AMD eBulletin - 26 June 2015


The Adult Medicine Division Executive Committee encourages you to Vote "No" for each of the proposals in the current EGM vote.

You can vote online using your Member Identifier Number (MIN). If you have forgotten your MIN, please call Member Services on 1300 697 227 (AU) or +61 2925 6544 (Int).

If you want or need to change your vote you can log in using your MIN and change your vote online up until 4.00pm on Tuesday, 7 July. If you attend the EGM in person on Thursday, 9 July, you can change your vote at the meeting.

Our College needs you to vote "No " to the four motions for changes to the Constitution which have been requested by a group of members. The proposed motions are not a petition, but a formal call for changes to our College Constitution, which legally must be voted on at a General Meeting. This meeting will be held on 9 July 2015.

These members have exercised their democratic right, already enshrined in our Constitution, to call an Extraordinary General Meeting of members to consider four motions designed to impact the governance of our College. Members may recall a similar event two years ago, when a similar group of members exercised their right to put College constitutional reform to a vote of College members. Legally the College and the members involved were then required to take action in the Federal Court to clarify the legality of one of the proposals that had been put. This resulted in both parties being again required by law to return to that Court at further cost to the College to seek orders to have the requisition withdrawn and the meeting cancelled.

These current proposals are not related to planned changes to the constitution which the Board plans to put to the membership later in this year, and which will strengthen the governance of our College. Rather these current proposals will weaken our College and will increase the risk that we are distracted from improving its responsiveness to the needs of our membership.

Our College does not operate in isolation. It operates in a health system and a broader society which is changing rapidly. Community expectations are rising, the medical workforce is increasing, and services are more complex. There are many external influences on our College which are largely beyond our control. Our College must be adaptable and outward looking.

Calling the current meeting is costing members at least AU$100,000 which includes amongst other required elements the considerable cost of printing and of mailing all of the College's 22,000 members. Members should be aware that the cost of this meeting will be met from members' funds. Further information about the costs of the meeting can be found on the College's website in the Noticeboard section.

The AMD Executive wish you to know that we believe that our College is successful. It is financially secure, influential, and many members are very actively engaged in the work of the College. All of our College's many committees are led by Fellows and trainees.

Our College is not failing. Our College is healthy. It is well led, effective and our staff are outstanding. Ours is a world class College. This is the result of many years of work and the deliberate efforts of successive boards, committees and our staff to ensure a College which is ‘fit for purpose'.

We acknowledge that our College can and must be better, and the Board and its committees are committed to the process of continuous improvement. The Board responds to issues suggested by members. Recent examples include the decision to divest from companies directly and materially invested in the fossil fuel industry, and the formation of a College Council. We are a contemporary College which continues to work towards greater engagement of our membership.

We should all be proud of our College which continues to lead our nations on key initiatives.

This time, the members propose four motions, which may seem innocuous, but which risk our College's future. These proposals risk negative consequences, including:

1. A loss of trust from our communities. We exist to serve the health of our peoples. Our professionalism is earned through the community's trust. Disharmony and disunity fails our community

2. Questions from our professional regulators (the Australian Medical Council, New Zealand Medical Council, AHPRA) questioning the governance of our College. Withdrawal or limitation of our accreditation would risk our training programs. Imagine the impact on our College's reputation and on your workplace of not being able to effectively train the large number of young colleagues who wish to become physicians

3. A major impact on the effective functioning of our College. A ‘yes' vote is saying ‘we don't trust you to govern the College and we want additional mechanisms to hold you to account'. No Board member can operate effectively on behalf of the entire College while wondering when the next challenge will appear. Small minorities could have a major impact on our College, challenging the critical role that the AMD plays as the largest component of our College (approximately 60 per cent of members)

4. There is a very real risk of the loss of key College staff. Our College is fortunate to have a Leadership group of real calibre and reputation who work hard for and with us. Their work on behalf of all of us is central to our success. The proposals make their roles untenable

5. These proposals put at risk the future involvement of members in the life of our College, threatening the future viability of our College

For these reasons, the AMD Executive will be voting "No" to the resolutions at the Extraordinary General Meeting. We strongly encourage you and your colleagues to vote and to vote "No". You can vote online or by proxy as per the written instructions posted to you. This College is too important to the people of our two countries to risk it in the ways proposed.

