AMD eBulletin - 23 September 2016

President's ​Post

Our Division has a broad membership, both geographically and across our many Adult Medicine specialties. One of the College’s primary responsibilities is to provide an opportunity for members to connect with each other and with the College more broadly. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to support this by attending the College’s Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting in November this year.

As well as having the opportunity to meet members locally to hear about their successes, challenges and their relationship with the College, I will also be presenting a workshop with Susan Biggar from the Health Issues Centre in Victoria about the College’s recent work on patient centred care. I will be seeking the thoughts of colleagues on how we might build on that body of work. The Board has worked with Susan to build a formal strategy, details of which can be found in the next issue of RACP Quarterly.

The Gastroenterolog​ical Society of Australia (GESA) has also provided an opportunity for the College to connect with members through a presentation I will be giving at the society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Adelaide in October. I’m very much looking forward to sharing information about the College’s work and recent achievements. I hope to highlight the collaboration that already exists between specialty societies such as GESA and the College as well as the opportunities that our shared work brings. A lot of this activity flies below the radar so the Adult Medicine Division Executive Committee is hoping to meet with more societies through their ASMs in 2017 and to engage with them on our shared purpose.

In thinking about how best to support AMD members to engage with each other, I’m mindful that the implementation of the new, smaller skills-based RACP Board will happen in May 2018. The new Board structure removes the current broad representational arrangements, which will require some careful thinking and planning by AMD members as to how we will together ensure that the RACP Board maintains a clear understanding of AMD members’ needs and concerns. A RACP Board Working Group has been established to support the transition to this new smaller RACP Board. It will consult with members on these matters. I encourage AMD members to start thinking about how AMD can be most effective in this new environment and be active in responding to this consultation.

RACP Congress offers a unique opportunity for us to come together as specialists to share advances in our respective specialties and to gain insight and skills that we all need – irrespective of our specialty or patient populations. Our College is continuing to evolve the RACP Congress to meet our changing needs, and I encourage all members to consider how you might engage with Congress. Work has already commenced on Congress 2018 and an opportunity exists for you to shape this important meeting.

Can I also acknowledge and thank the many adult physicians and trainees who assisted with the recent Division written and clinical exams? This critical element of our work as a College would not happen without you. We are strengthened as a College and as a profession by the work we do to support the next generation to be capable and effective physicians.

Best wishes


Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division 

Adult Medicine Division (AMD) Council Communique

The Communique reporting on the AMD Council July 2016 meeting is now available. Some of the key discussions included:

  • the AMD Council 2017 Work Plan and Strategic Projects
  • the formation of 2016 – 2018 AMD Executive Committee
  • the Model of Collaboration 
  • Evolve Implementation Strategies.

Download the latest AMD Council Communique.

International Medicine in Addiction Conference 2017

The International Medicine in Addiction Conference will take place at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney from 24 to 26 March 2017. Early bird registrations are now open with discounted rates available until 12 December, 2016. 

The conference will bring together a wide range of local and international medical professionals who specialise in treating addictions. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Jane Ballantyne from the University of Washington, USA – Opioids and chronic pain
  • Professor Wim van den Brink from the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Addiction and ADHD: genetics, neurobiology and treatment 
  • Professor David Forbes, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, The University of Melbourne – Responding to trauma
The program is structured to provide in-depth perspectives on common clinical presentations by leading clinical academics in the addiction field, with related workshops available each afternoon. The conference will focus on the areas of pain, trauma and current controversies, with a range of local experts presenting on these key themes. 

For further information on the program and to register, visit the IMiA17 website

Adult Medicine Division By-law update

The RACP Board has recently approved amendments to the Adult Medicine Division By-law at the recommendation of the July 2016 AMD Council meeting. 

These amendments mean that a place on the AMD Council’s Executive Committee is automatically reserved for the Chair of the AMD Education Committee, while the number of Basic Trainee and Advanced Trainee positions has been increased to provide for two of each. These changes have been adopted to better reflect that the delivery of education and training is a core function of the College, with AMD being the largest cohort of College members.

Both amendments were approved at the September Board meeting and the revised AMD By-law can be viewed via this link.

Opportunity for Fellows to Contribute to Medical Education in Pakistan

The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) is seeking external examiners to conduct final exit clinical examinations in Karachi, Pakistan in 2016 and 2017. Prospective candidates should already be actively involved in training and assessment, including examinations.

