AFRM e-Bulletin 21 October 2016

Important Message 

Dear Fellows and trainees

In the last 24 hours, you may have read and heard media reports regarding amendments to the Australian Border Force Act 2015

These reports state that the Australian Government is backing down on laws that threatened doctors and health workers with prison if they spoke out about conditions in offshore detention centres. 

Many of you will know we have campaigned extensively on this issue in the past.

While at first glance these amendments appear to be a step in a positive direction, unfortunately the legislation is unclear.  

To date the Australian Government has only made limited public comment to clarify this issue. 

As the situation continues to evolve, we would therefore counsel all Fellows and trainees not to assume that media reports are entirely accurate. The College will update all Fellows and trainees as our understanding of the situation improves.

Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

President's Post

This post is being written from the inaugural Annual Scientific Meeting of the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand – a most historic occasion.

I am sure many Faculty Fellows will recall Dr Alex Ganora’s inspired address at the Annual Members’ Meeting in Adelaide, which gave impetus to the founding and establishment of the Society. It is wonderful to be part of this inaugural meeting in Melbourne, to see the full extent of the Society’s progress in the last few years, and the array of educational and scientific activities on offer at the Crown Promenade venue. Not to mention the promise of dinners and catching up with friends from afar, despite the predictably cloudy spring weather.

For those who did not come to Melbourne, my report to the AFRM Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) is to be found at this link, and other reports from those responsible for other activities of the Faculty will also be to hand. As noted, Dr Stephen de Graaff was AFRM President for just over half of the year in review, the formal transition of the role having occurred in mid-May, although we enacted a visible role transfer at the AFRM AMM on Monday, 17 October 2016. 

You will be aware that a process of reviewing our AFRM training shape and content commenced during Associate Professor Chris Poulos’ presidency, at about the same time the College commenced review of FRACP training curricular content. Having surveyed the Fellows and trainees, Dr Shari Parker is to be thanked for having produced  a substantial document in 2015, summarising our training program’s reported challenges, and laying out some choices that might be considered in enhancing and developing the program. Over the last 12 months, Steve de Graaff has visited each of the AFRM branch meetings, to present this material to members, and the document has been published for commentary and response (as noted in my recent posts) during this time.

On Saturday, 15 October 2016, a group of Fellows and trainees, with experience ranging from decades in our specialty, through to early-career specialists and trainees at different stages, met at the RACP Victorian offices, for a full day of facilitated discussions. I am most grateful to everyone who took the time to write to me before the meeting and to those who came and contributed – it was an excellent, forthright, clear and respectful discussion, where everyone who attended had opportunity both to speak and hear others speak, in a most collegiate environment.

As I reported to the AFRM Annual Members Meeting, we rapidly focused upon a number of issues around the prior experience and Basic Training of some of our AFRM trainees and the lack of curricular clarity in learning before our trainees commence the AFRM Advanced Training Program. 

In looking at the broader options for AFRM training program development everyone agreed that a ‘do-nothing” option was not acceptable. The other options are best summarised as:

  • Enhancing the current AFRM training program with attention to entry requirements, criteria and a possible recommended basic rehabilitation training curriculum, while addressing some other problems currently experienced by trainees within the program leading to Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM). 
  • Encouraging more trainees to take up the possibility of a well-articulated joint RACP /AFRM training program, removing some of the ‘clunkiness’ of this option as it presently exists and leading to the double qualification of Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and FAFRM. 
  • Transforming our current AFRM program into an RACP Specialist Advanced Training in Rehabilitation Medicine, with trainees having first completed FRACP Basic Training.

Clearly, the first two of these options preserve the FAFRM as the recognised specialist qualification in rehabilitation medicine and avoid the possibility of creating ‘two classes’ of rehabilitation specialist, not to mention other administrative changes, implicit in the third option. After lengthy discussions, the third option is not seen to be a realistic goal at present, for a range of reasons that include the sustainability and workforce implications of making a complex change like this in the near future.

The outcome of the workshop day was to recommend creation of a working group that will meet and workshop the first of these options in detail, to bring recommendations for enhancement of the current FAFRM program to the Faculty’s Education Committee, while also starting to lay groundwork to scope the practicability of the second option. 

