AMD eBulletin - 16 December 2016

President's Post 

As 2016 comes to an end I hope that like me, many AMD members have felt the positive effects of the College’s efforts to better serve us as members.  The recent launch of MyRACP is a great example of this momentum; through this initiative members will continue to notice improvements in how the College communicates and in website functionality.  

With its broad member base and as the biggest segment of the College, AMD is central to this momentum and we continue to work closely and effectively with our specialty societies to ensure that the College is relevant and effective. 2017 should see the culmination of discussions with the societies regarding the Model of Collaboration, reflecting the work we share in training and supporting members, advocating for our communities, and the opportunities we have to collaborate in continuing professional development (CPD).  

As an example of this, I’m delighted that in 2017 the College will gradually expand its 2016 Specialty Society webinar service pilot through a competitive application process to up to ten of the fifty two Specialty Societies which are affiliated with the College through the Model of Collaboration. The ten successful societies will each be able to develop and provide CPD content to their members via a series of five live webinars. The College will record the live webinars, and share the content with the broader College membership via the College website. More information about this will be circulated to specialty societies in January 2017. 

Another example is the AMD’s joint RACP/Specialty Society Forum which brings together college staff and society staff to share information and resolve issues, and to provide an opportunity for effective networking. This week we delivered a Governance seminar to this forum, and in the first quarter of 2017 we will deliver one on using social media. Society staff report that these are really valuable sessions.

In 2017, I am keen for us to continue working to ensure that AMD members feel a connection with the College and the work of the Division. Our first face-to-face Adult Medicine Division Council meeting in April will be an opportunity for the broad representative base of the AMD Council to discuss a range of issues that have been raised around diversity, the leadership capacity of physicians and of course supporting our world class training activities. 

I am also very pleased to announce that Dr Muhammad Mowjood has been awarded the Bryan Hudson Medal for the best overall performance in the 2016 RACP Written and Clinical Examinations in Adult Medicine. On behalf of the members of the Adult Medicine Division of the College, I congratulate Dr Mowjood on this achievement.  

 In closing, I encourage you to look at the update on our Congress 2017 program in this eBulletin and encourage you to join me in Melbourne next year. 

I’d also like to thank our Division staff for their assistance during 2016. Lisa Penlington, Vanessa Wood and Rosanna Askar provide able support and without them the work of the Division simply would not function.  Can I also thank our Divisional Executive for their wise counsel and assistance.  2017 is shaping up well.

Finally on a sad note, I attended the funeral of our colleague Professor Nick Antic in Adelaide last week. Nick was a truly gifted sleep physician and researcher who worked tirelessly to improve the care of his patients, and was instrumental in putting the relationship of the Australasian Sleep Association and the College on a firm and effective footing. Elsewhere in this bulletin, you will find a formal obituary for Nick.

As this is the last eBulletin for the year I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Christmas and a festive New Year.

I look forward to working with and for you in 2017.
Best wishes

Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division

Vale Nicholas “Nick” Antic

It is with great sadness we write about the passing of Past President of the Australasian Sleep Association Professor Nicholas “Nick” Antic, who died peacefully recently after a long battle with cancer. 

Nick was Clinical Director of the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health and a Staff Specialist in Sleep and Respiratory Medicine at Repatriation General Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre. He also had a close relationship with the Flinders University where the Dean of the School of Medicine recently paid tribute to him. 

Nick was the ​Past President of the Australasian Sleep Association and was a member of the Adult Medicine Division Council from 2014 to 2016. The son of a respiratory and sleep physician, Nick took an early interest in sleep, medicine and sport.  He rapidly developed a reputation for his teaching, mentoring, promotion of teamwork, and encyclopaedic recall of facts both medical and non-medical. 

He was widely known and respected globally for his research into aspects of Sleep Medicine and his important work, presented in his uniquely entertaining style, which made him a highly sought after speaker both nationally and internationally. 

Well-liked and respected by those who met him, Nick never lost his trademark sense of humour or his sense of commitment and dedication to his patients. 
From all of us at the RACP we offer our sincerest condolences to Nick’s family and friends, he will be truly missed. Vale.

