AChPM Committee Communiqué February, May and August 2019

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 01- 02- and 03-2017 meetings, held on 22 February, 17 May and 16 August 2019.

Education and training

Spirituality Training Workshop Pilot

The AChPM Committee established the Spirituality Training Working Party (STWP) with the goal of developing recommendations on how to support AChPM trainees and Fellows to develop their skills in spirituality. The STWP developed a report containing recommendations for holding a Spiritualty Training Workshop Pilot.

We are hoping to pilot the workshop in early 2020 at the RACP meeting space in Sydney. AChPM Fellows and trainees will be emailed the details as they become available.

Policy and advocacy

Chapter Committee members have been consulted on a number of RACP submissions in the first half of 2019, including the:

  • response to the MBS Review Taskforce draft report on Specialist and Consultant Physician Consultation items
  • consultation paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2020-21
  • request to endorse the Palliative Care Australia Opioid Position Statement
  • Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Evolve list of low value clinical practices

In the first half of 2019 the AChPM Committee reviewed the Palliative Medicine Evolve List of low value practices and interventions. The list was updated to focus more clearly on specialty-specific practices as the focus of Evolve has been modified in recent years.

The Committee chose to replace two previous recommendations, with the remaining three unchanged. One of the newly developed recommendations asks palliative care specialists to limit routine use of antipsychotic drugs to manage symptoms of delirium, and the other calls on physicians to target referrals to bereavement services at those family members and caregivers who are experiencing more complicated forms of grief.

The updated list has been published on the RACP Evolve website. The Committee welcomes feedback on the list at any time, which can be sent to


Palliative Medicine Fellow awarded the 2019 College Medal

The Chapter’s very own Associate Professor Will Cains OAM was awarded the RACP College Medal for 2019. Will has provided a large and enduring contribution to the specialty of palliative medicine within the RACP, Australia and internationally. He was an early pioneer who led the development of specialty recognition of palliative medicine within the College and continued to support and nurture its development with commitments to training and advocacy within the College and other peak organisations in Queensland and Australia over decades.

Annual Fellows’ Update

The Chapter held a successful Fellows’ Update at the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference in Perth on Friday, 13 September. The meeting was a great opportunity for members to come together for a general update on Chapter activity and network with colleagues from Australia and New Zealand.

Changes to CPD Requirements

I would like to use this opportunity to remind all Chapter Fellows of the new MyCPD Framework which came into effect in January 2019. The new framework changes the CPD activities you need to record to meet CPD requirements, and is designed to help members to prepare for future regulatory requirements to be introduced with the Medical Board of Australia’s Professional Performance Framework.

I encourage Chapter members to familiarise themselves with the new requirements and continue to update their MyCPD throughout the year to minimise stress at deadline time. The RACP’s CPD team have developed useful FAQs, but the team are also able to respond to any of your queries directly if you need support or assistance: or 1300 697 227.

The next meeting of the AChPM Committee will take place on Friday 8 November 2019 at the RACP Sydney office.
Prof Greg Crawford, President
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine
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