AMD e-Bulletin May 13

President's Post

Next week, the biennial changeover in office bearers across the College will take place. We will have a new College President and President-Elect, a new Board, and of course, a new AMD President and President-elect. It has been a privilege to serve my term as President of the AMD, and it has been a busy one during a period of significant change in our College. 

We have completed a process of extensive education governance reform that will enable our College to meet its obligations for Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) accreditation obligations. AMD made a significant contribution to the College’s successful AMC/MCNZ accreditation outcome where our College achieved a six year accreditation term, the maximum period available.

We have worked hard with our specialty societies to develop a new framework, the Model of Collaboration (MoC), to recognise and articulate the complex, interdependent relationship between the College and specialty societies. We have worked with our Paediatric, Faculty and New Zealand colleagues to ensure that the MoC is fit for purpose for all of the societies that are affiliated with our College.

We have highlighted the importance of addressing increasing pressures on our training program due to the growing number of medicine graduates entering the health system and looking for a sustainable career pathway. The College is working very hard with many members through its Capacity to Train program of work to ensure the high quality of physician training is maintained. This work also encompasses strategies to manage selection into training.

The Evolve initiative has been established to work collaboratively across our physician specialties to address low value medical interventions and ensure that patients access and receive the effective care that they need. Over twenty specialty societies are now enrolled in the Evolve initiative, with many more gearing up to join. This is a truly successful initiative that demonstrates the role of the College as a binding force across our diverse physician disciplines.

AMD has undertaken a pilot to explore the possibility of working with specialty societies to deliver a series of specialty-specific webinar based CPD activities which could be redeveloped by the College for the broader membership base as clinical updates. This has huge potential to impact positively on all members, and particularly our rural and remote colleagues. AMD looks forward to reporting on this pilot in due course.

We have also worked behind the scenes to grapple with changes to the regulations governing the recognition of medical specialties; the regulatory appetite for responding to changes in medical practice is shrinking, and will continue to require some careful planning around how to deal with this more constrained environment.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work that AMD Councillors have contributed to the work of the AMD over the past two years, in particular their contribution to the development of the Model of Collaboration which has the potential to achieve positive change in how the College and its affiliated societies work together. 

The College is a complex organisation that reflects our membership. This can sometimes mean that progress takes time as we work to bring our diverse membership with us as we effect change. The achievements I have noted demonstrate that positive and tangible changes are very much possible and are well underway in our College. This is to be encouraged, and I regard the excellent response we received to the call for expressions of interest for AMD elected positions as a reflection of renewed interest by members to support their College and build on the progress that is already underway. 

The AMD is now in an excellent position and it is a pleasure to hand the Presidency of AMD to Associate Professor Grant Phelps. We also welcome Professor Paul Komesaroff as the AMD President-elect, after next week's AGM. I owe great thanks to Lisa Penlington, Senior Executive Officer of AMD and Vanessa Wood and Rosanna Askar, Executive Officers, for their diligence and extraordinary work over the past two years.


Prof John Wilson
Adult Medicine Division

A Milestone for Sexual Health

A decade after commencing the arduous journey from submission of the first application to the Australian Medical Council for specialist recognition, sexual health has not only achieved specialist status but also parity with consultant physicians in Medicare rebates. The Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) made their recommendation in August 2013 but the change of government created a delay in progressing the application through the government approval process. 

In line with the current Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) review, the new item numbers were announced in the federal government’s mid-year fiscal and economic outlook statement in December 2015 and confirmed by the Minister, the Honourable Sussan Ley, in a letter to Clinical Associate Professor Katherine Brown, Chair of the Medicare Working Party, on 29 January 2016. A suite of 16 new item numbers will be available from 1 November, 2016.

Selection into Training Consultation

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking member feedback on a proposed selection process for candidate entry into Basic Training in Adult Internal Medicine, and Paediatrics and Child Health.

A panel of experts in the field of postgraduate medical education has partnered with the College to undertake a Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility study. The study aims to develop a merit based model for identifying and selecting candidates best suited for Basic Training, with progression into physician practice.

The Selection into Basic Training process is part of the College’s strategy to address its Capacity to Train and preparations for implementation will begin in 2017.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility study consultation paper, either through completion of the survey or via a written submission to

For further information visit the Capacity to Train web page.

Expressions of Interest

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, which is available here.

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

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


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre Registrar - 2017 
Closing date: Sunday, 29 May 2016  
Enquiries: Dr Marcus Chen, or +61 3 9341 6260

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.

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 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.

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 please visit the event webpage.

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

Harvard-Macy Institute and Monash University Leadership and Innovation in Health Short Course, 15 to 18 August 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Monash Health Translation Precinct
Date: Monday, 15 to Friday, 19 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

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

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
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.

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. 

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.

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 

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

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.

