AFOEM Council Communiqué March 2018

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 01-2018 meeting, held on Friday 1 March 2018.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) Representative on Council

Following approval by the RACP Board, AFOEM Council By-Laws were amended to include a representative from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANSZOM) on the Council. ANZSOM have nominated Dr Miguel Kabilio as their representative on the Council. Dr Kabilio is very active in WA for both ANZSOM and AFOEM as Chair of the Education Subcommittee.

Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC) Activities

Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW) Australian Signatory Steering Group (SSG) Industry Forum

The first of two HBGW Forums for 2018 will be held in Brisbane in early June and preliminary meetings of the SSG Forum Planning Committee are underway to discuss the scope, theme, venue, target peak bodies etc.

The Collaborative Partnership

The Collaborative Partnership was formally launched on 7 March 2018, at the Insurance Council of Australia, Sydney. Work on the GP Support Project resumed in February 2018 and is being led by Dr Robin Chase.

Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW)

The Council was unanimous that HBGW is core business for AFOEM and agreed that it must be made a priority. Therefore, the Council are going to take the opportunity at the 2018 Planning Day in August to review the position of the initiative within the College.

Employment Poverty and Health (EPH) Project

The scoping phase of the EPH Project is underway to better understand how doctors can best influence the social determinants of health to improve the health and wellbeing of populations in the long term. The P&A Unit has completed a review of other medical Colleges and organisation’s work in this area in Australasia and abroad.

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of work-related mental health conditions in General Practice

The Department of General Practice, Monash University has prepared a draft guideline on the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions. The guideline aims to provide general practitioners with the best available evidence that they need to assist them in the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions in their patients. Once finalised, this guideline will be proposed for submission to the NHMRC for approval under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

AFOEM has contributed to the draft submission which will be submitted to CPAC for approval in early March.

AFOEM Regional Committee Activities

Regional Council members provided an update on activities across Australia and New Zealand. It was noted that attendance at training meetings and engagement in some areas has been less than ideal. Successful strategies that have been implemented to improve trainee engagement were shared.

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