AMD e-Bulletin 29 April 2016

President's Post

This year’s RACP Congress is now only a few weeks away, with much to offer our membership.

The AMD stream will maintain its commitment to providing you with a broad range of specialties’ clinical years in review, which allow all physicians to maintain a commitment to general medicine within their own clinical specialty. Congress will provide you with opportunities for skills enhancement with supervisors workshops, Policy and Advocacy initiatives, and a telemedicine workshop that will help you improve access to patients and capitalise on the opportunities provided by advances in technology.

We will have presentations from eight regional finalists in the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence, as well as the 2015 Eric Susman Prize winner Professor Richard Pestell.

This year we also feature five panel sessions covering Indigenous Health, Clinical Genetics, the Microbiome, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome as well as Allergic and Non-Allergic Drug Reactions.

The diverse program of workshops, sessions, exhibits, and social functions will allow you to engage and benefit from the opportunities that come from being part of this large and varied Fellowship.

As a further value-add for members in 2016, the College has announced VIP Registrations. If you have attended at least two of the past five RACP Congress events you are eligible to apply for a discounted registration rate. You will have been sent a special password by email to claim these rates. In 2016 attendees can claim two credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (up to the cap of 50 credits).

I look forward to seeing you at Congress, and note that in this week’s e-bulletin, we continue our series of specialty spotlights with one from the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.

AMD Board Appointments

The College Constitution requires the Adult Medicine Division Council (AMD Council) to appoint four directors to the College Board for each two-year board term. In keeping with the Council By-laws, this year, the AMD Council determined that it would appoint the incoming President and President-elect of the AMD Council to the 2016 – 2018 College Board. For the two remaining positions, the Council called for expressions of interest from all AMD Fellows, with the selection undertaken by an AMD Council ballot managed by the Office of the Company Secretary.

The results of this ballot were confirmed last week. Incoming AMD President Associate Professor Grant Phelps and incoming AMD President-elect Professor Paul Komesaroff will be joined by Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster and Dr Helen Rhodes as AMD elected Board representatives.

Appointment as a Director on the College Board carries with it a lot of responsibility and a significant time commitment. On behalf of the AMD Council, I thank all candidates for their nominations and commitment to the College, and congratulate Associate Professor Buckmaster and Dr Rhodes on their appointments.

Best wishes,

Professor John Wilson
Adult Medicine Division

Speciality Society Spotlight: Human Genetics Society of Australasia

When and how your society was established?

The Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) was formed in 1977 to provide a forum for the various disciplines collected under the title of Human Genetics. Its members comprise medical geneticists, genetic counsellors, cytogeneticists, biochemists, molecular geneticists, educators and researchers. The majority of members hold both a qualification and are employed in a position relevant to Human Genetics.

The HGSA provides: 

  • training and professional recognition for those involved in Human Genetics. As well, the society promotes high ethical standards and communication between those working in Human Genetics
  • professional and lay education in the area of Human Genetics
  • representation of the interests of Human Genetics and those working in the field, and of the Society and its members, in public, professional, governmental and other forums
  • promotion and support of research in Human Genetics
  • comment on the ethical, legal and social impact of Human Genetics.

The HGSA is member of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies and works closely with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia as well as other groups. 

The Society holds an Annual Scientific Meeting each year, with visiting international and national speakers.

Australasian Association of Clinical Geneticists (AACG) is the medical arm of the society and works closely with the Advanced Training Committee overseeing appropriate training of the next generation of clinical geneticists.

What are your society’s top three priorities?

The HGSA is focussed on:

  • integrating genomic medicine (technology and clinical) into healthcare in Australia and New Zealand to benefit patients and their family
  • promoting training and standards for both clinical genetics and laboratory genetics throughout Australia and New Zealand
  • promoting ‘genetic literacy’ through the education of health professionals and the general public to ensure safe, ethical and effective use of genetic information in healthcare.

Are there any challenges?

The HGSA continues to be concerned about a number of issues that involve the use of genetic technologies in healthcare. Current challenges include: 

  • training/accrediting of genetic laboratory scientists and genetic counsellors
  • introduction of innovative genetic technology into healthcare in the absence of ongoing education of health professionals regarding the benefits/limitations and complications of such technology.
What are your society’s top three achievements?
1. Established a quality assurance program for cytogenetics laboratories (adopted internationally)
2. Established Boards of Censors to oversee training and certification programs for  scientists, medical     geneticists and genetic counsellors 
3. Developed clinical standards for clinical genetic services.

For more information,
click here.

Stimulating 2016 Congress Program for AMD

Congress 2016 provides all its attendees with valuable opportunities to network with peers with a stimulating social program. You can confirm your attendance via the registration process.

Welcome Reception
Date: Monday, 16 May 2016 
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Adelaide Convention & Exhibition Centre 
Cost: Included in all full registrations. Day registration and guest tickets are available: $88

Congress Dinner
Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2016 
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm until midnight
Venue: Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention & Exhibition Centre 
Cost: Included in all full registrations. Day registration and guest tickets are available: $165

This year Congress attendees are offered both discounted registration rates and double CPD credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activates (up to the cap of 50 credits).

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

Confirm your registration via the
Congress website.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: General Paediatrics Project Reviewers

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) 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 and 22 of the handbook, which is available

For further enquiries, and to obtain the EOI form, please contact Rebecca Lewis via email on

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: The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), closes 13 May, 2016

The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), Chaired by Dr Alexandra Greig, is the peak College body representing the interests of trainees and has 16 representatives from our Divisions, Faculties and regional Trainees Committees’ throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The CTC is focused on a number of priorities, including:

  • improving communication with trainees, including the development of a Trainee Communications Strategy
  • continued advocacy on behalf of trainees in areas such as Soft Funding for paediatric positions, Selection into Training, Capacity to Train, the review of the accreditation of training sites and academic pathways that integrate training and research
  • ongoing development and implementation of trainee orientation days
  • embedding Annual Trainees’ Day as part of the RACP Congress
  • advocating for the health and wellbeing of doctors.

