AFOEM eBulletin – 23 August 2019

‘Making it Work’ – ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting

AFOEM members register with ANZSOM member rates

AFOEM is pleased to be supporting this exciting event as a scientific partner and we encourage members to make the most of the excellent technical and social program on offer from Sunday, 27 to Wednesday, 30 October at the Playford Hotel in Adelaide. 

The three-day event showcases a wide array of local experts from Adelaide and interstate, as well as our international guest and keynote presenter Dr Gary Franklin (Research Professor, University of Washington). Among the 30 speakers contributing to the event there will be Professor Lorimer Moseley (Principal Research Fellow NeuRAH), Professor John Greenwood AM (Medical Director, Adult Burns Centre RAH), Associate Professor Deborah Yates (Thoracic Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital) and Associate Professor Julian White (Head of Toxinology, WCH).

Burning issues in occupational medicine are comprehensively covered, with a focus on latest research and practical solutions for everyday practice. Highlights include:

  • accelerated silicosis and artificial stone
  • the opioid epidemic, lessons from the US and the need for alternative treatment models
  • motor vehicle safety when the vehicle is the workplace
  • bites and burns
  • pain immunology
  • epidemiology and evidence-based decision making.

Popular site visits, CPR and mental health first aid are features of the program, as well as a workshop delving into the risks and benefits of social media. Of course, you will also have opportunities to experience iconic sights, sounds and flavours of this great city.

We urge AFOEM members to make the most of this opportunity and offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the ANZSOM/AFOEM Organising Committee including co-convenors Dr Geoffrey Graham, Mr John Cross and Dr Josh Munn, AFOEM representative. 

For more information and to register, visit the ANZSOM website. See you in Adelaide.

Dr Beata Byok, AFOEM President
Dr Josh Munn, AFOEM SA/NT Representative
Ms Melinda Miller, ANZSOM President
Dr Peter Jezukaitis, ANZSOM SA/NT Branch Chair

A message from your President

Future of the Faculties
On Tuesday, 30 July, together with the Presidents of Public Health (AFPHM) and Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Faculties, I met with the interim CEO Duane Findley, Director of Member Services (DFaC) Lisa Penlington, Acting Manager Faculties Joanne Goldrick as well as the Executive Officers of each Faculty. 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the future of the Faculties based on the report of the AFPHM Future of the Faculty Working Group, dated 31July 2017, that was tabled with the RACP Board in 2017 and released to the College membership in 2018. In particular the meeting was to formally invite AFOEM and AFRM to participate in the discussions with the College to negotiate a model for more autonomy for each Faculty. The report of the AFPHM Future of the Faculty Working Group is available on the RACP website.

AFPHM has already had preliminary discussions with the College but AFRM President Professor Tim Geraghty and I were concerned similar discussions within our respective Faculty Councils and with the College had not occurred and this item would need to be included on future Faculty Council agendas to ensure our members can discuss the recommendations and put forward their views.

Preliminary discussions included the unique training requirements of each of the Faculties and the need for representation from each Faculty on the College Education Committee. Questions were asked about Faculty budgets and what processes are in place to enable transparency and input and how to enable control consistent with the Faculty’s roles and responsibilities. With regard to advocacy it was agreed there is more flexibility to respond in a more agile manner to matters of importance to the Faculties, and that this needed to be maintained and built on. The Model of Collaboration has worked for AFOEM and AFRM with their specialist society. There is a lot more discussion that needs to occur within our Faculty and between the three Faculties and the College in all of these areas.

Dr Kevin Sleigh Memorial Lecture
I was privileged to represent AFOEM, together with ANZSOM President Melinda Miller and Mr Mark Phillips, Senior Manager from WorkSafe Victoria, at the Dr Kevin Sleigh Memorial Lecture on Monday, 19 August 2019 at the RACP office in Melbourne. Present were Kevin’s wife Val, and children Nicholas and Caroline. The presenters were Dr Dielle Felman, psychiatrist, Mr Mark Belanti, clinical psychologist and our own Dr Andrea James, working as a tag-team to provide an integrated management approach to workplace rehabilitation in mental health. The presentation slides will be available on the RACP website soon. The evening showcased occupational medicine as a field that encompasses a range of medical and allied health skills and knowledge. The collaboration between AFOEM, ANZSOM and WorkSafe Victoria is something I think Kevin would welcome as it shows the willingness of medical, allied health and regulatory bodies to collaborate to improve outcomes for the most important people in our area, the workers.

Faculty staff update
I am pleased to announce that Joanne Goldrick has been appointed Manager of Faculties.  On behalf of the Faculty I welcome Joanne and look forward to working with her.

