From the Chair

17 Jul 2014

Welcome to this month’s edition of e-DiT, your monthly update on the work of the AMA’s Council of Doctors-in-Training. Recent work has focused primarily on the aftermath of the 2014 Federal Budget, with significant changes announced for general practice training and workforce planning agencies. Many of these changes have the capacity to threaten quality training and effective planning for Australia’s future health system.

CDT exists to advocate in the interests of all doctors-in-training and has been working hard to ensure that the voice of general practice registrars is heard clearly throughout this period of change. This Friday, the AMA is bringing together interested GP registrars from around the country to further discuss and define the AMA’s immediate priorities for GP training.

Aside from the budget changes, CDT representatives have been preparing a new position statement on regional training networks that outlines a positive direction for the AMA’s advocacy on workforce maldistribution. The long-awaited Guidelines for Clinical Photography are almost finalised, and there have been exciting developments in advocacy for enhanced clinical academic pathways and global health in vocational training.

With all of these activities for discussion at the CDT meeting on 2-3 August in Brisbane, I look forward to reporting back next month.

Dr James Churchill
Chair, Council of Doctors-in-Training