Governance of Basic Physician Training in NSW
NSW Physician Training Council (PTC)
The purpose of the Physician Training Council (PTC) is to promote high quality physician training by ensuring the effective functioning of the Network Governance Committees for basic physician training networks in NSW. It is also the role of the PTC to ensure equitable distribution of the trainee workforce across the training networks.
The PTC is responsible for:
- Approving all basic physician training networks
- Approving any additional basic physician training sites
- Approving any additional basic physician training positions within a network
- Evaluating the composition and numbers of trainees within all networks
The PTC also provides an opportunity for basic physician training stakeholders to be involved in the decision making processes relevant to the delivery of basic physician training in NSW. Issues are referred to the PTC by the members of the committee, by the Network Governance Committees, Network Directors of Training, the NSW Trainees’ Committee or individual trainees.
Trainees Appeal Process
Physician Training Council Membership
|Physician Training Council Chair (HETI)||Professor Iven Young|
|PTC Deputy Chair/Chair BPT Networks Committee/Network Director of Physician Training representative||Dr Hari Nandakoban|
|Clinical Lead, Advanced General Medicine Training Program||A/Prof Aidan Foy|
|RACP Senior Executive Officer Basic Training and Accreditation||Ms Tanja Samardzic|
|RACP Senior Executive Officer, Fellowship Relations||Ms Rhiannon Moran|
|Local Health District Representative||Dr Helen Parsons|
|NSW Ministry of Health Representative||Dr Linda MacPherson|
|Director of Physician Education and Rural Representative||A/Prof Tara MacKenzie|
|Physician nominated by the RACP||Dr Adrian Lee|
|NDPE Representative||Dr James Lynam|
|Basic Trainee||Dr Jamie Cham|
|Basic Trainee||Dr Louise Koller-Smith|
Network Governance Committees
Each network is governed by a local Network Governance Committee (NGC). It is the joint responsibility of the NGC and the relevant health services to maintain and improve the quality of basic physician training within the network, in accordance with standards and criteria set by the RACP.
Ultimately, through its work, the Network Governance Committee is responsible for the attraction, recruitment, and retention of trainees within its network. All NGCs are overseen by the NSW Physician Training Council.
What are the roles and responsibilities of the NGC?
The role of the NGC:
- Ensure safe, high quality training for basic physician trainees through good governance and management of the Network and its training program.
- Provide an opportunity for network stakeholders (trainees, Directors of Physician Training and administrators) to participate actively in the governance of the training network
- Provide a forum for discussion of ideas and strategies to improve training within the network or remedy identified deficiencies at local level
- Provide a locus of accountability for basic physician training within the network
- Support for the Network Director of Physician Training
- Ensure transparent and equitable network governance and management, including reporting on its operations and expenditure to NSW Health through the Physician Training Council
The Network Governance Committee is required to meet at least once per training term (i.e. minimum four meetings per year). All meetings must have their minutes recorded. Minutes will be submitted to the NSW PTC every quarter.
The Physician Training Council will attend at least one of the Networks' scheduled meetings. The purpose of visiting the Networks is to develop the relationship between the PTC and the Networks and enhance communication. It also provides an opportunity for the PTC representatives to listen to specific trainee and training issues within the Network and allows the NGC and its members to seek more information on issues from the PTC.
NSW Trainees’ Committee
The Trainees’ Committee is run as part of the RACP and has two key functions: to run high quality events that improve the training experience of trainees and advocate on behalf of trainees. The Trainees’ Committee is also responsible for appointing three of its members as representatives of the NSW Physician Training Council.
For more information on the NSW Trainees’ Committee, please contact email@example.com