AMD eBulletin - 26 August 2016

President’s Post 

I’m very pleased to update you on the work we’ve been doing since our AMD Council meeting in July. 

At that meeting, AMD Council agreed to appoint an AMD Councillor to the AMD Executive Committee to represent specialty society interests in the day-to-day work that the Executive Committee does on behalf of AMD Council. This is a positive development which builds on the good work AMD has done over the past two years to improve interactions between the College and AMD specialty societies.

Professor Don Campbell, one of our new Elected Fellows on AMD Council, has now been appointed to this role. Prof Campbell recently represented the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (IMSANZ) in his role as IMSANZ President. 

We have also been busy developing the AMD Council 2017 work plan. This work plan will: progress collaboration in Continuing Professional Development (CPD), support member interaction with MyCPD, and harness the shared policy and advocacy interests of specialty societies. 

The AMD Council also seeks to support the ongoing development of training site accreditation and to advocate for protected time for both supervisors and trainees; we will therefore work in partnership with Education Services to progress this.

Importantly, we agreed as a Council to complete the first iteration of AMD societies’ schedules to the Model of Collaboration by the end of 2017. This piece of work is set to become a priority item on our 2017 work plan. We will also be undertaking an important piece of work to prepare for the introduction of a smaller, skills-based RACP Board in May 2018. This move will ensure that there is clear and effective communication between the AMD Council and the Board.

In closing, I draw your attention to the specialty spotlight for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, and an update on the College’s EVOLVE initiative.

Best wishes,
Grant

Associate Professor Grant Phelps
President
Adult Medicine Division
 

Specialty Spotlight – Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

This month find out about the society representing nephrology, including their vision, values, priorities and challenges. 

When and how was your society established?

Originally called the Australasian Society of Nephrology, the Society was formed to represent renal medicine and science in Australia and New Zealand. The inaugural planning meeting of the Society was held in conjunction with a meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in May 1965, with key figures Professor AE Doyle, Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith and Dr. JR Blair-West present. The Society's first Annual General Meeting was held in Melbourne in December 1965 where the thirty five members present elected the first council and the Society's first President, AE Doyle.  In June 1990 the Society adopted its current name, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology. 

Vision and Values

Vision: Optimal health and wellbeing for people with, or at risk of, kidney disease.  

Values:

  1. Commitment to excellence
  2. Pursuit of knowledge
  3. Adherence to transparency and integrity
  4. Allegiance to collaboration and inclusiveness
  5. Dedication to patient-focused care
  6. Commitment to evidence-based medicine
  7. Advocacy for equity and diversity

What are your society’s top priorities?

To understand the causes of kidney disease and associated disorders. To better prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney and related diseases in Australia, New Zealand and across our region by: 
  • supporting kidney research across the full spectrum of basic science, clinical, health services and population health research
  • providing education for physicians, trainees, scientists and allied health practitioners to ensure the highest professional standards in the practice of nephrology
  • promoting high-quality care for all people with, or at risk of, kidney disease and their families and carers through education, advocacy and evidence-based practice.

​What challenges do you face? 

  • A lack of awareness in the community about the prevalence of kidney disease and a misperception of the serious health implications of kidney disease. 
  • A lack of awareness of novel agents with the potential to affect the course of many kidney disorders.
  • The heavy health burden kidney disease places on the Indigenous populations of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Ongoing financial support to maintain excellent scientific research into kidney disorders and to facilitate the timely performance of multi-centre randomised clinical trials.

​What are your society’s top achievements?

  • Establishing the ANZDATA Registry which provides registry data on the treatment and outcomes of all dialysis and transplant patients in Australia ​and New Zealand and has done so for over 50 years.
  • The establishment of the AKTN (Australasian Kidney Trials Network) which delivers high quality clinical trials to improve the health and wellbeing of people with kidney disease.
  • Promotion of and pioneering home dialysis modalities. Australia and New Zealand are world leaders in end-stage kidney disease treatments with significant uptake of both home haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
  • Making a major contribution to the development of nephrology in the Asia-Pacific region. Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith was the co-founder and inaugural president of the Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN). Nephrologists in Australia and New Zealand have strongly promoted education and knowledge exchange between South East Asia, South Pacific and Australia ​and New Zealand renal units.

 ​Where can ​you read more?


