AMD e-bulletin 15 April

President’s Post

On behalf of the Adult Medicine Division Executive Committee I would like to congratulate the following Fellows who were successfully appointed to the Adult Medicine Division Council through the College election process, commencing two year terms on Monday, 16 May 2016:

AMD President-Elect:

Professor Paul Komesaroff

AMD Elected Fellows (Australia):

Professor Donald Campbell
Associate Professor Ian Fraser
Dr Helen Rhodes
Associate Professor Deborah Yates

View the full election results.

I would like to thank all candidates for their participation in the election process, and encourage them to contribute in other ways to the business of the Division. 

Congress is now only a month away and I encourage all members to review the program and explore the opportunities available to you in Adelaide in May. This year Congress attendees can enjoy discounted registration rates and two credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (up to the cap of 50 credits). You can register via the Congress website.

The Evolve Forum took place last week in Sydney and explored how the emerging lists from different specialty societies can be promulgated and how genuine and effective change in clinical practice can be achieved. This is a fantastic College initiative which has already seen over 20 specialty societies working to develop their ‘top five’ lists. I encourage you to visit the Evolve website and provide feedback on the lists that have already been published.

Best wishes,


Prof John Wilson
Adult Medicine Division

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) Communique 

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

  • the College election cycle
  • the new Trainees in Difficulty Policy
  • spirituality training 
  • Fellows’ Update at The Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) 2016 Conference. 

Download the latest AChPM communique.

RACP System Maintenance - week of 18 April  

Late next week, all RACP web-based systems will undergo a period of maintenance, and during this time you will not be able to log on to access any features. 

We anticipate only minimal disruption to our members. 

The timing of the system down-time will be communicated mid-week. 

Late next week was chosen for the maintenance as the most minimally disruptive time. 

For the small number of you who may be scheduled to use the website to complete essential tasks such as payments late next week, the College will bear in mind the system’s temporary unavailability.
It will not impede your general progress through training or any other activities.  

We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding. 

If you do have any queries please email

Expressions of Interest 

Get involved: Input sought for College’s submission to the Government’s Consultation on the draft National Digital Health Strategy, closes 19 April

The College is developing a response to the Australian Federal Department of Health’s draft National Digital Health Strategy and is seeking member feedback.

This will replace the previous 2008 Australian National eHealth Strategy and will be presented to the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Committee (AHMAC) prior to seeking Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council endorsement. The new Australian Digital Health Agency, currently being established, will take responsibility for the implementation of the Strategy.

To request a copy of the draft document, please email or call Ansari Abudeen on +61 2 8076 6330.

To provide your feedback please complete a short survey or alternatively email your comments to

Due to the tight timeframe given to the College, your feedback is required by COB Tuesday, 19 April 2016.

EOI: Opportunity to provide expert review services to Medibank Private, closes 19 April

Medibank Private Limited (Medibank) is seeking independent contractors to provide medical expert review services for their Hospital Acquired Complications process.

The term of appointment is for two years, with the option for Medibank to offer an extension of one additional two year period (a total of four years).  

The role of the medical expert is to prepare a report that identifies whether the hospital:

  •  treated the complication with the seriousness expected of a high priority complication
  • followed appropriate guidelines for the care of that patient
  • provided or withheld treatment that would otherwise have avoided the complication.

It is anticipated that each referral will take up to two hours to review and generate an opinion, and each expert is expected to be able to review three to four cases per month.  

To apply for the role of medical expert, please contact Medibank directly at by 5pm Tuesday, 19 April 2016.

Please attach a current CV, contact details and cover letter about why you would be interested in the role.

EOI: PBAC Post-market Review of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) Medicines, closes 28 April

The College has been invited to nominate a representative to the Reference Group for the Post-market Review of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) Medicines.

The reviews are being carried out under the Australian Government's post-market monitoring program, which aims to ensure the continued safe, cost-effective and quality use of medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Post-market reviews follow a standard process detailed in the Post-market Review Framework, available on the PBS website.

