AFPHM eBulletin – 21 September 2018

Webinar #7 2018: Australian Health System

This presentation will provide an overview of Australia’s Health System, from a public health perspective.

Presenter:  Dr Kelly Shaw is a public health physician and experienced healthcare consultant. Her areas of professional practice include evidence review, health service planning, development of clinical pathways and models of care, program development and evaluation, and health services safety and quality. Kelly commenced her health consulting practice in 2008 and has since provided senior medical advisory services to Australian, New Zealand and Canadian governments, health professional bodies and medical associations.

Date:  Monday, 24 September 2018
Time:  1pm to 2pm AEST
Location: Online

For information on how to join this webinar, please see the event listing on the RACP website

To watch previous webinars, go to our Youtube playlist.

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

A message from your President

September was a busy month for climate change and health.

On Tuesday, 11 September the Queensland Government launched the Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Queensland. The plan is a great step forward. It acknowledges the health impacts of climate change and guides adaptation and mitigation efforts by the health and wellbeing sector. Around 180 health and wellbeing professionals had input into the plan. The Climate and Health Alliance together with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility wrote the plan in partnership with a range of stakeholders. Apart from a questionable response by a Queensland senator, the response to the plan has been positive, and now the real work of implementing the plan begins.

Just a day later, a Global Climate Change and Health Forum took place in San Francisco. This forum brought together 250 leaders from national and local governments, health professionals and others to build the global health response to climate change by strengthening collaboration across sectors. The Forum coincided with the Global Climate Action Summit, also held in San Francisco. On Saturday, 15 September, health professionals rallied in Newcastle, Australia to draw attention to the health impacts of coal and climate change. 

Globally on Saturday, 8 September, 900 ‘Rise for Climate’ activities were held in 95 countries. I went to an activity in Brisbane, which was led by Pasifika people and was a moving celebration of their cultures and resilience, together with being a stark reminder of what is at stake as a result of climate change. These activities all have the same purpose – to motivate world leaders to take meaningful steps to drastically reduce our carbon emissions – steps that are commensurate with the size of the problem.

September also saw some major extreme weather events resulting in the loss of lives and a massive loss of infrastructure, homes and livelihoods. These events, including super Typhoon Mungkhut, a typhoon measuring 900km across, are more likely to have occurred because of climate change. The onus is on all of us to take all necessary steps to minimise the risk of dangerous climate change and to adapt to reduce the harms arising from such extreme events and other climate change impacts.

Associate Professor Linda Selvey
President, AFPHM

Seeking AFPHM representatives for committees

Are you willing to represent your colleagues and be a voice for the Faculty? Would you like to be part of creating positive change within the Faculty? 

The Faculty is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for the following positions on: 

Accredited AFPHM training positions

As a part of the AFPHM training program, trainees are expected to complete their core training in an AFPHM accredited training position.

A list of accredited AFPHM training positions is available on the RACP website.

IMiA registrations are now open 

The 5th International Medicine in Addiction conference will be held from 1 to 3 March 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

We look forward to welcoming you to three days of thought-provoking presentations led by local and international addiction specialists and a range of practical workshops – all focusing on behavioural aspects of addiction, stress and addiction and the controversies in prescribing.

To register your attendance, visit Don’t miss out on a discounted Early Bird rate by securing your ticket before the deadline, 30 November 2018.

Poster abstract submissions are now open until Friday, 26 October 2018. This year we are seeking abstracts relevant to the following three themes:

  • behavioural aspects of addiction
  • stress and addiction
  • controversies in prescribing and practice.

Details about how to submit an abstract are on the conference website.

Reminder: Regional Gerry Murphy Competitions

Calling all AFPHM trainees: Applications are now open for the 2019 Gerry Murphy Prize. 

In the coming months each of the AFPHM Regional Committees will host the Gerry Murphy Competition within their region for local trainees. This is an opportunity of all AFPHM trainees to present and be recognised for their research.

Regional finalists are then selected to represent their region at the national competition. They will receive:

  • full registration for the RACP Congress 2019 to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 6 to 8 May 2019
  • return economy airfares for travel to and from your hometown to the RACP Congress 2019
  • an invitation to the AFPHM Dinner at the RACP Congress 2019.

The national recipient of the Gerry Murphy Prize receives a certificate signed by the AFPHM President, A$500 and a copy of The People's Health written by Faculty Fellow, Dr Milton Lewis.

For information on eligibility and the application process, please visit the Gerry Murphy Prize webpage.

Convenient online learning opportunities 

Diagnostic error and cultural responsiveness are the focus of two Qstream courses RACP members can register to undertake throughout November and December.

Participants are emailed case studies based on real-life clinical scenarios at spaced intervals. The case studies are designed with the aim of challenging physician thinking and enhancing professional practice.

The courses will run throughout November and December and take as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week to complete via email. 

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Faculty Prizes and Indigenous Health Scholarships

The AFPHM President's Awards  acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by an AFPHM Fellow or trainee to the Faculty.  Nominations close Monday, 15 October 2018.

