AFOEM Council Communiqué September 2017

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 03-2017 meeting, held on Thursday 28 September 2017.

Model of Collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM)

The Council noted that the Model of Collaboration (MoC) between ANZSOM and the College was signed in August 2017 and is now effective. The MoC articulates the relationship between the two parties and builds on areas where the two organisations can mutually benefit from collaboration. The areas of collaboration include training, education and advocacy. The Council will continue to progress the MoC with ANZSOM to address New Zealand specific interests in the agreement.

As an other step towards strengthening the collaboration, the Council invited Ms Melinda Miller, the President of ANZSOM to participate in the Council meeting as an observer. The Council is reviewing the AFOEM Council By-Laws to formalise the arrangement for a permanent ANZSOM representative on Council.

AFOEM Trial of Multisource Feedback Tool

The Council received the initial results of the trial of a customised Multisource Feedback (MSF) tool for AFOEM Fellows. The AFOEM trial aims to provide the Faculty with specific experience of a customised MSF tool and a process to inform the College's Learning Support Unit report on MSF trails to the College Education Committee (CEC).

Initial feedback from AFOEM trial participants indicated positive support for a customised tool and approach. AFOEM and the College will continue its work towards completing the trials and sharing the results with the CEC.

College Board Reform: AFOEM interaction with the new Board following May 2018

The Council discussed the College Board (the Board) reform and the AFOEM's interaction with the Board following May 2018 when the Board changes from the current model to a smaller, skills-based board. The Council noted that College Council was established to ensure that the removal of College body representation on the Board was balanced with a representational advisory body to the Board. The Council will continue to monitor the implementation of the new Board and review the Council's role over its next term (May 2018 to May 2020).

RACP Physical Health and Wellbeing Update

The Council received an update on the College’s Physician Health and Wellbeing strategy, including the development of a Physician Health and Wellbeing section on the RACP website. Expressions of Interest for the Physician Health and Wellbeing Reference Group have now closed and received a positive response from College members. The AFOEM President and President elect have been appointed to the Reference Group. The Reference Group is due to meet later in 2017.

Faculty of Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC) Activities

Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW)

The Health Benefits of Good Work Signatory Steering Groups (HBGW SSGs) are actively exploring strategies to collaborate across Australia and New Zealand. The HBGW Australian SSG is preparing for the Industry Forum to be held in Perth on 17 November 2017. The focus of the forum will be on promoting the health and wellbeing of all who work in the provision of healthcare. The HBGW New Zealand SSG have been involved in the promotion of the message of 'make good work the norm' as part of 2017 New Zealand Election Statement.

Recent Projects

FPAC are currently finalising two key documents to be progressed to the College Policy and Advocacy Committee (CPAC) for consideration:
  • The Recommendation and Reference Guide to Common Medico-Legal Terms
  • Guide to Pregnancy and Work

FPAC continues its involvement on the Collaborative Partnership to Improve Work Participation. The Faculty is heavily involved in the GP Support Project as the lead partner. A workshop was held on 19 September 2017 to scope potential projects that could develop nationally consistent supports to help GPs focus on good work as part of recovery and rehabilitation from injury or illness. FPAC is preparing a proposal for CPAC’s 2018 workplan to consider a potential exercise to scope how physicians can best influence the social determinants of health. FPAC are interested in leading this 'Employment, poverty and health' initiative in collaboration with other bodies of the College.

The Council noted that CPAC has approved both AFOEM and College endorsements of the Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease Clinical Pathway Guidelines and Recommendations (QLD).

AFOEM Regional Committee Activities

Regional Council members provided an update across Australia. In Western Australia and South Australia there have been an increase number of trainees. The AFOEM New Zealand Committee has welcomed new members to the Committee.

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