The Reference Groups will provide clinical, technical, consumer and industry advice to inform the reviews. Please download the EOI form for further information. The College Code of Conduct is also available for your information.

If you are interested in representing RACP on this reference group, please send the attached EOI form and a copy of your CV to by 5pm Thursday, 28 April 2016.

EOI: RACP Continuing Professional Development Committee Fellowship representatives, closes 30 April

The Continuing Professional Development Committee [CPDC] is seeking to appoint multiple Fellow representatives.

The College Education Committee [CEC] has established the CPD Committee to:

  • set the agenda for CPD program upgrades and resource development to ensure the College CPD program meets the needs of the Fellowship
  • consider, review and make recommendations on a range of CPD resources (including podcasts, practice review materials and face-to-face events)
  • identify and facilitate peer review of learning resources suitable for CPD and promote development of learning resources to meet any unmet needs
  • encourage CPD participation through a range of strategies
  • consider and approve minor changes to the MyCPD program (including functional fixes and improvements, aesthetic changes, updates to content)
  • consider and recommend major changes to the MyCPD Program to the CEC (including changes to the MyCPD framework)
  • report to relevant education committees and CEC on statistics and issues arising from CPD participation
  • monitor exceptions to CPD completion
  • consider government regulation on CPD and revalidation in Australia and New Zealand and recommend program and policy change to CEC where appropriate
  • work with the Office of the Dean, other College bodies and Specialty Societies to support Fellows’ ongoing learning.

The CPDC meets up to three times a year face to face with up to four additional teleconference meetings if required. The remaining 2016 meetings are:

  • Friday, 13 May (face-to-face)
  • Friday, 1 July (teleconference)
  • Friday, 9 September (face-to-face)
  • Friday, 11 November (teleconference)

Valuable (but not essential) experience includes:

  • faculty Fellowship
  • research experience
  • medical administration experience.

Interested Fellows are asked to complete and submit the EOI form along with a CV by email to by Saturday, 30 April 2016.

EOI: Adult Medicine Division Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Lead, closes 2 May 2016 

The AMD Council is the representative body for Adult Medicine within the College and is responsible for organising all AMD-related activities within the broad constraints of the AMD By-Laws. The AMD Council encompasses a broad spectrum of medical specialties and, as a Committee of the RACP Board, the Council represents the interests of all AMD Fellows and Trainees within the College. 

The AMD Council is seeking expressions of interest from current AMD Fellows for the position of Lead Fellow, Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Please refer to the Lead Fellow, CPD position description for further information. 

The AMD Council meets biannually in Sydney. The term of office for this position is two years and will commence from the conclusion of the annual general meeting on Monday, 16 May 2016.

To submit an expression of interest, please forward a completed EOI form, including a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest in the position and how you meet the selection criteria with a copy of your curriculum vitae to by 5pm Monday, 2 May 2016.

EOI: Gastroenterology, Nephrology & Neurology opportunities

An invitation to join 100 medical specialists (including 18 physicians) working in NSW’s largest inland city, Wagga Wagga, with two major hospitals, 16 theatres plus day surgeries and two clinical schools with opportunities for teaching/research. We welcome an opportunity to discuss our flexible options with you and our relocation and family support available.

For further information contact our Manager, Medical Specialist Recruitment, Joy Ross +61 428 225 580 or email  

Career opportunities

New South Wales 

Staff Specialist Palliative Physician

Applications close: Sunday 24 April 2016

Enquiries: Dr Peter Choi, Director of Nephrology, John Hunter Hospital +61 423 845 936 or 
Prof Katherine Clark, Medical Director of Palliative Care, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital +61 2 4985 0387.

