AFRM eBulletin – 16 October 2020

A message from your President

Dear AFRM members,

Welcome to the October eBulletin.

Among the many things which have been curtailed this year an important one for our trainees is the Annual Trainee Meeting. The Trainee Committee has decided instead to hold three webinars in October, November and December with learning opportunities for the trainees. The first webinar on 24 October concentrates on neurological rehabilitation including three presentations from AFRM Fellows on motor neurone disease, spinal-cord injury assessment and spina bifida management.

The George Burniston Oration is an important part of the College Congress annually and is an opportunity for us to showcase rehabilitation medicine to the wider College Fellowship. I am pleased to announce that Professor John Olver has agreed to be the Burniston Orator for 2021. Please watch out for the launch of Congress 2021 which will mark a significant and exciting change in approach for the College in delivering this annual flagship event.

Interest in Rehabilitation in the Home (RITH) programs is growing. Two separate programs have been brought to our attention in recent months, the first by Medibank Private, a large private insurance company, and another more recently by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fellows from the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) have been involved in discussions with both groups ensuring that the views of AFRM Fellows are well represented in plans proposed by these organisations. I think that we need to see these programs as both a challenge and an opportunity for Faculty Fellows to broaden their scope of practice and provide quality rehabilitation programs for our patients in another setting.

The Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) will be looking for a new Clinical Director with the planned retirement of Professor John Olver at the end of the year, having filled this role with distinction over the last six years. John has kindly agreed to include some ‘Questions and Answers’ in this edition of the eBulletin to assist those Fellows who may be interested in applying for this very important role. Expressions of interest have been sought for the position and applications remain open. 
 
I am sure many of you are aware that the examination dates have been set for 2021. These were sent to all trainees and supervisors previously and we have included them in this eBulletin to ensure that everyone is clear about our plans for next year. I ask Fellows once again to take any opportunities available for bedside teaching and feedback to our trainees who have had their preparations for the examinations disrupted very significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic and may have had to delay their career progression by a year already.

The Executive continues to meet every two weeks to ensure we stay abreast of the many issues which arise. We are fully supported in our endeavours by Lisa Helson and Jane Henderson, Faculty Executive Officers, and Manager of Faculties, Jo Goldrick. Enquiries can always be directed to our Executive Officers at afrm@racp.edu.au

Best wishes, 

Dr Greg Bowring 
AFRM President

Education update

Thank you all for your patience while we work through the options for running our postponed AFRM exams in 2021.

Recently we were able to confirm the dates for the rescheduled exams and these have been communicated to trainees and their supervisors. As you can no doubt imagine, it has been a complex and time consuming process and the Faculty Assessment Committee/Faculty Paediatric Training and Assessment Committee have been working with College staff to develop contingency plans that are able to accommodate the various COVID-19 restrictions. We know that different situations are impacting regions differently and this will continue to evolve between now and the scheduled exams. We are monitoring COVID-19 in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand carefully and we’re preparing for multiple scenarios to try and provide candidates with the best options possible. We are also developing a number of resources to help candidates in their exam preparation. 

We cannot stress enough how important your wellbeing is to us. Please continue to look out for yourself and your colleagues and utilise the RACP Support Program if needed. This free, 24/7 hotline is available to you for confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues.

Dates for rescheduled exams

The postponed 2020 AFRM exams will be combined with the 2021 exams and held as follows: 
Fellowship Written Examination (General Rehabilitation) – Tuesday, 23 February 2021 
Fellowship Written Examination (Paediatrics) – Tuesday, 23 February 2021 
Fellowship Clinical Examination (General Rehabilitation) – Saturday, 1 May 2021 
Fellowship Clinical Examination (Paediatrics) – Saturday, 29 May 2021 
Module 1 Written Assessment* (General Rehabilitation) – Tuesday, 18 May 2021 
Module 2 Clinical Assessment (General Rehabilitation) – Sunday, 20 June 2021 

*To be delivered via Computer Based Testing (CBT). 