The final step in the process is that any changes agreed by Faculty’s Education Committee are sent to the College Education Committee for their consideration and approval, before any changes can be implemented.  

As well as reviewing training curricula, our College is also doing significant work developing a good practice model for selection into Basic Training for the FRACP, for possible implementation in a couple of years’ time. It is therefore also timely that your Faculty should be considering similar issues in selection for and entry into our own training scheme. Having set up our own research working group to strengthen the research and academic base of our specialty, it is very pleasing to see that the College is also considering how to foster and develop better pathways in Academic Medicine for the future.

In thinking about the future – around one-third of junior medical staff have made a clear career direction decision by the time they complete medical school. About another third have done likewise by the point in their Post Graduate Year Two (PGY2) when they are submitting clinical term preferences that will lead them into specialty training. The rest come to their final career decision, later in their training.

How many of us welcome and encourage medical students and Post Graduate Year One to PGY2 junior medical staff into our ward teams and strive to use every opportunity to present our specialty to them, in the best possible and most interesting ways? Are we taking every possible teaching and learning opportunity to influence younger colleagues?

That young person, with whom we spend extra time in a busy day now, may just be a leader in rehabilitation medicine in 25 years’ time.

Associate Professor Andrew Cole 
President, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine    

The Tricky Question of Diagnosis and Disability: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is finally rolling out in Queensland and patients are starting to ask us about access to the scheme. Will everyone with a particular diagnosis have access to the NDIS? How about those who receive little support outside the health and education systems – will they be able to access the NDIS?

It was with a sense of dismay that I read the title of an online article from SBS news (published on Wednesday, 7 September 2016) titled: ‘Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder isn’t recognised as a disability under NDIS’. 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (sometimes confused with Fetal Alcohol Syndromer) is characterised by dysmorphic facial features, poor growth and neurodevelopmental problems related to alcohol consumption in pregnancy. 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) however, describes a broader group who have symptoms due to brain injury related to alcohol consumption in pregnancy. FASD is increasingly being recognised as a cause of lifelong functional impairment.

I know the RACP, and the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in particular, have been advocating for the NDIS to be provided on the basis of need and function rather than diagnosis (as has been the case with the Australian government’s Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative).  

On further review of the article, and the Australian Medical Association’s position statement on FASD to which it refers, I realised that the list of recognised disabilities is from the Australian Government Department of Social Services (for access to carer payments and allowance).

In addition to FASD, there are many notable absences on this list including Acquired Brain Injury. This is the reason we have to advocate strongly for financial assistance for families of patients who fall outside these diagnostic groups.

The NDIS aims to offer support to those with permanent disability based on need rather than just diagnosis. The NDIS does have lists of conditions which “always result in permanent impairment and substantially reduced functional capacity or as always benefit from early intervention”.

For people with conditions on the list, no further evidence of disability is required to access the NDIS (notably Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is included on the list of conditions which qualify for early intervention). However, for those falling outside these diagnostic groups, further documentation of disability is required in the form of specialist and allied health assessments. 

This leads to the next tricky question of equitable access to health services for such assessments. Stay tuned… 

Dr Kim McLennan, FAFRM, FRACP

Registrations and Abstract Submissions Now Open for RACP Congress 2017

Feedback from Fellows has told us what you want from your flagship event and we have listened. To be held in Melbourne from 8 to 10 May, Congress 2017 promises to deliver unique and collaborative conversations on the big issues that count, provide specialist and cross-disciplinary clinical insights, showcase cutting edge examples of ‘best practice’ and deliver highly relevant, professional development and skills building workshops.

RACP Congress 2017, Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills is your opportunity to: 

  • learn about medical breakthroughs
  • hear the latest clinical updates
  • join the conversations on the ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all physicians; obesity, disability, ageing and end-of-life issues
  • attend high energy, cross-disciplinary think tanks
  • network with global thinkers and healthcare leaders, socialise with peers and forge new professional ties.

The Division, Faculty and Chapter Presidents and the Congress Organising Committee (COC) are requesting papers addressing the specific topics which will be covered in the shared interest program.

Topics include: obesity, disability, cognitive bias, regenerative therapy, medicinal cannabis, consumer centred care and ethics. Abstract submission guidelines and the online submission site are available on the Congress website

Congress is a valuable learning opportunity and participation counts towards your annual CPD requirements.

