Support for prevocational trainees
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has launched a position statement calling for better support from health services and Government for prevocational doctors before they enter a training program. While internship is a relatively protected sphere thanks to term accreditation, a structured curriculum framework and standardised levels of supervision, this cannot be stated for doctors working in prevocational roles beyond internship.
Many are working in unaccredited rotations which are unsupported, have no mandated education requirement and report the highest levels of workplace distress. Without the protection of a vocational training college or postgraduate medical council, these doctors are very vulnerable.
The AMA Position Statement on Support for non-vocational trainees prior to entering a vocational training program – 2016 highlights the important considerations for non-vocational trainees aspiring to enter a non-vocational training program. In doing so it articulates the training, professional development and welfare needs of non-vocational trainees working in public teaching hospitals in Australia and serves as a guide to education providers and employers on how to support trainees to achieve specialist qualification.