AMD eBulletin 14 December 2020

President's Post

Greetings to all.

It is usual at the end of a year to reflect on the successes achieved over the previous 12 months, and to express optimism about the year to come.

Very little about 2020 has been usual, and yet there is still cause for reflection and optimism. This has been a year like no other, with the unprecedented challenges of the Australian bushfires followed by a worldwide pandemic that continues to impact every aspect of our lives. In Australia, Victoria in particular, has been hard-hit by the pandemic, and South Australia now faces uncertainty.

We have, in my view, risen to these challenges. Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand physicians, including public health medicine physicians have managed, changed, or increased clinical responsibilities, at times whilst juggling increased caring responsibilities at home. We have collectively achieved things that we would not have thought possible one year ago. This resilience is itself a cause for success and gives me cause for optimism for 2021.

Trainees, of course, have faced a particularly challenging year. The Divisional Clinical Examination is still going ahead but in an entirely new format. Trainee wellbeing remains a top priority for all, and I personally wish trainees in this year’s Divisional Clinical Examination cohort all the very best for their examination attempt. I would like to remind and assure them that if they are not successful this time, the attempt will not be counted. Dedicated Clinical Examination support for candidates, hospitals, and patients is available on the RACP website.

I would also like to draw your attention to the RACP Member Statistics and Insights Report. Using data as at 30 June 2020, the Report is presented in an easily readable, visual form that provides Fellow and trainee membership data across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, both at a high-level and down to considerable detail, including by Division, Faculty and Chapter, regional distribution, and member demographics. Following on from this, I would like to encourage you all to complete your work profile in MyRACP.

I am pleased to say that, building on our successful experience with implementing an entirely new mode of delivery for Congress 2020, preparation for an entirely new format for Congress 2021 continues to progress well with Dr Sharmila Ramessur Chandran as the AMD Delegate on the Congress Program Committee, under the leadership of Dr Niroshini Kennedy as Lead Fellow.

As part of RACP Congress 2021, I am pleased to announce that Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, will present the Cottrell Memorial Lecture on the opening day in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Dr Ryan has worked in conflict affected countries and led many responses to high impact epidemics. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

The Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration takes place in Melbourne on the fourth day and will be presented by Professor Sharon Lewin, AO, FRACP, PhD, FAAHMS. Professor Lewin is the inaugural Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, is a member of the governing council of the International AIDS Society (IAS) representing the Asia Pacific region, and co-chairs the IAS global advisory board for the Towards an HIV Cure initiative.

The call for abstracts for both Adult Medicine Best Poster Prize – Fellow and Adult Medicine Best Poster Prize – Trainee categories are now open. The RACP awards these prizes to members who demonstrate excellence of hypothesis, scientific merit, and presentation in an online poster gallery during the virtual component of RACP Congress 2021. Each recipient will receive $1,000 and a certificate. Submissions close on Tuesday, 12 January 2021. For more information, please visit the RACP Congress website. To find out more about the program for RACP Congress 2021, please also visit the dedicated website.

The AMD Council is the peak body for Fellows who are members of the Adult Medicine Division, representing over 19,000 members, 27 specialty societies, and the three Adult Medicine Chapters. During this year the AMD has reviewed and revitalised its work plan to focus on four areas aligned with the College goals:

  1. Increasing equity and fairness in advanced training (this priority includes growing the Indigenous physician workforce)
  2. Improving our capacity to identify workforce composition and areas of need
  3. Supporting and growing the physician leader
  4. Improving understanding and clarifying the value of the AMD.

Alongside the AMD’s commitment to working with the College to improve our capacity to identify workforce composition and areas of need, we clearly need to continue to work in partnership with other health professional bodies and jurisdictions to address the inequitable supply of specialist physicians to rural and regional Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to improve the disparities in health outcomes for those residing in these areas.

As we move out of the immediate COVID-19 response phase, the AMD has reinvigorated the process of signing the Model of Collaboration with specialty societies. We are working with the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand at present to achieve this. It has been a very refreshing experience to meet with their President, Professor Clara Chow, and to learn of the Society’s active commitment to Indigenous health, research and education, including through its Indigenous Health Council and the delivery of Indigenous Research Scholarships. I admire the Cardiac Society’s leadership in this area and look forward to continuing to work with this society, and with many others across a wide number of domains.