Specialty Society Spotlight – Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand

The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) aims to promote research, best clinical practice and advocacy to improve outcomes and increase access to organ transplantation in Australia and New Zealand. The Society brings together transplantation professionals in medicine and science that share common ideals and principles.

What are your society’s top three priorities?

  • maximising access to transplantation for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) citizens and residents who have organ failure
  • maximising outcomes of transplantation in ANZ through best clinical practice, informed by research and education 
  • providing leadership for transplant professionals in ANZ, promoting best practice, education, research and advocacy.

Are there any challenges?

  • improving organ donation rates for transplantation, from both deceased and living donors
  • promoting quality research in a climate of diminishing funding opportunities
  • support of the role of women in science and transplantation.

What are your society’s top three achievements?

  • production of the Clinical Guidelines and accompanying The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ethical Guidelines in 2016
  • contribution to the greater than 50% improvement in donation rates of organs from deceased donors for transplantation in Australia since 2009
  • establishment of the Josette Eris Award for Women in Transplantation, to support early-mid level women working in transplantation.
For further information on the TSANZ please visit their website.​

Presentation of Congress Medals to AMD’s 2016 Orators 

This year’s AMD orators at Congress were Professor John Mills AO and past RACP President, Professor John Chalmers AC, who presented the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration and the Cottrell Memorial Lecture respectively. AMD President Associate Professor Grant Phelps presented oration medals to Professor Mills in October at the College’s Melbourne office, and to Professor Chalmers in August in the Council Room at the College’s Sydney office (pictured below).
Professor Mills is an internationally-respected physician, scientist and businessman whose research interests have included bacterial endocarditis, altitude sickness, viral infections including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, herpes simplex virus, cytomegalovirus, HIV and prostate cancer. He currently holds an Emeritus Professorship at Monash University and professorial positions at RMIT and the University of California, San Francisco.

Professor Chalmers has an outstanding record in hypertension research, both fundamental and clinical. His research led to his election to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, and helped establish Flinders University as a leading international centre in hypertension and neuroscience research, where he was the foundation Professor of Medicine. 

His studies have changed the way patients are treated throughout the world, and his work has been acknowledged through the award of many Honorary Doctoral degrees and appointments on national and international boards and advisory committees. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in 1991 and awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 in recognition of services to medical science and to Australian society. He remains an active researcher at The George Institute Australia, where he holds the title of Senior Director. 
John Mills Professor John Mills AO and Associate Professor Grant Phelps John Chalmers Professor John Chalmers AC and Associate Professor Grant Phelps

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

This year has been an eventful and busy one for our Chapter, and has included the milestone introduction of new, dedicated Medicare item numbers for Addiction Medicine. 2016 also saw the successful launch of the joint RACP/Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Alcohol Policy in March as well as a number of contributions to important policy and advocacy matters like submissions around the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre and the Public Health (Tobacco Free Generation) Amendment Bill (2014), which was introduced into the Upper House of the Tasmanian Parliament by Ivan Dean, Independent Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council.

We are busily preparing our list of low-value clinical practices for review by the wider Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) membership under the RACP Evolve initiative and preparations are ramping up for the upcoming International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference in March 2017, which promises to be even better than previous IMiA conferences.  

We welcomed a number of new members to the AChAM Committee, including a New Zealand Branch Chair to reconnect with our New Zealand colleagues.

Finally, I wish to thank the Committee and my Addiction Medicine colleagues for all their contributions over the course of the year and wish you a wonderful holiday period. 

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds
AChAM President

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

The Chapter has delivered on a number of its key objectives in 2016 with highlights including:  
  • new Medical Oncology term changes effective for trainees commencing study in 2017. These changes to training terms 4 and 5 allow for broader training experiences through a related specialty round and a broader oncology round
  • assisting the development of the End​-of​-Life Care Position Statement and representation on the Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Death Working Party
  • approval to establish a working party in 2017 to develop a strategy for delivery of spiritualty training
  • work to increase the capacity of the Communication Skills Workshops
  • A successful Fellows’ Update held at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) Conference in September.
We have welcomed several new members to the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) Committee after the May handover period, and have continued to work collaboratively with ANZSPM. I’d like to thank my colleagues for all their hard work and commitment over this past year. 

