AFRM eBulletin – 1 April 2021

A message from your President

I’m pleased to provide you with an update on the breadth of activity for AFRM.

Curriculum Renewal Review Group 

Expressions of interest to join the Review Group have now closed. Thank you to all who have applied. We are looking forward to working with you on this important task.

COVID-19 pandemic

AFRM Council discussed the COVID-19 rehabilitation issue again on Friday, 26 March 2021 and resolved to form a COVID-19 Working Party. As you are aware there are various important issues for us. Many have been highlighted by Dr Susan Graham, AFRM member of the College COVID-19 Expert Reference Group and other Fellows. We are particularly interested in rehabilitation for long COVID and the need for rehabilitation services for COVID-19 sufferers, much of which has been ignored. The other important issue is the adverse impact of COVID-19 on many of our other rehabilitation services. We are particularly interested to hear your experiences on this issue.

Academic representation on AFRM Council

The RACP Board has approved our proposed Academic Representative on AFRM Council. An Expression of Interest will soon be sent out seeking a Fellow to Chair the Research and Academic Committee reporting to AFRM Council. It is our intention that the Committee will keep academic matters at the forefront of Faculty planning and considerations.

AFRM Exams Working Group

The AFRM Executive Committee has continued to meet regularly with the Chair of the Faculty Education Committee, the Chairs of the Faculty Training and Assessment Committees and senior College education staff to ensure the best preparation possible for our disrupted examinations, which are now underway, and which will continue during the rest of 2021. Recent communications have gone out to trainees and supervisors regarding the upcoming Faculty Clinical Examination. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this a particularly difficult exercise for everyone. I'd like to pay tribute to the work done by our education leaders within the Faculty and the College and reassure trainees and supervisors that great care has gone into preparing for these exams so that trainees can be assessed fairly

Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC)

The FPAC met on Friday, 19 March 2021 and important issues continue to be promoted and progressed. The first draft of the position statement on ‘The use of stem cells as a therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy’ will go out for consultation soon. There's been an overwhelming response to the two bariatric rehabilitation surveys which were sent out and these will inform the work of the working group on the new position statement. The Faculty has also been part of the RACP submission to the joint standing committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) regarding independent assessments.

Aotearoa New Zealand matters

We recently became aware of proposed changes at the level of Aotearoa New Zealand health boards which would involve changing from the use of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) to an alternative data collection system called interRAI which would have significant adverse effects on the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) database effectively threatening to remove all Aotearoa New Zealand units from the AROC database. A letter from Dr Richard Seeman, Chair of the AFRM Aotearoa New Zealand Committee, and myself to the Aotearoa New Zealand Minister of Health has been sent and acknowledged. We will keep you informed of developments. 

There were two prize winners in the Boris Mak awards announced at the Aotearoa New Zealand Rehabilitation Symposium on 27 February 2021:

  • First place was Dr Michael Dawson for his presentation on amantadine use and disorders of consciousness case report and review.
  • Second place went to Dr Juan Delgado Rodriguez for his presentation on lesion overlap analysis in paediatrics.

AFRM Annual Members Meeting

The Annual Members Meeting will not be able to be held with the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting which has been postponed until 2022. Our intention is that we will hold an Annual Members Meeting in an online format in July 2021. The meeting ideally corresponds to the changeover of Faculty office bearers held shortly after May of each calendar year. There is no RMSANZ meeting which would lend itself to the Annual Members Meeting this year.

Future of the Faculties

I continue to meet regularly with the Presidents of the Faculties of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) and Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) to discuss issues of mutual interest. We continue to receive positive responses to our request for increased support, for example resources to improve the modules 1 and 2 curriculum and training resources. We have also requested three representatives for the three Faculties on the College Education Committee (as opposed to one representative for the three Faculties) as well as greater delegated financial authority and greater ability to advocate on agreed policy areas.