 

EVOLVE ​going strong

EVOLVE continues to go from strength to strength with 12 specialty society lists currently published and a further 17 underway. The College is partnering with a number of specialty societies to attend their Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs) to promote the EVOLVE initiative and to connect with Fellows interested in translating the recommendations into clinical practice. 

More physician-led lists have been made available through the Choosing Wisely campaign, making sure that our evidence-based recommendations are made widely available to a broad range of health professionals and to patients. As you might have seen in the media last week, the College has been working with Choosing Wisely to promote the recommendations from The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine and The Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists during NPS’ ‘Be Medicine Wise week’. More physician-lists will be promoted in partnership with Choosing Wisely in the coming weeks.

If you’ve not yet had a chance to listen to the RACP Pomegranate podcast ‘EVOLVing your Practice’, I’d encourage you to do so. Featuring Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Associate Professor Warrick Inder and Associate Professor Ian Scott, the podcast highlights the importance of the EVOLVE initiative, how specialties develop their top five lists and how these physicians engage their patients in discussions around tests and procedures that may be over-used, inappropriate or of limited effectiveness.

In August, a representative from the Policy & Advocacy Unit attended the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) ASM. The ASM was a great opportunity to introduce the EVOLVE initiative to Fellows and trainees who might not have heard of this work and to highlight the shortlist of 11 recommendations that the MOGA EVOLVE Working Party have drafted and are consulting their membership on. 

I encourage all specialty societies to include an EVOLVE session in their 2017 ASM program – whether to enable consultation and debate on a shortlist of items, or to discuss and share ideas about how to take these recommendations forward into clinical practice.

Associate Professor Grant Phelps

2017 Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program Requirements now available

The PREP program requirements have been updated for 2017.

The 2017 PREP Program Requirements are available on the relevant Basic Training and Advanced Training specialty pages*. The updated 2017 Program Requirements Handbooks will be available later in 2016. 

Basic Training and Advanced Training education committees regularly evaluate and revise the training requirements for their programs to ensure that they are in line with educational best practice. 

This review is conducted every two years (previously annually). Accordingly, the 2017 Program Requirements will apply to all trainees in 2017 and 2018.

It is the responsibility of the trainee to ensure that they are following the correct guidelines for each training year. PREP trainees, and their supervisors, should familiarise themselves with the 2017 PREP program requirements for their specialty. 

*Note: Some Advanced Training specialties have 2017 PREP program requirements that are yet to be finalised. The changes for these specialties will be low impact changes and/or changes that will be implemented in 2018. The PREP program requirements for these specialties will be available on the Advanced Training Program specialty page as soon as they are finalised.

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) Communiques

The Communiques reporting on the AChAM Committee meetings in March and June 2016 are now available. Some of the key discussions included:

  • College-wide curriculum review
  • policy and advocacy areas of activity
  • EVOLVE
  • IMiA 2017 Conference
  • review of AChAM Foundation awards.

Be aware of false medical conference marketing

The College would like to caution members to be aware of online scams promoting medical conferences that do not in fact exist.

We have recently been alerted by one Fellow who signed up and paid for a conference in 2016 however when he and other participants turned up there was no event.  

The conference organiser’s website and brochures appeared legitimate and advertised an event on `Neurorehabilitation’ in Brisbane run by Conference Series LLC, based in Culver City, California. It featured international speakers and included references to an organising committee. Upfront payment was requested in US dollars.

When the Fellow contacted two members of the organising committee, they confirmed that they had no involvement with this and were not aware that they were being used to advertise this. One of these doctors is also a Fellow of the College. 

We would advise members to use healthy scepticism when evaluating conference offerings, particularly those being marketed internationally. 

If you are uncertain about a conference offering, let Fellowship Relations know at communications@racp.edu.au

National guidelines for on-screen display of clinical medicines information

The National guidelines for on-screen display of clinical medicines information has been released. The guidelines were developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, with significant support from the National eHealth Transition Authority and the Department of Health. 

The guidelines are intended for those developing, assessing, procuring and implementing electronic medication records and information systems for medication management and electronic prescribing, and can be accessed on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website.

Specialist Training Program announcement

The RACP is pleased to advise that the Department of Health (the Department) has approved an extension of the Specialist Training Program (STP) and the Tasmanian Project, to include the 2017 academic year.

This means that the allocation of training posts and funding arrangements that applied in 2016 will remain as is, until the end of 2017.

The RACP has advocated strongly with the Department for the continuation of the programs. The Department has performed a review of the programs to determine their future after 2016. The outcome will be released later this year.