Thank you for your support.

Best Wishes,

Professor John Wilson, AMD President
A/Prof Grant Phelps, AMD President-elect / Lead Fellow, Policy
A/Prof Mitra Guha, AMD Education Committee Chair
Dr Humphrey Pullon, NZ AMD Committee Chair
A/Prof Nick Buckmaster, Elected Member (Australia)
Dr Helen Rhodes, Elected Member (Australia)


1. Mission Statement
The mission of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) is to be the premier Australasian society in the field of bone and mineral metabolism through promoting excellence in bone and mineral research, fostering the integration of clinical and basic science, and facilitating the translation of our science to health care and clinical practice.

Key objectives to achieve these goals include the nurturing and development of the future generations of basic and clinical scientists, and the dissemination of new knowledge in bone and mineral metabolism through our Annual Scientific Meeting. The ANZBMS will be proactive in shaping research and health policies based on scientific advances in our field.
Read the ANZBMS Strategic plan 2014-2018 for more details.

2. When and how your society was established?
ANZBMS is a professional medical/scientific society established in 1988 to bring together clinical and experimental scientists and physicians actively involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism in Australia and New Zealand.

3. What are your society's top three priorities?
• To act as the principal professional body for scientists and clinicians involved in research and management of patients in the field of metabolic bone disease and mineral metabolism in Australia and New Zealand 
• To act as the premier forum for the presentation of research and debate about clinical and metabolic bone disease in Australia and New Zealand
• To advance the education of clinicians, allied health professionals and the public in the nature of and management of diseases impacting upon the skeleton

4. Are there any challenges?
Supporting advocacy initiatives to facilitate increased funding for bone research from other governmental and non-governmental sources from Australia and New Zealand.

5. What are your society's top three achievements?
• Increased governmental awareness of bone and mineral research
• Initiatives to encourage young investigators to pursue careers in bone and mineral research and to increase involvement of young investigators in the Society
• Develop an integrated medical and scientific program for our ASM ensuring international representation
Further achievements can be viewed in the ANZBMS annual report

6. Link to your website



As was communicated in last week's President's eBulletin, the College is moving forward on governance reforms that include a new College Council. 

A new information site, ‘Our College, honouring our past and embracing our future‘, which contains details on the new College Council and broader College reform is now live. This new interactive site allows you to voice opinions, ask questions and engage in dialogue.

Please take a look, sign up for updates and be informed, and involved, in the future of our College.



EOI: Australian and New Zealand Hip Registry Advisory Committee, closes 3 July 2015

Expressions of Interest are sought from Fellows to be appointed as the RACP representative to the Advisory Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR).

ANZHFR was established in 2011 to enable benchmarking of delivery of professionally-defined standards for hip fracture care and prevention. With the successful implementation of the registry the ANZHFR is now undertaking an internal governance review and is seeking representatives to join the ANZHFR Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee meets four times a year via teleconference. The Advisory Committee is seeking representatives, particularly Fellows whose primary specialty is Geriatrics, with a strong interest in education and training.

To submit an Expression of Interest please forward a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest in the position and a copy of your full curriculum vitae to by COB Friday, 3 July 2015.

EOI: ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia's second Allergy Summit, closes 10 July 2015

ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia have invited the RACP to attend and participate in the second Allergy Summit on Friday, 7 August 2015 from 9.00am to 5.00pm in Sydney. The Summit will be facilitated by Dr Norman Swan and the main aim is to establish a pathway for the National Allergy Strategy to be effectively implemented in Australia.

As part of the development process, ASCIA and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia have engaged with key stakeholder organisations to ensure the development of a strategy that addresses current gaps in care and is comprehensive, achievable and supported by all stakeholders. This is the final launch of the strategy and implementation planning stage.