Dr Caitlin Anderson
Chair, Faculty Education Committee

Lower limb prosthetics course

The course is designed for allied health practitioners/registrars, prosthesis and rehabilitation specialists involved in management of lower limb amputees ranging from paediatrics to geriatrics. 

Course format:
Five days online. Lecturers will be available for Q&A interactive sessions.

Course materials:
Supplied in digital format beforehand.

Course topics:

  • biomechanics
  • prosthetic socket design
  • alignment principles
  • prosthetic components
  • prescription
  • pain management
  • prosthetic training
  • gait analysis
  • gait training
  • functional training
  • funding schemes.

For further details, visit the RACP website.

AFRM Trainee Webinar Series

The AFRM Trainee Webinar Series will be held online as a replacement for the AFRM Annual Trainee Meeting 2020. 

There are three webinars planned for Saturday, 24 October, Saturday, 14 November and Saturday, 5 December.

These webinars are a great learning opportunity for AFRM trainees ahead of exams next year.

Webinar 1: Practical neurological rehabilitation and updates

  • motor neurone disease – rehabilitation approach and patient management
  • spinal cord injury: ASIA assessment updates (post-2019 ISNCSCI update) – practical ward tips; practical tips for assessment of spinal injury level, severity and type of injury
  • spina bifida management – an introduction to the biomedical and rehabilitation principles and offering community care.

Speakers: Dr Malcolm Bowman, Dr Sachin Shetty and Dr Patrick Arulanandam
Chair: Dr Stephanie Lam 
Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020

Register now 

Webinar 2: AFRM trainees' webinar: toolbox – common issues in day-to-day rehab practice 

  • performance anxiety and management 
  • secondary prevention in rehabilitation: challenges in rural and remote settings
  • capacity assessment. 

Chair: Dr Kavitha Muthukrishnan 
Date: Saturday, 14 November 2020

Register now 

Webinar 3: AFRM trainees' webinar: Next steps – examination, Fellowship and beyond 

  • challenges and opportunities in rural/remote rehabilitation
  • rehabilitation medicine: the international and global perspective 
  • lessons and approaches in sports rehabilitation
  • exam preparation. 

Speakers: Dr Louis Baggio and Dr Tim Butson
Chair: Dr Inca Hutchinson 
Date: Saturday, 5 December 2020

Register now

Q&A with Professor John Olver AM, AROC Clinical Director 

Professor John Olver AM, the current Clinical Director of the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC), has kindly provided some insight into the role. In this interview, John shares fond memories, discusses some important changes in the role and identifies some key attributes that the successful candidate should possess. 

How long have you been in the role?

Six years (Three two-year terms).

Tell us bit about the role from your perspective? 

When I began in the role, the Clinical Director chaired the Research Committee. Attendance at the meeting was variable.

When the Research Committee was added as a permanent item on the Management Committee agenda, it became more efficient.  

Most memorable moments of your career so far?

  • visiting home base in Wollongong and actually looking at how AROC works as part of the University and interacts with other database programs 
  • spent a day meeting people in the program at the University of Wollongong
  • involvement with AROC Brain Injury Reference Groups – reviewing data collection
  • research data progressing. 

Recent AROC projects

In the last couple of years, a small group was formed to vet all requests for AROC data. In my role at AROC, I was part of the team that setup this group. 

AROC are currently working on a unique project that has been designed to assess the impact of COVID-19 in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. They are in the best position to look at COVID-19 and the impact using AROC data. The project looks at programs that have changed, the length, ones that haven't taken off, etc. 

Some of the trends include people putting off oncology reviews and not visiting hospitals.

What advice would you give someone taking on this role? 

  • helpful to have research background 
  • already a user of AROC data
  • view that is beyond your experience in your data
  • one of the largest data bases around now – covering two countries
  • utilisation of data – exploring other ways i.e. Why are we low in this area, what can we do?
  • the role needs to rotate to bring in different ideas
  • role can be developed further (i.e. looking at outpatient data).

