AFPHM Trainee Committee Communiqué November 2019 & February 2020

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 04-2019 and 01-2020 AFPHM Trainee Committee meetings, held on 18 November 2019 and 17 February 2020.


AFPHM Trainee Committee Workplan 2019-2020

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) Trainee Committee have been working through items identified in their 2019-2020 workplan. These items aim to improve the overall education experience for AFPHM trainees through training, assessment, supervision and selection.

The Committee have proposed a Welcome Pack be developed for new trainees entering the AFPHM Training Program. This would include key details and documents needed for training and is currently in development.

The Committee are advocating for the AFPHM Training and Assessment Committees to consider the practicalities of the current AFPHM Oral Examination eligibility criteria. This is in response to some issues raised by trainees regarding the requirement for at least 29 units of training to be completed by 1 December of the year of the Oral Examination.

Information on completing overseas training placements for the AFPHM training program is now available on in the Public Health Medicine Advanced Training handbook.

National Training Days

Planning for the 2020 AFPHM National Training Days is underway. This event will be held in Melbourne prior to the RACP Congress. Further details will be provided by the Faculty Office and made available on the RACP Congress website.

AFPHM Webinars

A Webinar Evaluation Survey was sent to all AFPHM trainees following the 2019 Webinar Series, however only a small number of trainees have completed it. The 2020 AFPHM Webinar Series is being planned in collaboration with the Faculty Office and the AFPHM Training Committee. Trainees will be notified of upcoming webinars via email and through the AFPHM eBulletins.

‘Role of Public Health Physicians in the Health System’

The AFPHM Policy and Advocacy Committee are finalising a document titled the ‘Role of Public Health Physicians and Public Health Approaches in the Health System’. This document has been written for health workforce planners and decision-makers responsible for developing and implementing workforce strategies. It describes the skill set of Public Health Physicians and presents examples where this speciality provides an essential service to promote and protect the health of the Australian public. The final document will be launched at the 2020 RACP Congress.

AFPHM Trainee Committee Membership

The AFPHM Trainee Committee members are keen to further support all AFPHM trainees. Go to the AFPHM Trainee Committee page for a full list of committee members and their positions. Please feel free to contact the Faculty Office if you would like to be put in contact with any of these members.

Finally, the Committee will soon be conducting a survey of AFPHM trainees, to help understand trainees’ priorities. Please keep an eye out for it.

Next meeting: Monday 25 May 2020.

Dr Anthea Katelaris
Chair, AFPHM Trainee Committee
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