing Professional Development program.

1. Adapted from Richardson D, Oswald A, Chan M-K, Lang ES, Harvey BJ. Scholar. In: Frank JR, Snell L, Sherbino J, editors. The Draft CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework – Series IV. Ottawa: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2015 March.
2. Definition of cultural competence: The RACP has adopted the Medical Council of New Zealand’s definition of cultural competence (below), which has been revised to span both Australia and New Zealand. This definition has been endorsed by the RACP's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee.
"Cultural competence requires an awareness of cultural diversity and the ability to function effectively, and respectfully, when working with and treating people of different cultural backgrounds. Cultural competence means a doctor has the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to achieve this. A culturally competent doctor will acknowledge:
– that Australia and New Zealand have culturally diverse populations
– that a doctor's culture and belief systems influence his or her interactions with patients and accepts this may impact on the doctor-patient relationship
– that a positive patient outcome is achieved when a doctor and patient have mutual respect and understanding."
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