AChAM Communiqué June 2016

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 02-2016 meeting, held on 9 June 2016.


All Branch Chair positions of the AChAM Committee have now been filled, with the New Zealand Branch Chair appointment undergoing final approval.

The AChAM Committee discussed the possibility of implementing a portfolio lead framework for the Committee and are in the process of appointing a representative to fill the AChAM position on CPAC.
The Committee discussed planning for 2017 and will continue inclusion of a Fellows’ Update at the annual APSAD Conference. Consideration of greater presence for the Chapter in the monthly AMD ebulletin was also discussed. Members will consider planning activities around the new College tagline 'educate, advocate, innovate'.

Education and training

Further work continues on the College-wide curriculum review, with an aim to focus more on workplace-based training, which will be a better measure of how doctors work on the job. There has been investigation into protected time for trainees and the College is trying to achieve consistency around this given some trainees receive greater protected training time than others.

Key Chapter members met with the College Dean, Prof Doherty in late April to discuss the FRACP pathway. The Committee was provided with an update on this meeting and agreed to pursue establishment of an FRACP in Addiction Medicine in a manner that does not require AHPRA to make changes to the existing specialist register.

Policy and advocacy

Members discussed a number of areas of activity in the policy and advocacy arena, including:

  • Medicinal cannabis
  • Medicare item numbers
  • New hepatitis C treatments
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and general tobacco control policy
  • Tasmania’s Public Health (Tobacco Free Generation) Amendment Bill 2014
  • Up-scheduling of compound analgesics containing codeine (CACC)
  • Measures to decriminalise individual possession of small amounts of illegal drugs
  • EVOLVE – the list of five low value clinical practices for Addiction Medicine is still in progress. Revisions are required before the membership is surveyed on the shortlist of practice


The Committee will utilise the relationship between APSAD and the AChAM through the Model of Collaboration (MoC) to inform a view on the role of a specialty society for Addiction Medicine. This will form part of a Specialty Society project which is on the AChAM Committee work plan for 2016.

Work continues on the International Medicine in Addiction Conference (IMiA) 2017 in partnership with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. It is scheduled to take place from 24 - 26 March 2017.

The next meeting of the AChAM Committee will take place on Thursday 25 August 2016 via teleconference.

A/Prof Adrian Reynolds, President
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine
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