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Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine


Douglas Bridge





Welcome to the AChPM homepage

The AChPM President is Clin Prof Douglas Bridge FRACP FAChPM.

Doug trained as a general physician and in tropical medicine, and has helped pioneer the development of Palliative Care in Australia and Asia. He has been involved in the development and delivery of the specialist training program since its inception in 1990. Doug is a Clinical Professor in the Medical School, and was the Head of the Palliative Care Service at Royal Perth Hospital from 1993 to 2013.

Contact details

Education Officer (training related enquiries)
Ph: +61 2 8247 6296

Executive Officer (all other enquiries)
Ph: +61 2 9256 5484

News for the Chapter

EOI:  President-Elect, Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Expressions of Interest are sought from current Fellows of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine for the position of President-Elect.

The purpose of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) is to:

  1. support the professional careers of Fellows and Trainees of the Chapter;
  2. work with other relevant appropriate College Bodies and staff in relation to education, training and assessment of Trainees; education, continuing professional development and quality performance of Fellows; policy and advocacy; assessment of overseas trained professionals; research; and workforce issues, as they relate to Palliative Medicine;
  3. promote and advance the body of knowledge of Palliative Medicine; and
  4. act as an authoritative source of advice within the College in connection with Palliative Medicine.

The AChPM has a strong advocacy role within the College and regularly advises on issues in Palliative Medicine and other related community health matters in Australia and New Zealand.

The President-Elect reports to the AChPM President, who is accountable to the President of the Adult Medicine Division (AMD) for the operations of the Chapter.

The President-Elect will assist the AChPM President in their duties, which include:

  • chairing Chapter Committee meetings in the absence of the Chapter President
  • attending meetings of the AMD Council in the absence of the Chapter President
  • assisting in ensuring that all Chapter Sub-Committees and working groups work proactively and harmoniously
  • assisting in ensuring that the Chapter works productively with all College departments
  • assisting in maintaining the Chapter's relationships with all relevant Specialty Societies

The President-Elect will be required to participate in all meetings of the Chapter Committee, which include two face-to-face meetings and two teleconferences annually.

The term of the President-Elect will commence immediately following the confirmation of their appointment and will continue until the 2016 RACP Annual General Meeting. After this time the President-Elect will commence their term as Chapter President until May 2018.

To submit an Expression of Interest please send a completed EOI form along with an EOI statement of no more than 500 words outlining your interest in the position with a brief CV to All EOI forms must be received by COB Friday, 13 February.

AChPM President-Elect - EOI Form

AChPM President-Elect - Position Description