AFRM Council Communiqué November 2017

Read the highlights of the key topics discussed at the 04-2017 AFRM Council meeting, held on 21 November 2017.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The Council approved the disestablishment of three AFRM SIGs – Neurorehabilitation SIG, Musculoskeletal, Pain and Occupational Rehabilitation SIG and Prosthetics and Orthotics SIG. The three AFRM SIGs will be re-established, with the same membership, as SIGs under the auspice of the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ).

The Spinal Cord Injury SIG has also been renamed the Spinal Cord Damage SIG.

The Council approved the establishment of a Cancer Rehabilitation SIG. Further information about the Cancer Rehabilitation SIG will be made available shortly.

Development of AROC capabilities

The Council discussed the need to build the ambulatory dataset, particularly with the growing trend towards ambulatory models of rehabilitation care.The Council agreed to invite AROC to the 2018 Planning Day to progress this discussion further.

Faculty of Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC) Activities

FPAC has commenced an initial review of the policies and their location on the website. FPAC is working with Policy and Advocacy to make the location of current policy documents more obvious on the AFRM webpage. FPAC will continue to review AFRM policy documents when their review timeframes arise, or earlier if required.

Together with the College, AFRM President, Associate Professor Andrew Cole and AFRM President-elect, Professor Timothy Geraghty met with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) in relation to care of hip fractures and degenerative joint disease of the knee. The meeting was a good opportunity to discuss the scope of practice for Rehabilitation Medicine and strengthen relationships for future collaborative efforts.

Faculty of Education Committee (FEC) Activities

The AFRM Faculty Education Committee (FEC) had their last meeting for this year, on Friday 17 November 2017.

2019-20 Program Requirements

The proposed 2019-20 Program Requirements will now be considered by the College Assessment Committee for their comments before being considered by the College Education Committee in February 2018.

AFRM Trainee Committee Activities

Annual Trainee Meeting 2018

The AFRM Trainee Committee has established a subcommittee to plan the 2018 Annual Trainee Meeting (ATM). Preparation has begun for the 2018 ATM which is to be hosted in Sydney on the weekend of 21-22 April 2018. A draft program has been established and subcommittee members are in the process of contacting suggested speakers.

Associate Professor Andrew M Cole, President
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
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