AMD Newsletter 20 October 2017

congress2018RACP Congress 2018 registrations now open

Disruptive innovation in healthcare is already happening. 

How we address issues within our healthcare systems is evolving, but are we doing enough? Are we delivering what’s best for our patients? Do we know what’s happening out there in medicine? Are we prepared to remain relevant in the healthcare systems of the future? 

These are just some of the questions being asked at RACP Congress 2018.

RACP Congress 2018 will be held in Sydney from Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 16 May 2018 in Sydney.

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President's post

Across Australia and New Zealand, October is the month when we are all encouraged to be more aware of mental health; our own, our family’s, our friends’ and our work colleagues’.

As physicians, we have a challenging task in our complex and busy roles as doctors to also remember to consider and maintain our own health and wellbeing, and to ensure the wellbeing of our colleagues. As members will be aware, the College has been developing a comprehensive health and wellbeing strategy to support Fellows and trainees. I encourage you to regularly visit the College’s website where you will find the strategy and a range of developing resources. This topic was discussed at length at the August AMD Council meeting with general consensus that we all bear a responsibility to maintain our own and collective health and wellbeing in our medical community. I encourage you to keep this responsibility in mind. Our patients will benefit.

We have recently called for nominations from our AMD affiliated specialty societies to the Policy & