AMD eBulletin - 4 March 2016

President’s post 

Following the call for nominations for the College’s elected positions in December 2015, the College election cycle commenced yesterday and will conclude on Monday, 4 April 2016. The AMD Council has elections for the position of AMD President-Elect with two nominees, and for the four Elected Fellow (Australia) positions where we have eight nominees. 

In addition, AMD Council has met today and agreed on the process by which it will make its four AMD RACP Board appointments. There is a call for Expressions of Interest in this edition of the AMD eBulletin which details how AMD Council will select its appointments.

This is an important time for all College members to reflect on what the College does for them and what they want from their College, and to review the statements of candidates who have nominated for elected positions.

This is the time for you to get involved and determine which candidate best supports your views and needs. It is essential that our office bearers reflect the needs of the College membership, which can only happen if members participate in this democratic process.

Best wishes,

John

Prof John Wilson
President
Adult Medicine Division

An Annual Scientific Meeting to remember

Close to 80 sexual health physicians, trainees and allied health professionals attended the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) Hot and Steamy in Brisbane last Saturday. Newly available Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved direct acting antivirals for hepatitis C virus, the renewed National Cervical Screening Program for the prevention of cervical cancer, antimicrobial stewardship in sexual heath as well as sexual health issues affecting the ageing population were all explored at the event. 

The afternoon saw delegates engage in a panel discussion on a number of topics related to clinical practice and new Medicare item numbers for sexual health medicine. 

The inaugural Sexual Health Trainees’ Day was held the following day. The program was based on trainee interests and included presentations on transgender medicine, genital dermatology and research. A Q&A panel session also took place with the opportunity for trainees to discuss exit assessment requirements. 

Overall both events were a success and my thanks go to the Organising Committee for their work, our Chapter President-Elect Dr Graham Nielsen and the Queensland Sexual Health Society for their support in organising the program for the meeting as well as all delegates for their attendance.

Dr Lynne Wray
AChSHM President
 

Make your vote count

Voting in the College elections is now open and, in accordance with the College’s Constitution and By-laws, will remain open until 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday, 4 April 2016.

As a member of the Adult Medicine Division, Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine or Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, you are eligible to vote in the elections for:

  • RACP President-Elect
  • President-Elect of the Adult Medicine Division 
  • Four members of the Adult Medicine Division Council (if you are a Fellow or trainee who is resident in Australia)

You should have received an email yesterday (Thursday, 3 March) from Computershare, the Returning Officer appointed by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) with voting details including your PIN. The PIN has been issued to you by the Returning Officer for the purposes of this vote and serves no other use.

All members are encouraged to participate in these elections by voting. The ballot is confidential.

Successful candidates will be appointed for a two year term starting at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 16 May 2016.

Read more about the voting process and election statements from the candidates for these positions.

You may change your vote at any time before 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday, 4 April 2016.

If you have deleted your email or didn’t received an email, please contact Computershare by email at racp@computershare.com.au or by phone to 1300 407 207 (Australia) or 0800 453 523 (New Zealand) or +61 3 9415 4015 (from other countries) and they will resend it.

Expressions of Interest 

EOI: Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) Committee –Trainee representative, closes Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The AChAM is seeking expressions of interest from current Addiction Medicine trainees to act as the trainee representative to the AChAM Committee. 

The AChAM Committee is the peak decision-making body for the Chapter and forms parts of the Adult Medicine Division, reporting to the Adult Medicine Division Council. 

Please refer to the AChAM committee member position description for further information. 

The AChAM Committee meets face-to-face twice a year in Sydney and twice via teleconference. The term of office for this position is two years and will commence from the conclusion of the AGM on Monday, 16 May 2016.

To submit an expression of interest, please forward a completed EOI form, including a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest in the position and how you meet the selection criteria with a copy of your curriculum vitae to AddictionMed@racp.edu.au by COB Tuesday, 29 March 2016

EOI: Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) Committee – Various positions, closes Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The AChPM is seeking expressions of interest from current Palliative Medicine Fellows and trainees for the following positions on the AChPM Committee:

  • New Zealand representative (Fellow) 
  • Trainee representative

The AChPM Committee is the peak decision-making body for the Chapter and forms parts of the Adult Medicine Division, reporting to the Adult Medicine Division Council. 

Please refer to the AChPM committee member position description for further information. 

The AChPM Committee meets face-to-face twice a year in Sydney and twice via teleconference. The term of office for this position is two years and will commence from the conclusion of the AGM on Monday, 16 May 2016.

