Allan Carmichael Memorial Lecture

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Professor Allan Carmichael OAM joined Medical Deans (then known as CDAMS) on his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Tasmania in 1997. He was a member of the leadership team from 2003, Vice-President from 2005- 2007 and elected the inaugural President of the newly created incorporated body, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc, from 2007-2009.

As the inaugural President, Allan set a course that both established Medical Deans as a key political player in medical education and training, and set a remarkable standard for those who succeeded him.

Allan’s outstanding personal characteristics of integrity and insight, combined with deep knowledge and experience, gave him the passion to work in partnership with governments and broaden the influence Medical Deans had in the realm of public policy.

As President, Allan sought to position the Deans at the forefront of the discussions and negotiations, and achieved great success. The Deans had significant access to the federal Minister for Health and the Department of Health and Ageing, as well as the Health Workforce Principal Committee, the National Health Workforce Taskforce, the Medical Training Review Panel (MTRP), Universities Australia, and the soon to be created, Health Workforce Australia. In his first year as President, Allan led a comprehensive review by Medical Deans (for the MTRP) of clinical training needs based on projected medical student numbers. The review’s findings provided the basis for the development of a national approach to understanding the impact of increased student numbers on clinical placements and how these could be expanded.

Allan also strengthened Medical Deans’ relationships by consistently conveying the importance of working together to ensure optimum outcomes for medical education and training in the context of the whole continuum.

He forged closer ties with the Deans’ partner bodies, CPMC and CPMEC, and the students through AMSA- resulting in an unprecedented joint submission on accreditation by the four bodies in 2008.

A highlight of Allan’s presidency was the development, and signing, of the 2008-2011 Collaboration Agreement between Medical Deans and the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association which properly acknowledged the on going commitment of Medical Deans to work with AIDA to deliver real outcomes to ‘Close the Gap’ in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Allan died on 28 January, 2012 after a short battle with mesothelioma.

In recognition of Allan’s contributions to medical education and training, Medical Deans has established the Allan Carmichael Memorial Lecture, to be held on an annual basis, and with a focus on partnership.

The inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr Michael Bonning at MedEd12 on 22 September 2012. The lecture is now delivered as part of the Medical Deans Annual Conference.

October 2013  Professor Ian Anderson
October 2014  Emeritus Professor David Prideaux
October 2015  Emeritus Professor John Hamilton
October 2016  Professor Nicholas Fisk
October 2017  Emeritus Professor Ian Puddey


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