Professor Maria Crotty from Adelaide has been appointed as the new Clinical Director of AROC following the retirement of Professor John Olver. 

AROC is currently appointing a new Director to replace Frances Simmonds who recently retired.


The AFRM Executive Committee continues to meet regularly with the RMSANZ President, Dr Michael Chou, to maintain collaboration. The RMSANZ Board has agreed to our proposal that the AFRM Academic Representative would have a permanent place on the Committee for the RMSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. The RMSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting for 2021 has been postponed to 2022. They will hold a two day ‘snapshots type’ online meeting from Saturday, 31 July to Sunday, 1 August 2021.


I am disappointed to report that a Regional Training Coordinator recently resigned in frustration over the inability to easily communicate with trainees in their state. After some clarification regarding the purpose for the release of members’ contact information in relation to the College’s privacy obligations, the College will make a training list available to each Regional Training Coordinator in their respective state. We continue to discuss issues of communication with members of the College with the aim of improving the ease of communication between ourselves and the membership.

The College has recently launched a project called Online Communities which aims to provide an online platform for easy communication between groups of College members. A pilot project will enable us to see whether this may be a useful solution for some of our difficulties.

Indigenous Strategic Policy

In line with the College’s Indigenous Strategic Policy, the AFRM Council has added the Māori Mihimihi to the Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of our Council Meetings. The issue of cultural competence and cultural safety were discussed again at recent AFRM and College Council meetings. I would urge all Fellows to access the Colleges e-learning module on Indigenous health as a first step towards improving cultural competence and cultural safety. 

Dr Greg Bowring
AFRM President

A message from the AFRM Trainee Committee Chair

Dear trainees,
Many of you are now in recovery from your Fellowship Written Exams and are finding time to practise for the Fellowship Clinical Examinations (general and paediatric) in May 2021. The format of the examinations is going to be different this year. If you haven't already, I'd ask you to review the updated examinations webpage on the RACP website or see the article further down in this ebulletin to be across all of the new details.
Obviously, this is a significant change coming less than two months before the big day, following a disrupted year of training and preparation. Your AFRM Trainee Committee is interested to learn of your experiences and advocate for you.
Module 1 candidates will be honing their multiple-choice question skillset for the first computer-based AFRM Module 1 Examination on Tuesday, 18 May 2021. A lot of preparation has gone into this and the Trainee Committee has been consulted on its development at every step of the way.
Module 2 candidates are hopefully in study groups and practising their skills for the face-to-face AFRM Module 2 Examination which, at this point, is being held at the Gold Coast University Hospital on Sunday, 20 June 2021. While we can't get together to train as we once did for this, try to lock in some time each week to prepare yourself. 
Online events for assisting in your preparations have been coming fast. Dr Greg Bowring, AFRM President, has recently hosted the Upper Limb Prosthetic/Orthotic Workshop as an online event, which was well received by attendees. The Bi-National Training Program and NSW Lecture Series have recommenced with lectures being held on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month through to November 2021. The Wagga Orthotics Workshop will also be operating as an online event on Saturday, 17 April 2021 – this is an incredibly valuable event and I’d encourage you to attend it. The AFRM Annual Trainee Meeting will also be going ahead in an online format, similarly to 2020, and we are putting together an Organising Committee to develop this. I would be happy to hear your suggestions for topics and presenters.
In addition, face-to-face workshops have re-emerged, with Dr Clive Sun facilitating a musculoskeletal workshop on Saturday, 22 May 2021 in Victoria. Please check the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) website for further details. 
Happy studying!
Dr Phillip Gaughwin
AFRM Trainee Committee Chair

Update on the AFRM Fellowship Clinical Examination (General)

As the COVID-19 situation continues to impact access to hospitals and travel in both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, some changes have been made to how the exam will be delivered.

The exam will be delivered as scheduled on Saturday, 1 May 2021. The exam will be delivered in hospitals using a hybrid model designed to minimise the need for travel for all participants. There will be three exam 'hubs' located in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to accommodate participants from NSW, QLD and VIC, as well as those who wish to travel to them. 

