In 2001 Medical Deans brought together experts of infectious diseases from each medical school to develop and publish a set of guidelines for medical schools. The resultant Guidelines for Infectious Diseases Policies and Programs for Medical Students provides direction to medical schools in the development, implementation and review of infectious diseases policies and programs. This document is a best practice standards which allows medical schools the flexibility to adapt or implement the guidelines in accordance with existing policies and programs, and in the development of new programs.
The National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Medical Students’ Association have developed a series of broad policies regarding the screening, immunisation and management of infectious diseases and blood-borne viruses. The Medical Deans’ guidelines are in accordance with these policies but are targeted specifically to medical students. The Australian Medical Council has endorsed the Medical Deans infectious diseases guidelines for assessment and accreditation of medical schools.