AFRM eBulletin – 5 April 2019

RACP Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality

The College is preparing a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Submissions are open until June 2019.

Visit the Royal Commission website to read the Terms of Reference.

The quality and safety of aged care is an area of healthcare in which the College has collective expertise, and we encourage you to put forward your experience and suggestions on this topical issue so we can develop a high quality effective submission for change. 

RACP timeframe: 

The Commission will issue an interim report by 31 October 2019, and a final report by 30 April 2020.

The RACP timeframe is to provide a submission by June 2019.
Please provide input by COB Tuesday, 30 April 2019 via 

RACP's Policy and Advocacy team will collate input, prepare a draft and go back to people for more information and specifics if necessary, and progress to the College Policy and Advocacy Committee (CPAC).

For further information please contact Dr Kathryn Powell, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer on +61 2 9256 5497.

A message from your President

Professor Chris Poulos to present the George Burniston Oration at RACP Congress 2019
For those Fellows and trainees who have not yet registered for the RACP Congress 2019 (6 to 8 May in Auckland, New Zealand) I encourage you to visit the Congress website. The theme of this year’s Congress is ‘Impacting health along the life course’ and the program will be of interest to many of us. Professor Chris Poulos, AFRM President from 2012 to 2014 and Conjoint Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW will present the George Burniston Oration for 2019 on Tuesday, 7 May on the topic of ‘Function’. The George Burniston Oration is given every year to honour the late George Burniston OBE, CMG. Dr Burniston was one of the great pioneers in rehabilitation medicine in Australia. 
I recently had the honour of opening the 2019 AFRM Annual Training Meeting (ATM) at the RACP Offices in Sydney (including Sydney Harbour glimpses). The Faculty ATM has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with the quality of the program and attendance figures being very impressive. If you are a trainee and don’t normally attend the event I would encourage you to do so next year. I really enjoy being able to attend these types of events and it also offers me the opportunity to remind myself that while, in reality my own AFRM training years are long past, the memories of training and particularly ‘examinations’ are still very vivid. Congratulations to all involved in organising this year’s event and I hope to see you in New Zealand in May for RACP Congress 2019.

AFRM research awards and study grant recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of AFRM research awards and study grants:

The research awards offered through the RACP Foundation are available to Fellows and trainees to support research and the education development grants are available to support further educational training or develop educational initiatives.

For more information on these and other awards, visit the RACP Foundation Awards page.

International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine – 2019 registration 

The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) serves as the global agency for physical and rehabilitation medicine (PRM). ISPRM aims to 'continuously improve PRM practice and facilitate PRM input in international health organisations with the goal to contribute to optimal functioning and quality of life of people experiencing disability'. 

In order to receive the benefits of your 2019 membership and to access the members’ area of the ISPRM website use code: AFRM19#2 

The same code can be used to register for the congress when asked for ‘membership number'. 

The ISPRM members’ area on the website is currently under construction, however you can still register for the congress

Due to the transition process with ISPRM Central Office, all AFRM members will have to register anew. Old passwords and usernames won’t work to renew membership.

Should you have any issues registering please contact ISPRM directly via

Exercise and pulmonary hypertension

Researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and the University of New South Wales invite you to participate in an online survey. The purpose of this survey is to explore the opinions of medical specialists towards exercise in patients with pulmonary hypertension. 

The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Participate in the survey on the St Vincent's Hospital website.

If you have any questions about this survey or potential participation in the study, please contact Dr Karen Chia or Dr Christine Shiner. The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of St Vincent Hospital, Sydney [ETH00430].  

A participant information sheet is available for you to print and retain. Please make sure you read the information sheet. Completion of the survey and submission of your responses will be taken to indicate your consent to participate.

Mind Special Interest Group invites you to join their teleconference

The Mind Special Interest Group will be hosting its second teleconference of 2019 on Wednesday, 15 May from 5pm to 6pm:

  • 5pm for Mind SIG general business
  • 5.30pm for a presentation from Lucy Mayes, author of 'Beyond the Stethoscope'.

