Prevocational medical training and the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors: a junior doctor perspective

Med J Aust. 2007 Feb 5;186(3):114-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00831.x.


The current system of prevocational training does not meet the needs of junior doctors because of a high administrative workload, insufficient funding for education, and a lack of centralised guidance for trainees, teachers and hospitals. The Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors is designed to identify the training objectives for the prevocational years. The Framework has the potential to improve the quality of training of junior doctors, but this depends on how well it is implemented and resourced. It is imperative that any group responsible for implementing or assessing the Framework have a representative junior doctor, among others, on its decision-making committee. Stringent accreditation of training institutions is vital to the effective implementation of the Framework. The Framework should be used to promote teaching and learning, not as a barrier to vocational training or as a check-list to complete.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Curriculum*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Internship and Residency / standards
  • Physicians, Family / education