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The Tri-nation Alliance

"Sharing insights, sharing solutions"

The Tri-nation Alliance is a formal collaboration between medical colleges in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Initially formed in 2010, they share several guiding principles:

  • Thought leadership (e.g. scholarly work)
  • Research collaboration
  • Practical, tangible outcomes (e.g. written strategies, workshop outlines, research papers on issues of mutual interest)
  • Political clout (i.e. from international collaboration)
  • Shared intellectual property
  • Professional development (including by enabling exchanges of college personnel)
  • International collaboration and exchanges of college Fellows

The alliance meets in Australia or New Zealand each year: a one or two-day, by-invitation workshop followed by a one-day international medical symposium that is open to a wider audience and features guest speakers. They also meet each fall at the International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF), hosted by the Royal College.

Dr. Frank

Dr. Jason Frank of The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians at the 2017 Tri-nation Alliance Symposium. (Length 45:42) See Dr. Frank’s presentation.

The Tri-nation Alliance International Medical Symposium 2017 was held on Friday March 10 at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

The Royal College partnered with Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The organising committee chaired by ANZCA’s Dean of Education, Ian Graham and with representatives from all colleges and the respective specialities, invited speakers from across Australia and internationally. The program designed to initiate and promote discussion and participation is updated regularly and builds on the success of the two previous symposiums.

Next meeting:

The Tri-nation Alliance will jointly host the International Medical Symposium 2018 in Sydney, Australia, on March 9, 2018. The theme will be announced at a later date. The IMS 2018 website will be available in the coming weeks.


Notable achievements of the Tri-nation Alliance

The Tri-nation Alliance collaborates on issues like Indigenous Health, competency-based medical education and hot-button topics like dealing with intimidation and harassment. Partner colleges have also arranged site visits and exchanges so that different approaches to training can be experienced first-hand. They also co-develop papers and other resources of value.

Sample output

  • Consensus statement on professionalism (February 2012)
  • Learning management strategy (February 2012)
  • Clinical decision-making model (July 2012)
  • Report on demonstrating professional competence (March 2013)
  • Discussion paper on lifelong learning for physicians and surgeons (April 2013)
  • “Clinical decision making: how surgeons do it” (ANZ Journal of Surgery, June 2013)
  • “The future of surgical education” (ANZ Journal of Surgery, June 2013)
  • Practical guide on work-based assessment tools (March 2014)

Resources

View video presentations from past medical symposia hosted by the Tri-nation Alliance.

2016 International Medical Symposium (March 11, 2016)

"Future Challenges for the Medical Profession" | Link to video presentations

Sample themes: how to enhance doctors' performance at work, dealing with diversity in the profession and in practice, the effects of ageing on physicians and patients.

2015 International Medical Symposium (March 13, 2015)

"The Future of the Medical Profession" | Link to video presentations

Sample themes: practice in the future, generational differences, challenges for medicine and steps going forward.

Access more materials on our secure site.*

*Please note, access is restricted to alliance members; a login is required.

The origin and membership of the Tri-nation Alliance

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have long benefitted from consulting with each other and holding joint educational events. In mid-2010, our CEOs began to formalize this working relationship. Soon after, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons was invited to join the partnership. The Tripartite Alliance was formed. In October 2015, two new colleges joined this network and the cooperative was renamed the Tri-nation Alliance.

Meet the members of the Tri-nation Alliance

  1. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  2. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  3. The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  4. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists