AMD eBulletin - 19 February 2016

President's post

RACP members often seek clarification on the structures that determine their Fellowship of the College. The College awards Fellowships across the Adult Medicine Division (AMD), the Paediatrics and Child Health Division (PCHD), the three Faculties (Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Public Health Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine) and our three Chapters (Addiction Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Sexual Health Medicine).

Over 30 training pathways are offered by the College and are organised across these Divisions, Faculties or Chapters: your Fellowship is determined by the training pathway that you follow. As such, members of the Adult Medicine Division have an FRACP which has been obtained by completing Basic Training in Adult Medicine, and then subspecialty training in an Adult Medicine Advanced Training pathway. 

In addition, the new College Council was formed in 2015 and enjoys broad representation across training pathways and the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, as well as the States, Territories and New Zealand. Its primary function is to provide advice to the RACP Board, but it does not replace the functions of the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters which remain vital to the delivery of RACP Education and Training and other areas of College business.

The Adult Medicine Council specifically manages the business of the Adult Medicine Division and the relationships with specialty societies that are affiliated with Adult Medicine. Just some of the business of the Adult Medicine Division Council for Quarter one includes:
 
RACP Congress 2016 – The AMD contribution for Congress 2016 is shaping up well, with two concurrent streams having been programmed. One will concentrate on clinical updates, and I thank all specialty societies who have contributed speakers to the Program. The second will focus on five panel sessions covering Indigenous Health, Clinical Genetics, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, and Misconceptions re allergy and non-allergy drug reactions. Our Excellence in Research presentations will be intertwined across both streams. The Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration will be delivered by Professor John Mills, and the Cottrell Memorial Lectureship by Professor John Chalmers, both internationally acclaimed speakers. Make sure you register to take advantage of special offers.

Webinar Pilot – Further to last year’s AMD Council discussion about the need to progress collaboration in CPD across AMD and work towards an integrated web-based CPD platform, a pilot is being undertaken to test a new webinar system to support such activity. A report on the pilot in ​Quarter three 2016 will enable consideration of whether it is feasible to roll the service out more broadly.

Capacity to Train – Optimising capacity to train is a key priority for the College and two strategic projects have been initiated to address this issue: development of a computational model to provide evidence of training capacity, and development of a robust model of selection to identify candidates who are best suited for physician training. If you currently supervise trainees, please complete the Capacity to Train Supervisor Survey (found by typing “Capacity to Train” in the College website search bar). It is estimated that the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Members are eligible for CPD points by completing the survey. The survey will be open until Friday, 11 March. It will have a significant impact on workforce shaping over the next few years.

Model of Collaboration – The College Board approved the Model of Collaboration for distribution to 50 specialty societies affiliated with the College across the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters at its December 2015 meeting. This will replace the expired MOUs. The next step for the Model is implementation through negotiation with each specialty society.

WCIM 2022 – AMD is currently working on a bid to host the World Congress of Internal Medicine 2022 meeting in Brisbane, in partnership with IMSANZ.

There are many other issues on which your Division is working which cover the gamut of Education and Training, Policy and Advocacy and Fellowship Relations – it is very pleasing to see that we have such a strong field of candidates for the Adult Medicine Division Council elections, and I encourage all AMD members to participate in the election process by voting. Full details on the voting process will be circulated by the college’s governance unit in the next two weeks.

Best wishes,

John

Prof John Wilson
President
Adult Medicine Division

RACP Qstream Diagnostic Error Course

Expressions of Interest for the online RACP Diagnostic Error course are now being accepted.

Diagnosis is one of the most difficult cognitive tasks in medicine, and is the first step in informing clinical management decisions. The 2015 Institute of Medicine report on Diagnostic Error states that “the best estimates indicate that all of us will likely experience a meaningful diagnostic error in our lifetime”. 

The course has been developed in collaboration with the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) to provide Fellows with an eLearning opportunity designed to highlight the myriad of risks associated with diagnostic error and improve diagnosis. 

Participants are invited to respond to multiple choice questions in relation to ten case studies from late March through to May. It should take no longer than five minutes per day to respond to each question (sent via email).

