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2020 AMA TRAINEE FORUM I 22 February 2020


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Event details

Program information

Speaker information


Summary and outcomes statement




On behalf of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training (AMACDT) I would like to thank you for registering to attending attend the 2020 AMA Trainee Forum in Melbourne on Saturday 22 February 2020.

The AMA Trainee Forum provides an opportunity for trainee representatives to discuss important and emerging issues in vocational training, and to share concerns, experiences and ideas.  There are many examples of where AMACDT and trainee groups have worked together to progress issues of common interest and achieve meaningful results for trainees over the past years including. the development of policy on regional training networks, policy and advocacy on equity and diversity in medicine and training, and policy development on transparency and procedural fairness in examination and assessment.

The 2020 program will explore the results of the 2019 Medical Board of Australia National Medical Training Survey, the development of rural non-GP specialist training pathways, deep dive into costs and competition in training, and discuss parenting in training. Each session will include short presentations followed by time for discussion.

Part of day will be set aside for the ‘Trainee Soapbox’ where each trainee committee chair/representative will be asked to provide their perspective on the top three issues requiring advocacy in 2020. Each college will be allocated 5 minutes speaking time and no formal presentation is required.

We look forward to a day of robust discussion, information sharing and networking, and the identification of priorities to guide AMA advocacy in 2020.


Dr Tessa Kennedy, Chair, AMA Council of Doctors in Training

Dr Hash Abdeen, Deputy Co-Chair, AMA Council of Doctors in Training

Dr Bernadette Wilks, Deputy Co-Chair, AMA Council of Doctors in Training



Event Details



Date: Saturday 22 February 2020

Location: AMA Victoria Conference Centre, 293 Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria

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Time: 0930-1700, with light refreshments from 1700-1745

*Breastfeeding/carers facilities available*


The AMA Victoria Conference Centre is on the ground level (street access) of AMA Victoria House.

Car Parking

Parking is available along the side carriageways on Royal Parade, and on The Avenue and Bowen Court.



Program information

0930 – 1000       Registration & Morning Tea

1000 – 1030       Session 1 Opening and Welcome

1030 – 1130      Session 2 What do the results of the medical training survey tell us about vocational training

1130 – 1230      Session 3 Developing rural specialist training pathways

1230 – 1300      

1300 – 1400      Session 4 Trainee soapbox

  • Trainee Chair/representative perspectives on the top three issues requiring advocacy in 2020

1400 – 1500      Session 5 Costs and competition in training

1500 – 1530      

  • AMA Careers Advice

1530 – 1630      Session 6 Parents and training

1630 – 1700       Summation & Close

1700 – 1745       Post Forum Networking

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Speaker information


Dr Alex Markwell, Senior Staff Specialist, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 

 Professor Anthony Scott
Dr Bavahuna Manoharan, AMACDT representative, MTS Steering Committee Dr Charles Jenkinson, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trainees' Association
Dr Chris Wilson, General Medicine & Geriatrics Advanced Trainee, WADr Ekta Paw, AMACDT representative, AMA Council of Rural Doctors
Dr Janette Wright, Royal Melbourne HospitalDr Kym Jenkins, Chair, Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges
Dr Melanie Stephenson, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Trainee, MelbourneDr Megge Beacroft, Surgical trainee, AMACDT WA rep
Professor Richard Doherty, Medical Board of AustraliaAssoc Prof Susan Wearne, Senior Medical Advisor, Health Workforce Division, Department of Health
Dr Shehnarz Salindera, Rural General Surgeon, NSW, AMA Council of Rural Doctors 





AMA Careers Service

AMA Council of Doctors in Training

AMA Federal


AMA Queensland DiTC

AMA Victoria DiT Subdivison

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Australasian College of Dermatologists

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Australian Medical Students Association

Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation Victoria

Australian Society of Anaesthetists

Avant Mutual

General Practice Registrars Australia

Health Workforce Division, Department of Health, Canberra

New Zealand Medical Association DiTC

Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia