AFOEM Council Communiqué August 2018

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 03-2018 meeting, held on Friday 3 August 2018.


The Council discussed the importance of building a culture of research. The Council will work on this by promoting opportunities, identifying resources, and establishing stronger links with research bodies. The Council will also encourage uptake of available AFOEM grants, including the AFOEM Research Development Scholarship. 

Supporting Fellows and Trainees

The Council is committed to engaging more efficiently with AFOEM members in regional and remote areas, nationally, over the Tasman Sea and across specialties with common interests.  The initial step in this area of focus will be to distribute a survey to determine the main needs and wants of members.

Collaborations and Projects

The Council is focusing on strengthening its ties with outside organisations.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANSZOM)

AFOEM Council agreed to work with ANZSOM in developing their 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.  This will allow for increased collaboration with other health professionals working in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC)

The Council discussed their support of the IOMSC. The IOMSC’s aim to improve workers’ health and workplace safety aligns with the Faculty. Supporting IOMSC will also put the Faculty on a global scale.

Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC) Activities

Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW)

The Council was unanimous that HBGW is a core component for AFOEM. The HBGW Executive Group will be evaluating the impact of the campaign by gathering qualitative and quantitative data. The Council agreed that additional resourcing to support the College’s and AFOEM’s leadership role in the campaign is necessary, as HBGW continues to grow exponentially.

Senate Inquiry into the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around Defence bases

An AFOEM-led submission on PFAS was submitted to the Senate inquiry. The submission has now been published on the Senate Inquiry website.

Employment Poverty and Health (EPH) Project

An EOI for the EPH Working Group has been advertised to RACP Members. The group will be producing a Statement of Principles on EPH and refine key messages with a focus on the role of doctors in addressing the social determinants of health including promoting the health benefits of good work.
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