AMD eBulletin - 21 October 2016

Important Message:

Dear Fellows and trainees

In the last 24 hours, you may have read and heard media reports regarding amendments to the Australian Border Force Act 2015

These reports state that the Australian ​Government is backing down on laws that threatened doctors and health workers with prison if they spoke out about conditions in offshore detention centres. 

Many of you will know we have campaigned extensively on this issue in the past.

While at first glance these amendments appear to be a step in a positive direction, unfortunately the legislation is unclear.  

To date the Australian Government has only made limited public comment to clarify this issue. 

As the situation continues to evolve, we would therefore counsel all Fellows and trainees not to assume that media reports are entirely accurate. The College will update all Fellows and trainees as our understanding of the situation improves.

Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

President's Post

Last week I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak at the Gastroenterological Society of Australia’s (GESA) Australian Gastroenterology Week 2016 meeting in Adelaide to discuss the work of the College and all of our affiliated specialty societies. I have received a lot of positive feedback about my speech and those present were really grateful for the College coming along, sharing information and meeting with society members.

The relationship between the College and its affiliated societies is complex, usually arising from a long, shared past, with lots of change in the health sector and in education in particular. However, the real strength of the College and its societies comes from this shared history. Through the Model of Collaboration we are working together to build a better relationship into the future. Crucial to this work is making sure we’re united on shared core activities like training, policy and advocacy. As the health system becomes increasingly complex and fiscally constrained we need each other more than ever before. 

Keeping on the theme of collaboration, the Adult Medicine Division Executive Committee met last week and covered a range of topics, including a commitment to continue looking for further opportunities to come and talk with society members at their own scientific meetings.

Speaking of conferences, Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster is leading the development of AMD’s program contribution to Congress 2017. At this stage, we are planning to present sessions that explore Congress 2017’s main clinical themes through the perspective of different specialties, and tackle ethical dilemmas through interactive case studies. We will also include our popular clinical updates, and explore opportunities to showcase centres of excellence in Victoria, as our Congress will be held in Melbourne from 8 to 10 May 2017. Registrations are now open for Congress 2017, so please visit the website to find out about VIP and Early Bird offers.

In this month’s e-bulletin, we have contributions from our three Chapters, covering Managed Alcohol Programs, insight into the transition from trainee to consultant through the Palliative Medicine lens, and preparations for the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine’s 2017 ASM. We also have information from the Australian Diabetes Society on a new publication designed to enhance physicians’ consulting skills, which was discussed at AMD Council in July this year in the context of how societies can better share their resources – it’s good to see this happening​.

Best wishes,

Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division

Feature Article - Managed Alcohol Programs

Many homeless people are plagued by alcoholism.  In some cases, they are known to consume over 20 standard drinks a day, drinking non-beverage alcohols like mouthwash until they are unconscious. Sadly, homeless people place a high burden on hospitals and police and are often assaulted by those drinking on the street. While abstinence from alcohol is preferred, it is unrealistic for a minority of chronic drinkers. 

Managed Alcohol Programs (MAP) are one novel response to this complex problem. In order to join these programs, residents need to be assessed. Workers then dispense a regulated amount of alcohol - one unit - to clients every hour from 7.30am to 9.30pm, which is an average of 15 drinks a day. 

Canada has five Managed Alcohol Programs. For example, in Ottawa the OAKS (Shepherds of Good Hope) opened in 2010 and has 55 beds of which 10 are for the mentally ill. Eligibility criteria include homelessness, or someone at risk of becoming homeless, as well as struggling with long-term alcohol dependence. Before coming into a MAP, many were consuming 30 units of non-beverage alcohol a day. They are not interested or able to attain abstinence. They have a high frequency of visits to hospital and regular contact with the police. 

The street drinkers these centres encounter today often include younger males and females as well as Indigenous people and other persons with acquired brain damage, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome or PTSD. A uniting theme is that every single client has experienced some sort of trauma. The MAP stabilises residents’ drinking, allowing them to deal with other issues in their life.

These centres provide a range of services to their clients like helping them obtain identification or birth certificates, providing free food, laundry facilities, toiletries, snacks, coffee and phone and computer access. 

The notion of providing alcohol to ‘alcoholics’ is controversial. It is unsurprising that there would be community opposition to the placement of a MAP in their area. Managers of MAPs spoke of prolonged community consultation in order to establish the service and to counter resistance. 

