AFRM eBulletin – 6 March 2020

A message from your President

It is my great pleasure to announce that, as a result of the recent RACP Election process Dr Jennifer Mann is the new President-Elect of the Faculty. Jenny will officially assume the position of Chair, AFRM Policy & Advocacy Committee and President-Elect in May this year, taking over from Dr Greg Bowring who will become President. I’m sure you will join with me and the rest of the AFRM Executive Team in congratulating Jenny. 

We recently welcomed Jane Henderson as the new Executive Officer for the AFRM. Jane has worked with medical associations and other member based organisations for many years as well as working with medical professionals across a range of specialties. She has hit the ground running and is quickly getting up to speed on the current activities in the Faculty and we are looking forward to working with her. Jane can be contacted at

While welcoming Jane, we also farewelled Anastasia (Stacey) Barabash. Stacey was in the Executive Officer role for a number of years and many Fellows and trainees would have met, interacted with and been assisted by her during that time. Stacey was always approachable, incredibly generous with her time and expert at helping sort out any number of problems and issues that arose in the Faculty. Without her support much of the work of the Faculty could not have been successfully completed. Her support for the Executive team of Associate Professor Andrew Cole, Dr Greg Bowring, Dr Caitlin Anderson and myself was limitless and we wish her the best of luck for her next venture.

All the best,
Professor Tim Geraghty 
AFRM President

Congratulations to the winner of the Dr Boris Mak Rehabilitation Medicine Award

Congratulations to Dr Juan Delgado Rodriguez for winning the Dr Boris Mak Rehabilitation Medicine Trainee Award for Best Presentation at the Rehabilitation Medicine Symposium, Aotearoa NZ held on Saturday, 22 February 2020. Congratulations also to the runner up Dr Somu Victor who was a close second.

Save the date – AFRM Annual Trainee Meeting 2020

The essential training course for AFRM trainees is back. Planning is well under way and there will be a jam-packed program of interesting sessions including the all-important Exam Prep session. This will also be an opportunity to hear about the work being done on Computer Based Testing ahead of the roll out at the AFRM Module 1 exam in 2021. 

Other topics also covered will also include Disabled Athletes, Refugee Health/Disaster Rehabilitation, Regional and Remote Working Experiences, Stroke Rehabilitation, Transition Intrathecal and Spasticity.
Further information will be published shortly. In the meantime, here are the details for your diary:

Dates: Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 October 2020
Location: Sydney
Registration: opening April 2020.

Written exams now open

Applications are now open for the following written exams:

Applications for all three exams close 5pm AEDT, Monday, 16 March 2020.

More information and application forms for each exam are available on our website.

Last chance to apply for an RACP AFRM Educational Development Grant 

Applications for the 2020 RACP AFRM Educational Development Grant are closing Monday, 23 March 2020.

The 2020 RACP AFRM Educational Development Grant is worth up to $10,000. This grant can go towards gaining new technical expertise, training at an appropriate institution or participation and presenting a paper at a conference or scientific meeting in fields and competencies relevant to rehabilitation.

Other Educational Development Grants available include:

  • Aotearoa New Zealand Educational Development Grant
  • Queensland Regional Committee Educational Development Grant.

Information about this award including eligibility criteria and the link to the online application form is available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

Changes to the AFRM Fellowship Clinical Examination (general) and Module 2 Clinical Assessment

The length of each station in the AFRM Fellowship Clinical Examination (FCE) (general) and AFRM Module 2 Clinical Assessment is increasing from 11 minutes to 14 minutes. This includes four minutes reading time and 10 minutes for the station.

These changes take effect as of the 2020 examinations. 

The decision to increase the length of each station is based on previous feedback from candidates and examiners and has been designed to:

  • improve the flow of each examination
  • improve the experience for candidates and examiners
  • ensure candidates have adequate time to demonstrate their competence.

Please note, there will be no change to the station design or increase in the number of questions compared to previous years, simply more time to complete each station. There is also no change to the AFRM FCE (paediatrics).

The exam dates are:

  • AFRM Module 2 Clinical Assessment – Sunday, 28 June 2020 at Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD. Please note the date change from that which was originally published.
  • AFRM FCE (general) – Saturday, 29 August 2020 at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, VIC.