Challenges:

  • risk of hospitals pulling out (contribution of data) because of financial constraints 
    (in most instances, AROC was able to explain the relevance and benefits of data contribution)
  • problem at the moment – can’t make gross changes. 

Opportunity:

  • expanding the database to outpatients (challenge for the future).

Biggest threat to AROC: Tough economic times (i.e. COVID-19)

Other comments/anything else to add?

The Medical Advisory Group is a unique body: 

  • representatives from all states 
  • unique body that meets a few times per year
  • preserving this active input
  • composition of this group is comprehensive and unique. 

For more information on the position and how to apply, please visit the RACP website.

Reminder to register: Minister Hunt is in the room – join our virtual member Town Hall with the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health

5pm to 6pm (AEDT), Monday, 19 October 2020 (new time), via Zoom

Don’t forget to register for Monday’s virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss a range of topical health policy issues hosted by the RACP President, Professor John Wilson AM and President-Elect Dr Jacqueline Small. We’re also excited to welcome the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health to join us to speak directly with you, our members.

Please register via Eventbrite and you will be sent the Zoom link ahead of the event. If you have a question for the Minister, please provide it during the registration process via Eventbrite. We can’t guarantee that we’ll have time to ask every question, but we hope to cover all the main themes.

Register now

Expression of Interest – FCE Coordinator (General Rehabilitation)

The Faculty Assessment Committee (FAC) is seeking an enthusiastic Faculty Fellow to coordinate the AFRM Fellowship Clinical Examination (FCE) (General Rehabilitation). 

This is your opportunity to help your Faculty and contribute to the training of the next group of rehabilitation medicine physicians.

Key responsibilities of the FCE Coordinator (General Rehabilitation):

  • coordinate the development of questions for the FCE
  • participate in question development meetings by teleconference with the FCE Working Party
  • coordinate the preparation of materials and media associated with the questions, ensuring these are available on the day of the examination 
  • participate in the selection of examiners for the FCE from the list of available examiners
  • liaise with the RACP Assessment and Selection Unit regarding to the examination venue and recruitment of role players
  • support the Convenor of the FCE
  • select appropriate patients for the examination with the assistance of the Convenor
  • coordinate the Examiner Calibration Session.

The successful applicant will need to commence at their earliest convenience, assisting the current FCE Coordinator (General Rehabilitation), who will provide mentoring support before vacating the role. The appointment to this position initially would extend until August 2021 prior to the eventual appointment as a member of the AFRM FAC in the role of FCE Coordinator (General Rehabilitation).

For further information and to submit an expression of interest form, including your curriculum vitae, please go to the RACP website.

I look forward to receiving your expression of interest.  

Dr Shari Parker
AFRM FAC Chair

2020 Physician Training Survey

The 2020 Physician Training Survey will open on Thursday, 22 October.

This is your chance to help strengthen RACP training programs and the workplace experiences in the settings in which you work and train. With the impacts of COVID-19 on training throughout this year, it’s more important than ever that we understand your experience.

The survey will open to trainees and educators across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and includes, for the first time, public health and occupational and environmental medicine trainees and educators. 

The survey is completely anonymous. Your participation helps us build robust data so we can make evidence-informed improvements to training. This includes support for your health and wellbeing. 

For information about the survey, including confidentiality and how you could win an iPad in the prize draw, please visit the Physician Training Survey webpage.

The Physician Training Survey has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) – Concord Repatriation General Hospital of the Sydney Local Health District 2019/ETH12472.

If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the research study, you may contact the Executive Officer of the Ethics Committee at SLHD-concordethics@health.nsw.gov.au or on +61 2 9767 5622.

AFRM Aotearoa New Zealand members: Save the date for the AFRM Symposium

Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021 
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: TBC

The Symposium provides Aotearoa New Zealand AFRM Fellows and trainees with a forum for: 

  • all Aotearoa New Zealand AFRM trainees, who are invited to present at the Dr Boris Mak Rehabilitation Medicine Trainee Award for Best Presentation
  • opportunities for Fellows to present research, education and case presentations
  • networking with colleagues and to discuss updates in rehabilitation medicine.

