AFPHM Council Communiqué July 2018

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 03-2018 meeting, held on Thursday 19 July 2018.

AFPHM Workplan 2018-2020

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) are currently finalising its 2018 to 2020 work plan, with a focus on education renewal, workforce development and reinvigorating its advocacy profile. As part of this, it will be working closely with Education Services on renewal of the Faculty Education program, which is commencing shortly and has evaluated the learning assessment tools which are currently used by trainees. The AFPHM is also seeking to reinvigorate its regional committees.

Value Proposition and Faculty Narrative

The AFPHM Council recently provided feedback on this document, which includes value statements and paragraphs that are specific to the Faculty. To date, four potential taglines have been proposed for the Faculty, these include:

  • Promoting Healthy Societies
  • Improving the Big Picture
  • Protecting the health of current and future generations
  • Prevention, Promotion, Protection: Health now and in the future

An updated version of the AFPHM Value Proposition and Narrative will be disseminated more widely shortly.

2019 College Congress

The AFPHM have begun working in collaboration with the College on the Faculty stream for the 2019 College Congress, which will be held in Auckland from Monday, 6 to Wednesday, 8 May 2019. The focus for the overall Congress will be ‘Impacting health along the life course’. Prominent speakers have been suggested to present on a range of diverse topics for the AFPHM streams. Further updates will be provided in the coming months.

Faculty Education Activities

At the recent AFPHM Planning Day, the need for a curricula renewal of the Advanced Training program in Public Health Medicine was discussed. It is intended that any changes during this process will be guided by the essential capabilities of a public health physician, which would be informed by the workforce document which will be finalised shortly. The AFPMH Council have also identified the importance for the Faculty to determine prerequisites, background knowledge, and training of supervisors prior to members commencing their advanced training.

AFPHM Foundation Activities

Applications are currently open for the Gerry Murphy Prize and the John Snow Scholarship. Promotion of these prizes will be enhanced in the coming weeks.

The Regional Gerry Murphy Prize Competitions are a good opportunity for trainees to present their work and receive constructive feedback from Fellows within their region. All AFPHM Trainees are encouraged to participate in this competition within their region.

Further details on the Faculty’s awards, scholarships and prizes can be found under RACP Foundation.

Associate Professor Linda Selvey
Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine

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