Medical training survey

The Medical Board of Australia has previously announced that it will run a Medical Training Survey in order to better understand the quality of medical education in Australia.

Please visit MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au for more information on the survey.

What is the Medical Training Survey about?

The Medical Training Survey will gather feedback from doctors in training in Australia (and in time their supervisors) to:

  • better understand the quality of medical training in Australia
  • identify how best to improve medical training in Australia, and
  • recognise and deal with potential issues in medical training that could impact on patient safety, including environment and culture, unacceptable behaviours and poor supervision.

Who will be able to do the survey?

We want all doctors in training in Australia to do the survey. This includes interns, hospital medical officers, resident medical officer, non-accredited trainees, postgraduate trainees, principal house officers, registrars and specialist trainees. It will include career medical officers who intend to undertake further postgraduate training in medicine.

When will the survey be run?

We are planning to run the survey for doctors in training from1 August to 30 September 2019 and annually thereafter. We will run a survey for supervisors in future years.

How will the Board know who to send the survey to?

The Board and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency do not have information on who is a doctor in training. We will be asking medical practitioners at renewal of general registration whether they are a doctor in training.

Interns and other medical practitioners with provisional or limited registration will be automatically included.

For the first Medical Training Survey (MTS), medical practitioners who have stated they are a doctor in a training will receive a survey at the end of the registration renewal. The survey will be open 1 August to 30 September 2019.

Who will administer the survey?

The Board and AHPRA has contracted EY Sweeney to administer the survey. EY Sweeney will analyse the information and will develop reports.

The Board and AHPRA will not receive any information that identifies individuals.

Survey questions

We will be developing these with our expert advisors and with other stakeholders. A copy of the survey questions can be found on the MedicalTrainingSurvey.gov.au website.

Project governance

The Board is working with experts in the medical education and training sector in Australia on this important project. We have set up two groups to guide this work:

  • Steering Committee to manage the hands on work to develop and deliver the survey, and
  • An Advisory Group to make sure the survey is strengthened by input from doctors in training and other experts including specialist colleges, employers and jurisdictions, the Australian Medical Council and the AMA.

Guiding principles

We’ve settled on these guiding principles for the Medical Training Survey:

  1. Quality improvement: The MTS is a quality improvement tool, to strengthen medical training in Australia.
  2. Safe and confidential: Medical trainees and supervisors can safely and confidentially participate in the MTS. Participants’ data will be de-identified in any reporting of results, and only de-identified data will be provided to the Board and AHPRA.
  3. Focused on training: The core focus of the MTS is on post-graduate medical training.
  4. Reflection and feedback: The MTS encourages participants to reflect on their medical training and teaching and provide feedback safely to support continuous improvement. Reflective practice is a cornerstone of good medical practice and of the Professional Performance Framework.
  5. Access: The MTS will be relevant to medical training and not onerous to complete. It will be accessible online and easy to use, to encourage participation.
  6. Reporting and using results: The results of the MTS will be published in the interests of transparency. Specialty and jurisdiction specific reports from MTS data will be generated as far as possible, while assuring participant confidentiality. Stakeholders will apply survey results to improve medical training.
  7. Participation: The annual MTS will evolve, initially seeking feedback from doctors in training and in time their supervisors. It aims to reduce the need for other surveys about the same issues.

We will keep referring to these principles to keep us on track as we develop the survey.

Get involved

If you have any specific questions, feedback or are interested in being part of the development of the Medical Training Survey then please email us at MTS@ahpra.gov.au and keep reading about what we’re doing at this link.

Or alternatively, you can get in contact with your stakeholder representative from the Advisory Group (please see membership list in the Resource section below)

Resources  

Document PDF Accessible format
Steering Committee terms of reference  PDF 
(228 KB) 
Word version 
(76.8 KB,DOCX)
Advisory Group terms of reference PDF 
(244 KB)
Word version 
(76.9 KB,DOCX)
Advisory Group membership PDF 
(110 KB)
Word version 
(77.0 KB,DOCX)

Progress updates

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Progress update - March 2019 PDF
(167 KB)
Word version 
(82.3 KB,DOCX)
Progress update - December 2018 PDF
(84.4 KB)
Word version
(51.9 KB,DOCX)
Progress update - October 2018  PDF
(268 KB)
Word version
(54.6 KB,DOCX)
Progress update - August 2018 PDF 
(265 KB) 
Word version 
(61.9 KB,DOCX)
 
 
Page reviewed 26/07/2019