After 16 months in the Program, the mean monthly visits to accident and emergency departments decreased from 13.5 to 8 while police encounters decreased from 18.1 to 8.8. All participants reported less alcohol consumption. Staff noticed that residents had improved hygiene and compliance with health care. 

Professor Kate Dolan
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW 

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine - AChPM Fellows’ Update and Transition to Fellowship

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) held its annual conference from 8 to 11 September in Perth. The Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) held a Fellows’ Update on the Sunday morning, where Fellows and trainees received updates on EVOLVE, the Model of Collaboration, policy and advocacy activity within the Chapter, as well as wider College priority areas around education and training. 

The education and training update included information on Medical Oncology term changes that will be effective for Palliative Medicine ​trainees commencing in 2017. Changes to training terms ​four and five allow for broader training experiences through a related specialty round and a broader oncology round. 

The Chapter has also supported the work of a group of Victorian-based Palliative Medicine Fellows on the transition from training to Fellowship. Dr Chi Li, Dr Penny Cotton and Dr Fiona Runacres are leading this work which has surveyed the concerns, support needs and preferences of Palliative Medicine Trainees and recently-qualified Fellows during their transition to the role of consultant.

An interactive session took place at the ANZSPM Conference immediately following the AChPM Update to discuss the key findings from this survey​. ​It concluded that Palliative Medicine Trainees and junior consultants from Australia and New Zealand have significant concerns and feel they have unmet support needs regarding their transition to Fellowship. 

The AChPM Committee will discuss this further at their next meeting on 21 October and will consider how this study can tie in with the College’s ongoing work in this area. A New Fellows Working Group is currently being set up to consider how to support Members transitioning from training to Fellowship. It will develop and deliver resources and/or events targeted to new Fellows across all areas of the College.

We look forward to further developments in this important area and working with the New Fellows Working Group to determine how we can best support Palliative Medicine trainees and new Fellows. 

Dr Simon Allan
AChPM President

2017 Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 

The 2017 Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) will be held on Saturday, 18 March 2017 at the Primus Hotel Sydney.

The 2017 meeting theme Rise to the Challenge, reflects current and future challenges of Sexual Health Medicine including: hepatitis C treatment, PEP and PreP, combating rising antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhoea and Mycoplasma genitalium infection and increasing education in transgender medicine.

This ASM offers specialist medical content through a one-day, research-focused event for Sexual Health Medicine physicians and trainees, general practitioners, sexual health nurses and other allied health professionals.

A Trainees’ Day will be held following the ASM on Sunday, 19 March 2017. This day is open to AChSHM trainees only and will be held at the RACP Sydney office.

Registrations for both events are now open and can be made via the Sexual Health Medicine ASM website.

Optimal Cancer Care Pathways 

The National Cancer Expert Reference Group (NCERG) has secured national endorsement of the Optimal Cancer Care Pathways (OCPs) through the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Health Council. In addition to this, there has been national agreement to pilot the adoption of some of these pathways into our health services. 

OCPs are national guides to promote the best cancer care for specific tumour types. Each pathway maps the key steps in a cancer patient’s journey from diagnosis, to survivorship or, end-of-life care and describes the key principles and expected standards of care at each stage. 

In recognition of the importance of the OCPs, the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) has endorsed 15 OCPs for implementation by all states and territories. Eleven OCPs have been endorsed by the COAG Health Council with the remaining four to be considered during 2016. The OCPs have also been endorsed by Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia. 

OCPs have been developed for the 15 tumour streams: lung, colorectal, hepatocellular carcinoma, prostate, lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic, ovarian, malignant glioma, head and neck, breast, oesophagogastric, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, endometrial, and acute myeloid leukaemia.

Each pathway was developed by an expert group including clinicians specialising in treatment of the particular tumour, GPs and consumers. This was done in consultation with medical colleges and peak health organisations. 

There are three versions for each Optimal Cancer Care Pathway which can be accessed through the following links:

  • detailed clinical pathways for cancer specialists, health professionals and health service and ​quick reference guides to familiarise General Practitioners (GPs) and other primary care providers with the cancer care pathways via the Cancer Council website
  • patient ‘what to expect’ guides to help patients and their carers understand the cancer care pathway and what to expect at each stage via the Cancer Council website

Methamphetamine use and treatment – RACP podcast takes a look 

Crystal methamphetamine use has remained constant among the general population, hovering at around two per cent. However, while in the past most methamphetamine users were snorting or swallowing the powder known as speed, today more than half of all users are taking it in a purer crystalline form.

