On 11 October 2019, the NSW Health and Specialist Medical Colleges Roundtable was held. The purpose of the Roundtable was to reflect on the progress made to improve medical culture since the signing of the Statement of Agreed Principles on a Respectful Culture in Medicine, the respective roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders and to look at how accreditation processes could be improved.
Over 75 people attended the Roundtable representing fourteen medical specialist colleges, the Australian Medical Council, the Australian Medical Association (NSW), Local Health Districts, Specialty Networks and junior doctors.
The Summary of Outcomes report presents the key issues raised at the roundtable, including the following four themes:
- Communication and escalation of accreditation issues
- Integrated management of unacceptable behaviour complaints
- Supervisor training and evaluation
- Promoting diversity and flexibility in the workplace.
The NSW Ministry of Health will collaborate with stakeholders on the four themes to improve the current medical workforce systems, processes and culture.