If you are interested in being nominated to this summit, please send your expression of interest and CV to by COB Friday, 10 July 2015.

EOI: Joint Specialist Advisory Committee - Immunology and Allergy, closes 31 July 2015

The Joint Specialist Advisory Committees (JSAC) in Immunology and Allergy is seeking Expressions of Interest from Immunology Allergy Fellows to join the JSAC as appointed members.

The Committee conducts accreditation of training sites and oversees Advanced Training in Immunology and Allergy. The Committee is seeking to appoint two Fellows with specialisation in Immunology and Allergy to join the Committee for a period of two years. The Committee meets via teleconference twice yearly, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year.

To submit an Expression of Interest please contact the RACP Education Officer - Immunology/Allergy, Katrina Gardner, at All Expressions of Interest must be received by COB Friday, 31 July 2015.




Basic or Advanced Physician Trainee (Geriatrics Medicine, Stroke and General Medicine) - Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart
Position commences August 2015
Enquiries: Please contact Dr Janina Skelton at or on +61 3 6222 8308
Applications Close: Monday, 29 June 2015


Provisional Fellow Position (Paediatric Palliative Medicine) - Hunter New England Local Health District, New Lambton
Temporary Full Time (up to 31 January 2016)
Enquiries: Please contact Tracey Carthew at or on +61 2 4921 3668
Applications Close: Sunday, 5 July 2015

Visiting Medical Officer Cardiologist and General Physician - Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, Tamworth
Enquiries: Please contact Dr Simon O'Connor at or on +61 2 6767 8755
Applications Close: Sunday, 12 July 2015

Radiation Oncology Registrar Term - Palliative Medicine Trainees (August 2015 - January 2016), Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Centres, Sydney
Term Start Date: Monday, 3 August 2015
Enquiries: Please contact Dr Mei Ling Yap at or on +61 412 481 718


Temporary Full Time Registrar / Principal House Officer (General Medicine) - Redcliffe Hospital, Redcliffe
Enquiries; Please contact Dr Catherine Yelland at or on +61 7 3883 7162
Applications close: Friday, 3 July 2015



The ANZ Society of the History of Medicine 14th Biennial Conference - Missions, Methods and Management, 30 June to 4 July 2015, Sydney
Join delegates for lectures by distinguished international and local speakers, attend a witness seminar focusing on changes in the administration of health services over the past 50 years, and hear researchers present their original work.
Venue: Australian Catholic University, North Sydney
Date: Tuesday, 30 June to Saturday, 4 July 2015
Registration: Please visit the ANZSHOM conference website

Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Safety and Quality Conference: The Deteriorating Patient, 6 to 7 July 2015, Gold Coast
ANZICS will host a conference on Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and broader aspects of deteriorating ward patients. The full program is available on the ANZICS website
Venue: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
Date: Monday, 6 July to Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Registration: Please contact or +61 3 9863 7606

Advanced Course in Applied Hospital Epidemiology, 20 to 24 July 2015, Queensland
This intensive course is being presented by the experienced and highly regarded faculty responsible for the popular ESCMID-SHEA intensive courses in infection control and hospital epidemiology. 
Advanced Trainees receive 50 per cent off registration.
Venue: Peppers Beach Club and Spa, Palm Cove
Date: Monday, 20 July to Friday, 24 July 2015
Registration: Please contact the ASID Secretariat at or +61 2 8204 0770

Turning Point Drug & Alcohol Use and Pregnancy, 21 July 2015, Melbourne
This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to the Women's Alcohol and Drug Service and discuss a broad range of issues associated with drug and alcohol use in pregnancy.
Venue: Turning Point Training Room, 142 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Time: 9.15am to 4.00pm
Registration: Please submit an Expression of Interest form to Turning Point at

National Skin Lymphoma Educational Meeting, 15 August 2015, Melbourne
The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in collaboration with the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, Lymphoma Australia and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne invites interested members to attend the meeting. 
Venue: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Andrews Place, East Melbourne
Date: Saturday, 15 August 2015
Registration: Please contact Odette Buelens (unavailable Wednesdays) at or +61 3 9656 1111