The Sydney site will host a virtual circuit to facilitate participants from Aotearoa New Zealand and for any Australian participants who are unable or unwilling to travel interstate. 

The exam will be delivered adhering to COVID-19 safe requirements and the Faculty Examinations Team are working closely with the hospitals to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place. The exam will be delivered at the Royal North Shore Hospital (NSW), St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (VIC) and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (QLD). If participants are located outside NSW, VIC or QLD, the Faculty Examinations Team will contact participants individually to discuss suitable arrangements. An email will follow shortly asking participants to either nominate their first and second preference for attendance at an exam hub or, state whether they prefer to attend remotely. If participants choose to attend an exam hub, the Faculty Examinations Team will endeavour to allocate their first preference however depending on participants numbers, this may not be possible. 

Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 continue to evolve rapidly and we understand this affects participants in states outside the three exam hubs and in Aotearoa New Zealand. Due to this there is carefully monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and participants are asked to wait to book flights and accommodation until they have spoken to the Faculty Examinations Team about their preference for attendance at an exam hub or sitting remotely. 

The safety of all participants is at the core of all the plans and the original contingency plans have been revised to implement a hybrid version of the original plans, these are available on the AFRM Fellowship Clinical Exam (General) webpage. The Faculty Examinations Team want to reassure participants that if their individual situation changes, or changes to the COVID-19 conditions in any area impact the delivery of the exam, the Faculty Examinations Team will contact affected participants as soon as possible with details.

Join the AFRM Queensland Regional Committee

The AFRM Queensland Regional Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows for a Regional Training Coordinator. The Regional Training Coordinator facilitates the AFRM's training objectives in Queensland. The Regional Training Coordinator provides updates to the AFRM Education Committee and AFRM Council and is responsible for the formulation and coordination of educational activities for local AFRM trainees.

For more information visit the RACP website or contact

AFRM Research Award recipients

Congratulations to the AFRM Fellows who have been awarded 2021 RACP Foundation Research Awards.

2021 RACP MAIC Career Development Fellowship

Professor Timothy Geraghty

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health
Project: Complex Rehabilitation in Systems under Immense Stress (CRISIS): Secondary health complications and access to services during system disruption for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) – the CRISIS-SCI Study.

Professor Geraghty is a rehabilitation medicine physician and Medical Chair, Division of Rehabilitation, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health. He has been a Staff Specialist in the Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service (QSCIS) for almost 20 years. He is also the Deputy-Director of The Hopkins Centre: Research for Rehabilitation and Resilience and undertakes research in a range of areas related to spinal cord injury and rehabilitation medicine and has been a co-investigator on national and international spinal cord injury research projects. 
He is the immediate Past President, AFRM and was previously Chair of the Faculty Policy & Advocacy and Education Committees. 
He has recently completed a five-year stint as inaugural Co-Chair of the Queensland Statewide Rehabilitation Clinical Network and has a keen interest in strategic planning and service development in rehabilitation medicine and rehabilitation services with the ultimate aim of improving provision of services for people with a disability.

RACP AFRM Research Establishment Fellowship

Dr Pearl Chung

Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
Project: The use of quantitative electroencephalography in sleep to measure the neurological recovery following severe traumatic brain injury in post-traumatic amnesia.

Dr Chung is a consultant rehabilitation physician with interest in concussion, traumatic brain injury and sleep disorders. Dr Chung completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 2005 and then went on to complete a Master of Public Health at Monash University in 2013. She became a specialist in rehabilitation medicine in 2016. In the same year, she was awarded her PhD in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation through the University of Melbourne. She has a hybrid career in academic, research and clinical medicine with current affiliations with the Sydney Medical School – University of Sydney, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Rehab. She is actively involved in the Faculty Assessment Committee.

RACP AFRM Research Development Scholarship

Dr Jamie Young

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Project: Long-term effects of a multidisciplinary program in a cancer survivor population.

Dr Jamie Young is a pain and rehabilitation specialist and is a staff specialist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His areas of clinical interest include cancer pain, cancer rehabilitation post-operative pain and palliative care. His other areas of interest include teaching and research and he is an honorary lecturer at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Integrated Critical Care. He has a PhD related to chronic pain in multiple sclerosis and postgraduate studies in palliative care. 
Dr Young hopes his project can gain further insight into the long outcomes of a multidisciplinary program at a dedicated cancer unit and advocate for cancer rehabilitation, cancer pain and symptom management.

Why attend RACP Congress 2021?

Exclusive access to all RACP Congress content

RACP Congress 2021 sessions will only be available to those who register. Aside from being able to live stream all sessions, registration includes six months of exclusive access to all sessions so you can watch them at your leisure. 

For those who are attending one of the face-to-face events, your ticket includes access to the entire Congress event via our live stream and the ability to access all Congress content for six months. 

Along with a growing list of speakers, another great session coming to you at RACP Congress is:

  • Role changes and future directions of rehabilitation medicine in the post-COVID-19 era – this presentation will discuss the challenges presented to the practice of rehabilitation medicine both during the acute phases of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as during the long-term follow-up of infected patients with continuing symptoms. 

Make sure you visit the RACP Congress website to see the latest additions to the program.

Important information for those attending Congress in person

For those who are attending a one-day face-to-face event in their local city, whilst all the RACP Congress venues have a COVID-19 VenueSafe plan, if a face-to-face event has to be cancelled, those who have purchased a face-to-face ticket for that city will be switched to a virtual ticket and will be refunded the difference in cost.

Australian Government Department of Health update: COVID-19 Health Response – Extension of COVID-19 specialist telehealth items until 30 June 2021

As part of Australia’s COVID-19 health response the Government will extend the COVID-19 specialist telehealth items in their current form, for a further three months, from Thursday, 1 April 2021 to Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Further information about the extension of Australia’s COVID-19 health response is available via the Prime Minister of Australia’s media release.

The Department continues to review the ongoing role of COVID-19 telehealth in supporting patients during the pandemic and plan a longer term arrangement for MBS specialist telehealth in consultation with peak medical professional groups, including the RACP.

SMS subsidy extension

On behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Health, the Australian Digital Health Agency advises that the SMS subsidy funding currently applied to the sending of electronic prescription tokens will be further extended from Wednesday, 31 March 2021 to Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

The Department and Agency are keen to work with the health sector to establish an ongoing model to support the provision of electronic prescriptions to consumers. To enable this consultation to occur, the extension of the SMS subsidy funding to Wednesday, 30 June 2021 will allow for further consideration on future funding arrangements.

It should be noted that SMS costs are specific to the provision of electronic prescription tokens to patients on their mobile phone. Alternatives exist for prescribers and dispensers to send electronic prescriptions to patients via email or through mobile applications that do not incur these SMS costs. The Active Script List, once implemented across Australia, will also provide health professionals an option for token management that will not incur the SMS charges. Innovations across the digital landscape will undoubtedly also offer other alternatives as more digital health initiatives become a reality over time.

Australia New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry newsletter

Read the latest edition of the Australia New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) newsletter. The ANZHFR initiative aims to improve outcomes by:

  • developing national guidelines and quality standards for care of hip fracture sufferers
  • establishing National Hip Fracture Registries that will benchmark quality of care delivered by hospitals against professionally defined standards
  • sharing best practice through this newsletter, the website and events in both countries.

View the March 2021 ANZHFR newsletter

Rehab in Review Journal

Rehab in Review is a surveillance journal whose editors scan 70 rehabilitation related journals for the best, most current literature important to the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Rehab in Review is produced by physicians specialising in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with the cooperation and assistance of the Emory University School of Medicine (Georgia, USA), Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The Editors of this publication generously provide this publication to the Faculty and all its members at no cost.

