AFRM eBulletin – 26 June 2020

A message from your President

Dear AFRM members,

How quickly a month passes in this year of 2020, with disruption no one could have imagined. I was watching a poignant film from the current Sydney Film Festival which had this awful point hidden even from the filmmaker. It is late 2019, the bushfires are raging, a young musician is downcast in a piece to camera about her disappointments and hopes for a better year ahead. She is looking forward to 2020 as the year to re-launch her career with several festival bookings. The audience knows that 2020 was the year all such festivals were cancelled. We are all dealing with severe disruptions to our usual operations, but some are suffering more than others.

AFRM Council 

We will be meeting soon for our Strategic Planning Day and Council Meeting. The Strategic Planning Day allows us to discuss issues to be addressed in the next two-year work cycle. If you have burning issues to put forward, please email your Regional Committee Chair or the AFRM Executive Officer, Jane Henderson, at afrm@racp.edu.au

RACP Online Congress Series

Congress 2020 has been replaced with a series of online sessions which launched last week. Please view these on the Online Congress Series platform. These include the following sessions:

  • the AFRM ‘George Burniston oration’ by Associate Professor Adam Scheinberg  (available in July)
  • the joint AFRM and AFOEM session ‘Promoting an inclusive community for people living with disability’
  • the AFRM session ‘Rehabilitation in First Nations & Remote Settings’.

Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ)

The AFRM Executive Committee continues to maintain close communication with RMSANZ through regular meetings with RMSANZ President, Michael Chou. The RMSANZ 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting has been cancelled along with the AFRM Annual Members Meeting, which may be delivered in an online format. Planning for the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) 2022 World Congress in Sydney (hosted by RMSANZ) continues.

Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC)

Close relations with AROC continue with regular teleconferences. A pleasing increase in requests for data from the database for research has been noted. Trainees have been encouraged to consider this as a source for their research projects and the Research Working Group chaired by Associate Professor Michael Pollack is prepared to support these efforts with mentoring by experienced senior researchers. A Clinical Indicators review is currently underway.

Exams and training

A major impact from the social distancing policies necessitated by COVID-19 is the disruption to exams and trainees career progression. The Faculty Executive Committee and senior members of our training and assessment committees have been meeting regularly with RACP Education, Learning and Assessment Team representatives to plan for exams at the earliest possible opportunity. Read the report from the Faculty Education Committee (FEC) Chair, Dr Caitlin Anderson, later in this eBulletin.

The usual exam preparation sessions are among the many losses our trainees have been concerned about. Many educational sessions can be well catered online and the Bi-National Training Program (BNTP) itself was imagined as a way to prevent remote or sole trainees from missing opportunities. I encourage all supervisors to use ward rounds and clinics to provide opportunities for trainees to examine under observation and receive quality feedback. This is an area of organised training which is particularly hard hit at the moment.

Preparations continue for dealing with the sequalae of severe COVID-19 but our exposure to patients needing rehabilitation has been surprisingly sparse so far. I urge you all to ensure that unmet need is being sought and served and that therapy programs are being delivered when it is safe to do so. It is a time to consider much wider adoption of technology to keep quality patient care going, whether in clinics or therapy programs.

Dr Greg Bowring 
AFRM President

Education update

The AFRM COVID-19 Training and Exams Working Group has been meeting on a regular basis over the last month to continue the work of managing the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on training, accreditation and exams. We have continued to receive dedicated support from RACP Education, Learning and Assessment, which has helped to ensure decisions can be made in a timely but consistent way. Our concern for trainee and supervisor wellbeing remains front of mind as we try to minimise the negative impacts of this pandemic. 

