AMD eBulletin - 10 February 2017

President’s Post

After the summer break the year is now in full swing, so can I take this opportunity to wish all AMD members and the staff of the College a safe and successful 2017.   

Our work to support our health systems and our communities remains profoundly important and I’m committed to the AMD being a critical participant in this. We have two live projects looking at workforce activity undertaken by AMD specialty societies and the College, and are exploring opportunities to better engage and collaborate on policy and advocacy work across our specialty societies. In addition, we continue to work to prepare for the RACP Congress 2017.

We are currently seeking applications from specialty societies to participate in the extended CPD webinar pilot that I mentioned in our last AMD e​Bulletin.  This College-wide initiative extends the very successful pilot carried out by AMD in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) in 2016. A consistent application review process will be overseen by the presidents of college bodies.  I encourage societies to review the application information which has been circulated and consider applying to participate in this initiative.

I am hoping over the course of 2017 to talk one-on-one with Presidents of AMD’s affiliated specialty societies, reflecting the College’s view that the relationship the College has with the societies is crucial to our success as a member based organisation. The College’s work is our shared work. These conversations will supplement those already underway around the Model of Collaboration and its formal acknowledgement of our shared roles and work in Education, Policy and Advocacy. Our AMD Council meeting in April will further develop these areas of work, and will provide an opportunity for shared learning with a focus on advocacy.

Medical Education continues to evolve. I’d encourage everyone to read a paper from Dr Marie-Louise Stokes, the RACP’s Director of Education, and colleagues, in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on the role of Entrustable Professional Activities in training new colleagues. Our College, through the expertise of our staff and members, remains at the forefront of medical education in Australia and New Zealand. We should be proud of our efforts in providing world-class training that ensures future physicians are fit for purpose.  

In the same edition of the MJA is an important paper from Dr Jo Flynn, Chair of the Medical Board of Australia, on revalidation. This issue will become more significant for all members in both Australia and New Zealand in the years to come. Be assured that the College is positioned on the front lines of the work being done to ensure a viable and effective form of revalidation/recertification in both countries.
 
Please take a moment to read through our piece in this ​eBulletin on the achievements of a number of our Fellows in Australia who have been recognised in the Australia Day honours.

Best wishes,
Grant
Associate Professor Grant Phelps
AMD President

Australia Day ​Honours 2017

The 2017 Australia Day Honours recognised the following Adult Medicine Division members for their contribution to and achievements in medicine across many specialties and activities. ​The Adult Medicine Division Council congratulates all of these Fellows.

Officer (AO) in the General Division 

Professor Stephen Colagiuri AO FRACP

Professor David Jamie Cooper AO FRACP

Professor Mark Emmanuel Cooper AO FRACP

Professor Leon Flicker AO FRACP

Professor Gwendolyn Lesley Gilbert AO FRACP

Dr John Graeme Sloman AO AM FRACP

Professor Andrew Justin Stewart Coats AO FRACP

Member (AM) in the General Division

Dr Philip Ernest Harding AM FRACP

Clinical Professor Harry Jack Iland AM FRACP

Conjoint Associate Professor Sandra Ariella Lowe AM FRACP

Professor Lynette Margaret March AM FRACP FAFPHM

Professor Andrew Mark Scott AM FRACP

Professor Christopher Semsarian AM FRACP

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

Dr John Murray Flynn OAM FRACP

Clinical Professor Gregory Ronald Fulcher OAM FRACP

Dr John Richard Graham OAM FRACP

Associate Professor Gary Edward Richardson OAM FRACP

Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM FRACP

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine update

Work is quickly progressing on the International Medicine in Addiction Conference as the event draws closer. I encourage you to register for the premier addiction conference for medical practitioners and allied clinicians in Asia and Oceania. It will be held in Sydney from 24 to 26 March. The RACP will be the lead convenor for the next conference in 2019 and work is underway to determine where this will be held. 

