AFRM eBulletin – 1 June 2018

Improved Models of Care Working Group

The Federal Government has established the Improved Models of Care Working Group. The Working Group will consider improved models of care and provide advice to the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee on potential changes to private health insurance regulation. This will support consumers’ access to clinically effective and efficient care that best meets the needs of consumers with private health insurance.  

The Government recognises that existing regulation may encourage models of care which may be less efficient than alternate mechanisms and provide less desirable care pathways for consumers. This is not in the interests of patients, carers or practitioners. 

The Working Group brings together key individuals with expertise in the delivery and financing of mental health and rehabilitation services funded by private health insurance.  The Working Group will focus on options to improve the delivery of private health insurance funded mental health and rehabilitation services with the aim of supporting private health insurance members’ access to efficient and clinically appropriate services to best meet patient needs, acknowledging the importance of clinical independence in decision-making. 


The Working Group has a key role in advising the Committee on possible reforms to service delivery and funding arrangements. 

This includes consideration of: 

  • the positive and negative aspects of the current regulatory regime, models of care and funding arrangements for admitted mental health and rehabilitation services funded by private health insurance 
  • options for possible change, including but not limited to:
    adjustments to current regulatory settings to support the delivery of most efficient and  clinically appropriate mental health and rehabilitation services and identification of the most clinically appropriate and efficient settings for the delivery of these services, including consideration of: home based care;  community based care; and other non-admitted day programs. 
  • implementation issues for any proposed changes, including industry disruption, transition issues and timing 
  • suitability of the new models of care applying to other clinical areas
  • other related issues as directed by the Committee. 

The Working Group will give consideration to the evidence base when considering these issues. The Working Group will cooperate with the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review, where appropriate.  

Dr Stephen deGraaff 
AFRM Representative 

A message from your President

What’s in a Name? Rehabilitation Physician or Rehabilitation Medicine Physician

I am delighted to be writing this first eBulletin message to Faculty Fellows and trainees since taking over as AFRM President at the recent RACP Annual Members Meeting. 

During my term as President I will continue to work on raising the profile of and promoting the value of our specialty of Rehabilitation Medicine. 

Faculty Council commenced this work over the past several years and I would strongly encourage you to review the draft AFRM Value Proposition and Faculty Narrative document document that has been recently completed. This document aims to provide us with some consistent language to describe who we are, what we do and what our values are – it includes a tagline, short sentences and longer paragraphs based around the themes of Educate, Advocate and Innovate.

While producing the document Faculty Council has re-considered the issue of what term we should use to describe ourselves and is recommending that Rehabilitation Medicine Physician is most appropriate. Explanation of the reasoning behind this decision can be found in the narrative document but in brief, Council felt that the term Rehabilitation Physician was not ideal as it was not specific enough (both rehabilitation and physician are generic terms). If we are starting a process of raising the profile of our specialty, using the full and correct name of our specialty – Rehabilitation Medicine – as often as possible, is essential. So, while Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine remains our formal title, Council recommends that Rehabilitation Medicine Physician (rather than Rehabilitation Physician) becomes the consistently used shorter title. 

The Narrative document is now open for consultation and feedback from Fellows and trainees. Please email with your comments.

Let me conclude by thanking Associate Professor Andrew Cole for his enormous effort and commitment as President over the past two years. The AFRM and RACP have benefited greatly from his experience, expertise and dedication – not only as Faculty President but also in other major roles including being a member of the College Board and the Deputy Chair, Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Dying Working Party. Thank you for your leadership Andrew. 

Professor Tim Geraghty 
President, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Research and career development funding opportunities

Close to $2.5M in research funding is currently being offered through the RACP Foundation in the following award categories:

There are several awards offered in each category. 

For details of funding and award opportunities offered by your Faculty please visit the Division and Faculty webpages

For any queries regarding the eligibility criteria, or application process contact the Senior Administration Officer: or phone +61 2 9256 9639. 

Obesity Position Statement launched

The RACP’s Obesity Position Statement and Evidence Review was launched at RACP Congress 2018 on Wednesday, 16 May.

A Working Group chaired by Professor Boyd Swinburn including leading paediatricians, endocrinologists and public health physicians developed the position statement. It makes evidence based recommendations on the management and prevention of obesity and calls on governments to:

  • introduce regulations to restrict the marketing of unhealthy diets to children and young people
  • implement an effective tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce consumption and use the revenue to facilitate access to healthy diets and culturally relevant initiatives to improve health equity
  • revise the Health Star Rating system’s nutrient profiling algorithm to give stronger weight to sugar content and by 2019 require the labelling be mandatory to encourage consumers to choose healthier options and motivate food manufacturers to develop healthier products.

View the Position Statement and Evidence Review or contact for further information.

Reminder – RACP IT systems update

Systems unavailable on 3 June and 9 to 11 June 2018
* Please note the updated times

Due to essential technology upgrades, all RACP internal and external facing IT resources will be unavailable on the following dates:

  • Sunday, 3 June – 12.01am to 11.59pm* AEST
  • Saturday, 9 June – Monday, 11 June inclusive 12.01am to 11.59pm* AEST

This will impact all Fellows, trainees and staff.

