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More support for medical students with disabilities

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The AMA has made a number of recommendations to strengthen the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) new guidance document: Inclusive Medical Education: Guidance on medical program applicants and students with a disability.

These include:

  1. Developing an evaluation and reporting framework to monitor medical school commitment to the full and equitable inclusion of qualified learners with disabilities.
  2. Providing staff training on how to support applicants/students living with a disability, university policy and what support and services exist to support applicants/students living with a disability to apply for/undertake the medical program.
  3. Encouraging universities to employ a disabilities support/wellbeing officer who has knowledge of university policy, guidance documents and appropriate disability support services.

The AMACDT coordinated input to inform the AMAs submission on the draft guidance noting the revised document is significantly more inclusive and addresses many concerns raised by the AMA in relation to the MDANZ Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand document released in 2016.

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