Details on each exam and how to apply will be available in the lead up to the application open date on Wednesday, 1 April 2020. 

More information is available on the RACP website.

Join our College’s Gender Equity in Medicine Working Group

Our College is calling upon members to submit expressions of interest to our new Gender Equity in Medicine Working Group (GEMWG). The GEMWG is being established to develop an understanding of the gender equity issues and barriers experienced by Fellows and trainees and examine what our College can do to better support gender equity in medicine. This is a great opportunity to be involved in an important College initiative and we encourage you to apply today.

Apply now 

Last chance to register – Wagga Orthotic Weekend

Limited places are left for the second edition of the Wagga Orthotic Weekend which will be held from Saturday, 28 March to Sunday, 29 March 2020. It will be a great weekend to hone orthotic skills as well as have fun.

There will be a lively social agenda with Friday night drinks/dinner available at the Duke pub and fun, food and wine at the annual Food and Wine Festival on Saturday night. 

View the full program.

For further details and to register visit the event website.

RMSANZ 2020 Conference

With less than 200 days to go, we are looking forward to the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) 2020 Conference being held from Tuesday, 22 September to Friday, 25 September 2020.

This year’s theme is Forging Alliances, New Horizons. This theme speaks to the unfolding and expanding possibilities, as well as the collaborative and inter-disciplinary nature of contemporary rehabilitation practice both in the hospital setting and in the communities.

International speakers include:

  • Professor Stefania Fatone, Northwestern University, USA
  • Dr Ross Zafonte, Harvard Medical School, USA.

The AFRM Annual Members Meeting will also be included in the conference program.

For further details visit the event website.

Upcoming Paediatrics SIG Meeting

The next meeting of the Paediatrics Special Interest Group (SIG) is on Thursday, 12 March 2020 from 3pm to 4pm AEDT. The SIG is an opportunity to share knowledge, grow your network and hear about the latest developments happening in paediatric rehabilitation. If you are interested in joining the SIG or joining the meeting, please feel free to contact the Faculty at

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.

The Tri-Nation Alliance International Medical Symposium

The program for the International Medical Symposium (IMS) has now been released. 
Exploring the theme of providing care to underserved populations, this event will give Canadian, Australian and New Zealand perspectives on how we can achieve positive health outcomes for people living in remote areas, those who are isolated or those who have any number of other social determinants.

The symposium brings together leaders from the medical profession, educators, regulators and policy makers to address big-picture subjects from across the medical education sector. 

Join the conversation and register at the IMS website

Join the Evolve Policy Reference Group

Improving the quality and safety of healthcare is at the heart of Evolve. We regularly consult, collaborate and partner with RACP Fellows and trainees who are part of the Evolve Policy Reference Group. They play an important role in leading and shaping Evolve to make it more relevant and fit-for-purpose. 

Join the Evolve Policy Reference Group by emailing your interest to

Bi National Training Program – 2020 timetable 

Please visit the event listings webpage for more details of each presentation. 

Date Time Topic
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 3pm to 5pm AEDT

Models of care (Australia and NZ)

  • Community Rehabilitation
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 3pm to 5pm AEDT


  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Elbow
Wednesday, 27 May 2020 3pm to 5pm AEDT

Inflammatory Arthopathy

  • Rheumatology
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
3pm to 5pm AEDT Peripheral Neuropathy

Guillain Barre Syndrome
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
3pm to 5pm AEDT SCI and disease

Paediatric SCI
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 3pm to 5pm AEDT
SCI and disease
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
3pm to 5pm AEDT Multidisciplinary management of spinal cord injury
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
3pm to 5pm AEDT

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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

Motoneuron disease

RACP Fellows at the WorkSafe Victoria Silicosis Summit

On Thursday, 27 February 2020, Professor Malcolm Sim, AFOEM President-elect, Dr Graeme Edwards, AFOEM Fellow and College spokesperson on accelerated silicosis, presented at a Silicosis Summit organised by WorkSafe Victoria in Melbourne. Dr Ryan Hoy, a respiratory and sleep physician and member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, also took part in the summit as an expert panel member. The event was attended by over 600 people from the stone masonry, construction and tunneling industries who came to learn about prevention of silica dust exposure in the workplace. 

