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FRAME Business Meeting
Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (Padmaja Jha, Director Regional Training Models)
Review of Health Workforce programs - Independent review of DoHA Health Workforce Programs by Jenny Mason has been submitted to the Minister and is under consideration
  • Key Issues - integrated regional training network / vertical integration model / RA Classification system

RCTS Program

  • Minister has agreed to a 1 year extension of RCTS program; RCSs will be offered a Contract Variation until June 2015
  • End of Year Reports all in on time; currently being assessed and payments released accordingly
  • RCTS program generally held in high regard
  • Marked improvement on all parameters
  • Parameter 4 - Responded to concerns / Looking good for 2013; 2012 nearly 30% rural intake.
  • Parameter 7 – High on government’s agenda; RCSs looking for better ways of reporting all areas of activity
  • Parameter 8 – acknowledgement that it’s a long term investment; success of the program / students returning to practice in rural areas
  • Need to standardise data; analyse trends – MSOD data, AHPRA website
  • Unspent Funds – RCSs are encouraged to ensure funding is spent in the financial year; difficult to carry over funding from one year to the next
  • No increases in funding for infrastructure in current climate
  • No change to parameters in extension of contract
♦ DoHA to liaise with FRAME to develop Template to report on Parameter 7 more comprehensively
♦ Collate available evidence and utilise FRAME website more effectively to provide information about the success of RCSs
National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN)- Health Workforce Australia (Judi Walker)
Five key elements of National Medical Training Advisory Network Discussion Paper
1. Training of the medical workforce should be matched to the community’s requirements for health services, including where those services are required geographically and in what specialty
2. Matching supply and demand for medical training should recognise the changing dynamics of the healthcare system over time, including advances in service models and workforce development trends
3. Medical training should be provided in the most cost effective and efficient way that preserves the high quality and safety of Australia’s current training system and the sustainability of the health service delivery system
4. Training requirements should be informed by relevant and up-to-date information about future service needs
5. Training places for Australian trained medical graduates should be prioritised over immigration of overseas trained doctors to fill workforce gaps in responding to short and long-term workforce need
  • Training plans to be informed by analysis of quality data sources / future workforce supply
  • Need to be organised to respond in timely fashion
♦ Chair to advise Chair NMTAN that FRAME Task Group of Sarah Strasser, Joe McGirr, David Campbell, Lucie Walters, Ruth Stewart & Nicky Hudson will provide responses to future requests
Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority Teaching Training & Research Working Group (Judi Walker)
  • Introducing system of activity based funding for teaching, training and research - difficult to quantify in terms of outcome
  • Public hospitals and public health services moving from block grants to activity based funding by 30 June 2018
  • Consultant engaged to draft Discussion Paper
♦ FRAME Task Group of Sarah Strasser, Jennene Greenhill / Rachel Dyer, Craig Zimitat and Lesley Forster to review discussion paper and the FRAME response