Dear colleagues,

The Royal College has a history of working with our sister colleges in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, this relationship goes back many years starting as the Tripartite Alliance and growing to the Tri-nation Alliance.

What is new and noteworthy is that, this fall, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize and strengthen this bond.

This agreement enables the sharing of information, experience and expertise among organizations. This aligns with our Royal College vision of being the global leader in specialty medical education and care.

The value proposition of the Tri-nation Alliance is centered on the similarities between our cultures and organizations and health systems, which make them worthwhile to compare; and the differences, which make them interesting and informative.

Global collaboration for the benefit of specialists, patients and populations

The Tri-nation Alliance is comprised of five organizations, of which the Royal College is one of the originating members. The other four are the

  1. Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP),
  2. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS),
  3. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and
  4. Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

The MOU will help us create a more formal structure for the alliance. In addition to an executive committee made up of the CEOs and presidents of the colleges, there is now a new management committee that focuses on delivering on a calendar of business projects, collaborative events and meetings.

As RACS President Mr. John Batten said, “Our objective supports a vision to be globally collaborative in developing high quality postgraduate medical education and lifelong learning opportunities….This vision leads us to our mission of advancing standards and programs in postgraduate medical education and in-turn, improving global health, health care for patients and populations.”

Other key elements of this new agreement

  • Create an effective network for collaboration, information exchange, research and analysis in postgraduate medical education, supervisor training and continuing professional development.
  • Provide a forum to discuss, debate, study and present information/data/positions on topics of importance to health care and health systems from the perspective of education and lifelong learning.
  • Develop, stimulate and inspire colleagues in health professions to contribute to global health and health care leadership, education, teaching, ethics and research.
  • Encourage and facilitate development, dissemination and publication of research studies, policies and position statements reflecting the consensus views and recommendations of member colleges and organizations.

Professional collaborations are a cornerstone of specialty medicine

As specialists, we collaborate each day with primary care providers, other specialists, members of the health care team, patients, learners and the list goes on.

We all benefit when information is shared; training and care are enhanced, efficiencies are created, voices are strengthened, we can better navigate common challenges and opportunities, and we can profit from our respective strengths and learnings.

The Tri-nation Alliance takes those same everyday touchpoints and applies them in a global forum.

I am looking forward to the work we will do.


Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCP
Chief Executive Officer

About: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

We formalize our engagements by negotiating and implementing service agreements that clearly define our collaboration objectives. A MOU outlines the terms and conditions of the work we plan to undertake with a partner organization. MOUs are not legal agreements; however, they demonstrate the goodwill between parties to collaborate towards common objectives.