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The Medical Board of Australia releases its new Professional Performance Framework

05 December 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) attended the launch of the Medical Board of Australia’s final report of the Expert Advisory Group on revalidation and the creation of a new Professional Performance Framework.

The RANZCP is pleased to see that the Board has accepted many of the recommendations of medical colleges in the design of the Professional Performance Framework, and we look forward to working with the Board on its implementation.

The Professional Performance Framework will support doctors to take responsibility for their own performance and encourage the profession collectively to raise professional standards and build a positive, respectful culture in medicine that benefits patients and doctors.

The RANZCP is committed to working with its membership to ensure that the framework is implemented appropriately within the speciality of psychiatry and members are supported during this transition period.

 The report details the five pillars of the Professional Performance Framework:

1.Strengthened CPD includes practitioners having a ‘CPD home’, participating in its CPD program, ensuring their CPD is relevant to their scope of practice and based on their own professional development plan, and completing at least 50 hours of CPD per year that includes reviewing their performance, measuring their outcomes and educational activities.

2.Active assurance of safe practice involves identifying practitioners at risk of poor performance and managing that risk. The Board expects that the vast majority of doctors with identified risk factors will demonstrate their ability to provide safe care to patients and remain in active clinical practice.

3.Strengthened assessment and management of medical practitioners with multiple substantiated complaints includes formal peer review of performance for practitioners with multiple substantiated complaints.

4.Guidance to support practitioners involves the Board continuing to develop and publish clear, relevant and contemporary professional standards to support good medical practice. This includes a revised Code of Conduct, as well as revised and new registration standards.

5.Collaborations to foster a positive culture of medicine that is focused on patient safety, based on respect, and encourages doctors to take care of their own health and well-being. 

Read more about the Professional Performance Framework here or visit the website of the Australian Medical Board.