AMD eBulletin - 30 June 2017

President's post

Last week, the Adult Medicine Division (AMD) Council and the Paediatrics ​& Child Health Division (PCHD) further progressed their partnership through engagement on workforce and continuing professional development (CPD) activities that AMD has developed with its affiliated specialty societies.

This year the AMD Council has undertaken a survey on specialty society workforce activity and with its twenty​-seven affiliated societies. The survey was designed to develop a clearer understanding on the level of workforce activity that societies are undertaking and to identify any duplication of effort or gaps in activity. In addition, the AMD Council has surveyed AMD specialty societies to understand the scope of their educational and CPD resources which they currently offer to their members. This has been undertaken to better enable AMD to explore synergies and to see whether there are society resources that may be of common interest or readily shared across the specialties.

These surveys are now being made available to the specialty societies that are affiliated with the Paediatrics ​& Child Health Division, and we hope will prove useful in creating greater understanding and information sharing across societies and across the Divisions.

In the meantime, the AMD Executive Committee is progressing pieces of work flowing from these surveys and also the Policy and Advocacy Lead Fellow network, and is preparing for the August AMD Council meeting, which will include a College led workshop on effective advocacy. Our August meeting will also involve some very focused work on how the AMD can be most effective when the College’s new smaller Board comes into effect in May 2018. I encourage all AMD members to consider how they can contribute to their profession through the College as the College election cycle will commence towards the end of this year.  Please consider whether you would like to contribute to the work of the College in this way.

I am also very much looking forward to sharing an update on the arrangements we are making for RACP Congress 2018, in particular our speakers for the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith oration and Cottrell Memorial Lecture.

I encourage you to keep an eye on the expanding library of webinars that are now steadily flowing from the Specialty Society Webinar Service Pilot which are available at:

In closing, applications for the 2018 RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are open and I urge Adult Medicine trainees to participate. Full details are available here.

Best wishes,
Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division

Australian and New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists

Sixteen Adult Medicine Division members were recognised in this year’s Australian and New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Honours lists. On behalf of the Adult Medicine Division Council, congratulations to those members acknowledged.

Officer (AO) in the General Division

  • Professor Donald James St John AM FRACP
  • Professor Jeremy Somers Wilson FRACP

Member (AM) in the General Division

  • Professor Peter Grahame Colman FRACP
  • Dr Ivan Thomas Lorentz FRACP
  • Professor Peter Simon Macdonald FRACP
  • Dr Nicolas John Radford FRACP
  • Dr Raymond David Snyder FRACP

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Dr David Miller Coles FRACP
  • Dr Robert James Craig FRACP
  • Associate Professor Ronald John Dick FRACP
  • Associate Professor Martin Roderick Jude FRACP
  • Associate Professor David Langton FRACP
  • Dr Mahomed Said Patel FRACP FAFPHM
  • Associate Professor Gwynne Wilton Thomas FRACP

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

  • Professor Hamid Ikram FRACP
  • Dr Geoffrey Maxwell Robinson FRACP FAChAM 

Applications open – RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

Share your research with a wider audience at this competition exclusive to RACP trainees from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.

Find out more

Read RACP Quarterly online today

Articles in the June/July issue of RACP Quarterly include:

  • Let's talk about mental illness
  • Understanding variation in ADHD across Australia
  • Artificial arms have feelings too
  • What were you thinking? Cognitive bias and diagnosis

Coming soon – digital Member Advantage cards

From July 2017, all RACP members will have access to a digital Member Advantage card.
Find out more

Register now: online Supervisor Professional Development Program

Registration is now open for the popular RACP Supervisor Professional Development Program, a three-part online training program.  The courses include Practical Skills for Supervisors, Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings, and Work-based Learning and Assessment. The courses come highly recommended by previous participants and places are limited. Courses commence in July 2017. 

Find out more

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching (ATSM) service - Applications open from 3 July 2017 

The ATSM service is an online documentation and numerical preference system that electronically matches eligible applicants to Advanced Training positions at RACP accredited training sites.

Visit the ATSM webpage to view application dates for participating specialties and apply for positions for the 2018 calendar year. 

Vote for the Fellowship Marks – a new member benefit coming soon

In the next few weeks we will be inviting all members, including trainees, to vote for a new Fellowship Mark for RACP members.

For some time members have wanted a visual device that shows they belong to the RACP, for use on their own stationery, electronic communications or signage. 