NSW Government releases the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’ final report

On Thursday, 27 February 2020, the NSW Government released the four-volume report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’ and its interim response a month after the inquiry’s findings were delivered by Commissioner Professor Dan Howard. On 16 February 2020, the RACP had issued a joint media release with St Vincent Health Australia on 16 February calling for the NSW Government to make the Inquiry's report public. The RACP also made a submission to the Inquiry in May 2019 which recommended:

  • more medically supervised injecting centres in areas of need to reduce overdose death and increase links to treatment and support services
  • the urgent establishment of needle syringe programs in custodial settings to address not only the health of inmates, but also the wellbeing, health and safety of the broader community
  • the establishment of carefully designed and evaluated pill testing trials to keep people as safe as possible at music festivals to be employed in conjunction with other harm minimisation measures including a stronger healthcare focus with priority resourcing for ambulance, medical support, protocol development and training so as to improve resuscitation, retrieval and transfer to hospital when overdoses occur
  • the development of strategies for early identification of serious toxicity
  • public messaging and support to attend a health facility with immunity from police action and positive partnerships between health and law enforcement.

The Inquiry's final report makes 109 recommendations to the NSW Government including more supervised injecting centres, pill testing; retiring its drug detection dogs; implementing a trial of a needle and syringe program in correctional facilities; establishing greater coordination of alcohol and other drug policy; decriminalisation; reframing substance use as a health issue; a greater investment in treatment, diversion and workforce initiatives; education and prevention programs; better data, reporting and research; a clear focus on priority populations, especially Aboriginal people who experience disproportionate impacts from ATS, rural and regional people and people in contact with the criminal justice system.

The NSW Government has already indicated it would not support the Inquiry’s recommendations to open more medically supervised injecting centres, run needle and syringe programs in prisons, allow consumer substance testing (more commonly known as pill testing) and stop using drug detection dogs. Its interim response states that "the Government will carefully consider the Inquiry’s findings and recommendations and will prepare a final response".

Reporting on obesity – a handy anti-stigma guide 

The RACP Policy Statement on Obesity notes that weight bias is prevalent in society and people with obesity often experience bias and stigma, also within the health system. Weight bias negatively impacts the mental, emotional and social wellbeing of people with obesity, affecting health outcomes and experience of healthcare. Healthcare providers must offer respect and dignity by delivering care that meets the needs of people with obesity. 

Similar principles apply when physicians talk or write about the challenge of obesity and the people who face it. Our partners at the Obesity Collective are hard at work promoting the responsible model for communicating with media on this subject. 

In collaboration with the Weight Issues Network and the Cancer Council Victoria, the Collective has developed a one-page media guide to help reduce the negative and stigmatising portrayal of people with obesity. As a member of the Collective, the College asks Fellows and trainees to consider the following:

  1. If you are doing an interview or providing expert input, please share the media guide with the journalist upfront.
  2. If you see disrespectful images or framing of obesity in reporting, feel free to contact the journalist and share the guide. 

As part of this effort, the Weight Issues Network has started a library of respectful images to use when required. The longer-term goal is to expand the library by adding more Australian images. The Collective also has a new weight stigma page which will be updated as more research and resources relating to this issue become available. 

If you need to refresh your memory on the College Policy Statement on Obesity, it’s available on the RACP website.  

Traveling this Easter? Save on hotels, hire cars and more

The long weekends in April are the perfect time for a trip away and your benefits can help make your holiday less of an expense.

Under the travel category on your benefits website, you have access to a range of offers including hire vehicles from popular brands, travel insurance and a promotion code to save up to 60 per cent off your next holiday accommodation.

There are even discounted e-gift cards for travel essentials like petrol and Flight Centre. Browse the full range to discover where you could save on your Easter break. Visit your Member Advantage website today.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Medical Board of Australia Newsletter February 2020

Read the latest news from the Medical Board of Australia.

Career opportunities

New South Wales


Northern Territory
View all positions vacant.

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.

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

AFRM Faculty enquiries (including Council and committees):
Jane Henderson, 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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