We will continue to keep you updated on the future of the STP and Tasmanian Project.

For further queries, please contact the RACP STP Unit at STP@racp.edu.au or on on +61 2 9256 5476.

Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) August issue

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

  • Inappropriate sinus tachycardia and ivabradine
  • Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease
  • Bleomycin dosing in germ cell tumours
  • Ethnicity and imaging of venous thromboembolism
  • Rituximab in refractory lupus nephritis
  • Evolving telehealth reimbursement
Read the IMJ (Member login required)

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) sub-committee, closes 31 August

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) is seeking to appoint up to six Fellows (from Specialist Medical Colleges), to a sub-committee to oversee the strategic management and delivery of the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) program through an expression of interest process.

The Commonwealth Department of Health and the CPMC have signed a three year funding agreement to provide new funding for rural specialists to undertake CPD and upskilling. As part of the transitional arrangements for the Rural Health in Continuing Education (RHCE) Stream One program, the SRSA program will build upon the existing infrastructure and services, to grow and modernise the program to reflect new ways of delivering Continuing Professional Development.

The key responsibilities of the sub-committee are to:

  • provide strategic guidance for the program
  • oversee the functioning, expenditure and outcomes of the SRSA Program Management Unit (PMU) and projects
  • ensure the efficient and effective use of project resources with the objective of achieving valuable CPD and multidisciplinary team-based training (MDT) outcomes for rural specialists
  • provide advice to the PMU regarding the education, training and CPD needs of rural specialists
  • assist in the application and operation of the program model
  • confirm project planning for the program
  • develop and monitor the application for funding guidelines
  • establish and maintain an Assessment Panel
  • oversee financial management to ensure efficient and effective use of funds
  • oversee program management to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the overall program.

Please visit the Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program website for more information including instructions on how to apply.

EOI: Content Development Working Group – Diagnostic Error Qstream Course, closes 1 September

The Supporting Physicians’ Professionalism and Performance (SPPP) team is seeking to appoint up to six Fellows and Advanced Trainees to form a Content Development Working Group for the Diagnostic Error Qstream course. 

The College collaborated with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission in early 2016 to develop a Diagnostic Error course. The aim of the course was to reduce morbidity and mortality by improving clinician awareness of risks associated with diagnostic error.

Following the course success, the College is now looking to form a Content Development Working Group to further develop the complexity of the course content for the physician audience. Key responsibilities of the Working Group include:

  • a four hour face-to-face workshop to learn more about the Qstream platform, review the existing course content and delegate writing tasks to refine/rewrite the case studies (meeting location TBC)
  • investigating different approaches to presenting the course questions to maximise the value of the content.

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 CV (relevant to the project). The CV 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.

Successful applicants must be available to attend the four hour workshop in late October/early November (date to be confirmed).

Expressions of Interest close on Thursday, 1 September 2016 and an EOI form can be downloaded from the SPPP webpage. For further information, please contact Lilian Tan at sppp@racp.edu.au or +61 3 9927 7721.

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: Basic Training Lecture Series Project Planning Group, closes 9 September

The RACP is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows and trainees for a Basic Training Lecture Series Project Planning Group.

The Planning Group will:

  • provide feedback on the proposed education and business model for the Basic Training Lecture Series Project
  • provide advice on: 
    • scope of a proposed business case 
    • high level transitional arrangements for the current Physician Education Program lecture series 
  • assist in planning a Reference Group meeting with a broader group of members representative of Basic Training
  • provide advice on consultation activities
  • provide a report based on peer review feedback from consultation activites, to be submitted to the Board for review
  • act as champions for the project.

Members will be required to attend two planning teleconferences and two face-to-face meetings in September and November, in Sydney. All travel and accommodation will be covered by the RACP.

We are seeking broad representation from:

  • all states and jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand 
  • a balance of rural and metropolitan expertise
  • expertise in Adult and Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health 
  • trainees
  • RACP office bearers and experienced supervisors, leaders of medical education

Expressions of Interest along with CVs must be submitted by 5pm, Friday, 9 September 2016 to learning@racp.edu.au. Please also refer  to the Planning Group’s Terms of Reference (112KB PDF).

If you have any further questions regarding the establishment of the Planning Group, please contact Suchi Tanikella on +61 2 9256 9643.

EOI: Chief Investigators for Collaborative NHMRC Research Study on Patient Centred Care and Patient Health Literacy, closes 9 September

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 focussing 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.

