AChPM Committee Communiqué July 2016

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 03-2016 meeting, held on 29 July 2016.


Planning for 2017 has been finalised and activities have been aligned to the College’s objectives to educate, advocate, innovate. A/Prof Peter Poon provided an update on the last College Council meeting which included discussion of the following:

  • the role of the State Committees
  • the new Congress model and future of the Congress event
  • consumer engagement
  • workforce
  • revalidation and recertification models
  • models for selection into training

Education and training

There are currently 136 advanced trainees, comprising 79 via the FRACP pathway, 45 via the Chapter pathway and 12 in paediatrics.

There has been continued discussion as to whether the Medical Oncology term changes should remain for new trainees in 2017 only or for all trainees for 2017.

Dr Gillian Enfield Kirk has been appointed as the new trainee representative on the Training Committee.

A meeting was held to discuss further work on spirituality training which will be included on the 2017 AChPM Committee work plan. A working party will be formed subject to approval, with representatives from the Chapter and ANZSPM.

Policy and advocacy

The Launch of the End of Life Care Position Statement has attracted some recent media attention and there is continued advocacy in this area.

Other activity has included a submission to NSW Health on Advance Care Directives and the first meeting of the Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party.

The Committee was provided with a summary of EVOLVE activity since the last meeting, with significant progress toward the promotion of speciality lists through attendance at annual scientific meetings and development of an EVOLVE toolkit.


ANZSPM is progressing work on their schedule for the Model of Collaboration and is also progressing work around spirituality training, including the potential establishment of a special interest group.

ANZSPM was involved in the first phase of the Decision Assist project to deliver educational resources, which was completed at the end of June. ANZSPM is now participating in the project in an advisory capacity only.

The New Zealand ANZSPM meeting was recently held in Auckland and included a spirituality workshop, training day and education day.

A Fellows' will be held at the upcoming ANZSPM conference on Sunday 11 September from 7:45am - 8:45am.

The next meeting of the AChPM Committee will take place on Friday 21 October 2016, face to face at the College's Sydney office.

Dr Simon Allan, President
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine
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