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The Quarterly 2012

Welcome to the first edition of The Quarterly for 2012!

This promises to be another year of significant activity with several key events for the college, including the next accreditation review by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). There has been much work done by many since the last AMC accreditation, notably in relation to the training program and with the release of our new curriculum late last year, and I again thank all involved for their contributions. We are continuing to prepare for the AMC inspection in July this year.

The new year has also brought changes in the composition of Jurisdictional Committees, following elections late last year. Changes to the membership of those committees and to the Board have been previously notified in RACMA Board Updates, which continue to be circulated after each Board meeting. The board will soon be meeting for one of its major meetings of the year so stay tuned for updates!

For our Australian members, the next steps in national health reform provide further opportunities to demonstrate the value of medically trained managers, such as our Fellows and Associate Fellows, as the system seeks to cope with inevitable challenges. Whether it be preparing for or managing the implementation of Activity Based Funding, working toward performance targets such as the four-hour National Emergency Access Target, adapting to structural changes and operational responses across the jurisdictions, there are plenty of challenges and opportunities.

These, and the everyday demands associated with being a medical manager, undoubtedly offer great experience and career development opportunities for our Candidates. The College remains concerned about sustaining a medical administration workforce that will meet future needs in both Australia and New Zealand. There is a need to develop further training opportunities for those wishing to enter our specialty. As I believe will be outlined elsewhere in this edition, there is some welcome development in New South Wales and we remain hopeful of new funding for medical administration Candidates in New Zealand. In addition, the College is working with Health Workforce Australia as it progresses its review of health workforce needs to 2025. It is anticipated that its work in relation to medical specialties will be available around mid year.

Our collaboration with like–minded organisations around the world through the World Federation of Medical Managers takes another step this year with a meeting to be held in conjunction with the American College of Physician Executives in San Francisco in April. Locally, our National Scientific Program Committee continues preparations for what for what will undoubtedly be an excellent RACMA conference in Perth, 5-7th of September this year. Further information about these and other meetings that may be of interest to members are of course available on the College website.

I acknowledge the commitment by Andy Robertson and the Editorial Committee, strongly supported by Michelle Barrett and Dino Defazio, to the development of The Quarterly. Its success depends on the contribution of many and I encourage you to not only read it but provide feedback and contribute articles in order to ensure its ongoing success.

Dr Roger Boyd
RACMA President

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