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Revalidation - a much needed discussion

25 November 2016

An audience of thirty-five RANZCOG members, as well as College House staff, attended a Council Forum to discuss the highly topical issue of revalidation as part of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) Consultation process.
 
Dr Joanne Flynn AM representing the MBA, delivered a presentation that stressed the importance of revalidation as a mechanism to ensure public safety in healthcare.
 
The MBA recently released research identifying doctors as the most trusted profession in Australia. Part of the revalidation process is to protect the integrity of the public register and preserve community trust, by ensuring that all doctors maintain skills that enable safe practice.
 
RANZCOG President, Prof Steve Robson has said, “For many practitioners, not knowing what the process of revalidation will look like has certainly raised concern. The fact that we had the opportunity to dispel myths, ask questions and openly talk through these concerns was extremely valuable.”
 
Dr Flynn was clear in establishing that there are no current plans for a UK-style revalidation, or a US-style examination process, but rather a focus on strengthening continuing professional development and remediation strategies for at-risk doctors.
 
Consultations close 30 November 2016 and a final Expert Advisory Group report is expected to be delivered mid-2017.

 




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