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Medical Deans contributes in a variety of ways to the national health policy agenda, particularly in the areas of professional entry-level education, training and research.  Written submissions are an important feature of that contribution.

2017 – Submission to the Independent Review of Accreditation Systems

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans) appreciated the opportunity to provide a submission to the Independent Review of Accreditations Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions. Individual medical schools were consulted and provided input for this submission.

The submission can be viewed here.

2017 – Submission on the Assessment of the Distribution of Medical School Places in Australia

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand and the Group of Eight Deans of Medical Faculties Group have made a joint submission in response to the request for views on the assessment of the distribution of medical school places in Australia being undertaken by the Departments of Health and Education. The submission can be viewed here.

2016 – Submission to the Australian Government’s discussion paper “Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education”

Medical Deans submission can be viewed here.

2015 – Consultation on the Rural Health and Multidisciplinary Training Programme

Medical Deans response can be viewed here.

2015 – Submission to Intern Review

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2014 – Submission to the NRAS Review

The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) commenced in 2010 and planned a formal review following the first three years of operation. Medical Deans have provided a submission that primarily addresses the National Scheme’s objectives of facilitation of high quality education and training and development of a flexible, responsive and sustainable workforce. Medical Deans submission can be viewed here.

2014 – Submission on the review of Medicare Locals

As part of a pledge by the incoming government, the Commonwealth instituted a review into Medicare Locals which commenced in December 2013. The review is chaired by Professor John Horvath, formerly Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, and will provide its advice to the government in March 2014. Medical Deans submission can be viewed here.

2012 – Submission on the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP)

In the second half of 2012, the Commonwealth invited submissions on the development of the NATSIHP, based on a Discussion Paper put out by the Commonwealth. The Discussion Paper outlined the current state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sought responses to a range of questions related to health system performance and the social determinants of health. Medical Deans submission can be viewed here.

2012 – Submission to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)

IHPA was established in December 2011 to determine the National Efficient Price (NEP) for public hospital services.

Medical Deans’ forwarded a submission on the Draft Pricing Framework, released on 16 January 2012 by the IHPA.

The Draft Pricing Framework is a key strategic document to guide the Authority in setting a NEP for public hospital services, including the determination of:

  • The principles to be used by the Authority in determining the NEP
  • The scope of public hospital services eligible for Commonwealth Government activity based funding under the National Health Reform Agreement
  • The criteria for services to be funded by blocks grants
  • The methodology to be used to price services that are provided to private patients in public hospitals

Medical Deans’ submission is centred around the Teaching, Training and Research component of pricing hospital activity.

2011 – Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the administration of health practitioner registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and related matters.

Medical Deans forwarded a submission to this inquiry on a range of matters, including:

1.     English Language Skills Requirements for Registration
2.     Registration of pro bono teachers
3.     Student Registration
4.     Students reported to AHPRA by others than the host education provider

The completed report from the senate inquiry is available from the Parliament of Australia Senate website.

2011 – Submission to the Australian Government’s Base Funding Review of Higher Education.

The submission is strongly evidence-based and draws on a number of contemporary information sources to support the submission’s claims. There are two specific issues pertaining to medical education which are unlikely to be mirrored in other  disciplines – the strong reliance of medical education on work integrated learning (or clinical placements as they are known in medicine) and the complexity of funding arrangements across two sectors: higher education and health. Both matters and their impact on base funding are dealt with in detail in the document.

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