AMD will extend its engagement with additional specialty societies with the intention of signing the Model of Collaboration over this and coming years, to ensure that the RACP is better able to engage and work with the Fellows and their specialty societies.

Before signing off for the year, I would like to highlight a request for you from Dr Simon Quilty, General Physician from Alice Springs, on behalf of his colleague Dr Richard Budd, the General and Respiratory Physician in Katherine, NT.

Richard and the good people of Katherine are in great need of an Advanced Trainee for the first half of 2021. This would be a brilliant position for an Infectious Diseases or General Medicine or Respiratory Advanced Trainee who is looking for an unaccredited six-month rotation. If you know of anyone who is interested, could they please contact either Simon or Richard to get a better description of the role and its possibilities.

Finally, I would like to wish all our members a safe and restful Christmas break. I hope to be able to see more of you in person at some stage next year.                                                                                         

If you have any questions or feedback for me, you are welcome to contact me via the Adult Medicine Division secretariat at

Professor Don Campbell
Adult Medicine Division President

AChSHM President’s Post

I am pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2021 AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), which will be held online on Saturday, 20 March 2021.

The theme for our 2021 ASM is 'Complexity, Challenges, Change in Sexual Health', to focus your attention on important topics such as:

  • what genomics add to sexually transmitted infections
  • mycoplasma genitalium: an update on antimicrobial resistance guided care
  • controversies in gonorrhoea transmission: men who have sex with men and the oropharynx.

Applications have opened for the Penelope Lowe Trainee Prize, which will be awarded at the 2021 ASM. The $500 prize is awarded to the best case presentation by an Advanced Trainee in Sexual Health Medicine. I encourage all trainees to submit a case – this is an excellent opportunity to practise your presentation skills at a scientific meeting. Applications close on Saturday, 30 January 2021.

The College has just released the latest RACP Member Statistics and Insights Report. The report provides aggregate Fellow and trainee membership data broken down by:

  • Division, Faculty and Chapter
  • physician career stage
  • regional distribution in both countries
  • international membership
  • demographics such as age, gender and other characteristics.

What percentage of our Chapter’s membership are female? Answers to questions such as this, and more, can be found in the report. If you are wondering, data show that 59 per cent of sexual health medicine members are female.

The report also identifies trends in cohort growth, emphasising the rapidly changing nature of our profession. The Member Statistics and Insights Report is available online. I recommend that we all download a copy and read on to find out more. Please send any feedback to

The first Chapter Committee meeting of 2021 is scheduled for Wednesday, 3 March 2021. As always, feedback or comments for the Committee are welcomed. Please feel free to contact myself or the Committee through our secretariat at

I wish you all a safe and happy break over the summer.

Professor Kit Fairley
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

AChPM President’s Post

I would like to commence my last post of the year by extending my thanks and appreciation to those who have responded to our call to join the Palliative Medicine Marking Panel, and to encourage others who have not already put their hand up to do so. The panel assists with case study and/or project marking for our Advanced Training and Clinical Diploma trainees.

For more information on joining our marking panel, or to request an EOI form, please contact the Palliative Medicine Education Officers via +61 2 9256 5444 or email Please remember to submit your updated CV along with the completed EOI form.

I’m pleased to report that the College’s latest RACP Member Statistics and Insights Report is now available. The report provides aggregate Fellow and trainee membership data broken down by:

  • Division, Faculty and Chapter
  • physician career stage
  • regional distribution in both countries
  • international membership
  • demographics such as age, gender and other characteristics.

As a teaser of what is contained within the report, data shows that 58 per cent of palliative medicine members are women.

The report also identifies trends in cohort growth, emphasising the rapidly changing nature of our profession. The Member Statistics and Insights Report is available online. I recommend you download a copy and read on to find out more. Please send any feedback to

We will hold the first Chapter Committee meeting of 2021 on Friday, 19 February 2021. If you have any feedback or comments for the Committee, please feel free to contact us through our secretariat at

In closing, I wish everyone a wonderful and safe break over the summer, and the very best for 2021.

Dr Michelle Gold
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

AChAM President’s Post

I would like to extend a personal invitation to all Fellows and trainees to attend the upcoming International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) conference. With the COVID-19 pandemic not yet a distant memory, the IMiA convenors have moved to a virtual event.