The award, which is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr Boris Mak FAFRM, offers a first-place prize of $1,000 for the best trainee presentation and a second prize of $500.

For more information about the event, contact NZ_AFRM@RACP.org.nz.

ACC and the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association – two new published documents  

ACC and the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA) have announced two new published documents in the series on enabling rapid decisions on cover and entitlements.  

These documents are the latest in the consideration factors series designed to enable faster and more consistent, transparent and fair ACC decisions. These factors are based on a review of published research evidence and expert opinion. 

When to use these documents: The documents outline the factors ACC’s Clinical Advisors consider when providing their clinical advice to case owners who are assessing whether ACC can provide cover and entitlements for the injuries included in these documents.

It is also a useful guide for clinicians explaining ACC’s approach to making cover and entitlement decisions for the injuries.

Any feedback can be sent to clinicalquality@acc.co.nz

RMSANZ Webinar Series 

Inaugural Canadian/Australasian webinar 'Post-COVID rehabilitation, lessons learned across the pacific'.

RMSANZ held a combined webinar with the Canadian rehabilitation association, CAPMR, on Wednesday, 14 October. The presenters Dr David Murphy (RMSANZ) and Dr Larry Robinson (CAPMR) were moderated by Dr Paul Winston (CAPMR). The recording will be placed in the portal by the end of October.

Online Supervisor Professional Development Program

Don’t miss your chance to register for Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) 3, our last online course of the year. Running from Monday, 19 October to Monday, 23 November 2020, this work-based learning and assessment is a five-week, online facilitated course. The program covers important topic areas including the learning and assessment cycle and determining trainee performance and progression based on evidence of learning and achievement. This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy learning with peers through discussion and shared experiences and prefer time flexibility.

Note that supervisors are required to complete:

  • one SPDP workshop by the end of 2021 (an extension of 12 months)
  • all remaining workshops by the end of 2022.

Please visit the SPDP webpage for more information, or contact us to register with your full name and MIN. RACP Online Learning resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship for Rehabilitation Medicine

AFRM is proud to offer the 2021 Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship for Rehabilitation Medicine as part of the RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program.

The program is an opportunity for those who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander (NZ) to receive support throughout their Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter Training in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Other scholarships available under this program for 2021 include:

  • College Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship
  • Aotearoa Māori Health Scholarship
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Pacific Islander Health Scholarship
  • Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship for Paediatrics and Child Health

Recipients of these scholarship receive the following support:

  • RACP training fees for the duration of the selected training program
  • examination fees
  • annual attendance at either RACP Congress, relevant scientific meeting or trainee days
  • AUD$2,500 cash assistance at the beginning of the Scholarship
  • Other support as advised in the letter of offer.

Applications are open from Thursday, 1 October to Monday, 30 November 2020.

Further details on these scholarships are available on the scholarship webpage.

Faculty Prizes

Adrian Paul Prize

The Adrian Paul Prize is awarded annually for the best scientific work in the field of rehabilitation medicine submitted as part of the AFRM Advanced Training Program. The prize includes AUD$1,000 and a certificate. Visit the website for further details.

Dr Boris Mak Rehabilitation Medicine Trainee Award for Best Presentation

Open to Aotearoa New Zealand residents only, this is awarded to the best presentation by an Aotearoa New Zealand AFRM trainee at the annual New Zealand Rehabilitation Medicine Symposium. Awards of up to NZ$1,000 are offered. Visit the website for further details.

Trainee Research Awards

Support your trainees by watching them compete at the regional events over Zoom. The best presenters selected at each event are invited to present as part of the 2021 RACP Congress Program. Visit the Trainee Research Awards webpage for event details and to register.

RACP Online Congress Series: Future COVID-19 Symposia

A special three-part COVID-19 Symposia series has been included in this year's Online Congress Series. 
  
