One of the objectives of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory is to facilitate the provision of high quality education and training of health practitioners. The accreditation of programs of study and education providers is the primary way of achieving this.
The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is responsible for accrediting education providers and their programs of study for the medical profession.
The AMC accredits:
- Medical schools: Completion of an approved program of study from these accredited education providers qualifies a person for general registration.
- Specialist medical colleges providing postgraduate training programs in recognised medical specialities. Completion of an approved program of study from these accredited education providers qualifies a person for specialist registration.
Postgraduate medical councils
At the Board's request, the AMC also assesses authorities that accredit intern training programs in each state and territory under the national standards framework for intern training implemented from 2014. These authorities are commonly known as postgraduate medical councils.
Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study and the education provider that provides the program equips those who complete the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practise the profession.
The AMC develops accreditation standards, which the Board approves.
The AMC regularly reviews accredited programs of study and education providers to ensure they continue to meet the accreditation standards.
Find out what the accreditation standards are for medical schools and specialist colleges.