Browse tools and resources that can help you as you enter Fellowship and start practising as a physician or paediatrician.
New Fellows Forum
15 December 2020 | A national forum to celebrate the milestone of becoming a Fellow, held virtually in response to the impact of COVID-19 on face-to-face activities for College members.
Attendees were welcomed to Fellowship and introduced to RACP President Professor John Wilson, CEO Peter McIntyre, Professor Andrew Coats College Dean, Lisa Penlington Executive General Manager of Member Services, Kerry Brown Executive General Manager of the Office of Professional Practice, local regional committee Chairs and staff teams.
Speakers provided information on the transition to Fellowship, practical considerations of being a new Fellow, Continuing Professional Development, financial management, setting up in private practice, managing insurances and risk, leadership, developing skills for all career stages and lessons learnt from a new Fellow’s perspective. The forum was also open to final year Advanced Trainees.
See Events for future offerings.
Continuing Professional Development
The MyCPD program allows Fellows to plan, record, and reflect on their learning throughout the year. We recommend that participants plan their CPD activities at the beginning of the year, and subsequently record activities as they are completed.
When does MyCPD start?
Fellows admitted on or before 30 June are required to complete at least 50 CPD hours for that calendar year (training can be claimed as CPD activity).
Fellows admitted to Fellowship after 30 June do not have a CPD requirement for that calendar year.
The annual minimum requirement for Fellows is 50 CPD hours for the calendar year (1 January to 31 December), with submissions due by 31 March of the following year.
Fellows practising in Aotearoa New Zealand have additional mandatory CPD requirements set by the MCNZ.
NOTE: The RACP is now required to formally notify the MCNZ of any MCNZ registered participants who fail to complete their CPD requirements over 2 consecutive years.
The MyCPD Interactive Handbook contains helpful information on the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand CPD requirements, useful guides showing you how to use MyCPD and further access to learning resources developed by the RACP.
Professional Practice Framework
The Professional Practice Framework comprises 10 domains essential for expert physician practice and fundamental in serving the health of patients, carers, families and communities.
For each domain, there is a professional standard that describes expectations for all RACP Fellows during professional practice.
RACP Online Learning
A dedicated platform that provides easy-to-access online courses, resources, curated collections, podcasts and other dedicated learning and CPD content.
College Learning Series
The College Learning Series (CLS) is a growing resource of interactive online lectures, mapped to the College curricula and specifically targeted to the needs of Basic Trainees.
The CLS can be used by members to update their knowledge, shape physician training and build networks with other physicians.
Pomegranate Health Podcast
Pomegranate Health is the RACP’s monthly award-winning podcast about the culture of medicine. It is created by physicians, for physicians with topics including clinical decision making, physician wellbeing and socio-ethical challenges in medicine.
In Ep28 – Transitions to Fellowship four Fellows recall their unique experiences on making the change from trainee to Fellow and how they maintain a healthy balance within and around their careers.
Curated Collections allow you to take an in-depth look at specific topics with high quality, peer reviewed learning resources including: key journal articles, recommended readings, webcasts and links to courses.
Self-paced online courses
RACP self-paced online courses are designed to be adaptable, so you can dip in and out, or just complete the parts that are relevant to you.
Optimised for use on your mobile or tablet, and developed by RACP members and subject matter experts, the interactive nature of online courses enables you to learn from your peers.
Medflix is home to our extensive collection of powerful and engaging educational videos.
Browse the Medflix video library for lectures, interviews, workplace scenarios and other educational videos covering a range of clinical and professional topics.
Spaced Learning is a free online learning program designed to enhance physician’s practice and performance through guided case study discussion.
The RACP has a key commitment to develop and implement strategic initiatives that effectively contribute to improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Māori peoples.
Medical Specialist Access Framework
The RACP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC) developed the Medical Specialist Access Framework as a guide for health sector stakeholders to promote and support equitable access to specialist care for Australia's Indigenous peoples.
Get involved by reading the three-part Framework and guide for physicians, browse case studies and search tools and resources on how to implement the Framework in your professional practice or work environment.
Ep53: Marrabinya – a hand outstretched talks about the Marrabinya service in the Western New South Wales Primary Health Network which financially supports Indigenous Australians to attend specialist consultations.
Ep12: Perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health focuses on issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health in Australia.
Indigenous Strategic Framework 2018-2028
The Indigenous Strategic Framework is a roadmap to address five key priorities through short, medium and long-term strategies with dedicated support and resources. It is a vehicle to support the RACP in reflecting on what’s needed to shape a College, a physician workforce and health system which values and encompasses Indigenous perspectives on health and wellbeing.
