Professional Practice Framework

The Professional Practice Framework integrates medical expertise and professional skills, recognising that physicians will be experts in their field of practice and use a range of professional skills in order to work in partnership with patients, families, or carers.

The Framework defines the ten domains of professional practice for all physicians and forms the basis of the new RACP curriculum model.

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, a Professional Standard describes expectations for all graduates of RACP training programs. The Framework and Standards have been designed for application across the RACP's training and Continuing Professional Development programs.

Explore the Professional Standards.

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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