As part of our 2017 work plan, we hope to gradually expand our information evenings with the aim to raise awareness of the specialty and attract more trainees to study Addiction Medicine. A successful event was run last year in Sydney and we hope to rollout a Chapter-sponsored event in another Australian city in 2017. 

Other priorities include the Model of Collaboration with our specialty society The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD), the FRACP pathway and Vocational Scope of Practice in New Zealand.

As a member of the Medicinal Cannabis Reference Group, I’m pleased that the group is being proactive providing feedback on draft legislation, regulations and policies. The Chapter has been approached by Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee seeking assistance with their Inquiry into Drug Law Reform. The Chapter plans to work with the Faculty of Public Health Medicine on this matter.

An issue of particular interest to the AChAM during the ongoing development of our Evolve list of top five low value practices is benzodiazepines. It is critical that we achieve consensus around benzodiazepine prescribing across the relevant medical groups. 

I also wanted to take the opportunity to note the update on the proposal for the rescheduling of codeine products announced prior to Christmas. 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed that products containing codeine will not be able to be sold over the counter in pharmacies, making such products available via prescription only. The change is effective from 1 February 2018 and there will be no change to the availability of products occurring before this time. 

The Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on 15 March by teleconference.

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds
AChAM President 

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine update

The communique reporting on the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) Committee October 2016 meeting is now available. A number of training-related matters have been addressed after some lengthy discussion at the meeting. 

The Chapter Committee will meet on 17 February via teleconference and we will soon be recruiting for our new Spirituality Training Working Party. 

Our priorities for 2017 are to further develop spirituality training, contribute to the AMD workforce strategy, further involvement with the promotion and dissemination of the Palliative Medicine Evolve list of top five low value practices, engage with the Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party, and work with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) on the Model of Collaboration schedule which will detail the relationship between the Chapter and the specialty society. 

We are always looking for content for this bulletin and with our dedicated Chapter section I encourage you to consider a feature article on an area of interest to Palliative Medicine members and the wider RACP community. Please email your ideas to me at PallMed@racp.edu.au

Dr Simon Allan
AChPM President 
 

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine update

The 2017 AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is fast-approaching and I encourage all AChSHM members or those with an interest in Sexual Health Medicine to attend. This is our annual opportunity to come together and network with our peers. Planning for the 2018 ASM will commence shortly, with Melbourne currently being considered for the host city.  

We are in the process of finalising our review of AChSHM Foundation awards with a suite of monetary and non-monetary awards under consideration including some amendments to the Research Entry Scholarship, a proposed new study grant, the Penelope Lowe and Jan Edwards Prizes and several awards recognising outstanding contribution to education and training, research and our field overall.

Chapter priorities for 2017 include member engagement strategies for the next election cycle, the Sexually Transmitted Infections Working Party, current and future Annual Scientific Meetings and Trainees’ Days, participation in the AMD workforce project and the Model of Collaboration with our specialty society ASHA. 

The AChSHM Committee will meet on 2 March for our first meeting of 2017.

Dr Graham Neilsen
AChSHM President 
 

Save the Date – AChPM Communication Skills Workshop

Date: Monday, 24 to Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Venue: RACP Office, Sydney

We are delighted to offer the 2017 Palliative Medicine Communication Skills Workshop.

Th​is workshop offers a three day experiential learning opportunity run by experienced facilitators in teaching communication skills with the aid of simulated patients. This will enable you to develop and enhance your communication with patients, their families and with other health workers.

This course was highly rated in feedback from previous workshops.

The workshop will take place in Sydney at the RACP office on Monday, 24 to Wednesday, 26 July 2017 inclusive. Places are limited and priority will be given to currently enrolled trainees in Palliative Medicine and Fellows of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine.

The format will be learner-centred involving a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, role play and feedback in carefully facilitated groups in an environment of mutual respect and a willingness to share ideas and experiences.

