AFPHM eBulletin – 23 July 2021

A message from your President

Public health and public health physicians continue to be in the spotlight as we grapple with the delta variant. Many of you will be like me, with friends and family locked down in Australia, or distant with no realistic possibility of getting together soon. We are living each day as it comes – spending hours on phone queues to amend flight and travel bookings that are constantly changing in response to current circumstances, reverting to Zoom after a few months of relishing face-to-face meetings, and waiting for updates on case numbers each day. But, I am exercising more (the dog will not allow me a day off, even when it is raining and cold), forced to become a bit more chilled, and valuing the freedoms that we do have. There is always plenty of Faculty work to keep me busy!

On that note, there will be a number of Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops specifically aimed at AFPHM Fellows over the next six months. They will use the same content as the clinically focused SPDP workshops, but I hope that our discussions can translate that content to public health medicine. We have a large group signed up for SPDP 3 on 24 July and will have already held a SPDP 1 jointly with AFOEM on 22 July. Check the calendar for other dates for all three courses. 

National Training Day(s) will be coming up over the next couple of months. This will be held remotely over three sessions. Please support trainees to attend and encourage them to discuss the content and their reflections on the day with you. 

There are ongoing discussions about public health (and public health medicine) workforce with the government. There have been some signals that there will be another Specialist Training Program (STP) round before the end of the year – but nothing definite, including what the focus of that will be. You will recall that the previous round focused on regional and private practice.

I would like to finish on a high by welcoming our New Fellows since my last post. Please welcome and congratulate Dr Saman Farahangiz, Dr Penelope Fotheringham, Dr Sally Jane Ioannides and Dr Jelena Maticevic.

All the best


Emeritus Professor Robyn Lucas
AFPHM President

AFPHM Monthly Webinar – July 2021

Professor Tim Driscoll will be presenting July’s webinar on the topic 'Investigating and managing clusters of non-infectious disease cases'.

Disease clusters, particularly cancer clusters, have been a recurrent concern of the community for many years.  In Australia, the most prominent example is the ABC breast cancer cluster. This session will consider the key issues regarding how and why particular concerns arise; if, when and how such concerns should be investigated; what the key epidemiological principles are; and how the relevant epidemiological principles can be explained to concerned members of the public.

Professor Driscoll is an occupational epidemiologist and specialist in occupational and environmental medicine and public health medicine. He is a Professor in epidemiology and occupational medicine in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, where he runs the general epidemiology teaching and is Director of the Master of Public Health.  

Professor Driscoll’s main areas of interest are the burden of occupational disease and injury; occupational cancer and exposure to occupational carcinogens, particularly asbestos; occupational fatal injury; increasing the practical application and influence of epidemiological principles and findings; and improving the communication of epidemiological principles and findings to the general public.

This online webinar will be held on Tuesday, 27 July from 12pm to 1pm AEST. As usual, there will be the opportunity for AFPHM trainees to stay online after the webinar to network.

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.

AFPHM National Training Day Series

After a great session 1 yesterday, the next two AFPHM National Training Day sessions will take place on Wednesday, 4 August from 12pm to 1.30pm AEST and Tuesday, 24 August from 12pm to 1.30pm AEST.

Session 2 will focus on 'Health promotion and disease prevention' and will be presented by Professor Julie-Ann Leask and Dr Nadia Chaves. For more information on this session please visit the event webpage.

Session 3 will focus on 'Policy development' and will be presented by Professor Kate Conigrave and Dr Malcolm Dobbin. For more information on this session please visit the event webpage.

Register for both sessions now

RACP employment opportunity – Lead Fellow, Education Learning and Assessment

The Lead Fellow, Education Learning and Assessment is an integral role within the Education Learning and Assessment team. The successful applicant will provide leadership, advice and support for the College’s education program across the membership.