CPSP external examiners are required to purchase return economy class air fares to Karachi which will be reimbursed by CPSP upon arrival in Karachi. CPSP will provide external examiners with an honorarium of US$200 per day, accommodation and ground transport.

The dates for which CPSP is seeking examiners are as follows:

Adult Nephrology​: 23​ to 26 November
Critical Care Medicine (Intensive Care): 15​ to 16 December

Internal Medicine: 22​ to 27 May and 6​ to 11 November ​
Adult Nephrology: 27​ to 30 March and 25​ to 28 September
Critical Care Medicine (Intensive Care): 27​ to 28 March and 25​ to 26 September

Interested Fellows should contact the CPSP direct:

Dr Muhammad Sharif 
Chief Controller of Examinations
College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan
7th Central Street
Phase-2 DHA Karachi-75500
Landline phone No: 0092 21 35887888
Cell phone No:  092 333 201 4546

RACP members who take up this opportunity with CPSP do so in their private capacity. Expenses, accommodation, technical support, the availability of resources and all other aspects of your participation should be negotiated directly with CPSP.  RACP educational resources cannot be used or shared in connection with this activity without written permission from the ​RACP.

Release of Assessing Fitness to Drive 2016

The National Transport Commission and Austroads are pleased to announce the release of Assessing Fitness to Drive 2016, a new edition of national medical standards for driver licensing, which will come into effect on 1 October 2016. 

There have been no changes to the licensing criteria for substance misuse. More detailed information about the application of driver interlocks has been included in an Appendix.

A detailed discussion of changes can be found in the project report which can be downloaded from the Austroads website.

An electronic version of the publication can be accessed from the Austroads website together with supporting information for patients and health professionals.

​From 1 October 2016 all driver licensing assessments should be undertaken according to the updated edition.

Sexual Health Infolink launches new Partner Notification service for clinicians in NSW 

NSW clinicians requiring assistance contacting partners of patients diagnosed with HIV and STIs are now able to use a service offering:
  • assistance or advice to support to the clinician, the patient and the patient’s partners
  • direct contact of partners on your, or your patient’s behalf
  • contact of partners on social networking sites
  • referral to a local sexual health service.
The service aims to ensure timely access to testing and treatment to reduce onward transmission of HIV ​and STIs.  Requests for partner notification can be made online with all information encrypted, transmitted and stored securely. Requests can also be made by clinicians or their patients via the Sexual Health Infolink website or by phoning specialist sexual health nurses during business hours on +61 1800 451 624. 

College 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 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

Join a free RACP Telehealth Workshop

Two free telehealth workshops will be held in October and November in New South Wales and Victoria for RACP members.

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 these workshops 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.
Workshop details:

NSW/ACT Telehealth Workshop, 25 October 2016, Sydney

Venue: RACP, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Registration: To register email

Find out more about the program and presenters.

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

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

Find out more about the program and presenters.

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Position Statement – Consultation 

The Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Committee are seeking feedback on their draft position statement on Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the unique healthcare needs of this population. 

To receive a copy of the draft document and to provide feedback, please email Please provide feedback by Monday, 10 October 2016.  

New Clinical Guidance for the Management of Lobular Carcinoma In situ

Cancer Australia has released new clinical guidance to assist health professionals in the management of women diagnosed with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS).

LCIS is a growth of abnormal cells in the lobules of the breast. LCIS is not invasive breast cancer, but women who have LCIS have a high risk of developing breast cancer later in life. LCIS is a rare condition, and is found in approximately 0.4–3.8 per cent of women who have had a breast biopsy.

The new clinical guidance for the management of lobular carcinoma in situ, developed with the assistance of a multidisciplinary working group, aims to address the wide variation in how LCIS is managed in Australia.

To view the clinical guidance for the management of lobular carcinoma in situ, visit the Cancer Australia website

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Positions open on Advisory Committees for the new Australian Digital Health Agency, closes 28 September 2016 

If you are interested in advising on and supporting the digital transformation of Australian healthcare, the government’s newly established Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) is calling for people to be on their Board Advisory Committees and help shape the Agency’s focus and work.