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 evaluation@racp.edu.au

All EOIs must be received by 6pm Friday, 9 September 2016.

EOI: RACP Congress 2017 – AMD Stream Program Committee

Expressions of interest are sought from interested Adult Medicine Division (AMD) Fellows to join the AMD Stream Program Committee for RACP Congress 2017. 

RACP Congress 2017 will be held from 8 – 10 May 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Expressions of Interest are sought for the appointment of four AMD Fellows to the 2017 AMD Stream Program Committee. 

The AMD Stream Program Committee represents AMD interests in the 2017 Congress, and reports into to the overarching Congress Organising Committee through the AMD Stream Lead Fellow. Responsibilities of the AMD Stream Program Committee include:

  • Recommending topics for the AMD Stream Program
  • Liaising with AMD Specialty Societies in relation to clinical updates to be included in the AMD Stream Program
  • Identifying speakers to present at both Congress and within the AMD Program Stream, including orators for the Professor Kincaid-Smith Oration and the Cottrell Memorial Lecture
  • Liaising with the Congress Organising Committee in calling for the submission of abstracts, and supporting the review of AMD-related abstract submissions
Members will be expected to participate in regular teleconferences in the initial stages of developing the ASM program. The frequency of these meetings will be determined on an “as needs’ basis. 

Melbourne-based AMD Fellows are encouraged to support this activity.

To apply, please forward a completed EOI form  with a supporting statement of up to 500 words outlining how your qualifications and experience will serve the interests of the AMD Stream Program Committee and a copy of your current CV. 

Please forward your EOI to adult.med@racp.edu.au by COB Friday 9 September 2016.

All enquiries should be directed to adult.med@racp.edu.au or the AMD secretariat on ​+61 2 8247 6271

EOI: New Fellows Working Group, closes 12 September 2016

An opportunity has arisen for members of the College Trainees’ Committee, Divisions and Faculties to become a member of the New Fellows Working Group. 

The New Fellows Working Group has recently been approved by the Board and reports to the Fellowship Committee.  It will work closely with all College bodies to determine opportunities to support Fellows transitioning from training into Fellowship. 

Successful candidates will work with other members to consider what supports are necessary to meet this challenge. They will assist new Fellows in their transition from training to clinical practice as well as assist with the development and delivery of resources and/or events targeted at new Fellows.

Members of the Working Group will be appointed by the Fellowship Committee and will comprise: 

  • two members appointed by the Fellowship Committee
  • two trainees nominated by the College Trainees’ Committee
  • two Fellows who are within five years of obtaining Fellowship of the College.

The Working Group seeks to engage a broad section of our membership and will have at least one member from:

  • New Zealand
  • the Paediatrics & Child Health Division
  • the Adult Medicine Division
  • a Faculty.
The New Fellows Working Group will meet at least three times per year. A maximum of one of these meetings will be face-to-face, if required.
Expressions of interest are now being accepted. Please email Fellowship.Committee@racp.edu.au for Terms of Reference and Expression of Interest forms. 

 

EOI: Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Working Party, closes 16 September 2016

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows to join the new Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Working Party.

The Working Party has been established to steer the College’s work in addressing sexually transmitted infections and broader sexual health issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. An AChSHM Fellow nominated by the AChSHM Committee will act as Chair of the Working Party and one Fellow will be nominated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC). 

Applications are currently sought for: 
  • one Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) 
  • one Fellow who is a member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID)
  • one Fellow who is a member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA);
  • one Fellow who is a member of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM)
  • one Fellow from each of the following states/territories: Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
 ​For further information refer to the Terms of Reference

To submit an Expression of Interest complete an EOI form outlining your interest in one of the above positions and provide a copy of your CV to shmed@racp.edu.au by COB (AEST) Friday, 16 September 2016. 

EOI: NSW Health State Scope of Clinical Practice Unit Specialty Working Groups, closes 16 September 2016 

The Adult Medicine Division is seeking Expressions of Interest from NSW-based Adult Medicine Division Fellows for representation on a number of specialty working groups being formed by the NSW Health State Scope of Clinical Practice Unit (SSCPU).

The SSCPU is developing model Scopes of Clinical Practice (SoCP) for each medical and dental specialty in NSW Health.  NSW Health advises that these models are being developed to assist NSW Health hospital credentialing committees to “define an individual’s SoCP in reference to the role delineation of a NSW Health facility in which they work”. More background information on this project is available at the SSCPU webpage.

