Accreditation

ACEM is responsible for determining whether a site is accredited to deliver the FACEM Training Program. The accreditation process requires sites, and sometimes trainees, to submit information to confirm eligibility against specific standards.  

Accredited Sites
For Hospitals
Special Skills (T)
Overseas Placements
Change of Supervisor
Special Skills Portfolio


It is important to note when choosing a site for your training that you are aware of the site limits relating to the hospital of your choosing and incorporate this into your training program planning.

Training site limits refer to the time a trainee may spend at a particular site relating to a specific discipline. Training site limits are set by the College through the accreditation process.



 
Download the current hospitals and training locations that ACEM has approved for emergency medicine training:
 

 
It is important to note that the College only recognises training that is completed at an accredited site. For a list sites that are already accredited by ACEM for training, please see Accredited Sites.

Applying for accreditation

Hospital sites can apply for accreditation for the following placement types in the table below. Send your applications in electronic format only to accreditation@acem.org.au (no paper copies will be accepted).



 
For this Placement Type... Read these Accreditation Guidelines... Read this Accreditation Process... Fill in these Application Forms...
Special Skills – Category A
 
Accreditation of sites for ACEM non-ED specialties.
AC70 – Medical Administration
AC72 – Medical Education
AC73 – Emergency Medicine Research
AC74 – Rural and Remote Health
AC75 – Safety and Quality
AC81 – Ultrasound
AC82 – Simulation
AC83 – Toxicology
AC85 – Pre-Hospital and Retrieval
AC86 – Trauma
AC447 – Hyperbaric
AC473 – Hospital in the Home (HITH)
Read AC130 Category A Applications and read AC95 AC173 SSTIQ Category A
 

 
For this Placement Type... Accreditation Requirements are under review
Mixed or Adult ED
 
Accreditation of emergency departments for specialist training in Emergency Medicine.
 
 
The ACEM Accreditation Requirements are under review and new guidelines and application forms are being finalised for implementation later in 2017.
 
Please contact the Accreditation Unit at accreditation@acem.org.au or phone 03 9320 0407 for guidance on applying for site accreditation for Emergency Medicine training.









 
Paediatric ED
 
Accreditation of emergency departments for the paediatric emergency component of advanced training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) sub-specialty.
 
The PEM sub-specialty is a joint training program of ACEM and RACP and is administered by the Joint College Training Committee – Paediatric Emergency Medicine (JCTC-PEM)
Emergency Medicine Training Network (EMTN)
 
Accreditation of a group of already accredited EDs to enable them to share their Education and Research programs
 
 
 

Approval process

Your application will be processed within six weeks. If approved, an accreditation officer will organise an inspection within three to six months.

The application is initially assessed to:
  • determine eligibility for a site inspection of an ED, a Paediatric ED, and an EMTN for Emergency Medicine training.
  • provide provisional accreditation of a Special Skills Placement for two years to appoint a trainee. This is followed by an inspection of the site towards end of the trainee placement.
Following an accreditation inspection at the site, the inspectors will submit a report to the College and the delegated body will determine the site’s accreditation status. You can read AC336 – Endorsement Process for Inspection Reports for details.

Sites are accredited for five years. Sites are inspected every five years to determine their accreditation status.
Applying for accreditation

As a trainee, you need to apply for prior approval of a one-off Special Skills (Category T) placement at a site in Australia or New Zealand.

Applications must be submitted to accreditation@acem.org.au at least six weeks prior to commencing the placement. Any time spent in the placement prior to being approved will not count towards training.

 
Placement Type How to apply
Special Skills Category T
 
 
Please read AC130 - Category T Applications.

When determining your Special Skills training program, refer to the Accreditation Guidelines listed for 'Special Skills – Category A' in the table on this page.

If these guidelines do not fit, read the AC303 Category T Placement Guidelines.

Complete the AC417 SSTIQ Accreditation Application form
You must apply for prior approval of an Overseas placement. Here are a few points to consider before you apply:
  • Check the timeframe for completion of the training Program under Regulation B – ACEM Specialist Training Program
  • Check that you are compliant with all ACEM assessment requirements as trainees in remediation cannot be considered for approval.
  • Ensure you have a designated supervisor for the overseas placement.
  • Obtain a Position Description for the role.
  • Determine how the role will provide you with learning experiences that will meet the ACEM Curriculum Framework.
Note: Applications must be submitted to accreditation@acem.org.au at least six weeks prior to commencing the placement. Any time spent in the placement prior to being approved will not count towards training.

 
Placement Type What you need to know How to apply
Overseas ED
 
 
You won't accrue Core ED training time.
Option only eligible for accruing discretionary training time for Provisional and Advanced training.
Read Regulation B – ACEM Specialist Training Program regarding overseas placements.
 
Complete the TA157 Approval of Proposed Overseas Training (Word docx)
Overseas Non-ED
 
 
Can be Special Skills or Non-ED training.
You may be eligible to accrue discretionary or Non-ED training time.
Read Regulation B – ACEM Specialist Training Program regarding overseas placements.
 
When determining your Special Skills training program, refer to the Accreditation Guidelines listed for 'Special Skills – Category A' in the table on this page.

If these guidelines do not fit, read the AC303 Category T Placement Guidelines.
 
Complete the AC417 SSTIQ Accreditation form.
Paediatric Logbook You need prior approval to log Non-Core Paediatric ED clinical cases in the Paediatric logbook. The site must be accredited by the specialist medical college in that country. Read Regulation B – ACEM Specialist Training Program regarding the Paediatric Logbook requirements.
 
Complete the TA158 Approval of Paediatric Logbook in Overseas Emergency Department

 
You need to notify us of a change of supervisor for a placement. It is a condition of accreditation that supervisors have the required qualifications. The table below outlines what you must do when there is a change of supervisor.
 
Role What must be done
DEMT The outgoing DEMT and the new DEMT must complete and submit a DEMT Appointment/Resignation form and submit it to DEMT@acem.org.au
DEM The ED must notify accreditation@acem.org.au when there is a change of DEM.
Special Skills Supervisor The new supervisor must submit their CV to accreditation@acem.org.au for approval by the Accreditation Subcommittee. Once approved, the new supervisor will be assigned to the placement in the ACEM Members Portal so that he or she can conduct the ITA.

Refer to AC95 Accreditation Information for Special Skills Terms.
 

Learning Portfolio

When undertaking a Special Skills Placement (SSP), you must record your Learning Portfolio using the LNA tool in the ACEM Member Portal. The Learning Portfolio must include the:
  • learning objectives at the placement
  • formal education, activities and duties which will be undertaken to achieve the learning objectives
  • the assessment tools used
  • the meetings scheduled with the supervisor to assess your progress.
Any supporting documents such as research papers, PowerPoint presentations, etc, must be submitted to the ACEM Training Unit. Email training@acem.org.au The supervisor will confirm the Learning Portfolio by providing feedback in the LNA at the end of the placement.

Logbook

As a trainee, you may be required to complete a logbook for a SSP. Please refer to the accreditation guidelines for SSPs. Logbooks can be completed using the ACEM online logbook or by completing an MS Word logbook (see Resources below).
 
If you use the ACEM online logbook, the supervisor will be prompted to you review the logbook entries and sign them off when they log into the ACEM Members Portal.  All online logbook entries must be signed off by the supervisor by the end date of the placement.  The supervisor will not be able to access them after trainee’s placement has finished. 

If a trainee uses the MS Word logbook, they must ensure that the supervisor has signed and approved the document prior to emailing it to the Training Unit. The MS Word logbook must be received by the Training Unit by the end date of the placement. Only electronic copies will be accepted.

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