AMD eBulletin - 28 July 2017

President's post

At this time of year, Adult Medicine Division (AMD) members are acutely aware that this is Clinical Exam time. I would again like to wish exam candidates the very best with their results, and thank the many physicians who help as examiners for their contribution to this crucial annual event. I would also like to thank the many trainees and Fellows who assist in ensuring the exams run smoothly. This is a showpiece week for the College and your efforts are greatly appreciated. 

The College is currently finalising its annual progress report to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), which is showing steady College progress against AMC/MCNZ recommendations and conditions. On behalf of the AMD, I would like to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by members and staff in ensuring the College meets its accreditation obligations, and congratulate them on the progress made to date.

The Adult Medicine Division Council (AMDC) has been considering how the role and function of the AMDC will be affected by the changes to the structure and makeup of the College Board that will come into effect in May 2018. The AMD Executive Committee met in early July and discussed this matter at length, concluding that the priority will be to ensure that appropriate reporting lines and delegations are established for the Council in the short term, and the Council should monitor the implementation of Board governance reform with a view to working further on governance arrangements for the Division over the 2018 to 2020 term. This matter will be discussed at the forthcoming AMDC face-to-face meeting in August.

The College manages a significant volume of policy and advocacy issues each week and has developed a triage process which enables agile consultation with specialty societies on matters of particular clinical relevance to specialties. A number of these issues demonstrate the connectedness of our various physician specialties. I acknowledge the contribution of our specialty societies in this area and encourage their ongoing engagement with the College on advocacy matters. AMD is currently working to establish new mechanisms by which its affiliated specialty societies can collaborate with the College on policy and advocacy matters. To this end, we are running an advocacy workshop for AMD affiliated specialty societies on the evening prior to our Council’s face-to-face meeting in August.

The wellbeing of Fellows and trainees remains a priority issue for the College; the Council will be discussing this matter at its August meeting, and we have invited affiliated specialty society representatives to contribute their societies’ input into this matter.

The Specialty Society Webinar Service Pilot continues apace with ​21 recordings now available on the College website. I encourage all members to view the webinar recordings contributed by our affiliated specialty societies; these are forming a valuable cross-discipline resource for all Fellows and trainees. The recordings can be accessed at I thank the presenters and participants for their contribution for this new partnership-based College learning initiative.

You may have read in The President’s Message (14 July) that the College is embarking on a Member Journey Mapping project to understand the different experiences members have in interacting with the RACP throughout their career. This will enable the College to provide greater member value through tailored products and services. I encourage you to provide your feedback and make your voice heard by completing the member feedback form which will be open until Wednesday, 9 August 2017. 

Best wishes
Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division


Addiction Medicine

Budget and workplan preparations are underway for 2018. The Committee is also starting to think about succession planning and the upcoming College election cycle when applications for the next President-elect will be sought.

The Chapter Committee has been involved in ongoing activity on the Welfare Reform legislation that will affect people with substance dependency, including recent input on an RACP submission to the Senate Inquiry on this matter.

The Chapter is planning to hold its annual Fellows’ Update meeting at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference in Melbourne in November later this year. Last year’s meeting included updates on Evolve, the Model of Collaboration, AChAM and College-wide policy and advocacy activity, education and training and Medicare item numbers. A direct invitation with further details will be provided once this meeting is confirmed.

I will be attending the upcoming AMD Council meeting in Sydney in early August and look forward to the first day of the meeting which will consist of a two hour interactive advocacy forum.

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

Palliative Medicine

The Spirituality Training Working Party met on 3 July and members agreed on a task list in preparation for their face-to-face meeting in August. Work includes reviewing learning objectives, investigation of spirituality training activity internationally, and development of a survey for AChPM members to determine how they currently meet spirituality learning objectives. Members are hoping to secure an invited guest for the next meeting who has a particular research focus on the patient view of spirituality needs. I thank Dr Michelle Gold for taking on the role of Chair of this Working Party and look forward to sharing further updates on this work.

Dr Naomi Katz, on behalf of a group of Palliative Medicine physicians and paediatricians, would like to thank all those AChPM Fellows who have participated in a recent survey about pre-emptive prescription of medications for potential catastrophic events. If you have not yet had a chance to participate in this survey and would like to do so, please email

Dr Simon Allan
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Sexual Health Medicine

Planning for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting is well underway, with a date and Melbourne venue nearing confirmation. Next steps will be to develop an event theme and identity and establish an Organising Committee which will include a dedicated New Zealand representative based on feedback received from this year’s event.

The new RACP AChSHM Study Grant funding application round two is now open and will close on Monday, 28 August. Its purpose is to support and encourage the advancement of knowledge in Sexual Health Medicine and funds may be used to train at an appropriate institution, gain technical expertise or participate in and present a paper at a conference or scientific meeting. Valued at $4,000, I encourage all AChSHM Fellows and trainees to consider applying for this grant.

Applications are now open for the Jan Edwards Prize for best proffered paper presented orally by an AChSHM trainee at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference. The closing date for abstracts is Friday, 11 August.

The Committee is also currently reviewing a number of other AChSHM awards that we hope to open soon, including the AChSHM Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline of Sexual Health Medicine for 2017.

I’d also like to draw your attention to the AChSHM President-elect expression of interest information in this e-bulletin. Applications are open for Fellows to apply for this casual vacancy and I hope to see a number of applications come through from the Fellowship.

Associate Professor Catherine O’Connor
Acting President 
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

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Call for feedback on 2019–2020 PREP program requirements

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Key dates confirmed for Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Funding Round Two

The SRSA Funding Round One is now closed and all grant applicants have received their outcome letters.

Funding Round Two 

We are pleased to inform you the SRSA governing committee has approved the key dates for Funding Round Two.

  • Application window: 1 November 2017​–28 February 2018
  • Assessment panel review: March 2018 
  • CPD activity completion window: 1 April 2018–28 February 2019

For more information regarding Funding Round Two, visit the Rural Specialty website or contact

Breakfast Seminar: Climate change and human health – Tracking the transition from threat to opportunity
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RACP seeks feedback on revised Special Consideration policy

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RACP member seminar: Obesity 
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Dr Paul Kelly, Australian Capital Territory Chief Health Officer will be one of the speakers at this event for RACP members.

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RACP Foundation Travel Grants now open

$70,000 in travel funding is available, spread over six awards.

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New award for 2017 - RACP AChSHM S​tudy Grant

AChSHM members can apply for $4,000 funding to advance knowledge in sexual health medicine.

Apply now for the RACP AChSHM S​tudy Grant.

Applications close: Monday, 28 August 2017

Continuing education workshop 2017 – Saturday, 23 September 2017

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Abstracts open – 34th World Congress of Internal Medicine 

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RACP Foundation awards and prizes

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Expressions of Interest

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Career opportunities 

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