The Council of Australian Governments Health Council has commissioned an independent National Review of Medical Intern Training.
Professor Andrew Wilson and Dr Anne-Marie Feyer have been appointed by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council as the Independent Reviewers. An Expert Advisory Panel has been appointed to provide advice to the reviewers throughout the project. The independent reviewers are supported by a small project team, based in Sydney.
- The final report of the Independent Review of Medical Intern Training was noted by Health Ministers on Friday 6 November, 2015 . Health Ministers agreed that further work on the feasibility, prioritisation and sequencing of the recommendations was required. The Health Workforce Principal Committee through a Working Group consisting of all state and territory Postgraduate Medical Councils, the Medical Board of Australia, the Australian Medical Council and jurisdictions will progress this work. The COAG Health Council will consider the recommendations from the Final Report upon receipt of this additional advice.
The purpose of the Review is to examine the current medical internship model and consider potential reforms to support medical graduate transition into practice and further training and to ensure that the workforce continues to be well trained, fit for purpose and is equipped to meet the changing health needs of the Australian population.
The Review will focus on medical intern training in Australia, particularly:
- The purpose of internship and whether the current model remains valid and fit for purpose.
- The effectiveness of the internship year in producing doctors with appropriate skills and competencies to meet national health care needs and support generalist practice.
- The role of internship in supporting career decision making by doctors.
- Models to support expansion of training settings.
Phase One of the Review will occur over twelve months and will develop recommendations, while Phase Two will consider the impacts of these recommendations on other parts of the training system.
In developing recommendations Phase 1 of the Review will provide advice on:
- any immediate changes that should be made;
- Changes to be implemented within a 2-5 year timeframe;
- Changes that would require greater than 5 years to implement; and
- Which recommendations may have implications for other parts of the medical training system and need to be further considered in Phase Two.
Phase One of the Review will occur over twelve months. The initial stage will be supported by a discussion paper and will involve broad consultation including written submissions, meetings with key stakeholders and consultation forums in every State and Territory.
An options paper will be developed based on feedback from consultation, with further consultation prior to development of final recommendations to the COAG Health Council.
Further information is available using the links below:
Profile of Independent Reviewers:
Professor Andrew Wilson
Professor Andrew Wilson is Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney. His past appointments include Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director General Public Health, NSW Health; Deputy Director General Policy, Strategy and Resourcing, Queensland Health; Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology; Professor of Public Health, and Deputy Head of the School of Population Health, and Deputy Dean and Director of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland.
Dr Anne-Marie Feyer
Dr Feyer has more than 25 years’ experience in public health research and policy, with extensive experience providing strategic as well as specialist technical advice to government and industry. Her career has spanned senior academic and private sector roles, including a range of senior advisory posts, working closely with policy makers and service providers on a range issues. Most recently, Dr Feyer has led the evaluation of the NSW Health Chronic Disease Management Program, and provided technical expertise in the development of the NSW Integrated Care Initiative and Strategy recently launched by the NSW Minister for Health.
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