The Board is committed to developing a process that supports medical practitioners to maintain and enhance their professional skills and knowledge and to remain fit to practise medicine. The Board has been using the term ‘revalidation’ for this process.
The Board wants any revalidation processes to be practical, effective and tailored to the Australian healthcare environment. The Board has ruled out UK-style revalidation and made it clear that doctors will not be required to periodically re-sit their fellowship exams.
The Board appointed an expert advisory group (EAG) to provide it with technical expert advice on revalidation. The Board asked the EAG to develop one or more models for revalidation in Australia and to provide advice on how to pilot the models so that they can be evaluated for effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability.
The Board has also sought feedback from the profession and the community about an approach to revalidation that is practical, effective and tailored to the Australian healthcare environment.
The EAG provided an interim report to the Board in 2016 containing its proposal for consultation. Following consultation on the interim report, the EAG reviewed the submissions and comments as it finalised its recommendations. The EAG’s final report will be published later in 2017, along with the Board’s response to the report.
The EAG developed an interim report that identified a two part approach that proposed:
Between August and November 2016, the Board consulted with the profession and the community about the options for revalidation in Australia as proposed by the EAG.
During the consultation we:
The consultation responses can be viewed on the Past consultations page.
What we heard
There were a number of general themes that emerged from the consultation, including:
Full interim report of the expert advisory group on revalidation
Executive summary of the interim report
Discussion paper about the proposed approach for revalidation
Media statement: Medical Board consults on revalidation in Australia 16 August 2017
Expert Advisory Group on revalidation terms of reference
Consultative Committee on revalidation terms of reference
Medical Practitioners' ongoing fitness and competence to practise: A report of social research into community and doctors’ views about trust, confidence and fitness to practise in the medical profession
International research from the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA) The evidence and options for medical revalidation in the Australian context, published 2015