AMD ebulletin March 18 2016

Webinar pilot and video conferencing offering opportunity

The Adult Medicine Division is currently undertaking a pilot, in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN), to study the value of using webinar technology to support larger scale meetings of up to 100 Fellows. 

We are currently working with ANZAN to deliver three CPD webinars by the end of Q2 this year in order to inform decision making on how to better collaborate across AMD specialties in sharing clinical updates. The first of these three webinars was successfully delivered in February, with a recording being prepared for publication on the College website for Member-only access.

We have also recently experimented with video conferencing that allowed us to bring guests from Adelaide and from New York to present to our AMD Council meeting. 

The webinar pilot is being undertaken in direct response to the AMD Council’s discussions at its July 2015 meeting, where society representatives requested that the College explore as a priority opportunity for collaboration on CPD across our specialty societies, where the College acts as a hub for different specialties to share clinical updates and professional development across common areas. 

Feedback on the first webinar showed us that over 95 per cent of participants found the webinar content engaging, interesting and useful for their practice, and 80 per cent found the system we are piloting very easy to use, with the remainder finding it easy particularly as a first time user. Over 95 per cent of participants indicated they would attend this type of web-based CPD delivery again, and would recommend it to a colleague.

This activity is of course in a pilot phase, and a report setting out its findings and operational implications for a broader program of activity will be referred to the College Board in due course. There are many opportunities afforded by web-based tools such as those we are piloting, and we are keen to explore different means by which we can support Fellows who are increasingly busy and time-poor. Our members are keen to share and access clinical updates across different disciplines and this particular pilot is providing us with the opportunity to explore this. It is just one example of how the College is looking to build on previous successful explorations in digital technology, and is in keeping with our work on the use of Telehealth in day-to-day physician practice.

Best wishes,

John

Prof John Wilson
President
Adult Medicine Division​

A broad agenda at the Adult Medicine Division (AMD) Council meeting 

The AMD Council held the first of its two 2016 meetings on Friday, 4 March at the College in Sydney. AMD Councillors tackled a full agenda which included capacity to train, consultation on the Fellowship Standards, discussion on the EVOLVE initiative and web-based continuing professional development (CPD) activity, and also determined how it would make AMD Board appointments.

The Council was able to talk with the RACP Congress 2016 AMD Stream chair Professor Bill Heddle and Internal Medicine Journal Editor Professor Jeff Szer via video conference, who were in Adelaide and New York respectively.

A number of 2016 projects were discussed, and will shortly commence following Councillors volunteering to form working groups to progress Workforce and Policy and Advocacy strategies.   

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 on 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.

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 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)

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 part 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 part 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 part 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:  

            o 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 
            o 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.

EOI: Adult Medicine Division and Chapter Representatives on New South Wales (NSW) /Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Committee, closes 1 April 2016 

The NSW/ACT State Committee is seeking applications from AMD Fellows and Chapter members to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, NSW and ACT members in key matters such as education, training and assessment of trainees, continuing professional development and policy and advocacy. 

 Expressions of interest are now sought for the following:

  • one AMD Fellow
  • one Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Fellow
  • one Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Fellow
  • one Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Fellow.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the NSW/ACT State Committee should submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 April 2016. 

Read more about the Committee including its By-laws.

Please email your completed EOI form and CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au.

EOI: Adult Medicine Division and Chapter Representatives on Victorian (VIC) State Committee, closes 1 April 2016 

The VIC State Committee is seeking applications from AMD Fellows and Chapter members to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, VIC members in key matters such as education, training and assessment of trainees, continuing professional development and policy and advocacy. 

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following:

  • one AMD Fellow 
  • one Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Fellow
  • one Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Fellow
  • one Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Fellow.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the VIC State Committee should submit their
Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 April 2016. 

Read more about the Committee including its Australasian By-laws.

Please email your completed EOI form and CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au.

EOI: Chapter Representatives on Queensland (QLD) State Committee, closes 1 April 2016 

The QLD State Committee is seeking applications from Chapter members to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, QLD members in key matters such as education, training and assessment of trainees, continuing professional development and policy and advocacy. 

 Expressions of interest are now sought for the following:

  • one Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Fellow
  • one Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Fellow
  • one Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Fellow.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the QLD State Committee should submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 April 2016. 

Read more about the Committee including its By-laws. 

Please email your completed EOI form and CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au.

EOI: Adult Medicine Division Representative on Northern Territory (NT) State Committee, closes 1 April 2016 

The NT State Committee is seeking applications from AMD Fellows to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, NT members in key matters such as education, training and assessment of trainees, continuing professional development and policy and advocacy. 

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following:

  • one AMD Fellow.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the NT State Committee should submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 April 2016. 

Read more about the Committee including its By-laws. 

Please email your completed EOI form and CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au.

EOI: Adult Medicine Division Representative on South Australian State Committee, closes 1 April 2016 

The SA State Committee is seeking applications from AMD Fellows to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, SA members in key matters such as education, training and assessment of trainees, continuing professional development and policy and advocacy. 

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following:

  • one AMD Fellow.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the SA State Committee should submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 April 2016. 

Read more about the Committee including its By-laws. 

Please email your completed EOI form and CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au.

EOI: AMD Council - Trainee Representatives, closes 1 April 2016 

The AMD Council is the representative body for Adult Medicine within the College and is responsible for organising all AMD-related activities within the broad constraints of the AMD By-Laws. The AMD Council encompasses a broad spectrum of medical specialties and, as a Committee of the RACP Board, the Council represents the interests of all AMD Fellows and trainees within the College. 

The Adult Medicine Division is seeking Expressions of Interest from current AMD trainees to act as Trainee Representative to the AMD Council. 

