Usage

Australian Trainees

Mandatory for Australian Trainees.

New Zealand Trainees

New Zealand General Surgery Trainees are welcome to use MALT to record procedures.  However, please be aware that MALT reports are not accepted by the Training Board (New Zealand National Training Committee). Trainees should check with the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons  to ensure that they are meeting the reporting requirements of the SET program.

Logbooks

Trainees need to complete the SET - General Surgery Logbook, which will be automatically allocated to them.

Trainees who have transferred from a different specialty, where access has been granted to MALT, will retain access to the logbook from that specialty for reporting.

Supervisors

MALT uses the terms 'nominated supervisor' and 'alternate supervisor.' Supervisors can view cases for the Trainees they are supervising and provide comments on specific cases.

The nominated supervisor is responsible for approving all cases.

Nominated supervisor will generally have the position of Hub Supervisor, Hospital Supervisor or Unit Supervisor. Only one nominated supervisor should be selected each rotation.

Alternate supervisors are the surgeons in theatre with the Trainee during procedures. The nominated supervisor is able to consult with each alternate supervisor to verify and approve the procedure.

All supervisors must be RACS Fellows.

Hospitals

Record cases done in accredited hospitals only.

Procedures

This logbook type utilises the SNOMED CT-AU procedure list, with selected terms identified by the Training Board as Board Reporting Terms.  (XLSX 9.91MB)

For cases where more than one surgical procedure has been undertaken, MALT allows multiple procedures to be recorded.

Non-operative procedures
The Board in General Surgery no longer requires non-operative cases to be entered in the logbook except for early trauma resuscitation and management, which will be captured under the minors section.

Scope cleaning
It is a requirement to enter scope cleaning cases in MALT. This can be done via the link on the dashboard.

Approval process

Cases move through a supervisory workflow progression from "Draft" to "For Review" to "Approved".

Fill in and save the case (Draft).

Once you are satisfied that the case is complete and accurate, refer to nominated supervisor (for review).

Nominated Supervisors are automatically notified of cases awaiting review, in accordance with the email preferences setup on their MALT account page. Supervisors should review these cases and, where they are satisfied that the case is complete and accurate, approve (Approved).

Once all the cases have been approved, you can print the logbook summary report and submit to the Training Board. Note: the report should only contain 'Approved' status.

Additional required forms are available from General Surgeons Australia at the link below.

Optional features

Days absent - Trainees are able to record duration and reason for absence which will appear on the relevant logbook summary report.

Unit and clinic - Trainees are able to select a unit or clinic name which will appear on the relevant logbook summary report.

Rotation periods

Rotation periods are deactivated at a set date, after which no further cases can be entered.  

Australia - ACT/NSW/QLD/TAS/VIC/WA
Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R2 2019 5 August 2019 2 February 2020 6 February 2020
R1 2020 3 February 2020 2 August 2020 6 August 2020
R2 2020 3 August 2020 31 January 2021 4 February 2021

 

Australia - NT/SA
Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R2 2019 7 August 2019 2 February 2020 5 February 2020
R1 2020 3 February 2020 4 August 2020 7 August 2020
R2 2020 5 August 2020 31 January 2021 4 February 2021

 

Australia - NT (Alice Springs) - South Australian Placement
Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R2 2019 Alice Springs (SA Placement) 7 August 2019 2 February 2020 5 February 2020
R1 2020 Alice Springs (SA Placement) 3 February 2020 4 August 2020 7 August 2020
R2 2020 Alice Springs (SA Placement) 5 August 2020 31 January 2021 4 February 2021

 

Australia - NT (Alice Springs - Victorian Placement)
Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R2 2019 - Alice Springs (Victorian Placement) 7 August 2019 2 February 2020 5 February 2020
R1 2020 - Alice Springs (Victorian Placement) 3 February 2020 2 August 2020 6 August 2020
R2 2020 - Alice Springs (Victorian Placement) 3 August 2020 31 January 2021 4 February 2021

 

New Zealand

Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R2 2019 10 June 2019 8 December 2019 29 December 2019
R1 2020 9 December 2019 7 June 2020 10 June 2020
R2 2020 8 June 2020 6 December 2020 9 December 2020

Accessing MALT and support

MALT access and support documentation can be found in the links below.