In this episode of the RACP’s Pomegranate podcast, Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Fellows Dr Gilbert Whitton and Associate Professor Nadine Ezard are joined by leading drug policy researcher Professor Alison Ritter from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and clinical psychologist Professor Amanda Baker.

They explain the effectiveness of available and upcoming therapies for methamphetamine users, and that counselling – the backbone to treatment of methamphetamine addiction – has shown remarkable results from very brief interventions.

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

The RACP podcast team encourages members to send any feedback on the show, and suggestions for future topics, to 

New episodes of Pomegranate are released on the last Tuesday of every month.

New Advanced Training Program: Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

From 2017 the newly developed Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Advanced Training Program will open to trainees. The program is to be completed as a part of dual training with another Divisional training program or as Post-Fellowship training.

For New Zealand trainees, applications for Advanced Training for the 2017 training year will open in September 2016 with a closing date of 31 October 2016.

For Australian trainees, applications for Advanced Training for the 2017 training year will open in December 2016 with a closing date of 15 February 2017.

For more information on the new program, please visit the Advanced Training in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine webpage.

Consulting Skills for Chronic Disease Management

Enhancing your consulting skills: supporting self-management and optimising mental health in people with type 1 diabetes is a textbook originally developed for endocrinology trainees and their supervisors. It is now available online for other health professionals and will be of interest to those who care for people living with chronic illness. The textbook is a joint initiative of the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and the National Diabetes Services Scheme. It can be accessed free of charge on the ADS website.

For further enquiries, please contact the ADS Secretariat at 

Annual Member Engagement Survey –Have your Say

Over the next two weeks you have a once-a-year chance to provide valuable feedback about how well your College is doing and where it can improve.

The Member Engagement Survey (MES) is a Board agreed initiative with the aim of assessing where the College is doing well and where the College needs to improve.

In 2015, the inaugural longitudinal study of MES was undertaken so that the College could begin to track year on year changes in satisfaction. The study was designed to provide insights into perceptions, engagement, relevance, value, connection and interaction with the College. 

The focus of the survey is on measuring member satisfaction in the following key areas:  

  • level of involvement with the College
  • communication
  • website
  • events and services
  • policy and advocacy
  • representation
  • continuing professional development.

​Look out for an email from Woolcott Research containing the survey link. All members are invited to participate in the survey which takes seven to eight minutes to complete.

Responses will be kept confidential and results are aggregated to identify general trends in member satisfaction.  

The survey closes Monday, 31 October 2016. 

For more information email Member Services at


Registrations now open for the new ‘shared interests’ RACP Congress 2017

Registrations and abstract submissions are now open for RACP Congress 2017. 

Feedback from Fellows has told us what you want from your flagship event and we have listened. ​To be held in Melbourne from 8 to 10 May, Congress 2017 promises to deliver unique and collaborative conversations on the big issues that count, provide specialist and cross-disciplinary clinical insights, showcase cutting edge examples of ‘best practice’ and deliver highly relevant, professional development and skills building workshops.

RACP Congress 2017, Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills is your opportunity 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, ageing and end-of-life issues
  • attend high energy, cross-disciplinary think tanks
  • network with global thinkers and healthcare leaders, socialise with peers and forge new professional ties.

The Division, Faculty and Chapter Presidents and the Congress Organising Committee (COC) are requesting papers addressing the specific topics which will be covered in the shared interest program. Topics include​: obesity, disability, cognitive bias, regenerative therapy, medicinal cannabis, consumer centred care and ethics. Abstract submission guidelines and the online submission site are available on the Congress website

Congress is a valuable learning opportunity and participation counts towards your annual CPD requirements.

For more information and to register visit the Congress website 

Basic Training Curricula Renewal – last chance to have your say

The RACP is seeking your feedback on its revised curriculum standards for Adult Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health.

The new curricula have been designed to make competency-based training and progression, practical in the workplace, replacing tick-box training requirements with real-life work tasks. The curricula consist of three main parts – standards, teaching and learning, and assessment.

In the same way our clinical practice needs to evolve in response to developments in our understanding of health and illness, so too does our physician education and training. This includes the way teaching, learning and assessment are designed and delivered.

The Basic Training curricula will be further developed over the next few years, led by the dedicated group of 36 Fellows and seven trainees who make up the Basic Training Curriculum Review Working Groups.

