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Current consultations

The Accreditation Committee undertakes wide-ranging consultation on accreditation reform and other National Scheme accreditation matters.

Where there are consultations open for input, they will be shown below.

Public consultation on the draft guidance on embedding good practice in clinical placements, simulation-based learning and virtual care in initial student health practitioner education

Opens: 29 April 2024
Closes: 21 June 2024

The independently chaired Accreditation Committee (the committee) invites you to provide feedback on its draft guidance on embedding good practice in clinical placements, simulation-based learning and virtual care in initial student health practitioner education. These are important and necessary components of every health practitioner’s initial education as they help ensure graduates are equipped with the capabilities required for safe and contemporary health care practice.

Clinical placements provide students with opportunities to turn theoretical learning into practice, and to experience a range of workplace settings. They help students practise their skills and meet required learning outcomes, in a supportive environment, with levels of supervision, appropriate to the stage of their professional education.

Clinical placements can maximise student learning in a range of ways and may influence a student’s future choices about professional specialisation, location and area of practice, and can be an opportunity for students to learn and demonstrate cultural safety in a real-world environment.

Simulation-based learning can add significant value to learning for initial student health practitioners. Evidence also shows the importance of including content on virtual care in initial student health practitioner education curricula.

Health care is rapidly evolving. Health practitioner education must evolve to reflect changing community needs and expectations. Clinical placements, simulation-based learning and education in virtual care are central to a student health practitioner’s education to ensure they have the capabilities required for future practice.

The committee’s draft guidance provides an overview of evidence-based strategies for continuous improvement of student learning in these settings and activities. It draws on the best available evidence identified at the time of writing.

The aim of the guidance is to help National Scheme entities, in particular National Boards and accreditation authorities, improve student education in these areas.

The documents for this consultation are provided below:

Providing feedback

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft proposed guidance using the response template provided. We are interested in your feedback on specific questions outlined in the consultation paper and response template.

Please return your response template by email marked: ‘Feedback – public consultation on good practice guidance for clinical placements, simulation-based learning and virtual care’' to [email protected] by close of business (AEST) 21 June 2024. 

Publication of submissions

At the end of the consultation period, submissions (other than those made in confidence) will be published on the Accreditation Committee’s website to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders about consultation responses.

We can accept submissions made in confidence. These submissions will not be published on the website or elsewhere. Submissions may be confidential because they include personal experiences or other sensitive information. Any request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), which has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence. Please let us know if you do not want us to publish your submission or want us to treat all or part of it as confidential.

We will not place on the website, or make available to the public, submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the subject of the consultation. Before publication, we may remove identifying information from submissions, including contact details.

The views expressed in the submissions are those of the individuals or organisations who submit them, and their publication does not imply any acceptance of, or agreement with, these views by the review.

Published submissions will include the names of the individuals and/or the organisations that made the submission, unless confidentiality is requested. If you do not wish for your name and/or organisation’s name to be published, please use the words ‘Confidential submission’ in the subject title when emailing your submission.


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