AFPHM eBulletin – 24 August 2018

Attention all trainees

We are writing to introduce ourselves as your trainee representatives, ready and eager to advocate on your behalf on any trainee issues whatsoever.
We hope to hear from all current trainees, because:

  • we keep our own trainee contact lists that are compiled, in part, through word-of-mouth, and relevant updates go out through these contact lists – please email us to opt-in   
  • we would love to hear about where you're working and how you're going with your placements – it is not always easy for trainees to keep in touch and to know what's happening elsewhere. 

As trainee representatives, we sit on the Faculty Trainees' Committee and meet regularly to discuss trainee issues. We advocate on your behalf to the Regional Committees, Faculty Training Committee, Faculty Education Committee, AFPHM Council and College Training Committee.

We are also looking to fill a number of trainee positions on our Committee (Deputy Chair, WA trainee representative, NZ trainee representative) and expressions of interest are also open for trainee representatives to the Faculty Education Committee and College Trainees’ Committee. Please contact us at if you are interested in knowing more about these opportunities. 

Contact the Faculty office at for your trainee representatives contact details. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. 
Anthea Katelaris 
Chair and AFPHM Council representative

Priya Janagaraj
AFPHM Training Committee Representative

Anthony Zheng
NSW AFPHM Trainee Representative

Nick Georges
NT AFPHM Trainee Representative

Alexandra Uren
QLD AFPHM Trainee Representative

Therese Marfori
TAS AFPHM Trainee Representative

Miranda Harris
ACT AFPHM Trainee Representative

Christopher Lewis
SA AFPHM Trainee Representative

Michelle Gooey
VIC AFPHM Trainee Representative

A message from your President

I recently went to the 11th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in Adelaide. When I was there I reflected on a much earlier viral hepatitis conference that I attended, perhaps the second, and how different the two conferences were. At the earlier conference in the 1990’s, the epidemiology and the natural history of the recently discovered hepatitis C was just being described. There were also presentations about prevention strategies, and discussions about the importance of drug law reform in being able to tackle substance use as a health issue rather than as a crime. Fast forward to 2018 when we’ve had over two years of access to direct acting antiviral hepatitis C treatment via the PBS in Australia. At this conference we heard that we are now seeing a decline in hepatitis C prevalence in needle and syringe program clients due to treatment, and there were many presentations about novel approaches to treating people with hepatitis C who are difficult to reach. The mood was one of optimism that there is a possibility, at least, of achieving the World Health Organization (WHO) goal of eliminating hepatitis C as a public health problem by 2030. 

Although challenges do still remain, and, as it was in the 1990’s, the importance of drug law reform is clear. Rates of imprisonment are increasing around Australia, and access in prisons to the basics of blood borne virus prevention such as clean needles and syringes is not available in Australian prisons. Should people who inject drugs be in prison anyway, or should they instead have access to support services to limit the harms from their drug use? 

Throughout their history, the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conferences have involved affected communities, clinicians, advocates and researchers, resulting in a fuller and more informed discussion. This is not unusual in the blood borne virus and STI sector, but how often do we see affected communities represented at other conferences, such as those about preventing and managing diabetes or heart disease? If such partnerships occurred in other sectors, perhaps the issues of social justice and access that are so intertwined in the determinants of health may not be so easily ignored by policymakers. 

On another note, we have had an encouraging number of nominations for the Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee, including a number of new Fellows, which is really exciting. But the Committee needs a chair, so please nominate. And, vacancies continue to exist in our Regional Education Committees, most notably in NSW, our state with the highest number of members. The nomination process requires a bit of effort, but please do step up and be rewarded by strengthening our capacity to train and mentor the public health physicians of the future. Further details about vacancies and the application process are available elsewhere in this eBulletin.

Associate Professor Linda Selvey
President, AFPHM 

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 College website.

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, visit the RACP website

To watch previous webinars, go to our Youtube playlist.

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

Continuing Professional Development sessions

AFPHM ACT Annual Dinner is on Tuesday, 28 August 2018.
RSVP via

AFPHM VIC CPD Session: ‘The Evolution from Tropical Medicine via International Health to Global Health –rhetoric versus reality’ on Tuesday, 11 September 2018.
RSVP via

Seeking AFPHM representatives for committees

Are you willing to represent your colleagues and be a voice for the Faculty? Would you like to be a 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. Further details are available online.

AFPHM Trainees’ Committee
There are currently four vacant positions on the AFPHM Trainees’ Committee. This is a great opportunity to meet trainees from other regions and advocate on training issues related to your region. If you are interested in being a part of this Committee please submit an Expression of Interest form along with your CV to

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.