A summary of progress and discussions from the last month includes: 

  1. Exams: The AFRM Assessment Committee has communicated with trainees and supervisors, by email, the proposed timing in 2021 for the delivery of all postponed exams. These dates are the earliest possible timing of exams and are potentially subject to change. These dates have been communicated at this stage to provide trainees and supervisors an idea of when the exams might run and allow exam preparation plans to be developed. We are hoping to have confirmed dates as soon as possible. Module 1 Written Exam will be delivered by Computer Based Testing in 2021. Please note that the exams listed in the table below are the only AFRM exams planned to be held in 2021.

    Exam Cohorts  Planned month in 2021 
    Fellowship Written Examination 
    (General Rehabilitation)
    2020 and 2021 February
    Fellowship Written Examination 
    (Paediatrics)
    2020 and 2021
    February
    Fellowship Clinical Examination 
    (General Rehabilitation)
    2020 and 2021
    May
    Fellowship Clinical Examination 
    (Paediatrics)
    2020 and 2021
    May
    Module 1 Written Assessment* 
    (General Rehabilitation)
    2020 and 2021
    May
    Module 2 Clinical Assessment 
    (General Rehabilitation)
    2020 and 2021
    June
  2. Program specific interim changes to training requirements: The AFRM Training Committee has been working with Education, Learning and Assessment to develop temporary changes to program requirements to accommodate the disruption to training of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes provide some additional flexibility around time-based requirements and workplace learning and assessment tools for those who are not able to complete them. These changes are in the final stages of approval and will be communicated to trainees and supervisors by email as soon as possible. 

  3. Workplace teaching and learning: As a result of social distancing and a reduction in outpatient services, the pandemic has also had impacts on the delivery of workplace teaching and learning programs. This has forced a shift towards online delivery of teaching sessions, with a reduction in direct face-to-face and patient centred, group based teaching options. While it has been incredible to see the commitment to teaching provision through novel methods, we acknowledge that this might have an impact on the way that trainees are able to develop their skills and prepare for exams. Now is the time for supervisors to stay alert for and take advantage of incidental learning opportunities that occur throughout the workday. Other useful RACP resources which can be promoted at this time include:
  • Recordings of previous BNTP sessions available on the RACP website.
  • Online courses covering many topics including cultural competence and Indigenous health, professional skills, ethics, physician self-care and wellbeing, the Hormone School video series and more.
  • The College Learning Series (CLS) – these have been developed and delivered by RACP Fellows and are linked to the College’s Basic Training curricula. Access for RACP members is free and lectures can be watched on any device.
  • Pomegranate Health – our award-winning podcast about the culture of medicine. Members hear from clinicians, researchers and advocates. Episodes include 'The Art of Telehealth', 'Training in the Bush', 'Ethical Dilemmas' and 'Dealing with Uncertainty'.
  • The Curated Collections presenting key readings, courses, web resources and tools on specific topics including learning, adolescent and young adult health, communication, research and more.
  • The RACP has developed an online learning collection called The Resourceful Physician Curated Collection. It is a platform where Fellows can share educational online resources they’ve found useful with other members and includes resources developed both externally and by the RACP. The collection includes key readings, courses, web resources, videos and tools on specific topics.  

Dr Caitlin Anderson
Chair, AFRM Education Committee
On behalf of the AFRM COVID-19 Training and Exams Working Group

Congress Online Series

Congress is now online

Last week, Professor John Wilson AM, RACP President launched the RACP Online Congress Series. A first of its kind for the College and members, as we are delivering the series entirely online. From June to December you can join live webinars and access on-demand content including videos, podcasts and past recordings.

Given the role physicians and trainees play in the current healthcare crisis, the Online Congress Series is being delivered free for all members this year. Visit the Congress website for more information about upcoming webinars.

Professor Catherine Crock AM opens Congress with her keynote address on 'Balancing science with humanity: how kindness restores the whole in medicine'

Login to the RACP Online Congress Series platform using your username and MIN to view the opening keynote address on-demand – one not to be missed.

Applications closing soon – RACP Foundation Research Awards 

Don’t miss your chance to apply for funding for 2021 under the following award categories:

Faculty awards include:

Applications for Research Entry Scholarships, Research Development Scholarships and Travel grants are due on Monday, 13 July 2020.

