International Physician Assessment Coalition

The International Physician Assessment Coalition (IPAC) is an international forum designed to encourage collaboration and best practice in the assessment of practising physicians and the remediation of physicians who are performing poorly.

 Download IPAC Program 

The IPAC program is current as at 13 September 2016 and is subject to change.

The purpose of IPAC is to:

  • advocate and promote high standards for performance assessment of physicians
  • provide a forum for the development and sharing of new concepts and new approaches in performance assessment of physicians
  • facilitate international cooperation and collaboration by developing a sustainable network for those who conduct performance assessment and remedial programmes
  • encourage and support research, policy analysis and policy development related to performance assessment and regulation of physicians
  • establish a repository for existing knowledge and expertise regarding performance assessment and remediation of physicians.

The IPAC conference is for:

  • individuals involved in assessing the performance of physicians
  • medical regulators – Board or Council members and staff
  • medical educators

It is ideal for those with experience in performance assessment and for those who are wanting to learn more about performance assessment.

This conference will be held before the IAMRA conference.

During this 1 ½ day conference we will share our experiences and insights about:

  1. assessing the performance of physicians
  2. risk and protective factors for poor performance
  3. remediating the poorly performing physician.

Abstract Submission:

We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral or workshop presentation at IPAC 2016. 
Call for IPAC abstract submissions is now closed. 

Any questions relating to IPAC abstract submissions please email

IPAC Meeting Details:

Date: 19 September 2016
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Date: 20 September 2016
Time: 09:00 – 12:30
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $500

Site visit to AHPRA

Medical regulation in Australia

In July 2010, Australia established a new national system for the regulation of medical practitioners. Nearly 100,000 general and specialist medical practitioners are regulated within a set of national, multi-professional arrangements based on a common national law. The Medical Board of Australia oversees the regulation of medical practitioners. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency administers the regulatory system.

This pre-conference workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of how these arrangements work for medicine. With a practical focus, the workshop will address:

• How the Medical Board sets standards and develops regulatory guidance for the profession;
• How AHPRA registers medical practitioners and a demonstration of how the national on line register works;
• An overview of processes for managing fitness to practice. Around 4000 notifications are received each year about the health performance and conduct of medical practitioners for regulatory decision making by the Board and its committees.
• Our approach to monitoring and auditing compliance with restrictions and requirements of medical registration.

The workshop will also explore work which is underway to analyse our regulatory data to inform risk based approaches to regulation; policy development on an Australian approach to assuring the ongoing competence and performance of medical practitioners; a comprehensive program of work to improve timeframes for dealing with notifications and improving the practitioner experience, and; work to build more informed and accountable public participation and awareness of regulation.

A panel of expert speakers from both the Medical Board of Australia and AHPRA will ensure that participants gain deeper insights and understanding of how medical regulation works in Australia from both a policy and operational perspectives and an overview of areas in which we are working to improve the way we work. The session will be interactive and include presentations and opportunities for question and answer.

Date: 19 September 2016
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Venue: AHPRA National Office
Level 10, 111 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Visit to the Australian Medical Council’s National Test Centre  

The Australian Medical Council assesses international medical graduates who wish to practise medicine in Australia on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia. It assesses 2,500 candidates per year through an integrated 16-station clinical examination.

The Vernon Marshall National Test Centre is a state of the art facility used to develop and deliver defensible high stakes clinical examinations (including the AMC clinical examination). The facilities allow:

• Monitoring of the performance of individual exam components in real time
• Video recording of individual stations for later review, scenario development, training and calibration
• Calibration of performance data and examinations scoring through mobile computer-tablet technology
• Review and improvement in test design, and role-player and examiner calibration and training
• Review of disputed assessment outcomes and appeals based on actual performance
• Implementation of test efficiencies by using remote scoring of test stations
• Delivery of defensible high stakes structured interviews, such as clinical performance interviews.

The visit to the National Test Centre will be structured to demonstrate the basic functionality of a clinical assessment centre, and the advanced capabilities which are contributing to a significant program of assessment development and research. 

Date: 19 or 20 September 2016
Time: 13:30 – 16:30
Venue: The Argus Building, Level 14, 300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000