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ASOS Accreditation Systems Review SubmissionTue, 24 Oct 2017

  1. An ASOS objectives is “to promote and maintain the highest standard of orthopaedic patient care in the community.”  As a result, ASOS opposes the creation of the proposed Health Education Accreditation Board and supports the current role of an independent Australian Medical Council.  Only an independent medical council, committed to the highest standards of science-based medical education and training can maintain the reputation of Australian medical education and training, and confidence in the high standards of orthopaedic surgery that have so far been achieved.
  2. This position was a result of the unanimous support for the following motion at our recent ASOS AGM: The Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ASOS) opposes any proposal that would remove or replace the role of accreditation of medical education and clinical training of its members by an independent medical practitioner-led Australian Medical Council (AMC).”
  3. ASOS notes the statement by Prof Nicholas Talley, Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, who said the objectives of the National Registration and Accreditation scheme, in particular the protection of the public through the provision of high quality education and training and rigorous assessment of standards, will not be met by the recommendations of this review[1].
  4. ASOS is concerned at the following statement on page 95 of the draft report: ‘Although not referenced in the National Law, one of the principles is that “While we balance all the objectives of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, our primary consideration is to protect the public.”  The Review considers that this is a retrograde step, with safety and quality potentially being offered as reasons to resist beneficial innovation and the development of a flexible, responsive and sustainable workforce.’  
  5. ASOS does not believe a case for change to the medical profession’s current accreditation system has been made.  The justification for change is general and vague.  The case being made by health economists appears to misunderstand the importance of an established science-based clinical education and training program that is essential for the performance of safe and efficacious orthopaedic surgery and medicine in general.
  6. ASOS urges all Federal and State Health Ministers to reject the recommendations of the Review in regard of the medical profession’s accreditation and maintain the current standing of an independent medical practitioner-led Australian Medical Council (AMC).   

Dr Kelly Macgroarty, Chairman
Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons

16 October 2017



[1] Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, Australian Medical Regulation Must Remain Independent, 18 Sept 2017, http://cpmc.edu.au/media-release/australian-medical-regulation-must-remain-independent/

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