About the role

Reporting to the Executive General Manager, Education Learning and Assessment, you will play a significant role, providing physician leadership and supporting the College’s education and assessment strategy, including the Education Renewal Program. You will support and advise on changes to examinations and assessment, trainee wellbeing and assist with challenging trainee reviews and related initiatives across both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Help to shape the future direction of the College’s education program by delivering a physician’s perspective and represent our membership base. You will be a trusted adviser to the Senior Leadership Team and the College Education Committee, which is currently progressing a significant program of educational renewal for all 63 College programs.

This high-profile role is ideal if you are looking to expand your career beyond clinical delivery into medical education and impact the future of the College service delivery.

This opportunity is for a 12-month contract with part-time hours of 15 to 22.5 hours per week.

Applications close on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

More information about this new role is available on the RACP career webpage.

RACP Governor Macquarie Tower Meeting Rooms in Sydney – new name announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Board has recently approved a proposal from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC) to use the following names for the three College meeting rooms in our space at Governor Macquarie Tower (GMT), Sydney:




Yura Eóra

People or Aboriginal people



Place or country





To propose the three names, ATSIHC approached the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC), as the traditional custodians of the Gadigal lands on which the building resides, to ensure appropriate cultural protocols and language were used when naming the three GMT rooms. MLALC shared a book, The Sydney Language by Jakelin Troy and suggested the names be sourced from the language outlined in the book. ATSIHC considered this resource and proposed the above names within the themes of people, sun, and earth – representing the Australian Aboriginal flag.

Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions, the MLALC will be invited to a culturally respectful room naming event.

The room names are part of the RACP's work under priority 4 of the Indigenous Strategic Framework to foster a culturally competent College. The RACP will continue to undertake activities that focus on cultural safety for members and staff.

Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

Nominations for the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal for 2022 are now open. This medal is awarded by the RACP every five years to recognise an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of medicine. The medal was last awarded to Professor Roger Reddel in 2017.

This award is open to RACP Fellows as well as individuals outside the College. However the nominee must be nominated by a Fellow of the College to be considered.

Details on the application process and selection criteria are available on the website. Nominations close on Tuesday, 31 August 2021.

John Snow Scholarship

The John Snow Scholarship provides opportunities for medical students to increase their appreciation of public health medicine as a medical specialty and potential career path. Medical students currently enrolled in Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand medical schools are encouraged to apply. 

Selected representatives from each region across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand will be invited to present at a virtual event hosted by the Faculty in 2022, and will receive $250 cash and online registration to the Population Health Congress 2022. The overall winner will receive $1,500 cash. Please see the website for further details. 

Applications close 12 October 2021.

Gerry Murphy Prize

AFPHM Advanced Trainees are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2022 Gerry Murphy Prize. Trainees across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand have the opportunity to present on public health issues at regional competitions hosted by the AFPHM Regional Committees. The best presenter from each regional event will go on to compete for the Gerry Murphy Prize at the Population Health Congress 2022. 

Applications open on 1 August 2021. Visit the Gerry Murphy Prize webpage for more details.

College Medals and Awards

Nominations are now open for the following College and Fellowship Awards. They acknowledge outstanding contributions and achievements made by Fellows and trainees in their respective fields.

We encourage you to nominate for the following medals:

  • The John Sands Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of RACP and its members.
  • The College Medal is aligned to the College motto hominum servire saluti. It is awarded to a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or health of community through physician activities.
  • The International Medal recognises a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.
  • The 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 Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • The Mentor of the Year Award recognises a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.
  • The Trainee of the Year Award recognises a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to College, community and trainee activities.
  • The Eric Susman Prize is awarded by the College to a Fellow for best contribution to the knowledge of internal medicine.

Successful nominees are presented a medal at RACP Congress and receive full Congress registration, travel and accommodation.

Full details are available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

Trainee Research Awards 2021

Trainees and New Fellows undertaking post-Fellowship training are encouraged to apply for the RACP Trainee Research Awards.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards provide a valuable opportunity for trainees to present their research on topics related either to adult medicine or paediatric medicine at an Australian regional or Aotearoa New Zealand event. The best presenters from each local event are invited to present their work alongside recognised researchers at RACP Congress 2022. Each will receive complimentary Congress registration, travel and accommodation to attend Congress, and a certificate to acknowledge their achievement.