The conference will take place from Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 February 2021, visit the IMIA webpage to register. The Program Committee has curated an interactive and topical program, including sessions with internationally renowned experts from across the addiction field and I invite you all to check out the program. Some speakers and sessions include:

  • Professor Sam Chamberlain, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southampton, Behavioural addictions
  • Professor Owen Bowden-Jones, Consultant in Addiction Psychiatry at the Central and North-West London Club Drug Clinic, Party drugs and chem sex
  • Professor Shelly Greenfield, Professor of Psychiatry and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, Comorbidity

View the program now for details on plenary sessions, panel discussions, break-out sessions and more.

The College has just released the latest RACP Member Statistics and Insights Report. The report provides aggregate Fellow and trainee membership data, broken down by:

  • Division, Faculty and Chapter
  • physician career stage
  • regional distribution in both Australia and New Zealand
  • international membership
  • demographics such as age, gender and other characteristics.

Data show that AChAM membership grew by 5.4 per cent between June 2019 and June 2020, a rate faster than that of overall College member growth (4 per cent).

The Member Statistics and Insights Report is available online and I encourage you to download a copy and read on to find out more. Feedback on the report can be sent to

The Chapter Committee will hold its next meeting in April 2021. If you have any feedback, questions or comments for the Committee, please get in touch via our secretariat at

In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful and restful break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Professor Nicholas Lintzeris 
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine update

This article marks the beginning of a regular update from the Chair of the Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee (AYAMC) on key priorities underway and on the radar. It will be shared with both Paediatrics & Child Health Division and Adult Medicine Division members, in the hope of bringing together all those interested in this very specific, very important medical specialty.

The AYAMC are dedicated to promoting excellence in skills, expertise and ethical standards through future training and education at the RACP (learn more about the Committee). I stepped into the Chair role in May and over the last few months our priority has been developing the Committee work plan for the next two years. Priority areas include:

  • advocating for increased access to appropriate youth-focused healthcare for young people with complex medical conditions, with a particular focus on providing mental health support within medical services
  • ensuring all health services are more appropriate for young people
  • supporting the College’s advocacy around the impact of climate change, particularly on young people and future generations
  • work to include adolescent and young adult medicine skills and knowledge as a core competency in Basic and Advanced Training with appropriate assessment
  • developing education materials for trainees and promoting existing resources
  • better engagement with AYA trainees and physicians
  • exploring partnerships and collaborations with affiliated organisations.

We will report back regularly via these newsletters as the above priorities are addressed. Meanwhile, we have a number of useful resources for those interested in adolescent and young adult medicine; you can view the article, or contact for more information.

Dr Simon Denny
Chair of the Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee

Upcoming Basic Training deadlines

A quick reminder of some upcoming deadlines for Basic Training in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

PREP Requirements

Your PREP training requirements for the 2020 clinical year are due by Sunday, 31 January 2021.

Check the Basic Training handbook (either Adult Internal Medicine or Paediatrics & Child Health) for information on the requirements and how to submit them.

Register for 2021

Registrations are now open online.

If you are interrupting your training, please complete the 2021 Interruption of Training Form. Information on how interruption affects your training can be found in the Flexible Training Policy.

Moving on to Advanced Training

If you are transitioning to Advanced Training, make sure you submit your application by the following dates:

For Aotearoa New Zealand – please contact

If transitioning, check the relevant specialty handbook for a list of core and non-core requirements. You may be eligible to commence non-core training and as such should submit an application.

Update on telehealth in Australia

On 27 November 2020, the Commonwealth Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt announced that telehealth will become a permanent part of the Medicare system in Australia. While this announcement is welcome news, it does not necessarily resolve the issue of what the final form of the new permanent telehealth items in the MBS will be. This is why the College has been proactively engaging with the Department of Health, and will continue to do so, to ensure that the final form of these items is properly aligned to the clinical needs of our members and their patients.

Introducing our new online Heritage Centre

To celebrate our College’s rich history, we have developed a Heritage Centre on the website. The ‘Our heritage’ webpage brings together the revamped College Roll, the first release of a College timeline and the History of Medicine Library.

College Roll

The College Roll celebrates the stories and achievements of our inspiring Fellows. We encourage retired and Life Fellows, aged 70 years or older, to share your story. We also accept biography or obituary submissions on behalf of deceased Fellows.

