AMD e-bulletin 1 July

President’s Post 

The new two year College governance cycle is now well underway. Much work is going on in the background to complete the business of forming the 2016 – 2018 AMD Council.

The AMD has in its By-Law the ability to form an Executive Committee, which is charged with managing much of the day-to-day business of the 38 member AMD Council. This Executive committee, known as AMDEX, runs on the same two-year cycle as the AMD Council and has recently formed following a number of resolutions put to the AMD Council. 

The 2016 – 2018 AMDEX Committee members are:

  • AMD President: Associate Professor Grant Phelps
  • AMD President-Elect: Professor Paul Komesaroff
  • two AMD Council Elected Fellows: Associate Professor Ian Fraser and Dr Helen Rhodes
    (Appointed by AMD Council)
  • Chair, New Zealand AMD Committee: Dr Humphrey Pullon

Two further positions will be appointed by AMD Council at our forthcoming Council meeting in July. AMDEX members will each have a portfolio responsibility for key areas of the Division’s work. AMDEX will ensure that as much as possible decisions made by the Executive reflect the views of the majority of members of the AMD Council. 

Our next Council meeting will involve a short, tightly focused planning meeting in the afternoon on Thursday, 7 July, followed by a working dinner at which we will explore the issues that societies are concerned about. This will be followed by our normal Council meeting on Friday, 8 July. 

I have written to specialty societies seeking their early advice on issues they are facing and how they relate to AMD business in the hope that we can together develop a 2017 work plan which reflects our common issues. I look forward to reporting on our efforts.  The basis of this work will be the Model of Collaboration, which we continue to work with the societies on.

Members may recall AMD’s interest in presenting the World Congress of Internal Medicine (WCIM) again in the next decade. The College previously hosted WCIM in 2010 in Melbourne. We will be hosting an RACP booth at the forthcoming WCIM 2016 meeting in Bali, Indonesia and look forward to engaging with the international medical community. I encourage any RACP members attending WCIM to say hello at the College’s booth. 

If you would like to raise any matters with me, please feel free to send me an email at Our secretariat will forward this directly to me and I will make every effort to respond promptly.

In the meantime, I encourage you to view the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Specialty Spotlight in this bulletin and to note and congratulate the many AMD members who have been recognised in the recent Australian and New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Best wishes,

Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division

Specialty Spotlight – Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)

Mission Statement

"We lead, support and enable all health workers and researchers who aim to prevent, cure and relieve disability caused by lung disease."

When and how your society was established?

The Thoracic Society of Australia was established in 1960 and grew out of the Laennec Society, which had been formed in 1952 as a medical association with a focus on tuberculosis. The first scientific meeting, which marked the formal establishment of the Society, was held in Perth in 1961, with Geoffrey McManus who became the first Thoracic Society of Australia President. The Thoracic Society of New Zealand was formed in 1968 and in 1988 merged with the Thoracic Society of Australia to form the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ). Today TSANZ is the only peak body to represent all professional groups with an interest in improving knowledge and understanding of lung disease across Australia and New Zealand. From its original membership of 16, the TSANZ now has a membership of more than 1400 members.

What are your society’s top three priorities?

The TSANZ priorities relate to improving knowledge about respiratory health and promoting evidenced based high quality standards of care as well as meeting the professional needs of our members. We do this through active research, networking and continuing education programs. 

Are there any challenges?

Respiratory research is an underfunded area. A key challenge for TSANZ is to achieve greater awareness of the impact of respiratory disease and to achieve greater funding for research in this area. 

What are your society’s top three achievements?

TSANZ has many achievements of which to be proud. Perhaps most notable are:

  • a strong and growing research program that also supports other respiratory organisations in the administration of research funding
  • a significant and influential body of clinical guidelines and position papers
  • our annual scientific meeting.

Underpinning our achievements is a willingness and commitment to working collaboratively.

Link to your website

Time for Action on Health Policy

As Australians prepare to head to the polling booths tomorrow, the College’s 2016 election statement Time for Action on Health Policy outlines key health priorities for the incoming government. 

The statement makes recommendations for reforms and initiatives which will ensure healthcare is better integrated, more efficient, and accessible for vulnerable groups within the community.

The College’s policy work has been recognised in the Australian Labor Party’s Building Healthy Communities and Preventing Chronic Disease Strategy which refers to the College’s Alcohol Policy and commits to “strengthen work to limit alcohol advertising to children and work with state, territory and local government to reduce children’s exposure in other settings” – one of our core recommendations.