The Committees cover the areas of:

  • Clinical and Technical
  • Consumer
  • Privacy and Security
  • Audit and Risk
  • Digital Health Safety and Quality Governance

The Committees will meet ​six to eight times per year, and appointments will be for terms of ​two or up to ​three years.

To apply, please email by 5pm  AEST Wednesday, 28 September, stating the Committee you are interested in joining, providing a maximum one page overview of the contribution you could bring to the Committee, and enclosing your CV.

For more information see

EOI: The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Nominations, closes 30 September 2016

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) is seeking nominations for: 

  • at least three clinical pharmacologists  
  • at least three medical specialists with expertise in rheumatology, cardiology, oncology or respiratory medicine.

These nominations are for a standby list for representatives to fill unexpected or pending vacancies on PBAC. PBAC members currently receive an annual salary of $A41,780, which includes preparation time for each three day meeting. All travel, accommodation and meal costs are also provided for attendance at meetings.

The RACP will collate nominations received and forward them to PBAC for their consideration. Please note, members will not be representing the RACP on these committees but will be serving in an individual capacity. 

If you are interested in the above positions, please send a copy of your CV (no longer than two pages) to by Friday, 30 September 2016.

EOI: Chief Investigators for Collaborative NHMRC Research Study on Patient Centred Care and Patient Health Literacy, closes 30 September 2016

The RACP is seeking nominations from Australian based Fellows to be considered as Chief Investigators for a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research study focusing on patient centred care and literacy.

The study will be a longitudinal project conducted over a three-year period, undertaken in collaboration with the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH). The IRCCH is an international network of over eighty expert cross-disciplinary researchers in the field and has its base at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

The aim of the study is to improve the way the health system and health professionals communicate with and support chronic disease patients. Over time patients would learn the health literacy skills they need to participate actively in shared decision-making and effective self-management of their condition. 

It is expected that nominees would regularly treat chronic disease patients, have a significant track record in research, and be able to demonstrate leadership qualities. 

It would be an advantage if nominees specialised in one or more of the areas targeted in the national health priorities, including:

  • cancer control 
  • cardiovascular health 
  • injury prevention and control 
  • mental health 
  • diabetes mellitus 
  • asthma 
  • arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions 
  • obesity 
  • dementia.

Other specialty areas may also be considered, subject to research expertise.

What does the role of Chief Investigator involve?
The Chief Investigators are responsible for providing expert advice and direction to the project team at regular video/teleconference meetings, providing access to research sites and the recruitment of patients for the study. Chief Investigators may also be asked to write or review written project materials including journal articles for publication. 

Interested researchers may also nominate to join the project as Associate Investigators. Associate Investigators  will provide specific research expertise, support the project as champions and assist in identifying research sites.

It is anticipated that research sites will be based in Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales and as a result it is preferable that Associate Investigators be based in hospital and community sites within these states. 
How do I register my interest?
To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), please send a copy of your curriculum vitae and a brief statement outlining how your knowledge, qualifications and experience will contribute to the NHMRC Collaborative Project to: RACP Research Officer, Rebecca Paton at All EOIs must be received by Friday, 30 September 2016.

EOI: The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Statutory Advisory Committee and Specialist Advisor Vacancies, closes 3 October 2016 

The (TGA) is seeking expressions of interest from professionals with expertise in relevant scientific and medical fields or appropriate consumer issues to support our functions as a best practice regulator. Applications are sought for ‘core’ members on one or more of the TGA’s statutory advisory committees or as specialist expert advisors on specific topics. As a committee member or expert advisor you will contribute significantly towards the TGA’s regulatory functions by providing independent expert advice on specific technical matters relating to the regulation of medicines, devices, cell and tissue products and other substances.

Committee members provide advice on the therapeutic product life cycle, from premarket approval and access to post market product safety. Committee members are appointed in an individual capacity to the TGA's statutory advisory committees by the Minister for Health. Appointments will be for either two or three year terms. Members may be required to attend three to six meetings a year.

Alternatively, as a specialist advisor, your expertise may be sought on specific topics. You will be appointed to an expert panel for three years. This opportunity allows for a more flexible contribution, given time may be limited as an expert in your field. 

For further information and to apply via the TGA candidate portal, visit the TGA website

Enquiries can be made by email to or please contact Dr Kaylene Raynes on + 61 2 6232 8334.