Award recipients are also invited to have their abstracts published in the Internal Medicine Journal or the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health RACP Congress supplement.

For further details and to apply, please visit the Trainee Research Awards webpage. Applications close 31 August 2021.

Recipient Spotlight: 2020 AFPHM Sue Morey Medal 

The Medal is awarded to the trainee who has achieved the best overall performance in the AFPHM Oral Examination.

Dr Laksmi Govindasamy

LaksmiDr Laksmi Sakura Govindasamy is a dual specialty Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine and Public Health Medicine. She is currently undertaking PhD studies through Swinburne University, exploring gender and leadership development in emergency medicine. 

Laksmi studied combined Medicine and Arts, majoring in Politics and International Relations, followed by a Masters in Public Health and International Public Health at The University of New South Wales. She has worked clinically in Sydney and regional NSW; Darwin and Katherine, Northern Territory; and currently at Austin Health, Victoria. She was a public health officer trainee in the NSW Ministry of Health, with placements in the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW, COVID-19 pandemic response, Centre for Population Health, and emergency response coordination. She worked as an Australian Volunteer with St John Ambulance Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. 

Laksmi hopes her career will contribute to addressing health inequity in Australia and abroad.

Training requirements reminder

We would like to remind all trainees of the following AFPHM training requirements and when to submit.

Learning Contracts and Reports

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the deadlines for the following have been extended:

  • Learning Contracts will be accepted within eight weeks of commencing a training position.
  • Learning Contract Reports will be accepted within 10 weeks of completing a training position.

You can download a Learning Contract, a Learning Contract Report or see the Program Requirements for more information.

Please note that failure to adhere to College deadlines may result in periods of training not counting towards your training time in accordance with the Progression through Training Policy.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your training requirements and if you would like assistance with the content of your Learning Contract or Report, please contact the AFPHM Learning Contract Advisor.

AFPHM mentorship guidelines

In accordance with the requirements for Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine, trainees must have one mentor (minimum) over the course of training. An AFPHM mentor is a formal mentoring relationship and their role is to guide the overall professional development of the trainee as they move through the AFPHM training program.

The AFPHM Education Committee (FEC) has been working to provide some guidance to trainees and Fellows on AFPHM mentorship and has now published some guidelines on the College’s Advanced Training Supervision webpage. Trainees and Fellows can refer to these guidelines when choosing a mentor or throughout the training experience.

New RACP video series highlights physicians in remote Australian communities

Practicing rural and remote medicine offers opportunities, career progression and a lifestyle simply not available in Australia’s big cities.

From today, you can watch a fascinating new series of short videos In our Own Words, about the critical role our Fellows and trainees fulfil in providing healthcare to small towns, the regions and remote Australia, via the Specialist Training Program (STP). 

The STP is a funding initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health.

There are around 900 STP-funded training positions across Australia, managed by 13 medical colleges. The RACP currently manages around 380 positions. 

With funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health, we’re increasing awareness and understanding of the Program.  

Our members tell their own stories, what it has meant to them and the communities they serve.  

We will be releasing these to you weekly over the coming months. The videos are available on the RACP website, where we have created a new mini-site about the program.

Expressions of Interest for AFPHM Committee roles 

AFPHM Education Committee (FEC)

The FEC has two vacancies and is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from AFPHM Fellows to join as the Physician Education Lead and Accreditation Lead. The FEC oversees the Advanced Training program in public health medicine.

The calls for expressions of interest for each position can be found on the College’s EOI page under the following roles: Physician Education Lead and Accreditation Lead. The position descriptions have also been provided on these pages.

Fellows who are interested are invited to submit an EOI form and CV to by COB Friday, 30 July 2021. For any questions, you can contact Lanica Roventa on the same email.

Faculty Training Committee (FTC)

The FTC is looking for a Trainee Representative from AFPHM. The Committee oversees Advanced Training in public health medicine.

Details of this position and how to submit an application can be found on the RACP website.

