AMD Council Communiqué March 2018

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 01-2018 meeting, held on Friday, 2 March 2018.

The Adult Medicine Division (AMD) Council welcomed the following new members:
  • Dr William Stevenson – Specialty Society – HSANZ
  • A/Prof Michael Gabbett – Specialty Society – HGSA
  • Dr Kathryn Patchett – Specialty Society – ASCIA
  • Laureate Prof Nick Talley – Specialty Society – GESA
  • Prof Meera Agar – Specialty Society –ANZSPM
  • Prof Allan Glanville – Specialty Society – ThSANZ
  • Dr Rebecca Grainger – Elected Fellow NZ – casual vacancy

Computer Based Testing

Members discussed the RACP 2018 Written Examination that was held on Monday, 19 February 2018 and acknowledged the distress and stress that the failure of the exam had caused.

The College Dean, Prof Doherty, gave a presentation that outlined in summary what happened on the day, the methodology of marking exams, the arrangements for the subsequent paper-based exams, communication with trainees since the event and the Board’s resolution to hold an independent inquiry. The RACP President, Dr Yelland, also addressed Council and responded to members’ questions.
The Chair acknowledged that everyone had been affected by this event, the trainees in particular, but also Fellows and College staff. He also acknowledged the achievement of the College, with support of Fellows and health services, in putting in place arrangements for an alternate exam within a very short timeframe.


President’s Report

The Chair congratulated Prof Don Campbell, the incoming President-elect, and Dr Daniel Sathianathan, an incoming Elected Fellow.

A/Prof Phelps was thanked for chairing the AMD Council meetings and for his contribution to Adult Medicine over the two years of his Presidency.

Preparation for the RACP Planning Cycle

Members were advised of the College’s 2018 – 2020 planning framework and the timing of planning activities. The incoming Board will meet in early July to undertake strategic planning and will set the College’s strategic objectives for the period 2018 – 2020.

These strategic objectives will inform the AMD 2019 – 2020 work plan which will be developed when the AMD Council meets in August.

Elections Update

Members were reminded that the College election cycle was underway and that voting would commence on Monday, 5 March 2018.

College Council update

A/Prof MacDonald provided a verbal update on the 01-2018 College Council meeting held on Friday, 23 February. Members noted in passing that education stream representatives sat on College Council and specialty society representatives sat on AMD Council.

Education and Training

Recruitment Standards

Members discussed the RACP Statement on Recruitment Practices as a response to anecdotal evidence of discriminatory recruitment practices being brought to the College’s attention.

Members endorsed the Statement and the development of the RACP Guide to Selection. Members recommended that the Statement be sent to jurisdictions in recognition that the College itself had few levers to exercise.

Multisource Feedback Trials and Professional Performance Framework

Members received an update on the Multisource Feedback (MSF) Trial. It was noted that MSF was voluntary and intended to be used for performance improvement, not performance appraisal, and ultimately for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

It was noted that the Medical Board of Australia has released the Professional Performance Framework (PPF) for comment. From 2020 this Framework will introduce new CPD requirements, with a greater focus on one’s own performance and outcomes.

Policy and Advocacy

AMD Policy and Advocacy Lead Fellow Network

Members noted that fifteen specialty societies had confirmed their nominated representatives to the Network. The Network will provide a forum where specialty societies can discuss policy and advocacy issues of interest. The first meeting will be held teleconference on Monday, 23 April 2018.


Members noted that nineteen Evolve lists have been published and work is underway to develop a call to action resource pack. The resource packs will assist with dissemination of the published lists and include resources such as presentation templates.


Workforce Activity Update

The Director, Professional Affairs provided members with a workforce update and encouraged all to participate in the workforce survey.

Congress 2018 Update

Members were advised that Congress 2018 is progressing well, with registrations ahead of the same time last year.

Members discussed the Trainee Research Awards (TRAs) and recommended that the trainees be approached through the College Trainees Committee to seek advice on how best to present the TRAs at Congress in future years.

Women in medicine

Members were reminded of discussions that took place at the AMD Council meetings in 2016 relating to women in medicine and the work that had been undertaken since then. Members were informed about a lunchtime meeting on this topic, led by A/Prof Deborah Yates, that has been accommodated in the Congress 2018 program.

New Zealand

Dr Gommans provided members a short verbal summary of the New Zealand AMD Committee report. He highlighted the success of the work undertaken with Policy and Advocacy in the context of the New Zealand election.


Fellowship Committee

Dr Rhodes, in her capacity as the Chair of the Fellowship Committee, encouraged members to promote the College Research Awards and Trainee Research Awards as only a small number of applications are being submitted.

Acknowledgement of support for Addiction Medicine

A/Prof Reynolds acknowledged the support that the speciality of Addiction Medicine has received from the College Policy and Advocacy Council and the RACP during his time as President of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine. He advised he has been proud to represent the College and thanked the AMD Council and College staff for their support.

Closing remarks

The Chair thanked AMD Councillors, the AMD Executive Committee members and staff for their support during his term. He also wished Prof Komesaroff and Prof Campbell well as they assume their positions of President and President-elect in May.

The next meeting of the AMD Council will take place on Friday, 17 August 2018.
A/Prof Grant Phelps President,
Adult Medicine Division
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