The course is suitable for all ​Advanced ​Trainees in Palliative Medicine, as well as Fellows and those training in other specialties who have an interest in further developing their communication skills.

Further details regarding the course fee and registration will be available shortly.

Please contact PalliativeMedTraining@racp.edu.au if you have any questions. 

Congress 2017 Early Bird Registration – two days to go

Don’t miss out, there ​are only ​two days left to register at the early bird rate for RACP Congress 2017. 

RACP Congress 2017 marks the beginning of a new era for Congress, a flagship event and meeting place for all physicians. Congress has been the College’s ‘stand-out’ annual event since 1939, bringing physicians together to celebrate medical progress and achievement, shape healthcare policy, accelerate education and training and enhance patient care. 

The new ‘shared interests’ focus of Congress 2017 is a landmark response to RACP research on the needs and interests of its 25,000 members. The answer was loud and clear and is summarised succinctly in the Congress 2017 slogan, Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills. 

Congress 2017 is an opportunity for you to: 

  • learn about medical breakthroughs
  • hear the latest clinical updates 
  • join the conversations on the ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all physicians; obesity, disability, cognitive bias and medicinal cannabis 
  • attend high energy, cross-disciplinary think tanks 
  • network with global thinkers and healthcare leaders, socialise with peers and forge new professional ties 
  • getaway and explore all that Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has to offer.
View the Congress program at www.racpcongress.com.au

Join the 2017 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course – part of the RACP Online Professionalism Program

Diagnosis is one of the most difficult cognitive tasks in medicine, it is also the first step in informing clinical management decisions. 

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course.

This course will: 

  • enhance your understanding of decision making during diagnosis in complex clinical environments
  • increase your understanding of potential system and cognitive factors that can impact accurate diagnostic decision making within clinical practice
  • teach you methods to identify, learn from and reduce diagnostic errors in clinical practice.

This version of the Diagnostic Error Qstream Course has been modified based on participant feedback from the first two courses run in 2016. The revised course includes an emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection. There will also be greater opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction with other participants.

The RACP Online Professionalism Program is delivered using Qstream, a spaced learning platform developed by Harvard Medical School. Qstream is an interactive and engaging way to learn with peers. Participation has been shown to increase knowledge retention, change on-the-job behaviours and improve patient outcomes.

Participants are emailed case studies, based on real-life clinical scenarios, at spaced intervals. The case studies are designed with the aim of challenging physician thinking and enhancing professional practice.

The course will run from late March to May and takes as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week to complete via email. 

Register for the 2017 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course online today. Places are limited.

Registrations close Wednesday, 15 March 2017, or earlier if full. 

Registration is open to RACP Fellows and Advanced ​Trainees.

The RACP Online Professionalism Program is FREE for RACP members and counts towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

If you have questions about this course or the RACP Online Professionalism Program please email sppp@racp.edu.au.

University of Sydney and University of Washington joint HIV and STIs Short Course

The University of Sydney and University of Washington are jointly hosting a short course in HIV and STIs immediately following the AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and Trainees’ Day. The event will take place from Monday, 20 to Wednesday 22 March 2017. Attendees at the ASM may consider staying on for one to three days to access some further education in these important areas. For further information, please visit the University of Sydney website

Hepatitis C Surveillance Queensland 

The Communicable Diseases Branch of Queensland Health is implementing a surveillance system for newly acquired cases of hepatitis C (infection acquired within the previous 24 months). As part of this process, QLD Health will soon commence faxing surveillance forms to the diagnosing clinicians of these cases, requesting information on reasons for testing and presence of known risk factors for hepatitis C infection.

For further information, please contact Dr Stephen Lambert, Medical Director, Epidemiology & Research Unit at stephen.lambert@health.qld.gov.a​u.

Register today: RACP New Zealand Trainees’ Forum 2017

Registrations for the RACP New Zealand Trainees’ Forum 2017 are open. The event will be held on Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 March 2017 in Wellington.

