ACEM to work with jurisdictions to address emergency medicine workforce needs

The peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand notes today’s release of Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Emergency Medicine, the fourth report by the National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) in a series of modelling of the medical workforce by specialty to determine Australia’s future medical workforce needs.

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provided information to NMTAN to assist in the modelling process for emergency specialists.

ACEM is responsible for training emergency physicians, offering a training program leading to the award of Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM). This FACEM Training Program  equips emergency practitioners to become consultants in emergency medicine.

As well as offering the FACEM Training Program, ACEM also offers training programs leading to the awarding of a Certificate in Emergency Medicine (EMC) and a Diploma in Emergency Medicine (EMD). These qualifications play an increasingly important role in meeting the workforce needs in rural, regional and remote areas.

ACEM also offers the Australian Government-funded Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) Program that aims to address skills shortages in rural, regional and remote areas and the Specialist Training Program (STP) that aims to expand specialist training opportunities in rural areas.

ACEM President Dr Simon Judkins said: “The College notes the maldistribution in the emergency specialist workforce, particularly in rural, regional and remote areas and that addressing this is a priority.

“The College is proactively collaborating with all jurisdictions and health departments across Australia and New Zealand regarding their emergency medicine workforce needs and how these may be addressed.

“ACEM is aware that it has a role to play in ensuring the emergency medicine training pipeline is appropriately aligned to future workforce needs and the needs of the community, including the contribution that can be made by holders of the Certificate in Emergency Medicine and a Diploma in Emergency Medicine, and the provision of safe and efficient healthcare to communities across Australia and New Zealand.”

Emergency Medicine Education and Training and Specialist Training Program

On behalf of the Australian Government’s Department of Health, ACEM manages two programs that aim to improve health services in regional, rural and remote communities in Australia.

Under the Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) program, education, training and supervision are provided by College Fellows for non-specialist emergency medicine doctors and other health professionals working in emergency departments and urgent care services, with a focus on rural, regional and remote locations.

More than $10.7 million was recently awarded as part of EMET to regional and rural hospitals across Australia to deliver emergency medicine training. This funding will provide training to emergency department/services teams at 430 hospitals and health services across Australia, with 90 per cent in rural, regional or remote areas.

The Specialist Training Program (STP) provides support to enable medical specialist trainees to rotate through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals.

The College will receive close to $25 million of STP funding for the next three years for the management of 77 posts in 2018 and 57 posts in 2019 and 2020, with 50 per cent of the posts located in remote areas of Australia.

Background
As the Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Emergency Medicine notes, the College has developed a new standards based selection process by which prospective trainees apply to join the FACEM Training Program. Once per year, prospective trainees will be able to apply for enrolment and complete a selection process whereby they are assessed for their suitability to join the FACEM Training Program. 

The selection process occurs in 2018 for commencement of training from the beginning of the 2019 training year.

Read more about the new process for selection into FACEM Training

Contact

Andre Khoury
ACEM Public Affairs Manager
03 8679 8813
0498 068 023
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