Australian and New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists

Thirteen Adult Medicine Division members were recognised in this year’s Australian and New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Honours lists. On behalf of the Adult Medicine Division Council, congratulations to those members acknowledged.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division

  • Professor James Donovan Best FRACP
  • Professor David George Le Couteur FRACP

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division

  • Dr Jack Edelman FRACP
  • Dr Aidan Foy FRACP FAChAM
  • Associate Professor John Owen King FRACP
  • Professor Robert Ian McLachlan FRACP
  • Professor Joseph Proietto FRACP
  • Professor Max Allan Schwarz FAChPM FRACP
  • Clinical Professor Iven Hunter Young FRACP

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

  •  Dr David James Brumley FAChPM
  • Associate Professor David Hamilton Bryant FRACP
  • Dr Richard Lennard Travers FRACP

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) 

  • Dr Peter Martin FRACP


Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) Communique

The Communique reporting on the AChPM Committee April 2016 meeting is now available. Some of the key discussions included:

  • the College election cycle
  • 2017 planning
  • communication skills 
  • Evolve

Expressions of Interest

EOI: National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland, closes 8 July 2016

The College has been invited by the Insurance Commission, Queensland Treasury to nominate a representative to a stakeholder group meeting, for the National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ). 

The stakeholder group will be established to provide advice on matters relating to policy and practice, and the needs of participants in the scheme. 

The group has been designed to ensure representation and input from a broad range of stakeholders and will include representatives from the medical and health services, community services, disability, legal, insurance, and research sectors. 

For more information, see the Expression Of Interest form and the RACP Code of Conduct.

To register your interest, send your completed EOI form, and a copy of your CV to

Applications close: Friday, 8 July 2016.

EOI: Consultation on Avant Mutual Group’s Telehealth Issues and Discussion Paper, closes 15 July 2016

The College has received a request from Avant Mutual Group to provide feedback on its Telehealth Issues and Discussion Paper which focuses on the medicolegal risks of telehealth. 

The paper outlines Avant’s current experience, the benefits and risks of telehealth, and current professional guidelines. It also seeks stakeholders’ views on how a robust and useful framework for considering the use of telehealth in future service delivery to patients can be established. 

If you would like to contribute to the College submission to this consultation, email the Policy & Advocacy Unit to obtain a copy of Avant’s Issues Paper at

Feedback closes: Friday, 15 July 2016.

Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General Medicine Appointed Member, closes 29 July

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General and Acute Care Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from RACP Fellows to join the ATC as Appointed Member. Please note, while the position is preferably recommended for a NSW-based Fellow, EOIs from non-NSW Fellows will be considered.

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in General and Acute Care Medicine in Australia. There is currently one vacancy.

The ATC meets via teleconference twice yearly, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Bev Bucalon via email on to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Friday, 29 July 2016.

Advanced Trainee Representative for the Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Geriatric Medicine, closes 29 July

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Geriatric Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Geriatric Medicine Advanced Trainees to join the ATC as the Advanced Trainee Representative. 
The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine in Australia.  There is currently one vacancy.

The ATC meets via teleconference twice yearly, with up to two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years.

Please contact Caroline Atkins via email at to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Friday, 29 July 2016.

EOI: Advanced Training Committee – Gastroenterology, closes 30 September 2016

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Gastroenterology is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Gastroenterology Fellows to join the ATC as appointed members. 

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Gastroenterology, and has a close association with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA). 

The Committee is seeking to appoint one Fellow with specialisation in Gastroenterology as an appointed member to join the Committee for a period of two years. The Committee meets via two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year.

To submit an EOI please contact RACP Education Officer, Gabi Harding, at EOIs are due by COB Friday, 30 September 2016.

EOI: RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee

Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health Medicine trainees are encouraged to join the RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee.

This committee sits under the RACP College Trainees’ Committee on which there is an Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health trainee representative from Western Australia. 

These committees aim to advocate for trainees, provide a forum for the views of all trainees and ultimately to enhance the training experience.

The RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee meets four times a year to discuss trainee related issues, as well as organising events such as the Basic Training Orientation and Advanced Training Forum for WA trainees, an initiative the Committee started in 2014. 

If you are interested in joining the RACP Western Australia College Trainees’ Committee, please send an email to Helen Prince, Member Support Officer, RACP WA, at

EOI: General Paediatrics Project Reviewers

The Advanced Training Committee in General Paediatrics is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from Paediatric and Adult Medicine Fellows to assist with marking General Paediatrics research projects. 
Currently there are two project submission deadlines per year; 31 March and 31 August. The ATC is looking to increase this to up to four submission rounds per year in the near future.

