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Medical Board of Australia


In December 2012, the Board started a conversation about revalidation and has since consulted with the profession and the community.

The Board is considering how best to ensure medical practitioners maintain and enhance their professional skills and knowledge and remain fit to practise medicine. It is seeking expert advice, as well as feedback from the profession and the community, about the best way to do this in a way that is practical, effective and tailored to the Australian healthcare environment.


The Board commissioned international research from the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Advancement (CAMERA). The report found positive evidence that revalidation is worthwhile in managing risk to patients and recommends three alternative models for the Board to consider.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
The evidence and options for medical revalidation in the Australian context PDF 
Word version 
15 September 2015

Next steps

Rather than adopting a specific model at this time, the Board will progress its consideration of revalidation in Australia by:

  • Appointing an Expert Advisory Group to provide technical expert advice on revalidation and how any models recommended by the group can be evaluated for effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability.
    Read the Terms of reference - Expert Advisory Group (219 KB,PDF), Word version (362 KB,DOCX)

  • Appointing a Consultative Committee to provide feedback on issues related to the introduction of revalidation in Australia.
    Read the Terms of Reference - Consultative Committee (215 KB,PDF), Word version (357 KB,DOCX)

  • Commissioning social research into what the profession and the community expect that medical practitioners should do to demonstrate ongoing fitness and competence to practise.

Further information is available in the media release Medical Board announces next steps on revalidation.

Page reviewed 15/09/2015