The generic terms of reference document for the working groups is available here.

The College has been invited to nominate up to two NSW-based representatives to each of the following working groups:
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Endocrinology
  • General Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology (Clinical)
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Rheumatology​
Candidates need to be Fellows of the Adult Medicine Division and qualified in the specialty for which they seek appointment.

The SSCPU anticipates that this activity will involve the appointed individual/s attending two workshops for their specialty, with some additional work to be carried out via email. These working groups will commence in January 2017, however the SSCPU will determine workshop times and dates once the members of the working groups have been confirmed.

If you wish to nominate for appointment to your specialty’s working group, please complete theExpression of Interest form​ and forward this with your current CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) on Friday 16 September 2016. 

On behalf of the Adult Medicine Division Council, the Adult Medicine Division Executive Committee (AMDEX) will finalise appointments through the Office of the President and CEO of the College.

Questions can be directed to the Adult Medicine Division secretariat at adult.med@racp.edu.au or on + 61 2 8247 6271.

EOI: Advanced Training Committee Gastroenterology, closes 30 September 2016

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

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Gastroenterology and has close links with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA). 

The Committee is seeking to appoint one Fellow with specialisation in Gastroenterology as an appointed member to join the Committee for a period of two years. The Committee meets via two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year.

To submit an EOI please contact RACP Education Officer, Gabi Harding, at gastroenterology@racp.edu.au. 

EOIs are due by COB Friday, 30 September 2016.

EOI: Basic Training Lecture Series Project Planning Group, closes 9 September

The RACP is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows and trainees for a Basic Training Lecture Series Project Planning Group.

The Planning Group will:

  • provide feedback on the proposed education and business model for the Basic Training Lecture Series Project
  • provide advice on: 
    • scope of a proposed business case 
    • high level transitional arrangements for the current Physician Education Program lecture series 
  • assist in planning a Reference Group meeting with a broader group of members representative of Basic Training
  • provide advice on consultation activities
  • provide a report based on peer review feedback from consultation activites, to be submitted to the Board for review
  • act as champions for the project.

Members will be required to attend two planning teleconferences and two face-to-face meetings in September and November, in Sydney. All travel and accommodation will be covered by the RACP.

We are seeking broad representation from:

  • all states and jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand 
  • a balance of rural and metropolitan expertise
  • expertise in Adult and Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health 
  • trainees
  • RACP office bearers and experienced supervisors, leaders of medical education

Expressions of Interest along with CVs must be submitted by 5pm, Friday, 9 September 2016 to learning@racp.edu.au. Please also refer  to the Planning Group’s Terms of Reference (112KB PDF).

If you have any further questions regarding the establishment of the Planning Group, please contact Suchi Tanikella on +61 2 9256 9643.

Career Opportunities

New South Wales

Rheumatologist Position in Orange
Expressions of interest are sought for Rheumatologists interested in taking over a well-established patient and referral base at Orange Rheumatology. Services are currently provided by four FIFO rheumatologists one of whom wishes to retire.
For more information contact: Associate Professor Mark Arnold on ​+61 412 356 064 or mark.arnold@sydney.edu.au

Staff Specialist General Physician, Armidale 
Enquiries: Ms Maree Sheaves maree.sheaves@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or +61 2 6763 7420
Applications close: 28 August, 2016

Department Head – Radiation Oncology, Tamworth
Enquiries: Ms Robyn Haack Robyn.Haack@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or +61 2 6767 7961
Applications close: 4 September, 2016

Queensland 

General Physician, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
Enquiries: Mr Oli Steele at SteeleO@ramsayhealth.com.au or +61 7 5390 6101

Rheumatology Positions, Various locations
Several positions are available in various locations across Australia. For further information see the Australian Rheumatology Association website.

Overseas

Trust Clinical Fellow in Renal Medicine ST3, London
Enquiries are to be directed to Dr Megan Griffith by e-mail at: megan.griffith@imperial.nhs.uk 
Applications close: 18 September, 2016

Medical Educator, University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR

Applications have opened for a Medical Educator position based at The University of Health Sciences and in associated teaching hospitals, Lao PDR. This position is supported by the Australian Volunteers for International Development Program and The University of Melbourne. Proposed commencement is November 2016 although start dates are flexible. There are opportunities to engage in clinical teaching activities in affiliated hospitals.

For further information please contact Dr Tim Wittick via email: t.wittick@gmail.com.
 