To submit an expression of interest, please forward a completed EOI form, including a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest in the position and how you meet the selection criteria with a copy of your curriculum vitae to PallMed@racp.edu.au by COB Tuesday, 29 March 2016.

EOI: Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Committee – Various positions, closes Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The AChSHM is seeking expressions of interest from current Sexual Health Medicine Fellows and trainees for the following positions on the AChSHM Committee:

  • Four committee members (Fellows) 
  • New Zealand representative (Fellow)
  • Trainee representative 

The AChSHM Committee is the peak decision-making body for the Chapter and forms parts of the Adult Medicine Division, reporting to the Adult Medicine Division Council. 

Please refer to the AChSHM committee member position description for further information. 

The AChSHM Committee meets face-to-face twice a year in Sydney and twice via teleconference. The term of office for this position is two years and will commence from the conclusion of the AGM on Monday, 16 May 2016.

To submit an expression of interest, please forward a completed EOI form, including a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest in the position and how you meet the selection criteria with a copy of your curriculum vitae to SHMed@racp.edu.au by COB Tuesday, 29 March 2016.

Expressions of Interest for Adult Medicine Division Appointments to the RACP Board, closes 1 April 2016

Article 8.1.3 of the RACP Constitution states that the RACP Board membership will include four Fellows appointed by the Adult Medicine Division (AMD).

Clause 6 of the AMD By-law requires the AMD Council to appoint four members of the AMD to the Board. The By-law sets out the two means by which the AMD Council can make these appointments:

  • Clause 6. To appoint Board members for the Division in accordance with the Constitution, the Division Council may either: 
    • 6.1 Appoint the President and President–Elect of the Division and two other Fellows who are members of the Division or the Chapters of the Division; or 
    • 6.2 Four Fellows who are members of the Division or the Chapters of the Division. 

At its meeting held on Friday, 4 March 2016, the AMD Council made a resolution to adopt Clause 6.1 of the AMD By-law in making these appointments in 2016.

The AMD Council is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Fellows of the AMD for appointment of ​two AMD positions to the RACP Board for a term of two years, commencing May 2016.

If you wish to submit an EOI for one of these roles:

1. Please review the following documents:

2. Please complete the following documents:

3. Submit your Expressions of Interest Form, Declaration and CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au by no later than COB (AEST) on Friday, 1 April 2016.

The AMD Council will conduct a ballot with the two applicants receiving the highest number of AMD Council votes to be appointed to the RACP Board together with the AMD President and AMD President-Elect.

Enquiries should be directed to the AMD Senior Executive Officer, Lisa Penlington at adult.med@racp.edu.au or on + 61 2 8247 6271.

Career opportunities 

New South Wales 

Staff Specialist General Physician – Armidale

Enquiries: Dr Yashavi Gaddi (position enquiries), SS General Physician, Armidale Rural Referral Hospital, Yashasvi.Gaddi@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or Ms Jess Fernando (application enquiries), Acting Recruitment Consultant, +61 2 6763 7415 or jessica.fernando2@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au.
 
Applications close Saturday, 19 March 2016

Conferences and events 

VAILA Conference 2016 – Alcohol and Drugs in the Emergency Department
11 March 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Brenan Hall, St Vincent’s Hospital
Date: Friday, 11 March 2016
For more information see the event website 

Macarthur Series in Immunology
19 March 2016, Sydney 

Venue: School of Medicine (Building 30), University of Western Sydney Campbelltown Campus
Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
For more information see the event website.

Turning Point Foundation Workshop: Understanding & Treating People with a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder
21 March 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Turning Point training room, Fitzroy
Date: Monday, 21 March 2016
For more information see the event website

Winter School Workshop: Piecing the puzzle together: Designing, developing and implementing evidence-based AOD services
13 to 14 April 2016, Brisbane 

Venue: Rydges South Bank Brisbane 
Date: Wednesday, 13 to Thursday, 14 April 2016
For more information, see the event website.

The Australian Telehealth Conference (ATC) 2016 
28 to 29 April 2016, Sydney 

Venue: Swissôtel, Sydney
Date: Thursday, 28 to Friday, 29 April 2016
For more information, see the event website

RACGP QLD’s 59th Clinical Update Weekend: iGP General Practice into the Future
30 April to 1 May 2016, Brisbane 

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Date: Saturday, 30 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016
For more information and to register see the event website.

