Our Consultations

RANZCR values professional input from members and regularly seeks member feedback on the development of professional documents, reports and submissions. When the College opens a consultation details about and deadlines for submissions, can be found following the links below.

Overview

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to review how well all the specialist medical colleges aligned with the MBA Good Practice Guidelines for the Specialist International Medical Graduates (IMG) assessment process. Following the outcome of this review, RANZCR was required to update its IMG assessment policy and had previously advised that an updated IMG assessment policy would come into effect on 1 January 2020. The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to review how well all the specialist medical colleges aligned with the MBA Good Practice Guidelines for the Specialist International Medical Graduates (IMG) assessment process. Following the outcome of this review, RANZCR was required to update its IMG assessment policy and had previously advised that an updated IMG assessment policy would come into effect on 1 January 2020. 
 
The MBA has kindly provided additional time for RANZCR to comply with their Good Practice Guidelines. We will use this time to conduct a robust and broad review of IMG assessments, including stakeholder and member consultation on the policy changes we are making. The draft policy for stakeholder and member consultation is available below.
 
RANZCR is responsible for ensuring that IMGs practicing in Australia are fully supported to practise safely and attain Australian standards for specialists in clinical radiology and radiation oncology. It is our aim to ensure that any changes will have a long-term positive impact on IMGs, patients and the broader Australian healthcare system.
 
In consulting our stakeholders, RANZCR will be assessing and balancing the various objectives of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme that include to:
1. provide for the protection of the public by ensuring that only health practitioners who are suitably trained and qualified to practise in a competent and ethical manner are registered (Section 3(1)(a) of the National Law), and
2. facilitate the rigorous and responsive assessment of overseas-trained health practitioners (Section 3(1)(d) of the National Law), and
3. facilitate access to services provided by health practitioners in accordance with the public interest (Section 3(1)(e) of the National Law).
 
We are particularly seeking stakeholder and member feedback on the following:

  • How the policy can best ensure that IMGs can practise safely and achieve standards of Australian-trained clinical radiologists and radiation oncologists
  • Any foreseen impacts on the regional and rural workforce
  • For IMGs who have gone through the Specialist Recognition pathway and/or worked in Area of Need positions, what upskilling have you received? Would the proposed measures support IMGs as intended?
  • For employers, please indicate how many Area of Need positions you are responsible for and how long IMGs tend to stay in those positions under limited medical registration. Additionally, please indicate how many IMGs continue in the regional setting after achieving specialist medical registration
  • For employers, what do you see your additional workforce requirements being over the next 18 months?

Specialty

Clinical Radiology and radiation oncology

How to submit

Please submit your response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 5pm 13 March 2020.
 
In the interim, the current IMG policy will remain in place for IMGs seeking assessment. The current policy is available here.
 
We look forward to your comments on IMG assessments.

Relevant documentation

Draft IMG Policy Australia

Overview

This document is designed to provide guidance to be followed when seeking patients’ consent to receive radiation treatment. It highlights the principles underlying informed and valid consent, and the importance of clear communication between doctors and patients.

Specialty

Radiation oncology

How to submit

Members and interested parties can submit their comments and feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB 7 February 2020.

Relevant documentation

Guidelines for Informed Consent

Overview

The Guidelines for Safe Practice of Particle Therapy is to ensure the safe delivery of particle therapy of the highest quality in Australia. A fundamental requirement is that patients are managed by a multi-disciplinary team.

Specialty

Radiation oncology

How to submit

Members and interested parties can submit their comments and feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB 31 January 2020.

Relevant documentation

Draft FRO Guidelines for Safe Practice of Particle Therapy Consultation

Overview

RANZCR’s Faculty of Radiation Oncology developed a paper on Establishing and Sustaining Regional, Rural and Remote Radiation Therapy Centres in 2016. It provides guidance on expected standards for the establishment and continuing management of radiation therapy centres in regional, rural and remote areas, and in outer metropolitan centres or community settings. This paper has now been revised in the context of the Federal government’s focus to improve access to radiation therapy as a result of the 2019 elections, and the New Zealand Government’s 2019 commitment to increased resources for new and existing regional centres in New Zealand. RANZCR’s Faculty of Radiation Oncology developed a paper on Establishing and Sustaining Regional, Rural and Remote Radiation Therapy Centres in 2016. It provides guidance on expected standards for the establishment and continuing management of radiation therapy centres in regional, rural and remote areas, and in outer metropolitan centres or community settings. This paper has now been revised in the context of the Federal government’s focus to improve access to radiation therapy as a result of the 2019 elections, and the New Zealand Government’s 2019 commitment to increased resources for new and existing regional centres in New Zealand.


This paper covers topics such as standards for regional radiation therapy centres, IT and data protection, staffing requirements, research and training, stakeholder involvement and infrastructure considerations for regional radiation therapy centres.
It is designed for the management team involved in establishing and sustaining a regional radiation therapy centre and state and federal government bodies looking to improve access to regional, rural and remote radiation therapy centres. We are seeking feedback from members and external stakeholders, including government departments, policy teams from Australian Medical Colleges and consumer organisations. We encourage wide distribution amongst your networks.

Specialty

Radiation oncology

How to submit

Please provide any feedback to Neha Chopra, Policy Officer, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB 31 January 2020.

Relevant documentation

Establishing and Sustaining Regional Rural and Remote Radiation Therapy Centres


 

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