On behalf of the AChPM Committee, I hope you have a restful and refreshing holiday period and we look forward to continued engagement in 2017.  

Dr Simon Allan
AChPM President

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine 

As this year draws to a close, I would like to take an opportunity to thank all Fellows and trainees who have contributed to the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) in 2016. 

We successfully delivered the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting and inaugural Trainees’ Day in February, and preparations are well underway for the 2017 events to be held in Sydney on 18 and 19 March respectively. The ASM Organising Committee has developed an exciting program and I look forward to seeing you all there. Make sure you register and continue to promote the meeting to your sexual health colleagues. This year’s theme Rise to the Challenge reflects the challenges our specialty faces now and in the future. Further information can be found on the ASM website

We have also established the Sexually Transmitted Infection in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Working Party, with representatives from Public Health Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory as well as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC) nominated representative. The Working Party will meet early in the new year.  

The Chapter has been busy in policy and advocacy, contributing to a submission on testosterone prescribing, and consultation on the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) Position Statement. The Chapter also appointed a representative to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Working Group for a Clinical Care Standard on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.

I would also like to congratulate the winner of this year’s Jan Edwards Prize, Dr Danae Kent which was presented at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in November.

On behalf of the Chapter Committee, I’d like to wish you all an enjoyable festive season and Happy New Year.

Dr Graham Neilsen
AChSHM President

PaCCSC Delirium Study Results 

The Palliative Care Clinical Trial Collaborative (PaCCSC) is a network of researchers around Australia who undertake investigator initiated medication trials in patients with life limiting illnesses. PaCCSC is pleased to announce the publication of results from a recently completed large phase III clinical trial which has found that palliative patients prescribed antipsychotic medications had worse symptoms and were more likely to die.

The manuscript titled: Efficacy of Oral Risperidone, Haloperidol, or Placebo for Symptoms of Delirium Among Patients in Palliative Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial by Meera Agar and colleagues, was published ahead of print on 5th December 2016 in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Internal Medicine. 

The aim of this study was to determine if the antipsychotic medications, risperidone or haloperidol, offer additional benefit in reducing distressing delirium symptoms when compared to focusing treatment on the underlying medical condition and non-medication supportive measures.

The abstract can be viewed on the JAMA website. If you would like to view a copy of the published paper, please email 

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 ​and 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 ​and Research’ category
  • ‘Regular Practice Review’ and ‘Multi Source Feedback (MSF)’ have been added as examples under the ‘Practice Review ​and Improvement’ category.

Download the 2017 MyCPD Framework.

Please contact the CPD team at if you have any questions.

RACP Congress 2017 – program update

RACP Congress 2017 will be building on the engaging presentation at Congress 2016 by Sir Henry (Harry) Burns, with a plenary session further exploring the social determinants of health and how doctors can change the world. Sir Harry’s 2016 presentation is available to view on the RACP Congress 2017 website.

Your Adult Medicine Division Congress journey will include a session on ethics featuring three case studies, two of which focus on end-of-life care. The session will be presented by Associate Professor Brian Le, palliative care physician and medical oncologist and Director of Palliative Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital along with Dr Linda Sheahan, Palliative Care Medical Specialist at the University of Sydney.

The new ‘shared interests’ focus of RACP Congress will bring together the popular clinical and specialty sessions for each Division and Faculty with experts in their field presenting on the ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all specialists including: obesity, disability, cognitive bias and medicinal cannabis.

For more information on our speakers and to view the program visit the Congress 2017 website.

Register here

Inequities in Child Health Online Forum

Would you like to participate in an interactive, facilitated online forum to give your view on inequities in child health?

The online discussion forum will run over three days from Tuesday, 7 to Thursday, 9 February 2017. Registered participants can log in at any time that suits them each day.

The forum aims to seek RACP members’ priorities, experience, and opinions on this issue, including current policy and practice developments and gaps.

Member input through this forum will help to inform the development of the RACP’s advocacy priorities on this issue.