View the Rehab in Review March 2021 edition

Join the Gender Equity in Medicine Reference Group

The Gender Equity in Medicine Reference Group is seeking new members – all trainees and Fellows with a background in gender equity are encouraged to apply. All College members are encouraged to participate including those who are gender diverse, Aotearoa New Zealander including Māori, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The Reference Group is seeking to appoint members with relevant skills, interest and experience in gender equity.

For more information, visit the RACP website.

Contribute to rehabilitation site accreditation

The AFRM Accreditation Subcommittee is seeking AFRM Fellows as Accreditation Assessors. The Subcommittee manages the accreditation of rehabilitation medicine training settings to ensure high quality training environments for tomorrow’s physicians.

For more information, visit the RACP website.

Bi National Training Program (BNTP) – 2021 Timetable

The Bi National Training Program (BNTP) lectures will proceed – attendance in person is no longer available but trainees can continue to join via teleconference/videoconference.

If trainees cannot join the live teleconference/videoconference, a recording of the session is uploaded to the event listings webpage to watch at a convenient time.

Please visit the event listings webpage for further details of the lecture.

Date Time Topic
Wednesday, 28 April 2021 3pm to 5pm AEST


  • Pharmacological Management Congestive Cardiac Failure, Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
Wednesday, 26 May 2021 3pm to 5pm AEST

Acquired Brain Injury

  • Acute Issues: neurosurgical
  • Medical complications and long-term outcome Post Traumatic Brain Injury
Wednesday, 30 June 2021 3pm to 5pm AEST

Acquired Brain Injury

  • PTA Assessment & Management
  • Assessment & Management of Behavioural Disturbance Post Traumatic Brain Injury
Wednesday, 28 July 2021 3pm to 5pm AEST

Acquired Brain Injury

  • Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury Patient
  • Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury
Wednesday, 25 August 2021 3pm to 5pm AEST

Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Principles of return to work of the injured worker
  • Return to work in the setting of Acquired Disability
  • Expectation of Medical Assessment

Occupational Therapist

  • Practical aspects of work capacity and workplace assessment
  • Principles of return to work programs
Wednesday, 22 September 2021 3pm to 5pm AEST Cancer Lymphoedema
Wednesday, 27 October 2021 3pm to 5pm AEDT

Upper Limb Amputation

  • Paediatric Amputation/Congenital Limb Deficiency/Limb Loss
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
Wednesday, 24 November 2021 3pm to 5pm AEDT Lower Limb Amputation

New online course: Physician wellbeing in challenging times

Physicians often fail to put on their own oxygen masks when dealing with the challenges and stresses that come with practising during a pandemic. This new online course explores in-depth how to better support your own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of your staff and colleagues through compassionate leadership. The course covers concepts, strategies and tools to help you mitigate the impact, set healthy boundaries, prevent burnout and build support networks during a crisis.

Telehealth: Is it helpful or does it damage the patient relationship and increase your stress?

All Australian members are encouraged to attend this topical telehealth webinar being held on Monday, 12 April 2021 at 7pm (ACST). Hosted by Avant Mutual, you'll understand your telehealth responsibilities, learn strategies to mitigate your risk and hear some of the most common pitfalls and complaints. 

Webinar – Using health data for practice reflection: Changing expectations on the role of data in professional development

The Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (Digital Health CRC) is kicking off a series of virtual events covering hot topics in the field of practice analytics. The first webinar will be held on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 from 9am (AEST) and will explore the potential use of health data for practice reflection and professional development. The event will consider how this aligns with the Medical Board of Australia’s Professional Performance Framework. The panel will include Anne Tonkin (Medical Board of Australia Chair), Professor John Wilson AM (RACP President), Adjunct Professor Julian Archer (Executive General Manager for Education, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), Dr David Rankin (Director Clinical Governance and Informatics, Cabrini Health) and chaired by Tim Shaw (Director of Research, Digital Health CRC).

