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.

Inter-agency collaboration to create efficiencies – a pilot between ANMAC and the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)

The project was the first and currently only formal inter-agency arrangement conducted to identify: similarities in organisational requirements/processes, areas for collaboration; opportunities for sharing resources and the feasibility of a mutual recognition system in the assessment and accreditation of Australian higher education providers.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ANMAC and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – an alliance to support nursing education programs in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector

ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s VET sector and is responsible for regulating Diploma of Nursing courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met. In parallel, ANMAC is responsible for developing the content of education accreditation standards and determining whether programs of study for nurses and midwives seeking to practice in Australia meet the required education standards.

New Specialist Program Accreditation Process

In 2014, the ADC engaged with many of the specialist academies and societies to identify how the duplication of effort could be reduced and the two processes aligned. A revised ADC accreditation process for specialist dental programs was developed that required a specialist assessor to be included in the ADC SET for each specialist program being reviewed. Each of the relevant academies or societies were invited to nominate members to the pool of ADC Accreditation Assessors to fill these roles.

Risk based accreditation

In 2014 the ADC agreed on a gradual shift to more risk-based accreditation processes. In this case, risk was defined as the risk of a program failing to meet one or more of the ADC Accreditation Standards. The desired end goal of such a shift is that programs deemed to be at low risk of not meeting the Accreditation Standards can be subject to a more focussed and ‘right touch’ accreditation process, while those deemed to be at higher risk of not meeting the accreditation standards can be subject to a more rigorous accreditation process. As a first step on this journey the ADC revised its annual reporting process to focus on the collection of ‘risk data’ for each accredited program.

New Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs

At the beginning of 2014 the ADC, in partnership with the DC(NZ), undertook to fundamentally review and revise its accreditation standards. A Program Accreditation Standards Steering Committee was formed to oversee the review process and as well as including representatives from the dental profession it also included representatives from the Australian and NZ Podiatry Accreditation Council, Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia and Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Accreditation Monitoring Framework

The ADC Accreditation Monitoring Framework was introduced in 2014 and updated in 2016. Distributed to all providers of ADC accredited programs and available on the ADC website the Framework provides clarity on the key accreditation monitoring activities undertaken by the ADC to ensure that accredited programs continue to meet the ADC Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs (the Accreditation Standards).

APC Colloquium series

As part of APC’s engagement with our stakeholders to facilitate high quality education and training, and to continue to develop the pharmacy workforce, APC has hosted an annual Colloquium since 2013. The aims of the APC Colloquium series are to provide a forum for stakeholders within the sector to engage in constructive discourse on themes around education and pharmacy workforce development.