The five key strategic priorities are:
- contribute to addressing Indigenous health equity differences
- grow the Indigenous physician workforce
- equip and educate the broader physician workforce to improve Indigenous health
- foster a culturally safe and competent College
- meet the new regulatory standards and requirements of the AMC and MCNZ
In Ep31: Ngā Kaitiaki Hauora members of various medical colleges and institutions came together to share perspectives on the delivery of health care to New Zealand's population of Māori and Pacific Islander people.
Health and Wellbeing
As doctors, our career is all about improving the health of others — but sometimes this can come at the cost of looking after our own. Taking some time to debrief and process some of the challenges is important.
RACP Support Program
The RACP Support Program is a professional and confidential counselling service, available to all RACP members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The program is run by Converge International and is available to members free of charge, for up to 4 sessions per year.
To make an appointment, or to speak with a RACP Support Program consultant, call 1300 687 327 (Australia) or 0800 666 367 (New Zealand).
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Connect app
The ‘EAP Connect’ app by Converge International provides access to information, support, and practical solutions for issues that impact your work, health, and life – directly on your mobile device.
The app is free to download and provides you with 24/7 support and access to the EAP and wellbeing resources.
Physician Self-Care and Wellbeing online course
The RACP Physician Self-Care and Wellbeing online course has been designed to ensure that doctors at all career stages are well informed about the importance of self-care and wellbeing.
The course takes the form of video scenarios common to members, such as returning to work after illness or dealing with the loss of a patient, and the importance of self-care even when no difficulties are being experienced.
Each video scenario is linked to self reflection and discussion activities. A skills toolbox included with the eLearning module contains wellbeing self-assessment tools, a self-care framework, self-care strategies, personal and professional support resources, and further curated resources.
Fellows can claim CPD credits for completing this module.
Physician Wellbeing in Challenging Times online course
The Physician Wellbeing in Challenging Times online course covers how to best support your own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of your staff and colleagues, during times of challenge or crisis.
Course participants will learn:
- practical strategies and approaches around leading with compassion, communicating effectively, promoting wellbeing, and mitigating the impact of challenging times on teams and staff members,
- information and tools to help effectively set healthy boundaries and prevent burnout,
- guidance on creating and utilising connections with peers, supervisors, support networks and others.
Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Curated Collection
The Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Curated Collection contains a peer reviewed library of resources to assist you in maintaining and strengthening your health and wellbeing. It also contains resources to help you support your colleagues and teams.
Member Support Officers
Member Support Officers (MSOs) provide onsite support for supervisors and trainees at metropolitan and regional hospital locations and at their place of work, within each state or region. Their primary role is to facilitate the implementation of the RACP education programs, with particular focus on the Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Basic, Advanced, Faculty and Chapter training programs. They also facilitate CPD opportunities.
Your local MSO can be contacted by calling the Member Services Team in either Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.
Make a valuable contribution to the RACP, your profession and the community.
Supervise a trainee
Supervisors play an important role in supporting a trainee during their Physician training, guiding their learning, helping to plan and facilitate learning opportunities and providing feedback on their progress.
Fellows, and in some cases, other clinicians can supervise a trainee during their Basic or Advanced Training.
Find out more about how to become a Supervisor.
Committees and working groups
Your involvement and contribution to College committees and working groups is both valuable and vital to the current and future needs of the College and your profession.
View a list of committees for contact details and information on how to get involved.
Visit our Expressions of Interest page to see what opportunities are currently available.
Contribute to the RACP's Policy & Advocacy work
Fellows can shape and promote the RACP's position on a range of social, environmental, biological and political issues that affect the health and wellbeing of patients and the broader community.
View the RACPs’ policy positions.
Attend an RACP event
The RACP hosts and supports an extensive range of events, including lectures, workshops and conferences. These are opportunities for members to keep up-to-date with the latest medical research, enhance their professional knowledge and network with colleagues
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RACP Congress is the College’s annual flagship event. Held in a different location each year, it brings together physicians from Australasia to exchange ideas, ask the tough questions, discuss concerns and develop solutions to enhance healthcare for all.
Today, the RACP Foundation offers more than two million dollars in research grants – an investment consistent with the RACP’s purpose, to advance the future of medicine in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
These are given to RACP Fellows and trainees in recognition of excellence in, or outstanding contribution to, medicine in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Publications, news and updates
Access peer-reviewed research, interactive clinical content and the latest on healthcare and medicine news.
RACP Quarterly is the College’s member magazine. It features articles on the latest research being conducted by our members and focuses on articles that provide an in-depth analysis of broader issues impacting our diverse membership.
RACP eBulletins provide updates on College activities including upcoming conferences and events, vacant clinical and research positions, training and professional development opportunities, and scholarship, award and grant opportunities.
As a Fellow of the College you have free access to a number of online medical journals including the Internal Medicine Journal and the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.