Register now

Submission to the NSW Government’s 'Regulation to support Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM)' consultation paper

The RACP welcomes the Commonwealth Government and the NSW Government’s actions towards implementing Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) of targeted high-risk medications as a way of reducing harm from prescription medicines.

This submission led by the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine outlines potential unintended consequences of RTPM and makes recommendations to the NSW Government to ensure it meets its goal of reducing harm from opioid and other prescription medicines that can cause dependence. These recommendations include implementing wider service planning, increasing funding for addiction medicine and other evidence-based alcohol and drug treatment services, training and education for prescribers and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of RTPM.

Learn more

Pomegranate Health podcast

Ep68: Gendered Medicine – Pain

Gender can be considered a social determinant of health in the different pressures and expectations it puts on women and men. For example, the taboos around menstruation are so profound that many young women are dangerously naive about their own reproductive health. Meanwhile, endometriosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and other conditions associated with chronic pain have a stigma around them that means self-reports are often not taken seriously by health professionals. Historic notions of hysteria have a more profound impact on medical thinking than we might imagine, and in this podcast we ask what can be done to erase these.


  • Gabrielle Jackson (Associate News Editor Guardian Australia, Author Pain and Prejudice)

Listen to podcast

Subscribe to email alerts or search for ‘Pomegranate Health’ in Apple PodcastsSpotifyCastbox, or any podcasting app.

Fellows of the RACP can claim CPD credits for listening and learning via MyCPD. For a transcript and further references please visit our website. 

Evolve ‘Top-5’ recommendations on low-value practices in nephrology

On World Kidney Day 2021, the RACP and Evolve launched the latest Evolve ‘Top-5’ recommendations on low-value practices in nephrology.

Kidney function and kidney disease impact human health across an array of systems and specialities. The new Evolve recommendations on low-value practices in nephrology span and interact with a wide range of conditions, populations and disciplines.

Learn more about the newest recommendations

FASD update: Senate inquiry report and launch of the Australian Registry

Recently, the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into Effective approaches to prevention and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) handed down its final report. The report includes 32 recommendations covering the prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD.

Key recommendations stress the need to:

  • improve data collection on FASD, including a national prevalence study and research into the cost of FASD in Australia
  • introduce Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items that cover the range of clinical practices involved in FASD assessments, diagnoses and treatments
  • include FASD in the Australian Government list of recognised disabilities
  • screen children and young people within the child protection and youth justice systems for FASD
  • engage with First Nation organisations to improve access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people in remote Australia and the development of community-led projects to prevent and manage FASD.

The Committee also urges reforms to address the broader culture of alcohol use that contributes to higher-risk consumption, including the introduction of marketing, pricing and taxation measures set out in the National Alcohol Strategy.

The report references the RACP submission to the Senate inquiry into FASD and discusses the testimony offered on behalf of the College by Professor Elizabeth Elliott.

FASD Australian Registry (FASDAR)

In related news, the FASDAR was launched recently. The FASDAR aims to maintain a central database of cases to help develop a greater understanding of FASD, inform new research and support families. FASDAR invites all health professionals who look after Australian families with children under 15 years with a FASD diagnosis to inform them about the FASDAR.

For more information, visit the FASDAR website.


Keep up-to-date with RACP events

We understand there’s a lot going on at the College and that it can be difficult to keep informed about all of the upcoming RACP events. To help make life easier, we’re introducing a new monthly event digest, which highlights the key RACP events that are coming up in the next two months. It also helps you plan ahead, by saving the date for events that will be held later in the year.

We’re hosting more online events than ever before, which is a window of opportunity for you to virtually attend events from all over Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. You will still be informed about RACP and industry events in our regular communications and can access the RACP events listing webpage at any time. This is a condensed monthly digest to make life easier for you.