Project reviewers will assist the ATC in General Paediatrics as the second reviewer for up to five projects each quarter, in the first instance. Orientation and training on the process will be provided. 

More information on the research project requirement for General Paediatrics Advanced Training can be found on pages 21 to 22 of the handbook

For further enquiries, and to obtain the EOI form, please contact Rebecca Lewis at

Career Opportunities

New South Wales

Interventional Cardiologist, Albury-Wodonga Private Hospital (Ramsey Health Care), NSW
For more information please visit the website.

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.

ANZSPM Aotearoa 2016, 1 to 3 July 2016, Auckland

Venue: Francis Fennell Education Centre, Totara Hospice, Auckland
Date: Friday, 1 to Sunday, 3 July 2016
For more information, see the event website.

ASHM Hepatitis B Webinar Series, 5 July, Online

Venue: Online
Date: Tuesday, 5 July, 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Integrating Oncology and Palliative Care to Improve Care Outcomes, 7 July 2016, Sydney

Venue: University of Technology, Room 450, Level 3, Building 10
Date: Thursday, 7 July 2016
RSVP by COB Tuesday, 5 July 2016 to

ASHM Hepatitis C Webinar Series, 13 July, Online

Venue: Online
Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2016
For more information, see the event website.

RCPA A Heart with Mary Sheppard, 21 to 23 July, Sydney

Venue: RCPA Alan Ng Education Centre, Surry Hills 
Date: Thursday, 21 to Saturday, 23 July 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Genetics for Trainees, 30 July, Melbourne

Venue: Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2016
For more details and to register, visit the event webpage.

How to Facilitate Groups for Alcohol & Drug Clients, 4 to 5 August, Melbourne

Venue: Turning Point training room, 142 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Date: Thursday, 4 to Friday, 4 August 2016
For more details, see the event website

Kidney Supportive Care Master Class, 6 August, Brisbane

Venue: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Education Centre, Herston
Date: Saturday, 6 August 2016
For more details and to register, visit the event webpage.

2016 APAC Workshop, 9 to 12 August, Auckland, New Zealand

Venue: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Tuesday, 9 to Friday, 12 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Healthcare Leaders Forum, 23 to 24 August 2016, Sydney

Venue: Menzies Hotel, Sydney 
Date: Tuesday, 23 to Wednesday, 24 August 2016
For more information, see the event website

2016 Australian Diabetes Society/Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 24 to 26 August 2016, Gold Coast

Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre 
Date: Wednesday, 24 to Friday, 26 August 2016
For more information, see the event website

End of Life Care Symposium, 25 August 2016, Sydney

Venue: Education Block, Westmead Hospital
Date: Thursday, 25 August 2016
Register before 19 August 2016 or for more information, please email

Drug Futures: Learning from the US Drug Experience – The 2016 VIFM/Monash University Schofield Oration, 25 August 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria
Date: Thursday, 25 August 2016
For more information, see the event website

2016 Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 26 to 27 August 2016, Gold Coast

Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre 
Date: Friday, 26 to Saturday, 27 August 2016
For more information, see the event website

17th International Congress of Endocrinology and Annual Conference of Chinese Society of Endocrinology, 31 August to 4 September 2016, Beijing

Venue: China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China
Date: Wednesday, 31 August to Sunday, 4 September 2016
For more information, see the event website

RACP 2016 Tasmanian Physicians' Conference, 10 September, Hobart

Venue: Medical Science Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Date: Saturday, 10 September 2016
To register, or for more information, email

ANZSPM 2016 Conference: The Changing Landscape of Palliative Care, 8 to 11 September 2016, Perth

Venue: The Duxton Hotel, Perth
Date: Thursday, 8 to Sunday, 11 September 2016
For more information, see the event website

13th Asian Society for Neuro-Oncology (ASNO) Meeting / 9th COGNO Annual Scientific Meeting, 11 to 14 September 2016

Venue: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
Date: Sunday, 11 September to Wednesday, 14 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Internal Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand/Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia & New Zealand Combined Conference 2016, 15 to 17 September 2016, Alice Springs

Venue: Alice Springs Convention Centre, NT
Date: Thursday, 15 to Saturday, 17 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.  