2020 has been a challenging year for healthcare and our community. Over three sessions we will explore the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus will be on clinical aspects of COVID-19 and will involve clinicians who have been treating COVID-19 patients, experts in epidemiology, drug therapy, vaccines and research.

Register now for the second and third symposiums. The recording of symposium one will soon be made available via the Congress Online Learning Series

Symposium one: COVID-19 – Emerging patterns: in illness and in therapies

Our understanding of COVID-19 and its clinical course, especially post-acute, continues to develop. We know that many chemicals can kill viruses like COVID-19 in the lab. However, ensuring they are safe and effective for patient use is a completely different process. Before we can design any drug therapy trials, we need knowledge of drugs, pharmacology and a clinical understanding of the physiology of COVID-19.

Held on 15 October 2020, Chair, Dr Jacqueline Small was joined by our panel: Mr Karl Schurr, Professor Greg Dore, Professor Jennifer Martin and Dr Philip Britton.

A recording will be available via the Congress Online Learning Series shortly.

Symposium two: Vaccinations: What we know and where we're going

Thursday, 22 October 2020

5.30pm to 7pm (AEDT), 7.30pm to 9pm (NZDT)
  
Chaired by RACP President, Professor John Wilson AM, the panel will address emerging vaccine contenders, safety, strategies for the elderly population and implementation of population vaccination programs: 

  • Professor Terry Nolan will discuss the science of vaccines and describe the front runners in COVID-19 vaccine development. 
  • Professor Kristine Macartney will provide an overview of safety concerns, delivery methods and implementation strategy.
  • Professor Tony Cunningham will present a vaccine strategy for the elderly population and discuss therapeutic treatments for the very sick and elderly in the absence of a vaccine. He will look at efficacy results in people over 60 years of age and why their response is different to younger people.
  • Associate Professor Margie Danchin will ask the difficult questions about vaccine program effectiveness. Which groups should be prioritised? Why mandatory vaccination should wait. How do we achieve high uptakes rates on an Australian, Aotearoa New Zealand and global scale?

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentations.

Register now

Symposium three: COVID-19: Redesigning healthcare systems

Thursday, 29 October 2020
5.30pm to 7pm (AEDT), 7.30pm to 9pm (NZDT)
  
Join the panel:

  • Professor Don Campbell, Medical Director of the Hospital Without Walls and Staying Well Program, Northern Health
  • Professor Graeme Maguire, Head of the General Internal Medicine unit at Western Health Melbourne
  • Dr Jade Tamatea, member of Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā, the National Māori Pandemic Group
  • Mr Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Chair: Dr George Laking, RACP President Aotearoa New Zealand.

To discuss:

  • community support from a Victorian perspective
  • innovative models of care for different patient groups such as inpatients, and those in ICU
  • Indigenous community led decisions, the Aotearoa New Zealand experience
  • equity and human rights especially for people with disabilities.

Register now

Bi National Training Program – 2020 timetable 

The 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.

Further details of each presentation are also available on the event listings webpage

Date Time Topic
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
3pm to 5pm AEDT

Multiple Sclerosis

  • pathogenesis and management
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
3pm to 5pm AEDT Parkinson’s disease

Motor neurone disease

Upcoming RACP Victorian Regional Committee webinars

Climate change: What can we do?

Saturday, 24 October, 10am to 12.30pm AEDT (12pm to 2.30pm NZDT), online.

This webinar will discuss topics such as zoonoses and pandemics, as well as bushfires and emergency medicine. 

Register now

Investigations in medicine

Saturday, 7 November, 9am to 5pm AEDT (11am to 7pm NZDT), online. 

This webinar will cover: 

  • ECG and electrophysiology
  • cardiac catheters
  • echocardiography
  • endocrinology
  • haematology
  • gastroenterology
  • respiratory
  • rheumatology
  • allergy
  • neurology
  • blood films. 

