PCHD Education Committee Communiqué November 2017

Read the highlights for key issues discussed at the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee (PDEC) meetings, held on 9 October and 10 November 2017.


We would like to thank Dr Raewyn Gavin for her invaluable contribution to the activities of the Australia and New Zealand (NZ) Division Education Committees. Raewyn completes her time as Chair of the NZ Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee on 1 January 2018. We would like to wish her the very best in her future endeavours. 

Current membership of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee:

  • A/Prof Paul Fullerton, Chair
  • Dr Mike Nowotny, Deputy Chair / Assessment Lead
  • Dr Raewyn Gavin, Chair, NZ PDEC
  • Clinical Prof Sean Beggs, Chair, Basic Training Committee
  • A/Prof Susan Moloney, Overseas Trained Physicians Delegate
  • Dr Nicholas Cheng, Continuing Professional Development Delegate (outgoing)
  • Prof Peter Procopis, Continuing Professional Development Delegate (incoming)
  • Dr David Rogers, Accreditation Lead
  • Dr Lydia Garside, Advanced Training Committee Delegate (General Paediatrics)
  • Dr Christopher Pearson, Advanced Training Committees Delegate (Community Child Health)
  • Dr Sarah Jamison, Advanced Training Committees Delegate
  • Dr Pita Burch, Advanced Training Committees Delegate
  • Dr Annaleise Howard-Jones, Basic Trainee Representative
  • Dr Melanie Fentoullis, Advanced Trainee Representative

2019-2020 PREP Training Requirements Review

The PDEC considered a number of low, moderate and high impact change requests from the Advanced Training Committees. PDEC provided their comments for inclusion in the brief to CEC. The CEC made their decisions recently and these are currently being communicated to the Advanced Training Committees.

RACP Project Updates

The PDEC have recently received updates with regard to the following projects:

  • Member Journey Mapping – this took place over July and August and the results of the project are due shortly.
  • The improved Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) tool was introduced in September 2017.
  • Accreditation Renewal – the PDEC provided feedback on the proposed Training Provider Standards Consultation Paper. These new standards align to the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council.
  • Education Renewal Program Summary – the Education Renewal Program heralds an innovative new era of medical education for physicians in Australia and New Zealand. The program comprises a series of interrelated projects that will be delivered over several years from 2018 and will transform the trainee journey, educator experience and physician workforce of the future. The Education Renewal Program incorporates the following projects:
    • Curricula Renewal
    • Supervisor Support
    • New Learning Resources
    • Assessment
    • Accreditation Renewal
    • Selection into Training

New Educational Leadership and Supervision Framework

The Supervisor Learning Support unit presented the new Educational Leadership and Supervision Policy and Framework to PDEC. It introduces new supervisor role structures and descriptions, as well as supervisor standards, selection processes, training requirements and evaluation guidance.

Ultimately, the new framework and policy will provide educational leaders and supervisors with increased clarity around their leadership roles and responsibilities, and recognition of their professionalism, skills, knowledge, competence and experience. It will also ensure trainees receive quality training that is delivered by experienced and competent professionals, who have clearly defined roles and sufficient time to fulfil them. These changes are based on comprehensive research and consultation with membership and were developed by a working group of RACP Fellows, trainees and staff.


The Accreditation Review Working Group has developed surveys for trainees and supervisors to monitor training experiences in the workplace for accreditation purposes. These surveys will help the RACP understand whether its educational standards are being delivered in accredited settings, ensure a high-quality and safe training experience for trainees and sufficient support for supervisors.


The pass rates for the divisional clinical examination – 2017 Paediatrics & Child Health Division were as follows:


2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
79.5% 79.0% 80.2% 76.1% 66.9% 65.8%
(163/205) (169/214) (186/232) (181/238) (164/245) (156/237)

New Zealand*

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
66.7% 72.0% 70.5% 64.7% 71.8% 78.4%
(20/30) (18/25) (31/44) (22/34) (28/39) (29/37)

*Pass rates of total sitters of exam by country– regardless of the country they train in. 

2018 Division Examinations dates

Written Examination

Exam date: Monday 19 February 2018
Applications Open: Friday 3 November 2017
Applications Close: Monday 27 November 2017
Examination Venue Bookings Close: Wednesday 20 December 2017
Results Released: Tuesday 13 March 2018

Clinical Examination

Exam Dates: Friday 18 May to Sunday 27 May 2018
Applications Open: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Applications Close: Tuesday 27 March 2018
Results Released: Thursday 7 June 2018

On behalf of the PDEC, I would like to wish everybody a happy and healthy holiday season.

For those who will balik kampung over the Festive Season, please travel safely, especially on the roads.

Balik Kampung (English: "return to village") is a Malay term for the massive exodus during festive seasons such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Chinese New Year, etc. 

Associate Professor Paul Fullerton, Chair
Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee
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