Please refer to the RACP Foundation webpage for information on specific eligibility requirements for each award.

College medals and awards

Nominations open Wednesday, 1 July 2020 for College prizes. They acknowledge outstanding contributions and achievements made by Fellows and trainees in their respective fields.

We encourage you to nominate for the following medals:

  • The John Sands Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of the RACP and its members.
  • The College Medal is aligned to the College motto hominum servire saluti. It is awarded to a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or health of community through physician activities.
  • 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 Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Mentor of the Year Award recognises 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 recognises a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to College, community and trainee activities.
  • The Eric Susman Prize is awarded by the College to a Fellow for the best contribution to the knowledge of internal medicine.

Successful nominees are presented a medal at the RACP Congress and receive full Congress registration, return economy airfares and up to three nights’ accommodation.

Full details are available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

Trainee Research Awards 2020

Applications for the Trainee Research Awards are open from Wednesday, 1 July to Monday, 31 August 2020. Trainees and New Fellows undertaking post-Fellowship training are encouraged to apply.

The Trainee Research Awards provide a valuable opportunity for trainees to present their research at an Australian regional or Aotearoa New Zealand event. The best presenters from each local event are invited to be part of the Research and Innovation stream at the RACP Congress. Selected representatives will also receive complimentary registration, return airfares and accommodation for three nights to attend the RACP Congress.

Please send your abstract submissions or inquiries by email to your respective regional RACP offices.

Mind Special Interest Group report

The Mind Special Interest Group (SIG) has had two excellent guest speakers this year. In February 2020, we welcomed Dr Debbie Ling. Debbie is a social worker with an interest in compassion and a PhD in ‘Outcomes from a compassion training intervention for healthcare workers’. Debbie spoke about the important difference between compassion and empathy, the established and emerging evidence for compassion and the evidence for compassion training for healthcare workers. Debbie runs a one-hour compassion training course based on research out of the Stanford Centre for Optimism and Compassion which we may look to organise, if there is enough interest, as a workshop in the future. Find out more about Debbie's research.

Our second speaker was Dr Kate Jones who spoke on ‘Spirituality in Healthcare’. As per her talk, spirituality in the healthcare setting is defined as ‘the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose, and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature and to the significant or sacred'. Of note, her presentation quoted research showing over 80 per cent believed health was affected by spiritual/religious beliefs and that over 70 per cent thought it was helpful for staff to ask about their beliefs. Kate shared a handy care tool acronym developed at Royal Rehab in Ryde for asking patients about meaning, hope and purpose in their lives. Called ‘SOAR’, it includes the following questions:

  • Source of spiritual strength, meaning, purpose, hope?
  • Others who you share this with?
  • Assistance from healthcare professionals needed?
  • Relevance or importance of spirituality for you?

Dr Jones’ presentation with quoted references is now available.

Please contact the Faculty at afrm@racp.edu.au if you’d like information on upcoming events.

Dr Jane Malone

RMSANZ Webinar Series

RMSANZ held the first webinar of a series on Tuesday, 16 June 2020 which included two presentations: 

  1. 'The Effective use of Telemedicine in your Practice' presented by Associate Professor Steven Faux
  2. 'Medical Billing and Compliance of Telemedicine in the post COVID era' presented by Margaret Faux. 

This was a great success, with over 90 registrations. Thank you to RACP for providing the webinar platform and Dr David Murphy, our Communications Chair, for organising. A recording will be posted on the RMSANZ Members Portal in a few weeks. 

Our next webinar is scheduled for 6pm AEST on Wednesday, 12 August 2020 to be presented by Professor Fary Khan, Chair of RMSANZ Disaster Rehabilitation Special Interest Group. 

The final one for the series will be held at 6pm AEST on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 to cover a current topic relevant to rehab. 