Renal Supportive Care Symposium, 21 August 2015, Sydney
All interested medical and allied health professionals are invited to attend the 6th St George Hospital Renal Supportive Care Symposium.
Venue: St George Hospital Auditorium, Kogarah
Date: Friday, 21 August 2015
Registration: Please contact Elizabeth Josland at or +61 2 9113 2854

Endocrine Society of Australia Clinical Weekend, 21 to 23 August 2015, Adelaide
This event's two overriding themes will be Reproductive Endocrinology and Thyroid Cancer.
Venue: Stamford Grand, Glenelg, Adelaide
Date: Friday, 21 August to Sunday, 23 August 2015
Registration: Please see the ESA Clinical Weekend website

Renal Supportive Care Masterclass, 22 to 23 August 2015, Sydney
All medical professionals from renal medicine, palliative care, geriatric medicine and general practice are invited to attend the inaugural Renal Supportive Care Master Class 2015.
Venue: St George Hospital Research and Education Building, Kogarah
Date: Saturday, 22 August to Sunday, 23 August 2015
Registration: Please see the Renal Supportive Care Masterclass website

ESA and SRB Annual Scientific Meeting, 23 to 26 August 2015, Adelaide
This is the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA) and the Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB).
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Date: Sunday, 23 August to Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Registration: Please see the ESA/SRB ASM website

SPDP Workshop Two: Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings, 26 August 2015, Auckland
This workshop will explore the challenges supervisors face in the healthcare setting and will consider strategies to maximise teaching opportunities. This is a free event for all current trainee supervisors, and any Fellows and Advanced Trainees who are interested becoming supervisors.
Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Registration: Please contact RACP Education Officer (OTP), Tamzyn Luafalealo at or +64 4 460 8155

13th Australian Palliative Care Conference, 1 to 4 September 2015, Melbourne
This event's theme is Fit for the Future.
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: Tuesday, 1 September to Friday, 4 September 2015
Registration: Please see the Australian Palliative Care Conference website

SPDP Workshop Three: Workplace-based Learning and Assessment, 6 September 2015, Perth 
This workshop will examine the purpose, importance, and challenges of work-based learning and assessment in a complex environment. This is a free event for all current trainee supervisors, and any Fellows and Advanced Trainees who are interested becoming supervisors.
Date: Sunday, 6 September 2015
Registration: Please contact

Population Health Congress 2015, 6 to 9 September 2015, Hobart
This year's Congress theme, ‘One vision, many voices' seeks to bring together health care professionals from across Australasia to unite on the critical issues of population health thinking.
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
Date: Sunday, 6 September to Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Registration: Please see the Population Health Congress 2015 website

SPDP Workshop 2: Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings, 8 September 2015, Adelaide
This workshop will explore the challenges supervisors face in the healthcare setting, and will consider strategies to maximise teaching opportunities. This is a free event for all current trainee supervisors, and any Fellows and Advanced Trainees who are interested becoming supervisors.
Date: Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Registration: Please contact

Emerging Trends in Neuropathic Pain Symposium, 1 October 2015, Sydney
Participants will learn about and discuss the latest perspectives on understanding and treating neuropathic pain. Expert speakers will provide updates on current evidence and clinical practice and will participate in case presentations.
Venue: Auditorium, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Date: Thursday, 1 October 2015
Time: 9.00am to 4.45pm
Registration: Please see the University of Sydney - Pain Management Research Institute website

Workshop Three: Facilitator Training Forum, 1 to 2 October 2015, Auckland
This workshop will enable Fellows to facilitate Supervisor Workshop Workplace-based Learning and Assessment. This is a free event for all Fellows interested in medical education and facilitating skills-based workshops.
Date: Thursday, 1 October to Friday, 2 October 2015
Registration: Please contact

