AFRM eBulletin – 6 May 2022

A message from Your President

A new beginning
The upcoming RACP Congress in Melbourne will mark the end of my presidency and the terms of several Council members. Four of our Branch Chairs will complete their terms: John Ho Chan from WA, Venu Kochiyil from SA/NT, David Eckermann from Queensland, and Malcolm Bowman from NSW/ACT. Theirs will be large shoes to fill and we do need Fellows to step into these and other important roles on the branch committees.

Faculty Council met on Saturday, 29 April - the last Council for these Branch Chairs and for past President Tim Geraghty, who has been a tower of strength over the past two years and indeed the previous years that he has served on the Faculty Executive. I would particularly like to thank Tim for his support and guidance over many years.

My departure will enable the accession of Dr Jenny Mann to the AFRM presidency. She will be known to many of you in the NSW/ACT Branch. She is Rehabilitation Medicine Director in the Northern Sydney Local Health District and previously in the Illawarra area. Jenny comes with a deep interest in policy and governance, and decades of experience in voluntary organisations in addition to the Faculty.

Executive continues to oversee multiple areas of Faculty business as follows:

Executive continues to meet regularly with Medical Director Maria Crotty, Director Ross Clifton, and Director of the University of Wollongong Health Services Research Institute Kathy Eagar. AROC continues to collect data on the impact of COVID-19 on rehabilitation services to document the well-recognised disruption and reduction in services throughout the country. We continue to seek a replacement Chair for the AROC Management Advisory Group but are now close to an appointment.

The 2022 examinations cycle is now underway with the FWE completed and results available. Meticulous planning continues for the remainder of our examinations for 2022 in view of the disruptions from COVID-19 in the past two years. We are hopeful that our exams will proceed without further disruption this year. The recent problems with the computer-based format in the RACP part one examination has led to a decision not to proceed with the computer-based format in Module 1 this year.

RACP online communities (ROC)
I've posted the President’s bulletin in the ROC for the past few months. We hope to use this platform for an easier and quicker way to communicate with Fellows and trainees. The trainees now have their own sub community which we hope will prove to be an effective form of communication for them. My observation is that there are very few posts on the ROC by Fellows, but I am advised that the opening rate for ROC posts is quite reasonable though the uptake has been slow but not unexpected. Ultimately, we wish to establish subcommunities for our branches to enable easier communication between branch committees and their trainees and members. Please have a look at the ROC today if you have not opened it before. Downloading the app onto your phone is the easiest way to access it quickly.

RACP Congress May 2022
Congress will take place from 12 to 14 May in a hybrid format (Melbourne face-to-face and virtual). We have an excellent AFRM session on Thursday morning (12 May) with multiple high-quality contributions on cancer survivorship between 8am to 9.25am organised by Professor Fary Khan and chaired by Professor Andrew Cole. Following this at 9.25am Burniston Orator Professor Manoj Sivan (Leeds UK) will speak about long COVID, particularly the UK perspective including the Sheffield screening tool. It’s not too late to book your tickets and I look forward to seeing AFRM Fellows and trainees there. Find out more on the Congress website.

The RMSANZ ASM will take place on the Gold Coast from 7 to 10 June, the first face-to-face meeting in several years due to the pandemic. I encourage all Fellows to attend. I'm certainly looking forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Fellows - again something I have missed greatly over the past two years.

Faculty Executive continues to meet regularly with RMSANZ President Dr Zoe Adey-Wakeling. Planning is underway between the RMSANZ and the Faculty for a National Rehabilitation Strategy.

Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC)
FPAC continues to further several of our own initiatives as well as being involved in College Policy and Advocacy work. A particular interest to me has been a new policy document on Bariatric Rehabilitation which is now ready for wider consultation. The next major policy document will be prepared on Prehabilitation. Both are important potential areas of increased scope of practice for Fellows.

Faculty Education Committee (FEC)
The FEC covers a vast and extremely important area of work and contains the Chairs of several subcommittees which work across assessment (including exams and modules), training, accreditation, and CPD in adult and paediatric rehabilitation medicine. It's almost impossible to overstate just how important this area of the Faculty’s endeavour is and how much we rely on the work of the Chairs of the subcommittees and the many Fellows who volunteer to carry out the work which is so important for trainees and Fellows. As always, terms of appointment come to an end and we need new members to join the committees to continue the work. Please take note when EOIs are posted for specific vacancies or alternatively, speak to your branch Chairs or to Caroline in the Faculty office if you have a particular interest in any of these areas.

I'd like to mention the Curriculum Review Group currently chaired by John Ho Chan. This is a particularly important task. The curriculum review group is making good progress and will have a great deal of work still to do over the next couple of years.

Academic matters
Professor Fary Khan will soon be joined by the Academic/Research Committee members following recent EOIs. Fary has an ambitious agenda (carrying on from the work of Michael Pollock and the Research Working Party) to advance scholarship and research in both training and the very fibre of the Faculty. One of the many tasks will be to thoroughly review our awards and prizes to make sure these are targeted effectively to encourage and support research among trainees and new Fellows.