RMSANZ members will receive details on how to join these webinars by email.

Call for papers – Brain Injury Australia’s 8th National Brain Injury Conference

Brain Injury Australia has invited people with a brain injury, researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, service providers and policymakers to submit presentation proposals for Brain Injury Australia’s 8th National Brain Injury Conference, to be held from 23 to 25 November 2020.

Submissions are invited on a wide range of subject areas, including innovations in evidence-based approaches to the treatment, rehabilitation and overall care of people with a brain injury and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Proposals can be an oral presentation, a ‘snapshot’ (a ten to 15-minute overview of an under-acknowledged topic or a research finding in brain injury) or a topic for a panel discussion. For more information visit the call for papers portal or email admin@braininjuryaustralia.org.au.

Neurological Rehabilitation eLearning Course

This e-learning course, managed by the University of Melbourne, provides an outline of neurological rehabilitation and covers the basic principles of management of disabilities resulting from a neurological condition. Clinical case studies and multiple-choice questions are designed to optimise comprehension and learning. The course is suitable for clinicians working in rehabilitation, including rehabilitation physicians, GPs, rehabilitation trainees, medical students, nurses and allied health professionals. 

Learning outcomes:

  • understand the impact of various disabilities on patient outcomes in terms of function and participation
  • knowledge to assess, manage/treat and prognosticate outcomes for patients with a range of disabilities in accord with best evidence
  • apply knowledge to address specific complications and comorbidities associated with various neurological conditions
  • outline a rehabilitation 'action plan' appropriate for patients with a neurological condition
  • understand how to manage an interdisciplinary rehabilitation service.

For more information and a course brochure, visit the University of Melbourne website.

Position open on the AFRM Assessment Committee

The AFRM Assessment Committee seeks expressions of interest from Fellows to coordinate Long Case Assessments for the Faculty. The Long Case Assessment (LCA) Coordinator is a member of the AFRM Assessment Committee, a sub-committee of the AFRM Education Committee. The LCA Coordinator is responsible to the Chair of the Assessment Committee who reports to the AFRM Education Committee.

Members of the Committee are appointed for a period of two years, which can be renewed every two years up to a maximum of six years.

The LCA Coordinator will be required to attend six Assessment Subcommittee meetings: one face-to-face meeting (depending on COVID-19 restrictions) and five teleconferences.

For more information visit the RACP website.

New, free 24/7, 365 days a year, confidential mental health counselling service 

Doctors and medical students around Australia now have access to free, confidential telehealth mental health services through the new Drs4Drs Support Service, which has been established by Doctors’ Health Services Limited (DrHS).

The Drs4Drs Support Service provides crisis support, as well as non-urgent mental health support, and complements services provided by the network of state-based doctors’ health advisory services that are also funded by DrHS. 

Corporate mental health provider, Converge International, will deliver the Drs4Drs Support Service, deploying mental health professionals who are experienced in helping people work through workplace issues, conflict management, relationship concerns, financial problems, legal matters and lifestyle issues. 

All services funded by DrHS are completely confidential. DrHS does not receive any information that could identify anyone using this service, as they appreciate patient privacy is paramount and provide the option of anonymity.

DrHS is a subsidiary of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), established with funding from the Medical Board of Australia to provide health and wellbeing support to medical students and doctors.

The Drs4Drs Support Service is funded by a grant from the Federal Department of Health, allowing participants to have up to three free telehealth counselling sessions.

Accessing the Drs4Drs Support Service is simple. Doctors and medical students can call 1300 374 377 (1300 DR4 DRS) or visit Drs4Drs.com.au – a national one-stop-shop for wellness and support resources for the medical profession.

Supporting prevention and management of COVID-19 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the Lowitja Institute and The Australian National University are working together to provide practical and timely advice for primary healthcare teams supporting prevention and management of COVID-19 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

An expert committee guiding the work is providing recommendations for healthcare workers operating in Aboriginal community-controlled health services and other primary care settings.