For more information and to register visit the Congress website

Annual Member Engagement Survey – Have Your Say

Over the next two weeks you have a once-a-year chance to provide valuable feedback about how well your College is doing and where it can improve.

The Member Engagement Survey (MES) is a Board agreed initiative with the aim of assessing where the College is doing well and where the College needs to improve.

In 2015, the inaugural longitudinal study of MES was undertaken so that the College could begin to track year on year changes in satisfaction. The study was designed to provide insights into perceptions, engagement, relevance, value, connection and interaction with the College. 

The focus of the survey is on measuring member satisfaction in the following key areas: 

  • level of involvement with the College
  • communication
  • website
  • events and services
  • policy and advocacy
  • representation
  • continuing professional development.

Look out for an email from Woolcott Research containing the survey link. All members are invited to participate in the survey which takes seven to eight minutes to complete.

Responses will be kept confidential and results are aggregated to identify general trends in member satisfaction.
The survey closes Monday, 31 October 2016. 

For more information email Member Services at 

Basic Training Curricula Renewal – Last Chance to Have Your Say

The RACP is seeking your feedback on its revised curriculum standards for Adult Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health.

The new curricula have been designed to make competency-based training and progression practical in the workplace, replacing tick-box training requirements with real-life work tasks. The curricula consist of three main parts – standards, teaching and learning, and assessment.

In the same way our clinical practice needs to evolve in response to developments in our understanding of health and illness, so too does our physician education and training. This includes the way teaching, learning and assessment are designed and delivered.

The Basic Training curricula will be further developed over the next few years, led by the dedicated group of 36 Fellows and seven trainees who make up the Basic Training Curriculum Review Working Groups.

The Working Groups would like your feedback on the proposed curricula. Until Friday, 28 October 2016 you can have your say via a series of questions on our webpage.

For more information on the Basic Training Curricula Renewal phone +61 2 8076 6390 or email

Trainee News

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses. 

New South Wales Training Session – October 2016

Venue: RACP Sydney, Fairley Room, Level 9, 52 Phillip Street 
Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Time: 1pm (refreshments will be served from 12.30pm). 

Topic 1: ‘Physiotherapy Intervention for Respiratory Management after a Spinal Cord Injury’ 
Presenter: Ms Sophia Denis, Senior Physiotherapist, Prince of Wales Hospital. 

Topic 2: ‘Respiratory Issues and Medical Management after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury’
Presenter: Dr Chaminda Lewis, Respiratory Physician, Prince of Wales Hospital.

This session will be followed by the Bi-national Training Program at 3pm. Sessions are recorded and this material will be available online following the session. You will require your MIN and password to access this material.

Bi-National Training Program – October 2016

Please note that both speakers for the October Bi-National Training Program will be presenting from the Melbourne office of the RACP. If you are interested in attending in person, email Annette Barker at

Venue: Online 
Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016. 

Time: 3pm to 4pm 
Topic 1: ‘Pulmonary Rehab’ 
Presenter: Annemarie Lee. 

Time: 4pm to 5pm 
Topic 2: ‘Pharmacological Management of Respiratory Disease’ 
Presenter: Dr Eli Dabscheck. 

New South Wales Training Session – November 2016

Venue: RACP Sydney, Fairley Room, Level 9, 52 Phillip Street 
Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Time: 1pm (refreshments will be served from 12.30pm). 

Topic 1:
‘Paediatric Pain Management’ 
Presenter: Dr Mattew Crawford, Head of Pain Management at the Sydney Children's Hospital.

This session will be followed by the Bi-national Training Program at 3pm. Sessions are recorded and this material will be available online following the session. You will require your MIN and password to access this material.

Bi-National Training Program – November 2016

Venue: Online 
Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2016
Topic: ‘Comparative Toxicogenomics Database and Ligamentous Laxity Disorders’
Presenter: Dr Louise Tofts.

To participate in these webinars please read the Installation User Guide and install the Vidyo software.

Email the RACP events team at or call +61 2 8247 6240 to arrange equipment testing. Ensure you do this as soon as possible to avoid any last minute disruptions. 

To join the webinar on the day follow this link to the Vidyo software. If you are unable to join the webinar you can still view the webcast. 

