It was determined that the function of prevocational accreditation should sit in PMAS as it relates to and has the potential to inform other prevocational medical matters. To maintain the governance and management of the accreditation service as independent 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, it operates the accreditation service independent of the PMAS reporting lines.
There is a Committee and a Panel that administer the function of Prevocational Accreditation for the Northern Territory.
Prevocational Accreditation Committee (PAC)
Prevocational Accreditation Panel (PAP)
Click each for their terms of reference and membership. For next meeting dates please contact PMAS.
The Accreditation program administered by the Northern Territory Prevocational Accreditation Committee (PAC) aims to:
Ensure support and development of education and training for prevocational doctors which enables them to meet high standards of safe practice with respect to patient and practitioner, clinical skills and professional confidence, and become eligible for general registration with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA).
Ensure that the best possible environment exists to develop, evaluate and maintain the organisational processes that ensure excellence in the training of prevocational doctors.
Provide a common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse organisations which train prevocational doctors, in order to encourage communication and sharing of experience.
Promote links between the educational processes occurring at the undergraduate level with that at the prevocational level.
Provide the community with a process of external validation of prevocational training programs.
Provide assistance to prevocational training providers by identifying for them, the strengths and weaknesses of their prevocational training programs.
To achieve this, the Prevocational Accreditation Committee and the accreditation support staff work in partnership with prevocational training providers and provides independent assurance of the quality of training sites and training posts available for training and education of prevocational doctors, using the national standards and requirements for prevocational (PGY1 and PGY2) training programs and terms. These are designed to encourage and support prevocational training providers in continually improving the orientation, supervision, education, assessment and welfare of prevocational doctors.
The Medical Board of Australia requires that all prevocational posts are assessed using the national standards and requirements for prevocational (PGY1 and PGY2) training programs and terms and the body conducting the accreditation assessments are the Australian Medical Councils Accrediting Authority for that jurisdiction.
The current accreditation status of Northern Territory hospitals is provided on the Accreditation Status page.
Prevocational Accreditation Committee
The role of the Prevocational Accreditation Committee will reflect the direction and needs of the Medical Board of Australia (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.
Prevocational Accreditation Panel
The Prevocational Accreditation Panel is established to consider accreditation survey team findings and endorse/not endorse survey team report recommendations, including the recommended period of accreditation that should be granted (max 4yrs).