Australian & New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference
16 to 17 May 2016, Gold Coast 

Venue: Mantra on View, Gold Coast
Date: Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 17 May 2016
For more information see the event website.

The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016
18 to 20 May 2016, Gold Coast 

Venue: Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast
Date: Wednesday, 18 to Friday, 20 May 2016 
For more information, see the event website

The Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Communication Skills Workshop
27 to 29 July 2016, Sydney 

Venue: RACP Office, Sydney
Date: Wednesday, 27 to Friday, 29 July 2016
For more information, visit the Palliative Medicine Advanced Training webpage

17th International Mental Health Conference 2016
10 to 12 August 2016, Gold Coast 

Venue: Sea World Resort Conference Centre, Gold Coast 
Date: Wednesday, 10 to Friday, 12 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

Inaugural NSW Medical Education and Training Conference 2016
11 to 12 August 2016, Sydney 

Venue: SMC Conference and Function Centre
Date: Thursday, 11 to Friday, 12 August 2016
For more information, see the event website.

The 33rd World Congress of Internal Medicine
22 to 25 August 2016, Bali 

Venue: Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), Bali, Indonesia 
Date: Monday, 22 to Thursday, 25 August 2016 
For more information, see the event website

12th International Conference on Medical Regulation
20 to 23 September 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: Tuesday, 20 to Friday, 23 September 2016
Abstracts are now being accepted. For more details see the event website.

Trainee news

Genetics For Trainees, 30 July 2016, Melbourne 

Genetics For Trainees is a weekend course designed to provide trainees with the genetics knowledge they need for their exam preparation and clinical practice.
 
The course is based on the RACP curriculum and past exam topics, delivered by experienced lecturers, including a comprehensive multiple choice question (MCQ) practice exam with worked examples.
 
The website also has other items which may be of interest to trainees including example genetics MCQs, genetics articles and other useful links.
 
Discover everything you wanted to know about genetics, but were too afraid to ask.
 
Venue: Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2016
For more information and to register visit the Genetics For Trainees website.

The Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Communication Skills Workshop
27 to 29 July 2016, Sydney 

This workshop is a three day experiential learning opportunity run by experienced facilitators with the aid of simulated patients. It is designed to develop and enhance your communication with patients, their families and with other health workers.

Previous participants have rated the workshop highly.

The workshop will take place in Sydney at the RACP office from Wednesday, 27 to Friday, 29 July 2016 inclusive. It is suitable for all Advanced Trainees in palliative medicine, as well as Fellows and those training in other specialties who have an interest in further developing their communication skills.

The format will be student focussed involving a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, role play and feedback in carefully facilitated groups in an environment of mutual respect and a willingness to share ideas and experiences.

Places are limited and priority will be given to currently enrolled trainees in Palliative Medicine and Fellows of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine.

The course fee is AU $2384 for trainees and AU $2980 for Fellows. This includes materials, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.    

Registrations are now being accepted. An application form is available on the Palliative Medicine Advanced Training webpage

Please contact PalliativeMedTraining@racp.edu.au if you have any questions.

Trainees' Day at the RACP Congress 2016. Registrations now open 

To support future physicians, Congress 2016 includes a dedicated Trainees’ Day. Held on Sunday, 15 May 2016, Trainees’ Day is a great way to begin your three days in Adelaide.

Trainees’ Day is run by trainees for trainees and the sessions have been planned based on your feedback. The day promises to deliver a relevant and exciting program with cutting edge speakers to develop your clinical skills, promote discussion and prepare you for your career as a physician.

Trainees’ Day topics will give you tips on surviving in private practice with Lisa Phelps from MyPS Integrated Practice Services, open a discussion about physicians and their mental health with Dr Roger Sexton from Doctors Health SA and help you understand expected professional behaviour in the workplace with Associate Professor Grant Phelps from Deakin University and Dr Sarah Dalton from The Clinical Excellence Commission. Further details on the topics and speakers for Trainees’ Day can be found on the preliminary program.

For more information about Trainees’ Day and RACP Congress 2016 visit the Congress 2016 website.

Register before Friday, 11 March to take advantage of the Early Bird rates.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre 
Date: Sunday, 15 May 2016
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Congress 2016 website.

New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2016
19 March 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand 

Registrations close soon.

This year’s program offers information and skills development to support trainees in balancing their physician career with all other elements of life. This event is suitable for trainees in all specialties and at all stages of training. This year’s theme is ‘making good decisions: at work and at home’. Program details are available.

