AFPHM eBulletin – 23 August 2019

Expressions of interest sought: Observers at the 2019 AFPHM oral examination

The Faculty’s 2019 oral examination for trainees will take place on 29 and 30 October 2019 at the College’s offices in Sydney. We are seeking expressions of interest from Fellows who are interested in being observers at this examination. This involves attending one day of the oral examination to observe a sample of examiners and candidates.

Priority will be given to Fellows who can make themselves available to be an examiner for the examination in subsequent years. The Faculty is interested in developing a strong cohort of potential examiners for the future.

If you are interested, please email with the following: 

  • a brief CV (maximum two pages)
  • a statement of why you are interested and the skills or experience you would bring to an examiner panel (no more than one page)
  • the names of two relevant referees. 

Each year we aim to achieve an examiner panel that is balanced according to gender, region of practice, age, public health experience, and cultural diversity. This will affect the final selection of observers.

This call for expressions of interest will close on 5 September 2019.

A message from your President

As we face more and more evidence of the escalation of the climate crisis, it is clear current attempts to persuade decision makers to drastically reduce our carbon emissions are failing. The health implications of continued increases in global average temperatures are clear, and yet Australia doesn’t have a plan to address this, or a viable plan to reduce our emissions.

People are stepping up around the world, particularly young people, who will see far worse climate impacts than those of us over 40. As public health physicians, we need to step up as well, and one way of doing this is to support the Global Climate Strikes scheduled for 20 September. The strikes are timed to be just ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. In Australia, climate strikes are being led by School Strike 4 Climate. While led by school students, organisers are encouraging everyone to participate. There are events planned around Australia (see above link). While it is called a strike, it is possible to attend a local event without striking from work and a number of workplaces are supporting the strike by encouraging their staff to participate.

Many Australians and New Zealanders are still unaware of the health impacts of climate change, and the climate strike is a great opportunity to raise this awareness while supporting the strikes. To encourage health professionals to be vocal about the health impacts of climate change and support the climate strike, a number of us have developed a website and a Facebook page. We’re encouraging health professionals to join a rally/march (preferably visibly as health professionals), host an event in their workplace, such as a seminar, or post a photo of themselves and colleagues showing support of the to the website. There will be events leading up to the climate strike in many places as well. I strongly encourage you to participate if possible.

With thanks,
Associate Professor Linda Selvey
President, AFPHM 

Faculty staff update

We are pleased to announce Joanne Goldrick has been appointed Manager, Faculties. We welcome Joanne and look forward to working with her.

AFPHM training resources

A reminder to all AFPHM trainees, the following resources are available for your training:

Other resources you may be interested in, include:

Trainee Research Awards

Trainees are encouraged to apply for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for an opportunity to do an oral presentation of their research at regional events. Representatives will be selected from each event and invited to present at the RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne in May as part of the 'Research and Innovation Showcase'. Applications are due Saturday, 31 August 2019.

Details about these awards are available on the RACP Foundation website.

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: 

  • AFPHM Council
    The AFPHM Council invites Fellows who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or Māori to submit an Expression of Interest to join the AFPHM Council. This is a chance to advocate for and support AFPHM members across Australia and New Zealand. Please contact for further details.
  • Members, AFPHM Regional Committees
    If you are interested in supporting and advocating for your local colleagues within the Faculty, please consider submitting an Expression of Interest form and your CV to, for one of the vacant member or Chair positions on your local AFPHM Regional Committee.
  • AFPHM Northern Territory Regional Education Coordinator
    This is an opportunity for AFPHM Fellows residing in the Northern Territory to further their leadership experience by supporting local trainees, supervisors and mentors through the AFPHM Training Program. Please submit an Expression of Interest form and your CV to if you are interested in applying for this position.
  • Chair, AFPHM New South Wales Regional Committee
    This is an opportunity for AFPHM Fellows residing in New South Wales to lead the AFPHM Regional Committee’s activities. Please submit an Expression of Interest form and your CV to if you are interested in applying for this position.

College prizes

Nominations are closing soon for prizes which acknowledge outstanding contributions and achievements made by Fellows and trainees. Submit your nomination for the prizes below by Monday, 16 September 2019.

  • John Sands Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of the RACP and its members.
  • College Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or community health through physician activities.
  • RACP International Medal recognises a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.
  • Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas recognises a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or New Zealand.
  • Mentor of the Year Award presented to a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.
  • Trainee of the Year presented to a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to the College, community and trainee activities.

Deadline for submitting nominations for the prizes above is on Monday, 16 September 2019.

The Eric Susman Prize is awarded by the College to a Fellow for best contribution to the knowledge of internal medicine (adult medicine and paediatrics). Nominations close 30 September 2019.