AFPHM QLD Committee

The AFPHM Queensland Committee seeks a Trainee Representative.
The Committee advises the AFPHM Council of matters relevant in Queensland and acts to encourage cooperation in the region. The successful applicant will also represent QLD on the AFPHM Trainee Committee.

Details of this position and how to submit an application can be found on the RACP website.

AFPHM Training Committee

The Faculty Training Committee seeks expressions of interest for NT and TAS Regional Education Coordinators. Details of this position and how to submit an application can be found on the RACP website.


RACP Quarterly Issue Two 2021

RACP Quarterly is our member magazine featuring healthcare and medical news.

We’ve gone digital – welcome to our second online edition.

In this issue we feature a conversation with Associate Professor Luke Burchill and Professor Megan Davis as they discuss Building a solution space for Indigenous health at the RACP. We also discuss how to improve Palliative medicine, respiratory medicine and integrated care.

Other highlights include Genetic discovery and translation in neuromuscular diseases and Workforce casualisation and mobility in a COVID world.

Also included in this issue are our 38 RACP Fellows recognised in the Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours lists

We also recognise Professor Lesley Campbell AM who has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Diabetes Society.

Read RACP Quarterly Issue Two 2021 online now

Access previous issues of RACP Quarterly on the RACP website.

Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) – upcoming session

SPDP 3: Work-based Learning and Assessment

We invite you to a supervisor training workshop, SPDP 3: Work-based Learning and Assessment. This workshop is just for public health medicine supervisors. 

The session will be three hours and will cover the following topics:

  • discuss the purpose and importance of work-based learning and assessment
  • analyse the cycle of planning for learning and assessment
  • identify the challenges and solutions associated with work-based assessment in a complex environment
  • evaluate overall performance and progress to make a summative assessment.

Date: Saturday, 24 July 2021
Time: 10am to 1pm AEST
Location: Zoom (virtual)
Facilitators: Emeritus Professor Robyn Lucas and Dr Tony Gill
Registration: Register online

*Please note you will receive an email after registration containing your specific Zoom link to access the workshop.

If you are currently enrolled in the College’s MyCPD program, you can claim credits for this workshop under Category 2, at a rate of three credits per hour.

For more information about the Supervisor Professional Development Program, visit the College website or contact the Supervisor Learning Support unit at

Upcoming webinar – Cancer screening: An update

Hosted by the AFPHM Victorian Regional Committee, join Professor Dorota Gertig and Ms Nikki McGrath on the topic – Cancer screening: An update. All Australian members from the Faculty are encouraged to attend this webinar on Tuesday, 3 August from 6pm to 7.30pm AEST. 

Professor Gertig is the Medical Director of the National Cancer Screening Register and Population Health Solutions at Telstra Health. Ms McGrath is the Team Leader of the Screening and Cancer Prevention Team, part of the Prevention and Population Health Branch of the Public Health Division at the Victorian Department of Health. 

Professor Gertig will speak about the role of the National Cancer Screening Register. She will also provide an important update on the transition from cytology-based cervical screening to primary HPV-based screening, the potential for elimination of cervical cancer and will give recommendations from the lung cancer screening enquiry.

Ms McGrath has worked in the cancer screening sector for the last ten years both at BreastScreen Victoria and then as Equity Team Leader in Screening and Cancer Prevention Team. She will present an update on cancer screening activities in the Victorian Department of Health, including impact of COVID-19 on screening and highlight a few key initiatives from the current Victorian cancer plan.

Register for the webinar

RACP survey now open: Healthcare of patients with intellectual disability

We invite all members to respond to this quick survey. We value your feedback. Your perspective is crucial to better understanding the type of work undertaken, the distribution of the workforce, identification of unmet health needs and perceptions of medical specialists who treat people with intellectual disability. 

The survey will only take five to 10 minutes to complete and by doing so, will provide us with a clearer picture of how we can better educate, advocate and innovate in the intellectual disability health sector. In addition, it may assist the current Australian Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Complete the survey

Pomegranate Health podcast

Ep71: Voluntary Assisted Dying—what have we learned?

