AChAM Communiqué June 2017

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 02-2017 meeting, held on 8 June 2017.


Governance

2018 Work Planning

The Committee has undertaken pre-planning work for 2018 at their June meeting to identify any projects for next year that will require approval for budgetary/resourcing purposes. The annual review of the AChAM By-Law has also taken place.

NSW/ACT Branch Chair vacancy

Recruitment is currently underway to fill a casual vacancy for the NSW/ACT Branch Chair role after the resignation of Dr Nghi Phung earlier this year. This is a casual vacancy until May 2018.

Education and training

NZ Vocational Scope of Practice

The potential for Addiction Medicine to be recognised as a vocational scope of practice in New Zealand has been discussed at the last two AChAM Committee meetings. Further progress on this matter is dependent on the curriculum review due to the need to reconcile scope of practice issues identified in New Zealand between Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry.

Training Information Evening

Plans are underway to hold a Training Information Evening in Victoria later this year. The aim of the evening is to attract prospective Addiction Medicine trainees to the training program.

Policy and advocacy

The Chapter has again been busy with the policy and advocacy activity; this has included a request for endorsement of the Uniting NSW/ACT drug reform campaign calling for increased investment in harm reduction and demand reduction strategies, and further measures to decriminalise individual possession of small amounts of illegal drugs.
There has also been College advocacy work following the Government’s announcement of mandatory drug testing for welfare payments.

Fellowship

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD)

The APSAD is holding a two-year strategic planning day in August. Dr Tony Gill, the AChAM Committee specialty society representative will step into the role of APSAD President from November this year.
There is a vacancy on the APSAD Executive for a Chapter representative.

AChAM Narrative Statement

A narrative statement workshop was facilitated at the end of the Chapter Committee meeting to develop a series of concise descriptive phrases and narrative statements specific to Addiction Medicine, designed to resonate broadly with members of the Chapter.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 August 2017 via teleconference.
A/Prof Adrian Reynolds, President
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine
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