We encourage everyone to visit the College Roll and read about the achievements of our esteemed physicians, their stories and their impact on medicine, communities and patients.

College timeline

Discover the history of the College through the new College timeline. Vision, dedication and passion — explore the College’s history over the years, the evolution of medicine and the role of our physicians.

Can you add to our timeline? We encourage members to submit a timeline entry that you think is of significance.

History of Medicine Library

Our History of Medicine Library, located at our head office in Sydney, has a leading collection of medical history items from Australasia and around the world.

The College established the Library in 1938 as a clinical library. The focus of the library changed to medical history in the mid-1950s. The Library continues to grow through the contributions of our College members. The Library holds over 30,000 medical history items.

While the library is currently closed due to COVID-19 you can browse the Library’s catalogue online.

Visit the Heritage Centre

RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize

The RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize is open to medical students, junior medical officers and RACP trainees who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori. The selected applicant will receive support to attend the 2021 RACP Congress to gain educational and networking opportunities and exposure to career pathways within the College.

Please encourage anyone you know who is eligible to apply before the deadline on Sunday, 31 January 2021.

AChSHM Penelope Lowe Prize

The Penelope Lowe Prize is awarded to the AChSHM trainee with the best-case presentation at the AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). The prize includes AUD$500 and a certificate presented at the ASM. Applications close 30 January 2021.

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RACP Congress 2021

RACP Congress 2021 continues to take shape with a growing number of speakers now confirmed for the six-day event. We are pleased to announce that Dr Michael Ryan and Professor Sharon Lewin AO, FRACP, PhD, FAHMS have joined the program of speakers.

Dr Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 25 years. He first joined the WHO in 1996, with the newly established unit to respond to emerging and epidemic disease threats. He has worked in conflict affected countries and led many responses to high impact epidemics. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), and served as Coordinator of Epidemic Response, Operational Coordinator of WHO’s response to the SARS outbreak, and as WHO’s Director of Global Alert and Response.

Professor Sharon Lewin AO, FRACP, PhD, FAHMS  is the inaugural Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Professor of Infectious Diseases, The University of Melbourne; consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow.

She is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist.

Both these speakers will no doubt bring valuable insight and should not be missed.

Find out more about the sessions in your local city.

RACP Congress 2021 abstract deadline extension

Submission deadline for RACP Congress 2021 abstracts extended

The deadline for abstracts to be submitted for consideration for RACP Congress 2021 has been extended to Tuesday, 12 January 2021. Those of you wishing to submit in any of the categories available should visit the RACP Congress 2021 to find out more details. 

RACP Congress 2020 online learning series

RACP Congress 2020 has been the first entirely digital RACP Congress, free for members. This year’s Congress has provided members with learning opportunities while earning CPD credits and connecting in new ways, through webinars, livestreams and podcasts. The RACP Congress 2020 Online Series has been made available free to all members with all sessions available via the Congress Online Learning platform until Friday, 18 December 2020.

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IMiA21 – Register now for the opportunity to support your charity of choice

Register now for the IMiA21 virtual program containing the latest on research, treatment options and success stories from across the addiction field.

Registrations received before midnight Thursday, 31 December 2020 go into the draw to be one of five to win the full value of their registration back as a donation to the charity of their choice.

Find out more

Sexual Health ASM 2021

2021 Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 – early bird closing next week

On behalf of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM), we invite AChSHM Fellows and trainees, general practitioners and allied health professionals to join us for the 2021 Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

In 2021 we return to present the AChSHM ASM on Saturday, 20 March via a completely virtual experience through an OnAir platform.

The theme 'Complexity, Challenges, Change in Sexual Health' will be covering the following plus more:

  • what genomics add to sexually transmitted infections
  • equity and Indigenous health
  • challenges in clinical management: persistent and resistant infections.

The day will also include the Award for Best Postgraduate Thesis in Sexual Health Medicine.

We extend an invitation to our AChSHM trainees to attend the Chapter’s sixth Trainees’ Day, being held online the day after the ASM on Sunday, 21 March 2021 via a Zoom meeting.

Register now before early bird closes on Friday, 18 December 2020.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Register now

RACP Quarterly Issue Three 2020

RACP Quarterly is our member magazine featuring healthcare and medical news.

In our last issue for 2020 we feature the incredibly worthy inaugural recipient of the new College Medal, Professor Douglas Bridge. We also feature Dr Matthew Wheeler, an Indigenous Health Scholarship recipient.

COVID-19 related articles include: ‘Will the COVID-19 pandemic encourage a reflection on what is low-value clinical care?’ and ‘Telehealth transforming access to healthcare during COVID-19 and beyond’.   

Other highlights in this issue are ‘New recommendations to help stop early heart attacks for Indigenous Australians’, ‘Introducing effective pregnancy warning labels on alcohol products’ and ‘Natural killer’ cells may be the answer to treating Hepatitis B’.

Read RACP Quarterly Issue Three 2020 online now.

Access previous issues of RACP Quarterly on the RACP website.

New online course: Chronic breathlessness in advanced illness

Equip yourself with the knowledge you need to better identify, assess and manage chronic breathlessness in advanced illness through our new online course. Watch this video from the online course which explores something many of us find challenging: answering sensitively and truthfully when a patient wants to know how they’re going to die.

AI for healthcare webinar now on Medflix

Watch this engaging webinar where Dr Olivier Salvado, Head of Imaging and Computer Vision at CSIRO, presents on the opportunities and challenges for the medical application of artificial intelligence (AI), and reviews the main AI methods in the medical context. Hosted by Associate Professor Clair Sullivan FRACP, the webinar explores why the deployment of AI technologies in healthcare is lagging and highlights the current challenges that hinder AI deployment into clinics.

A message from Dr Ben McConchie: The 2020 RACP Physician Training Survey is closing soon

Add your perspective to training settings

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the 2020 Physician Training Survey. Highly valuable feedback has been received so far. We are keeping the survey open a little longer to allow more time for trainees and educators to share their perspective during this busy period. The survey closes Wednesday, 16 December 2020.

We use trainee and educator feedback to guide improvements to training environments. To protect respondent anonymity, we only communicate results when we meet response volume thresholds. The more responses we get, the more data we can use to promote positive change.

The anonymous survey can be completed via the personalised link in the email eligible participants received on Monday, 30 November 2020. If you didn’t receive this link or would like it resent, please contact Engine. For information about the survey, including confidentiality and how you could win an iPad, please visit the Physician Training Survey webpage.

The survey has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) – Concord Repatriation General Hospital of the Sydney Local Health District 2019/ETH12472. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the research study, please email the Executive Officer of the Ethics Committee or call +61 2 9767 5622.

Pomegranate Podcast: A new script for global public health

In episode 65, we present some provocative solutions to problems presented in the previous two stories. We heard about pharmaceutical patents and how embedded intellectual property law is in global trade relations. There’s a fundamental assumption that innovation occurs thanks to the vigour of the private sector and the plucky entrepreneur. It’s even been said that financialised capitalism is "the greatest engine of progress ever seen".

But the reality is that shiny smartphones and targeted drugs wouldn’t exist without massive government spending on research. It’s public money that funds the riskiest stages of development, before private enterprise takes these products to market with the benefit of monopoly pricing. Dr Owain Williams and Associate Professor Peter Hill argue that states can demand more control over the outputs and pricing of drug and vaccine research and that the current intellectual property regime is not the only way to stimulate innovation.

In the second part of this episode, Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott talks about the lessons learned and not learned from pandemic modelling in past years. He also makes the case for establishing an Australian Centre for Disease Control with standalone jurisdiction, to cut through some of the conflict we’ve seen in recent months between state and federal leaders.


  • Dr Owain Williams (University of Leeds)
  • Associate Professor Peter Hill AFPHM (University of Queensland)
  • Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott (University of Sydney, United States Studies Centre)

Claim CPD credits

RACP Fellows can claim CPD credits via MyCPD for listening to this episode and reading the resources available on the webpage. To be the first to find out about the latest Pomegranate Health episodes, subscribe today in Apple PodcastsSpotify, any Android podcasting app. You can also join our email alerts list to remain updated with future podcasts.

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Share your views on climate change and health

We invite members to participate in two surveys on climate change and health. The first survey is aimed at members practising with adult patients and the second survey at members practising with paediatric patients. See further details below.

