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Prevocational Accreditation Committee and Panel

Independent Prevocational Accreditation Committee and Panel


Context and Background to NT Prevocational Medical Accreditation Services

The Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical Council (NTPMC) was established in 1998. Council membership included the Principal Medical Consultant of the NT, Medical Superintendents of the five NT hospitals, representation from the Medical Board, the NT Postgraduate Medical Society, NT General Practice Education, Directors of Clinical Training, Medical Workforce, the NT Clinical School and the Resident Medical Officer Society.

In 2006 the NTPMC fell into abeyance until July 2008 following the NT Review of Medical Education and Training in 2007.


Associate Professor Elizabeth Chalmers was appointed by the NT Minister for Health as the Chairperson when the NTPMC was re-established in July 2008. From 2008 until 2015 NTPMC continued to administer and provide intern accreditation services to the two NT training hospitals for the Internship year.


In February 2015, the DoH formed the Medical Education and Training Centre (METC) to facilitate and coordinate medical education and training, support Health Services with the policy and process for prevocational recruitment, lead and support workforce planning to achieve sustainable workforce in the NT and be a point of jurisdictional coordination in relation to medical staff matters (across the whole medical training and practice continuum). It was determined that the function of prevocational accreditation should sit in this area as it related to and could inform other prevocational medical matters. To maintain the governance and management of the accreditation service as independent with no undue influence or interference from DoH as the primary funding body of accreditation, or from any other area of the community, including government, health services, or professional associations it is situated within the METC however operates the accreditation service independent of the METC reporting lines. 

In April 2019, after a review of its functions it was renamed Prevocational Medical Assurance Services (PMAS). PMAS retained all of the previously managed METC functions. 


Accreditation Committee

The role of the Accreditation Committee will reflect the direction and needs of the MBA in relation to registration requirements for PGY1 and PGY2 doctors in the Northern Territory. A further role is to advocate for prevocational doctors and IMG’s education and training opportunities through the implementation of accreditation standards.


Its functions are:


  1. To make accreditation decisions and advise the Northern Territory Board of MBA and prevocational training providers on the requirements for prevocational training.

  2. To establish, implement, manage, monitor, evaluate and review an objective, robust and transparent system to accredit all prevocational doctors’ training programs and terms.

  3. To maintain NT accreditation services to meet the Australian Medical Council (AMC) Accreditation Authority National Standards and reporting requirements to ensure PMAS maintains its NT accreditation authority status.


Terms of Reference


  • To provide strategic leadership, guidance and advice on all issues relating to prevocational medical accreditation services in the NT.

  • Provide advice and direction on prevocational matters raised both locally and nationally.

  • To support the application of the National Standards and requirements for PGY1 and PGY2 training programs and terms. To participate actively in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic initiatives which support the accreditation system and processes.

  • To monitor the NT prevocational accreditation system review schedule each year.

  • To advocate for prevocational doctors’ training opportunities with a focus on optimal learning opportunities and outcomes, particularly those that enhance patient care and cultural safety.

  • To appoint, facilitate and support survey teams to undertake accreditation reviews of prevocational training providers. To advise the Accreditation Manager to establish, when required, an independent prevocational accreditation appeals committee through the PMAS Medical Director, to manage any appeals and grievances regarding any prevocational accreditation survey events and/or decisions.

  • To review and discuss accreditation assessment reports in order to make prevocational accreditation decisions.

  • Notify the NT Board of the MBA regarding the accreditation decisions made giving an accreditation status of prevocational training providers, number of prevocational positions and locations and the period of prevocational accreditation that has been granted.

  • Periodically review approved terms and inform the NT Board of the MBA on their continued appropriateness including whether any conditions should be attached to the approved accreditation status currently held.

  • To provide advice to prevocational training providers Directors of Clinical Training and Medical Education Officers or equivalent on the development, administration, and supervision of educational and training programs for prevocational doctors ensuring they comply with national prevocational accreditation standards.

  • To liaise with other committees of PMAS and other key stakeholders as and when necessary to achieve optimal educational outcomes for prevocational doctors.

  • To establish, maintain and promote relationships with relevant national and jurisdictional accreditation organisations, including other Postgraduate Medical Councils or equivalent and the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils regarding accreditation standards and processes.

  • To promote continuous quality improvement in all accreditation services.



The Prevocational Accreditation Committee (PAC) membership will come from local stakeholder groups, ensuring engagement of all groups relevant in the delivery of PGY1 and PGY2 training. The membership will have a mixture of supervisors, educators and managers of prevocational education programs together with prevocational doctors.

The membership will be appointed by the Chair of the PAC through the Accreditation Manager. Appointment of the Chair will be by the Chief Medical Officer.  In making appointments to the Accreditation Committee, regard will be given to ensuring any potential conflicts of interest are identified and relevant skills and experience as appropriate to undertake accreditation discussions and decisions are identified.

Expressions of Interest will be sought from representative groups and interviews facilitated by the Manager of  PMAS and refer the final selection and appointment decision to the Chair of the PAC.

Members will be appointed  ensuring a balance of prevocational training provider engagement and an understanding of regional NT hospital and Primary Care contexts.


Meeting frequency – Quarterly unless otherwise required for an urgent out of session meeting.


Reporting Lines

  • Notification of the PAC accreditation decisions will be sent to the NT Board of the Medical Board by the Accreditation Manager in writing.

  • The PAC makes their accreditation survey event decisions about accrediting prevocational training programs independently with no undue influence from any PMAS/NT Health committees.

  • The Chair of the PAC will provide a progress report through the Accreditation Manager on prevocational accreditation positions and program status to the PMAS Medical Director including any operational accreditation system matters or issues that may require PMAS accreditation support staff attention or action.

  • The PAC will liaise with other PMAS committees where necessary to achieve optimal education and training outcomes for prevocational doctors.


Accreditation Panel

The Accreditation Panel is established to consider prevocational accreditation survey team findings and endorse/not endorse survey team report recommendations, including the recommended period of accreditation that should be granted (max 4yrs) for the PAC to consider and make the final accreditation decision.


Its functions are to consider accreditation survey reports and:


  1. Refer all accreditation appeals and/or grievances including any conflicts of interest regarding surveyors engaged to undertake the survey event to the PAC.

  2. Provide final prevocational accreditation advice and recommendations to the PAC in relation to accreditation of postgraduate year 1 and 2 training positions and programs.

  3. Provide advice to the PAC of any areas for improvement regarding the NT prevocational accreditation system, policies or processes.



An Independent Accreditation Panel for each accreditation survey will comprise of no less than four members. In making appointments to the Accreditation Panel, regard will be given to ensuring appointees have no conflicts of interest, appropriate skills and experience as appropriate to undertake accreditation functions and events. PAC Chair will monitor the TOR and membership of the Panel.


Meeting frequency – As required


Reporting Lines

The Accreditation Panel Chair will provide a written report to the PAC after each panel meeting has been held. This report is to provide final accreditation advice and recommendations in relation to the accreditation of prevocational training positions and programs. The Accreditation Panel makes their decisions about endorsing or not the survey team’s recommendations regarding accrediting positions and programs independently to the PAC with no undue influence or interference from NT Health as the primary funding body of accreditation, or from any other area of the community, including government, health services, or professional associations.


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