The CTC champions the trainee perspective and ensures the trainee voice is heard across our College.

Due to a number of representatives finishing their training, the CTC is seeking applicants for a number of representative positions including:

  • a trainee who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • a trainee from the Northern Territory
  • a trainee from the Australian Capital Territory
  • and a trainee from Tasmania.

Being a part of the Trainees’ Committee provides a unique opportunity to engage with the College and represent the needs and voice of trainees on key matters such as selection into training, assessment and overall education.

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the CTC are invited to submit their 
Expression of Interest form and CV to by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 13 May 2016. 

EOI: Trainee positions on a range of assessment and examination committees, closes 13 May, 2016

Applications are invited for a range of positions on College assessment and examination committees.

A new model of governance for assessment has been approved by the College Board. This new model includes the establishment of a College Assessment Committee, reporting to the College Education Committee, and the establishment of a range of other assessment and examination committees.

The College is currently in the process of establishing all committees in the new model and we are seeking EOIs for the following trainee roles:

  • a trainee member – Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee
  • a trainee member – Paediatrics & Child Health Division Assessment Committee
  • an advanced trainee member – Written Examination Committee (Adult Medicine Division)
  • an advanced trainee member – Written Examination Committee (Paediatrics & Child Health Division)
Positions will be appointed for an initial term of two years, with opportunity for renewal. 

To request a copy of the Board Approved Model, including Terms of Reference for the committees above, please email 

Interested trainees should submit an application, together with their CV, to Professor Tim Wilkinson, College Censor via email:

Closing date:  COB Friday, 13 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 

​EOI: NPS MedicineWise: Nominations for non-executive Board Director position

The NPS MedicineWise Board is calling for nominations for a Board Director position. Further information is available in the attached documents: Nominations should be sent directly to NPS MedicineWise by 5pm EST on Wednesday, 11 May 2016. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact NPS MedicineWise: Lynn Weekes or by telephone on +61 2 8217 8671.

Career Opportunities

New South Wales

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


Clinical Research Drug Development Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 
Closing date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Enquiries: A/Prof Linda Mileshkin + 61 3 9656 1697 or email

Medical Oncology Clinical Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 
Closing date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Enquiries: A/Prof Linda Mileshkin + 61 3 9656 1697 or email

Clinical Oncology Genomics & Immuno-Oncology Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Closing date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Enquiries: Prof Grant McArthur + 61 3 9656 1954 or email Breast Cancer Clinical Trials and Translational Research Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Closing date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016 
Enquiries: Terese Masters, email Gynaecological Cancer and Cancer of Unknown Primary Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Closing date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Enquiries: A/Prof Linda Mileshkin, email 

Conferences and Events

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
Date: 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.

Continence Foundation of Australia Victorian Branch 5th State Annual Conference,
20 May 2016, Victoria

Venue: RACV Healesville Country Club
Date: Friday, 20 May 2016
For more information, see the event website.

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

Nepean Blue Mountains 27th Annual Supportive and Palliative Care Conference, 3 June 2016, Sydney

Venue: Pepper Stadium Penrith 
Date: Friday, 3 June 2016
For more information, contact Ms Linda Ora +61 2 4759 8700.

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

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

Pain Management in Patients with End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD): An Evidence-Based Approach, 30 July 2016, Sydney

Venue: St George Hospital Auditorium, Kogarah
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2016
For more information, email or

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, see the event website

Australasian Stroke Academy Conference,
3 September 2016, Sydney

Venue: Hilton Hotel Sydney
Date: Saturday, 3 September 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Basic Neurology – The essentials for Basic Physician Trainees, 
3 to 4 September 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Storey Hall Lecture Theatre, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Date: Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 September 2016
Registrations: For more information, see 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, see the event website.

2016 World Indigenous Women’s Conference, 
12 to 14 September 2016, Adelaide

Venue: Stamford Beach Hotel, Glenelg
Date: Monday, 12 to Wednesday, 14 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.

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.

Adult Medicine Division (AMD) Council Communique

The Communique reporting on the AMD Council March 2016 meeting is now available. Some of the key discussions included:
  • the College election cycle
  • the AMD Council 2016 Work Plan and Strategic Projects
  • the AMD Streams at RACP Congress 2016

Download the latest AMD Council Communique.

The Australian Prescriber Journal is Going Digital

NPS MedicineWise, the publisher of Australian Prescriber, has decided to cease publication of the journal in print. After 40 years, the June issue will be the last to be printed.

The Editorial Executive Committee wants to maintain open access to Australian Prescriber, but encourages readers to register at the
Australian Prescriber website to ensure they receive the electronic journal. Those readers who have already registered to receive the Table of Contents (email alert) of each issue do not have to re-register. Their details should be transferred automatically to the new website.

RACP Foundation Awards

Career Development Fellowships for 2017

Applications are now open 
RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship Don & Lorraine Jacquot Fellowship in Nephrology
Closing date: Monday, 20 June 2016

These Fellowships are intended to support established researchers who are not eligible for Research Establishment Fellowships.

Visit the
RACP Foundation for full details of all awards currently being offered. Please contact the Senior Administration Officer or phone +61 2 9256 9639 for any queries regarding the eligibility criteria or application process.
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