College Trainees' Committee communiqué March 2020

The following Communiqué highlights the key topics discussed as part of the 01-2020 College Trainees' Committee meeting, held on Friday 27 March 2020.


As you would be aware, the 2020 Divisional Clinical Examination have been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19. You may apply for provisional approval with an Advanced Training Committee if you were intending to sit the Clinical Exam this year and at least three month’s notice will be given for our new Clinical Exam dates when they become available.

To further address concerns and the impacts of COVID-19 on our training, our College has established a COVID-19 Examinations Advisory Group and Training and Accreditation Advisory Group. The CTC has nominated trainee representatives to be involved with these Advisory Groups and our College is working to implement measures in response to COVID19 to minimise disruptions to our training. For more information and updates on these Advisory Groups, visit COVID-19 Education and Training.

Our College also sent out a pulse survey to all trainees to get a better understanding of our concerns regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our training. The results from this survey help inform the decisions of the Advisory Groups. View results from the Trainee COVID Pulse Survey.

Please contact us on if you have any feedback or concerns you would like us to assist with.

Computer Based Testing

We can confirm that the February 2021 Divisional Written Examination will be offered via the current paper-based exam method. The initial Computer Based Testing rollout will occur in mid-2021 with the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Module 1 Assessment. A limited rollout of the Divisional Written Examination for Basic Trainees will then be run later that year. We have all been requesting for the Divisional Written Examination to be offered more than once per year and I am pleased to advise that our College is looking to work towards delivering this.

New Basic Training Program

The implementation of the new Basic Training Program will begin this year with selected early adopter training settings to conduct real-world testing prior to a wider roll out. Our College is also progressing the building of technology to support the Basic Training program roll-out and the CTC received a demonstration and provided feedback on the new online training management system which will undergo user acceptance testing in June.

Dr Davina Buntsma, Chair
College Trainees' Committee
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