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POLICY and PROCEDURE

Implementing Change in the College Training Programs
Approval Date: June 2011
Review Date: June 2014
Review By: Education and Training Committee


1. Policy

Any changes in the RACMA training programs must be assessed against a set of criteria to determine if they are a "significant change" as defined in section 4 of the policy. If any of these criteria apply to the change then the change is deemed significant.

The Board has agreed that any/all significant changes to the curriculum and training programs for Candidates and Associate Fellowship trainees will be advised to Candidates, trainees and faculty at least 12 months in advance of the implementation date.

Significant change will apply at the commencement of a training calendar year to a new cohort of candidates and not be made retrospective without the endorsement of the Candidate Advisory Committee.

All significant changes will be recorded in the College 'e-Handbook' and in revised guidelines, forms, templates and manuals. The e-Handbook published on the RACMA web site will be the only accepted current information and will apply in all circumstances. Continuing and new Candidates will be expected to meet the training requirements outlined in the College e-Handbook.

The Board anticipates that significant changes will be considered in the context of curriculum within a 3 year cycle although planning for such change may be undertaken annually. All changes will be reviewed after three years.

2. Scope

This policy and procedure applies for all College Committees including Board Subcommittees and any other committees set up under the aegis of RACMA.

3. Procedure

Procedures for the Implementation of Change:

  • All proposed changes to the structure and delivery of the Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum and its assessment program, will be evaluated against the criteria, will be signed off by the Education and Training Committee and recommended to the Board.
  • All proposed changes with significant impact will be discussed with the Candidate Advisory Committee before finalisation and provide for Candidate input and communication. Any changes will be incorporated in the final change proposal to the Education and Training Committee.
  • If budget is required to be allocated for a proposed change such estimate should be advised to the Finance and Audit Committee, through the relevant Sub Committee of the Education and Training Committee.

    • If the change has a one off financial implication the Board may approve additional funds for the change.
    • If the change has ongoing budget and fee implications, then resource allocation will become part of the following financial year budget planning process which commences in February. Such changes need to be advised to Finance and Audit Committee by December the preceding year. Budget allocated will relate to the following financial year when the change can be implemented.
    • If resources are allocated to the change the requirement to give candidates 12 months advance notice will still need to be met.
  • Following Board approval of a significant change the proponent will formally communicate the change to the Candidates and Faculties.
  • Significant change will be advised to Candidates, Jurisdictional Co-ordinators of Training and faculty at least 12 months in advance of the implementation date.
  • Significant change will apply at the commencement of a training calendar year to a new cohort of candidates and not be made retrospective without the endorsement of the Candidate Advisory Committee.
  • All significant change will be recorded in the College ‘e-Handbook’ and in revised guidelines, forms, templates, etc. Until the new e- Handbook is on the website, the change will not be considered operational.
  • The e-Handbook that is on the RACMA web site will be the current information and will apply in all circumstances
  • Continuing and new Candidates will be expected to meet the training requirements outlined in the College e-Handbook.


4. Definition of significant change

Changes that affect any of the following criteria:

  • Impacts on the tasks existing candidates need to complete prior to the oral examination
  • Impacts on the preparation existing candidates will need to make for the oral examination
  • Impacts on the existing annual budget for the College
  • Likely to lead to existing candidates appealing decisions if they are not successful in the task or examination
  • Following within three years of another significant change
  • Impact on fees that candidates either new or existing will need to pay to achieve Fellowship
  • Impact on the existing ability to complete the training program in 3 years


Related documents

RACMA Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum
Terms of Reference of Committees:

Finance and Audit Committee,
Education and Training Committee,
Board of Censors,
Training Committee,
Credentialling Committee,
CEP Committee,
Jurisdictional Committees,
Finance and Audit Committee

Delegations Authority Manual
Current year Board-approved budget




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