AMD ebulletin April 1 2016

President’s post 

RACP Elections

We are drawing to the close of the voting period in the College’s biennial election cycle. I urge you and your colleagues to vote in the RACP elections which will determine who represents you and sets the course for how AMD members’ needs will be met. While it can be comforting to trust our colleagues in this task, this is your opportunity to choose candidates using your right to vote which is enshrined in our Constitution.

Full details on all AMD candidates are on the College website

AMD Congress Program

The AMD is presenting two streams at this year’s Congress – one focused mainly on clinical updates across Adult Medicine, and the other on a series of five interactive panel sessions.

There will be twenty clinical updates over Monday, 16 and Tuesday, 17 May, including 12 contributions by AMD specialty societies. Our RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence awards will also be presented within the AMD program to showcase our new generation of physicians. The five panel sessions will run over two days and commence with a ‘hypothetical’ exploring how we can deliver effective and culturally safe and appropriate care to Indigenous people. This will  be followed by sessions on clinical genetics, the microbiome, post intensive care syndrome and misconceptions regarding allergy and non-allergy drug reactions. The AMD program is framed this year by the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration on the Monday morning and the Cottrell Memorial Lecture on the Wednesday morning, being presented by Professor John Mills and Professor John Chalmers respectively.

This year’s AMD program offers something for all AMD members, and on behalf of the AMD Council I thank Professor Bill Heddle, Dr Adam Deane, Dr Jason Fok and Dr Genevieve Gabb from our Congress 2016 AMD Program Working Group for putting together such a fantastic program. 

The full Congress program is available here, and I encourage you to register and join us for a stimulating meeting in the wonderful setting of Adelaide.

Best wishes,


Prof John Wilson
President Adult Medicine Division

Speciality Society Spotlight 

1. When and how your Society was established?

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine is a Specialty Society representing medical practitioners who care for older people. We have over 1050 members, including consultant physicians, psychogeriatricians, academics, and more than 220 trainees in geriatric medicine. The Society formed in the early 1970s as the Australian Geriatrics Society, later changed its name to the Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine, and amalgamated in 2006 with the New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, to become the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM).

2. What are your society’s top priorities?

 The aims of the Society include:

  • promotion and provision of training of medical practitioners in geriatric medicine 
  • sharing of knowledge and expertise in caring for older people  
  • promotion of research into ageing 
  • advocating for high quality health care for older people 
  • forging relationships with other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that the health needs of older people are on the national agenda.

3. Are there any challenges?

  • Increasing awareness of the role of a geriatrician among other medical and surgical specialities.
  • Ensuring that government agencies consider the health needs of older people in the Aged Care Reform agenda.
  • Providing equitable access to geriatric medicine services across regional, rural and remote parts of Australia and New Zealand.

4. What are your society’s top three achievements?

  • Primary contribution to training of medical practitioners in Geriatric Medicine in collaboration with RACP.
  • Co-ordination and provision of meetings for the discussion of clinical, academic, administrative and political subjects relating to geriatric medicine.
  • Consistent development and review of position statements related to issues in geriatric medicine.

5. Link to your website 

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 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.

Candidate election statements are available on the College website.

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 receive an email, please contact Computershare by email at 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

No EOIs are advertised this week.

Career Opportunities 

New South Wales

Cardiologist, Dutton St Medical & Dental Centre, Yagoona

Dutton St Medical and Dental Centre is seeking a qualified Cardiologist to work among General Practitioners, allied health professionals and specialists. Session days and hours are negotiable. You must hold Medical Registration with AHPRA.

Enquiries: Please contact Dr George Al-Horani on + 61 477 477 477 or send your CV to

Conferences and Events 

Change Agent Network Webinar Series 2016: Trauma in Alcohol and Other Drug Settings 
Various dates, online 

  • Thursday, 14 April 2016 – Adolescent Family Violence  – using family systems and trauma informed practice to support change 
  • Thursday, 12 May 2016 – Forensic Clients in AOD – What role does Trauma play?  
  • Thursday, 16 June 2016 – Implementing Trauma Informed Care into AOD setting
To register, visit the event website

Sydney Addiction Seminars 2016 
Various dates, Sydney

 Venue: Scott Skirving Theatre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2016 – Update on medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2016 – ‘Are we there yet?’
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2016 – ‘Death Becomes Her’
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2016 – Paradigm shift in the management of the alcohol intoxicated frequent flyer 

For more information, see the event website

Working collaboratively to address the social and emotional well-being of older LGBTI people 
27 April 2016, Online

Venue: Online via Webinar
Date: Wednesday, 27 April, 2016
For more information, see the event flyer.