Applications for Faculty prizes

John Snow Scholarships

AFPHM is celebrating the 10th year of the John Snow Scholarships. These Scholarships provide opportunities for medical students to increase their appreciation of public health medicine as a medical specialty and potential career path. 

Nine Scholarships are available each year, with recipients selected from each State/Territory of Australia and New Zealand. All medical students currently enrolled in Australian or New Zealand medical schools are encouraged to apply.

The selected representatives are invited to present at RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne. Trainee registration and travel assistance of up to $400 are included. An overall winner will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Full details about these scholarships are available on the RACP Foundation website.

Gerry Murphy Prize

Applications for the Gerry Murphy Prize is now open to trainees for the chance to present at local events organised by AFPHM regional committees. Representatives from each local event will be selected to attend and present at the RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne. 

Further information is available on the RACP website.

Registration open: New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) is pleased to invite AFPHM members to the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. This year the overarching theme is 'Enhancing Public Health in the Pacific Blue Continent'. The focus for the Wednesday will be 'Improving health in the Pacific'. Thursday's focus will be 'Improving the health of Pacific people in New Zealand'.

Date: 11 to 13 September 2019
Location: Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Registration and program is available on the NZCPHM website.

Research projects and research supervision: online courses for trainees and supervisors

Each trainee is responsible for completing their own research project. Trainees can learn about conducting a research project by enrolling in our research projects online course. It’s designed to support trainees through a detailed walk-through of the research process.

A trainee’s experience can be greatly enhanced by a supportive and informed supervisor. The research supervision online course helps supervisors who want an update on research project requirements and the research process in general.

RACP online learning resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees' Day 2020 – earlybird registration open

Register today for the Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2020. This event is developed by trainees for trainees and will be held on Saturday, 4 April 2020 at The Heritage Hotel in picturesque Queenstown.

If you are an RACP trainee, this event is for you. Whether you are a Basic or Advanced Trainee, adult medicine or paediatrics, Trainees’ Day will be inspiring and relevant for wherever you are in your training journey. Offering a variety of big picture topics and professional skills building, every NZ trainee should attend Trainees’ Day at least once during Basic Training and once during Advanced Training.

The Trainees' Day offers professional development and community building opportunities for all trainees at any stage of training. It is also supported as a recognised skills day by New Zealand District Health Boards and attendance costs are reimbursable. Earlybird registration is open now.

Trainees’ Day is an opportunity to connect with the wider trainee community, take time out to think broadly and strategically about your career, and hear practical wisdom from experienced physicians and other professionals.

Register now for the RACP Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2020.

For more information email the RACP New Zealand team.

Suggestions from public health physicians on meeting the changes in the 2019 MyCPD framework

There are important changes to the MyCPD framework that came into effect in January 2019 that will affect all physicians. These changes are in response to requirements flagged by the Medical Board of Australia.

This update on the changes provides:

  • a link to an expanded list of example activities for the MyCPD framework that includes a greater number of non-clinical examples, many of which were suggested by public health physicians
  • plan to meet these new requirements that has been suggested by Public Health Physicians in consultation with the CPD unit. The plan provides examples that you will need to adapt to your own circumstances. There are also AFPHM specific ‘frequently asked questions’ and a range of resources
  • a new set of non-clinical example activities that will meet categories two and three.

The CPD team is happy to answer any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to contact them on the details below.

There are also a number of upcoming CPD Information Sessions listed on the RACP Events web page. An upcoming session is scheduled for VIC.

Phone: 1300 697 227
Overseas: +61 2 9256 5444 
New Zealand
Phone: 4 460 8122
Overseas: +64 4 460 8122 

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is pleased to announce the release of the revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019) (the guidelines). 

These have been produced by NHMRC in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, to ensure they reflect the latest national and international evidence on infection prevention and control. 

Effective infection prevention and control is central to providing high quality healthcare for patients and a safe working environment for those who work in healthcare settings. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations that outline the critical aspects of infection prevention and control, focusing on core principles and priority areas for action. 

The guidelines are for use by all working in healthcare – including healthcare workers, management and support staff. They provide a risk-management framework to ensure the basic principles of infection prevention and control can be applied to a wide range of healthcare settings. The level of risk may differ in different types of healthcare facilities; risk assessments are encouraged as part of the decision making and use of guideline recommendations. When implementing these recommendations all healthcare facilities need to consider the risk of transmission of infection and implement according to their specific setting and circumstances.
For further information on the review please visit the NHMRC Preventing Infection webpage.

If you’ve used My Health Record, we want to hear from you

RACP has been engaged by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to help promote and encourage the adoption and use of the My Health Record (MHR) system. We are looking for trainees and Fellows who have used MHR to share their experience.

