AFOEM eBulletin – 8 March 2019

Professor William (Bill) Glass – Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year 2019

You will be delighted to learn that this year’s Senior New Zealander of the Year is Professor Bill Glass ONZM FAFOEM (Hon). This prestigious award is in recognition of Professor Glass'  distinguished contributions to occupational health for over 60 years. In particular for his “drawing attention to unseen fatal effects of exposure to substances in the workplace” and “organising methods to reduce exposure”.

The Faculty recognises Professor Glass at RACP Congress every year with the eponymous Ferguson-Glass Oration. We are proud to have his illustrious career and impact on the lives of New Zealanders recognised nationally. Congratulations Bill – Very well deserved.

A message from your President

As our annual congress is fast approaching and after attending a recent production of the Magic Flute at the Adelaide Festival of Arts, I am reminded of last year’s theme ‘Disruption for Healthy Futures’. Barrie Kosky’s Komische Oper Berlin production can certainly be classed as disruptive in its approach to staging. Spectacular is a word that comes to mind as it enthusiastically adopts the modern techno approach. Instead of sets there is a white wall with doors at various heights allowing singers to appear and disappear as required. The ever changing scenery and much of the action is provided by projected animation, a la Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame.  Did every decision of the director work for me? Probably not, but there were many innovations that were a revelation. 

This may be a metaphor for the developing disruption in medicine and society initiated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I suspect we will find more and more areas where technology dramati-cally changes both how we work and what those we work for expect of us as clinicians. For some of us this may prove a challenge, but one I urge all of you to meet head on.  

Interestingly this opera production also brought to mind an issue of direct relevance to occupational medicine; the physical risks and challenges faced by entertainers and how we might need to ad-dress these now and in the future of change. 

The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘Impacting Health along the Life Course’; disruptive change and innovation, with the increasing dominance of technology will be a major part of this process. We will need to find ways of harnessing technological change to drive better outcomes for our pa-tients and our business clients, be they government or in the private sector. It will be interesting to see how these challenges and issues will be dealt with in Auckland in May. 

Progress, albeit at varying rates and degrees of effectiveness, is occurring at a Federal and State level with regard to Accelerated Silicosis. As a Faculty we continue to work closely with our col-leagues in The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) to address this epidemic.

Congratulations to medical student Mr Jeevan Jangam, for winning the AFOEM Essay Prize with his essay on ‘Climate change and the role of future health professionals’. 

Remember to complete the online Member Satisfaction Survey that was sent out to all RACP members on Monday, 25 February. You have until Tuesday, 19 March 2019 to complete it. I call on all AFOEM members to complete the survey – it will also help to inform strategic planning to support our Faculty. 

Dr Beata M Byok
President, AFOEM

RACP Member Satisfaction Survey

We want to hear your thoughts on RACP membership via our Member Satisfaction Survey (MSS). On Monday, 25 February 2019 all RACP members (including trainees) should have received an email containing the survey link from with the subject line 'RACP Member Satisfaction Survey – Have your say'.  

The survey should only take approximately ten minutes. Woolcott Research provides aggregated results back to the RACP and any individual comments are not identified as being by a specific member.

Please complete and have your say so we can understand your overall satisfaction with the College and identify areas for improvement. The survey closes on Wednesday, 19 March. If you have not received the survey email, please contact

AFOEM Annual Training Meeting 2019

Date: Friday, 3 May to Sunday, 5 May 2019
Tickets: $731.40 per person (NZD)
Venue: Please refer to the program
Visit the RACP Congress website to view the program and to register.

The AFOEM Annual Training Meeting (ATM) will be held from Friday, 3 May to Sunday, 5 May 2019, in conjunction with the RACP Congress in Auckland, New Zealand.

We are very pleased to advise that an exciting program has been developed and will feature Professor Maureen Dollard, Director for the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety who will be speaking about the psychosocial factors in the workplace, doctors’ health and wellbeing. In addition, the ATM will cover a range of topics relevant to training and future practices, including medico and professional writing, examining the component and structure of occupational health management systems, looking at ways to approach a potential environmental issue, as well as discussing safety sensitivity work issues and common occupational conditions and toxicology in the workplace.