The first set of recommendations was released on National Sorry Day 2020, a day to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations as part of an ongoing process of healing. Visit the NACCHO website for updates.

AFRM Expression of Interest – Membership of the Paediatric MCQ Approval Working Group

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Faculty Paediatric Training and Assessment Committee (FPTAC) is seeking enthusiastic AFRM Paediatric Fellows for membership of the Multiple-choice Question (MCQ) Approval Working Group.

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

Key responsibilities of the MCQ Approval Working Group are:

  • participate in MCQ development meetings with other members of the working party by teleconference, to review and amend draft questions submitted by Fellows 
  • approve draft questions submitted to the Working Party for inclusion in the AFRM Paediatric MCQ Bank
  • write multiple choice questions on specific topic areas assessed in the curriculum and submit them to the MCQ Approval Working Group for approval
  • participate in the annual review of questions in the Question Bank to ensure that the questions in the Bank remain current.

For further information and to complete an expression of interest form please visit the RACP website.

I look forward to receiving your expression of interest. 

Dr Kim McLennan
FPTAC Chair

Positions still available on AFRM committees

Following the RACP election process, there are various positions available on College councils and committees.

You are invited to express your interest in the positions available on:

To apply to join any of the above Committees, please visit the RACP website.

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, 22 July 2020
3pm to 5pm AEST Spinal cord injury and disease

Paediatric spinal cord injury
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 3pm to 5pm AEST
Spinal cord injuryand disease
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
3pm to 5pm AEST Multidisciplinary management of spinal cord injury
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


Read RACP Quarterly online

RACP Quarterly is our member magazine featuring healthcare and medical news. In Issue Two 2020 we move to our new online platform for this magazine.

After feedback from many of our members about the ongoing carbon footprint of printing and postage of the hard-copy magazine, we intended to transition at the end of this year to an online only publication. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to re-evaluate our plans and bring forward the move to an online only publication for the RACP Quarterly magazine from now and into the future.

In this issue we feature the RACP Fellows recognised in the Australia Day 2020 Honours and the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 in both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Congratulations to the recipients – these awards highlight the outstanding work RACP members do and the importance of that work in local, national and international communities.

This issue also features a range of articles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • How are our hospitals and members dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Supporting trainees through the pandemic
  • The race to find a vaccine
  • New Telehealth items for physicians and their patients
  • The demand for access to Personal Protective Equipment during COVID-19
  • Physicians leading the way on opioid treatment during a global pandemic.

Other highlights in this issue include ‘On the frontline of Australia’s worst bushfire season on record’, ‘Guidelines for ethical relationships between health professionals and industry’, ‘Navigating healthcare the Māori way’ and ‘Turning back the clock on heart attacks’.

Read RACP Quarterly Issue Two 2020 online now. 

Access previous editions of RACP Quarterly on the RACP website.

New Pomegranate podcast: Ep59: Essential Ethics in Paediatrics 

The ethical questions that come up in paediatrics can appear overwhelming to begin with. When can a child be said to have cognitive capacity and bodily autonomy? For those who don’t, where does the guardianship of the parent give way to that of the medical professionals? When might treating one child have implications for the resources available to others? And what about not treating or vaccinating a child, if that is what the parents want?

All of these issues are tackled in the Essential Ethics podcast, produced within the Children's Bioethics Centre in Melbourne. The Centre was established at the Royal Children’s Hospital to promote the rights of young patients and to support families and clinicians facing some vexing ethical questions. The Essential Ethics podcast takes a case-based approach to demonstrate how dilemmas in clinical ethics can be worked through in a systematic way. A couple of these are presented as part of the RACP Online Congress Series program.

