In 2015 the Department of Health began a consultation process with specialist medical colleges and other stakeholders to review the Program. The Department completed the review and the STP Review final report was published in 2017.
The Department of Health accepted the recommendations of the STP reviews announced several key reforms that Colleges were required to implement from 2018 onwards to ensure the Program continues to deliver the best possible outcomes.
A key reform of the STP review was to assess all funded training positions, reserve list training positions and legacy posts as at 2018 to determine alignment with the STP Operational Framework and the position still meets the aims and objectives of the Program. The Department provided Colleges with STP Review Guidelines and the RCPA carried out these reviews during 2018.
The key areas assessed were:
Contribution to the aims and objectives of the STP
Jurisdictional assessment of workforce need
Past performance of the training position (vacancy rates/reporting requirements/changes to the training position)
Alignment with RCPA targets (rural and remote and private setting targets to be met by 2020)
The RCPA were accepted by the Department in November 2018.
The Tasmanian Project review was completed in 2018, and the Department announced in September 2018 funding will continue until 2020.