We encourage AFOEM trainees to attend the ATM as it will be a great opportunity for you to learn, network and ask questions pertaining to your training requirements.

AFOEM Dinner for trainees and Fellows

Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019
Times: 7pm arrival for 7.30pm to 10pm
Tickets: $95 per person (NZD)
Venue: Queens Head Bar & Eatery at Four Points by Sheraton Auckland
Register on the RACP Congress website.

AFOEM will be hosting a joint dinner for AFOEM ATM attendees and the AFOEM Faculty at the Queens Head Bar & Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton Auckland. All AFOEM trainees, Fellows and partners are invited to attend.

Ticket price includes a three course meal with beverages available to purchase at the bar.

AFOEM stream at RACP Congress 2019

Date: Monday, 6 May to Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Times: Please refer to the program
Venue: Aotea Centre, Auckland
Visit the RACP Congress website to view the program and to register.

The AFOEM has its own stream at RACP Congress 2019.

We are very excited about the AFOEM stream program, covering a range of topics relevant to the occupational and environmental medicine field, including practical guidance on how to assess and manage common challenges as well as discussions about innovations in multi-disciplinary teamwork, patient-led integrated care, and the use of technology.  

The AFOEM dinner for Fellows and trainees is to be held on Sunday, 5 May 2019. 

We encourage AFOEM members to attend RACP Congress as well as the AFOEM Dinner as it will be a great opportunity for you to learn, network and exchange ideas with your colleagues from Australasia. 

AFOEM Annual Members Meeting at RACP Congress

Date: Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Times: 12:40pm to 1:40pm 
Venue: Meeting Rooms Limelight 1 & 2, Aotea Centre, Auckland 
To register:  Included in Congress registration 

Tri-Nation Alliance annual International Medical Symposium 2019

Register now for the Tri-Nation Alliance annual International Medical Symposium (IMS 2019), in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, 22 March 2019.

The theme for the 2019 symposium is 'Visioning the impact of advanced technology on medical education' with a program featuring diverse sessions such as the debate.

Topic: Machines make better doctors? 

Four healthcare professionals debate issues of the future. What areas of medicine can machines takeover? What areas will remain with human doctors? What upskilling will human doctors need to make best use of machines?

For the affirmative

  • Physician, Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
  • Psychiatrist, Dr David Codyre

For the negative

  • Surgeon, Mr Andrew Connolly
  • Anaesthetist, Dr Lara Hople

The debate will be followed by questions from the floor. 

Other not to be missed sessions taking place at IMS 2019: 

  • Professor Enrico Coiera – Trust and AI 
  • Professor Jenny Weller – Using simulation training to learn about non-technical skills management 
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger – Current research on apps to monitor patient self 
  • Mr Andrew Connolly – Informed by AI: the systemic challenges before us 
  • Professor Jim Warren – Consumer health information revolution 
  • Mr Greg Cross – Using avatars for teaching 
  • Dr Jaron Chong – Training radiology residents when machines read imaging
  • Professor Tim Shaw – AI in trainee assessment

 View the program and register for IMS 2019.

Podcast: Cervical screening – less is more

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide, but it’s almost entirely preventable.

In December 2017 Australia was the second country in the world to adopt HPV testing as the primary tool in cervical screening. This kind of test has many benefits, such as, the increased five year interval between screens (rather than two) and the requirement for women to start being tested at age 25 instead of 18.

Some, however, are concerned about the costs and risks involved in the triage pathway. This episode of Pomegranate Health will answer some questions that women and health professionals might have about the HPV-based National Cervical Screening Program. 

RACP awards and medals

Education Development (Study) Grant applications

Applications are now open for the 2019 RACP AFOEM Education Development Grant worth up to $10,000.