If you would like to participate in the forum please register your details at the Inequities in Child Health Online Forum website.

Please note: A limited number of participants can be accepted.

Inequities in Child Health Position Statement Consultation

A position statement on ‘Inequities in Child Health’ has been developed by the Paediatrics & Child Health Division. 

The Working Group welcomes feedback on the draft position statement by Sunday, 15 January 2017.

The document sets out key principles to tackle the differential outcomes in children’s health, development and wellbeing that are unjust, unnecessary, systematic and preventable in Australia and New Zealand. 

The Working Group welcomes feedback on the draft position statement by Sunday, 15 January 2017. 

For a copy of the position statement email

RACP end of year closure 

RACP offices across Australia will be closed from 5pm Friday, 23 December until Monday, 2 January 2017 (inclusive).

RACP New Zealand office will be closed from 5pm Friday, 23 December until Tuesday, 3 January 2017 (inclusive).

RACP Quarterly December 2016/January 2017

Articles in the December 2016/January 2017 edition of RACP Quarterly include:

  • Getting to the heart of 3D printing
  • Data linkage – sharing public health data for the greater good
  • New treatments for gonorrhoea
  • Seeing inside a stroke
RACP Download RACP Quarterly ​December 2016/​January 2017 (5MB).
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Survey invitation: Antibiotic use and resistance

Practicing Australian doctors are invited to participate in a University of Sydney online research survey on antibiotic use and resistance. The survey explores views on antibiotic use and resistance, education and resource needs. To participate visit the website

The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.  

The findings from this study will assist national policy-makers in revising and enhancing national policy and education interventions about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in Australia. 

For more information, please contact Dale Dominey-Howes at the University of Sydney. Email: Tel: +61 2 9351 6641.

PhD Scholarships at Monash Lung & Sleep Institute, Melbourne

Monash Lung & Sleep Institute offers three PhD Scholarships for 2017-2018. Scholarships are for research into lung/respiratory and sleep disorders with applications closing on 31 December, 2016.

The Scholarships are valued at $A30,000 per year and may be renewable. Respiratory and Sleep Physicians wishing to embark on PhD studies will be given preference. Further information can be obtained from Professor Philip Bardin, Associate Professor Garun Hamilton or Dr Paul King

Trainee News

Basic Sciences in Oncology Course 2017

The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) Medical Portfolio and Cancer Institute NSW (CINSW) will co-host the Basic Sciences in Oncology Course (BSOC) in 2017.

The Basic Sciences in Oncology Course supports ​Advanced ​Trainees in medical, surgical and gynaecological oncology, haematology and palliative medicine. For medical oncology trainees, the recommended time to undertake the course is during advanced training. Other health professionals who are either undertaking study or working within the oncology field are encouraged to enrol.

BSOC is open to participants residing in NSW who can attend face-to-face training days at the Hotel Urban, St Leonards. The course runs on the last Friday of each month from 24 February up to 24 November 2017, with 10 teaching days in all. A certificate of participation will be provided to participants who meet the required 80% attendance at the BSOC course.

Places are limited. Applicants can complete the online registration at the HETI BSOC website. Applications close Monday, 30 January 2017. 

Basic Training reminder

Basic Training annual registrations are open until 28 February 201​7

All Basic Trainees must re-register each year to have their training approved prospectively, and to maintain current and ongoing registration with the RACP. This includes both current Basic Trainees and those on interruption of training.

For information on how to register, please see the RACP website.

Note, as of January 2017 we can no longer accept late applications. 

Your Basic Training Requirements must be complete by 31 January 2017

All 2016 Basic Training requirements including PREP tools and the Basic Training Annual Progress Report must be submitted by the due date to ensure your training year is certified as satisfactorily completed. If you have applied to sit the 2017 Written Exam no extensions will be given to submit the PREP Tools.

Need Help?

Email the Basic Training team, or call us on 1300 My RACP (697 227). Alternatively, you can contact your state Member Support Officer.


Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine (Fellow/Trainee)

Tell people about your research and receive a cash prize. This prize is awarded to a Fellow or trainee in AMD who demonstrates excellence of hypothesis, scientific merit and oral presentation for a poster presentation at the RACP Congress.