Use of the College ​Crest is restricted to College related business only. The Mark will not replace the ​Crest. It will be optional for your use in a personal professional capacity.

In consultation with member groups, the Fellowship Committee and the Board, three Fellowship Mark options have been designed.

The Board has now asked that the three designs be put to a Membership vote.

Look out for an email soon, asking you to rank the three Mark designs in order of favour.

Chapter ​updates

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

The President of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM), Dr Graham Neilsen has recently resigned from his role for personal reasons. Graham’s resignation means that I will be acting in the role of AChSHM President until May 2018, when I formally take on this role. We will be calling for Expressions of Interest to fill the resulting casual vacancy in the role of President-elect; the term will be from appointment until May 2018. The standard two-year term for the role of President-elect (May 2018 to May 2020) will be subject to the College election process later this year. On behalf of the AChSHM, I thank Graham for his contribution during his term as AChSHM President-elect and more recently in his role as Chapter President.
The first 2017 face-to-face meeting of the AChSHM Committee took place today in Sydney with a very full agenda and discussions around 2018 planning, the AChSHM Evolve list, undergraduate teaching and specialty promotion, next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Trainees’ Day and AChSHM Foundation awards. 
Representatives from the Sexual Health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Working Party will meet with the Department of Health’s Indigenous Health Division in Canberra at the end of July to discuss Indigenous Sexual Health matters to inform the continual development of the Working Party’s advocacy strategy. 
I would also like to draw your attention to the call for ​Expressions of ​Interest for two AChSHM representatives to assist on a new working ​party being established by the Andrology Advisory Group of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. The ​working ​party will be tasked with drafting two clinical guidelines on testosterone replacement therapy and erectile dysfunction management. Further information is available in the Expressions of Interest section of this eBulletin. 
Associate Professor Catherine O’Connor
Acting President, Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine 

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

The Spirituality Training Working Party is preparing for its first meeting on 3 July, at which members hope to gain an understanding of the content and delivery format of a spirituality workshop that has been delivered by Clinical Professor Doug Bridge in recent years. The Working Party will undertake a review of this workshop content and make recommendations regarding its utility for meeting the Palliative Medicine curriculum requirements for competency in understanding and interacting with patients’ spirituality. 
The Chapter recently supported distribution of a survey to its members for a research project that is being undertaken on the pre-emptive prescription of medications for the management of potential catastrophic events in patients with a terminal illness. This study is the work of several Palliative Medicine physicians and paediatricians. 
The College recently held a Facilitator Workshop on 30 and 31 May to train additional facilitators for the Palliative Medicine Communication Skills Workshop, with ​seven Fellows attending the workshop. The next Palliative Medicine Communication Skills Workshop will be held on 24 to 26 July 2017. 
Dr Simon Allan
President, Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our colleague Dr Geoffrey Maxwell Robinson FRACP FAChAM who was recognised in the New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2017 and awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to medicine.

I would also like to sincerely thank and farewell Dr Mark Montebello who has finished his final term as Chair of the Addiction Medicine Training Committee and as Education and Training Lead on the AChAM Committee. Mark has made an invaluable contribution to the Chapter and wider College during his time as Chair and I wish him the best for his future endeavors. 

The Chapter is currently calling for expressions of interest to fill a casual vacancy for the NSW/ACT Branch Chair role until May 2018. The Branch Chair is appointed to the AChAM Committee and further information can be found on the RACP website.

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds
President, Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

RACP Foundation awards and prizes

Apply now for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition which ​are open to all trainees in the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. 

These are competitions held annually to identify and acknowledge the best trainee research presentations in both adult and paediatric medicine. 

Nominations are also being accepted for several awards and prizes, including:  Visit the Division and Faculty webpage of the RACP Foundation for full details of all Faculty Awards.

Career opportunities 

New South Wales

Director, Centre of Excellence for the Clinical Management of Emerging Drugs of Concern, UNSW
Contact Professor Michael Farrell +61 2 9385 0135 or or
Associate Professor Anthony Shembri +61 2 8382 2083 or 

Applications close Monday, 10 July 2017


Physician (General or sub-Specialist)
Noosa Hospital, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Contact Jude Emmer, CEO on +61 7 5455 9203 or email


World Health Organization – Technical Officer (Substance Abuse), Philippines 
A unique opportunity to contribute to the development of a treatment system for substance use disorders in a large country with dramatic increase in demand for treatment within a very short period of time. 

Applications close Saturday, 1 July, 2017. 

Close overlay