 

Trainee News

Investigations in Medicine Course for RACP Trainees

This two-day event is designed for Basic Trainees and will have sessions on a variety of specialties. Download the full program here.

Venue: Charles Latrobe Lecture Theatre, Royal Melbourne Hospital 
Date: Saturday, 26 November 2016
Cost: Basic Trainees A$125 which includes notes, catering and access to the lectures on iTunesU. 
Limited places are available at no cost to RACP Fellows
To register visit the Investigations in Medicine course website.

NSW Forum for Paediatric and Adult Internal Medicine Basic Trainees

The NSW Forum for Paediatric and Adult Internal Medicine Basic Trainees is an opportunity for Basic ​Trainees to come together and discuss mutual topics of interest. Presenters include Dr Sarah Dalton FRACP (PCHD President), Dr Jad Othman (Advanced Trainee in haematology), Dr Kelly Li FRACP (nephrologist) and Dr Hala Katf FRACP (general pediatrician). 

Topics include:

  • How to make the most of basic training 
  • Surviving Basic Training
  • How to write your CV​ and interview tips
Light refreshments available on arrival. 

Venue: Education Centre, Level 8, 52 Phillip Street, Sydney
Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
RSVP: RACPNSW@racp.edu.au by 31 August 2016

Further details can be found on the RACP website

 

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

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is on the rise in the general population and in people 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 to ultimately work towards consensus in this field. 

The survey can be accessed here

RACP Foundation Awards and Scholarships

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence 
These awards are open to all trainees in the RACP Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.  

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. These regional representatives will then present their research at RACP Congress in Melbourne, May 2017. 

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

Applications are now being accepted. For further details, including dates for abstract submission and regional competitions, see the the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence page.

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

Applications are now being accepted for the AChSHM Penelope Lowe Prize.

This prize is awarded for the best case presentation by a registered AChSHM trainee at the AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting.

Applications close Monday, 12 September 2016

 Visit the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine ​Awards page for further information and to download the application form.

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

Applications are now being accepted for the AChAM Research Project Prize

This prize is awarded to an AChAM trainee based on a previously submitted research project assessed between 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2016.

The prize is full registration to the International Medicine in Addiction Conference 2017, 24 – 26 March, to be held in Sydney. 

Applications close 5pm, Monday, 26 September 2016.

Visit the AChAM Research Project Prize webpage for further information and to download the application form.


Applications are also being accepted for the 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 (three nights)
  • Medical Student and Junior Medical Officer Registration (​three days) 

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

For further information, please visit the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine awards and prizes webpage.
 

College Medals and Prizes

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 on 3 October.

The following awards recognise Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements. Nominations are now being accepted for:

Please visit the RACP Foundation, College and Congress prizes webpage for more information and to download the nomination forms for each award.


 

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.

Ramsay Health Care Information Evening 31 August, 2016, Sydney

Venue: Cockle Bay Wharf
Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
For more information see the Ramsay Health Care website.

2016 Tasmanian Physicians' Conference, 10 September 2016, Hobart

The RACP Tasmanian State Committee encourages all trainees, Fellows and supervisors in Tasmania to attend this one day conference. The program will include a number of informative presentations as well as research presentations for the Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence. The inaugural TC Butler and FRT Stevens Award recipients will also be announced. 

Venue: Medical Science Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Date: Saturday, 10 September 2016
Cost: A$35 per person
Registration: Register online or email tas@racp.edu.au for more information.

Edinburgh International Conference of Medicine: Past, Present and Future 12 to 13 September, Scotland

Joint conference of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Society for Acute Medicine.
Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Scotland
Date: Monday, 12 to Tuesday, 13 September 2016
For more information visit the Past, Present, Future website

Ramesh Nagappan Acute Care Medicine Course 22 to 24 September 2016, Melbourne

Venue: Box Hill TAFE, Edgar Road, Box Hill, VIC
Date: Thursday, 22 to Saturday, 24 September 2016
For more information see the Eastern Health website.

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

International Advanced Assessment Course (IAAC) 19 to 20 October 2016, London

Venue: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London
Date: Wednesday, 19 to Thursday, 20 October 2016
For more information see the IAAC 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

Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) Annual Scientific Meeting 29 March to 1 April 2017, Blue Mountains

Venue: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains, NSW
Date: Wednesday, 29 March to Saturday, 1 April 2017
For more information see the ASID website.
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