Roles and responsibilities of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia

Applicable to: Public Hospitals in WA and other facilities providing intern or RMO terms to WA junior doctors.

Description: The OD describes the responsibilities of the Postgraduate Medical Council of WA; including the requirement to accredit all RMO positions and to accredit intern positions in WA as delegated by the Medical Board of Australia.

Roles and responsibilities of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia

PMCWA was founded in 2003 to facilitate the training and education of prevocational doctors.
 
The PMCWA was formally established as a Ministerial Council (the Council) on 4 May 2015 and is accountable to the Minister for Health via the Director General.
 
The Council’s function is to act in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (‘the National Law’), introduced in 2010.
 
Members of PMCWA are representatives of the stakeholder organisations involved in the support, training and supervision of prevocational doctors and other non-vocational medical officers.  Membership is via Ministerial appointment.
 
       Day to day management of the Council is undertaken by the PMCWA secretariat.
       The secretariat reports administratively to the Department of Health; however all matters related to the strategic objectives of the Council are reported to the Chair.
 
In fulfilling the role of Council, PMCWA operates consistently with the strategic objectives of the Department of Health Western Australia and does not adversely affect the interests of the Government of Western Australia.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES OF COUNCIL
In accordance with the PMCWA Board Charter, PMCWA  has delegated authority to:
  1. To provide a leadership role in pre-vocational medical education and training in Western Australia.
  2. To provide expert advice to the Minister for Health and the Western Australian Department of Health on pre-vocational medical education and training, accreditation of medical training positions and prevocational medical workforce issues.
  3. To identify, evaluate, monitor and promote medical education and training programs, and resources for pre-vocational medical officers and other non-vocational doctors in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  4. To undertake the accreditation and monitoring of medical pre-vocational training positions, the Medical training/units and facilities that support Prevocational training positions to ensure they meet national and State standards.
  5. To notify the Medical Board of Western Australia of the Council’s recommendations for accredited postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) training positions.
  6. To establish and maintain linkages to promote communication with education providers ranging from medical undergraduate to vocational training and continuing medical education, to foster greater sharing of expertise, information and a continuum of medical training.
  7. To establish, maintain and promote partnerships with the Western Australian Committee of the Medical Board of Australia, other State/Territory Postgraduate Councils, the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils, the Medical Training Review Panel, the Australian Medical Council, the Western Australian Junior Medical Officers (JMO) forum and other relevant organisations, associations and committees.
  8. To monitor and advise on the supply, distribution and demand for pre-vocational medical officers and other non-vocational doctors in Western Australia.
  9. To promote, undertake and/or contribute to health services research regarding pre-vocational medical officers and other non-vocational doctors’ education and training, accreditation and workforce issues.
  10. To advocate on behalf of prevocational trainees on matters that impact on health and welfare of pre-vocational medical officers, including matters relevant to safety and quality.
 
The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) has established the Registration Standard ‘Granting general registration as a medical practitioner to Australian and New Zealand medical graduate on completion of intern training’ under section 52 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2010, as in force in each state and territory (‘the National Law’), and in accordance with section 38(2) of the National Law.
 
This standard defines the supervised intern (provisional registration year) training requirements that must be completed in order for graduates of Australian and New Zealand medical programs accredited by the Australian Medical Council, and approved by the Medical Board of Australia, to be eligible for general registration. The Board supports PGY1 doctors completing training in an accredited training position, and the PMCWA undertaking the accreditation process.
 
The Department of Health requires that all health services seeking to employ pre-vocational doctors meet the accreditation standards published by the PMCWA. This will be monitored through periodic on-site assessment by PMCWA appointed professionals. The aim of the accreditation process is to ensure that all health services employing pre-vocational doctors offer sufficient experience, education, training, supervision, assessment and evaluation, support (including resources) and safe working environment to enable pre-vocational doctors to meet the objectives of their training program. Failure to respond adequately to the findings and recommendations of the accreditation review is to result in the withdrawal and re-allocation of such doctors.
 
In its delegated role, the PMCWA has responsibility for monitoring and advising the Department of Health on the supply and demand for medical graduates. To assist this process, the PMCWA is to regularly collect data and information from health services regarding the numbers and placement of pre-vocational doctors. The PMCWA is to also monitor and advise on the issues that impact on the selection, appointment and retention of pre-vocational doctors.

Dr D.J. Russell-Weisz
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA


Date of effect: 20 February 2016 to 20 February 2020

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