In 2017, Victoria was the first state in Australia to pass voluntary assisted legislation and has been followed by Western Australia, Tasmania and now South Australia. Aotearoa New Zealand passed its End-of-life Choice Bill two years ago and it will go live in November. This podcast draws on the experience of some very committed Victorian clinicians who share the lessons they've learned over the last two years about practical implementation of voluntary assisted dying (VAD).

The presenters were recorded at this year’s RACP Congress held in May. Palliative care physician Dr Danielle Ko explained how Austin Health has prepared and supported its healthcare staff through this shift in practice. Palliative care physician Dr Greg Mewitt described the challenge of consulting remotely with patients in regional Victoria. Professor Paul Komesaroff reflected on some other points of friction in Victoria’s law as it stands and the practicalities of medical practice. And Professor James Howe talked of his work as a neurologist in a Catholic healthcare institution, and how tensions over assisted dying had been resolved.


  • Dr Danielle Ko FRACGP FAChPM (Clinical Ethics Lead, Austin Health; VAD Review Board, Safercare Victoria)
  • Dr Greg Mewett FRACGP FAChPM DRCOG (Ballarat Rural Health; Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team
  • Professor Paul Komesaroff AM, FRACP (Alfred Hospital; Monash University)
  • Professor James Howe FRACP (VAD Review Board, Safercare Victoria)
  • Dr George Laking FRACP (Auckland City Hospital; RACP President Aotearoa New Zealand)

Subscribe to email alerts or search for ‘Pomegranate Health’ in Apple PodcastsSpotifyCastbox, or any podcasting appFellows of the RACP can claim CPD credits for listening and learning via MyCPD. For a transcript and further references please visit our website. 

Postgraduate research scholarships in practice analytics

The Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) is funding two $175,000 PhD scholarships to support two postgraduate research students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health. Applications close on Saturday, 31 July 2021.

The scholarship will provide the following benefits for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance:

  • stipend allowance of $40,000 per annum
  • education allowance of $5,000 per annum
  • project travel allowance of $5,000 per annum.

Find out more and apply

My Health Record Emergency Access

New guidance is available to assist healthcare providers to understand appropriate use of the My Health Record emergency access function (also known as a ‘break glass’ function).

The online guidancefrequently asked questions and flow chart were developed by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency and a range of stakeholders, including clinicians.

It is important that the emergency access function is only used to lessen or prevent a serious threat, as defined in Section 64 of the My Health Records Act 2012. Inappropriate use of emergency access can result in a potential breach of the healthcare consumer’s privacy and penalties may apply.

The new guidance outlines when emergency access may be used. Several clinical case studies are provided, together with tips for complying with legislative requirements for emergency access.

Visit the OAIC website to learn more.

The Obesity Collective update

The RACP is a member of The Obesity Collective, which brings together individuals and organisations committed to working together to tackle the obesity challenge with an empathetic and whole of society approach.

This month marks three years since the Collective was launched. During this time it has progressed in a number of priority areas, including research and policy work as part of a campaign on weight stigma, and an activity map of obesity prevention, treatment and advocacy activities across Australia.

Another key component of the Collective was the development of the Obesity Evidence Hub, which identifies, analyses and synthesises evidence on obesity for use in future policy work.

The Collective is also promoting its recent campaign – More than meets the eye. This campaign continues the Collective’s work on weight stigma and plans to share stories of obesity from Australians, along with presenting the science, to help people understand that obesity is complex and impacted by many social, biological and environmental drivers.  

Our work with the Obesity Collective and on obesity more broadly is underpinned by the RACP Position Statement on Obesity – Action to prevent obesity and reduce its impact across the life course.

Contribute to developing a new Spaced Learning course on Quality and Safety

Interested Fellows and trainees are invited to submit expressions of interest to join a Working Group to develop a new Quality and Safety Spaced Learning course.

The Quality and Safety Spaced Learning course will be delivered via Qstream and will comprise of six case study questions. Participants will receive case studies directly to their inbox and can complete them at a time that suits them over a four-week period.

