In its role as a peak body for medical education, training and research Medical Deans hosts and coordinates forums on a regular basis including the Standing Committee, MedEd, the Medical Deans’ Annual Conference and the Faculty Administrators’ Workshop.
A Standing Committee, comprising representatives of the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Medical Deans meets at least annually to discuss priority issues and policy matters affecting professional entry-level medical education. The Minister also attends, where possible.
The Medical Deans Annual Conference is an opportunity for Deans to meet face-to-face to discuss and address national priority issues and policy affecting medical education, clinical training and research. Representatives from a broad range of stakeholder organisations usually attend, including the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the Australian Medical Council, the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges and the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils. A biennial Indigenous Knowledge Initiative is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and is co-auspiced with the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association. The Annual Conference is preceded by a one-day Faculty Administrators’ Workshop.
Faculty Administrators’ Workshop
In recognition of the role the organisation plays in representing the interests of all medical schools, Medical Deans hosts a Faculty Administrators’ Workshop to provide a framework for all Faculty Administrators to engage in discussions on issues impacting both current and future operation of their faculties. Faculty staff utilise these opportunities to share their experiences to assist other colleagues, and promote ongoing professional relationships in a collegial environment.