RACP New Zealand President Dr Jonathan Christiansen and RACP Paediatrics & Child Health Division President Dr Sarah Dalton are just two of the many inspiring speakers. Presentations will be delivered on topics including mentoring, mindfulness and end-of-life care.

This two day event will feature a new workshop session – ‘Research Kickstart’ – on the Friday afternoon. This session has been designed to equip trainees with basic skills and insider tips on executing successful and meaningful research projects during their training.

An orientation session aimed at Basic Trainees who are just beginning on their RACP training journey will run alongside the ‘Research Kickstart’ workshop.

Venue: Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington Waterfront
Date: Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 March 2017
Cost: NZ$315 per person (including GST). You may be eligible for reimbursement from your District Health Board.
Registration: For more information and to register visit the RACP New Zealand Trainees' Forum 2017 website.

Step back in time with the Pomegranate podcast

The latest episode of Pomegranate – the RACP's medical podcast – takes you back two hundred years with tales of the conditions at the Sydney colony's first hospital and overflowing graveyards. 

In the episode Dr Fiona Starr from Sydney Living Museums retells colourful accounts of the colony’s first general hospital, better known as the Rum Hospital. It was built in 1816 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who saw an urgent need to maintain the health of the convict workforce. Peter Curson, Emeritus Professor in Population and Health at Macquarie University, describes the worst infectious diseases that struck the colony over the 19th century, from the measles outbreak that killed over a thousand children to the plague epidemic that caused panic and social conflict. And, City of Sydney Council historian, Dr Lisa Murray discusses the perennial problem of where to bury the dead in an era of incredibly high mortality. 

This podcast was recorded at the ‘Our Healthy Heritage’ seminar series hosted quarterly by the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.

Download or stream Pomegranate podcasts on iTunes or  Android, or listen online

2017–2018 Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program Requirements Handbooks now available

The 2017–2018 Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program Requirements Handbooks are available on the RACP Basic Training and Advanced Training web pages.

The 2017–2018 handbooks apply to all trainees registered in a PREP program in 2017 and/or 2018.

Training education committees evaluate training requirements every two years to ensure that they are in line with educational best practice. 

It is the trainee’s responsibility to ensure that they follow the correct handbook and are aware of the current program requirements.

Health in All Policies Position Statement

On Tuesday, 20 December 2016 the College launched its Health in All Policies (HiAP) Position Statement (PDF 919KB).

The Position Statement is an introduction to HiAP for physicians and other health professionals, encouraging them to consider how HiAP tools can address the social determinants of health and influence the prevention, treatment and trajectory of illness (physical and mental).

The HiAP Position Statement and more information about the College’s work in this area can be found on the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine policy page.

Important changes to the 2017 MyCPD Framework 

The following changes to the 2017 MyCPD Framework have been implemented by the CPD Committee and College Education Committee.

In the interest of simplifying the MyCPD Framework and promoting practice review and improvement activities in preparation for revalidation: 

  • the word ‘Appraisal’ has been replaced with ‘Improvement’ in the ‘Practice Review and Improvement’ category
  • Framework categories have been reordered according to credit weighting, with ‘Practice Review and Improvement’ on top (worth three credits per hour)
  • the previous category 3 ‘Self-Assessment Programs’ has been merged into category 2 ‘Assessed Learning’.

To more accurately reflect educational value:

  • the ‘Assessed Learning’ category has been reduced from three credits per hour, to two credits per hour
  • ‘Participation in the RACP Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP)’ has been moved into the ‘Practice Review & Improvement’ category
  • ‘Specialty specific scientific meetings’ at two credits per hour has been removed from the ‘Group Learning Activities’ category.