You can expect to receive the event digest on the first Wednesday of each month, with the first one launching on Wednesday, 7 April 2021. Keep an eye out for it, which will feature the above banner image. We hope this makes your life that little bit easier and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Recap of World Obesity Day 2021

On World Obesity Day 2021, we joined a range of leading health organisations in a joint statement to call for new clinical guidelines for overweight and obesity. An evidence-based approach to supporting people with obesity will help improve people’s health and quality of life, reduce harmful stigma and decrease wasteful investments in ineffective approaches. The initiative was covered by the Sydney Morning HeraldThe AgeBrisbane Times and WA Today, as well as segments on ABC 24 and WIN News.

On 4 March 2021, our partners at the Obesity Collective hosted a series of rapid talks by speakers from across Australia who explored the many health, social and personal facets of obesity. We invite members to watch the talks at the Obesity Collective website.

A new More than meets the eye’ campaign was also launched to mark World Obesity Day. The campaign is designed to tackle one of the less known drivers of obesity and psychological harm – weight stigma. The campaign is based on focus group research completed by the Collective and the University of Sydney. The first video in the campaign shares the story of Emma whose history with obesity stigma echoes the experience of millions of Australians. Please share her story and our call for obesity guidelines with your professional networks and on social media.

Enrol in the new developing effective teaching skills QStream course

Fellows and trainees of all specialties are invited to enrol in this new Qstream course, which has a mid-May start. The course is designed to provide practical strategies to help you enhance your teaching skills and effectively balance teaching with a busy workload.

You'll access in-depth case studies with questions that are sent directly to your inbox at spaced intervals over a three-week period. Each question takes just ten minutes to complete, and participants are encouraged to discuss the case studies and share opinions with others through secure, online discussion forums.

The course is designed to enhance your knowledge in adult learning, provide practical strategies to incorporate effective teaching skills into day-to-day settings, and encourage self-reflection and peer discussion.

Artificial intelligence for healthcare webinar now on Medflix

Tune in to Medflix and watch the recording of the recent Artificial intelligence for healthcare: your questions answered webinar. Associate Professor Clair Sullivan FRACP, Dr Olivier Salvado and Professor Enrico Coiera hosted an interactive panel discussion covering key topics including how physicians can implement artificial intelligence (AI) models into clinical practice, and other technical and cultural challenges of AI.

Watch recording

Career opportunities 

View all positions vacant.

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 events are coming up.

Trainee 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 events are coming up.

Bi-National Training Program (BNTP)

NSW Lecture Series – Wednesday and Saturday sessions

RMSANZ Workshop – Musculoskeletal Clinical Examinations 
Date: Saturday, 22 May 2021
Location: The Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, VIC

The Musculoskeletal Workshop will be held again in Melbourne on Saturday, 22 May 2021 from 10am to 4pm AEST. It is suitable for AFRM year one and year two trainees, designed for the preparation of the Module 2 Exam. The teaching method is using a hands-on practical workshop approach to assist participants in acquiring the skills in musculoskeletal physical examination techniques. Thank you to trainees who have already registered. There are still places available. The maximum number of attendees is 20. 

The facilitator is Dr Clive Sun. Registration fees are $100 for a RMSANZ trainee registrar and $150 for a non-member registrar.

For more information, visit the RMSANZ website.

Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ)

RMSANZ is the professional body for rehabilitation physicians and trainees in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre

The Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) is the national rehabilitation medicine clinical registry of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

AFRM contact details 

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

AFRM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):
Jane Henderson, Executive Officer, AFRM
Phone: +61 2 8076 6315

AFRM Aotearoa New Zealand Committee:
Ethan Aupapa
Executive Officer DFACs AoNZ
Phone: +64 4 460 8142
AFRM Education and Training enquiries:
Education Officer
Phone: +61 2 8076 6350

AFRM oral examination enquiries:
Examination Coordinator 
Phone: +61 2 9256 5422

AFRM training site accreditation enquiries:
Education Officer
Phone: +61 8247 6233
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