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Welcome to CPMEC

This website provides information about the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) and key developments in prevocational medical education and training matters in Australia and New Zealand. Clinical educators, junior doctors, clinical supervisors, medical students, medical education staff  and other stakeholders in prevocational medical education will find the site useful. It also provides links to Postgraduate Medical Councils (PMCs) or the equivalent body in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other peak bodies.


The Australasian Junior Medical Officer's Committee (AJMOC) of CPMEC has released a draft of the 2017 Australasian Junior Medical Officer's Forum (AJMOF) Resolutions for interested AJMOF delegates and interested JMOs to look at prior to the AJMOF session on Sunday, 6th November 2016. Click here for a sneak peek!

2015 CPMEC Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2015 CPMEC Clinical Educator of the Year and the Junior Doctor of the Year Awards were announced during the official dinner of the 2015 Medical Education and Training Forum held at the Darwin Convention Centre on 14th October 2015. In an unprecedented sweep, both winners were Northern Territory nominees making it a memorable night for the hosts.

Dr Mary Wicks was the recipient of the Clinical Educator of the Year Award and Dr Cameron Spenceley received the Junior Doctor of the Year Award. The winners of the CPMEC award are determined by inputs from all Postgraduate Medical Councils (or equivalent agencies). The awards were presented by CPMEC Chair Prof Richard Tarala.

For further details on Dr Wicks and Dr Spenceley, click here.

Change in CPMEC Leadership

There has been a change in the CPMEC Leadership with Prof Richard Tarala taking over as Chair until 2017. Prof Tarala has been Deputy Chair and is also the Chair of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia. His Deputy Chair will be Dr Anthony Llewellyn who is the Director of the Medical Portfolio at NSW Health Education & Training Institute. During the handover, Prof Tarala thanked outgoing Chair A/Prof Terry Brown for his stewardship of CPMEC during what had been a partcularly difficult time for the organisation.

 CPMEC's Role Emphasised by Prevocational Medical Education Stakeholders 

The contributions of CPMEC in promoting national consistency in prevocational training and providing support  to junior doctors, their supervisors and medical educators were repeatedly emphasised at the 20th Medical Education & Training Forum. Of concern to stakeholders was the inequitable situation where the Federal Government was prepared to spend $10 miilion annually to provide internships for international students graduating from Australian medical schools which contrasted with their outright refusal to provide any support to CPMEC which supports domestic medical graduates. This lack of support extended to the annual prevocational Forum from 2014. This was sending a very negative signal to Australian resident graduates.