Community-based clinical attachments
From 2020, every intern on prevocational medical training will be required to complete one clinical attachment in a community-based setting.
During postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2), interns complete a series of 13-week clinical attachments as part of their prevocational medical training. From 2020, one of these attachments needs to be community-based. Completing a clinical attachment in a community will help to familiarise interns with the delivery of healthcare outside the hospital setting.
Training providers are currently following guidelines from the Council to ensure accredited community-based attachments are available for interns. These need to meet both the definition and accreditation standards of a community-based clinical attachment, some of which include:
- being community-focused and providing direct contact with patients or public health services,
- providing the opportunity for the community management of illness and/or mental health, which may include early detection of disease, population health, and acute and chronic care management, and
- familiarising interns with the delivery of healthcare outside of a hospital setting. This includes understanding the interface between primary and secondary care, and the wider healthcare network.