EOI: Cancer Australia Intercollegiate Advisory Group, closes 5 October 2016 

Applications are invited from Fellows of the College who are interested in representing the College on Cancer Australia’s Intercollegiate Advisory Group (ICAG).

The ICAG is a Strategic Advisory Group that supports Cancer Australia to demonstrate national leadership in cancer control by working to reduce variations in cancer outcomes, ensuring that all Australians receive appropriate cancer treatment and care; and ensuring that health providers and health professionals are guided by and act on the best available evidence to achieve effective cancer care. 

Further information is available in the Terms of Reference and Administrative Guidelines.

If you are interested in being nominated please send your completed EOI application form and CV to by COB Wednesday, 5 October 2016. 

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact  

EOI: Exercise is Medicine Australia’s National Advisory Council, closes 5 October 2016 

Applications are invited from Fellows of the College who are interested in representing the College on Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Australia’s National Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council oversees the EIM Strategy which aims to increase the confidence and capacity of Australia’s healthcare providers to appropriately counsel and/or refer patients based on their physical activity, exercise and health needs. 

The Advisory Council will bring together representatives from key sectors, groups and organisations with a vested interest in promoting the EIM message and to support health care providers to initiate physical activity conversations, recommend basic exercise interventions and promote appropriate referral pathways.

Further information is available in the Terms of Reference and EIM’s Strategic Plan

If you are interested in being nominated please send your completed EOI application form and CV to by COB Wednesday, 5 October 2016. 

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact

EOI: RACP Congress Lead Fellow and Lead Fellow-elect, closes 10 October 2016

Expressions of interest are sought from interested Fellows to nominate for the RACP Congress Lead Fellow and Congress Lead Fellow-elect roles for 2018 and 2019.

The RACP Congress is the largest annual multi-disciplinary internal medicine event in Australasia. Held in May each year, this premier event is expected to attract more than 1,100 Physicians from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. We are looking for a Congress Lead Fellow and a Lead Fellow-elect to take Congress to the next level.  To enable the College to focus on a long term Congress strategy, these roles will assist the College in providing opportunities for strategic leadership in healthcare within Australasia and on a more international platform and attract more than 2000 delegates by 2020.

The Congress Lead Fellow is mandated to work with the Fellowship Committee and College staff to implement the agreed Congress themes, a ‘Shared Interests’ focus and multi-delivery format, as contained in the Congress Guidelines and other communications issued for the purpose.  The Congress Lead Fellow is Chair of the Congress Organising Committee (COC) and a member of the Fellowship Committee. The Congress Lead Fellow-elect supports the Lead Fellow to provide guidance and leadership to the COC ensuring transparency and fairness in all procedural matters.  

The Congress Lead Fellow, Lead Fellow-elect and the COC will work with key stakeholders to drive implementation of the Board’s strategic vision for a ‘Shared Interests’ Congress model including:
  • participation in the Congress Planning Forum to identify Congress themes, speakers and topics in alignment with long term strategic direction 
  • ensure collaboration, moderation and inclusion to recognise the concept of Specialists. Together 
  • ​lead the Congress Organising Committee to coordinate the development of an innovative, cohesive, scientifically robust and market responsive cross-disciplinary scientific program for Congress which is aligned with the needs of Fellows and Trainees
  • ​superior relationship management skills to work with and engage the different stakeholders in our broad organisation while also realising the vision.

EOIs are therefore sought from Fellows across all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, from Australia and New Zealand for both a Congress Lead Fellow and a Lead Fellow-elect.

Further details on the Congress Lead Fellow and Lead Fellow-elect including position descriptions and EOI forms can be gained by contacting

To express your interest, please submit a completed EOI form, a supporting statement of up to 300 words outlining how your qualifications, experience and interests will contribute, and your current CV to by COB 10 October 2016.

The Board reserves the right to approve the final recommendation.

EOI: Director of Professional Affairs, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, closes 14 October 2016

We are inviting applications from Fellows for an important new senior position located within the Office of the President and the Chief Executive Office in Sydney. This role reports directly to the College Chief Executive Officer.

The Director of Professional Affairs will be responsible for providing professional advice on College member matters including strategies and policies as they relate to the Fellowship. They will also be responsible for acting as the professional interface with College stakeholders.

