AFRM eBulletin – 23 August 2019

College and Faculty prizes

Nominations are closing soon for prizes which acknowledge outstanding contributions and achievements made by Fellows and trainees. Submit your nomination for the prizes below by Monday, 16 September 2019.

  • John Sands Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of the RACP and its members.
  • College Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or community health through physician activities.
  • RACP International Medal recognises a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.
  • Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas recognises a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or New Zealand.
  • Mentor of the Year Award presented to a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.
  • Trainee of the Year presented to a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to College, community and trainee activities.

Deadline for submitting nominations for the prizes above is on Monday, 16 September 2019.

The Eric Susman Prize is awarded by the College to a Fellow for best contribution to the knowledge of internal medicine (adult medicine and paediatrics). Nominations close 30 September 2019.

The Adrian Paul Prize applications are open to AFRM Advanced Trainees and Fellows in their first year of Fellowship. The prize is awarded for the best scientific work in the field of rehabilitation medicine that is submitted as part of the AFRM advanced training program. Applications are due Tuesday, 1 October 2019.

Details about these prizes are available on the RACP Foundation website.

A message from your President

Letter of thanks and certificate of appreciation – Sybil CummingSybil

The Faculty recently sent a letter of thanks and certificate of appreciation to Sybil Cumming for her “peerless support to the specialty of rehabilitation medicine for the past 23 years.”

Although younger Fellows and recent trainees may not know Sybil, for many of us her name was for many years almost synonymous with that of the AFRM. When I received the letter in November 1996 telling me that I had fulfilled all the requirements of training and could now apply for Fellowship of the AFRM, it was signed by Sybil (then Apted). Many of you have known her for longer and worked with her more closely than I did but, I think it fair to say that for all of us of a certain generation (or two), Sybil was always there.

Sybil Cumming - certificateSybil was appointed to the newly created position of Senior Executive Officer of the AFRM in June 1996.This was in the early days of the AFRM establishing itself within the College and in our letter to her we wrote “The Faculty owes you a special debt of gratitude because your organisational and communicative skills enabled us to establish our presence and thrive in the College environment at a time when the Faculty was a new entity, transitioning from a small stand-alone organisation to a small member of a large well established one. Your ability to form links with key College personnel on our behalf, your organisational ability in running Faculty business, and your selfless support to so many Faculty Fellows who appreciated your guidance, your wisdom and your limitless corporate knowledge ensured our development as a Faculty and our longer-term success.”

Sybil left the Senior Executive Officer position in 2004 but continued her commitment to rehabilitation medicine by working for the Faculty remotely from a small office in Cairns for many years. Not long after she eventually left the AFRM and RACP, she began working with the newly established Rehabiltiation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) as Administrative Officer in 2015, a position she held until her eventual retirement earlier this year. So, in effect Sybil was at the core of the establishment of two significant rehabilitation medicine organisations.

Her contribution to rehabilitation medicine went far beyond a normal work commitment – she was a highly respected advisor, supporter and friend to many and we wish her our heartfelt thanks for all that she did to support our specialty over so many years. 

We also wish her all the best for her much deserved retirement which I understand is going to involve quite a lot of travel and even more of her other passion – line-dancing.

All the best,

Professor Tim Geraghty 
President, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Faculty staff update

We are pleased to announce Joanne Goldrick has been appointed Manager, Faculties. We welcome Joanne and look forward to working with her.

Trainee Research Awards

Trainees are encouraged to apply for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for an opportunity to do an oral presentation of their research at regional events. Representatives will be selected from each event and invited to present at the RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne in May as part of the 'Research and Innovation Showcase'. Applications are due Saturday, 31 August 2019.

Details about these awards are available on the RACP Foundation website.

Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand's fourth Annual Scientific Meeting

On behalf of the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) and the organising committees, we are delighted to invite our colleagues to the RMSANZ ASM 2019 to be held in Adelaide from Sunday, 20 to Wednesday, 23 October. 

The theme for the conference is 'Contemporary rehabilitation: Knowledge translation, collaboration and community engagement'. This theme speaks to our unique strengths while highlighting exciting areas of future growth.

For more information please visit the event website

Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre new factsheet

The Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) is the clinical quality outcomes registry for rehabilitation medicine in Australia and New Zealand. It is a joint initiative of the Australian rehabilitation sector (providers, funders, regulators and consumers). 

Read the new AROC factsheet (PDF) for more information.

