Released: 18 August 2016
Closed: 30 Novemeber 2016
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 its approach 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 re-sit their fellowship exams periodically.
The Board appointed an expert advisory group (EAG) to provide it with technical expert advice on revalidation. The Board has 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 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:
What we heard
There were a number of general themes that emerged from the consultation, including:
Read the written submissions received.
Read the comments received.
The expert advisory group (EAG) and the Board considered all the feedback received and the EAG recommended actions to the Board in a final report presented in August 2017. The final report is available on the Professional performance framework page.
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