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Prevocational Accreditation System

"The health service Manager is accountable for the provision and quality of the Prevocational Doctor Education and Training Program (PETP) by ensuring that there are appropriate and effective organisational, operational and governance structures in place to manage prevocational medical education and training.” Function 1 Standard 1

This is an unequivocal statement that a training health service must have management systems. These systems are also expected to respond effectively to internal and external influences. Decision makers who have a grasp of systems thinking are able to deploy a simple but powerful set of concepts and tools to implement systems management.


Presumably, at an accreditation survey a training health service could be expected to provide evidence that it actually has management systems and these have been implemented in a way that enables them to respond effectively to the NT Prevocational Accreditation Standards.


A system self-regulates through feedback. Therefore, a training health service can continually improve by responding to feedback. High performing training health services are continually collecting data, reviewing it and using this information to improve processes.


The NT Prevocational Accreditation System is designed to evolve. Therefore, the Prevocational Accreditation Committee will continue to develop and review components of the Junior Doctor Accreditation System as part of their role.  Additional or revised components shall be updated in the online Prevocational Accreditation Manual and pages within this website. An email advising the training facilities of any changes will be forwarded to the facility contact person. Training facilities must ensure if they have printed a hard copy of the Prevocational Accreditation Manual that they update that hard copy and that their knowledge of the accreditation processes and standards is kept up to date so that they can advise and guide other staff that are teaching, training and supervising junior doctors.


The Prevocational Accreditation Committee appreciates the involvement of all accreditation stakeholders in the implementation of the NT Prevocational Accreditation System and contribution to its development over time in a professional manner.


The Northern Territory Prevocational Accreditation Committee (PAC) has been delegated responsibility by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) for the Accreditation of Facilities providing Internship. NT Health has delegated responsibility to include other prevocational Junior Doctor Training and Education programs in the NT. The Prevocational Accreditation Committee has developed a robust and transparent Accreditation System based on National and International best practice. The System encourages and promotes quality improvement to ensure the highest quality education and training for junior doctors and collaboration between training Facilities and the NT accrediting authority.


This Prevocational Accreditation System draws together a range of information and resources of interest and use to key stakeholders in the Accreditation System, including but not limited to:


  • Junior Doctors

  • Senior Medical Practitioners

  • Directors of Medical Services

  • Directors of Clinical Training

  • Medical Education Officers


The system is made up of one part and five sections:

Part 1: Information on Principles and Cycle of Accreditation



Section 1: Accreditation Policies

Accreditation Policies

Section 2: Accreditation Processes

Application for


Application for Change

of Status

Full Survey Process

New Offsite Unit

Survey Process

QAP Survey Process

Report Writing Process

Appeal Against the

Prevocational Accreditation Committee Decision

Notification of Change

of Circumstance

Conflict of Interest


Out of Session Meeting Process

Accreditation Event Extension Process

Notification of a Potential Breach of Accreditation Status Process

Modified Unit

Survey Process





Record Process

Section 3: Accreditation Standards

Accreditation Standards and Guidelines


Section 4: Accreditation Resources


Step by Step


Policy Guide

Term Orientation

Booklet Guide

Surveyor Policy

Surveyor Conflict of

Interest Policy

Section 5: Surveyor Information

NT Surveyor


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