23rd February 2018, Volume 131 Number 1470

Shannon Springer, Suzanne Pitama, Kate Leslie, Shaun Ewen

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is an independent national standards body for medical education and training, which acts as an external accreditation entity for the purposes of the Health Practitioner…

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The Australian Medical Council (AMC) sets the standard that specialty medical professionals should achieve to ensure that the community has safe doctors that meet the needs of the public. Due to the health differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, the AMC has changed the standards to ensure medical colleges respond to this inequity. This paper helps colleges deliver on these standards in a practical way.


Since 2006 the Australian Medical Council (AMC) accreditation standards have required medical schools to comprehensively address issues related to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, and Māori in New Zealand. This has spanned areas of staff expertise, staff and student recruitment, curriculum and institutional leadership. These Indigenous specific standards have, until now, been absent for specialist medical college accreditation. The AMC revised its accreditation standards for specialist medical colleges in 2015, and for the first time included Indigenous specific standards. This commentary presents a guideline to support Australasian medical colleges’ responsiveness to these Indigenous specific standards.

Author Information

Shannon Springer, Faculty of Science and Medicine, Bond University, Australia; 
Suzanne Pitama, Māori/Indigenous Health Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch; 
Kate Leslie, Specialist Education Accreditation Committee, Australia Medical Council, Australia;
Shaun Ewen, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.


The authors wish to acknowledge the work undertaken by the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) network who has advocated and demonstrated ongoing leadership in this space of indigenous medical education.


Dr Shannon Springer, Faculty of Science and Medicine, Bond University, Australia.

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Competing Interests

Associate Professor Shannon Springer is a Leader’s in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Reference group member; and a board member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA); and a board member for the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).


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