Ramesh Nagappan Acute Care Medicine Course, 22 to 24 September 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Box Hill TAFE, Edgar Road, Box Hill, VIC
Date: Thursday, 22 to Saturday, 24 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

International Advanced Assessment Course, 19 to 20 October 2016, London

Venue: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London
Date: Wednesday, 19 to Thursday, 20 October 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Save the Date: 2016 Innovation Symposium and NSW Health Awards, 27 to 28 October 2016, Sydney

Venue: TBC
Date: Thursday, 27 to Friday, 28 October 2016
For further information, contact Ms Krissy Ukena, Symposia Officer, Strategic Relations and Communications on +61 2 9391 9844 or email

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s 17th International Symposium and Princesses’ Lecture, 6 to 8 November 2016, Sydney

Venue: Garvan Auditorium, Darlinghurst
Date: Sunday, 6 to Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Save the date and visit the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute website where further registration and program details will be made available. 

5th Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference and 2016 World Indigenous Allied Health Conference, 1 to 3 December 2016, Cairns

Venue: Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns
Date: Thursday, 1 to Saturday, 3 December 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) Annual Scientific Meeting, 29 March to 1 April 2017, Blue Mountains

Venue: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains, NSW
Date: Wednesday, 29 March to Saturday, 1 April 2017
For more information, see the event website.

Trainee News

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching Service - Applications Now Open

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching (ATSM) applications are now open. Application dates vary depending on specialty.

The ATSM Service is provided by the College to help trainees secure an Advanced Training position with an accredited training hospital or health service.

If your specialty or state is not involved in the ATSM, you will need to contact your State Health Department or the individual hospital for further information on securing a position for your training. 

To find out more, including available positions and application dates, see the RACP website.

Last call – online courses, Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error, closes 11 July 2016

Trainees are invited to register for the online courses Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error. Participants are to complete both courses back-to-back, from July to August 2016. 

The Modern Workplace Challenges course includes topics such as social media, cultural dynamics, and dealing with difficult colleagues. 

The Diagnostic Error course, developed in collaboration with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission, is designed to highlight the myriad of risks associated with diagnostic error, and improve diagnosis.

The courses consist of up to 10 case studies along with multiple choice questions, which will be emailed to participants weekly. There will be the opportunity to engage with other participants via web-based discussion forums. 

See the College website to read more about these courses. To register your interest email Places are limited. 

Expressions of Interest close midnight Monday, 11 July 2016 (or when full).

Haematology Information Session for Basic Physician Trainee’s (BPT’s) and Advanced Trainee’s (AT’s) at Westmead Hospital, NSW

An information session is being held in the ICPMR Conference room, Level 2, Westmead Hospital on Friday, 8 July 2016 from 3pm to 5pm. This is to replace individual appointments to visit their facilities prior to the centralised appointment process.

All BPT’s and current AT’s in haematology wanting to be considered for employment at Westmead in 2017 are encouraged to attend this information session. An overview of training will be provided on what is currently offered for both laboratory positions and clinical positions. 

RSVP with the following information to  

1. Why do you want to do haematology training at Westmead?
2. Do you have any particular clinical haematology interests?
3. Do you have a part two project in progress or planned?
4. Please provide your current CV.

Central Appointments Process – Haematology Advanced Training 2017, Victoria, Tasmania and Northern Territory

Applications are invited from suitably qualified medical practitioners. The appointment to these positions is coordinated by the Haematology Advanced Training Central Appointment Process on behalf of the Haematology Clinical and Laboratory Departments (in all relevant health services and private laboratories). A total of 60 positions are on offer, 55 in Victoria, three in Tasmania and two in the Northern Territory.

Applicants and training sites will be subject to the centralised matching process. Application forms and position information forms are available here or by contacting Verity Jolliff at Interviews will be offered to eligible applicants and will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday, 30 August and Wednesday, 31 August 2016. 

Applications close at 5pm AEST Wednesday, 10 August 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

Deakin University Clinical Leadership Program

Deakin University’s Medical School provides the Master of Clinical Leadership – a Master’s program for clinicians who want to develop their leadership and management skills.

The school runs three Residential Clinical Leadership programs each year, each with a slightly different focus – leading in the broader health system, leading in healthcare organisations, and leading improvements in patient care. All are core units in the Master’s program but they are also available to clinicians wishing to undertake an intensive professional development opportunity.