In response to Fellow feedback:

  • ‘Committee/working group/council involvement’ has been added as an example under the ‘Educational Development, Teaching & Research’ category
  • ‘Regular Practice Review’ and ‘Multi Source Feedback (MSF)’ have been added as examples under the ‘Practice Review & Improvement’ category.
Download the 2017 MyCPD Framework and feel free to contact the CPD team with any questions on (AU) 1300 69 7227 or MyCPD@racp.edu.au, or (NZ) 0508 69 7227, or MyCPD@racp.org.nz

Therapeutic Goods Administration Medicines Safety Update on Antidepressants 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published an article regarding the importance of effectively communicating to patients the potential risks and benefits of treatment with antidepressants. 

The article can be found in the October – December 2016 issue of Medicines Safety Update on the TGA website

Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drug (MHAOD) Workforce Development Framework – Queensland

The Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drug (MHAOD) Workforce Development Framework is being developed by the Queensland Department of Health to set out the vision, priorities and strategies for development of the workforce. Your input is needed to develop a robust and relevant Workforce Development Framework. 

The Workforce Development Framework will be guided by the strategic directions and priorities identified in Connecting Care to Recovery 2016-2021: A plan for Queensland’s State-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services (Connecting Care to Recovery 2016-2026). 

To assist in developing the Framework mental health, alcohol and other drugs professionals and other key bodies are invited to participate in the consultation process. There are a number of options for contribution: 

  • Online survey - The survey will be open until Friday, 3 March, 2017. The survey responses are anonymous and identifying information will not be published. Click here to access the survey.
  • Workshops - You can nominate to participate in a workshop with other key stakeholders. Workshops will be held in: 
    • Cairns on Wednesday, 15 February
    • Brisbane on Friday, 17 February and Thursday, 23 February 
    • Sunshine Coast Friday 24, February. 

    Click here for more information and to register your interest

  • Webinars with Question and Answer sessions – three state-wide webinars will be hosted based on themes which emerge from the workshops and interviews. More information on the topics and time of webinars will be available in the coming weeks. If you would like to find out more about the webinars please send an email to Deloitte Access Economics.
If you have any questions, please contact Deloitte Access Economics at MHAODWDFcontact@deloitte.com.au or + 61 7 3308 7567. 

RACP Foundation Awards and Prizes

RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize

This prize is for medical students, junior medical officers and physician trainees who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori descent. 

The prize includes: 

  • return economy airfares from home town to the RACP Congress
  • up to three nights’ accommodation 
  • full ​trainee registration (four days) or Medical Student Registration (four days).
Applications close Monday, 27 February 2017. 

Find out more on the RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize page.

Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine 

Abstracts are now being accepted for: 

Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine – Fellow

Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine – Trainee

Abstracts may be submitted via the College Congress website.

Applications close Sunday, 12 March 2017.

​Expressions of Interest

EOI: Training Committee in Sexual Health Medicine, closes 17 February 2017 

The Training Committee (TC) in Sexual Health Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for three vacant positions:  

  • current AChSHM Advanced Trainees are welcome to apply for the position of Trainee Representative
  • AChSHM Fellows who are practising in New Zealand are welcome to apply for the position of New Zealand Representative all AChSHM Fellows are welcome to apply for the position of Appointed Member.

The TC oversees Advanced Training in Sexual Health Medicine in Australia and New Zealand and meets three times per year – one teleconference and two face-to-face meetings in Sydney.  

The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Jane Hoare via email on shmedtraining@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. 

EOIs are due by COB Friday, 17 February 2017.

EOI: Training Committee in Addiction Medicine, closes 17 February 2017 

The Training Committee in Addiction Medicine (TCAM) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for two vacant positions:
  • current AChAM Advanced Trainees are welcome to apply for the position of Trainee Representative
  • all AChAM Fellows are welcome to apply for the position of Appointed Member.

The TCAM oversees Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine in Australia and New Zealand and meets three times per year via two teleconferences and one face-to-face meeting in Sydney. 

The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Jane Hoare via email on addictionmedtraining@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. 

EOIs are due by COB Friday, 17 March 2017.