The Working Groups would like your feedback on the proposed curricula. Until Friday, 28 October 2016 you can have your say via a series of questions on our webpage.

For more information on the Basic Training Curricula Renewal, phone +61 2 8076 6390 or email:

Reforms to the Medical Services Advisory Committee process

The Department of Health has recently written to the RACP to advise of the implementation of reform of the process supporting the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). These changes are aimed at enhancing consultation with key stakeholders and improving transparency. 

The most recent MSAC Reform process began in mid-2014 and has led to changes to the MSAC process including: 
  • the introduction of a Process Framework which governs how applications are categorised for MSAC
  • an ​enhanced ​application form and ​technical guidelines
  • targeted public consultation
  • clearer timelines
  • a PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome) question
  • critiques of assessment reports
  • Application Progression Record (APR)
  • exit points
Details for the new MSAC Reform process are available on the new MSAC website, including a MSAC Reform Key Differences Table.

Register today: RACP Telehealth Workshop

A telehealth workshop will be held at RACP Melbourne on Wednesday, 2 November 2016.

Telehealth can reduce barriers commonly experienced by patients in accessing specialist care such as time, travel and cost. While telehealth is not designed to replace initial face-to-face consultations, it can be used to enhance and simplify ongoing specialist services to patients whose access might otherwise be limited.

At this workshop find out about: 
  • what telehealth is
  • what telehealth is used for
  • guidelines and processes for telehealth
  • doctor and patient experiences using telehealth
  • setting up telehealth services and funding.

Victorian Telehealth Workshop, 2 November 2016, Melbourne

Venue: RACP Victoria, Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, or via videoconference
Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Registration: To register email

Find out more about the program and presenters.

Attendance at this event qualifies for CPD credits under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (one credit per hour up to the cap of 50 credits).

Let us know your thoughts as a doctor on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance

Researchers at the University of Sydney invite doctors practising in Australia to participate in a survey on antibiotic use and resistance. The aim of the survey is to explore practitioners’ attitudes towards antibiotic use and resistance, education and resource needs. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Take part for a chance to win an iPad.

Responses are anonymous and confidential. Your views are important to us. 

For more information, email Dale Dominey-Howes at or call +61 2 9351 6641.

Continuing Education Workshop 2016 – Saturday, 5 November

This is the final event in the Continuing Education Workshop 2016 series.


William Osler: his life and philosophy
Professor Michael Pain, Melbourne Health

Update in respiratory medicine
Dr Katherine See, Northern Health

Update in Haematology
Dr Darren Lee, Austin Health

Further information: 

Venue: RACP Melbourne, Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, or via videoconference
Date: Saturday, 5 November
Time: 9am to 11:30am
Cost: Attendance is free. Videoconferencing is available at A$275 per site.
Registration: To register visit the RACP Events website or contact for more information.

Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Guiding Principles for Telehealth Consultations in Rehabilitation Medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Guiding Principles for Telehealth Consultations in Rehabilitation Medicine is now available online.

This document is aimed primarily at rehabilitation medicine physicians who are interested in or are already undertaking consultations via videoconference. It will also be of interest to other clinicians and staff supporting patients and physicians during telehealth consultations. The guiding principles outlined in this document provide general guidance to safely undertake telehealth consultations in rehabilitation medicine including guidance for ‘unsupported’ telehealth consultations. This information is applicable to all settings and is not country-specific.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare – Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) has released the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard, and the associated clinician fact sheets. These have been developed by the ACSQHC in partnership with the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand and in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, researchers and health organisations to provide a national approach to improving the assessment and management of patients with a hip fracture to optimise patient outcomes and reduce the risk of another fracture. 

The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Standard, clinician and consumer fact sheets, and indicator specifications are available at the ACSQHC website

Trainee News 

New Zealand Trainee's Day and Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases New Zealand Meeting  

The New Zealand Trainee's Day will be held in Dunedin on 2 November, 2016. This will consist of a day of speakers giving updates on topical issues including Gram Negative Resistance and Tropical Infections with the full program to follow.

It will be followed by the second day of the Otago Global Health Institute’s Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be focused on infectious diseases, and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) New Zealand Annual Meeting on 3 to 5 November, 2016.

These two conferences are a great opportunity to meet and network with a number of delegates and presenters from New Zealand, Australia and overseas. The cost to attend the ASID New Zealand meeting is only NZD$100 for ​trainees. All ID/Micro ​trainees from both New Zealand and Australia are strongly encouraged to attend. 