Seminar Series: Dry Surface Biofilms and their Role in Cross Infection
4 May 2016, Sydney

Venue: Isabelle Mentone Lecture Theatre, Mary McKillop Conference Centre, North Sydney
Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016
For more information, see the event website

ASHM Hepatitis C New Treatments Course 
7 May 2016, Sydney

Venue: Rydges Sydney Central, Surry Hills 
Date: Saturday, 7 May 2016
For more information, see the event website

The 4th Canberra Clinical Course 2016
7 to 8 May 2016, Canberra

Venue: Main Auditorium, Canberra Hospital
Date: Saturday, 7 to Sunday, 8 May 2016 For more information, email 

2016 Australasian Palliative Link International Forum
22 June 2016, Adelaide

Venue: RACP Adelaide Office
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 
For more information, see the event flyer

The 1st Congress of Cardiovascular Preventions in Pre-Elderly and Elderly Individuals 
30 June to 2 July 2016, Slovakia

Venue: Double Tree by Hilton, Bratislava, Slovakia
Date: Thursday, 30 June to Saturday, 2 July 2016
For more information, see the event website

Renal Supportive Care Symposium 
29 July 2016, Sydney 

Venue: St George Hospital Auditorium, Kogarah
Date: Friday, 29 July 2016
For more information, see the event flyer

Acute Medicine Conference 2016
11 to 12 August 2016, Wellington

Venue: Hutt Hospital, High Street, Lower Hutt
Date: Thursday, 11 to Friday, 12 August 2016 
For further information visit 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
For more information, see the event website

2016 APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference 
30 October to 2 November 2016, Sydney

Venue: Four Points Darling Harbour, Sydney 
Date: Sunday, 30 October to Wednesday, 2 November 2016
For more information, see the event website.

2016 Advance Care Planning National Conference
15 to 16 November 2016, Melbourne  

Venue: To be confirmed
Date: Tuesday, 15 to Wednesday, 16 November 2016
More details will be released soon, so check the Advance Care Planning Australia website

Trainee news

Clinical Long Case and Transplant Weekend, 14 May 2016, Sydney

This course will include lectures from Fellows of the College on topics including:
  • renal transplantation and immunosuppressants
  • lung transplant
  • heart transplant
  • bone marrow transplant
  • HIV and hepatitis C novel agents
  • cirrhosis and end stage kidney disease/peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis
  • heart failure and CRT
  • chronic management of heart failure, liver failure and renal failure
  • chronic lung disease.

Cost: $450 per person. Places are limited. 
Venue: The Garvan Institute Auditorium, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney 
Date: Saturday, 14 May 2016 
Time: 8.15am to 5.30pm 
For further information or to register, please email  

The Palliative Care Bridge: Supporting Living to the End

The Palliative Care Bridge – supporting living to the end - is a state-wide, palliative care education program, which bridges the knowledge gap for those who support patients who choose to receive their end of life care at home.

Innovative educational videos, focusing on palliative care in the home and delivered by palliative care experts, have been created and compiled with other relevant resources in this one central location.

The up-to-date information you need to support your patient with their end-of-life care is available for you to access at the Palliative Care Bridge website

Defence Health Foundation Grants in 2016

The Defence Health Foundation invites Expressions of Interest from researchers for medical research grants available from the beginning of 2017. 

The objective of the research must be to benefit the health and wellbeing of serving or ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Forces or their immediate families.

We are looking for medical research that:

  • is designed to directly benefit contemporary serving or ex-serving ADF members and their families;
  • covers physical and mental health issues that lead to behaviours that adversely affect their lives; and
  • focuses on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation or intervention. 

Grants on offer range from $25,000 to $100,000 per annum over one to three years.

Full details can be found on the Defence Health Foundation website including the Research Grant Guidelines and the Expression of Interest application form.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Friday, 29 April 2016. Successful applicants from this first stage will be invited to submit a full grant application by 8 July 2016. Grant recipients will be advised in November.

Further enquiries should be directed to the CEO, Alison Teale on +61 3 8679 1124 or to the Foundation Coordinator, Donna Ware on + 61 3 8679 1121, or email

Medical Board of Australia Public Consultation - Draft Revised Registration Standard for Specialist Registration

The Medical Board of Australia has released a public consultation paper on the draft revised Registration Standard for Specialist Registration. The document is available on the Medical Board of Australia website.

If you wish to provide comments, please email submissions, marked ‘Draft revised registration standard for specialist registration’ to by close of business on 31 May 2016. 

The Board publishes submissions on its website to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders, unless requested otherwise. There may be circumstances under which submissions may not be published. Please refer to the section on submissions in the consultation paper for details of how submissions are treated.

RACP Foundation Research Awards for 2017

Applications open Monday, 4 April 2016 for the following Award categories:

Career Development Fellowships Closing date Monday, 20 June 2016
Research Entry Scholarships Closing date Monday, 18 July 2016
Research Development Scholarships Closing date Monday, 11 July 2016

Online application forms and eligibility criteria are available on the website. Please contact the Senior Administration Officer RACP Foundation or phone +61 9256 9639 for any queries.

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