Applications close Sunday, 12 March 2017

Visit the link for more details: Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine (Fellow) or Best Poster Prize in Adult Medicine (Trainee)

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 (4 days) or Medical Student Registration (4 days) for Trainees' Day and Congress 2017
Applications close Monday, 27 February 2017

Visit the link for more details: RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize

Expressions of Interest

EOI: NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Aged Care Roundtable, closes 9 January 2017

Do you have a special interest in aged care? Register to represent the RACP on the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Aged Care Roundtable.

The roundtable is primarily a networking and information sharing entity. There is no obligation to collaborate or endorse individual projects or policy positions but engagement with the sector is desirable and there is scope for projects benefitting specialists as well as patients.

The roundtable will meet approximately five times per year with a rotating Chair and host organisation. The first meeting is on Thursday, 2 February 2017.

This opportunity may be of particular interest to geriatricians and general medicine specialists.

If you are interested in representing RACP on this roundtable, email an  EOI form and a copy of your CV to by COB Monday, 9 January 2017.

EOI: Pomegranate Podcast Virtual Editorial Group, closes 15 January 2017

The RACP Learning Support Unit (LSU) is seeking to appoint a group of up to ​12 Fellows and Advanced Trainees to form a Virtual Editorial Group (VEG) for Pomegranate, the CPD podcast of the RACP.

The LSU receives a large number of suggestions for podcast episodes from various College members, committees, and other RACP stakeholders. The VEG is being established to assist with prioritising themes for production and reviewing audio drafts of upcoming episodes. The VEG will report to the CPD Committee.

The VEG will review suggested themes, discuss their applicability for a physician audience, advise which themes should be prioritised, and listen and comment on draft episodes prior to publication. 

No face-to-face meetings will be held. The VEG will ‘meet’ virtually, with correspondence being predominantly via email. The VEG will be contacted by a Project Officer from LSU approximately once per month. 

Anticipated time commitment for the VEG is one hour per month. 

Interested Fellows and Advanced Trainees must submit an EOI form and their CV together with a brief supporting statement (no more than one page) outlining the following:

  • how your qualifications, experience and interests will contribute to the VEG
  • whether you have had any prior experience in an editorial or content reviewer capacity
  • some podcasts you enjoy listening to, either for professional and/or recreational purposes, and why.

Appointed members will be eligible for CPD points for their participation in this group (Category 6).

Expressions of Interest close: Sunday, 15 January 2017. 

For further information email Rebecca Lewis at or phone +61 2 8247 6239. 

About Pomegranate 
Pomegranate is the CPD podcast of the RACP. Once a month, Pomegranate covers issues of social and ethical significance, clinical excellence or matters of good practice and specialist wellbeing. The podcast is produced by the RACP’s Learning Support Unit in consultation with expert peer reviewers. Past episodes, transcripts and further training resources from the podcast are available at

EOI: Australian Digital Health Agency  – Medicines Safety Program Steering Group, closes 19 January 2017

Are you interested in representing the RACP on a new Medicines Safety Program Steering Group, run by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA)?

This newly established agency is tasked with putting data and technology safely to work for consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them. 

The focus of the Medicines Safety Program  is on leveraging technological advancements to address medicines safety issues across care settings. 

Interested RACP members are asked to complete the EOI form and email, along with your CV (as relevant to this position), to by 12pm, Thursday 19 January 2017. 

More information is available on the EOI form.

EOI: Continuing Professional Development Committee Advanced Trainee Representative, closes 21 January 2017

The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPDC) is seeking to appoint an Advanced Trainee (AT) Representative.

The AT representative position on the CPDC was created to improve CPD awareness and support during the transition from Advanced Training to Fellowship. 

Access to MyCPD for all Advanced Trainees is currently being considered and further input from a representative is needed.

