The following Communiqué highlights the key topics discussed as part of the 03-2019 College Trainees' Committee meeting, held on Monday 8 July 2019.
College Learning Series (CLS)
The first Paediatrics lecture went live on the CLS site on 13 June and three further paediatric lectures have been published since. The CLS team will be developing a structured program for 2020 and continue to work closely with members to further develop paediatric content for the CLS platform.
CTC Membership and Representation
The Committee welcomed its new members and endorsed the expression of interest for the NSW representative on the Committee. The Committee was also encouraged to start thinking about succession planning for the Chair position as the Chair’s term concludes in May 2020.
Positions for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori Representatives remain vacant.
View the up to date list of CTC Members.
The Basic Training Accreditation team presented the proposed Basic Training Accreditation requirements for Adult and Paediatric and Child Health Medicine and received CTC feedback for the team’s consideration.
An update on the Education Renewal project was provided to the Committee which included the Basic Training and Advanced Training Curricula Renewal projects as well as the Accreditation Renewal and Physician Training Surveys. The Committee was advised that a dashboard framework for the 2018 Physician Training Survey has been approved and will be available to members by the end of the year.
The Committee was advised that the Entry into Basic Training Project has been established to improve selection into Basic Training and that the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Structure has been approved by the CEC. Work is progressing in this area and the CTC will be updated with any developments.
Member Insights and Statistics Report
The 2018 Member Insights and Statistics report was shared with the CTC for their consideration and feedback. The Committee found the information interesting and valuable and supported its release to the wider membership. The Board will be looking to release this report to members once they have approved the distribution strategy.
The Committee raised issues regarding the reduction of Specialist Training Positions specifically in community paediatrics and public health positions and impending impacts on their ability to complete training. The delays in approval and certification of advanced training applications this year was also raised as a concern having significant impacts on progression through training.
Gender Equity Meeting
The College recently polled our members about gender equity in the workplace and the results show that members believe the College should play a leading role in promoting gender equity in our profession. This has been highlighted as a priority issue by trainees.
In response, a meeting took place on 20 August 2019, with trainee involvement. This meeting showcased important gender equity initiatives and discussed the roles our College and membership can play to promote gender equity. A summary of that meeting and presentation slides can be found here.
Dr Davina Buntsma, Chair
College Trainees' Committee