Community-based clinical attachments
From the end of 2020 intern year, 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.
A community- based clinical attachment is an educational experience in a Council-accredited clinical attachment led by a specialist (vocationally-registered doctor) in a community-focused service in which the intern is engaged in caring for the patient and managing their illness in the context of their family and community.