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FRAME Structure - Proposal
Refer Appendix 3 in Documents
Professor Judy Searle, CEO Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand and Professor Judi Walker, Chair FRAME
- Prof Searle and Walker presented an updated version of the proposal that was discussed in Canberra, October 2013.
- The document has been refined in line with comments from FRAME members.
- The document outlines the proposal for a strategic alliance between FRAME and Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans) that would provide administrative support for FRAME whilst enabling it to maintain its core business.
- Key issues for FRAME are ongoing advocacy and effectiveness as we move into a different policy and funding environment.
- Underpinning principles of the alliance with Medical Deans are that Rural Clinical Schools maintain their unique identities, core business and local networks and continue to share best practice, expertise and activities. The alliance would be transparent and flexible and enhance medical schools’ expertise in rural, regional and remote medical education.
- Engagement with Medical Deans will allow for operationalization of the aims of FRAME and objectives of MDANZ; improved national and international advocacy; Secretariat infrastructure; data collection to assist with providing evidence of workforce outcomes; Shared expertise in indigenous medical education, social accountability and community engagement and the opportunity to look for joint income generation.
Questions and Discussion
- An alliance between Medical Deans and FRAME provides opportunities for a shared culture, strategies and operations and to utilise academic backbone for rural Australia to its full potential.
- The alliance would enable FRAME to receive a grant, employ a project officer, make appointments with Ministers.
- There has been a change within the group of Medical Deans in recent years and they now include both a social accountability and a rural health agenda.
- It was suggested that any alliance must build in oversight and include a review period.
- In the past, success for rural meant that rural should stand alone. It was feared than in an arrangement with an organisation where “rural” was not the central focus would result in a risk of FRAME activities being diluted.
- Some strengths of an alignment include opportunities to expand on the MSOD dataset, and links with Indigenous health education networks in New Zealand.
- Whilst FRAME has enjoyed the collegiality of being a loose collective, it was agreed that more structure would enable FRAME to employ staff and enter into agreements. It was also acknowledged that it was costly to become an incorporated body.
- Medical Deans provides a platform to attract funding for initiatives.
- The governance structure needs to address risk & include explicit processes for conflict management / resolution. It is important for FRAME to maintain its independence.