AMD eBulletin - 2 June 2017

The President's post

I’m sure that all members who attended last month’s RACP Congress would agree that it was a terrific event with stimulating speakers who challenged, educated and inspired us all.  The move to a “shared interests” model has been well received. I would be interested to hear the views of any members who attended at  

AMD’s contribution featured Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, who delivered the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration and called on each of us as physicians to take a lead in the many challenging issues facing western health systems as we tackle increasing complexity in health care in an environment of increasing financial constraint. We also heard a fascinating Cottrell Memorial Lecture from Professor Stephen Nicholls on exciting developments in research on atherosclerosis which will dramatically change how patients are treated. AMD sessions on obesity, ethics in practice and clinical updates were presented to packed audiences, and we are grateful in particular to Dr Darren Roberts who presented a second talk when a programmed speaker fell ill. I thank all our AMD speakers for their excellent contributions, and to the members of the AMD organising committee for their support of this terrific program. ​Many of these Congress presentations are also now available on the RACP YouTube Channel

Following some discussions at AMD Council meetings, I have commenced a conversation within AMD about how diversity is recognised and supported both in the Division and more broadly. In particular, how we ensure that we are continually reflecting the diversity of the College. I am also conscious of the need to do everything we can to ensure gender equity. I am working with a small group of colleagues on this and will aim to present to the next AMD Council meeting in August. These are of course whole of College issues and I hope to explore how AMD might best be effective in this in the coming months.

The specialty society webinar service pilot is now well underway with a number of societies delivering their first webinars in May, with more to come in June. This has to date been very successful with many members participating in what have been terrific sessions. We will be keeping you posted on the CPD resources flowing from these as they become available on the College website.

Best wishes,
Assosciate Professor Grant Phelps
AMD President

Specialty society webinar pilot commences 

Members may recall that ​in February, we invited the College’s ​51 affiliated specialty societies to apply through a competitive application process to host one of ​10 specialty society webinars series. The first of the RACP Specialty Society Webinar Service webinars were presented in May, featuring talks by: 
  • Australian and ​New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN)
  • Partnership: Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA), the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN)
  • Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA)
  • Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (IMSANZ)
  • Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID)
  • Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA), through the Australasian Association of Clinical Geneticists (AACG)
  • Australasian Sleep Association (ASA)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM).
The pilot basis is that the societies each develop and provide CPD content to their members via a series of five live hour-long webinars. The College provides the webinar platform, facilitates and records each webinar, and shares the recording with the broader College membership via the College website. The live webinars are available exclusively to members of the society presenting the webinar, and the recordings are published on the Resources page of the RACP website two weeks later.

The general format for each webinar is a 30 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of question time, however it is very much up to each society and their speakers to determine how they will use each webinar presentation.

This pilot is a genuine partnership program between specialty societies and the College where both parties share responsibility for the delivery of the webinars. Webinar audiences are asked to complete a survey after each webinar. Feedback received so far indicates this is a highly valued activity. Examples we’ve received from members include:

“It’s a great initiative on the part of the RACP.”

“I have used it before - very handy and easy to load from work or home.”

 “I have greatly enjoyed the webinar format which has allowed me to gain education whilst still preparing my 1 year old for bed!”

“Very up to date, clinically relevant and evidence based. Very clearly presented.”

“Relevant and entertaining.”

We are also taking feedback from speakers, and our Events team supporting the webinar presentations so that we can continually improve the experience for everyone involved.

We encourage you to view these resources which are available behind the RACP member login at:

Chapter updates

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Update

The Chapter has been quite busy recently in the policy and advocacy space, in areas such as:

  • drug law reform and decriminalisation
  • Modafinil for methamphetamine addiction
  • drug testing for welfare payments and exclusion of people with a substance use problem from receiving a disability pension
  • engaging in the medicinal cannabis and e-cigarettes national discussions
  • involvement in the National Coordinated Codeine Implementation Working Group. 

Our first face-to-face meeting for 2017 on Thursday, 8 June is fast approaching where we will undertake some pre-planning work for 2018, discuss and wrap up the very successful International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference for 2017 and commence planning for the next IMiA Conference to be held in 2019. 

The Chapter is currently looking into the possibility of holding a Victorian Training Information Evening which would be aimed at promoting the Addiction Medicine specialty to prospective trainees.  

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds
President Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine


Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Update 

The Chapter Committee met for their first face-to-face meeting on Friday, 19 May. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank Associate Professor Brian Le for his commitment and hard work as outgoing Chair of the Training Committee in Palliative Medicine. We look forward to working with the new Training Committee Chair, Dr Amy Waters. 

An annual review of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine  (AChPM) by-law was undertaken as well as some pre-planning work for 2018. Reports on the day included those from the College Council, CPAC Council, Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, Training Committee and regions, as well as an update on the work of the Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party.

Dr Peter Poon has been reappointed to the College Council as the AChPM representative for a further two year term. Dr Poon will continue to act as the liaison between the Chapter Committee and Council. 

The Spirituality Training Working Party now has five appointed members with a further two appointments underway. The Working Party will hold its first teleconference in early July.

Dr Simon Allan
President Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine 

Australasian Chapter of Sexual ​Health Medicine Update 

The communique reporting on the 01-2017 Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Committee meeting is now available on the RACP website

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Sexual Health Working Party will next meet in mid-June for a one hour teleconference and the AChSHM Committee face-to-face meeting is taking place on Friday, 30 June. The Working Party is currently assembling information on the efficacy of strategies being employed to address the ongoing syphilis epidemic in Northern Australia, disproportionate burden of STIs, and the recent divergence in HIV incidence, and working with Indigenous stakeholders to determine how best the College can contribute effort.