We’re keen to understand and build a suite of real-life practical vignettes, highlighting the use and benefits of MHR by specialists, working in a range of settings. Your contribution on how the MHR may be embedded in current specialist workflow is extremely valuable. RACP and the Agency may use the information provided in a variety of ways (e.g. print and social media, educational resources etc) and as per the process, we will consult with the author for review and approval. We may also contact you to present your cases for educational webinars/podcasts.

If you are interested in being involved, please complete the RACP Clinical Use Case Template and email to Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

What’s happening in Basic Training curricula renewal

We’re excited to announce the training settings that will be the first to adopt the new Basic Training program.

We will be working with the Gold Coast University Hospital, Starship Children’s Hospital Auckland, The Townsville Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital Adelaide to start rolling out the new Basic Training programs from 2020.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an expression of interest to become an early adopter of the new program.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for additional training settings to join those listed above as early adopters of the new Basic Training programs from 2021. 

Key changes coming to the Basic Training programs

Watch our video to learn more about RACP's Basic Training curricula renewal.

More information on the new Basic Training programs is available on the Basic Training curricula renewal pages.

Evaluation of the Training Support Pathway

We are seeking the views of trainees and Fellows who have had experience of the Training Support Pathway.

Your feedback about your past experiences of the Training Support Pathway will help us identify what improvements can be made.

This short survey is open to:

Your participation will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes and is anonymous.

If you have questions about the research project, please contact the lead researcher, Gillian Lucas at

Evolve strategy 2019-21 consultation now complete

Since 2015, Evolve has been a flagship initiative of the RACP. Evolve enables physicians to be leaders in high-value, high-quality care. Recognitions of the importance of this initiative were made in recent government reviews including the Productivity Commission’s 2017 Shifting the Dial Five Year Productivity Review. Consultation for our 2019-21 strategy is now complete. We thank our members for their valuable insights which contribute to the ongoing development, delivery and evaluation of Evolve. We look forward to sharing the outcomes with our members in the coming weeks.

Input into RACP's submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety  

We are finalising the College’s submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. We have received very good input on this significant issue of health reform and improving patient healthcare. This is pertinent to many RACP specialties and subspecialities. The Terms of Reference are available on the Royal Commission's website. Due date for contributions is 29 August 2019. 

Please contact for a copy of the penultimate draft if you wish to contribute. 

Draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard – call for comment

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has invited the College to comment on its draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard. If you wish to help the College develop a response to this draft, please send your comments on the draft standard to by close of business Monday, 9 September 2019. You are also welcome to submit your own submission.

Commencement of the Queensland notifiable dust lung disease register

In response to the emergence of occupational dust lung diseases, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and silicosis, changes to the Public Health Act 2005 and the Public Health Regulation 2018 provide a legislative framework for Queensland Health to establish a notifiable dust lung disease register (NDLD register). 

Notifiable diseases include the following diseases caused by occupational exposure to inorganic dust:

  • cancer
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • pneumoconiosis including asbestosis, coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, mixed dust pneumoconiosis and silicosis.

From 1 July 2019, Queensland medical practitioners from the following specialities are required to notify the NDLD register if they make a diagnosis of a notifiable dust lung disease:

  • occupational and environmental medicine
  • respiratory and sleep medicine.

These specialists will be required to notify the NDLD register about a notifiable dust lung disease within 30 days of diagnosis using the approved form. Notifications will be able to be submitted to the NDLD register via a secure portal.

For further information please visit the Queensland Health website.

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.

Seeking members for Therapeutic Goods Administration’s statutory advisory committees

Would you like to contribute to the regulation of therapeutic goods in Australia? Have you considered becoming a member of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) statutory advisory committee?

The TGA is seeking applications from scientific and technical experts to fill a number of upcoming vacancies on TGA’s statutory advisory committees. You must have expertise in relevant clinical or scientific fields or experience with consumer health issues.

As a committee member you will contribute significantly towards the TGA’s regulatory functions by providing independent expert advice on matters across a broad spectrum of issues relating to medicines, devices, cell and tissue products and other products and substances. 

Further information about the role of TGA’s statutory advisory committees is available on the TGA website.

The deadline for applications is close of business 27 August 2019. To apply or to find out more about the appointment process visit the TGA website.

Career opportunities

View all positions vacant

Expression of Interest  

Check the Expressions of Interest page at any time, to find out if there are any opportunities that are of benefit to you. 

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.

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

AFPHM contact details

Member enquiries
(AUS) 1300 69 7227
(NZ) 0508 69 7227

AFPHM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):

Rachel Smith, Executive Officer
Phone: +61 2 9256 9622

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

AFPHM Oral Examination enquiries:
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

AFPHM New Zealand enquiries:
RACP New Zealand Office
Phone: +64 4 472 6713

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