The Kirby Institute: Evaluating the Impact of Public Health Programs, 12 to 15 October 2015, Sydney
This short course is an introduction to the principles and methodologies used to evaluate the impact of public health programs. It includes an overview of the design of empirical evaluations, epidemiological modelling and basic health economics calculations used to interpret the effectiveness of public health programs. 
Venue: The Kirby Institute, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW
Date: Monday, 12 October to Thursday, 15 October 2015
Registration: Please see The Kirby Institute website

AFRM/NZRA Combined Rehabilitation Meeting 2015, 13 to 17 October 2015, Wellington
This year's theme is ‘Building an Enabling Society'. The vision behind this conference theme is one of working together to build a society, and a health and social care system, which is enabling and not disabling. 
Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Wellington
Date: Tuesday, 13 October to Saturday, 17 October 2015
Registration: Please see the AFRM ASM website

Workshop Three: Facilitator Training Forum, 22 to 23 October 2015, Sydney 
This workshop will enable Fellows to facilitate Supervisor Workshop Workplace-based Learning and Assessment. This is a free event for all Fellows interested in medical education and facilitating skills-based workshops.
Date: Thursday, 22 October to Friday, 23 October 2015
Registration: Please contact

Joint ANZBMS, MEPSA and MBSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting, 1 to 4 November 2015, Hobart 
The 2015 Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Annual Scientific Meeting will mark the inaugural joint meeting with the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand (MBSANZ) and the Molecular and Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia (MEPSA).
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor
Date: Sunday, 1 November 2015 to Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Registration: Please see the ANZBMS ASM website

The Kirby Institute: Infectious Diseases Epidemiology - From Theory to Practice, 23 to 26 November 2015, Sydney
This short course will provide an introduction to infectious disease epidemiology and the application of epidemiological tools and methods in identifying, preventing, and controlling infectious diseases (particularly HIV/AIDS and other STI) to improve public health. 
Venue: The Kirby Institute, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW
Date: Monday, 23 November to Thursday, 26 November 2015
Registration: Please see The Kirby Institute website

Australian STOP Domestic Violence Conference, 7 to 8 December 2015, Canberra
The meeting will update the critical issues relating to domestic violence and will bring together mental health practitioners, academia, researchers, service providers, policy makers, NGO's and all external providers impacted by domestic violence.
Venue: The Canberra Rex Hotel
Date: Monday, 7 December to Tuesday, 8 December
Registration: Please see the STOP Domestic Violence Conference website



The AMD Executive Committee has recently distributed a consultation draft of the new AMD Model of Collaboration (MoC) to AMD Specialty Society representatives.

The AMD Council worked on the MoC at its strategy session in April. It is designed to replace the historical Memoranda of Understanding between RACP affiliated Specialty Societies and the College. It recognises both the interdependence, and independence, of the Specialty Societies and the College, and enshrines a collaborative approach to our interactions. Early feedback from Societies has been positive.

We will be discussing the MoC at our next AMD Council meeting in July, and will use it as a reference point during our AMD Planning Day, on Thursday, 9 July, as we formulate the AMD Council's work plan for 2016. Broader consultation across our Chapters, Divisions and Faculties will follow. 



As advised in the 12 June President's Ebulletin, your Board approved plans to establish a new College Council to help meet the challenges of a fast-changing medical and educational environment.

The new 50-member College Council, which will meet for the first time in September, is at the heart of a series of changes designed to help the College become a more member-focused, innovative and outward looking organisation.

This expression of interest starts the process of establishing the new Council. It will run in parallel with Division, Faculty and Chapter meetings until such a time a transition is supported by the respective constituents.

This new Council is an opportunity for specialty societies, regional committees and all RACP specialty education streams to have major influence - if not drive - the College in an important new way.

We want the new Council to be the heart of the College - to be the place where ideas are generated and debated, and where collaborations across specialties and geographies are developed and enhanced.

To find out more about how the new Council will operate, and how it will interact with plans for a smaller, expert Board, we have developed a new information site for members, Our College.

The new information site provides early answers to a number of questions about the new Council and College Reform. These will be expanded upon in response to questions as they are raised and from consultation with the Board Governance Reform Working Party.