Questions will explore issues including: 

  • recognising diagnostic error
  • factors impacting diagnostic decision making
  • tools that may improve diagnostic processes.

The course aims to provide participants with: 

  • an ability to recognise diagnostic error and the potential harms to patients
  • an enhanced understanding of decision making during diagnosis in complex clinical environments
  • an understanding of the potential system and cognitive factors that can impact accuracy during decision making and their impacts on clinical practice
  • a systematic approach that enables clinicians to identify, learn from, and reduce diagnostic errors and near misses in clinical practice.

Course participants will be eligible for CPD credits in Category 3, Self-Assessment Programs.  

To register your interest, please email your name, MIN and how you found out about the course (e.g. RACP website, work colleague, RACP twitter feed etc.) to sppp@racp.edu.au.  

Places are limited. Expressions of interest to participate in the 2016 Diagnostic Error course close Wednesday, 23 March 2016.

Expressions of Interest 

EOI: Research Project Supervisors for Palliative Medicine Advanced Trainees

Some Palliative Medicine trainees have expressed difficulties identifying research supervisors with appropriate research experience for their advanced training research project requirement. As such, the Training Committee in Palliative Medicine would like to create a list of potential supervisors trainees can contact when they are beginning their projects.

The Committee is calling for expressions of interest from suitably experienced individuals who may be interested in supervising an advanced trainee completing their research project. Please contact Natasha Alonzo at PalliativeMedTraining@racp.edu.au if you are interested.

EOI: College Workforce Profile Pilot, closes 22 February 

The College Workforce Unit is piloting a workforce planning system to capture workforce data from Fellows. This will replace the existing College-wide workforce surveys.

We are looking for a small group of Fellows to assist with the pilot which will be conducted via email and take approximately twenty minutes. It is open to Fellows from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters in both Australia and New Zealand.

To submit an Expression of Interest email Andrew Hilton at andrew.hilton@racp.edu.au. Applications close Monday, 22 February 2016.

For comment: Draft National Consensus Statement on physical health of people living with a mental illness, closes 26 February

The National Mental Health Commission is seeking comments on its draft National Consensus Statement on physical health of people living with a mental illness.
 
This follows a development process which included advice from a group of experts, key interviews, a workshop featuring over 60 organisations and individuals, and a literature and policy review.

To provide comment please complete the Online Consultation – Draft National Consensus Statement on physical health of people living with a mental illness survey by Friday, 26 February, 2016.

EOI: Chair – Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee, closes 26 February 

Applications are invited for the Chair of the Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  

The Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee is responsible for looking at programs of assessment across the whole of basic and advanced training, in both Australia and New Zealand. The committee has oversight over both workplace-based assessments and examinations and will make policy recommendations to the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee and the College Assessment Committee.

The Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee reports to the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee. The Chair will be appointed for an initial term of two years, with opportunity for renewal. The position will Chair all meetings of the Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee, held in Sydney twice a year, with up to four teleconference meetings each year, if required. 

To request a copy of the Terms of Reference for the Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee, please email clare.leroy@racp.edu.au.  

Interested Fellows should submit an application, together with their CV, to Associate Professor Mitra Guha, Chair of the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee via email to amdec@racp.edu.au.   

Applications close COB Friday, 26 February 2016.

EOI: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party, closes 29 February

The College Policy and Advocacy Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows and trainees for its new Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party.

The College is committed to a fair, balanced, robust and transparent process for establishing a College position or positions on these topics.

Download the Terms of Reference, and E​OI Application Form for the Working Party.  

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by close of business on Monday, 29 February 2016 to policy@racp.edu.au

If you have any further questions regarding the establishment of the Working Party, please contact Louise Hardy, Manager – Policy and Advocacy on +61 2 8076 6358 or louise.hardy@racp.edu.au.

Consultation: Draft RACP Policy and Position Statement on E-Cigarettes, closes 29 February 

The dilemmas surrounding e-cigarettes are an area of active debate worldwide. The RACP Reference Group on Electronic Cigarettes is seeking feedback on the College’s draft policy and associated draft position statement. Your input will greatly assist in the development of the RACP’s final policy position.