RACP Congress 2020 – AFOEM stream Organising Committee
AFOEM is seeking a Lead Fellow and at least two AFOEM Fellows to form the AFOEM stream Organising Committee. The committee will develop the AFOEM stream program for RACP Congress in Melbourne, 4 to 6 May 2020, while linking to the purpose, goals and key themes of Congress. 

Whether you are a Victorian or interstate Fellow, please contact the Faculty Office via if you are interested in this exciting opportunity.

Dr Beata M Byok
President, AFOEM


University of Sydney seeking to partner with occupational physicians on research for 'return to work after cancer' 

Cancer survivors face many challenges in remaining at or returning to work after treatment, however there is limited understanding of the size and complexity of the issue within the Australian context. Are you interested in helping cancer survivors remain or return to employment? The University of Sydney Discipline of Occupational Therapy is conducting research into the impact of cancer on employment and different models of service delivery that may assist a transition from primary care to community and participation in work.

We are seeking occupational physicians who may be interested in partnering with us to develop and participate in research projects to explore delivery of workplace-based rehabilitation services for people with cancer. This research could be used to inform future health, welfare or employment practice and policy. If you are interested in working with the University of Sydney on this, please contact Jo Lewis (Associate Lecturer, University of Sydney) at

Nominations and applications for Faculty prizes

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for the AFOEM President’s Awards to recognise their outstanding contributions to the Faculty in the following areas:

  • education, training and assessment
  • policy and advocacy
  • trainee commitment.

Nominations are accepted until Monday, 14 October 2019.

The AFOEM Essay Prize is open to medical students or interns in their first year after graduation. This prize is awarded for the best essay written, additional to curriculum requirements, or the best research project or assignment on any topic in the fields of occupational or environmental health. Applications are due Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Details about these prizes are available on the RACP Foundation website.

Trainee Research Awards

Trainees are encouraged to apply for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for an opportunity to do an oral presentation of their research at regional events. Representatives will be selected from each event and invited to present at the RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne in May as part of the 'Research and Innovation Showcase'. Applications are due Saturday, 31 August 2019.

Details about these awards are available on the RACP Foundation website.

College prizes

Nominations are closing soon for prizes which acknowledge outstanding contributions and achievements made by Fellows and trainees. Submit your nomination for the below prizes by Monday, 16 September 2019.

  • John Sands Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of the RACP and its members.
  • College Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or community health through physician activities.
  • RACP International Medal recognises a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.
  • Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas recognises a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or New Zealand.
  • Mentor of the Year Award presented to a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.
  • Trainee of the Year presented to a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to College, community and trainee activities.

Deadline for submitting nominations for the prizes above is on Monday, 16 September 2019.

The Eric Susman Prize is awarded by the College to a Fellow for best contribution to the knowledge of internal medicine (adult medicine and paediatrics). Nominations close 30 September 2019.

AFOEM Regional Committee casual vacancies

There are various casual vacancies on AFOEM Regional Committees to be filled by way of expressions of interest.

New South Wales

  • one position open for Trainee Representative of AFOEM NSW Regional Committee

Queensland/Northern Territory

  • one position open for the Chair of AFOEM QLD/NT Regional Committee
  • one position open for Deputy Chair of AFOEM QLD/NT Regional Committee.

South Australia

  • one position open for Deputy Chair of AFOEM SA Regional Committee.


  • one position open for Trainee Representative of AFOEM VIC/TAS Regional Committee.

Western Australia

  • one position open for Chair of AFOEM WA Regional Committee
  • one position open for AFOEM Trainee Representative of AFOEM WA Regional Committee.

Before nominating for the role, candidates must familiarise themselves with the following documents:

To nominate, submit a completed Expression of Interest Form and your resume by email to

Research projects and research supervision: online courses for trainees and supervisors

Each trainee is responsible for completing their own research project. Trainees can learn about conducting a research project by enrolling in our research projects online course. It’s designed to support trainees through a detailed walk-through of the research process.

A trainee’s experience can be greatly enhanced by a supportive and informed supervisor. The research supervision online course helps supervisors who want an update on research project requirements and the research process in general.

RACP online learning resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees' Day 2020 – earlybird registration open

Register today for the Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2020. This event is developed by trainees for trainees and will be held on Saturday, 4 April 2020 at The Heritage Hotel in picturesque Queenstown.

If you are an RACP trainee, this event is for you. Whether you are a Basic or Advanced Trainee, adult medicine or paediatrics, Trainees’ Day will be inspiring and relevant for wherever you are in your training journey. Offering a variety of big picture topics and professional skills building, every NZ trainee should attend Trainees’ Day at least once during Basic Training and once during Advanced Training.

