Workplace-based assessment

The workplace based assessment (WBA) program is an alternative to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) clinical examination. WBA is for international medical graduates (IMGs) using the AMC Standard Pathway (external site) to achieve eligibility for general registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

The WBA program assesses IMGs at the end of postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) or internship level across the six clinical areas of: 

  • adult medicine 
  • adult surgery 
  • emergency medicine 
  • obstetrics and gynaecology (women’s health) 
  • paediatrics (child health) 
  • psychiatry (mental health). 

IMGs accepted to a WBA program must be employed in a hospital accredited for WBA by the AMC.

The WBA program is implemented in seven jurisdictions throughout Australia. A full list of WBA Providers is on the AMC website (external site).

The WBA program in WA is 12 months in duration and is currently available at Bunbury and Geraldton Hospitals and Kalgoorlie Health Campus.

Through assessment in the everyday workplace, WBA assesses the IMG’s ability to integrate clinical knowledge and skills as a basis for safe and effective clinical judgement and decision making.

IMGs are also assessed on their interaction with patients and their ability to work productively as a member of the healthcare team.

The content and the assessment standard of all accredited WBA programs are approved by the AMC and overseen by the AMC Board of Examiners to ensure consistency across programs and with AMC examinations.

IMGs are assessed by experienced senior clinicians across a range of clinical areas, skills and dimensions. Using multiple assessors broadens the scope of assessment and ensures a more robust assessment process.

Program information 

Workplace-based assessment information is available for:

Assessment information

The following is the WA Health AMC approved assessment plan for the WBA program in WA. 

Direct assessment 

  • Mini-Clinical Examination (Mini-CEX) – 12 encounters – 2 in each clinical area (or more as needed) 
  • Direct Observation of Clinical Skills (DOPS) – 6 encounters – 1 in each clinical area (or more as needed) 
  • External assessors report – 1 hour assessment of candidate provided to the AMC for calibration 

Indirect assessment 

  • Case Based Discussion (CBD) - 6 encounters – 1 in each clinical area (or more as needed) 
  • Formative Supervisor’s Report – 2 reports (formative 1 and formative 2) – 18-20 weeks apart 
  • Summative Supervisor’s Report – 2 reports (summative 1 and summative 2) - 18-20 weeks apart 
  • Multisource Feedback  (MSF) - 1 collated report  

Workplace based assessment performance criteria details clinical dimensions and skills against which performance is assessed as well as passing rates and standards.  

Assessment resits or appeals 

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