2 x Specialist General Medicine Physicians

Applications close: Saturday, 30 April 2016
Enquiries: Ms Emma Gordon +61 2 8353 9048 or email  

Cardiologist, Dutton St Medical & Dental Centre, Yagoona

Dutton St Medical and Dental Centre is seeking a qualified Cardiologist to work among General Practitioners, allied health professionals and specialists. Session days and hours are negotiable. You must hold Medical Registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 

Enquiries: Please contact Dr George Al-Horani on + 61 477 477 477 or send your CV to


2 x Specialist General Medicine Physicians with sub-specialty interest

Closing date: Saturday, 30 April 2016
Enquiries: Ms Emma Gordon +61 2 8353 9048 or email

Private Specialist General Medicine Physician 

Closing date: Saturday, 30 April 2016
Enquiries: Ms Emma Gordon +61 2 8353 9048 or email 


Specialist General Medicine Physician 

Closing date: Saturday, 30 April 2016
Enquiries: Ms Emma Gordon +61 2 8353 9048 or email 

Conferences and events

Change Agent Network Webinar Series 2016: Trauma in Alcohol and Other Drug Settings 
Various dates, online

  • Thursday, 12 May 2016 – Forensic Clients in AOD – What role does Trauma play?  
  • Thursday, 16 June 2016 – Implementing Trauma Informed Care into AOD setting

To register, visit the event website

Sydney Addiction Seminars 2016 
Various dates, Sydney

Venue: Scott Skirving Theatre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital  

  • Wednesday, 27 April 2016 – Update on medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2016 – ‘Are we there yet?’
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2016 – ‘Death becomes her’
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2016 – Paradigm shift in the management of the alcohol intoxicated frequent flyer 
For more information, see the event website

Working collaboratively to address the social and emotional well-being of older LGBTI people 
27 April 2016, Online 

Venue: Online via Webinar
Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016
For more information, see the event flyer.

Seminar Series: Dry Surface Biofilms and their Role in Cross Infection
4 May 2016, Sydney 

Venue: Isabelle Mentone Lecture Theatre, Mary McKillop Conference Centre, North Sydney
Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016
For more information, see the event website

Clinician PhD Opportunities Forum 
4 May 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Parkville
Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Settlement, Trauma and Addiction: Understanding Needs of Refugees and Migrants
5 May 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Turning Point Training Room, Fitzroy
Date: Thursday, 5 May 2016 
For more information, see the event website. ​

Preventing Unnecessary Hospital Emergency Department Transfers for Older People
5 to 6 May 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: The Park Event Space, Albert Park
Thursday, 5 to Friday, 6 May 2016 
For more information, see the event website

4th Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (Mabel) Research Forum
6 May 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Melbourne Business School, Carlton
Date: Friday, 6 May 2016
For more information, see the event website

ASHM Hepatitis C New Treatments Course
7 May 2016, Sydney

Venue: Rydges Sydney Central, Surry Hills 
Date: Saturday, 7 May 2016
For more information, see the event website

The 4th Canberra Clinical Course 2016 
7 to 8 May 2016, Canberra

Venue: Main Auditorium, Canberra Hospital
Date: Saturday, 7 to Sunday, 8 May 2016 
For more information, email  

Emerging Themes in Pain Research Forum 
20 May 2016, Melbourne

Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, The Alfred, Melbourne
Date: Friday, 20 May 2016
For more information, see the event website

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2016
1 to 3 June 2016, Cairns 

Venue: Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns
Date: Wednesday, 1 to Friday, 3 June 2016
For more information, see the event website

2016 Australasian Palliative Link International Forum
22 June 2016, Adelaide 

Venue: RACP Adelaide Office
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016 
For more information, see the event flyer

The 1st Congress of Cardiovascular Preventions in Pre-Elderly and Elderly Individuals 
30 June to 2 July 2016, Slovakia

Venue: Double Tree by Hilton, Bratislava, Slovakia
Date: Thursday, 30 June to Saturday, 2 July 2016
For more information, see the event website

The Teaching Course Down Under
11 to 15 July 2016, Melbourne

Date: Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 July 2016
For more information, see the event website

Acute Medicine Conference 2016
11 to 12 August 2016, Wellington

Venue: Hutt Hospital, High Street, Lower Hutt
Date: Thursday, 11 to Friday, 12 August 2016 
For further information visit the event website

