AMD Council Communiqué March 2014

The following Communiqué highlights the key issues discussed as part of the 01-2014 AMD Council meeting, held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 March.

RACP Board

The Council noted the Consultation Paper on RACP Board Governance Reform. It was agreed that there was a strong appetite within the College for reform, and the Council was encouraged by the level of support the governance review had received to date. It was noted that the consultation process would actively seek the input of College members via a series of member forums throughout 2014 and was supported by multiple feedback channels.

RACP Ethical Guidelines

As part of this meeting Council reviewed the College proposed draft Guidelines for Ethical Relationships between Health Professionals and Industry.

Council acknowledged the time and effort that had gone into developing the extensive guidelines and is providing feedback on the form and approach taken in the document. In recognising that consideration by Council is only a part of the consultation being undertaken at this time, it was noted that a consolidated feedback will be provided to the Working Group developing the document in the coming months.

Dual Training Project Update

Council noted that the main issue affecting the viability of dual training in Australia was the current funding model and it not making any provision for dual training. Trainees had indicated there was an appetite for dual training in Australia, but workforce issues needed to be resolved first to make this a viable option. Given these circumstances, Council agreed the College would need to apply to extend government funding for STP. Council also recommended that a risk analysis paper should be developed for the Commonwealth Government outlining possible scenarios if STP funding were withdrawn.

College Education Committee – Education Governance Reform

The College had significantly developed its educational and training activities over the last ten years in response to the Federal Government’s initiative to increase the number of doctors in Australia. In light of this, Council noted the capacity to train had become a priority issue for the College. From 2015 onwards the College would require compulsory registration and selection into training. This would impact on the accreditation of training sites and vacancies. Members felt it was time for the College to consider capping the number of trainees within its own programs. Another College priority was providing sufficient support and resourcing for supervisors. An enhanced Supervisors Workshop would be launched at the RACP Congress 2014, and would also be offered to Specialty Societies to run at their ASMs over the next year, should they wish. 

College Policy and Advocacy Committee

Council noted the development of the new CPAC operating principles. These principles were developed to facilitate cross-College work and outline current internal relationships in addressing policy and advocacy issues. The Policy and Advocacy Unit had also introduced a triage process to address Specialty-specific issues received by the College, where requests are referred to an appropriate Specialty Society. Further to this, an AMD Lead Clinicians Reference Group was being developed, to assist the Policy and Advocacy Unit in providing more proactive policy responses and to engage more effectively with Specialty Societies.

AMD Council and Executive Committee: allocation of responsibilities

As part of this meeting Council agreed to implement an allocation of responsibilities schedule between the AMD Council and its Executive Committee. Under this arrangement Council would move to having a more strategic focus and would provide high-level planning for strategic initiatives across the Division and specialties. In turn, the Executive Committee would have greater responsibilities for the Division’s operational activities and would provide regular reports to Council after each Executive Committee meeting and at each Council meeting via its meeting records.

New AMD Council members

The Council welcomed the following new members:

Dr James Daly – Specialty Society Representative (ANZSBT)
Prof Ian Norton – Specialty Society Representative (GESA).
A/Prof Alasdair MacDonald,
AMD President
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