Thank you
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for the honour of being the Faculty President for the past two years. In some respects, it's been a particularly strange period and I will retire as the least visible President in the history of the Faculty having never presided over a single face-to-face Council meeting, Annual Members Meeting, or Faculty Executive meeting or even worn the Presidential regalia or seen the symbols of office - such has been our online existence for the past two years. This will be of no surprise to those who have suffered peculiar challenges at work and at home over the past two years.

I'd like to thank the many Faculty Fellows who have volunteered in Faculty committees, branch committees, and subcommittees over the past two years. For the last time, I also plead with you to continue your work for the Faculty in your various roles and ask you to consider where you can help in the future. The core business of the Faculty is training and much of that work goes on at the individual level of supervisors in hospitals, but we also need many more Fellows to help in the more formal assessment and training tasks.

I would finally like to thank my fellow executive members: President-elect Jenny Mann, past President Tim Geraghty, Faculty Education Committee Chair Caitlin Anderson, and Aotearoa New Zealand Branch Chair Richard Seeman, as well as our dedicated staff members: Executive Officer Caroline Lambert, Manager of Faculties Jo Goldrick, and Manager of Peak Bodies Phil Munro. I'd also like to recognise the many other members of the College staff who regularly assist us in areas of education, policy and advocacy, and the Foundation among others.

Dr Greg Bowring
AFRM President

Rehab in Review Journal

Rehab in Review is a surveillance journal where editors scan 70 rehabilitation related journals for the best, most up-to-date literature important to the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Rehab in Review is produced by physicians specialising in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with the cooperation and assistance of the Emory University School of Medicine (Georgia, USA), Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. The publication is generously provided to the Faculty and its members at no cost.

View the Rehab in Review January 2022 edition.


Join us for RMSANZ ASM 2022

Join us for the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand 5th Annual Scientific Meeting (RMSANZ ASM 2022), which will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, QLD from 7 to 10 June 2022.

The RMSANZ ASM is open to anyone with an interest in the field of rehabilitation medicine including, but not limited to:

  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Rehabilitation Providers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Clinical and Neuropsychologists
  • General Practitioners
  • Neurologists
  • Geriatricians
  • Students

Registrations are now open.

RMSANZ ASM 2022 program now available

To celebrate the theme for the RMSANZ ASM 2022 – ‘Forging Alliances, New Horizons’ – the Conference Committee has created an exciting new program.

Topics covered include:

  • Placebo & Nocebo in Rehabilitation
  • State of the Art in Prosthetics
  • Old People’s Home for 4 Year Old’s
  • Functional Neurological Disorder
  • Concussion in Sports
  • Long Covid
  • Spinal Cord Injuries & Rehabilitation
  • Public v Private Funding

View the full program.

AFRM LCA Activities Update

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Faculty Assessment Committee (FAC) invites Fellows to register for the upcoming Long Case Assessor (LCA) Calibration Workshop.

To become an accredited LCA you must attend a calibration workshop. LCAs must also attend an LCA webinar or workshop at least once every four years to maintain their accreditation.

Date and Time

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

1.30pm – 5.00pm AEST


Accreditation and reaccreditation


AFRM Fellows seeking accreditation as an LCA and accredited LCAs seeking to renew *




Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand 5th Annual Scientific Meeting (RMSANZ 2022)

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland


Via the RMSANZ website

Registrations Close

Once maximum capacity is reached


80 delegates


*Fellowship status for new applicants will be verified by the College and the conference organisers.

If you have any questions, please email:

The RACP Foundation Research Awards 2023 – now open

Over 50 awards with a total value exceeding $2.5m are available across different categories:

Of special interest to AFRM Fellows and trainees are:

RACP AFRM Research Establishment Fellowship providing support to further research in an area of rehabilitation medicine in the management of functional loss, activity limitation or participation restriction arising out of illness and injury.

RACP MAIC Awards  funded by the Queensland Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) to support research and improve knowledge into medical conditions and rehabilitation related to motor vehicle accidents.

Visit the RACP Foundation website for information on specific eligibility requirements for each award and to access the online application form.

Education Development Study Grants – round two applications open soon

Educational Development Grants support RACP Fellows and trainees to undertake further educational training or develop educational initiatives. Applications for round two will open on Monday, 20 June 2022.

Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for details.

NSW Lecture Series & Bi National Training Program (BNTP) – 2022 Timetable

The NSW Lecture Series & Bi National Training Program lectures will proceed as scheduled. Attendance in person is no longer available but trainees can continue to join via teleconference/videoconference.

If trainees cannot join the live teleconference/videoconference, recordings of the sessions will be available on Medflix 10 days after the event.

Access a collection of videos and presentations covering an array of topics at past AFRM training events.

Register for the lectures or visit RACP events for more details.