Venue: The University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch
Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
Registration: Please complete the registration form and email to communications@racp.org.nz, or phone +64 4 460 8122
Cost: NZ $250 (includes dinner)

United Kingdom specialty training opportunities

Training positions are available in the United Kingdom (UK) with the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (RCPE), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

RACP members entering Advanced Training are welcome to apply. 

Applicants must have successfully completed their RACP written and clinical exams.

The posts are for up to 24 months in the areas of: General Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Renal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Geriatrics, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Stroke Medicine. Opportunities are also available in Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine.

Any overseas training will need to be prospectively approved by the College for it to count towards Fellowship.   

For more information see the Medical Training Initiatives section of the RCPE website.

RACP Congress 2016 – Early bird registrations closing soon

The 2016 RACP Congress takes place in Adelaide South Australia from Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 May 2016. 

A dedicated committee has structured a highly informative program which has been tailored to the specific needs of the Adult Medicine Division (AMD). 

Clinical Genetics and its impact across clinical disciplines

Panellists: Professor Eric Haan, Professor Chris Semsarian, Dr Nicola Popawski and Professor Francois Chamalaun

Improved diagnosis using next generation sequencing, consider whether genetic testing for genetic cardiac disorders is useful, explain why genetic testing for monogenic forms of diabetes improve diagnosis and treatment, and provide the family perspective on genetic diagnosis.

Misconceptions re: allergy and non-allergy drug reactions

Panellists: Professor Robert Heddle, Dr William Smith and Associate Professor Michaela Lucas 

Issues all clinicians face in managing patient drug regimes and challenging some misconceptions around severe drug reactions.

Understanding the impact of the microbiome on health and disease and opportunities for intervention: SAHMRI’s Infection and Immunity

Professor Steve Wesselingh, Associate Professor David Lynn and Dr Geraint Rogers 

Exploring the role of the microbiome and how this affects patient management.

RACP Congress is a valuable learning opportunity and participation counts towards your annual CPD requirements. For more information go to the MyCPD section of the College website.

Confirm your registration before the early bird deadline of Friday, 11 March 2016 via the Congress website.

Fellowship Standards consultation

The College is undertaking an important program of work to renew its curricula. Key to this is the development of the RACP Standards Framework, which will define the domains of professional practice for physicians to be applied across our diverse range of training programs.

We now need your help to further refine and confirm the Fellowship Standards and establish the benchmarks for graduates of RACP training programs. 

You can give your feedback by completing the survey by Wednesday, 18 May 2016. 

For further information, and to view the draft standards, visit the Fellowship Standards Consultation page.  

Important MyCPD information

2015 MyCPD submission reminder

All 2015 MyCPD submissions are due by Thursday, 31 March 2016.
Further detail on MyCPD and Continuing Professional Development is available.

2016 MyCPD framework update 

The College Education Committee has approved small, incremental changes to the 2016 MyCPD Framework with the aim of retaining familiarity, simplifying recording and incentivising desired educational outcomes. 

Changes include:

  • all CPD activities will now be awarded credits based on an hourly rate
  • preparation for teaching, publication and presentation has been merged with the event publication in Category 1 to reduce the need to double claim
  • grand rounds, journal clubs and other medical meetings have been moved to Group learning activities in Category 2
  • the 50 credit cap has been extended to all categories to promote diversification of CPD activities.

For more information see the latest CPD news section of the website.

If you require any assistance or have any questions about your CPD record please contact the CPD Unit on +61 2 8247 6201 or MyCPD@racp.edu.au in Australia or +64 4 460 8122 or MyCPD@racp.org.nz in New Zealand.

CPD requirements for dual Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia  

Fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) have recently received correspondence from their College outlining changes to the RCPA’s CPD requirements. The RCPA has advised that CPD certificates or ‘sign offs’ from other College’s CPD programs will no longer be acceptable to satisfy that College’s CPD requirements. Many dual Fellows have used the RCPA CPD program in the past because it offers access to the laboratory Quality Assurance programs which are an essential part of CPD for those working in laboratory medicine and the RACP has been happy to recognise this.

What then does this mean for dual Fellows of the RACP and RCPA?

