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.
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.
Provision of Executive and Secretariat support to Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council – an entity similar in scope to ANMAC.
ANMAC or ANMC as it was previously known has been in operation since 1994 and at the inception of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in 2010 was appointed to undertake the accreditation function for nurses and midwives. The ability to include the secretariat and executive support function for AOAC was deemed a plausible business initiative for ANMAC as the appropriate infrastructure was in place including corporate knowledge, policies, systems and processes.
The ADC has embarked on a project to develop an online web portal (Item Portal) allowing:
• secured access to the system by Contributors using managed credentials (e.g. User ID and password),
• presentation of work to be completed by Contributors using a Dashboard / Work-tray approach,
• workflow of data (e.g. the progression of reviewed Items or new Items from Contributor to Contributor on that completion of their work) using a set of pre-defined rules,
• the ability to add/edit/delete Images to items,
• provision of a Forum facility allowing Contributors to discuss the specifics of Items being worked on,
• the inclusion of a super-user with an ability to oversee all projects, an interface with the current item bank.
The OTC along with members of the occupational therapy professional body, education providers and practitioners, participated in an HWA funded project in 2010 (Rodger et al) which investigated the use of simulation in occupational therapy. The outcome of the project was consensus that up to 20% of occupational therapy practice education/fieldwork placement could be provided via well-developed simulation activity.
With the introduction of ADC’s new Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs (the Accreditation Standards) at the beginning of 2016 the ADC accreditation process has moved to a much stronger focus on program outcomes. To this end, from 2016 the ADC is offering a free annual written examination for dental students to be conducted part way through the students’ final year. This will be a standardised examination provided by the ADC to all dental program providers that wish to participate in this benchmarking exercise. Participation is not mandated.
The web portal allows our candidates from Australia and overseas to commence their registration journey using the latest technology, including phone and tablet platforms. The online eligibility processes have streamlined the way that we can provide our examination and assessment services and are moving us to a paper-less environment.