The Trainees' Day offers professional development and community building opportunities for all trainees at any stage of training. It is also supported as a recognised skills day by New Zealand District Health Boards and attendance costs are reimbursable. Earlybird registration is open now.

Trainees’ Day is an opportunity to connect with the wider trainee community, take time out to think broadly and strategically about your career, and hear practical wisdom from experienced physicians and other professionals.

Register now for the RACP Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2020.

For more information email the RACP New Zealand team.

If you’ve used My Health Record, we want to hear from you

RACP has been engaged by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to help promote and encourage the adoption and use of the My Health Record (MHR) system. We are looking for trainees and Fellows who have used MHR to share their experience.

We’re keen to understand and build a suite of real-life practical vignettes, highlighting the use and benefits of MHR by specialists, working in a range of settings. Your contribution on how the MHR may be embedded in current specialist workflow is extremely valuable. RACP and the Agency may use the information provided in a variety of ways (e.g. print and social media, educational resources etc) and as per the process, we will consult with the author for review and approval. We may also contact you to present your cases for educational webinars/podcasts.

If you are interested in being involved, please complete the RACP Clinical Use Case Template and email to Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

What’s happening in Basic Training curricula renewal

We’re excited to announce the training settings that will be the first to adopt the new Basic Training program.

We will be working with the Gold Coast University Hospital, Starship Children’s Hospital Auckland, The Townsville Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital Adelaide to start rolling out the new Basic Training programs from 2020.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an expression of interest to become an early adopter of the new program.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for additional training settings to join those listed above as early adopters of the new Basic Training programs from 2021. 

Key changes coming to the Basic Training programs

Watch our video to learn more about RACP's Basic Training curricula renewal.

More information on the new Basic Training programs is available on the Basic Training curricula renewal pages.

Evaluation of the Training Support Pathway

We are seeking the views of trainees and Fellows who have had experience of the Training Support Pathway.

Your feedback about your past experiences of the Training Support Pathway will help us identify what improvements can be made.

This short survey is open to:

Your participation will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes and is anonymous.

If you have questions about the research project, please contact the lead researcher, Gillian Lucas at

Evolve strategy 2019-21 consultation now complete

Since 2015, Evolve has been a flagship initiative of the RACP. Evolve enables physicians to be leaders in high-value, high-quality care. Recognitions of the importance of this initiative were made in recent government reviews including the Productivity Commission’s 2017 Shifting the Dial Five Year Productivity Review. Consultation for our 2019-21 strategy is now complete. We thank our members for their valuable insights which contribute to the ongoing development, delivery and evaluation of Evolve. We look forward to sharing the outcomes with our members in the coming weeks.

Input into RACP's submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety  

We are finalising the College’s submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. We have received very good input on this significant issue of health reform and improving patient healthcare. This is pertinent to many RACP specialties and subspecialities. The Terms of Reference are available on the Royal Commission's website. Due date for contributions is 29 August 2019. 

Please contact for a copy of the penultimate draft if you wish to contribute. 

Draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard – call for comment

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has invited the College to comment on its draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard. If you wish to help the College develop a response to this draft, please send your comments on the draft standard to by close of business Monday, 9 September 2019. You are also welcome to submit your own submission.

Conferences and events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses. 

ANZSOM NSW/ACT branch weekend meeting, 24 August, Orange
Opportunities to Better Serve the Population: My Health Record Webinar, Monday, 26 August 2019
WorkSafe Victoria 'Silicosis: A Medical Approach', 31 August, Melbourne
Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine 'Humans In Space: Challenges for Exploration' short course, 3 to 7 September 2019, Melbourne
ANZCA 2019 Medical Education Special Interest Group meeting, 20 September, Sydney
ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting – 'Making it work: Practical solutions in occupational health', 27 to 30 October 3019, Adelaide
ANZCA 2019 Rural Special Interest Group meeting, 2 to 4 November, Ballarat

Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops

General information webpage provides an overview of our three SPDP workshops.
Online workshops webpage provides dates and information on how to register for the online SPDP workshops.
Face to face workshops provides a list of dates and registering for the face to face workshops.

Go to the events list at any time to see what other events are coming up.

Career opportunities

View all positions vacant

AFOEM contact details

Member enquiries
(AUS) 1300 69 7227
(NZ) 0508 69 7227

AFOEM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):

Lucie Perrissel-Taggart, AFOEM Executive Officer
Phone: +61 2 8076 6351

AFOEM Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW) enquiries:

AFOEM Education and Training enquiries:

AFOEM Examination enquiries:
Examination Coordinator, Assessment and Selection Unit

AFOEM training site accreditation inquiries:
Site Accreditation Unit

AFOEM CPD enquiries:
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