Expressions of interest are sought for the following positions:

  • Basic Trainee Representative
  • Advanced Trainee Representative

These representatives will assist AMD Council by ensuring its effectiveness and performance in advocating for the interests of AMD trainees within the College. This includes providing regular reports to the AMD Council, and advising AMD Council on issues relating to College trainees 

Please refer to the AMD Council member position description for further information.

The AMD Council meets face-to-face twice a year at the RACP Office in Sydney. The term of office for this position is two years, commencing in May 2016. 

To make an expression of interest please submit a completed Expression of Interest form, a 300 – 500 word statement outlining your interest and how you meet the selection criteria and a copy of your full curriculum vitae to adult.med@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 April 2016.

EOI: Addiction Medicine and Sexual Health Medicine Representatives for the Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee, closes 1 April 2016 

The Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee (AYAMC) is a joint committee of the Adult Medicine Division and the Paediatrics & Child Health Division. It is made up of Fellows and trainees who explore ways to further support the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people.

The Committee meets face-to-face at the College twice a year as well as a mid-year and end of year teleconference. The term will commence in May 2016 in line with the College AGM and run for two years.

Expressions of interest are now being sought for two representatives:

  • Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine representative
  • Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine representative 
Download the position description and Terms of Reference. Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to adult.med@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 1 April 2016.

Career Opportunities 

New South Wales

Staff Specialist General Physician – Armidale

Enquiries: Dr Yashavi Gaddi (position enquiries), Staff Specialist 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 

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

  • Thursday, 24 March 2016 – The complexities of working with family violence and substance abuse
  • 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 settings

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.

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

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

Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Advanced Clinical Postgraduate Meeting 2016
18 June 2016, Sydney 

Venue: Medical Education Centre, Concord Hospital
Date: Saturday, 18 June 2016

Registrations can be made via the event website.  

2016 Australasian Palliative Link International Forum
22 June 2016, Adelaide 

Venue: RACP Adelaide office
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016

For more information, see the event flyer

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.
 

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.

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.

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 quantumacademics@gmail.com 

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.

Earn CPD credits at RACP Congress 

This year the College Board have doubled the CPD credits per hour that can be accumulated for attendance at RACP Congress 2016. In 2016 attendees can claim two credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (up to the cap of 50 credits).

 At this year’s event we will welcome international guest speaker Sir Henry Burns from Scotland. Sir Harry, as he is known, is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde. He was Chief Medical Officer for Scotland from September 2005 to April 2014. At RACP Congress 2016 Sir Harry will deliver a plenary address on the biological consequences of poverty and social chaos.

This year the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration will be delivered by Professor John Mills, an internationally respected physician, scientist and businessman. Professor Dinah Reddihough, a paediatrician involved in the clinical care of children with disabilities will deliver the Howard Williams Medal lecture. The Cotterall Memorial Oration will be given by hypertension expert and researcher Professor John Chalmers.

The current program is available on the RACP Congress 2016 website.

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information and to register, please visit the RACP Congress 2016 website.

Internal Medicine Journal Volume 46 (2016) March issue 

The IMJ March 2016 is now available online. This issue covers: 

  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy update
  • The gut microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease
  • Community hospice programmes and COPD  
  • Type 1 diabetes control in young adults  
  • Alcohol use disorder hospitalisations 
  • Opioids and sedatives in the last 24 hours of life
  • Acute adrenal insufficiency: recognition and prevention

RACP Foundation Study Grants for 2016 –
application closing date: Monday, 18 April 2016 

Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for full details of all awards or for any queries regarding the eligibility criteria or application process, please contact the Senior Administration Officer at foundation@racp.edu.au or phone +61 2 9256 9639.

Abstracts are now being accepted for: 

Abstracts may be submitted via the College Congress website.

For information on eligibility and requirements, please visit the RACP Foundation website. Closing date:  Sunday, 27 March 2016.

For information: NPS MedicineWise: Nominations for two non-executive Board Director positions, closes 6 April

Nominations should be sent directly to NPS MedicineWise by 5pm EST on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Lynn Weekes at ceo@nps.org.au  or the NPS MedicineWise Governance Officer, Nicola Ryan at nryan@nps.org.au or on +61 2 8217 8671.

Appraisal by the Medical Services Advisory Committee 

Scheduled agenda items for the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) 30 to 31 March 2016 meeting are as follows: 

For more information on these items, please visit the MSAC website.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) notices

Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor Receivers

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Emergo Australia, in consultation with the TGA, is undertaking a recall for product correction of two models of Dexcom continuous glucose monitor receivers due to the possibility that the audible alarms may not work.

The full statement can be found on the TGA website

300 Microgram Adrenaline Injection Syringe Auto Injectors

A small number of reports have been received of discrepancies being noted between the batch numbers and expiry dates on EpiPen Adrenaline Auto-Injector cartons and the batch numbers and expiry dates on the EpiPen devices inside the cartons.  As a precautionary measure the product's sponsor, Alphapharm, in consultation with the TGA is urging users of EpiPen Adrenaline Auto-Injectors to check that the expiry date on each EpiPen device is the same as that on the carton, along with a timely reminder that EpiPen devices must not be used beyond the expiry date. The full statement can be found on the TGA website.

Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitors

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Medtronic Australasia, in consultation with the TGA, has issued a hazard alert for the Medtronic Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor (ICM).

It has been identified that the Recommended Replacement Time (RRT) alert of a small subset of these devices may trigger prematurely. However, battery capacity is not affected by this issue and the device will continue to work correctly.

The full statement can be found on the TGA website

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