In the first story discussed, a child with autism spectrum disorder is suspected of having COVID-19, but the mother refuses testing as it will distress him for little gain. The second, real life case, is that of a 16-month-old boy born with a developmental abnormality of the lower leg. In the most severe cases the recommended clinical management involves amputation, but this boy’s deformity can be corrected through a number of involved surgeries. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Chris Harris describes the confronting course he had to take. He is interviewed by paediatric respiratory physician Professor John Massie and clinical ethicist Professor Lynn Gillam. They are respectively the Clinical Lead and Academic Director of the Children's Bioethics Centre and both have Professorial appointments at the University of Melbourne.

Guests:

  • Professor Lynn Gillam (Academic Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, University of Melbourne)
  • Professor John Massie FRACP (Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Chris Harris FRACS (Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne).

Fellows of the RACP can claim CPD credits via MyCPD for listening to this episode and reading the resources.

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Open letter to Food Forum Ministers: It is time for a clear, visible health warning label on alcohol products 

For over a decade, the College and other medical and public health bodies have advocated for effective, mandatory labelling of alcohol products with pregnancy-related warnings. Responsible Ministers from all jurisdictions are yet again preparing to debate this urgent matter. The decisive meeting is planned for mid-July 2020. 

In March 2020, the Ministers delayed approving the evidence-based labelling scheme recommended by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand to allow for a review of the use of the colour red in the warnings. Best evidence clearly shows that the colour red is essential for the label to be noticed, trusted and understood as a warning. It is also clear that the alcohol industry has used the issue to further delay the mandatory implementation of clear and visible labelling of alcohol on the market.

Our close collaborators at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education have launched a timely online letter urging the Ministers to finally endorse the implementation of appropriate health warnings on alcoholic products across Australia. The College is a strong supporter of the letter.

The industry and the decision-makers have had enough time. As the letter states, “watering down the label through changes to its colour, size or wording would be risking the health and wellbeing of thousands of Australians for years to come". 

Please sign the online letter and share it with your networks and on social media. It only takes a couple of minutes and is part of a wider campaign to persuade the Ministers to do the right thing, at last. 

Read findings from RACP voluntary member survey on telehealth in Australia

In May 2020, the RACP conducted a voluntary survey to all its practising Australian-based members on their use of the new Medicare Benefits Schedule telehealth attendance items introduced for COVID-19. A summary report is available, highlighting the impacts of the new telehealth items and outlining key findings and recommendations. 

Learn more

Evolve case studies 

To support the implementation of Evolve and Choosing Wisely recommendations in clinical practice, we have developed two case studies depicting clinical scenarios in which recommendations on reducing low-value care apply. These case studies explore a clinical scenario based on one of the Evolve recommendations on low-value care.

Evolve is seeking enthusiastic Fellows and trainees to partner with us in developing case studies for more specialties. The aim of the case studies is to support Fellows and trainees to build an understanding of low-value care within their specialty and act as a tool for clinical educators and supervisors. Email evolve@racp.edu.au to get involved.

Supporting the health of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Commonwealth Department of Health have prepared a range of fact sheets for health professionals regarding supporting the health of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic. In her capacity as President of the Australian Association of Disability Medicine, President-elect Dr Jacqueline Small was part of the advisory committee which developed the resources and which has continued meeting to oversee the implementation of the plan.

The fact sheets complement the recently released Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability and associated resources. 

College endorsement of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

The College recently developed a Statement on Organ Trafficking condemning the trafficking in organs, including removing organs from living or deceased donors without valid consent or authorisation. As a further step to demonstrate support for ending organ trafficking, the RACP Ethics Committee has led the work of formal RACP endorsement of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

The Declaration aims to provide ethical guidance for professionals and policymakers on how the benefits of transplantation can be maximised and shared equitably with those in need, without reliance on unethical, harmful and exploitative practises. The Declaration outlines 11 key principles to eliminate trafficking of organs and establish ethical frameworks for the legitimate sourcing of organs for transplantation.  

The College is pleased to formally endorse the Declaration and is committed to upholding the principles of the Declaration in all our activities and supporting our members to do the same.

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

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.

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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