5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users 
7 to 9 September 2016, Oslo 

Venue: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo, Norway
Date: Wednesday, 7 to Friday, 9 September 2016
For more information, visit the event website

12th International Conference on Medical Regulation 
20 to 23 September 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: Tuesday, 20 to Friday, 23 September 2016
For more information, see the event website

10th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference
29 September to 1 October 2016, Gold Coast

Venue: Gold Coast Convention Centre, QLD
Date: Thursday, 29 September to Saturday, 1 October 2016
For more information, see the event website

21st International Congress on Palliative Care 
18 to 21 October 2016, Montreal 

Venue: Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Canada
Date: Tuesday, 18 to Friday, 21 October 2016
For more information, see the event website.

2016 APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference 
30 October to 2 November 2016, Sydney

Venue: Four Points Darling Harbour, Sydney 
Date: Sunday, 30 October to Wednesday, 2 November 2016
For more information, see the event website.

The Australasian Sexual Health Conference 
14 to 16 November 2016, Adelaide

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide 
Date: Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 16 November 2016
For more information, see the event website.

2016 Advance Care Planning National Conference
15 to 16 November 2016, Melbourne

Venue: To be confirmed
Date: Tuesday, 15 to Wednesday, 16 November 2016
More details will be released soon, so check the Advance Care Planning Australia website

The Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2016 
16 to 18 November 2016, Adelaide

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide
Date: Wednesday, 16 to Friday, 18 November 2016
For more information, see the event website

Indigenous health, the microbiome, allergies and more at Congress 2016

The 2016 RACP Congress takes place in Adelaide, South Australia from Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 May 2016.

 A dedicated committee have structured a highly informative program which has been tailored to the specific needs of the Adult Medicine Division (AMD).

The program is available by clicking on the Current Program button on the Congress website hompage.

Program highlights:

Industry professions will come together for informative panel discussions on the topics of:

  • multidisciplinary care in Indigenous health: a hypothetical case study which will explore how we can deliver effective, culturally safe and appropriate care to Indigenous people 
  • understanding the impact of the microbiome on health and disease and opportunities for intervention 
  • misconceptions regarding allergy and non-allergy drug reactions.

This year the College Board is providing Congress attendees both discounted registration rates and double CPD credits per hour that can be accumulated for attendance at Congress 2016. In 2016 attendees can claim two credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (up to the cap of 50 credits). 

Confirm your registration via the Congress website.

National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics (NOPSAD) 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) collection 2015–16.

 The NOPSAD collection provides information on a snapshot day in June 2015 on clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, the doctors prescribing opioid pharmacotherapy drugs, and the dosing points (such as pharmacies) that clients attend to receive their medication.

 More information can be found on the AIHW website

Scheduled agenda items for the Protocol Advisory Sub-Committee (PASC) Meeting 14 April 2016

Protocols for First Consideration (with Pre PASC consultation)

1422 - Minimally invasive, lumbar decompression and dynamic stabilisation using an interlaminar device, with no rigid fixation to the vertebral pedicles, implantation between the spinous processes of one or two lumbar motion segments

1428 - Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischaemic stroke

Protocols for First Consideration (with Post PASC consultation)

 1434 - Anti-Müllerian hormone testing

University of Queensland Survey – Addressing Smoking in Routine Health Care of People Living with HIV: The Needs and Practices of Health Care Providers

Are you treating patients living with HIV?  

This study aims to identify practitioners’ needs and improve smoking cessation services for people living with HIV. Smoking rates are two-three times higher in people living with HIV than the general population and now lose more years of life due to smoking than to HIV itself. 

For further information and to complete the survey, please visit this link.  

Closing soon - applications 2016 Study Grants  

Applications for all Study Grants close: Tuesday, 26 April (11.59pm AEST)

 Visit the RACP Foundation for full details of all awards currently being offered. Please contact the Senior Administration Officer or phone +61 (02) 9256 9639 for any queries regarding the eligibility criteria or application process.

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