The Working Group will assist in the development and drafting of case study questions.

Find out more and apply by Friday, 13 August 2021.

Advocacy to raise the age of criminal responsibility – at a national and regional level

The RACP continues to advocate for raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years of age in line with medical evidence. The RACP has been advocating on this issue since 2016. The RACP is a member of the steering group for the national campaign to raise the age. RACP members can sign and share the national raise the age petition.

In Western Australia, Social Reinvestment WA is leading a local campaign to raise the age, we encourage all members based in Western Australia to email their local MP on this issue using the webform and support the campaign via social media.

The Northern Territory government has publicly committed to raising the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years of age as per its commitments to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Child Protection and Detention. The RACP is supportive of raising the age, but will work with local stakeholders to encourage that the age of criminal responsibility is raised to 14 instead of 12 years of age.

The ACT government has committed to raising the age to 14 and is undertaking the necessary processes to progress legislation. This change will become law in the second half of 2022.

Advocacy in other regions is underway in collaboration with local groups.

To read previous RACP submissions to the Council of Attorneys-General please visit the RACP website.

Public release of the National Dust Disease Taskforce Final Report

The Australian Department of Health has now released the National Dust Disease Taskforce’s Final Report, which contains seven recommendations. These recommendations focus on work health and safety measures, work health and safety monitoring and compliance, national guidance to identify people at risk, better support for workers, medical, health and other related professionals, a strategic national approach to research and cross-jurisdictional governance mechanism to coordinate responses and report on progress.

The College has welcomed the Taskforce’s Final Report and calls on the Government to adopt all of its recommendations.

The College has previously advocated  for the establishment of a permanent multi-disciplinary group to oversee the implementation of the National Dust Disease Taskforce’s final recommendations. We are pleased to see this reflected in Recommendation 7 of the Taskforce’s Final Report and we have called on the Government to establish this cross-jurisdictional mechanism urgently to ensure the recommended actions in the report are adopted, monitored and progressed in an efficient and coordinated way.

The National Dust Disease Taskforce (the Taskforce) was established by the Federal Government in July 2019 following many months of strong joint advocacy from the College, its Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. The Taskforce has played a crucial role in driving the development of a national approach for the prevention, early identification, control and management of dust diseases in Australia. Its membership included the following College members: Professor Fraser Brims, Dr Graeme Edwards, Dr Ryan Hoy and Professor Christine Jenkins.

RACP submission to IHPA consultation for the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2022-23

The RACP’s recent submission to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) annual Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2022-23 was based on College-wide consultation. The Pricing Framework underpins the national efficient price and national efficient cost determinations for Australian public hospital services. The RACP’s submission provides:

  • physician input on the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of hospital services
  • future funding models intended to signal a shift from paying for volume of services to paying for value and patient outcomes, avoidable and preventable hospitalisations
  • areas for adjustments to the national efficient price.

In the submission, the College states our support for defining activity, units or ‘episode of care’ less by hospital site location and more by the inclusive and comprehensive treatment of a presenting condition(s). This is in keeping with both the Australian government and jurisdiction governments’ transition to a more integrated healthcare system.

Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill 2021

Earlier this month the RACP made a submission to the Queensland Parliament Health and Environment Committee’s Inquiry into the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill 2021. We do not have a single position on VAD, but provided comments to ensure appropriate safeguards and processes if VAD legislation should become operational in Queensland.

Our comments build on an earlier submission on the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s legal framework for voluntary assisted dying consultation paper in November 2020. Both these submissions align with our 2018 Statement on Voluntary Assisted Dying, which was developed following an extensive consultation and drafting process involving a wide range of members, and recognises the divergent views on VAD within the membership.

Useful 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:

Career opportunities 

View all positions vacant.

Events and conferences

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 events are coming up.

AFPHM contact details

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

AFPHM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):

Ria Kelleher, Executive Officer

Public Health Learning Advisor:
Jennifer Desrosiers

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:
Professional Practice
Phone: +61 2 8247 6285

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

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