This role has a wide ranging brief, covering leadership of workforce planning, the College’s international strategy, pastoral care, coordinating the College’s respectful behaviour policy and other special projects as required.

Commencing in January 2017 (or earlier by negotiation), the position is part​-time (three days per week) and has two direct reports working in support.

The contract is for two years (renewable), with salary to be negotiated based on the New South Wales staff specialist rates of pay.

A copy of the position description can be found on the careers section of the RACP website.

To register your interest send your CV, including a cover letter addressing why the position is a good ‘fit’ for you, to by COB Friday, 14 October 2016.  

For a confidential initial discussion, please contact Elena Avanez, Human Resources Business Partner, on +61 2 9256 5481.

EOI: College Education Committee Member with specialist skills in education and training, closes 14 October 2016

The CEC is the College’s peak body for governance of education. It brings together educational expertise and representation from the Divisions, Chapters and Faculties to guide strategic direction and make key high level decisions on all aspects of training and lifelong learning. 

The College is now seeking to appoint a member with specialist skills in education and training to join the CEC.  Meetings are held five times per year, three times at the College in Sydney and twice via teleconference.

Key responsibilities of the CEC are to: 

  • ensure consistent quality of education and training across all College training programs
  • consider the College’s strategic intent and ensure that it is implemented in education policy and program change
  • develop policy for all College training programs
  • monitor and evaluate all College training programs.

The successful candidate will possess the following: 

  • post-graduate qualification in medical education, adult learning or other higher education
  • experience in the elements of College programs, including curricula, assessment, teaching and learning, accreditation, and education policy 
  • experience in the development and evaluation of educational programs 
  • knowledge of the role of Specialist Medical Colleges within the Australian and New Zealand health systems.

Those interested are invited to submit an Expression of Interest form and CV, including a supporting statement outlining how their knowledge, qualifications, experience and interest in Education and Training will contribute to the objectives of the CEC. Documentation must be sent to by Friday, 14 October 2016.

Ideally the successful applicant will be available to attend a face-to-face meeting on Friday, 24 February 2017 in Sydney.

For further information, please refer to the CEC By-Laws or contact

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, to ensure the achievement of outcomes as outlined in the Funding Agreement with the Department of Health.

The STP Advisory Group meets four time 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 ph: +61 2 9256 9665.

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.

Career Opportunities


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

General Physician, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
Enquiries: Mr Oli Steele at or on +61 7 5390 6101


General Medicine Physician, Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares, Dili, Timor-Leste 

An experienced and passionate General Medicine Physician is required to join the Department of Internal Medicine at Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares. Your role has one primary aim: to establish, deliver and lead a Postgraduate Diploma in General Medicine alongside national and international ​consultants. 

In addition, you will mentor and teach junior doctors enrolled in the Family Medicine Program (a two year rotational program equipping junior doctors with skills and competencies to work in community health centres in the districts). 

For further information or to expression interest, please contact Dr José António Gusmão Guterres, C/​o Ms Kate Moss Acting Team Leader, RACS via

Conferences and Events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses.

Measuring Productivity in Healthcare, 10 October 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Melbourne Institute Seminar Room, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, Carlton
Date: Monday, 10 October 2016
For more information see the University of Melbourne website

2016 Short Course in Critical Infection, 19 to 20 October 2016, Sydney

Venue: Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Date: Wednesday, 19 to Thursday, 20 October 2016
For more information see the University of Sydney website

Ramsay Health Care Information Evening, 24 October 2016, Newcastle

Venue: TBC
Date: Monday, 24 October 2016
For more information see the Ramsay Health Care 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.

The University of Sydney Evidence-Based Medicine Course for Basic Physician Trainees, 12 November 2016, Sydney

Venue: Camperdown Campus, the University of Sydney
Date: Saturday, 12 November 2016
For more information visit the University of Sydney 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

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

Trainee News

New Zealand Trainee Day and ASID New Zealand Meeting

The New Zealand Trainee 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 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 September 2016 issue

The IMJ September 2016 issue is now available. This issue covers: 

  • Pyrexia of unknown origin.
  • Gene editing and xenotransplantation.
  • Spinning-induced rhabdomyolysis in young females.
  • Dementia: standardising pathways to assessment.
  • Eosinophilic myocarditis: cases of a rare condition.
  • Omalizumab in a severe allergic asthma population with comorbidities.

