Information for Health Services

Postgraduate year 1 (PGY1/intern) and postgraduate year 2+ (PGY2+/resident medical officer) positions in WA must be accredited by the PMCWA.

Health sites and departments can be accredited for a maximum length of 48 months. Before the expected expiration date, an accreditation site survey will be conducted before ongoing accreditation can be granted.

Accreditation surveys are reviews of health services and terms against the PMCWA accreditation standards and criteria conducted by PMCWA accreditation surveyors. More information can be found in the tabs below.

PMCWA accredits individual health services, practices, units, departments, terms and rotations. Where a term is split across multiple sites/units, each unit or site must be accredited separately (visiting each site).

Health services wishing to be accredited for prevocational doctor positions must provide the PMCWA with a submission addressing the relevant accreditation criteria. This should include (but not limited to) information on:

  • The Postgraduate Medical Education Unit- the team supporting and overseeing the junior doctors on site
  • Supervisors- who is the appointed term supervisor responsible for the supervision and assessment of the junior doctor
  • Term objectives- junior doctor roles/responsibilities and what they can expect to learn
  • Assessment and feedback mechanisms
  • Expected casemix and workload

Further information and templates to assist with this process can be requested for by contacting PMCWA.

Health services wishing to be accredited as a Primary Employing Health Service will need to provide a much more comprehensive application. Please contact PMCWA@health.wa.gov.au for more information.

PMCWA will send a reminder email regarding the accreditation review when a progress report or reaccreditation is required (eg: site survey or health site internal review report).

It is the responsibility of the Director of Clinical Training and Medical Education Officer to coordinate documents, feedback, interviews and site visits for the accreditation review.

If a site survey is required, the PMCWA secretariat will coordinate a survey team and collate the documents from the health service for the survey team.

Health Services are advised to notify PMCWA of changes to their prevocational training program. This may include (but is not limited to):

  • Plans to add or remove interns/residents to an un/accredited positions
  • Changes to the Postgraduate Medical Education Unit
  • Changes to the roster or timetable structure (ie including junior doctors to a night roster)
  • Activity level (ie long term increase in workload)

A written application needs to be provided to the PMCWA outlining/informing of the change and how this will or may affect the training. Supporting documentation (eg: updated roster, clinical statistics) should also be provided. A report template for new/addition junior doctor posts can be requested for by the PMCWA.

PMCWA encourages all health sites to inform of planned changes to the Prevocational Training Program to enable ongoing support for prevocational doctors and health sites as required. PMCWA must be informed of any long term changes (greater than three months) in prevocational staffing of terms, or changes in medical education unit staffing.