To request a copy of the documents and consultation questions or to submit your comments contact Ritu Mohan at racpconsult@racp.edu.au.

The consultation period closes on Monday, 29 February 2016.

EOI: Chair of the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee (AMDEC), closes 4 March 

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from Fellows interested in the position of Chair of the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee (AMDEC). 

AMDEC is a vital body of the AMD as well as the College, as it actively develops, coordinates, implements, and monitors the education interests and activities for Adult Medicine.

Information for applicants including the E​OI Form, AMDEC Terms of Reference and the AMDEC Chair Position Description, is available on the AMDEC webpage.

Please consider the tasks and responsibilities, as well as the time commitment, outlined in the Position Description and address the following selection criteria:

  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP/College); Adult Medicine Division.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the health education environment, internally and externally – preferably with experience in an RACP training committee.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership with the ability to develop and lead a team including valuing all team members and high standards of ethical behaviours.
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in medical education at the postgraduate level.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the tertiary education environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of modern educational principles, including self-directed learning and adult learning principles.
  • Experience and demonstrated effectiveness at developing a team and valuing all members.
  • Attitudes of cooperation and positivity and high standards of ethical behaviours.
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills including the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to quality assurance and continuous development.
  • Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills including reporting.
  • Be fully conversant with the RACP Constitution, College Education Committee (CEC) and AMD by-laws, and the RACP and CEC Strategic Plans.

Submit your Expression of Interest and a brief CV to amdec@racp.edu.au by 5pm Friday, 4 March 2016. Please contact amdec@racp.edu.au if you have any questions.

EOI: Adult Medicine Division Representatives for the Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee, closes 4 March 2016 

The Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee (AYAMC) is a joint committee of the Adult Medicine Division and the Paediatrics & Child Health Division. It is made up of Fellows and trainees who explore ways to further support the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people.

The Committee meets face-to-face, at the College, twice a year in February/March and September/October as well as a mid-year and end of year teleconference. The term will commence in May 2016 in line with the College AGM and run for two years.

Expressions of interest from the Division are now sought for two Adult Medicine Division representatives.

Download the position description and Terms of Reference.

Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 4 March 2016.

EOI: Appointed Members for the Advanced Training Committee in Geriatric Medicine, closes 31 March 2016 

The Advanced Training Committee in Geriatric Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest from Geriatric Medicine Fellows for two vacancies, outlined below:

  1. Overseas Trained Physicians (OTP) Lead - open to Fellows based in NSW only
  2. Appointed Member – open to all Geriatric Medicine Fellows

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine. The Committee meets via teleconference twice yearly, with up to 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 Caroline Atkins via email on geriatrics@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Thursday, 31 March 2016.

EOI: Committee for Joint College Training – Nuclear Medicine, closes 4 April 2016 

The Committee for Joint College Training in Nuclear Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest from recent Nuclear Medicine Fellows to join the Advanced Training Committee as the Recent Fellow Representative for a period of two years.

The Committee conducts accreditation of training sites and oversees Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine. The Committee meets via teleconference once per year, with one additional annual face to face meeting held in Sydney.

To submit an Expression of Interest please contact the RACP Education Officer, Gabi Harding, at nuclearmedicine@racp.edu.au. All EOIs are due by COB Monday, 4 April 2016.

EOI: Appointed Member for the Specialty Training Committee in Clinical Pharmacology, closes 15 April 2016 

The Specialty Training Committee (STC) in Clinical Pharmacology is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for one vacancy.

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Clinical Pharmacology. The STC meets via teleconference as required, with up to 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 Caroline Atkins via email on clinicalpharmacology@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. 

EOIs are due by COB Friday, 15 April 2016.

Career opportunities 

New South Wales 

Deputy Clinical Director – Drug and Alcohol Services, Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network, Sydney 

Enquiries: Dr Jill Roberts, Clinical Director Drug and Alcohol on +61 2 9811 0100 or email jillian.roberts@justicehealth.nsw.gov.au.

