The MTRP was established as a time-limited committee in June 1997 by the Minister for Health and Ageing under Section 3GC of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act). The terms of reference of the committee are to monitor the availability and take-up of medical training places by Hospitals Medical Officers who come under the proficiency standards created by the Health Insurance Act 1973 (No. 2) 1996. The MTRP was made a permanent body in 2001 to ensure that this important monitoring and reporting function continued in the future. In 2009 a review of the functions of the MTRP was undertaken. This reaffirmed the important role that the MTRP plays, both as a forum bringing together key stakeholders in medical education and training and also as an advisory group informing work in relation to medical education and training in this country.
Member organisations of the MTRP are appointed by Ministerial determination and include Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc., the recognised specialist colleges, the Australian Medical Council, the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils, the Australian Medical Council, the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training, the Australian General Practice Network, Rural Doctors’ Association of Australia, Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, General Practice Education and Training Ltd, state and territory health departments and the Commonwealth. It is chaired by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. A full list of member organisations and members is provided at Appendix A.
To assist with carrying out its duties, the MTRP is empowered to establish subcommittee as needed. The Clinical Training Subcommittee and the Data Subcommittee have been established for a number of years and have been involved in various activities reported in this and previous MTRP reports. Summary information of these is provided below and more detailed information at Appendix A.
- The Clinical Training Subcommittee was formed to monitor and report on the activities and progress being made to ensure that there are adequate clinical training positions for the increasing number of new medical graduates.
- The Data Subcommittee has provided advice in relation to the content of this and previous annual reports and the specifications of the data that these cover.
- The Rural Subcommittee was established by the MTRP in May 2010 to consider rural medical training issues.