You can find out more about the ASID New Zealand on the ASID website

IMJ October 2016

The October 2016 issue of the Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) is now online both on the Wiley Online Library and the RACP website.

​This issue covers:
  • Approach to autonomic dysfunction
  • Limitations in rapid response systems
  • Health surveillance of occupational divers
  • Goserelin in women with breast cancer 
  • Dementia : consensus-based guidance for clinicians
  • Aplastic anaemia
The Editor's choice article in this issue is an original ​article by K.Thursky ; M. Cotta, C.Chen; M. Tacey; R. James;  K.Buising; C. Marshall - What are the similarities and differences in antimicrobial prescribing between Australian public and private hospitals?

September Edition of Advance Care Planning and End-Of-Life Care Newsletter 

The September edition of the Advance Care Planning and End-Of-Life Care Newsletter is now available on the NSW Ministry of Health’s website. The newsletter is jointly published by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and the NSW Ministry of Health. 

The newsletter provides updates on ACI, CEC and Ministry Advance Care Planning and End-Of-Life projects and a guest spot for a Local Health District (LHD), Specialty Health Network (SHN) or Pillar to provide information on their Advance Care Planning and End-Of-Life Care initiatives.

Revalidation consultation open until 30 November

The Medical Board of Australia is seeking feedback from the profession, stakeholders and the community about the proposed approach to support medical practitioners to maintain and enhance their professional skills and knowledge and to remain fit to practise medicine. The Board has adopted the term ‘revalidation’ for this process.

The Board is now seeking feedback about the proposed approach to keep doctors’ skills and knowledge up to date. You can join the consultation in a number of ways: 
  • have your say in the online discussion
  • take a short survey to provide your views on the approach
  • send your written submission by email or mail
  • read submissions made by others
The College will submit a formal response to the revalidation consultation, but we encourage all Fellows to engage individually with the consultation directly through The Medical Board’s website.

RACP Foundation Awards

RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship for 2017

Through its Indigenous Health Scholarship Program, the College annually offers up to eight scholarships to medical graduates and doctors who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander heritage and who would like to pursue a career as a physician. 

These scholarships cover all RACP training and examination fees for up to four years to the value of $10,000 for each year. They also include registration, travel and accommodation to attend the RACP Congress and/or other relevant ASMs.

Applications for the scholarships in 2017 are now open. For full details and to download the application form, visit the link RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program or contact the RACP Foundation.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards which recognise Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements:

The John Sands College Medal

Fellows and trainees are invited to submit nominations for The John Sands College Medal to recognise a Fellow who has made a significant contribution to the welfare of the College in Australia or New Zealand.

Nominees who meet the criteria but are not deemed the recipient of The John Sands College Medal will be considered for the College Medal in recognition of their outstanding service to the welfare of the College.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: The John Sands College Medal

RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or New Zealand.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

RACP International Medal

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP International Medal

RACP Mentor of the Year

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or has provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP Mentor of the Year

RACP Trainee of the Year

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to the RACP, the community and/or trainee activities during 2016 and earlier.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP Trainee of the Year 

Penelope Lowe Prize 2016

This prize is awarded for the best case presentation by a registered AChSHM trainee at the AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Sydney on 18 March 2017.

Applications close 5.00pm, Monday 7 November 2016

Visit the link for more details: AChSHM Penelope Lowe Prize

Expression of Interest 

EOI: Content Development Working Group – End-of-Life Care Qstream Course, closes 28 October 2016 

The Learning Support Unit (LSU) is seeking to appoint a group of six Fellows and Advanced Trainees to form a Content Development Working Group for the End-of-Life Care Qstream course. 

The course will be comprised of 10 case studies focused on end-of-life care.  The case studies aim to open up discussions amongst Fellows, resulting in a change of practise around end-of-life care.

The role of the Content Development Working Group is to develop the course content for the physician audience. Key responsibilities of the Working Group include: 

  • attending a face-to-face workshop to learn more about the Qstream platform, and establish the topics and content of the cases and delegate writing tasks (meeting location TBC)
  • finalising case development via teleconferences and emails following the face-to-face workshop.
Finalising the course content may span over eight weeks via teleconferences and emails following the face-to-face meeting.

Interested Fellows and Advanced Trainees must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form and a copy of their CV. You should include a brief supporting statement outlining how your qualifications, experience and interest in educational content development will contribute to the objectives of this Working Group.

Appointed members will be eligible for CPD credits.