EOI: Medical Council of New Zealand Education Committee vocational trainee member, closes 27 February 2017  

The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) is currently seeking to appoint a vocational trainee member to its Education Committee. The Education Committee advises and recommends to Council ways to promote medical education and training in New Zealand. To assist the Education Committee in undertaking this important role, Council has resolved to appoint one consumer of vocational medical education to be a member of the Committee.

Applicants must be a trainee formally enrolled and participating in a vocational training program accredited by Council. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of Council’s role as a medical regulator, have an interest in the improvement and provision of medical education in New Zealand, and be able to participate constructively in discussion around educational matters. 

The successful candidate will be appointed for three years (or at the completion of their vocation training, whichever comes first). The vocational trainee member would be required to attend committee meetings at Council offices in Wellington on a quarterly basis. 

Trainees interested in this role should send a covering letter and CV by email to equirke@mcnz.org.nz by 2pm Monday, 27 February 2017. If you require any further information, please contact Eleanor Quirke, Education Coordinator via equirke@mcnz.org.nz

EOI: Committee for Joint College Training in Haematology, closes 28 February 2017 

The Committee for Joint College Training (CJCT) in Haematology is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from haematology trainees to join the CJCT as Advanced Training Representative. There is currently one vacancy. The CJCT oversees Advanced Training in Haematology.

The CJCT meets 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 Lanica Alonzo via email on Haematology@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. 

EOIs are due by COB Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

EOI: Adult Medicine Division Trainee Representative on Accreditation Subcommittee, closes 3 March 2017 

Expressions of Interest from Adult Medicine Division trainees to join the Accreditation Subcommittee of the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee (AMDEC) are now being accepted.

The accreditation of hospitals and other training settings for Basic Physician Training is an essential activity that ensures high quality training environments for tomorrow’s physicians. Members of AMDEC are responsible for all aspects of accreditation for Basic Training.  

The Subcommittee is a committed group who work collaboratively and is comprised of Adult Medicine Division representatives from each state with experience in Basic Physician Training as well as being specialists in their own subspecialty.

The term of office is for up to two years, with the option to serve for a maximum of six years. The Subcommittee meets via teleconference twice yearly, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The Subcommittee and the Division are seeking applications from trainees with a particular interest in Accreditation.

The dates of the Subcommittee meetings in 2017 are as follows:

  • Monday, 6 March 2017 5pm to 6.30pm (teleconference)
  • Monday, 22 May 2017 10am to 4pm (face-to-face)
  • Monday, 28 August 2017 5pm to 6.30pm (teleconference)
  • Monday, 20 November 2017 10am to 4pm (face-to-face).
To submit an Expression of Interest please contact RACP Senior Executive Officer, Margaret Harburg, at Margaret.harburg@racp.edu.au by COB Friday 3 March 2017.

EOI: Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, closes 6 March 2017

The Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) is a national body comprising three representatives each from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

It recognises the training of endoscopists who have completed their training in Australia or who are now practising in Australia.

The RACP is calling for expressions of interest from Adult Medicine Gastroenterologists located in a rural area for a vacancy on the CCRTGE. In relation to the current vacancy, an applicant must:
  • be a Fellow of the College who is a member of the Adult Medicine Division of the RACP 
  • be a CCRTGE certified endoscopist
  • be willing to provide a short written report regarding the operations of the CCRTGE to the Dean of the College on a regular basis
  • have sufficient time and be personally committed to contributing in a positive and proactive manner to the Conjoint Committee
     
The term of office for this position is three years. A member is eligible to seek reappointment by their parent body for two further consecutive three year terms.

The Committee is required to meet in person at least twice in each calendar year, with provision to meet more often by phone if necessary.  This position commences at the November 2017 meeting – the current incumbent will also attend to ensure a smooth transition of corporate knowledge.