Updates will be provided as we move through the process of setting up the new Council.

The College Council will act as an advisory body to the Board and a forum for representatives to consider matters referred to the Council by the Board. The Council will also provide advice to the Board on matters of concern or relevance to the College or its Members.

The Council will comprise:
• a representative from each of the 25 identified Education Pathways within the College
• a Fellow or Trainee appointed by each RACP Division and Faculty
• a Fellow or Trainee appointed by each of the seven Australian Regional Committees
• a Fellow or Trainee appointed by the New Zealand Committee; and
• two Trainees appointed by the College Trainees' Committee

Board Directors will be able to attend meetings of the Council as observers to take questions from Council members and hear, and comment on as required, issues being discussed.

The Council will meet twice annually face-to-face. The first meeting will be held on 24 September 2015 in Melbourne and all applicants should be available to attend on this day.

All Members of the College are eligible to be apply to be a member of the Council in any of the below positions that apply to them. If Members are interested in more than one position they should indicate their preference on the Expression of Interest form below.

  • Adult Medicine Division representative
  • Paediatrics and Child Health Division representative
  • Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine representative
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine representative
  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine representative
  • Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine representative
  • Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine representative
  • Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine representative
  • Chapter of Community Child Health representative
  • New Zealand representative
  • Trainee representatives
  • New South Wales / ACT representative
  • Victorian representative
  • Tasmanian representative
  • South Australian representative
  • Western Australian representative
  • Northern Territory representative
  • Queensland representative

Council members will be appointed by the relevant College Body on the basis of the knowledge and experience they can contribute to the Council's discussions.

The Expression of Interest Form and Draft College Council By-Law (PDF 99KB) are available to download.

The call for Expressions of Interest should be submitted to by Sunday, 26 July 2015.



The College website and all training portals will be unavailable this coming weekend, on Saturday, 27 June from 8.00am to 5.00pm AEST. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause; this is due to important work being carried out as part of the final stages of preparation for the forthcoming launch of the new College website.

There will be further communications in the coming days about the launch of the site. The new website is a significant achievement for the College and an important step on a much longer journey to improve and enhance our digital presence. The site will lay the foundations for a series of projects over the next few years that will create a range of new features and functions for our membership. While the Basic and Advanced Training Portals remain unchanged for this launch, improvements to these and some other portals will be part of a longer chain of developments on our digital journey to come.

The structure and design which you will soon have the opportunity to see and use have been put together with in-depth research across the College's membership, and will readily serve the functions required for our Fellows, trainees, future physicians and broader stakeholder groups who use the site. Division, Faculty and Chapter pages have been simplified and improved to enhance the cohesiveness and usability of the site. Intuitive navigation, improved search functionality and responsive filtering throughout will all serve to enhance your experience with the website.

The performance of the new site will be monitored in the days following the launch and any technical issues that arise will be addressed.




Applications are now open for The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Foundation Kanematsu/Novo Nordisk Research Award. The RCPA Foundation invites all eligible Fellows and Advanced Trainees to apply.

The Kanematsu / Novo Nordisk Research Award is made annually by the Kanematsu Fund in memory of its founder Fusajiro Kanematsu and his wife, Sen. It was initiated to support early-career investigators conducting research into thrombosis and haemostasis. The award is made for a single medical research project in the area of haematological disorders. It is open to recent Fellows (less than five years) and trainees.

Application forms and other supporting information are now available on the RCPA website.

To submit your application, please forward your documents to Rachel Johnson at Applications close 5.00pm AEST, Tuesday 30 June 2015.


Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the Penelope Lowe Breakfast prize. The prize is awarded for the best case presentation by a registered Chapter trainee at the Penelope Lowe Trainee Update Breakfast, which will be held during the annual Australasian Sexual Health Conference. This prize was named in memory of Dr Penelope Lowe FAChSHM, a former Chapter Trainee Representative who passed away on 22 December 2010.