The face-to-face meeting date will depend on availability, but will ideally take place in late November/December.

Expressions of Interest close on Friday, 28 October 2016. 

To request an EOI form, or for further information, please contact Rebecca Lewis: or +61 2 8247 6239. 

About Qstream
Qstream is a novel, evidence-based, online delivery methodology in which short case scenarios accompanied by multiple choice or short answer questions, are emailed to participants over a period of time. 

Learning is reinforced over time. Qstream has been demonstrated to significantly improve knowledge retention and have a positive impact on clinician behaviour.

EOI: STP Advisory Group member position, closes 29 October 2016 

The Specialist Training Program (STP) Advisory Group is seeking expressions of interest from RACP Fellows to fill a vacant member position within the Group.

It is preferred that Fellows be associated with the Adult Medicine Division and based in NSW.

The STP Advisory Group provides advice to the RACP on the development of processes and criteria around the accreditation of, and recruitment into, STP sites. The Group also provides advice on support programs to enhance training networks, and policies governing STP, ensuring the achievement of outcomes as outlined in the Funding Agreement with the Department of Health.

The STP Advisory Group meets four times each year, one face-to-face meeting and three teleconference meetings.

Please refer to the STP section of the RACP website and the Terms of Reference document for further details on the STP.

To express your interest email by Saturday, 29 October 2016.

For further enquiries please contact the STP team at or +61 2 9256 9665.

EOI: Migrant Women’s Health Initiative Working Group, closes 31 October 2016

Would you like to represent the College on a new Migrant Women’s Health Initiative?  This initiative is being established with funding from the Australian Government and administered under the auspices of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). 

The Initiative aims to develop resources and strategies to address barriers to accessing care for migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Working Group will bring together representatives from medical colleges, nursing and midwifery organisations, multicultural community groups, service providers and government; providing a unique collaborative opportunity to improve access and health outcomes for migrant and refugee women.

If you are interested please return your completed Expression of Interest form to by close of business on Monday, 31 October 2016.

EOI: Obesity Working Party, closes 31 October 2016

Expressions of Interest are sought from Fellows and ​trainees interested in becoming a member of the Obesity Working Party for a 12-month term. 

Due to the continuing commitment of New Zealand Fellows and the significance of obesity as an issue in both New Zealand and Australia, the Board have approved the establishment of an Obesity Working Party. 

The purpose of this Working Party is to prioritise and coordinate RACP activity on the issue of obesity.

The Working Party will report to the New Zealand Committee and maintain a strong connection with the College Policy & Advocacy Committee. 

The Obesity Working Party will also identify areas where New Zealand and Australia can work together as well as bring on board a consumer perspective.

The Working Party's first task will be to finalise the draft RACP position statement on the prevention and management of obesity for consultation.
Download the Obesity Working Party Terms of Reference (PDF 78KB) and Obesity Working Party Expression of Interest Application Form (doc 380KB).

Please send completed EOI forms to

Applications close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

EOI: Deputy Chair of the Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Infectious Diseases, closes 3 November 2016 

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Infectious Diseases is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Infectious Diseases Fellows to join the ATC as Deputy Chair. There is currently one vacancy.

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases.

 The ATC meets via 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 to obtain an EOI form and position description. EOIs are due by COB Thursday, 3 November 2016.

EOI: for Coordinator of Advanced Training for the Committee for Joint College Training (JCT) in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, closes 3 November 2016  

The Committee for Joint College Training (JCT) in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Infectious Diseases Fellows to join the JCT as Coordinator of Advanced Training. There is currently ​one vacancy. The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Joint RACP/RCPA Infectious Diseases ​and Microbiology. 

The JCT meets via 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 to obtain an EOI form and position description. EOIs are due by COB Thursday, 3 November 2016.

EOI: Advanced Training Committee – Nephrology, closes 4 November 2016 

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Nephrology is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Nephrology Fellows to join the ATC as appointed members. 

The Committee oversees all aspects of Advanced Training in Nephrology, including but not limited to: approval and certification of training, accreditation of training sites, monitoring and assessing trainee progress, project marking and any other matters that may arise.

The Committee is seeking to appoint two Fellows with specialisation in Nephrology as appointed members to join the Committee for a period of two years. The Committee meets three times per year, via two face-to-face meetings in Sydney and once via teleconference.

To submit an expression of interest please contact RACP Education Officer, Daniel Poonoosamy, at All Expressions of Interest must be received by COB Friday, 4 November 2016.

