AFRM Council Communiqué September 2017

Read the highlights of the key topics discussed at the 03-2017 AFRM Council meeting, held on 5 September 2017.

Model of Collaboration

A Model of Collaboration (MoC) between AFRM and the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) came into effect by exchange of letters in the first week of September 2017. The MoC is to be formally acknowledged by the Presidents of RMSANZ and AFRM in September at the RMSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting.

AFRM Research Project Trial

The AFRM Research Working Group is trialling the use of data from the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) to inform and support trainee research projects. The aim of the AFRM Research Project Trial is to improve the skill base and interest of AFRM trainees in research, and ultimately toincrease the overall quality of rehabilitation medicine research. Trainees in the initial trial will be linked to a research mentor whose interests and experience match the proposed research project.

The AFRM Research Project Trial is underway with three trainees accepted into the Research Support programme. A Research Mentor has been allocated to each trainee and consultations have commenced with AROC. The AFRM Research Working Group is next scheduled to meet on Wednesday, 4 October 2017.

Faculty of Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC) Activities

The Evolve Rehabilitation Medicine list was to be launched at the time of the RMSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting in September.

The AFRM Special Interest Groups (SIG) Reinvigoration Project continues to progress, with SIG chairs meeting via teleconference every quarter to consider strategies of re-invigorating the SIGs. Some strategies have included developing meeting templates, preparing a Statement of Purpose and Induction Pack for new members, reviewing the content on the College website on SIGs, and raising the profile of SIGs via communication channels (e.g. AFRM eBulletin). A number of SIGs have also transferred to RMSANZ.

The FPAC continues to review the AFRM content on the College’s website and other key documents, such as the ‘Integrated Care Working Party and Rehabilitation Medicine Integrated Care document’, ‘Rehabilitation Medicine Inpatient Standards document’, and ‘Rehabilitation Medicine Scope of Practice’.

Faculty of Education Committee (FEC) Activities

The AFRM Council discussed the review of the AFRM Curriculum. It was noted that the College’s curriculum model is undergoing developmental changes and a broader review of some aspects of the AFRM Curriculum is recommended. The AFRM FEC proposes to work with the College when it is appropriate that work commences on the review of the AFRM Curriculum.

AFRM Trainee Committee Activities

The 2018 Annual Trainee Meeting will be held in Sydney after recent survey of Trainee Committee Members. A Planning Committee will now commence work on arranging the event.

The AFRM Trainee Committee is exploring methods to improve securing job sharing and part-time positions for training, as well as establishing an informal peer support initiative, especially in regional sites where junior trainees tend to be isolated.

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