Educational governance review

In December 2012 following extensive membership and stakeholder consultation, the College Board approved significant changes to education governance. The purpose of the governance changes are to reduce the complexity and risk in decision-making processes related to physician training and assessment, allowing the College to better meet accreditation requirements as set by the Australian Medical Council and the Council of New Zealand and, perhaps most importantly, to improve College training and learning content. The plan reduces the number of education-related standing committees by approximately half.

In 2013 the Board established a working group (the Education Governance Implementation Working Group) to oversee the implementation of the structure detailed in the Board approved plan. This project is now well underway with most structural changes having been finalised by the end of 2014. Most Advanced Training specialties have had new Terms of Reference ratified and a number have started meeting as Advanced Training Committees (formerly known as Specialty Advisory Committees/Specialty Training Committees). Basic Training Committees have been established and Chapter and Faculty Training Committees are also all either ratified, or due to be ratified in the forthcoming period.  

There are two major bodies of work that are still being completed:

  • Governance of assessment and examinations: Following a working day held in March 2015, a detailed model of governance, including draft Terms of Reference, was developed for assessment and examination committees in the College. A stakeholder consultation process is currently being undertaken to seek feedback on the model. Once this concludes, feedback will be compiled and a final proposed model will be put to the College Education Committee, and the Board, for consideration.
  • Governance of accreditation: Accreditation is a complex task and is currently undertaken by a large number of committees across the College. Rationalising and improving the governance model will take some negotiation with key College stakeholders and this consultation work will be undertaken in conjunction with a major project currently underway that is reviewing the accreditation processes across the College.  

Relationship with Specialty Societies

Maintaining the important and significant role that Specialty Societies play in education and training has been at the forefront of changes to education governance in the College. Societies have been kept informed of changes and have been provided with a number of opportunities to provide feedback on draft versions of Terms of Reference. Managers in Education Services are currently considering the best way to implement regular reporting to the Specialty Societies on matters relating to education and training.

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