Employment, Poverty and Health Reference Group

Expressions of Interest are sought for a newly established Employment, Poverty and Health (EPH) Reference Group led by the Australasian Faculty of Environmental Medicine (AFOEM). Membership is open to public health medicine members. If you are interested in joining this group, please email your Expression of Interest form and CV to

Trainee research awards reminder

Deadlines  for abstract submissions for Trainee Research Awards events are fast approaching. 

Trainees across Australian states and territories, and New Zealand can take part.

Learn more

Have you logged into your new RACP benefits website?

Your RACP member benefits program can save you hundreds throughout the year, with discounts on a range of lifestyle, leisure and financial services. 

Including holidays and work trip essentials, discounted business management software or financial planning and insurance for professionals. 

Your member benefits program can also help you save on everyday essentials like fuel and groceries or household necessities with pre-purchased gift cards*.

Visit your RACP Member Advantage website or call 1300 853 352 for more information.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Apply or nominate for College and Faculty awards and prizes

Recognise an outstanding colleague or apply for a career-enriching opportunity through the different awards and prizes offered by RACP and AFPHM. Nominations are now open for several prestigious College awards and prizes, including:

Trainees are also encouraged to apply for the Gerry Murphy Prize or the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence. Regional awardees will have the opportunity to attend and present at the 2019 RACP Congress in Auckland. They will also be invited to have their abstract published.

Do you know someone studying medicine who is interested in public health medicine? Applications are now open for the AFPHM John Snow Scholarships. Representatives from each Australian region and New Zealand are selected to attend and present at the 2019 RACP Congress where a national recipient is selected.

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.

Final call: up to $8,000 available for women's leadership development

Women currently working in the healthcare sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $8,000 to support participation in a leadership development program. 

Funding must be apportioned by the end of September and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 5pm on September 21: 

Child health experts and key stakeholders come together in Canberra for the RACP Inequities in Child Health Forum 

On Wednesday of last week, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians hosted our Inequities in Child Health Forum at Australian Parliament House in Canberra, where leading child health experts presented to an audience including Members of Parliament and Senators, state and territory Chief Paediatricians and heads of key medical, public health and community bodies.

Australian Federal Minister for Health and Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare spoke at the event, with the Minister for Health announcing funding for the development of a National Action Plan for Children’s Health 2020 to 2030. The Minister stated that the plan “will ensure that we give our Indigenous Australians, our rural Australians, and our younger Australians in more difficult socio-economic circumstances, the best shot at the best life to be the best person that they can otherwise ever hope to be."

Child health experts Associate Professor Susan Woolfenden, Professor Sharon Goldfeld and Professor Ngiare Brown presented on the actions and strategies needed to reduce inequities in health care access and outcomes, and the part that health practitioners and politicians can play in acting as a buffer against cycles of disadvantage. The Forum and its messages received significant media coverage across print, radio, social media and television, helping to promote discussion of an important area for child health and wellbeing.

The RACP President Associate Professor Mark Lane, President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division Professor Paul Colditz, and senior Paediatricians also met with the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, and other government representatives. 

The RACP will continue its dialogue with key decision makers to ensure high quality, truly universal health care services are available to all children regardless of their postcode.

To find out more about this issue, you can read our Inequities in Child Health Position Statement or its accompanying fact sheet, and access the tools in our online advocacy kit

You can also listen to Professor Sharon Goldfeld discuss the issue of child health inequities on ABC RN Breakfast as recorded on 15 August 2018. 

Expressions of Interest

Observer at the 2018 AFPHM Oral Examination

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

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 National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance is holding a ‘Vaccines in Public Health Workshop’ on 3 and 4 September 2018, at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

AFPHM Annual Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Dinner, Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 7pm at the Ottoman Cuisine, ACT.

AFPHM Victoria CPD Event: The Evolution from Tropical Medicine via International Health to Global Health – rhetoric versus reality, Tuesday, 11 September 2018, from 5.30pm at the RACP Victoria Office.

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

Seeking feedback – The Draft International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are seeking feedback from member nations on the Draft International Standards for the Treatment Of Drug Use Disorders.

The MSD and UNODC are interested in feedback from Australia, given our well-developed drug and alcohol treatment system. For feedback to be considered Australia needs to have 150 responses to the email survey. RACP members are encouraged to provide feedback on any or all sections of the document. Feedback is via a web survey that is open until Friday, 31 August 2018. 

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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