28 Nov 2017
The community in Australia has high levels of trust in doctors and expects medical practitioners to provide safe care to patients. The Medical Board of Australia has designed a Professional Performance Framework to ensure that all registered medical practitioners practise competently and ethically throughout their working lives.
The Professional Performance Framework will support doctors to take responsibility for their own performance and encourage the profession collectively to raise professional standards and build a positive, respectful culture in medicine that benefits patients and doctors.
The Professional Performance Framework has five pillars:
The Board has previously announced that it is committed to developing a process that supports medical practitioners to maintain and enhance their professional skills and knowledge and remain fit to practise medicine. It used the term ‘revalidation’ for this process and appointed an Expert Advisory Group to provide it with expert advice.
The EAG, chaired by Professor Elizabeth Farmer, has delivered its final report, released today. The Professional Performance Framework is the Board’s response to that report.
The EAG’s recommendations are designed to improve public safety. They recommend an integrated approach that will help improve public safety and better identify and manage risk in the Australian healthcare setting by:
The Board has accepted the evidence provided by the EAG and its recommendations, including to not adopt the term ‘revalidation’ as this does not accurately describe the Board’s approach.
The Board’s Professional Performance Framework is evidence-based, integrated and builds on existing initiatives. It will be implemented progressively, with some elements already in place and others requiring significant planning, consultation and development.
‘We have designed a framework that will justify and strengthen the trust that the Australian community has in their doctors. It is focussed on patient safety and will support doctors to provide high quality care throughout their working lives,’ said Board Chair Dr Joanna Flynn AM.
‘Nothing is going to change tomorrow for individual doctors. We will be consulting widely and seeking expert advice on many elements of the framework,’ Dr Flynn said.
Under the five pillars of the Professional Performance Framework:
There is a lot of work to be done before the Professional Performance Framework is implemented. While many of the elements are in place already or only require fine tuning, others will require more substantial work. The Board is committed to working in partnership with the medical profession and others in the health sector to implement the Professional Performance Framework. It is also committed to ongoing consultation about the various elements.
To implement the Professional Performance Framework, the Board will: