AMD eBulletin – 10 March 2023

A message from your President-elect

Prof Brian Wood AMD President-elect

G’day and kia ora

AMD Workplan 2023 to 2025

The AMD Council met for the first time this year on 28 February 2023. The agenda focused on the AMD workplan, which was endorsed by the Board at their February meeting. I am very proud of the consideration and effort that the AMD Council and AMD Executive Committee have put into the workplan, and I look forward to working with the Council to implement it.

The five key initiatives are:

  1. Improving the capacity of adult medicine to respond to workforce needs
  2. Ensuring equity, fairness, and transparency in Advanced Training
  3. Supporting and growing the Physician Leader
  4. Articulating the rationale and function of the AMD
  5. Supporting the wellbeing of AMD Fellows and trainees.

Thank you to our Specialty Society representatives

I would like to thank the outgoing Speciality Society members for their valuable contributions to AMD Council throughout their terms:

  • Dr Karl Baumgart – Specialty Society representative – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
  • Pamela McCombe – Specialty Society representative – Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN)
  • Dr Thomas Altree – Specialty Society representative – Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA)
  • Dr Anne Knight – Specialty Society representative – Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (IMSANZ)
  • Associate Professor Frances Milat – Specialty Society representative – Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS)
  • Associate Professor Steve Stranks – Specialty Society representative – Australian Diabetes Society (ADS)

Welcome to new and continuing AMD Council members

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new AMD Council members:

  • Dr Fahid Hashem – Elected Fellow: Australia
  • Associate Professor Michele Levinson – Elected Fellow: Australia
  • Professor Douglas Johnson – Specialty Society representative – Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN)
  • Professor Anthony Russell – Specialty Society representative – Australian Diabetes Society (ADS)
  • Dr James Lynam – Specialty Society representative – Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA)
  • Professor Roderick Clifton-Bligh – Specialty Society representative – Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA)

I am also looking forward to continuing work alongside Associate Professor Bridin Murnion – Specialty Society representative – Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) and Associate Professor Sze Ting Lee – Specialty Society representative – Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists (AANMS), who have both accepted to complete another term.

AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting – 18 March 2023

Lastly, I want to draw attention to the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (AChSHM ASM) that is being held in Sydney on Saturday, 18 March 2023. The Organising Committee has done a wonderful job creating a fantastic program. If this is an area that you are interested in, I would encourage you to attend. Further information about the event can be viewed on the ASM website

If you have any topics that you would like the Division to consider, I encourage you to contact me via the secretariat at

Professor Brian Wood
President-elect, Adult Medicine Division

AChSHM President’s Post

Kia ora koutou

I travelled across the ditch from Aotearoa New Zealand to Sydney for a big three days of face-to-face meetings and events this week. We had the AChSHM Committee meeting on Thursday, 16 March, the Advanced Trainee Meeting (ATM) on Friday, 17 March, and will hold the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) tomorrow, Saturday, 18 March.

The theme for the ASM is The Future of Sexual Health and will cover topics such as antibiotic allergies in sexual health, sexually transmitted infection (STI) vaccines, ending HIV transmission by 2025, and mpox (Monkeypox). All the ASM details can be found on the AChSHM ASM 2023 website. The ATM program and details are also available on the ASM website.

After not being able to meet face-to-face with many members for several years, I am, like many Fellows and trainees, looking forward to this exciting learning and networking opportunity.

In addition to the above, I am also attending a forum with the RACP President, the Division, Faculty and Chapter Presidents, and the Specialty Society representatives. I look forward to engaging with my peers at this important event.   

If there are any items you would like to raise with the Committee, or if you have any feedback for us, please feel free to contact us through our secretariat at via the RACP Online Community (ROC).

Ka kite anō au i a koutou!

Dr Massimo Giola
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine President

AChPM President’s Post

AProf Peter Poon

Hello and kia ora,

The first AChPM Committee meeting was held on 7 March 2023 via videoconference. We discussed the workplan for 2023 to 2025 which contains seven key initiatives. The Committee added several deliverables under each of the initiatives.

We know we have a big job ahead of us, with initiatives addressing core business such as education. However, I can assure you that my peers and I are up to the challenge. The next steps include progressing the final workplan to the AMD Executive Committee for final endorsement, and thereafter I will be sharing our plan with everyone in the wider AChPM community.

At the Chapter meeting we also heard from our Training Committee Chair and our Trainee Representative. We understand that the challenges and delays experienced last year are lessening, however we continue to monitor these issues and we will continue to advocate for our trainees. 

Do you have a question for your Chapter Committee? We welcome any feedback or comments, so please feel free to contact us through the Chapter secretariat at or via the RACP Online Community (ROC).

I look forward to continuing the work of the Chapter this year.

Please take care and be kind to one another.

Associate Professor Peter Poon
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine President

AChAM President’s Post

Hello and kia ora,

I recently attended the International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference from 17 to 19 February in Melbourne. IMiA is a biennial event appealing to medical practitioners and allied health professionals practising in addiction medicine. The conference is convened between the RACP, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) with each college assuming the lead convenor role on a six-yearly cycle. This year it was convened by RANZCP and supported by the RACGP and RACP.

The event was well attended by more than 450 attendees and featured a fantastic two-and-a-half-day face-to-face program with lots of thought-provoking topics. It was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and to meet new contacts across the addiction medicine community.

My key takeaway messages were:

  • the need for stronger leadership in national and state opioid policy and the role all three Colleges could have
  • the importance of addressing trauma in the patient populations we see clinically
  • the strengthened evidence base for vaporised nicotine for people who are tobacco dependent.

I would like to thank all three colleges, speakers, attendees and organisers for a great event. I look forward to reviewing the feedback from the event imminently.

We recently held the first AChAM meeting of the year on 24 February. The main priority for the Chapter during this meeting was to review and finalise the workplan for the 2023 to 2025 period. Once the workplan is formally endorsed by the AMD Executive Committee (AMDEX), we will share the key initiatives with you all.

If you have any feedback, questions, or comments for me or the Committee, please get in touch through our secretariat at or via the RACP Online Community (ROC)

Professor Adrian Dunlop
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine President

RACP Foundation grants and prizes

2023 RACP Educational Development (Study) Grants

Applications for the 2023 RACP Educational Development (Study) Grants open on Monday, 27 March 2023. The grants support members to undertake further educational training or to develop educational initiatives.

Awards available for this round include:

  • Skilled Medical Scholarships for Advancement of Indigenous Health
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Educational Development Grant
  • Richard Kemp Memorial Fellowship.

2023 RACP AChSHM Study Grant

Applications for the 2023 RACP AChSHM Study Grant open on Monday, 27 March 2023. The grant is valued up to $4,000 and can go towards training at an appropriate institution, supporting costs associated with research projects, or participation and presenting a paper at a conference or scientific meeting.

AChSHM Jan Edwards Prize

Applications for the AChSHM Jan Edwards Prize are now open. The Jan Edwards Prize is awarded for the best research-based oral presentation by a registered AChSHM trainee. The prize includes $500 and a certificate.

Visit the RACP Foundation webpage to see the eligibility criteria for all awards and to access the online application form.

Member Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2023 – 2026

Web home tile MHWSWe are pleased to release our new Member Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2023-2026 which was developed by the Member Health and Wellbeing Committee (MHWC).

The MHWC developed the Plan using the following principles:

  • The wellbeing of members is essential in all stages of their careers and lives.
  • The individual, our College, and practice environments have a collective responsibility for member wellbeing.
  • Wellbeing must be embedded into all College activities and culture, and modelled by leadership.
  • Our College will advocate for and enable evidence-based practices to promote wellbeing.

We encourage you to read the Plan and look forward to rolling out the initiatives in the plan to better support you. 

Read the Strategic Plan


Join us at the AChSHM ASM 2023

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (AChSHM ASM) will be held in person on Saturday, 18 March on the theme The Future of Sexual Health.

Be a part of a thought-provoking and educational experience which brings together some of the brightest minds in the field to address the latest advances and challenges in sexual health. Hear from a range of expert speakers, as leading voices come together to provide the latest updates and best practice within sexual health medicine.

Register to attend 

2022 MyCPD record submission deadline: 31 March

This is a friendly reminder to log in to MyCPD and complete your 2022 MyCPD submission by Friday, 31 March 2023. Please record a minimum of 100 CPD credits for last calendar year (1 January to 31 December 2022) or contact the CPD Team to discuss a CPD exemption for 2022.

Remember, your MyCPD record is open for 2023. It is recommended you record activities as you go.

Further details about the MyCPD framework are available in the following handbooks, including changes to CPD requirements for 2023, and the transition from CPD credits to CPD hours:

2022 MyCPD Framework  2023 MyCPD Framework


We’re your CPD Home 

As of 1 January 2023, all Australian medical practitioners need to select a CPD home.

There are plenty of benefits to completing your CPD through us. You can use our MyCPD platform to record your CPD activities, access helpful resources which are relevant to your scope of practice, take advantage of peer review opportunities on the RACP Online Community (ROC), and contact our CPD Team for tailored support.

My RACP. MyCPD Home.

Find out more

Calling all AMD Basic Trainees – have a say on your training program

The Adult Medicine Division Education Committee (AMDEC) seeks expressions of interest for a Basic Trainee Representative. The AMDEC oversees the implementation of College Education Policies in the AMD Basic and Advanced Training programs.

The trainee representative is responsible for:

  • providing a trainee perspective to issues of concern
  • representing trainees' interests
  • advocating on behalf of trainees.

Visit the website for application process and eligibility details. Closing date: Monday, 17 April 2023.

IMJ v52

Internal Medicine Journal 

The latest issue of the Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) is now live on the Wiley Online Library and the RACP website (log in using your RACP login credentials). Access articles tweeted on IMJ's Twitter account for free, for a limited time. The easiest way to access the IMJ is via the Wiley Online Library App, find out how you can access it.

Key highlights from the issue are:

  • Pre-emptive transplants: Right for some, but the wrong question?
  • COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and myopericarditis
  • Non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy: Recognising the genetic links
  • Our dementia challenge: Arise palliative care
  • Diabetes and hyperglycaemia among hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in Western Sydney: A retrospective cohort study.

Read the journal

Pomegranate Health podcast – Ep.92: Data-driven practice improvement

PodcastEp92: Data-driven practice improvement

Medical and administrative records are normally collected to help the management of patients or institutions, but it can be time consuming to extract metrics useful for practice improvement.

However, these analytics can also give an overview of case load and performance, and draw attention to cases that stood out from the trend. This could help clinicians reflect and improve, and even act as a shortcut to meeting the new CPD requirements.


  • Professor Tim Shaw (University of Sydney; Research Director, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre)
  • Dr David Rankin (Director Clinical Governance and Informatics, Cabrini Health) 

Please visit the Pomegranate Health web page for a transcript and supporting references. Login to MyCPD to record prefilled learning activity. Subscribe to new episode email alerts or search for ‘Pomegranate Health’ in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox, or any podcasting app.

Hear how Fellows are integrating CPD into their daily practice

The Decoding CPD video series on Medflix highlights how Fellows are integrating valuable Category 2: Reviewing Performance and Category 3: Measuring Outcomes CPD activities into their everyday practice.

Watch this episode to hear RACP Fellow Dr Jay Ramanathan share the Category 2 and 3 activities he participates in and the impact these have made on his practice.

We also have a range of other useful Category 2 and 3 resources available to help you with your CPD. Don’t forget to claim CPD for time spent on RACP Online Learning.


Have you completed your ‘my work profile’?

By completing your ‘my work profile’ you will provide us with valuable insights which we can use to make evidence-based and informed advocacy decisions for improving workforce planning. All you need to do is log in to My RACP, click ‘update my work profile’ and answer a few questions about your work activities.

Complete ‘my work profile’

The ROC Member Directories – connect with your colleagues today

ROCWhen you join the RACP Online Community (ROC), you can post questions and start discussions with other members. But did you know that the ROC also features a Member Directory and Special Interest Directory designed to help you find and connect with your colleagues? 

The easy-to-use directories allow you to search by name, location, Division, Faculty, Chapter and/or specialty and are the perfect way to chat directly with other members and expand your network of contacts across the membership.

Log in to the ROC to connect with your peers.

Support for Rural Specialists in Australia – grants available

Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) helps rural specialists like you stay skilled, supported and engaged so you can provide the best care to your community.

Apply online for a grant of up to $10,000 to do CPD activities like conferences, workshops, clinical attachments and peer review. The application deadline is 31 March 2023.

To be eligible you must work rurally and be part of a (non-GP) specialist medical College as:

  • a Fellow
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander trainee
  • an International Medical Graduate under assessment.

Find out more and apply now

Member Advantage– March into savings


During the month of March, your Member Advantage brings you discounts on groceries, retail, travel and more. You could literally save money every day!

Available online, 24/7. That's your Member Advantage. *Terms and conditions apply.

Australian member access    Aotearoa New Zealand member access

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