Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience

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  Applications for 2020 Candidacy open mid July 2019 and close 31 October 2019. The 2020 Fellowship Training Program will commence in February 2020. For enquiries , please contact the College office on (03) 9824 4699.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE)

Doctors with demonstrated experience in medical management in Australia or New Zealand may be eligible to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE). The level of RPLE awarded will reduce the required period of Supervised Medical Management Practice.

Eligibility Criteria

The following is a guide to the types of experience an applicant may have to be considered for RPLE:-

Doctors who are Clinical Specialists with substantial medical management experience in the Australian and New Zealand health system. The following attributes must be demonstrated:-

  • maintain substantial (up to 0.6) clinical role in a health service
  • have at least five years experience as a specialist in Australia or New Zealand
  • be engaged in medical management for at least two days a week (0.4 EFT)
  • have at least two years experience as a Clinical Director or Head of Unit
  • already be operating at Clinical Director/Senior Director level.

 

Doctors with significant demonstrated experience in medical management in Australia or New Zealand health system. The following attributes must be demonstrated:-

  • interest in the broader issues of healthcare and influencing health outcomes in Australia and NZ
  • strong background in clinical and medical professional governance
  • current practicing general or specialist medical registration in Australia or New Zealand
  • formal postgraduate studies in health management (highly desirable)
  • senior medical management experience in executive medical administration/management roles of at least 0.8 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) over a 5 year period as a minimum in Australian and New Zealand health system.

Assessment Process

An RPLE Assessment Interview does not guaranteed the award of RPLE or entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program. The Panel will assess the applicant on the existing competencies and experience which qualify applicants for the award of RPLE. Applicants undertaking the assessment may be offered a modified training program subject to the level of the RPLE awarded.

RPLE Assessment Panel

  • A RACMA RPLE Assessment Panel will comprise 2 senior RACMA Fellows, one of whom will be a Censor of the College. Should applicants be deemed eligible to proceed to the assessment interview, they will be advised of the time and place for this interview. RACMA RPLE Panel Interviews may be in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The role of the Panel is to assess the existing competencies and experience which qualify applicants for the award of RPLE and entry into a modified training program with RACMA. The Panel will assess these capabilities against the RACMA medical administration competency framework.
  • The RPLE Assessment interview will include a case study scenario which will be provided to the applicant on the day. The RPLE Assessment Interview aims to evaluate applicants’ current competencies in medical management and leadership, and to identify any gaps that should be addressed during one’s training.
  • The first hour of the interview will be dedicated to discussion/interview based on experience and will be used to further explore competencies in the specialty of Medical Administration and seek clarity on the application and any areas of experience. The second hour will involve a preparation and presentation of a case study to the Panel.
  • 20 minutes will be given to the Applicant to read and formulate a response to the case study in a separate room. Upon return to the interview room you will have 10 minutes to provide a response to the case study question, followed by another 10 minutes for Q & A with the Panel.
  • The Panel will give feedback to the applicant in the last 15 mins of the interview. The Applicant may ask questions at the end of the interview and will be given an opportunity to give his/her feedback to the Panel on the process, communications and the assessment.

 

The following areas of the assessment may be covered but not limited to:-

  • general management principles
  • current health policy initiatives
  • medico-legal issues in health services management
  • financial management of health services
  • psycho-social issues in health services management
  • human resource management in health services
  • planning of health services, including epidemiological studies
  • recent advances in health care
  • analytical and presentation skills
  • personal attributes of leadership
  • culture and Indigenous health
  • leadership

RPLE Fees

A non-refundable fee of $3,661 is payable prior to the RPLE interview taking place. Any associated travel costs are in addition to this fee and the responsibility of the applicant.

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