AFOEM Council Communiqué April 2019

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 02-2019 meeting, held on Monday 8 April 2019.

Occupational and Environmental Physician (OEP) shortage in Tasmania

AFOEM Council members discussed the issue of Occupational and Environmental Physician (OEP) shortage in Tasmania. The AFOEM President will travel to Hobart in April to meet with key stakeholders, including employers, insurers, unions, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Hon. Sarah Courtney MP, Minister for Building and Construction. The aim of this visit is to develop a strategy for maintaining and growing a local OEP workforce in Tasmania.

AFOEM/ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) 2020

AFOEM Council members approved the partnership between AFOEM and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) on the scientific program for the ANZSOM ASM 2020.

Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC) Activities

Accelerated Silicosis

The Presidents of RACP, AFOEM and TSANZ sent a letter to Commonwealth Ministers and Shadow Ministers for Health and Industrial relations and to all state and territory Ministers for Health and Industrial Relations. The letter outlined the proposed terms of reference for the Commonwealth Government to urgently sponsor and establish a Dust Diseases Taskforce to lead and coordinate a national response to the current epidemic of accelerated silicosis.

Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW)

The Council was unanimous that HBGW is a core component for AFOEM as it continues to grow exponentially, with signatories from diverse industries. The HBGW Australian Signatory Steering Group (SSG) will hold its first Forum of the year in Darwin in June and the second one in Canberra in November.

Employment Poverty and Health (EPH) Project

The EPH Reference Group produced The Statement of Principles and accompanying Evidence Review paper. The document will be launched at the RACP Congress 2019. 
Dr Beata Byok, President
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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