BNTP Training Program




Wednesday, 25 May 2022

3pm to 5pm AEST

Stroke management

Wednesday 29 June 2022

3pm to 5pm AEST

The role of the rehabilitation physician in stroke rehabilitation and paediatric stroke


NSW Lecture Series 




Wednesday, 25 May 2022

1pm to 2pm AEST

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

2pm to 3pm AEST

Parkinson's disease

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

1pm to 2pm AEST

What makes a good rehabilitation unit

Wednesday 29 June 2022

2pm to 3pm AEST

Spasticity assessment


Trainee Events

The RACP 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.

Join the College Curriculum Advisory Group

The Curriculum Advisory Group, which oversees the Curricula Renewal project, is seeking a new member. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are welcome from Fellows and trainees, with a deadline of Friday, 20 May 2022.

Submit an EOI.

New Digital Health CPD Primer

The new Primer of CPD Activities in Digital Health has been developed by the RACP’s Digital Health Advisory Group to help you earn CPD credits in the fields of digital health and clinical informatics. The Primer provides a range of digital health activities across the three CPD categories:

  • Educational activities
  • Reviewing performance
  • Measuring outcomes.

Browse the primer for examples of how to meet your CPD requirements in digital health.

Specialist Training Program applications - now open

Applications for new Specialist Training Program (STP) positions are now open and will be available until Friday, 13 May 2022.  Please visit the Department of Health website for more information.

All queries regarding the new STP position process should be directed to

RACP Endorsement of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) Australia - Health Professional's Statement on the situation in Ukraine

Following consultation with relevant College bodies, the College has formally endorsed the MAPW Australia’s Health Professional Statement on the situation in Ukraine. This statement is intended to bring attention to the medical and humanitarian dimension of the crisis in Ukraine and to unite trusted medical voices in a call for peace.

The content of this statement aligns with a previous MAPW statement urging Australia to join the UN Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons which the College endorsed in 2018, and it also reflects the recent RACP President’s message about Ukraine.

We would also encourage individual members to sign the statement in their individual capacity and to promote it to their networks.


RACP Congress 2022 is less than a week away

Hear from expert voices, receive clinical updates, and make the most of catching up with friends and colleagues.

Join us from 12 to 14 May for RACP Congress 2022: A Climate for Change. There are still plenty of opportunities to join us, either in-person or online. Attend for the full two and a half days, or a single day, or purchase a virtual ticket to watch the streamed sessions. All tickets have access to recorded sessions for six months to watch in your own time.

Explore the ticket options and the full Congress program.

Joining us in-person? Have you registered for your workshops?

For those of you joining us at Congress in Melbourne, time is running out to secure your place in the range of workshops.

From Media spokesperson essentials to the Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP), these in-demand sessions have limited places so make sure you secure your seat when you register. If you need to secure your seat, email the RACP Congress Events Team.

Pomegranate Health Podcast – Ep 80: Healthcare in a Volatile Climate

Picture3The globe has already warmed by more than one degree Celsius over pre-industrial levels and is on track to exceed two degrees by the end of the century.

It doesn’t sound like a lot, but this will have a profound effect on human health — with Australia being particularly vulnerable. If this were to happen, Australia’s biggest cities will become furnaces in summer with heat-related mortality rates more than doubling. The rising temperatures will also increase frequency of the climate oscillations that delivered record-breaking temperatures and bushfires in 2019 to 2020, followed by historic rains and floods last summer.

In this podcast we discuss the effects of this increasingly volatile climate on the health of Australians — from infectious disease to respiratory and even mental health. Professor Lynne Madden explains how the health system can become more resilient to these demands and what measures the RACP is asking the Federal Government to commit to in preparation for this.

Find out more about the 'Health Climate Future' campaign.


  • Professor Lynne Madden FAFPHM (University of Notre Dame)

Subscribe to email alerts or search for ‘Pomegranate Health’ in Apple PodcastsSpotifyCastbox, or any podcasting app. Fellows of the RACP can claim CPD credits for listening via MyCPD. For a transcript and further references please visit our website

Don’t forget to download the RACP Online Community (ROC) app

Did you know that RACP members can access the ROC via an app?  The easy-to-use mobile app will help you get the most out of your online community and connect you with other members. The app can be used to initiate discussions, find other members, read the latest posts, and share your expertise. Download the ROC app from the App Store or Google Play, or login via MyRACP.

Let’s celebrate Mum … with Member Advantage

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Here are some of the great deals on offer:

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Log in today to start shopping or call 1300 853 352 for more information.

For more information, visit: (Aus) or (AoNZ).

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.

    AFRM contact details

    Member enquiries

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

    AFRM Faculty enquiries (including Council and Committees)

    Caroline Lambert
    Executive Officer, AFRM

    AFRM Aotearoa NZ Committee

    Marion Salter
    Executive Officer, DFAC’s AoNZ
    Phone: +64 4 460 8142

    AFRM education and training enquiries

    Jessica Ward
    Education Officer
    Phone: +61 2 8247 6237

    AFRM oral examination enquiries

    Ella Campbell
    Examination Coordinator
    Phone: +61 2 9256 9659

    AFRM training site accreditation enquiries

    Jessica Ward
    Education Officer
    Phone: +61 8247 6233

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