AFPHM eBulletin – 1 June 2018

Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy & Practice

Dr Andrew Old FAFPHM has been awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy & Practice from the Commonwealth Fund in New York, joining a cohort of 10 Fellows from seven countries for the 2018/19 year.  The Harkness Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for mid-career professionals – academic researchers, government policymakers, clinical leaders, hospital managers, and journalists from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Recipients spend up to 12 months in the United States conducting a policy-oriented research study, working with leading US health policy experts, and gaining in-depth knowledge of not only the U.S. health care system, but also those of Fellows’ home countries.  Andrew will be spending a year in San Francisco from August 2018 undertaking a joint placement between the Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) at Stanford University and the Social Interventions Research & Evaluations Network (SIREN) based at University of California San Francisco.  His research will be investigating features of health systems that deliver good outcomes for people with complex health and social needs, and the role of health systems in addressing social determinants of health.

For more details on the Fellowship and how to apply, please visit the The Commonwealth Fund website. For questions about the program, please contact Robin Osborn, Vice President and Director of the International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovations.

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation, based in New York, which aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable.

A message from your President

On 15 May at our annual AFPHM Members' Meeting Lynne Madden formally handed over the role of President of AFPHM to me. It is a great privilege to take on the role as President of AFPHM for the next two years. Lynne has set us in good stead and I would like to acknowledge Lynne’s tremendous contribution to the Faculty and the College during her time as President. Lynne will certainly be a hard act to follow. 

I would also like to acknowledge other outgoing members of AFPHM Council: Professor Raina McIntyre, Dr Candice Colbran, Dr Brett Sutton, Dr Simon Crouch, and Dr Andrew Old. Faculty Council members make an important contribution to the business of the Faculty and we couldn’t function without them. 

The College AGM, also held at the RACP Congress, heralded in a new board, the first smaller board since the change in our constitution, and one in which the AFPHM President is no longer a member. This will mean a different relationship between AFPHM and the RACP Board, as we no longer have a direct voice, and increases the importance of ensuring AFPHM representation on key RACP committees, coupled with strong communication between committee members and the AFPHM Council. I encourage interested members to nominate for these committees when the opportunity arises.

The RACP Congress 2018 was very exciting, with the keynote address being delivered by Dr David Pencheon OBE. David is the founding Director of the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England. This small unit is highly influential and has led and supported the reduction of carbon emissions across NHS England of 11 per cent since its inception in spite of significant growth in activity. It demonstrates what is achievable when there is a strong policy imprimatur to reduce emissions together with inclusive, energetic leadership and support across a health service. It is exciting to think about what might be possible here in Australia with similar support and leadership.

The next couple of years will bring both opportunities and challenges for our profession and for the Faculty. I look forward to working with AFPHM Fellows and trainees to seize opportunities and face challenges.

Associate Professor Linda Selvey
President, AFPHM 

Webinar #5 2018: Oral health in Australia

This presentation will provide an overview of oral health in Australia from a public health perspective, covering: 

  • the epidemiology of oral health disease
  • risk factors for poor oral health
  • the relationship between oral health and other key medical conditions of public health importance
  • how oral health services are funded and delivered in Australia.

Please note this will be held from 2pm to 3pm AEST.

Presenter:  Dr Marianne Gale is a public health physician working in the office of the Chief Health Officer at the NSW Ministry of Health. As part of her role, she works closely with NSW public dental services and contributes to national processes to improve access to oral health care in Australia.

Date:  Thursday, 14 June 2018
Time:  2pm to 3pm AEST

For information on how to join this webinar, visit the RACP website

To watch previous webinars, go to our Youtube playlist.

If you are interested in presenting a future webinar, please contact

Research and career development funding opportunities

Close to $2.5M in research funding is currently being offered through the RACP Foundation in the following award categories:

There are several awards offered in each category. 

For details of funding and award opportunities offered by your Faculty please visit the Division and Faculty webpages

For any queries regarding the eligibility criteria, or application process contact the Senior Administration Officer: or phone +61 2 9256 9639. 

Obesity Position Statement launched

The RACP’s Obesity Position Statement and Evidence Review was launched at RACP Congress 2018 on Wednesday, 16 May.

A Working Group chaired by Professor Boyd Swinburn including leading paediatricians, endocrinologists and public health physicians developed the position statement. It makes evidence based recommendations on the management and prevention of obesity and calls on governments to:

  • introduce regulations to restrict the marketing of unhealthy diets to children and young people
  • implement an effective tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce consumption and use the revenue to facilitate access to healthy diets and culturally relevant initiatives to improve health equity
  • revise the Health Star Rating system’s nutrient profiling algorithm to give stronger weight to sugar content and by 2019 require the labelling be mandatory to encourage consumers to choose healthier options and motivate food manufacturers to develop healthier products.

