AMA submission to the RACP Capacity to Train Consultation Paper
13 Apr 2015
The AMA has provided comment on the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Capacity to Train Consultation Paper (the Paper). The AMA congratulates the RACP in proactively looking at the issues that will affect the medical profession, and in particular the physician workforce into the future.
At the AMA Trainee Forum held in February this year, trainee chairs and representatives identified three priorities for advocacy and further action in relation to their training. These were:
1. Securing jobs for new fellows, particularly in the public sector, and addressing the maldistribution of trainees and fellows.
2. Providing access to wellbeing and support services, and safe working environments.
3. Maintaining work-life balance and having access to flexible, part-time work arrangements.
The AMA comments on the Paper advocated for the implementation of regional training networks, supported a National Training Survey, and emphasised the importance of ensuring trainee wellbeing and access to safe working environments, maintaining work-life balance and having access to flexible, part-time work arrangements.