Preliminarily work is being undertaken for the next AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting and Trainees’ Day, which will likely take place in Melbourne in March 2018. The Chapter Committee expects to lock in a date and venue for this event soon. 

Dr Graham Neilsen
President Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine 

Read the latest issue of the Internal Medicine Journal

The ​​May issue of the Internal Medicine Journal is available on the Wiley Online Library.

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End-of-life care RACP Online Professional Program course – Register now

This course, open to Fellows and Advanced Trainees will run from late June to August.

Participation takes as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week.

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New RACP NDIS Guides for Physicians and Paediatricians online now

The RACP NDIS Guides for Physicians and Paediatricians are a comprehensive online resource for RACP members.

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Hear about Social Medicine – themes from RACP Congress 2017 on the RACP Pomegranate podcast

At RACP Congress 2017 in May, there was great interest in sessions examining the moral obligations physicians have to society. In this episode of Pomegranate hear three speakers from panel sessions at the event reflect on some of the themes raised.

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RACP discussion paper on medical assistance in dying

Feedback is sought from Fellows and trainees in response to a discussion paper on medical assistance in dying developed by the College's Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party.

The paper engages with ethical issues and the evidence and covers terminology, historic framing of the issues, data from legalised jurisdictions, the socio-cultural context, issues raised from clinical experience, common ground principles for physicians, and practical impacts. The paper is not intended to be a statement either for, or against, medical assistance in dying, rather its purpose is to help Fellows and trainees provide feedback as the RACP develops its approach.  

Consultation questions are set out in Section 9 of the paper and feedback will be used by the Working Party to draft the RACP position, or positions, on medical assistance in dying.
Contact to request a copy of the discussion paper and to submit your comments. Consultation closes Friday, 7 July 2017.

Addiction Specialists required

WorkSafe Victoria is currently looking to engage with Medical Professionals to join our Independent Medical Examiners Panel, to support our Victorian Community by providing expert advice and guide decisions about addiction medicine issues with identified injured workers. 

Selection criteria sought by WorkSafe Victoria includes:
  • current registration with AHPRA
  • ​current FAChAM
  • ​a minimum of five years full time as a practitioner in your chosen discipline
  • current clinical relevance. 
If you can provide a minimum of ​five hours of availability a month to review medical history, complete examinations and provide reports back to us WorkSafe can pay the reasonable costs of your services.

If this is of interest to you, or you are keen to discuss how we can facilitate an effective relationship with WorkSafe and Victoria's injured workers please get in contact with Sadie D’Arcy or Chris Lyons on +61 3 9940 4502 or +61 407 833 009  or via email

Two Positions at Monash Health – applications opening soon

Monash Health is calling for expressions of interest for ​two Medical Oncology Clinical Research Fellow positions available from Monday, 5 February 2018 for 12 months.  

The Clinical Research Fellows will be key members of a busy and large academic medical oncology unit based at the Clayton campus of Monash Health. The Fellows will provide clinical care to patients enrolled ​in phase I, phase II and phase III cancer clinical trials across all tumour streams. Trials for all tumour types will be conducted daily at MHTP, at which the Fellows will be expected to actively participate. The Fellows will also be expected to engage in translational research with opportunities for writing manuscripts, involvement in projects and attendance at national and international conferences. The Fellows will also be supported in developing protocols and ​are expected to fully work up at least one new proposal for an investigator initiated trial. The Fellows will assist with administration regarding collection and presentation of metrics for the Clinical Trials Unit.  

For further information on Monash Health please visit their website.

For the above positions you will have medical qualifications that can be registered in Victoria and FRACP Part 1 or equivalent. The positions can be accredited with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as part of medical oncology training.

Enquiries should be directed to:
Associate Professor Arun Azad on +61 407 501 095 or  
Professor Eva Segelov on +61 499 073 833 or

Email expressions of interest (including the names of three referees) to Professor Eva Segelov or Associate Professor Arun Azad by Friday, 30 June 2017.

Trainee News

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine - Forensic Medical Registrars for 2018

Applications are now being sought from medical graduates interested in Clinical Forensic Medicine Registrar positions in 2018. 

These positions are accredited with the RACGP, ACEM and Sexual Health Chapter of the RACP (accreditation with the RCPA Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine is also expected to occur this year), and offer a fantastic opportunity for trainees to try something unique and rewarding. 

The Forensic Medicine Registrar placement offers a great work-life balance and a friendly, non-hospital based experience. On this placement you can expect to acquire practical, sought-after skills that you will ​use throughout your career.

For further information, contact Dr Nicola Cunningham, Clinical Forensic Medicine, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine +61 3 9684 4480 or

Closing Date: Friday, 16 June 2017. ​Six month terms available.  

RACP Foundation fellowships and grants now open

If you’ve ever considered research, want to further your research career, or need assistance for further training, presenting at or attending workshops several RACP Research and Study Grants are now open for applications.

Applications are currently open across Career Development Fellowships, Research Establishment Fellowships, and Research Entry Scholarships.

Find out more

Career Opportunities


Fijian Ministry of Health, doctor positions available

Some of the normal Fiji Civil Service rules which include compulsory retirement at 55 years of age and the need for Fiji citizenship are being waived for doctors recruited in this current campaign.

Australian and New Zealand qualifications are recognised by the Fiji Medical Council and successful applicants will be issued with a three year work visa and residency visas for immediate family members.

For more details visit the website.

New South Wales

Staff Specialist in Neurology 
Closing date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Enquiries: Dr Neil Spratt, Staff Specialist in Neurology  +61 2 4985 5593 or

Assistant with View – Addiction Specialist for Sydney private clinic
Secure location in medical facility, taking over existing patient base, working with principal.
Closing date: Friday, 30 June 2017
For further details and confidential discussion contact Chris Babich on +61 2 9971 6889
or +61 416 132 366 ​or
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