If this interests you please consider submitting an Expression of Interest form and brief CV to Adult.Med@racp.edu.au by COB Monday, 6 March 2017. 

EOI: National Health Genomics Policy Framework Consultation Forums, Closes 8 March 2017 

The Commonwealth Department of Health are holding a series of consultation forums to get feedback on the draft National Health Genomics Policy Framework, which is an approach to integrate genomics into the health system over time.

  • Canberra Monday, 13 February 2017
  • Brisbane Wednesday, 15 February 2017
  • Melbourne Monday, 20 February 2017
  • Perth Thursday, 23 February 2017
  • Sydney Monday, 27 February 2017
  • Adelaide ​Friday, 3 March 2017
Go to the Department of Health website for more information on the Framework and to register for the Forums. Closes Wednesday, 8 March 2017.

EOI: Advanced Training Committee – Gastroenterology, closes 10 May 2017 

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 Expression of Interest please contact RACP Education Officer, Gabi Harding, at gastroenterology@racp.edu.au. All Expressions of interest must be received by COB Wednesday, 10 May 2017.

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.

Thyroid Ultrasound, 17 February 2017, Melbourne 

Venue: AMREP Seminar Room, Alfred Hospital
Date: Friday, 17 February 2017

For more information and to register, visit the Ultrasound Training Solutions website.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Annual Paediatric Palliative Care Symposium, 2 March 2017, Sydney

Venue: Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Date: Thursday, 2 March 2017

For more information, visit the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network website

Alfred Allergy Symposium 2017, 18 March 2017, Melbourne 

Venue: AM / REP Seminar Room, Alfred Hospital
Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017

For more information and to register, visit the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network website.

Western Sydney University’s Macarthur Series in Immunology, 18 March 2017, Sydney 

Venue: School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus 
Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017

Program and online seminar registration ​can be viewed via the Western Sydney University website

2017 ASID Annual Scientific Meeting - Infectious Disease into the Future, 29 March to 1 April 2017, Blue Mountains 

Venue: Fairmont Resort, Leura
Date:  Wednesday, 29 March to Saturday, 1 April 2017

For more information, visit the ASID website.

Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 (ANZSGM 2017), 10 to 12 May 2017, New Zealand 

Venue: Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand
Date: Wednesday, 10 to Friday, 12 May 2017

For more information, visit the ANZSGM ASM website.

Ultrasound for General Medicine Three Day Course, 13 to 15 June 2017, Melbourne 

Venue: Ultrasound Training Solutions, Melbourne 
Date: Tuesday, 13 to Thursday, 15 June 2017

For more information, visit the Ultrasound Training Solutions website

The Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine’s 15th Biennial Conference, 11 to 14 July 2017, Melbourne 

Venue: Australia Catholic University, Fitzroy Campus
Date: Tuesday, 11 to Friday, 14 July 2017

For more information, visit the ANZSHM Conference website.

The 2017 Australian Winter School Conference, 27 and 28 July 2017, Brisbane 

Venue: Mercure Hotel Brisbane
Date: Thursday, 27 and Friday, 28 July 2017

For more information, visit the Australian Winter School Conference website

18th International Mental Health Conference, 21 to 23 August 2017, Gold Coast

Venue: Conference Centre, Sea World Resort
Date: Monday, 21 to Wednesday, 23 August 2017

For more information, visit the conference website.

Investigating current and future education and training needs of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine 

RACP members are invited to participate in a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded study that is gathering perspectives on current and future education and training of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine. 

The researchers are interested in identifying gaps and opportunities in education and training activities for the workforce in genomic medicine, and gaining a better understanding of the needs of those involved in delivering genomics in health care. 

Participation would involve an interview at a time and place convenient to you, face-to-face or via telephone, and either individual or in a group. The project team may also contact you to clarify some points after the interview; if so, this would be by phone or email.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Project Officer, Belinda McClaren on +61 3 8341 6415 or at belinda.mcclaren@mcri.edu.au

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