Western Australia

Outreach Physician – Endocrinologist, Amity Health, Albany 

Physician - endocrinologist required to provide two outreach visits to Albany on behalf of Amity Health. Each visit is two days long in duration and will occur before 30 June 2016.
Enquiries: Kristy Law – Program Officer + 61 8 6389 4510 or email
kristy.law@ruralhealthwest.com.au

Conferences and Events

Ultrasound for General Medicine - Three Day Course
23 to 25 February 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Ultrasound Training Solutions, Melbourne
Date: Tuesday, 23 to Thursday, 25 February 2016
For more information see the event website.

Research into Practice: How can it be done systematically and effectively?
24 February 2016, Melbourne

Venue: St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne 
Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
For more information and to register, see the event website

Monash: Using Clinical Audit to Support Quality Improvement Seminar 
26 February 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP), The Alfred
Date: Friday, 26 February 2016
For more information, see the event website

Australasian Sleep Association Short Course in Adult & Paediatric Sleep Medicine: Essentials for Trainees and Clinicians
27 February 2016, Sydney

Venue: RACP Education Centre, Phillip Street, Sydney
Date: Saturday, 27 February 2016
For more information see the event website.

VAILA Conference 2016 – Alcohol and Drugs in the Emergency Department
11 March 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Brenan Hall, St Vincent’s Hospital
Date: Friday, 11 March 2016
For more information see the event website

Turning Point Workshop: NCPIC: Cannabis Facts and Evidence Based Interventions 
17 March 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Turning Point training room, Fitzroy 
Date: Thursday, 17 March 2016 
For more information see the event website.

Macarthur Series in Immunology
19 March 2016, Sydney 

Venue: School of Medicine (Building 30), University of Western Sydney Campbelltown Campus
Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
For more information see the event website.

Turning Point Foundation Workshop: Understanding & Treating People with a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder
21 March 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Turning Point training room, Fitzroy 
Date: Monday, 21 March 2016
For more information see the event website

Winter School Workshop: Piecing the puzzle together: Designing, developing and implementing evidence-based AOD services
13 to 14 April 2016, Brisbane 

Venue: Rydges South Bank Brisbane 
Date: Wednesday, 13 to Thursday, 14 April 2016
For more information, see the event website.

The Australian Telehealth Conference (ATC) 2016 
28 to 29 April 2016, Sydney 

Venue: Swissôtel, Sydney
Date: Thursday, 28 to Friday, 29 April 2016
For more information, see the event website

RACGP QLD’s 59th Clinical Update Weekend: iGP General Practice into the Future
30 April to 1 May 2016, Brisbane 

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Date: Saturday, 30 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016
For more information and to register see the event website.

Australian & New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference
16 to 17 May 2016, Gold Coast 

Venue: Mantra on View, Gold Coast
Date: Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May 2016
For more information see the event website.

The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016
18 to 20 May 2016, Gold Coast 

Venue: Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast
Date: Wednesday,18 to Friday, 20 May 2016 
For more information, see the event website

17th International Mental Health Conference 2016
10 to 12 August 2016, Gold Coast 

Venue: Sea World Resort Conference Centre, Gold Coast 
Date: Wednesday, 10 to Friday, 12 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Inaugural NSW Medical Education and Training Conference 2016
11 to 12 August 2016, Sydney

Venue: SMC Conference and Function Centre
Date: Thursday, 11 to Friday, 12 August 
For more information, see the event website.

The 33rd World Congress of Internal Medicine
22 to 25 August 2016, Bali 

Venue: Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), Bali, Indonesia 
Date: Monday, 22 to Thursday, 25 August 2016 
For more information, see the event website

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

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: Tuesday, 20 to Friday, 23 September 2016
Abstracts are now being accepted. For more details see the event website.

​Trainee news

The Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Communication Skills Workshop
27 to 29 July 2016, Sydney

This workshop is a three day experiential learning opportunity run by experienced facilitators with the aid of simulated patients. It is designed to develop and enhance your communication with patients, their families and with other health workers.

Previous participants have rated the workshop highly.