The College Education Committee (CEC) established the CPD Committee to:

  • encourage CPD participation
  • work with RACP management to ensure the College’s MyCPD program meets the needs of the Fellowship
  • 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, and recommend program and policy change to CEC where appropriate. This includes special consideration of regulatory changes in New Zealand and working with the NZ CPD Committee on relevant program change
  • identify and facilitate peer review of learning resources suitable for CPD and promote development of learning resources to meet any unmet needs
  • work with the Office of the Dean, other College bodies and Specialty Societies to support Fellows’ ongoing learning.

The CPDC meets face-to-face twice a year and holds three meetings by teleconference. 

The scheduled 2017 meetings are:

  • Friday, 10 March (face-to-face 1​pm to 4pm, Sydney)
  • Friday, 5 May (teleconference 1pm to 3pm AEST)
  • Friday, 14 July (teleconference 1pm to 3pm AEST)
  • Friday, 22 September (face-to-face 1​pm to 4pm, Sydney)
  • Friday, 17 November (teleconference 1pm to 3pm AEDT).

How ​to apply
Interested Advanced Trainees are asked to complete and submit an EOI form along with ​their CV by email to 

For more details phone Elyce Pyzhov, CPD Senior Education Officer, on +64 2 8076 6307 or email

Applications close: Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

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 (3) 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 to obtain an EOI form. 
EOIs are due by COB Friday, 17 February 2017.

EOI: ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel, closes 10 February 2017

The ACT Government is currently advertising for Expressions of Interest for a new key advisory body  - the ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel (the MCMAP).  The MCMAP is being established following the announcement on 4 August, 2016 by the ACT Minister for Health to appoint two expert advisory committees in relation to the introduction of an evidence-based Medicinal Cannabis Scheme in the ACT.  

The first of these, the MCMAP, is being established to provide critical clinical advice to the ACT Medicines Advisory Committee and ACT Chief Health Officer on issues relating to medicinal cannabis including appropriate conditions, dose, form, mode of administration and strength.  Accordingly, we are seeking those with expertise or specialist experience in Toxicology; Pharmacology and drug dosing; Pain management; Palliative care; and General Practice. It is anticipated that applicants will be Canberra-based or practice in Canberra.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an EOI of no longer than two pages detailing their professional experience as it relates to cannabis. Candidates should also attach a short curriculum vitae and bio detailing experience and all appointments or employment held.
Requests for further information or enquiries can be directed via email to the ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel Secretariat at 

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 (2) 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 to obtain an EOI form. 
EOIs are due by COB Friday, 17 March 2017.

​Career Opportunities

New South Wales 

Staff Specialist or VMO Cardiologist/General Physician, Tamworth Hospital 
Enquiries: Dr Simon O'Connor, +61 2 6767 8755 or simon.o’  
Applications close: Sunday, 8 January 2017 


Addiction Medicine Specialist, Footscray Hospital
Enquiries: Ruben Ruolle, +61 3 8345 6682
Applications close: Monday, 19 December 2016

Western Australia 

Outreach services – Endocrinology, closes 31 January, 2017
360 Health and Community are seeking an endocrinologist to provide four one-day visits to the Ashfield community between January and June 2017. These outreach visits are provided through their Street Doctor Mobile GP Clinic. Recruitment will start immediately therefore early expressions of interest are welcome. 

If you are interested in this opportunity or receiving communications for future outreach opportunities, please email your contact details to Ms Kristy Law – Program Officer, Outreach in the Outback at or phone + 61 8 6389 4500.

C​onferences 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.

4th International Workshop on Lung Health, 19 to 21 January 2017, Budapest

Venue: Budapest Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
Date: Thursday, 19 to Saturday, 21 January 2017

For more information, visit the International Workshop on Lung Health website.

Cancer Survivorship 2017, 2 to 3 February 2017, Adelaide 

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide
Date: Thursday, 2 and Friday, 3 February 2017

For more information and to register, see the Survivorship website.  

2017 Public Health Summer School Program, 7 to 24 February 2017, Otago, New Zealand 

A range of short courses showcasing world-leading academic keynote speakers.

Venue: School of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Tuesday, 7 to Saturday, 24 February 2017 

For more information and to register, see the University of Otago 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 will be available soon. 

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

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

For more information, visit the ASID website
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