Climate and Health Alliance survey

This survey is run by the Climate and Health Alliance in collaboration with Monash University and open to all RACP Adult Medicine Division and Chapter members and members of the Faculties of Public Health Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine based in Australia. 

The survey is being sent to health professionals across Australia and is assessing their:

  • views on climate change as a human health issue
  • willingness and ability to communicate the health impacts of climate change.

We encourage you to participate in the survey – regardless of the focus of your work – because your participation will help us understand our members' needs and interests in this area.

The survey is confidential, administered online, and open until Thursday, 17 December 2020, 12pm (AEDT). The survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Climate and Health Alliance at

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George Mason University and World Health Organization survey

This survey is run by George Mason University in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Global Climate and Health Alliance and open to all RACP Paediatrics & Child Health Division and Chapter members and paediatric members of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine based in Australia.

The survey is being sent to health professionals in numerous countries to assess their:

  • views on climate change as a human health issue
  • awareness of and support for the international #HealthyRecovery initiative.

The survey is confidential, administered online, and open until Thursday, 17 December 2020, 12pm (AEDT). The survey is short and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, please contact the RACP Policy & Advocacy team at

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Queensland Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register update

The Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register inaugural annual report 2019-2020 (the Report) was tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland on 30 September 2020. Among other things, the Report includes the number of notifications and types of notifiable dust lung diseases recorded in the Register from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

The Report can be accessed from the Queensland Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register web pages.

National Obesity Strategy – consultation report

Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Obesity Strategy working group has recently released a report from an extensive national public consultation. The report summarises the main themes and ideas arising from the consultation and discusses key areas of the consultation paper that were supported by 1,380 survey responses, 35 stand-alone submissions and 604 Australians who participated in community events.

The findings of the consultation on the forthcoming strategy show strong public and stakeholder support for a range of measures to promote the health and wellbeing of Australians. These include implementing protections against the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks and using price levers to increase affordability of healthy food and increase prices of processed foods.

The results of the consultation clearly indicate that Australians want significant, specific and well-resourced government action on obesity. Such action needs to be guided by a comprehensive strategy to tackle the commercial drivers of obesity and ill-health. This and other findings, such as a clear focus on population-level systemic intervention, the demands for tailored efforts for priority groups and the need to avoid stigma, are closely aligned with the RACP submission to the consultation.

The full report and the summary report from the consultation are available. The final draft of the strategy is expected to be considered by Health Ministers in early 2021. 

Inviting nominees for potential vacancies on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Council and Principal Committees 2021-2024 triennium

Nominations are being sought from people with appropriate expertise to participate on the NHMRC Council and Principal Committees for the 2021-2024 triennium. Nominees should be exceptional leaders who can advise the government on health and medical research (HMR). Nominees should have demonstrated knowledge and experience of the breadth of HMR in Australia and be recognised as a leader in their field.

Please note that successful candidates would be appointed by the NHMRC in an individual capacity, and not as a representative of the College.

Nominations should be provided directly to the NHMRC by Sunday, 31 January 2021. Details on how to do this can be found on the NHMRC website.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the revised Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard, which has been endorsed by the RACP.

The Standard was first published in 2014 and revised in 2020 and has eight quality statements and a set of indicators. It is used by health service organisations as part of their antimicrobial stewardship programs, as required by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Resources supporting the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has developed a number of resources to support the implementation of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard. These include fact sheets, templates and information for clinicians. Below is a list of links to these resources:

Last chance to register for Women & Leadership Australia scholarships

Women currently working in the healthcare sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to AUD$5,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned promptly, and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 5pm on Monday, 14 December 2020.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation – COVID-19 and future crisis preparedness in healthcare

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Macquarie University, is pleased to announce the release of five new domestic PhD scholarships, focusing on research into COVID-19 and health system crisis planning.

With a track record of delivering internationally significant research, AIHI leads in understanding responses to the pandemic along with preparing for future health crises. The AIHI Directors, Professors Jeffrey Braithwaite, Johanna Westbrook and Enrico Coiera, are seeking suitably qualified candidates with pioneering ideas for research in this field. 

Find out more

Conferences and events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses.

SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology: Oncology and supportive care: a multidisciplinary approach to advance the science of cancer treatment in older patients (virtual event), Tuesday 12 to Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Go to the events list at any time to see what events are coming up.

Career opportunities 

Please see the College website to view all medical positions vacant.

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