Dr Catherine Field was awarded the RACP AFOEM Education Development Grant in 2018. Funding from this grant enables her to undertake radiation emergency medicine and advanced radiation medicine courses which will assist her as she works in an unusual field of occupational medicine: nuclear technology.

Applications close on Tuesday, 2 April 2019.

Information about this award including eligibility criteria and the link to the online application form is available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

Refinancing made simple: your ten step guide

As a RACP member, receive a discounted rate for the life of your Macquarie home loan.

Your home loan is probably your biggest household expense – and with interest rates at an all-time low, there’s never been a better time to switch. Follow these simple steps to switch your home loan lender.

Request a call with one of Macquarie's banking specialists today and discuss the life of loan discounts that you have available through your benefits program with Member Advantage.

Find out more about our home loans on the Member Advantage website or call 1300 853 352.

Macquarie Bank Australian Credit Licence 237502. Lending criteria, fees and T&Cs apply.

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

RACP Submission into Royal Commission into Aged Care 

The College is preparing a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Members may contribute to this submission by sending any input relevant to the Terms of Reference to

Please provide your input by COB Tuesday, 30 April and be as specific as you can.

For further information please contact Dr Kathryn Powell, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer on +61 2 9256 5497.

Complete the survey

Since 2017, more than 30 professional organisations, including the RACP, have endorsed the ISSOP's Budapest Declaration-on the Rights, Health and Well-being of Children and Youth on the Move.  A survey has been created to capture the similarities and differences in the approach to refugee, immigrant and IDP children from paediatricians' home countries. 

RACP members are invited to complete the survey, in order to capture the insights and experiences of a large sample of physicians from Australia and New Zealand. The ultimate goal is to collect and create the largest database from the paediatric perspective on this crucial issue.

The survey contains 16 questions covering demographics, borders, health conditions, and health systems. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes.

"We need to continually question": paediatrician

Medical Board of Australia (MBA) changes to how Fellows undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are set to come into effect over the next few years. The RACP is preparing Fellows for these changes by updating its MyCPD Framework from 2019 to reflect the direction the MBA is heading with its changes.

As the new MyCPD Framework comes into effect, Fellows incorporating the changes into their practice and lifestyles speak to us about their approaches to CPD.

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Register now for the 2019 Combined Special Interest Group meeting – 26 to 28 July 2019 

Convened by the Leadership and Management special interest group, the theme 'Developing leaders with 20:20 vision' will explore topics of relevance to current and emerging leaders, such as:

  • inclusion and diversity
  • building healthy workplaces
  • having difficult conversations
  • medical regulation
  • digital technology.

For more information, visit the event website.The 2019 Combined Special Interest Group meeting will be held from 26 to 28 July in Sydney.

Strengthened tenancy laws for victims of domestic violence

New tenancy laws that improve and strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence in NSW start on 28 February 2019.

Under the new laws, a tenant will be able to end their tenancy immediately and without penalty if they or their dependent child are in circumstances of domestic violence. They will not be liable to pay any compensation or additional money for the early termination.

The tenant will need to give their landlord or agent a domestic violence termination notice and attach one of the acceptable forms of evidence. Evidence includes a declaration made by a medical practitioner, such as a GP.

The documents used to end a tenancy due to domestic violence cannot be used or disclosed for any other purpose (unless compelled by law). For example, a property manager cannot use these documents as part of a reference check. The documents must be stored and disposed of securely.

Landlords and agents will also be prohibited from listing a tenant on a tenancy database if they ended a tenancy in circumstances of domestic violence.

NSW Fair Trading is hosting a webinar on the new domestic violence reforms at 10am on Thursday, 28 February 2019. The webinar will go for an hour and will discuss what the reforms mean for tenants, landlords and agents.

More information on the domestic violence reforms is available on the NSW Fair Trading website

Career opportunities

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AFOEM contact details

AFOEM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):
Lucie Perrissel-Taggart, AFOEM Executive Officer
Phone: +61 2 8076 6351

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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