Important note: Please ensure that you turn your webcam off before you join the webinar. Due to the nature of the recordings, if you connect into the videoconference with your webcam on, you will appear on the screen. Also, if you join the webinar late the videoconference room will indicate that it is locked and will not allow you to connect. If this happens you can still watch the lecture using the webcast link.

Please note that you will not be able to interact with other participants using the webcast link.

You can access videos and other materials following the session. You will need your password. 

Provide your feedback on the Bi-national Training Program Sessions

The Bi-national Training Program (BNTP) program is based on a three year training cycle with material presented by experts in their field. 

To plan the speakers and specific topics for 2017, feedback is required from participating trainees. Please take the opportunity to complete the following brief survey after the presentations:


Register Today: RACP Telehealth Workshop

A free telehealth workshop will be held at RACP Melbourne on Wednesday, 2 November 2016.

Telehealth can reduce barriers commonly experienced by patients in accessing specialist care such as time, travel and cost. While telehealth is not designed to replace initial face-to-face consultations, it can be used to enhance and simplify ongoing specialist services to patients whose access might otherwise be limited.

At this workshop find out about:

  • what telehealth is
  • what telehealth is used for
  • guidelines and processes for telehealth
  • doctor and patient experiences using telehealth
  • setting up telehealth services and funding.

Victorian Telehealth Workshop, 2 November 2016, Melbourne

Venue: RACP Victoria, Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, or via videoconference
Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Registration: To register email
Find out more about the program and presenters.

Attendance at this event qualifies for CPD credits under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (one credit per hour up to the cap of 50 credits).

Reforms to the Medical Services Advisory Committee Process

The Department of Health has recently written to the RACP to advise of a reform to the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) process. These changes are aimed at enhancing consultation with key stakeholders and improving transparency. 

The most recent MSAC reform process began in mid-2014 and has led to changes to the MSAC process including: 

  • the introduction of a Process Framework which governs how applications are categorised for MSAC
  • an enhanced application form and technical guidelines
  • targeted public consultation
  • clearer timelines
  • a PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome) question
  • critiques of assessment reports
  • Application Progression Record (APR)
  • exit points.

Details for the new MSAC reform process are available on the new MSAC website, including a MSAC Reform Key Differences Table.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: AFRM Accreditation Subcommittee, closes 31 October 2016

Expressions of Interest are invited from Fellows of the Faculty to join the Accreditation Subcommittee of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM).

The accreditation of hospitals and other settings for rehabilitation medicine training is an essential activity. It ensures high quality training environments for tomorrow’s physicians. 

Members of the AFRM Accreditation Subcommittee are responsible for all aspects of accreditation for rehabilitation medicine training.  

The term of office is for up to two years. The subcommittee meets via teleconference twice yearly, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. 

To nominate, complete the Expression of Interest form and provide a 300-500 word statement regarding your interest in the role and how you meet the selection criteria. Send these, along with your full CV to RACP Senior Executive Officer, Margaret Harburg at 

Applications close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

EOI: Obesity Working Party, closes 31 October 2016

Expressions of Interest are sought from Fellows and trainees interested in becoming a member of the Obesity Working Party for a 12-month term. 

Due to the continuing commitment of New Zealand Fellows and the significance of obesity as an issue in both New Zealand and Australia, the Board has approved the establishment of an Obesity Working Party. 

The purpose of this Working Party is to prioritise and coordinate RACP activity on the issue of obesity.

The Working Party will report to the New Zealand Committee and maintain a strong connection with the College Policy & Advocacy Committee. 

The Obesity Working Party will also identify areas where New Zealand and Australia can work together, as well as bring on board a consumer perspective.

The Working Party's first task will be to finalise the draft RACP position statement on the prevention and management of obesity for consultation.

Download the Obesity Working Party Terms of Reference (PDF 78KB) and the Obesity Working Party Expression of Interest Application Form (doc 380KB).

Please send completed Expression of Interest forms to

Applications close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

EOI: Migrant Women’s Health Initiative Working Group, closes 31 October 2016

Would you like to represent the College on a new Migrant Women’s Health Initiative? This initiative is being established with funding from the Australian Government and administered under the auspices of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). The aim is to develop resources and strategies to address barriers to accessing care for migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Working Group will bring together representatives from medical colleges, nursing and midwifery organisations, multicultural community groups, service providers and government. It provides a unique collaborative opportunity to improve access and health outcomes for migrant and refugee women.