The next program will focus on the healthcare organisation and will run the week of September 5 at Deakin’s Warn Ponds Estate, Geelong. A program has been put together and those who attend will hear from leaders at the forefront of the Australian healthcare industry, and work with fellow students on real-world case studies.

More information can be found on the university website or by contacting the Course Director, Associate Professor Grant Phelps at or on +61 418 504 252.

Medical Insurance Group Australia is Offering Four Training Grants

Medical Insurance Group Australia assists doctors in training by offering four grants of $A5,000 as part of its Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program. 

The DIT Grants Program is open to doctors in training who are in their first to fifth postgraduate year,  who are enrolled in an accredited training program, or have completed their accredited training program within the last two years. 

The grants assist the doctors in funding their training opportunity and may include program fees, travel, accommodation and other expenses. 

Applications close: Friday, 4 November 2016. 

For more details email

RACP Foundation Awards

The following awards recognise Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements.  Nominations are now being accepted for:

The John Sands College Medal

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

RACP International Medal

The Eric Susman Prize

Howard Williams Medal

RACP Mentor of the Year

RACP Trainee of the Year 

Please visit the RACP Foundation website to download the nomination forms and for further details about each award.

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

The annual RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence identifies and acknowledges the best trainee research presentations in the fields of adult medicine and paediatric medicine.

The competition is open to trainees in all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. Representatives of each region (State/Territory/New Zealand), selected by the respective regional committees, are invited to present in Melbourne in May 2017.

This is an excellent opportunity for trainee representatives to present their ideas and research in a professional and public setting.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are funded from donations received from Fellows and trainees.

See the RACP website for more details on the Trainee Research Awards for Excellence, including abstract submission information.

RACP Foundation Research Entry Scholarships and Travel Grants – Applications Closing Soon

Research Entry Scholarships – closing Monday, 18 July 2016

• The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Research Entry Scholarship to encourage and support the promotion of research in the field of sexual health medicine.
• The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Research Entry Scholarship in rural health
to provide stipend support for two years to undertake research into rural health issues.

Travel Grants – closing date Monday, 18 July 2016
There are several awards offered in each category. Online applications and full details for all Awards offered through the RACP Foundation can be found on the website.

RACP End-of-Life Care Position Statement

The RACP’s Position Statement on good end-of-life care was launched on Monday, 16 May 2016 at Congress.

It has been developed to promote the five elements of good end-of-life care including: 
1. diagnosing dying or the risk of dying 
2. respecting patient autonomy and supported decision making, and providing personalised care 
3. ensuring that medical treatment decisions respect the patient’s best interests
4. managing symptoms 
5. supporting carers and family and whānau.

A number of case studies, evidence-based tools and links to further resources are also included in the document to support physicians and other stakeholders in the delivery of high-quality end-of-life care.

The position statement is intended to inform physicians and policymakers, and support future end-of-life care advocacy work.

For more information see the RACP’s End-of-Life Care Position Statement and factsheet.

End-of-Life education and resources now available to healthcare professionals

Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in any acute care practice setting will have access to three online education modules to support them in delivering end-of-life care. The modules are part of the End-of-Life Essentials package which has been prepared by the internationally recognised palliative care team at Flinders University. 

All components of the e-learning package draw upon the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care. The education looks at managing end-of-life issues in hospitals, recognising dying, and communication and decision-making. 

For more information on these modules please visit the website

Changes to the accreditation of RACP training providers – have your say

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking your feedback on its revised Physician Training Accreditation System that will accredit all training providers.

Your comments will help to shape the new Accreditation System, so that it supports the development of skilled physicians and the College’s Fellows who train them.

The proposed system streamlines the College’s multiple accreditation processes and links explicitly to College curricula. 

The changes include the introduction of strengthened training standards that require training providers to:

  • have an appropriate learning environment and culture
  • ensure high quality management of training
  • support Fellows in their teaching roles
  • provide a supported training experience for trainees
  • deliver the training program curricula and provide sufficient resources for this to occur.

The Accreditation System will be piloted from late 2017.

Regional Victorian Dual Training Program

The College is pleased to announce four new Advanced Training positions as part of the Victorian Dual Training Program. The dual training positions will be in general and acute care medicine and another speciality. 