The workshop will take place in Sydney at the RACP office from Wednesday, 27 to Friday, 29 July 2016 inclusive. It 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.

The format will be student focussed 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.

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 course fee is AU $2384 for trainees and AU $2980 for Fellows. This includes materials, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.    

Registration will open on Monday, 22 February 2016 when details and an application form will be available on the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine webpage

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

Trainees' Day at the RACP Congress 2016. Registrations now open

To support future physicians, Congress 2016 includes a dedicated Trainees’ Day. Held on Sunday, 15 May 2016, Trainees’ Day is a great way to begin your three days in Adelaide.

Trainees’ Day is run by trainees for trainees and the sessions have been planned based on your feedback. The day promises to deliver a relevant and exciting program with cutting edge speakers to develop your clinical skills, promote discussion and prepare you for your career as a physician.

Trainees’ Day topics will give you tips on surviving in private practice with Lisa Phelps from MyPS Integrated Practice Services, open a discussion about physicians and their mental health with Dr Roger Sexton from Doctors Health SA and help you understand expected professional behaviour in the workplace with Associate Professor Grant Phelps from Deakin University and Dr Sarah Dalton from The Clinical Excellence Commission. Further details on the topics and speakers for Trainees’ Day can be found on the preliminary program.

For more information about Trainees’ Day and RACP Congress 2016 visit the Congress 2016 website.

Register before Friday, 11 March to take advantage of the Early Bird rates.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre 
Date: Sunday, 15 May 2016
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Congress 2016 website.

Tasmanian Trainee Welcome Evening and Basic Training Orientation

Venue: Residents Quarters, Royal Hobart Hospital
Date: Thursday, 3 March 2016
Time: 5:15 pm – Session 1: Basic Training Requirements/Information

Session 1 is for new Basic Trainees and those interested in commencing Basic Training. It may also be helpful for current Basic Trainees and Basic Trainee supervisors wanting a refresher on current requirements. 

6pm – Session 2: Tasmanian Trainee Welcome Evening 

Session 2 is open to all Trainees and their supervisors/DPEs.  Supervisors and College staff will be available to answer questions.  

RSVP: Please RSVP to tas@racp.edu.au by Monday, 29 February 2016.

Physician Education Program (PEP) event series 

The Physician Education Program series of lectures held every Thursday night (February – December 2016) is designed for Basic Trainees as an opportunity to gain knowledge to assist in the written exam.

The lectures are also open to Advanced Trainees and Fellows wishing to keep informed of the latest developments in each specialty.

The lectures are held at RACP Melbourne, Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Light refreshments will be provided for attendees. 

Attendance is also available via videoconference at registered hospital sites and video recordings and podcasts of each lecture will be available on the RACP Events website for all registered participants.

Supervision Support Strategy – survey now open

Supervision is fundamental to the success of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ (RACP) training programs and to ensuring quality patient care.

A significant number of supervisors dedicate their time, knowledge and skills, often on a voluntary basis, to educate physician trainees in the workplace.

The College is committed to ensuring that the vital contribution and commitment of each and every one of our supervisors is rewarded, recognised and supported. 

As physician training moves towards a model of competency-based medical education, in a challenging environment, it is essential to build capacity and capability in the supervisory workforce to support this transition. 

In response to these changes in the delivery of medical education, regulatory requirements and feedback from members, The College has commenced a project to refresh and refocus the Supervision Support Strategy. 

College Members are now invited to submit their feedback and contribute to the development of the College's Supervision Support Strategy for 2016 onwards, by completing this survey.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Information gathered from this consultation will be used to inform the Strategy and action plan, which will be circulated in mid-2016. The survey will close on Friday, 18 March.

For more information on the Supervision Support Strategy renewal project please contact Angela Corbett, Education Development Officer, Supervisor Learning Support on +61 2 8076 6338 or at angela.corbett@racp.edu.au

Call for feedback on 2017 Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) program requirements

The College is seeking feedback from trainees, supervisors, and other stakeholders on proposed program requirements for 2017 for all specialties.

