Collaborating for Patient Care – Interprofessional Learning for Interprofessional Practice

The June 2015 workshop initiated an open stakeholder dialogue on the role accreditation might play in enhancing interprofessional education. The workshop was attended by stakeholders such as health service executives, education providers, academics in the field of interprofessional education, national boards and other accreditation authorities.

Consistency in accreditation assessments

Since the National Law was introduced, the AMC has developed templates for reporting accreditation findings against the accreditation standards, to support the AMC governing body making a decision on whether standards are met or substantially met. This revised reporting format provides a more detailed assessment of each program and provider against the accreditation standards than was provided in AMC reports before the National Law was introduced. Because it had enhanced the level of detail by providing a public statement of findings against each standard, the AMC decided that it needed a clear mechanism to facilitate consistency between AMC assessments of providers and programs against the standards.

Streamlining accreditation processes and eliminating duplication

In 2013 at the request of the Medical Board of Australia the AMC implemented a process for assessing the work of the state-based organisations – intern training accreditation authorities – that accredit medical intern training posts and programs. In this process, the AMC is not accrediting programs of study undertaken by interns, but assessing and accrediting the work of the intern training accreditation authority.

Responding to health care imperatives – Indigenous health

In 2015, the AMC completed the review of the Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs. In this review, following consultation, the AMC has introduced similar Indigenous health standards for specialist medical programs and for continuing professional development programs to those introduced in 2007 for medical school programs. The number and type of Indigenous health standards has been directly influenced by the study described above.