The 2015 Australasian Sexual Health Conference will be held in conjunction with the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference from Wednesday, 16 to Friday, 18 September 2015 in Brisbane.

The Penelope Lowe Trainee Update Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 from 7.30am to 8.30am. The prize is $500 and a certificate.

For further information including eligibility and selection criteria, visit the RACP website.


It is compulsory for Palliative Medicine Registrars working within the Greater Sydney Area to attend the Registrar Seminars.

Below is the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine (SIPM) Palliative Medicine Registrar Seminar timetable for 2015. Registrar Seminars will be held at Greenwich Hospital, CTC Room, Pallister House commencing promptly at 3.00pm. The sessions usually wrap up at around 5.00pm.

• Tuesday, 4 August: PCOC, NSAP - data collection and its importance/relevance to palliative care clinicians 
• Tuesday, 13 October: Topic 1 - Ethics clinical symposium
• Tuesday, 8 December: Topic 1 - Humanities, managing teamwork

For further information please contact the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine at or +61 2 9515 6424.

Attendance will be recorded and reported via Item 14 of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) Palliative Medicine Education Committee (Aus. & NZ) Supervisor's Report ‘Continuing Medical Education' or alternative Supervisor's Report. Failure to attend Registrar Seminars will result in an unsatisfactory mark.



The RACP Foundation is offering awards in the following categories:
• Research Development Scholarships providing funding for smaller projects
• Research Entry Scholarships to assist Fellows and trainees at the start of their research career and who are enrolled in a Masters, PhD or higher research degree
• Travel Grants to support short periods of research or study

There are multiple awards available in each category.

Please see the RACP Foundation website for full details including:
• Closing dates
• Eligibility
• New online application system
• Award terms and conditions

For any queries please contact



The Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA) has advised that Philips, in consultation with the TGA, is undertaking a recall for product correction in relation to its devices that use auto servo ventilation (ASV) therapy. Philips devices that use ASV therapy are non-invasive flow generators (using a mask or similar device) that assist patients with various respiratory disorders. These devices are primarily used to treat central sleep apnoea in the patient's home.

For a complete list of the products affected by the recall notice please refer to the TGA website.



The Protocol Advisory Sub-committee (PASC) is currently seeking feedback for the following protocols:

1397 - mpMRI prostate diagnostic scans and MR guided biopsy procedures for diagnosis of prostate cancer in men with a high or concerning Prostate Specific Antigen and under suspicion for harbouring prostate cancer

1401 - Endobronchial Coil Procedure

Feedback can be provided from either a personal or group perspective for consideration by the PASC when the protocol is reviewed. Comments received from the public will be provided to the applicant, MSAC and its sub-committees with responses identified unless a stakeholder has specifically requested that their feedback is de-identified.

Feedback on all Consultation Protocols listed below will close at 11:59pm AEST Friday, 17 July 2015. Please provide your feedback to the HTA Team.



The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Botulinum Toxin Program helps eligible patients access PBS subsidised botulinum toxin to assist in the treatment of conditions such as facial spasms, incontinence, migraine, and symptoms associated with cerebral palsy.

From Tuesday, 1 September 2015, the way PBS subsidised botulinum toxin is supplied will better align with other PBS arrangements, using PBS prescriptions and hospital pharmacy coordination points. PBS Botulinum toxin products will not be supplied through community pharmacies. Patient and prescriber eligibility criteria will be unchanged.

All botulinum toxin medicines supplied under the PBS will be subject to the new arrangements. A full list of the Programme medicines and PBS eligibility criteria is available at:



Study our new postgraduate program in Metabolic Health, designed by respected academics and clinicians for medical practitioners.

This degree will provide the essential knowledge to understand and manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as special groups, such as pregnant women. This degree is suitable for medical practitioners working in primary care, emergency medicine or paediatrics and those planning to train in endocrinology. It is also suited to pharmacists and nurses with an interest in the field.

Apply by Tuesday, 30 June 2015 for degrees commencing Semester 2, 2015.

For further information please go to the Sydney Medical School website.

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