The positions are supported by structured, accredited four-year training pathways as indicated in the table below:

Dual Training Program  Year 1
General and Acute Care Medicine
Year 2
Additional Speciality 
Year 3
Additional Speciality 
 Year 4
General and Acute Care Medicine 
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine  Bendigo Health  Austin Health  Austin Health  Bendigo Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Endocrinology  Goulburn Valley Health  Austin Health  Austin Health Goulburn Valley Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine  Ballarat Health Royal Melbourne Hospital   Royal Melbourne Hospital  Ballarat Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine  Latrobe Regional Health Monash Medical Centre Monash Medical Centre Latrobe Regional Health

The positions suit trainees who are keen to build careers in regional Victoria and expand their skills and expertise to manage a wide range of challenging clinical scenarios.

For further information on the program, please contact Fiona Hilton, Dual Training Project Manager on +61 3 9927 7708 or email 

New online supervisor courses: open for registration

Registration is now open for online alternatives to the successful Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) face-to-face workshops. 

These online courses for supervisors, listed below, are facilitated by RACP Fellows. They can be completed in any order, over five weeks:

  • SPDP1 Practical Skills for Supervisors, starting Monday, 10 October
  • SPDP2 Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings, starting Monday, 5 September
  • SPDP3 Work-based Learning and Assessment, starting Monday, 7 November. 
    The course format includes scenario videos, weekly activities, and online discussions with other supervisors. They can be completed using a computer, tablet or smartphone device.

Feedback from over 150 participants who have attended these courses has been outstanding: 

  • ninety-six per cent of surveyed participants say they would recommend the course to their colleagues
  • eighty-nine per cent of surveyed participants say they felt they had the opportunity to develop their supervisor skills.

The time commitment is one to two hours per week, to be completed at your convenience, within the five weeks. Online participation can be counted towards your MyCPD program.

To register, send an email to with either “SPDP1”, “SPDP2” or “SPDP3” in the subject line. Enrolment instructions will be sent out closer to the course start date.

If you would prefer to attend a face-to-face supervisor workshop, go to the Supervisor workshops in 2016 page to find a workshop near you.

See you online.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Notices

This edition of Medicines Safety Update contains information on the below topics: 

Bromhexine-containing cough and cold medicines – risk of allergy and skin reactions

Health professionals are advised that medicines containing bromhexine have been linked to a small risk of severe allergic reactions and severe skin reactions. The TGA will be working with sponsors of bromhexine-containing products to align their product information (PI) and consumer medicines information documents with the current PI and package insert for the innovator brand, Bisolvon. This already includes a warning regarding anaphylactic reactions and skin reactions.

Lercanidipine and cloudy peritoneal effluent in patients on peritoneal dialysis 

Health professionals should consider a reversible medication-induced differential diagnosis for the development of cloudy peritoneal effluent (CPE) in patients on peritoneal dialysis who are taking lercanidipine and who have no other signs or symptoms of infective peritonitis. The precautions and adverse effects sections of the PI have been updated with information about CPE.

Marcain Spinal 0.5% Heavy and reports of failed or incomplete spinal anaesthesia

The TGA has investigated recent reports of failed or incomplete spinal anaesthesia with use of Marcain Spinal 0.5% Heavy (bupivacaine hydrochloride anhydrous) and has found that this cluster of reports does not indicate a quality or efficacy issue with the product.

For more information, please visit the TGA website.

Protocol Advisory Sub-Committee - Calls For Public Comment

Feedback on all Consultation Protocols listed below will close at 11:59pm on 15 July 2016.

Please provide your feedback to the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) team via email.

1420 - Extracoporeal photopheresis for treatment of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
1429 - Intraoperative Radiotherapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer
1431 - HbA1c point of care test for the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus
1435 - Processing of gonadal tissue and gametes
1439 - iAluRil GAG layer therapy for Painful Bladder Syndrome and Interstitial Cystitis, and recurrent urinary tract infections
1440 - PD-L1 testing for access to pembrolizumab in treatment naïve patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
1443 - Implantable loop recorders for diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in cryptogenic stroke
1445 - PD-L1 testing for access to pembrolizumab in patients with recurrent or progressive metastatic bladder cancer that has recurred or progressed following platinum-based chemotherapy

For more information on these applications visit the Medical Services Advisory Committee website.

Member benefits now at your fingertips with your digital membership card

The RACP member benefit cards have gone digital. This means that you can redeem your meal and entertainment discount on the go, directly from your smartphone. 

Using your digital membership card is simple:

1. Visit the RACP member benefit website and enter your RACP Member Identification Number  (MIN) as your password to login. 
2. Use the map to view where to use your card.
3. Click on the card icon to apply the discount. 

For more information, see the Digital Card user guide, or call Member Advantage on 1300 853 352.


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