EOI: AMD Council – Advanced Trainee Representative, closes 7 November 2016

A recent Adult Medicine Division By-law change has resulted in an increase to the number of ​trainee positions on AMD Council, including a vacancy for an additional Advanced Trainee Representative. 

The AMD Council is the representative body for Adult Medicine within the College and is responsible for organising all AMD-related activities within the broad constraints of the AMD By-Laws. The AMD Council encompasses a broad spectrum of medical specialties and, as a Committee of the RACP Board, the Council represents the interests of all AMD Fellows and ​trainees within the College. 

This second Advanced Trainee representative will assist AMD Council by ensuring its effectiveness and performance in advocating for the interests of AMD ​trainees within the College. This includes providing regular reports to the AMD Council, and advising AMD Council on issues relating to College ​trainees.
Please refer to the AMD Council Member Position Description for further information.

The AMD Council meets face-to-face twice a year at the RACP National Office in Sydney. The term of office for this position concludes in May 2018.

To make an expression of interest please submit a completed Expression of Interest form and a copy of your full curriculum vitae to by 5pm (AEST) Monday, 7 November 2016.

EOI: AMD Stream Lead Fellow, closes 7 November 2016

​EOIs are sought from interested AMD Fellows to nominate for the Adult Medicine Division Stream Lead Fellow for the RACP Congress 2018.
The 2018 Congress is the largest annual multi-disciplinary internal medicine event in Australasia. This premier event is expected to attract more than 1,100 Physicians from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. 
The stream Lead Fellow is a member of the Congress Organising Committee (COC) and in this capacity will work with College staff to implement the agreed Congress themes, a ‘Shared Interests’ focus and multi-delivery format as contained in the Congress Guidelines. In this capacity the Stream Lead Fellow will: 
  • Link all content to the purpose, goals and key themes of Congress and coordinate all content within their Congress stream. COC proactively encourages registration and related attendance at key sessions. 
  • Collaborate with the COC and other Stream Leads (from other Division, Faculties, key College Bodies) to optimise the ‘Shared Interest’ Congress model. 
  • Work with the Lead Fellow (i.e. Chair of COC) to link the Congress themes across all streams and identify ‘drawcard’ speakers of global significance, cutting edge topics and innovative delivery formats to optimise each session. 
  • Work with the COC Representatives for Education and Policy & Advocacy to develop the broader Congress program and contribute to streams led by these representatives.
  • The COC meets fortnightly from 3pm ​to 4pm (Sydney time). The COC requests some email discussion in between that is often around suggestion and opinion of speakers and sessions.
The stream lead may establish a small working group that will contribute to the Adult Medicine component of Congress. Generally the working group will meet on a fortnightly basis for one hour.
The successful candidate will be invited to participate in the Congress 2018 Planning Forum Thursday, 24 November 2016 in Sydney. This forum will identify themes, topics and potential speakers in alignment with the needs of Fellows and ​trainees, the shared interest Congress Model and the long term strategic direction of the College. 
To express your interest, please submit your EOI with a supporting statement of up to 300 words outlining how your qualifications, experience and interests will contribute, and your current CV to by COB Monday, 7 November 2016. The AMD Council Executive Committee will review expressions of interest and appoint the role on behalf of the AMD Council.

EOI: Seeking new members for the RACP’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee, closes 14 November 

Are you interested in the health and equity for Australia’s First Peoples? Then apply to be on the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC). The Committee is currently seeking new members with expertise and understanding in the area, who are passionate about making improvements through engagement and reform.

ATSIHC has been particularly successful over the last 18 months in advocating for improved access to specialist care to be included in the government’s implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. Driving this priority forward, through developing and advocating for a national framework to improve the consistent availability, quality and cultural safety of appropriate specialist care, is ATSIHC key focus.

In addition, ATSIHC is also leading and contributing to other College priorities, including working for a culturally safe health system that understands and recognises the strengths, needs and diversity of First Australians; and working to support the growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander physician workforce.

The College is about to embark on the development of a new Indigenous Strategic Framework to articulate the College’s strong commitment to and clear goals for our contribution to delivering equitable health access and health outcomes, and equitable opportunity for medical specialist training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Māori in New Zealand.  The Strategic Framework will outline the strategies and initiatives that are needed to deliver on these goals, and its development will be guided by ATSIHC and the College’s Māori Health Committee.