The Editor’s Choice for the month is an Original article by Socié, Gérard ; Schrezenmeier, Hubert; Muus, Petra; Lisukov, Igor; Roeth, Alexander; Kulasekararaj, Austin; Lee, Jong Wook; Araten, David; Hill, Anita; Brodsky, Robert; Urbano-Ispizua, Alvaro; Szer, Jeff; Wilson, Amanda; Hillmen, Peter  ( pages 1044- 1053) - Changing prognosis in paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria disease subcategories; an analysis of International PNH Registry.
This issue also features a Clinical Perspective paper titled ‘Pyrexia of unknown origin’ on which Pomegranate’s latest podcast “Fever of unknown origin​" is based.

Read the IMJ (Member login required).

RACP Foundation Awards and Scholarships 

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal is offered every five years and recognises outstanding contributions to the field of medicine. Nominations for this prestigious medal are open now and close Monday, 3 October.

Visit the link for more details: The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

Eric Susman Prize

Fellows are invited to submit nominations for the Eric Susman Prize for a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine. Nominations are being accepted and close Monday, 3 October.

Visit the link for more details: Eric Susman Prize

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence 

These awards are still open for all NSW/ACT trainees (closing date 30 September), NT trainees (closing date 28 October) and NZ trainees in the field of adult medicine (closing date 3 October), in the RACP Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.  

The regional competitions will be held to select two representatives from each region, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine. The regional representatives will then present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. 

This is an excellent opportunity to present your research to a wider audience in a professional and public setting.

For more information on these awards and details on the regional competition events go to the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence page.

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 5pm Monday, 7 November 2016

Visit the link for more details: AChSHM Penelope Lowe Prize

AChAM Indigenous Prize 

This prize is offered to medical students, junior medical officers or registrars who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori descent.  

There are two prizes being offered. Each prize offers:

  • return economy airfares from your nearest capital city to the International Medicine in Addiction Conference 2017, 24 ​to 26 March in Sydney
  • accommodation at a hotel nominated by the Congress Managers (3 nights)
  • Medical Student and Junior Medical Officer Registration (3 days).

The RACP Foundation welcomes promotion of this prize within medical schools and via personal social media.

Visit the link for more details: AChAM Indigenous Prize.

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

Please visit the RACP Foundation, College & Congress prizes webpage to download the nomination forms and for further details about each award.

Research Study: Perioperative care of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea: A survey of beliefs and management approaches amongst Australian clinicians

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) has a rising prevalence in the general population and in those presenting for surgery. It is an established risk factor for increased incidence of peri-operative and post-operative complications. There are currently no consensus-based recommendations on management of these patients in Australia. We wish to conduct a survey of specialties involved in the care of these patients to examine current practice and beliefs in the perioperative management of OSA. The results will be reviewed by the Respiratory and Sleep Department at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, to identify current trends in practice, and to ultimately guide towards a consensus approach in this field. 

The survey for completion can be accessed here.  

Medical Services Advisory Committee Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) items for the 6 to 7 October 2016 Meeting

The following items are expected to be considered at the next ESC meeting on 6 to 7 October 2016:

Contracted Assessments:
1331 - Review of archival tissue for further diagnostic testing
1397 - mpMRI prostate diagnostic scans
1399 - Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation administered through the Urgent PC Neuromodulation System
1402 - Liver Microwave Tissue Ablation
1403 - Lung Microwave Tissue Ablation
1405 – MBS Item Number for Pulmonary Rehabilitation
1406 -18F-FDG PET for indolent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
1424 – MR-guided biopsy procedures for diagnosis of prostate
1432 – Cardiac MRI – Cardiomyopathy – ( Part B)

Submission Based Assessments - Resubmissions
1395 - Fluorescence guided resection of high grade (grade IV) glioma that are glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) using Gliolan (aminolevulinic acid)
1428 – Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischaemic stroke

Submission Based Assessments - Resubmissions
1358.1 - Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy
1398.1 - Implantation of a permanent wireless haemodynamic sensor and associated remote analysis of pulmonary artery pressure

Co-Dependent Assessments
1414 - PD-L1 testing for access to pembrolizumab for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC

For more information on these applications please visit the MSAC website.
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