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MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2009 Page 2 OF 5 GOOD MEDICAL PRACTICE A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia On the 10 August 2009, the Australian Medical Council (AMC), on behalf of all Medical Boards in Australia, announced the development of a national code of professional conduct for medical practitioners Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia. The Code aims to define clear, nationally consistent standards of practice and defines the standards of practice that doctors are likely to be held accountable to now and following the introduction of the national registration scheme in July 2010. The NT Board has endorsed the Code, which replaces its Good Practice Medicine Guidelines and it is available on the Boards website and at www.amc.org.au The Board expects all doctors registered in this jurisdiction to be familiar with the content of the Code. SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING DATES The Board has seven pre-scheduled meetings per year and the remaining scheduled for 2009 are: 19 October 14 December NORTHERN TERRITORY PRE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURED CLINICAL INTERVIEW (NT PESCI) (Previously International Medical Graduate PreRegistration Assessment Committee) Most international medical graduates seeking registration to work in General Practice are required to undertake the NT PESCI. For further information please refer to the Boards website. If you are an experienced GP who is interested in being appointed as an NT PESCI assessor please contact General Network NT: www.gpnnt.org.au ALICE SPRINGS Phone: (08) 8952 4800 DARWIN Phone: (08) 89821000 COMPETENT AUTHORITIES MODEL The Competent Authorities (CA) pathway applies to international medical graduates (IMG) who have a primary medical qualification from the United Kingdom (or Ireland) (UK) or have successfully undertaken the licensing examinations and required clinical practice providing entitlement to full registration in the UK, United States of America, Canada and New Zealand. This pathway provides eligibility to obtain Advanced Standing from the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and to undertake a period of Supervised Practice and Assessment in the format required by the Board. Successful completion will provide entitlement to the AMC Certificate and full registration in the Northern Territory. STANDARD PATHWAY MODEL This pathway consists of the successful completion of the AMC MCQ and AMC Clinical Examination and 12 months of Board approved supervised practice and assessment. Planning is underway to eventually provide a structured workplace-based assessment as an alternative to the AMC Clinical Examination. All new applications for registration or reregistration (excludes annual renewal of registration) from IMGs eligible for this pathway, must include evidence of successful completion of the AMC MCQ (on or off shore) examination. ROLE OF SUPERVISORS The Board understands the additional demands on medical practitioners providing supervision. However, it confirms that it relies heavily on the judgement of supervisors in relation to the assessment of International Medical Graduates and others requiring supervision. The detail and information provided to the Board in a Supervision Report is paramount to the following: Identification of whether a practitioner has been compliant with the conditions applying to their registration; and whether the Board should remove the condition(s). Failure to supervise in accordance with the arrangements approved by the Board may lead to disciplinary action. It is important to note that once a condition is removed and full registration has been issued, there is no limitation on the registrants practice, or the necessity for supervision or observation of practice. NATIONAL REGISTRATION & ACCREDITATION As previously advised the new arrangements will achieve national regulation and accreditation of ten professional groups. These health professions are as follows: Medical Practitioners; Chiropractors; Dental (Dentists, Dental Specialists, Dental Hygienists, http://www.amc.org.au/ http://www.gpnnt.org.au/