View the Position Statement and Evidence Review or contact for further information.

Episode 36: Acute Coronary Syndrome Part 2 – Secondary Prevention

Listen to author Professor David Brieger discuss secondary prevention of acute coronary syndrome and adherence to therapy in the newest Pomegranate Health podcast.

Listen to the podcast

Reminder – RACP IT systems update

Systems unavailable on 3 June and 9 to 11 June 2018
* Please note the updated times

Due to essential technology upgrades, all RACP internal and external facing IT resources will be unavailable on the following dates:

  • Sunday, 3 June – 12.01am to 11.59pm* AEST
  • Saturday, 9 June – Monday, 11 June inclusive 12.01am to 11.59pm* AEST

This will impact all Fellows, trainees and staff.

These weekends have been chosen to minimise disruption as many Australian states have a public holiday on Monday, 11 June. Unfortunately, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand who are not on a public holiday will experience a greater impact as there will be no access until 11.59pm on Monday, 11 June during the outage.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but these upgrades are essential and cannot be deferred.

We are aware a number of members access College systems on weekends, and we want to provide you with as much advance warning as possible.

Systems and resources that will be unavailable include:

  • All member portals
  • All trainee portals
  • MyRACP
  • MyCPD
  • eLearning@RACP
  • College Learning Series
  • College Intranet
  • Outlook (Email via webmail will still be accessible through
  • All remote access services
  • Alfresco Share Sites

If you have to complete essential tasks during either of these weekends, we strongly recommend you save any required documents to the device you will be using before the outage begins.

If you have any further questions or enquiries, please contact RACP Member Services on or in Australia on 1300 MyRACP (1300 69 7227) or in New Zealand on 0508 MyRACP (0508 69 7227).

HCF Foundation Research Grants

Would you like to undertake a research project based on the RACP Evolve recommendations? The HCF Foundation is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for their 2018 Research Grants, which focus on research projects aiming to reduce the incidence of low-value health care provided in the hospital setting. 

Find out more

Continuing Professional Development Sessions, Queensland

A series of CPD opportunities for AFPHM members will be presented via the Queensland RACP offices, which you can attend either in person or via video/teleconference. Topics and dates are:

  • Tuesday, 26 June 2018:  Kelly Shaw on Public Health Aspects of Anaemia Identification and Management
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018:  Susan Vlack on Relating Well to People: a mixed methods study of preventive care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in mainstream, urban general practices.

Sessions commence at 6pm AEST:

  • RACP Qld office at Unit 20, Level 3 Royal Brisbane Place, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston Qld


  • By Zoom video/tele-conference.

RSVP to Nominate which sessions you will be attending and whether you wish to participate in person (places are limited) or by video/tele-conference (location from which you will be attending is required; details will then be provided about logging in).

Spread the Evolve message

Evolve ​call-to-action and implementation resources, including media, podcasts, posters, presentations, research, training, videos, webinars and worksheets are now available.

Download now

Core competency guidelines released

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have developed guidelines on Core competencies for Australian academic clinical trialists (available on the NHMRC website). It is envisaged that NHMRC-developed competencies will eventually be incorporated into higher education and general education frameworks in Australia.

These guidelines support the training of staff involved in the conduct and oversight of clinical trials. The competencies are designed to support graduated and stratified learning with three competency levels and three roles. The competencies can be incorporated into RACP educational materials and courses, adapting to align with practice areas.

A new benefits website for The Royal Australasian College of Physicians members 

Same benefits, same savings, new design.
The new member lifestyle benefits website has been re-designed to offer improved navigation and functionality while allowing you to see the full benefit range on offer.
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Groundbreaking report into brain injury and family violence

New research from Brain Injury Australia identifies a strong association between brain injury and family violence. 

The Australian-first report also shows significant gaps in service responses, ranging from lack of screening for brain injury through to inadequate opportunities for effective rehabilitation, recovery and support.

Read more

Conferences and events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses.

CAPHIA and the PHAA Public Health Webinar Series 2018
Missioncraft 2018 – Leadership in Disaster Relief

Go to the RACP events list at any time to see what events are coming up.

AFPHM contact details

AFPHM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):
Executive Officer, AFPHM
Phone: +61 2 9256 9622

AFPHM Education and Training enquiries:
Lia Iliou, Education Officer
Phone: +61 2 8247 6286

AFPHM Oral Examination enquiries:
Caroline Greenaway, Examination Coordinator, Assessment and Selection Unit
Phone: +61 2 9256 9681

AFPHM training site accreditation inquiries:
Site Accreditation Unit

Phone: +61 2 9256 9674

AFPHM CPD enquiries:
Office of the Dean (CPD)
Phone: +61 2 8247 6285
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