Trainee News

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) Specialist Trainee Day: Ethics in Palliative Medicine, 20 May 2016, Sydney

ANZSPM will present a training day for Palliative Medicine trainees at St George Education Centre, Kogarah.  The event will be a full day of training and an excellent opportunity to engage in learning with experienced Palliative Medicine specialists and network with fellow trainees. There is no cost to attend this event and catering will be provided. The event is aimed at ANZSPM Trainee Members. Non-member medical practitioners who are either enrolled in a Palliative Medicine training program or have an interest in Palliative Medicine are welcome to register. We encourage non-members to consider applying for ANZSPM membership.  To register for this event or for more information, please visit the ANZSPM website

General Medicine and Endocrinology Advanced Trainees – Melbourne 

The Department of Medicine (Austin Health) currently has an exciting opportunity for an Advanced Trainee in general medicine/ endocrinology interested in undertaking their PhD in the field of diabetes, commencing 2017.

Several projects are on offer in the field of diabetes and its complications. The benefits of being attached to the unit are:

  • The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences is internationally recognised for leadership in teaching, training and research, and is widely considered to be one of the best research facility to complete a higher degree in Australia.
  • Austin Health is one of the state’s largest adult hospitals with over 400 acute beds. It is an internationally renowned research tertiary centre.
  • A stipend is provided for the initial 12 months.
  • Assistance will be provided for future grant applications.

Close support and supervision and a collegiate environment.
For further details please contact Dr Elif Ekinci on +61 3 9496 2250 or email

New eLearning resources available now

New online resources on communication in difficult situations and research projects, are the latest addition to the College’s eLearning library and are available to both trainees and Fellows.

The eLearning resources have been created by drawing on member feedback and cover topics that form part of the College’s training program curricula and the new College Standards framework.

Central to the design are video and audio scenarios that are inspired by the real life experiences of our trainees and supervisors. The resources also include reflection and practice activities, online discussion forums and curated information. 

Communication skills
This resource is created to help trainees through difficult communication situations which emerge in everyday practice, such as conversations with patients and families around end-of-life care.  It is based on established medical communication frameworks such as ISBAR, NURSE and SPIKES.
Research projects 
In line with new Advanced Training program research requirements from 2017, this resource provides a useful guide to the College approved research types.  
It provides an interactive overview of the research process, from finding a supervisor to publication.  It includes tips from trainees who have completed successful advanced training research projects, as well as activities and opportunities for discussion.


1. Log into
2. Watch the welcome video and complete the pre-participation survey. 
3. Watch the videos or listen to the podcast interviews. 
4. Use the “mark as read” buttons to keep your progress up to date. 
5. Generate your certificate of completion.  

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

Applications are now open in the following categories for 2017 Research Awards:

Career Development Fellowships – closing date: Monday, 20 June 2016

Research Establishment Fellowships – closing date: Monday, 27 June 2016

Research Entry Scholarships – closing date: Monday, 18 July 2016

Travel Grants – applications open Wednesday, 1 June 2016

There are several awards offered in each category. Contact the Senior Administration Officer by emailing  or phone +61 2 9256 9639 for any queries regarding the eligibility criteria, or application process.

Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for full details of all awards.

Changes to the RACP Training Positions Guide

The RACP has enhanced the medical positions vacant service to enable members to access it on the College website and advertisers to submit advertisements online as they arise. 

This means the RACP will no longer publish the Training Positions Guide in hardcopy or PDF.

 What are the benefits? 

  • It’s flexible – you are no longer limited to an annual publication, which means positions can be advertised at any time
  • Up-to-date information – advertisements no longer appear after the closing date
  • Advertisements reach a wider audience – medical positions vacant can now be accessed from the ‘About’ tab on the College website. 

View the current Trainee Positions and General Medicine Positions on the RACP Website.

Changes to Workplace Gender Equality Act 2016

In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), on Tuesday, 3 May 2016 the College lodged its annual compliance report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (the Agency).   As a member based organisation, the Act provides for our members to comment on the report either to us by email to or to the Agency. 

Please refer to the The Agency’s guidelines on this process are available on the Workplace Gender Equality website

eBulletins to move to monthly cycle 

Our research has shown that many Fellows and trainees want us to decrease the frequency of our communications, while improving the quality… and we’re listening.

After Congress, the President’s eBulletin, and Division and Faculty eBulletins, will be transitioning to a monthly cycle.

The first President’s eBulletin after Congress will be published on Friday, 20 May, and the next published on Friday, 17 June, continuing on a monthly basis after that.

The first Division and Faculty eBulletins after Congress will be published on an alternating cycle, starting Friday, 3 June, with the next published on Friday, 1 July, continuing on a monthly basis after that.

Please note that deadlines for submitting completed content is 5pm Tuesday, the week the eBulletin is sent.

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Vale Emeritus Professor Charles Ruthven Bickerton Blackburn AC ED MBBS MD BA MDhc FRACP (1913 - 2016)

A memorial service will be held on Monday, 30 May 2016 at 4pm in The Great Hall, Quadrangle on the University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus.

For organisational and catering purposes, please RSVP to by 24 May 2016. All welcome. 

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