AMC Accreditation Team: Expressions of Interest, Indigenous Health Expertise

Australian Medical Council Accreditation Team Membership:

Indigenous Health Expertise Sought

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is an independent national standards body for medical education, and is the designated accreditation authority for the medical profession. AMC assessment teams assess medical education providers against the approved accreditation standards.

The AMC is seeking expressions of interest from individuals with expertise in Indigenous health who wish to be considered as an assessment team member.

 

If you are interested in being a member of an AMC team, please complete and return the registration form and provide a short CV. 

Download the Registration Form here.

 

As vacancies on AMC teams occur, the AMC will review the expertise required on the team against its assessor database. If the AMC is considering you for membership of a team, it will check your availability and interest before nominating you.  The AMC will treat the information in the registration form and in any attached documents confidentially and use it only to assist in choosing teams. 

Further information regarding the accreditation process, and the work of AMC teams can be found below.

AMC accreditation of medical education providers and their programs of study

The AMC assesses medical education providers and their programs of study and accredits those programs which meet approved accreditation standards. It assesses medical programs offered by Australian and New Zealand university medical schools and specialist medical colleges, and from 2014, the AMC reviews Australian intern training accreditation authorities that assess intern training programs.

Programs are assessed against accreditation standards developed by the AMC and approved by the Medical Board of Australia.  The standards define the graduate outcomes expected upon completion of the program, and guide how the education and training should be provided. AMC medical school accreditation standards have an explicit focus on Indigenous health. This is an outcome of the development of the Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework by Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.

How AMC teams conduct an assessment

AMC teams conduct the accreditation assessments. Assessment teams report to an AMC accreditation committee and work within established AMC policy and procedures. Teams have four to eight members depending on the type of assessment. The composition of the team provides for a balance of educational knowledge and experience. The team chair is experienced in AMC accreditation and about half the members may be new to the process. The AMC provides a detailed Accreditation Handbook for new team members and training for team chairs.

Before the team begins work, AMC staff and the education provider begin planning. The AMC gives advice on the contents of the accreditation submission, the scope of the assessment, and the possible accreditation outcomes.

The team:

  • reviews the submission from the education provider, and decides on the key issues to be explored. On average, an accreditation submission is a document of 100 to 150 pages, and is accompanied by 50 to 100 appendices (such as policy and curriculum documents).
  • For assessments of specialist medical training programs, the AMC seeks submissions from stakeholders such as health departments, medical schools, and other specialist education providers. It also surveys trainees and training supervisors.  Teams review these submissions. 
  • validates the information provided through a program of site visits and meetings; and 
  • prepares a report, assessing the program against the accreditation standards, and identifying strengths and areas for attention.  All members of the team contribute to the written report.  Beyond providing this report, the team is not responsible for the AMC’s accreditation decision.

Opportunities for team members

AMC accreditation is a collegial and interactive peer review process. Membership of an AMC team provides opportunities to:

  • contribute to the development of high quality medical training and advocate for good practice
  • understand the principles of medical education
  • learn how medical education providers function and design and deliver their programs
  • learn about these education providers’ roles in the health care system, and how they work with health departments
  • develop and refine questioning and report writing techniques.

AMC requirements of team members

The AMC expects members of accreditation teams to support accreditation and to become familiar with the AMC process and the accreditation standards. Members should be willing to undertake the reading and writing necessary and lead interviews and meetings as required.

Being on an AMC team requires a time commitment. There are three peak periods:

  • The preliminary meeting a few months before the assessment requiring extensive pre-reading of the accreditation submission and documents; team members test the validity of the provider’s claims about its program against AMC accreditation standards.
  • The site visit/s. One week for medical schools, two weeks for specialist colleges, or three to four days for review of an intern training provider. The visit involves meetings and site visits with full working days, followed by a team meeting to debrief.
  • Writing the report. The team starts work on the report in the week of the assessment, and generally has a first draft completed within five weeks. 

Fees, travel and AMC support

The AMC pays sessional fees of AU $343 per half day to team members. It pays fees for meetings and activities such as site visits that are part of the agreed accreditation program. Fees do not cover reading time. The AMC pays fees on a 30-day account. The AMC meets the cost of travel, accommodation, meals and incidental expenditure. It arranges business class travel for journeys of more than 4 hours. 

AMC staff support the team. Staff provide information and documentation to applicants, stakeholders and team members; and manage the logistics of the assessment. With the Team Chair, staff collate and edit the team’s report, and submit it to AMC committees for a final decision on accreditation.

Do you need more information?

The AMC accreditation process is described on its website: http://www.amc.org.au/index.php/ar

Further information may be obtained from the AMC: Email - accreditation@amc.org.au