If you are interested please return your completed Expression of Interest form to by COB on Monday, 31 October 2016. 

EOI: Seeking new members for the RACP’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee, closes 14 November

Are you interested in the health and equity for Australia’s First Peoples? Then apply to be on the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC). The Committee is currently seeking new members with expertise and understanding in the area, who are passionate about making improvements through engagement and reform.

ATSIHC has been particularly successful over the last 18 months in advocating for improved access to specialist care to be included in the government’s implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. Driving this priority forward, through developing and advocating for a national framework to improve the consistent availability, quality and cultural safety of appropriate specialist care, is ATSIHC’s key focus.

In addition, ATSIHC is also leading and contributing to other College priorities, including working for a culturally safe health system that understands and recognises the strengths, needs and diversity of First Australians; and working to support the growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialist workforce.

The College is about to embark on the development of a new Indigenous Strategic Framework to articulate the College’s strong commitment to and clear goals for our contribution to delivering equitable health access and health outcomes, and equitable opportunity for medical specialist training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Māori in New Zealand. 

The strategic framework will outline the strategies and initiatives that are needed to deliver on these goals, and its development will be guided by ATSIHC and the College’s Māori Health Committee.

Interested RACP members are asked to complete the Expression of Interest form and email it, along with your CV, to by COB Monday, 14 November 2016.

Indigenous Health Scholarship for Rehabilitation Medicine

Through its Indigenous Health Scholarship Program, the College annually offers up to eight scholarships to medical graduates and doctors who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander heritage – who would like to pursue a career as a physician. 

These scholarships cover all RACP training and examination fees for up to four years to the value of $10,000 for each year. They also include registration, travel and accommodation to attend RACP Congress and/or other relevant Annual Scientific Meetings.

Applications for the scholarships in 2017 are now open

For full details and to download the application form see the RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program webpage or contact the RACP Foundation

RACP Foundation Awards

The John Sands College Medal

Fellows and trainees are invited to submit nominations for The John Sands College Medal. This medal recognises a Fellow who has made a significant contribution to the welfare of the College in Australia or New Zealand.

Nominees who meet the criteria but are not deemed the recipient of The John Sands College Medal will be considered for the College Medal in recognition of their outstanding service to the welfare of the College.

Nominations close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or New Zealand.

Nominations close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

RACP International Medal

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.

Nominations close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

RACP Mentor of the Year

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or has provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.

Nominations close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

RACP Trainee of the Year

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to the RACP, the community and/or trainee activities during 2016 and earlier.

Nominations close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

Therapeutic Goods Association – Rehab Assist C-Series Ceiling Hoists Recall 

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Rehab Assist, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Association, is undertaking a recall for product correction of some carry bars used with its C-Series ceiling hoists due to the potential for a plastic attachment swivel to break.

Career Opportunities

New South Wales

Rehabilitation Physicians, Sydney
A new opportunity is available for Faculty Fellows to commence private practice work. The work location options are within Sydney and also outside of Sydney.

There is flexibility regarding working hours and arrangements (for the right applicants), with the potential for professional development also. 

For more details and to apply call Karen on +61 419 986 980. 

2017 Rehabilitation Registrar positions, Petersham
Two accredited positions are available from February 2017 for 12 months at MetroRehab Hospital, Petersham. One position is full-time and one is part-time. 

Registrar duties involve the management of patients on the 37 bed rehabilitation ward. The case mix includes orthopaedic, neurological and geriatric rehabilitation. Trainees have a good opportunity to undertake a research module during this term and there is an excellent teaching program.

On call is alternate Friday nights and there are some occasions where overtime is required on a Saturday to accommodate late admissions on Fridays. 

For more details phone Dr Anuka Parapuram on +61 2 8585 4900.

To apply email Jason Thomas, Director of Nursing, at or phone +61 2 8585 4916. 

2017 Rehabilitation Registrar, Woollahra
A vacancy exists at Wolper Jewish Hospital for a full time Rehabilitation Registrar for 2017. 

Wolper Jewish Hospital is a private hospital in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and is a Faculty accredited training facility. 