These weekends have been chosen to minimise disruption as many Australian states have a public holiday on Monday, 11 June. Unfortunately, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand who are not on a public holiday will experience a greater impact as there will be no access until 11.59pm on Monday, 11 June during the outage.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but these upgrades are essential and cannot be deferred.

We are aware a number of members access College systems on weekends, and we want to provide you with as much advance warning as possible.

Systems and resources that will be unavailable include:

  • All member portals
  • All trainee portals
  • MyRACP
  • MyCPD
  • eLearning@RACP
  • College Learning Series
  • College Intranet
  • Outlook (Email via webmail will still be accessible through
  • All remote access services
  • Alfresco Share Sites

If you have to complete essential tasks during either of these weekends, we strongly recommend you save any required documents to the device you will be using before the outage begins.

If you have any further questions or enquiries, please contact RACP Member Services on or in Australia on 1300 MyRACP (1300 69 7227) or in New Zealand on 0508 MyRACP (0508 69 7227).

Episode 36: Acute Coronary Syndrome Part 2 – Secondary Prevention

Listen to author Professor David Brieger discuss secondary prevention of acute coronary syndrome and adherence to therapy in the newest Pomegranate Health podcast.

Listen to the podcast

HCF Foundation Research Grants

Would you like to undertake a research project based on the RACP Evolve recommendations? The HCF Foundation is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for their 2018 Research Grants, which focus on research projects aiming to reduce the incidence of low-value health care provided in the hospital setting. 

Find out more

Spread the Evolve message

Evolve ​call-to-action and implementation resources, including media, podcasts, posters, presentations, research, training, videos, webinars and worksheets are now available.

Download now

Core competency guidelines released

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have developed guidelines on Core competencies for Australian academic clinical trialists (available on the NHMRC website). It is envisaged that NHMRC-developed competencies will eventually be incorporated into higher education and general education frameworks in Australia.

These guidelines support the training of staff involved in the conduct and oversight of clinical trials. The competencies are designed to support graduated and stratified learning with three competency levels and three roles. The Competencies can be incorporated into RACP educational materials and courses, adapting to align with practice areas.

A new benefits website for The Royal Australasian College of Physicians members 

Same benefits, same savings, new design.
The new member lifestyle benefits website has been re-designed to offer improved navigation and functionality while allowing you to see the full benefit range on offer.
Access to your benefits directly from

Groundbreaking report into brain injury and family violence

New research from Brain Injury Australia identifies a strong association between brain injury and family violence. 

The Australian-first report also shows significant gaps in service responses, ranging from lack of screening for brain injury through to inadequate opportunities for effective rehabilitation, recovery and support.

Read more

Career opportunities

New South Wales
Rehabilitation registrars - Semester 2, 2018 Full-time or Part-time: Lady Davidson and The Hills Private Hospitals
Rehabilitation Registrar – St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney (3 days) Mater Hospital (2 days)


Locum Rehabilitation Physician - 0.4EFT, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Kew Melbourne
Fellow in Pain Management – Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management, St Vincent's Hospital

The Queensland RMO Campaign will open on Wednesday 6th June 2018. All applications for Rehabilitation Registrar Positions and Hospitals must be lodged through the Queensland Health online application system (RMO Campaign)

South Australia
Consultant / Clinical Director Rehabilitation Medicine, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, Northfield. Visit and search job ref: 631068.

View all medical positions vacant

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.

AFRM ​training resources

Bi-National Training Program (BNTP) 

The AFRM conducts the BNTP on the last Wednesday of every month from February to November. These training sessions are broadcast across Australia and New Zealand. The BNTP sessions use Zoom conferencing to provide trainees with Rehabilitation Medicine knowledge and information. These sessions are not intended to prepare trainees for the AFRM Fellowship Examinations. 

View session dates

Important note: If you join the session late, the videoconference room will indicate that it is locked and will not allow you to connect. Please ensure that you turn your webcam off before you join the session. Due to the nature of the recordings if you connect to the videoconference with your webcam on you will appear on the screen. 

To join the videoconference on the day, follow this link to the Zoom Software.

Please note this is the URL embedded in the above link: 

The meeting ID: 389 913 1497 

Email the RACP events team at or call +61 2 8247 6240 to arrange equipment testing. Ensure you do this as soon as possible to avoid any last-minute disruptions.

NSW Saturday Lecture Series

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

AFRM contact details 

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

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

AFRM Education and Training inquiries:
Name: ​Zara Sharp, Education Officer
Phone: +61 2 8076 6350

AFRM Oral Examination inquiries:
Name: Irene Atsiaris, Examination Coordinator 
Phone: +61 2 9256 5422

AFRM training site accreditation inquiries:
Name: Sonia Tao, Education Officer
Phone: +61 8247 6233
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