Access the survey and draft PREP requirements for the:

This year the College is also seeking feedback on a new program – Advanced Training in Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine (AYAM), to begin in 2017. Access the survey and abridged draft handbook for this program on the Advanced Training 2017 Program Requirement Consultation page.
 
The surveys will take five to ten minutes to complete. Please provide feedback by Wednesday, 9 March 2016.

International Medical Symposium 2016 – Future Challenges for the Medical Profession

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in association with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists are pleased to host the 2016 International Medical Symposium Future Challenges for the Medical Profession.

The IMS is now in its fifth year and in 2016 will once again address the topic of “Future Challenges for the Medical Profession”. Planned sessions at the Symposium include: 

  • an examination of the nature and role of the doctor in the future
  • enhancing the performance of doctors at work
  • diversity in the profession
  • the impact of ageing on the profession and in medical practice

For a comprehensive view of the program and a full list of our speakers download the Symposium flyer.

Venue: Amora Hotel Sydney 
Date: Friday, 11 March 2016
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Symposium website.

RACP Congress 2016 registrations now open

Engage with leading experts in your field while catching up with colleagues.

Register NOW to attend to RACP Congress 2016.

The RACP Congress 2016 is shaping up nicely. The diverse program of workshops, sessions, exhibits, and social functions will allow you to engage and benefit from the opportunities that come from being part of this large and varied Fellowship.

For early bird rates and further information on our special VIP Registrations view our registration information before the early bird deadline Friday, 11 March 2016.

Don't miss out on the heavily discounted rates that are available for 2016 only.

Further details on the topics and speakers can be found on the preliminary program.

RACP Congress 2016 provides many opportunities to network and catch up with colleagues and friends. For further details about networking opportunities and other Congress information visit the Congress website.

We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide!

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre 
Date: Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Congress 2016 website.

Alcohol Policy launch

Developed as a joint initiative with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), the updated Alcohol Policy highlights the many harms of alcohol to individuals and society, and makes a range of recommendations for policy and regulatory strategies to reduce these harms.

You are invited to attend the launch of the Alcohol Policy from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, 3 March 2016, at the RACP offices at 52 Phillip Street, Sydney.

Coinciding with the first game of the 2016 NRL season, the launch event will feature a panel discussion on the association between alcohol promotion and sport, the impact of this promotion on children and adolescents, and the need for stronger measures to curb the relentless exposure of young people to alcohol marketing. 

Led by Professor Paul Haber, Clinical Director Drug Health Services at RPA and Head Addiction Medicine at University of Sydney, panel participants include:

  • Professor Elizabeth Elliot AM, Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (Westmead)
  • Associate Professor Kerry O’Brien, Researcher into alcohol and associated harms, Monash University
  • Professor Maree Teesson, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
  • Mr Nathan Millett, Head of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Engadine High School.

Please register your attendance online by Thursday, 25 February 2016.

Member survey informs RACP Clinical Guidelines submission

The College’s submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in response to their draft discussion paper ‘Better informed health care through better clinical guidelines’ is now available online. 

The NHMRC’s discussion paper addressed the key challenges facing guideline development in Australia; specifically inefficiency, poor quality, lack of capacity, lack of investment in information technology, inaccessibility and obsolescence.

Thank you to all members who completed the member survey that informed the submission.

Read the College’s submission.

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) Protocal Advisory Sub-committee – Calls for public comment

The Protocol Advisory Sub-committee (PASC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) is seeking feedback on the below draft protocols:

Feedback can be provided from either a personal or group perspective for consideration by the PASC. Please provide your feedback to the HTA Team at hta@health.gov.au.

Consultation will close at 11.59pm on Friday, 18 March 2016.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) notices

Veletri consumables kit: Recall - small risk of infection due to potential contamination

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Actelion Pharmaceuticals Australia, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling two batches of its Veletri consumables kit.

Veletri consumables kits are used to administer the medicine epoprostenol sodium (with the trade name Veletri), which can be prescribed to treat some types of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Before this medicine is used, it must be dissolved in sterile water for injection or sodium chloride 0.9% solution for injection. Veletri consumables kits can be used in health facilities or, after treatment is established, in a patient’s home.

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