AMD eBulletin - 5 May 2017

As mentioned in my President’s Post in April, the College has commenced expansion of the AMD’s 2016 Specialty Society webinar service pilot.

In February, we invited the College’s fifty-one affiliated specialty societies to apply through a competitive process to host one of ten specialty society webinars series. 

Fifteen applications were received, and the application review process was overseen by the Presidents of the AMD, PCHD, AFOEM, AFRM and RACP NZ. The applications were assessed on a 'first in' basis provided the application was complete. Consideration was also given to equity of opportunity across College bodies. The following societies were successful in their applications:

  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN)
  • Australasian Sleep Association (ASA)
  • Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID)
  • Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA), through the Australasian Association of Clinical Geneticists (AACG)
  • Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (IMSANZ)
  • Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA)
  • Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ)
  • Partnership: Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA), the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and the Australian and New Zealand Bone Mineral Society (ANZBMS)

The successful societies will each develop and provide CPD content to their members via a series of five live webinars, while the College will record the live webinars and share the content with the broader College membership via the College website. This College-wide initiative extends the very successful pilot carried out by AMD in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) in 2016. 

This week the first two of our Specialty Society Webinar Service sessions were presented with great success, and we look forward to sharing links to the online resources flowing from these when they are uploaded to the College website. Please keep an eye on the College website as these will be updated regularly.

I’d also like to acknowledge the work of the societies and their presenters and our RACP Events team to pilot this new collaborative effort.

In the meantime, I’m very much looking forward to the College Ceremony on Sunday when we formally welcome our newest Fellows, and to RACP Congress 2017 which starts on Monday. I look forward to seeing you there. You can also follow the event on Twitter #RACP17.

Best wishes,
Associate Professor Grant Phelps
AMD President

Chapter updates

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) update 

The Chapter is currently working with the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health to develop a fact sheet to assist Fellows when using the new Medicare item numbers for Addiction Medicine. We will keep Chapter members updated on the progress and availability of this fact sheet. 

Associate Professor Kees Nydam has been reappointed to the College Council as the AChAM representative for a further term and his appointment reflects a continued working relationship with the AChAM Committee, on which Kees is the Queensland Branch Chair. 

Dr Mike Atherton is endeavouring to pull together a list of Addiction Medicine specialists with an interest in/and are available to provide services for pilots wanting to return to aviation through initial assessments and ongoing support. Dr Atherton has been actively involved in development of an Australian HIMS (Human Intervention Motivation Study) Program for the benefit of pilots with addiction issues. There is basic agreement that this program will become the preferred system for pilots wanting to return to aviation. 

If you are interested in being listed as part of this database that will be made available on the HIMS website and through other resources, or would like any further information please email

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds
AChAM President

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) update 

The communique reporting on the February 2017 AChPM Committee meeting is now available.

The upcoming face-to-face AChPM Committee meeting on Friday, 19 May will include some pre-planning work for next year. In particular, the Committee will discuss projects to be undertaken in 2018 that may require resourcing so that this can be fed into the upcoming budget period and work plan preparations. 

The meeting will also include a dedicated consultative workshop on the development of a 'narrative statement' for the Chapter. The aim of this workshop is to capture initial thoughts, impressions and concepts to build towards development of a definition of who our members are, what they do and the value proposition of being a member of the Chapter. 

Dr Simon Allan
AChPM President

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) update

The Sexual Health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Working Party met for their third meeting earlier this week. Engagement with external stakeholders commenced with invited guests from Spinifex Health Service and the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute in attendance. The Working Party discussed principles of good sexual health and continued development of a work plan for their advocacy efforts. 

The Chapter Committee is also liaising with the state and territory committees about sexual health undergraduate teaching and specialty promotion. The Chapter and Training Committees are keen to determine if any discussions have taken place around Australia about RACP specialties in undergraduate medical programs and how to increase exposure to and promotion of Sexual Health Medicine. This will be discussed further at the next face-to-face Chapter Committee meeting at the end of June. If you have any insight into this, please contact

Dr Graham Neilsen
AChSMH President

Follow RACP Congress with #RACP17

RACP Congress begins on Monday. Follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #RACP17 to see the thoughts and discussions coming from the event, and join the conversation.

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Hear about managing autism in the ED on the RACP Pomegranate podcast

In this episode of Pomegranate hear about the difficulties children with autism have when confronted with the hyperstimulated environment of the ED, the toll this can take on these children’s carers and ways medical specialists can interact with these patients to calm the situation.

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RACP Obesity Working Party discussion document - consultation open

The RACP Obesity Working Party has launched a discussion document for consultation with the wider RACP membership.

The consultation closes Wednesday, 7 June 2017.

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RACP NSW Event: Medicinal cannabis in NSW – Legislation and research

Hosted by the RACP NSW/ACT Committee, presenters at this seminar will speak on the current legislation around medicinal cannabis in New South Wales. The medicinal cannabis research underway in New South Wales will also be discussed.

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Represent your profession on the Advisory Committee for the College Policy and Advocacy Council (CPAC)

Do you want to be a force for change when it comes to health policy? Are you interested in advocating for patients’ interests? Apply to become a member of the Advisory Committee for CPAC. 

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ACP Diabetes Monthly

Published each month by the American College of Physicians, ACP Diabetes Monthly delivers a monthly summary of relevant diabetes news. The April edition is now available on the ACP Online website. Highlights include: 

  • Newer glucose-lowering drugs associated with lower mortality risk than insulin
  • Approved drugs for diabetic neuropathy better than placebo, review finds
  • Insulin pump didn’t improve glycemic control compared to training on injections. 

Expressions of interest 

You can now check the Expressions of Interest page at any time, to find out if there are any opportunities that are of benefit to you.​

Interested in learning more about patient centred care and healthcare improvement?

Deakin University’s Master of Clinical Leadership program is holding a week long residential in Geelong from 3 to 8 September, 2017. This residential is a key piece of the unit HME703: Clinicians, Consumers and their system, and explores in depth issues around patient centred care and healthcare improvement.

The unit can also be completed as a single unit which may count towards subsequent credit for prior learning if you decide to complete further postgraduate study. The residential week is however also available as a conference to people who wish to undertake a week of intensive professional development in these important topics. (No credit for prior learning is available in this case).

For more information contact Course Coordinator, Associate Professor Grant Phelps at or + 61 418 504 252.

RACP Foundation fellowships and grants now open

If you’ve ever considered research, want to further your research career, or need assistance for further training, presenting at or attending workshops several RACP Research and Study Grants are now open for applications.

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Career opportunities

New South Wales 

Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Newcastle 
Closing date: Monday, 22 May 2017
Enquiries: Professor Brian Kelly, +61 2 4921 7776 or 


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre: General Practice Registrar
Enquiries: Dr Marcus Chen +61 3 9341 6260 or 

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