Register now

Research Projects and Research Supervision: online courses for trainees and supervisors

Each trainee is responsible for completing their own research project. Trainees can learn about conducting a research project via our Research Projects online course. It’s designed to support trainees with a detailed walk-through of the research process.

A trainee’s experience can be greatly enhanced by a supportive and informed supervisor. The Research Supervision online course helps supervisors who want an update on research project requirements and the research process in general.

We understand you are busy and on-the-go, and that’s why our online courses are designed to enable you to dip in and out, or just do the parts that are relevant to you.

RACP Online Learning Resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

New clinical ethics resources webpage

The RACP Ethics Committee are pleased to advise members of a new RACP clinical ethics resources webpage. Curated by the RACP Clinical Ethics Working Party, the new webpage provides a set of clinical ethics resources for Fellows and trainees.

The clinical ethics resources webpage will assist with reflection on the role clinical ethics plays in practice and healthcare settings. The new webpage includes clinical ethics information for:

  • professional development
  • trainee education
  • clinical ethics services
  • academic studies
  • research and fellowships
  • other clinical ethics related resources.

RACP Fellows and trainees are encouraged to review the new webpage and consider clinical ethics as part of their education and continued professional development. The site provides information about clinical ethics support services and access to clinical ethics information.

Pomegranate Health podcast Ep63: the WHO’s biggest test

During the COVID-19 crisis there has been some criticism of the World Health Organization (WHO) as to whether it declared a pandemic soon enough or covered up for China’s failings.

But few commentators have explained the role and responsibilities the WHO shares with its member states in dealing with a pandemic. A prototype of the International Health Regulations (IHR) was conceived during the cholera epidemics of the mid 1800s, and the most current version of the IHR was formalised in 2005 in response to SARS. Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott has documented the political and social factors that have accompanied the implementation of the IHR.

In this podcast we consider how the unprecedented scale of the current pandemic and the mixed response from member states has challenged the viability of the WHO.

Guest

  • Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott (University of Sydney, United States Studies Centre)

Fellows of the RACP can claim CPD credits via MyCPD for listening to this episode and reading the resources at the website. Subscribe to Pomegranate Health in Apple PodcastsSpotify, any Android podcasting app or our email alerts list.

New Medical Specialist Access Framework case studies

Two new Medical Specialist Access Framework case studies have been released – ‘ANTAC and the Ngangkaṟi Healers of Central Australia’ and ‘Regional specialist services in the Kimberley’. The Medical Specialist Access Framework is a guide for health sector stakeholders to promote and support equitable access to specialist care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The case studies demonstrate successful approaches to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to specialist care across Australia in various health settings.

RACP members are encouraged to read the Medical Specialist Access Frameworkthe case studies and use the Guide for Physicians to implement these tools in your workplace and professional practice. Please share the Medical Specialist Access Framework and case studies with your networks.

An invitation to engage with the Obesity Collective  

In 2019, the College joined the Obesity Collective, a platform for individuals and organisations across the community to take on the obesity challenge together, with empathy and from a whole-of-society perspective. We invite members to explore the key activities of the Collective: its system activity mapping sets out current obesity-related actions and opportunities for action, the frequently updated Obesity Evidence Hub, the advocacy of the peer-led Weight Issues Network and the ongoing campaign to shift away from shame and blame towards a better understanding of the obesity challenge.  

The Obesity Collective has recently issued a statement on the Healthy at Every Size® (HAES) movement. The Collective supports most of the principles of HAES and believes it is possible and positive for people to take steps to improve their health at any size, that equitable access to healthcare should be available to people of all sizes and that there is an urgent need to reduce societal weight bias and stigma to prevent harm to physical health, mental health and wellbeing. The Collective also acknowledges that obesity is a serious public health issue and advocates for respecting the diversity of people’s wishes for support in managing their health and weight. Read the Collective’s full statement.