The case load is predominately orthopaedic, spinal surgery, geriatrics and reconditioning. On-call is optional. 

For more details phone Tina Boger, Director of Nursing on +61 2 9328 6077 or email Dr Malcolm Bowman at


Registrar in Rehabilitation Medicine - Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Brisbane
Trainees are invited to apply for a new registrar position in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The position is full-time but applicants wishing to work part-time will be considered. The position is available now through to February 2017.

For more details phone Dr David Douglas, Acting Director, on +61 7 3176 6691 or email


Locum Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine
Alfred Hospital has a four month appointment available, commencing on Monday, 21 November 2016.

For more details contact Dr Brian Anthonisz on +61 3 9076 6484 or email

Rehabilitation Registrar 2017
Eastern Health and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre have an opportunity for an Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine registered trainee to join their teams in 2017, commencing on Monday, 6 February 2016.

The position comprises six months of neuro/general rehabilitation at Peter James Centre, followed by six months with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Royal Talbot. Applicants will need to apply to each service separately.

For further information and application details, please contact Dr Genevieve Kennedy (Eastern Health position) and Dr Rob Weller (Royal Talbot position).

Western Australia

Rehabilitation Physician, Perth
A rehabilitation physician is being sourced for a private practice located at Attadale Rehabilitation Hospital. Relocation assistance is available and rent-free consulting suites for the first 12 months.

For more details or to apply contact Ms Jane Case, Chief Executive Officer on +61 8 9330 1000 or

South Australia/Northern Territory

2017 Training Positions 
A number of South Australia/Northern Territory training positions are available in general rehabilitation including orthopaedic, amputee and neurological rehabilitation in both Term 1 and Term 2 of 2017.

In Term 2 there is also a position available at the South Australian Spinal Cord Injury Service.

Applications should be submitted through the SA Health Careers website.

For more details email Dr Farima Forooziya at

Conferences and Events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses.

Capacity Australia, ‘Capacity on the Beach’ workshop, 11 November 2016, Vaucluse

Venue: The Pavillion, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
Date: Friday, 11 November 2016
Time: 8.30am to 2pm
Registration: To register and for more information see the Capacity Australia website.

First Australia Conference on Sarcopenia and Frailty, 11 to 12 November 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Victoria 
Date: Friday, 11 to Saturday, 12 November 2016
Registration: To register and for more information see the First Australia Conference website

Rehabilitation Management for Physicians, 4 and 5 February 2017, Sydney

This two day program is aimed at medical rehabilitation practitioners who are involved in or interested in leadership and management in the health care setting.

Please note that Rehabilitation Registrars can complete this Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators workshop for External Training Module 5.

Venue: North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, 17 Blue Street, North Sydney 
Date: Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 February 2017
Registration: See the RACMA website to register.

Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Guiding Principles for Telehealth Consultations in Rehabilitation Medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Guiding Principles for Telehealth Consultations in Rehabilitation Medicine is now available. 

This document is aimed primarily at rehabilitation medicine physicians who are interested in, or are already, undertaking consultations via videoconference. It will also be of interest to other clinicians and staff supporting patients and physicians during telehealth consultations. 

The guiding principles outlined in this document provide general direction for safely undertaking telehealth consultations in rehabilitation medicine, including guidance for unsupported telehealth consultations. This information is applicable to all settings and is not country-specific.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare – Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) has released Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standards and the associated clinician fact sheets. 

These have been developed by the ACSQHC in partnership with the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand – in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, researchers and health organisations. They provide a national approach to improving the assessment and management of patients with a hip fracture, to optimise patient outcomes and reduce the risk of another fracture. 

Rehabilitation Research Review - Free Access

Rehabilitation Research Review features key medical articles from global rehabilitation journals with independent commentary from Professor Elizabeth Kendall. It is a free publication for all Australian health professionals.

The Faculty has received a login and password details for all members. To access these details email

Alternatively you can sign up online or by emailing

Rehab in Review - Free Access

Rehab in Review is a surveillance journal whose editors scan 70 periodicals for the best and most current literature, relevant to the practice of rehabilitation medicine. 

Faculty Council has accepted the generous offer of the editors of this publication, to provide it at no cost to AFRM Fellows and trainees.

The November issue is now available on the Rehab in Review page (you will need your username and password to access this page).

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