Welcome to CPMEC
This website provides information about the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) and key developments in prevocational medical education and training matters in Australia and New Zealand. Clinical educators, junior doctors, clinical supervisors, medical students, medical education staff and other stakeholders in prevocational medical education will find the site useful. It also provides links to Postgraduate Medical Councils (PMCs) or the equivalent body in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other peak bodies.
The 2016 Australasian Junior Medical Officers' Resolutions Released
The Australasian Junior Medical Officers' Forum (AJMOF) is an annual event that brings together Australasian state and territory JMO Forum representatives and other interested junior doctors to discuss current issues in junior doctor education and training. It is held in conjunction with the annual Prevocational Medical Education Forum. Each year the forum puts together a statement of resolutions addressing the educational and welfare needs of junior doctors in training, to improve medical education in Australia and ultimately improve the care of patients.
The 2015 AJMOF took place on 12th October 2015 in Darwin, Northern Territory, as part of the Medical Education and Training Forum.
The development of the 2016 AJMOF resolutions was co-ordinated by the Australian Junior Medical Officer' Committee (AJMOC), which is comprised of the Chairs of each Australian state and territory Junior Medical Officers' Forum. The 2016 AJMOF resolutions can be accessed by clicking here.
2015 CPMEC Award Winners Announced
The winners of the 2015 CPMEC Clinical Educator of the Year and the Junior Doctor of the Year Awards were announced during the official dinner of the 2015 Medical Education and Training Forum held at the Darwin Convention Centre on 14th October 2015. In an unprecedented sweep, both winners were Northern Territory nominees making it a memorable night for the hosts.
Dr Mary Wicks was the recipient of the Clinical Educator of the Year Award and Dr Cameron Spenceley received the Junior Doctor of the Year Award. The winners of the CPMEC award are determined by inputs from all Postgraduate Medical Councils (or equivalent agencies). The awards were presented by CPMEC Chair Prof Richard Tarala.
For further details on Dr Wicks and Dr Spenceley, click here.
Change in CPMEC Leadership
There has been a change in the CPMEC Leadership with Prof Richard Tarala taking over as Chair until 2017. Prof Tarala has been Deputy Chair and is also the Chair of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia. His Deputy Chair will be Dr Anthony Llewellyn who is the Director of the Medical Portfolio at NSW Health Education & Training Institute. During the handover, Prof Tarala thanked outgoing Chair A/Prof Terry Brown for his stewardship of CPMEC during what had been a partcularly difficult time for the organisation.
CPMEC's Role Emphasised by Prevocational Medical Education Stakeholders
The contributions of CPMEC in promoting national consistency in prevocational training and providing support to junior doctors, their supervisors and medical educators were repeatedly emphasised at the 20th Medical Education & Training Forum. Of concern to stakeholders was the inequitable situation where the Federal Government was prepared to spend $10 miilion annually to provide internships for international students graduating from Australian medical schools which contrasted with their outright refusal to provide any support to CPMEC which supports domestic medical graduates. This lack of support extended to the annual prevocational Forum from 2014. This was sending a very negative signal to Australian resident graduates.
National Professional Training & Development (NPTD) Program
Following the success of the previous programs, CPMEC, in conjunction with state and territory Postgraduate Medical Councils and equivalent bodies, is organising another National Professional Training & Development (NPTD) Program for Directors of Clinical Training (DCTs) / Directors of Prevocational Training (DPETs) in May 2016 in Brisbane.
Click here for further information regarding the program.