Notable to early career professionals, the Emerging Leaders of the Collective are gearing up for their next event, ‘Systems thinking for healthier environments’, on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. The Emerging Leaders recently hosted their first virtual event, 'Obesity as a systems challenge'; presentations from Ms Jane Martin, Professor Stephen Simpson, Associate Professor Michael Talbot and Ms Clare Mullen are available for viewing on Obesity Australia's website.   

Find out more about the Collective

End-of-year funding available for women’s leadership development

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has residual funding available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s healthcare sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as elements of a successful team, communication, presence and influence, driving performance, problem solving and decision making, and progressing diversity and inclusion.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for healthcare sector women.

The funding needs to be allocated by the end of 2020.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form on WLA’s website by Friday, 4 December 2020.

End of Life Law for Clinicians: Supporting end-of-life and palliative care practice 

The End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) national training program has been extended to June 2023. ELLC is a free training program funded by the Department of Health that delivers education to clinicians about the law at end-of-life. The program for clinicians and medical students focuses on the law relating to end-of-life decision-making, including the law about decisions that happen in the last days and months of life, as well as earlier Advance Care Planning (ACP). The next phase of ELLC will deliver updated modules tailored to medical practitioners, medical students, nurses and allied health professionals. New content will be produced for clinicians working with specific populations at the end of life. These will focus on care for older people, people living with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as LGBTIQA+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Workshops and webinars will commence in 2021. 

Further information about ELLC can be found on CareSearch Blog. You can register for the ELLC training modules or contact endoflifelaw@qut.edu.au to join the ELLC mailing list. 

In a related development, the recently updated Factsheet for clinicians – Informed consent in health care from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care provides information for clinicians on the key principles for informed consent, how to obtain informed consent, principles for assessing legal capacity and legal obligations. Members might also be interested in a recent article in the Internal Medicine Journal that sets out key recommendations for policy and practice in the system-wide implementation of ACP, to enable a more ethical, coordinated and person-centred response in the COVID-19 context. 

Summer specials at commercial prices

Get ready for summer with this month’s specials from The Good Guys Commercial. Find household essentials like reverse-cycle air conditioners, washing machines and vacuums. Upgrade your TV and make life easier with commercial prices on kitchen appliances.

Available online 24/7, The Good Guys Commercial will deliver your products to your door and even arrange installation. Register for your free account through your benefits portal and talk with the dedicated Member Advantage commercial team today. 

Register for your account online

Terms and conditions apply.

Newly released guidance for the management of early breast cancer

Cancer Australia has released a new evidence-based resource for health professionals to guide the management of patients with early breast cancer in Australia. Guidance for the management of early breast cancer comprises approximately 200 recommendations and practice points underpinned by the current evidence-base to assist health professionals and patients engage in shared decision-making and support the delivery of best practice patient-centred care for people with early breast cancer.

Medicinal cannabis: new materials from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on access pathways

The TGA has developed new communication materials to help consumers and health professionals understand access pathways for medicinal cannabis in Australia including videos and printable infographics. This new material is available from the TGA Medicinal Cannabis webpage.

Career opportunities 

New South Wales

Queensland

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

Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ)

RMSANZ is the professional body for Rehabilitation Physicians and trainees in Australia & New Zealand.

Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre

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

AFRM contact details 

Member enquiries
Phone: (AUS) 1300 69 7227
Phone: (NZ) 0508 69 7227
Email: memberservices@racp.edu.au 

AFRM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):
Jane Henderson, Executive Officer, AFRM
Phone: +61 2 8076 6315
Email: afrm@racp.edu.au

AFRM NZ Committee
Executive Officer DFAC’s NZ
Email: nz_afrm@racp.org.nz 
 
AFRM Education and Training enquiries:
Education Officer
Phone: +61 2 8076 6350
Email: rehab@racp.edu.au  

AFRM oral examination enquiries:
Examination Coordinator 
Phone: +61 2 9256 5422
Email: faculty.examinations@racp.edu.au

AFRM training site accreditation enquiries:
Education Officer
Phone: +61 8247 6233
Email: accreditation@racp.edu.au 
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