Practitioners in both Australia and New Zealand are required to declare annually that they are participating in a compliant CPD program at the time of renewal of registration. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has always required that Fellows undertake CPD activities which match their scope of practice using either the programs of, or individual programs which match the requirements of, the accredited College(s) of their specialty/specialties. The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) has generally been more specific about Fellows needing to report CPD activity using their College’s program. Australasian Colleges however have been able to recognise other accredited CPD programs. Because of this, dual Fellows have generally needed to submit a return through only one program in order to meet the AHPRA/MBA or MCNZ requirements. 

The CPD requirements in the RACP have not been changed. The College will continue to recognise the accredited RCPA CPD program. Fellows who undertake clinical practice in a specialty field covered by an RACP accredited program will still need to ensure that they undertake sufficient CPD activity specific to that aspect of their scope of practice. If the RCPA’s system for CPD does not support the reporting of this activity, Fellows will need to consider their circumstances carefully. Many activities are likely to be suitable for reporting in both RCPA and RACP programs if necessary. All Fellows should ensure that they are familiar with the CPD standards of the Australian or New Zealand regulators as appropriate. 

The RACP sends reminder notices to Fellows participating in MyCPD who have logged fewer than the required number of CPD credits as the CPD year draws to a close. If you are a dual Fellow and the RCPA CPD program alone still meets your needs in reporting CPD activity aligned with your scope of practice, you are welcome to advise us of this. You can be withdrawn from MyCPD and will thus not receive unnecessary notifications and reminders.  Please contact the CPD Unit on +61 2 8247 6201 or MyCPD@racp.edu.au. NZ Fellows can also contact the New Zealand CPD Unit directly on +64 4 460 8122 or MyCPD@racp.org.nz. Fellows can re-join the MyCPD program at any time if this becomes an appropriate solution. 

Consultation: Integrated Care Discussion Paper, closes 15 April 2016

The challenge of how to better integrate care is an area of active debate worldwide. The RACP Integrated Care Working Party has developed a principles-based Discussion Paper, and is seeking your feedback to assist in the development of the RACP’s final position statement.

To request a copy of the documents and consultation questions or to submit your comments contact Andrew McAlister at racpconsult@racp.edu.au.

The consultation period closes on Friday, 15th April 2016.

Zika Virus Information 

The following information on Zika Virus is available on the Department of Health website

  • Interim guidelines for management of pregnant women with Zika virus exposure
  • Interim recommendations for reducing the risk of sexual transmission of Zika virus
  • Information about Zika virus testing

These documents have been endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and Communicable Diseases Network.

RACP Foundation Awards

RACP Foundation Study Grants for 2016

Applications for study grants offered by the RACP Foundation open on Monday, 7 March.
These grants are available to Fellows and trainees of the RACP to undertake research or to further educational training, or develop educational initiatives.

The grants available are:

  • The Macquarie Health Corporation Gaston Bauer Work Shadow Grant (value up to $3,000), for rural Fellows and trainees to undertake a short course Work Shadow Program with specialists at a hospital or institution.
  • M. D Silberberg Study Grant (value up to $5,000) to support and encourage advancement of knowledge in matters connected with the field of cardiology.
  • NZ Education Development Grant (value up to NZ$10,000) to support and encourage advancement of knowledge in an area relevant to the applicants field of medical study.
  • WH Nicholls Trust Grant (value up to NZ$5,700) to provide support of research, or a study project for the purpose of advancing knowledge relating to the prevention and cure of cardiovascular disease. New Zealand Fellows or trainees are eligible for this grant.
  • Queensland State Committee Educational Development Grant (value up to $10,000) to assist Fellows and trainees implement or undertake educational projects or activities. Applications for group projects will be considered eligible providing they are led by a Queensland Fellow or trainee.

Applications close 5pm AEDT Monday, 18 April 2016.

Read more about these grants and the Terms and conditions.


For any queries regarding the eligibility criteria or application process, please contact the foundation@racp.edu.au or call +61 2 9256 9639.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Notices

TGA statement regarding ConceivePlease one step hCG urine pregnancy tests

The TGA recently published information regarding ConceivePlease one step hCG urine pregnancy tests. 

Consumers and health professionals are advised that ConceivePlease, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling one batch of ConceivePlease one step human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) urine pregnancy tests. The affected batch number is 20131203.

The full statement can be found on the TGA website.

NHMRC Principles for accessing and using publicly funded data for health research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have released Principles for accessing and using publicly funded data for health research. They provide information and guidance for researchers and organisations when researchers seek permission from organisations to access and use data for their research.

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