Lucy Mayes and 'Beyond the Stethoscope’
Witnessing worrying burnout in her doctor husband, Lucy Mayes went on a quest to find out what is really going on behind the scenes in medicine. Lucy asked doctors on the front lines how they make meaning in their work, what quality medicine looks like to them, and what their hopes are for the future of medicine. What emerged were consistent messages about elements of practice that the culture and systems of medicine still struggle to understand and support: the power of humanism, compassion, listening, the therapeutic relationship, preventative care, the doctors’ own wellbeing journey, and mind-body plus other holistic understandings of health and healing.

To join the teleconference please use the below dial in details:

Video-conference: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android
Telephone from Australia: +61 2 8015 2088 or +61 8 7150 1149 or 1800 893 423 (Toll Free)
Telephone from New Zealand: +64 4 831 8959 or +64 9 801 1188
Meeting ID: 130 071 221

Dr Jane Malone
Chair, Mind Special Interest Group

RACP Congress 2019

Join colleagues from Monday, 6 to Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, for RACP Congress 2019. As the premier annual event on the RACP calendar, Congress includes the College’s convocation ceremony as well as a diverse program with topics that span the breadth of the medical industry.

RACP Congress 2019 key topics include:

  • The key to unlocking optimal health – The life course paradigm
  • Obesity: Rising to the challenge
  • The first 1000 days – the window of opportunity for long term health
  • Medically unexplained symptoms – masterclass
  • The opioid epidemic – Iatrogenesis on a global scale
  • Integrated care – the future must be about partnerships
  • Closing plenary – Physician heal thyself

Visit the Congress website to register and view the program.

Tips for the upcoming Fellowship Written Examination

If you’re preparing for the AFRM Fellowship Written Examination on Tuesday, 28 May, don’t forget to check out the tips for the modified essay questions (MEQ) paper to help you in the lead up to exam day.

The RACP exams page also has a number of resources including sample MEQs and answers, sample multiple choice questions (MCQs) as well as the 'Instructions to candidates'.

If you need any assistance in the lead up to your exam, contact the Training Support Unit at We know that the examination can be a challenging prospect and the RACP support program is available to any trainee who might benefit from some coaching, counselling and support in the lead up to the exam.

Draft report of the Specialist and Consultant Physician Consultation Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Members have recently written in to express their interest in the recommendations of the draft report of the Specialist and Consultant Physician Consultation Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce. The report can be downloaded in full from the Department of Health's website.

The recommendations in this report will have significant implications for the way specialist and consultant physicians work in the future. Accordingly, the RACP Policy and Advocacy team has been inviting member input through various channels and will be developing a submission. 

If you have any questions on the report or wish to share any thoughts, please email The external deadline for submissions is Friday, 17 May so Policy and Advocacy is planning on developing a draft response well in advance of this date to share with respondents.

The National Cancer Screening Register

The National Cancer Screening Register (the Register) is a national electronic infrastructure for the collection, storage and reporting of data for the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP). From November 2019, the Register will begin supporting the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), creating one record per participant for the two programs. 

From 2020, the Register will also feature integration with practice management software and online participant and healthcare provider portals.

Learn more on the National Cancer Screening Register's website

AFRM Expressions of Interest – Regional Committees

Expressions of Interest are being sought for several opportunities within AFRM Regional Committees.

The AFRM Regional Committee has been established to:

  • advise the Faculty Council on matters relevant to the Faculty in their region
  • promote rehabilitation medicine in their region
  • respond to new and emerging rehabilitation medicine issues relevant to the Faculty as they arise provided the issue is approved by the Faculty President or Faculty Council prior to work commencing
  • work with other relevant College bodies and staff in relation to training and continual professional development and contributing to policy and advocacy matters
  • the activities of the Committee must be consistent with the College’s Strategic Directions document or any successor document.

For further information please visit:

Funding available for women's leadership development 

Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s healthcare sector. 

The initiative is providing women with grants of between AUD $3,000 and AUD $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. 

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for healthcare sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of this financial year.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form before 7 June.

In-Training Long Case Assessment

The current accredited list of Long Case Assessors is uploaded online and can be found on the RACP website

Career opportunities

New South Wales


View all 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.

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):
Anastasia Barabash, Executive Officer, AFRM
Phone: +61 2 8076 6315

AFRM NZ Committee
Lauren Darrah, Executive Officer DFAC’s NZ
AFRM Education and Training enquiries:
Name: Lia Iliou, Education Officer
Phone: +61 2 8076 6350

AFRM Examination enquiries:
Examination Coordinator 

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