AChPM Communiqué - October 2018

The Chapter Committee met on Friday, 19 October 2018 at the RACP Office in Sydney.

This communique highlights the key issues discussed at the 19 October meeting. If you have any questions, feedback or comments, or would like to raise any issues with the Chapter Committee, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


AChPM Committee Communique 04-2018

From left to right: Dr Amy Waters (Chair – Training Committee in Palliative Medicine), Emily Knighton (Senior Executive Officer for the AChPM), Prof Meera Agar (ANZSPM President), Dr Alison White (Committee Member), Dr Simon Allan (NZ Representative), Dr Michelle Gold (President-elect), Prof Greg Crawford (President – AChPM), Stephanie Colbert (Executive Officer for the AChPM), A/Prof Leeroy William (Committee Member) and A/Prof Peter Poon (College Council Representative).

Trainee numbers update

There are currently 88 Adult Medicine RACP trainees, 7 Paediatrics & Child Health trainees, 48 Chapter trainees and 52 Clinical Diploma trainees.

Post-fellowship specialty recognition

At its meeting the Committee discussed the Post-Fellowship specialty recognition policy, which enables Fellows of the RACP with extensive experience in another specialty to be recognised by the RACP as a physician in the second specialty. It was thought that perhaps many RACP Fellows are not aware of this policy. For more information please see the Post-Fellowship specialty recognition policy section at the on the Education Policy page or contact us.

Supervision of Advanced Trainees

From 2021 completion of all three Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops will be compulsory for all RACP supervisors. Palliative medicine supervisors are encouraged to prepare for this change by getting in early and signing up for a face-to-face or online workshop.
Remaining face to face workshops for 2018:

• SPDP 1: 5.30pm to 8.30pm, 20 November at Lady Bay Resort, Warnambool, VIC.
SPDP 2: 9.30am to 12.30pm, 23 November at Wellington Hospital, NZ.
SPDP 1: 9am to 12pm, 7 December at Wollongong Hospital, NSW.
SPDP 1: 3pm to 6pm, 10 December at Century Inn, Traralgon, VIC.

Online workshops commencing in 2019 (all workshops are open for 5 weeks):
• SPDP 1: 11 February to 17 March 2019
• SPDP 2: 29 April to 2 June 2019
• SPDP 1: 3 June to 7 July 2019
• SPDP 2: 22 July to 18 August 2019
• SPDP 1: 26 August to 29 September 2019
• SPDP 2: 14 October to 17 November 2019

The AChPM Committee also strongly encourages experienced supervisors to complete facilitator training so they can conduct SPDP workshops in their local area or at conferences/other events. Contact us if you have any questions about the upcoming changes, workshop availability, or anything else regarding supervision.

Policy and Advocacy

The Committee discussed the current palliative medicine Evolve list, noting this list was written a number of years ago with an intended audience of non-palliative medicine specialists in mind, and since that time the focus for Evolve has shifted to be specialty-specific. According to current Evolve guidelines, the low-value practices identified should be those undertaken by the relevant specialty, not by other specialties or healthcare providers unless these practices have a direct impact on the specialty’s own clinical practices such as referral practices.

With this guidance in mind the Committee identified number 2 and 4 from their current list as requiring refreshment as they are not specialty specific. The Committee noted that number 1 is also not specialty specific, but it meets the criteria of being a practice by other healthcare professionals that directly impacts the clinical practice of palliative medicine.

Initial Committee discussions identified screening for delirium and bereavement follow-up as potential replacements for the two Evolve items that are being removed. The Committee will continue its discussions and in the meantime we welcome suggestions from interested Fellows and trainees. You can contact us.

Next meeting

The AChPM will next meet via teleconference in early 2019.

Prof Greg Crawford
President, Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine
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