The  John Snow Scholarships are available to medical students interested in public health medicine. They provide an opportunity to find out more about the Faculty and being a public health physician. 

Applications close Monday, 8 October 2018. 

Please help to promote this prize through your networks.

Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for full details of all awards and prizes offered by your Faculty and the College. For more information about the eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact RACP Foundation at or call +61 2 9256 9639.

Refugee and asylum seeker health 

The RACP has recently been active in advocating for child detainees at the Nauru immigration detention facility who are seriously unwell to be immediately transferred to Australia.

media statement was released on 28 August and was picked up by radio.  Associate Professor Karen Zwi, a paediatrician and senior Fellow of the RACP, provided a statement saying that “The conditions, circumstances, and duration of offshore processing have damaged peoples’ health, particularly the health of children and their families.”

For those who wish to read more about refugee health, a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) is available: A rapid review of evidence-based information, best practices and lessons learned in addressing the health needs of refugees and migrants: report to the World Health Organization (2018).

New Ethical Guidelines 

The 4th edition of the Guidelines for ethical relationships between physicians and industry are now available. These voluntary guidelines, developed by the RACP Ethics Committee, revise previous editions of the guidelines and seek to support health professionals in identifying, assessing and managing conflicts of interest.

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Have your say on the new Basic Training programs

Learning, teaching, and assessment

Detail about the new Basic Training programs is now available for review on the RACP website until 2 October 2018. This includes information about how the curriculum standards will be taught, learned, and assessed.

Fellows and trainees have been working in partnership with RACP staff to develop these proposed programs. Your feedback can help ensure that the new Basic Training programs are feasible and fit-for-purpose for implementation across Australia and New Zealand. As this is a public consultation, individuals outside the College who are interested in Basic Training are welcome to give feedback. You are invited to share the consultation to your wider network, if appropriate.

Have your say on the future of Basic Training.

Use the new Basic Training curricula standards to support your workplace learning

Earlier this year we launched new curricula standards for Basic Physician Training. These standards will start to be assessed in 2020, when the Knowledge Guides will be used as the basis for the 2020 Divisional Written Examinations.

You can now filter the curricula to see specific content relevant to you and export your filtered results to support workplace learning. Visit the RACP website to try the Workplace Learning Planner.

Please contact with any questions.

New partnership with the Pacific Community 

On Monday, 10 September, the RACP and the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support health frameworks and projects in the region and enhance capacity building in the health sector. 

RACP President, Associate Professor Mark Lane, said the MoU will see the RACP and SPC work together on programs and initiatives, including some rolled out in partnership with other key health organisations such as the World Health Organization.

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Medicinal Cannabis regulation changes in Queensland

Amendments to the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulation 2017 enable all specialist medical practitioners to prescribe medicinal cannabis without Department of Health approval when treating the following classes of patients: persons with chronic non-cancer pain, persons experiencing chemotherapy-induced nausea or vomiting, terminally ill persons with symptoms associated with terminal illness, children with intractable (drug resistant) epilepsy and persons with multiple sclerosis experiencing spasticity. TGA approval is still required for all unapproved medicinal cannabis products through the Special Access Schemes, Category A or B and the Authorised Prescriber pathway.

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Evolve updates


Are you currently planning to undertake research as part of your Advanced Training? The Evolve recommendations offer an opportunity to undertake research in low-value care in specific health priority topics, such as bronchiolitis, polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship. Find out more about Evolve and low-value care research opportunities in your specialty by contacting or visit for more information.

Evolve Clinical Champions 

Are you interested in being involved in Policy & Advocacy within RACP? The Evolve initiative offers an opportunity to advocate for high-value, high-quality care in your specialty. Find out how you can become an Evolve Clinical Champion by contacting or visit for more information. 

Evolve at Conferences

This year, RACP has presented on Evolve at RACP Congress, Choosing Wisely National Meeting, National Medicines Symposium, Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM), Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ) and
Gastroenterological Society of Australia Australian Gastroenterology Week (GESA AGW) and are looking forward to attending The Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists's Annual Scientific Meeting (ASCEPT ASM) in Adelaide during November. We are inviting specialty societies to express interest in RACP attending an ASM to present on Evolve implementation and/or host an exhibition booth. For more information and to express interest in RACP and Evolve attending your ASM, contact

Bushfire season is approaching, be prepared

Australia is facing the possibility of having a much longer fire season of about six or seven months, with bushfire season officially starting in October 2018 and running through to April 2019.

Now is the time to prepare for the bushfire season. Visit to see Vero bushfire tips on how to prepare.

Visit your RACP Member Advantage website to find out more or give Vero a call on 1800 250 962 for a quote on home and contents insurance.

Career opportunities

View all medical positions vacant.

The following opportunities may be of particular interest for public health members:

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.

The Fifth International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference, 1 to 3 March 2019, Melbourne

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):
Rachel Smith, Executive Officer
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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