Fellowship medals

Nominations are now open for these College prizes acknowledging outstanding contributions and achievements made by Fellows and trainees in their respective fields:

Successful nominees are presented a medal at RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne and receive full Congress registration, return economy airfares and up to three nights' accommodation.

If you have a mentor or colleague you wish to recognise, now is the time to nominate them for one of these prestigious awards. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, 16 September 2019.

Full details are available on the RACP Foundation website. You may also email the RACP Foundation for enquiries.

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 by enrolling in our research projects online course. It’s designed to support trainees through 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.

RACP online learning resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees' Day 2020 – earlybird registration open

Register today for the Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2020. This event is developed by trainees for trainees and will be held on Saturday, 4 April 2020 at The Heritage Hotel in picturesque Queenstown.

If you are an RACP trainee, this event is for you. Whether you are a Basic or Advanced Trainee, adult medicine or paediatrics, Trainees’ Day will be inspiring and relevant for wherever you are in your training journey. Offering a variety of big picture topics and professional skills building, every NZ trainee should attend Trainees’ Day at least once during Basic Training and once during Advanced Training.

The Trainees' Day offers professional development and community building opportunities for all trainees at any stage of training. It is also supported as a recognised skills day by New Zealand District Health Boards and attendance costs are reimbursable. Earlybird registration is open now.

Trainees’ Day is an opportunity to connect with the wider trainee community, take time out to think broadly and strategically about your career, and hear practical wisdom from experienced physicians and other professionals.

Register now for the RACP Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2020.

For more information email the RACP New Zealand team.

If you’ve used My Health Record, we want to hear from you

RACP has been engaged by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to help promote and encourage the adoption and use of the My Health Record (MHR) system. We are looking for trainees and Fellows who have used MHR to share their experience.

We’re keen to understand and build a suite of real-life practical vignettes, highlighting the use and benefits of MHR by specialists, working in a range of settings. Your contribution on how the MHR may be embedded in current specialist workflow is extremely valuable. RACP and the Agency may use the information provided in a variety of ways (e.g. print and social media, educational resources etc) and as per the process, we will consult with the author for review and approval. We may also contact you to present your cases for educational webinars/podcasts.

If you are interested in being involved, please complete the RACP Clinical Use Case Template and email to Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

What’s happening in Basic Training curricula renewal

We’re excited to announce the training settings that will be the first to adopt the new Basic Training program.

We will be working with the Gold Coast University Hospital, Starship Children’s Hospital Auckland, The Townsville Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital Adelaide to start rolling out the new Basic Training programs from 2020.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an expression of interest to become an early adopter of the new program.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for additional training settings to join those listed above as early adopters of the new Basic Training programs from 2021. 

Key changes coming to the Basic Training programs

Watch our video to learn more about RACP's Basic Training curricula renewal.

More information on the new Basic Training programs is available on the Basic Training curricula renewal pages.

Evaluation of the Training Support Pathway

We are seeking the views of trainees and Fellows who have had experience of the Training Support Pathway.

Your feedback about your past experiences of the Training Support Pathway will help us identify what improvements can be made.

This short survey is open to:

Your participation will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes and is anonymous.

If you have questions about the research project, please contact the lead researcher, Gillian Lucas at

Evolve strategy 2019-21 consultation now complete

Since 2015, Evolve has been a flagship initiative of the RACP. Evolve enables physicians to be leaders in high-value, high-quality care. Recognitions of the importance of this initiative were made in recent government reviews including the Productivity Commission’s 2017 Shifting the Dial Five Year Productivity Review. Consultation for our 2019-21 strategy is now complete. We thank our members for their valuable insights which contribute to the ongoing development, delivery and evaluation of Evolve. We look forward to sharing the outcomes with our members in the coming weeks.

Input into RACP's submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety  

We are finalising the College’s submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. We have received very good input on this significant issue of health reform and improving patient healthcare. This is pertinent to many RACP specialties and subspecialities. The Terms of Reference are available on the Royal Commission's website. Due date for contributions is 29 August 2019. 

Please contact for a copy of the penultimate draft if you wish to contribute. 

Draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard – call for comment

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has invited the College to comment on its draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard. If you wish to help the College develop a response to this draft, please send your comments on the draft standard to by close of business Monday, 9 September 2019. You are also welcome to submit your own submission.

Events and conferences

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.

Career opportunities

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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.

AFRM contact details 

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

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

AFRM NZ Committee
Executive Officer DFAC’s NZ
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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