AMD Council Communiqué March 2016

The following Communiqué reports on the business addressed at the Adult Medicine Division Council meeting held on Friday 4 March 2016. 

New AMD Council Members The AMD Council welcomed the following new members: 

  • A/Prof Philip Craig – Specialty Society Representative (Gastroenterological Society of Australia)
  • Dr Carol Douglas – Specialty Society Representative (Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine)
  • Prof Emma Duncan – Specialty Society Representative (Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society)
  • Dr Fiona McKenzie – Specialty Society Representative (Human Genetics Society of Australasia)
  • A/Prof Stephen Opat – Specialty Society Representative (Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand)
  • A/Prof Nicholas Shackel – Specialty Society Representative (Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand)
  • Prof Helena Teede – Specialty Society Representative (Endocrine Society of Australia)
  • Dr Aravinda Thiaglingam – Specialty Society Representative (Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand) A full list of all current AMD Council members is available on the AMD website.

Special Society Reports

The AMD Council invites Specialty Society Representatives to share information by submitting activity reports to each Council meeting. The AMD Council received reports from the following Specialty Societies: 
  • Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases 
  • Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
  • Australasian Sleep Association


AMD Councillors reviewed processes for AMD appointments to the RACP Board and appointment of the Lead Fellow, CPD in relation to the forthcoming changeover of College office bearers. The AMD By-law requires the AMD Council to determine how to appoint four RACP Board positions. The AMD Council voted to make these appointments according to Clause 6.1 of the By-law whereby the President and President–Elect of the Division are appointed to the RACP Board along with two other Fellows who are members of the Division or Chapters of the Division using an Expression of Interest process. The Council approved the recommendation that the Lead Fellow, CPD would be appointed to the AMD Council via a call for Expressions of Interest from Fellows of the AMD.  

Council noted the Model of Collaboration (MOC) had been approved at the December Board meeting and disseminated to 50 specialty societies with affiliation across the College on 23 December 2015. It was noted that societies are now starting to enter into negotiations with the College as they themselves complete their first executive meetings for the year.

AMD Council 2016 Work Plan and Strategic Projects

AMD Councillors discussed strategic projects on the AMD’s 2016 work plan which require the formation of small working groups in order to deliver their outcomes. These were:

  • Workforce Data Reconciliation Project
  • Review of Policy and Advocacy Lead Fellow arrangements

Council also considered a piece of work to review the nature of specialty society requests for College financial support for their activities and agreed that the AMD Executive Committee would review models for Council to consider at the next meeting.  

Education and Training

AMD Councillors received a request to provide feedback on the College’s proposed Fellowship Standards framework, and also considered the issue of managing the transition of patients from paediatric to adult medicine services. It was agreed that A/Prof Matthew Links would provide feedback on the Fellowship Standards framework on behalf of AMD Council in consultation with the AMD Executive Committee. Council recommended that a joint meeting of the AMD Education Committee and the Paediatric Education Committee consider transitional care arrangements and consult with the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Committee.

Council was briefed on a three-webinar pilot currently being conducted by the AMD in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN), with the first of three pilot webinars having been presented to ANZAN members in February with very positive results. An evaluation working group has been established which will monitor the educational value and impact of this mode of delivering CPD content to College members. Speakers and attendees are also being surveyed to gain feedback on both the tool being used to deliver the webinars (Citrix GoToWebinar) and their format. Once all feedback is gathered a business case will be completed and taken to the College CEO and the Board for review.

Policy and Advocacy

Dr Greg Stewart, Chair of the College Ethics Committee met with Council to provide an update of the review process to develop the fourth edition of the Ethical Guidelines for Relationships between Physicians and Industry. Dr Stewart noted that the final draft of the revised document was expected to be completed within the next few weeks and will be circulated to the AMD Council for consultation at their 02-2016 meeting.

Council noted the continuing success of the EVOLVE initiative, with 24 specialty societies having contributed to the initiative so far. Councillors whose societies are already engaged with EVOLVE encouraged others to participate and reap the benefits of the collaboration and member engagement EVOLVE delivers, and the positive impact these lists will have on patient care. Council noted the next EVOLVE Forum is scheduled for Thursday, 7 April 2016 where discussion will focus on the dissemination of finalised lists and how to maximise impact and achieve implementation. 

Council also noted that the College’s Alcohol Policy was launched in Sydney on Thursday 3 March. 


Council noted the draft AMD program for Congress 2016. Prof Bill Heddle, Chair of the AMD working group preparing the program, highlighted that the first stream focuses on 30 minute clinical updates from specialty societies while the second stream includes five 90 minute panel sessions. In addition the program includes the traditional plenary sessions and Excellence in Research awards. Dr Robyn Stokes, representing Woolcott Research and Engagement made a short presentation to the Council to share a proposed new model for the RACP Congress resulting from a review of the purpose of Congress undertaken by the Board in conjunction with Committees and Fellows. Councillors provided feedback, highlighting that Fellows have a limited amount of time to spend on CPD each year, and are most likely to seek more intensive knowledge and skills updates from the College provided in a workshop format with certification awarded.

2022 World Congress of Internal Medicine

Council noted that consideration of lodging a bid to host the World Congress of Internal Medicine (WCIM) 2022 has been progressed, and will be referred to the April Board for approval as to whether to proceed with a bid for WCIM 2022 or the subsequent WCIM 2024. The Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (IMSANZ) and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) are assisting in this activity. 

New Zealand

The Council agreed to endorse the proposal to extend Dr Humphrey Pullon’s position as Chair of the New Zealand Adult Medicine Division Committee for another year and Dr John Gommans to remain as the Chair-elect until May 2017. It was noted that the change was due to Dr Pullon and Dr Gommans both having three-month sabbaticals scheduled for 2016.

Professor John Wilson,
AMD President


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