Interested RACP members are asked to complete the Expression of Interest form and email, along with your CV as relevant to this position, to by COB Monday, 14 November 2016.


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.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ End-of-Life Matters Seminar, 25 October 2016, Adelaide

Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2016 
For more information or to register, phone +61 8 8239 1144 or email 

Facing the Public Health Challenges of Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections, 28 October 2016, Sydney

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Westmead Education and Conference Centre, Westmead Hospital
Date: Friday, 28 October 2016
For more information see the University of Sydney website.

2016 Asia Pacific Coroners’ Society Conference, 8 to 11 November 2016, Perth 

Venue: Pan Pacific Perth, WA
Date: Tuesday, 8 to Friday, 11 November 2016
For more information see the APCS Conference website.

Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science First Australian and New Zealand Conference on Sarcopenia and Frailty, 11 to 12 November 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Date: Friday, 11 to Saturday, 12 November 2016
For more information see the conference website

Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 16 to 18 November 2016, Adelaide

Venue: Stamford Grand, Glenelg 
Date: Wednesday, 16 to Friday, 18 November 2016
For more information see the ANZSCoS Website

Exploring the Essence of Person Centred Cancer Care with Harvey Chochinov, 24 November 2016, Sydney  

Venue: The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Camperdown
Date: Thursday, 24 November 2016
For further information, contact Dr Judith Lacey 

38th Annual Australian Rheumatology Association NSW Branch Meeting, 25 November 2016, Hunter Valley 

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley
Date: Friday, 25 November 2016
For more information see the ARA Meeting website

2016 RACP Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting, 26 November 2016, Darwin and via videoconference to Alice Springs 

The Northern Territory (NT) Committee is pleased to present their Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) for 2016.

Following on from a successful event in 2015, this year’s ASM focuses on two major themes of ‘Access’ and ‘Patient Centred Care’.  

This event provides an opportunity for physicians and Trainees to gather for presentations of recent research and updates in areas most relevant to physicians working in the Northern Territory.

The ASM has attracted high calibre guest speakers and the event organisers are delighted to announce the attendance of the President of RACP Dr Catherine Yelland, Adult Medicine Division President, Associate Professor Grant Phelps and President-Elect, Paediatrics & Child Health Division, Professor Paul Colditz.

The program will also feature the NT regional presentations for the Gerry Murphy Prize and the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence.  

Venue: Waterfront Theatre, Charles Darwin University, and videoconference at the Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs
Date: Saturday, 26 November 2016
For more information and to register, see the 2016 RACP NT ASM website.

Alfred Chest Ultrasound Course 2016, 2 December 2016, Melbourne  

Venue: AMREP Classrooms, Alfred Hospital
Date: Friday, 2 December 2016
For more information and to register, visit the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand website.  

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.



General Physician, Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital, QLD
Enquiries: Ms Tracey Squires, CEO on or phone +61 7 4932 1211.

Australia Wide:

Chief Executive Officer - Australian Diabetes Society

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Chief Executive Officer with the Australian Diabetes Society. As the CEO you will be an integral part of establishing the strategic goals of the Society with the primary purpose of raising the profile of the ADS and increasing its relevance and importance to its membership and stakeholders.

The Australian Diabetes Society is the peak medical and scientific body for diabetes in Australia representing medical and scientific professionals working in diabetes treatment and research. The ADS is a national organisation founded in 1973. It is a membership-based organisation consisting of endocrinologists, physicians, endocrine trainee doctors, scientists/researchers, general practitioners and allied health professionals. It is administered by a National Council elected from the membership who takes on this role in an honorary capacity. 

Reporting to the Australian Diabetes Society Council, some of your key responsibilities include:

  • To provide high level strategic leadership and develop appropriate strategic and operational plans for the Society
  • Develop and present sound business cases, proposals and reports to grow the ADS and increase its exposure
  • Identify, develop, negotiate and oversee new project opportunities 
  • Making recommendations to the Council on strategic management issues including the information, services, programs and activities the ADS will deliver, how to allocate the ADS resources, and how the ADS will finance its operations 
  • Build upon and lead the financial sustainability of the Society
If you are proactive and want to join the Australian Diabetes Society, apply online via SEEK including a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

Applications will open on Tuesday, 1 November 2016 and close on Monday, 14 November 2016.

For further details please contact:

Professor Sophia Zoungas MBBS PhD FRACP
President ADS National Council
Telephone: +61 2 9256 5462
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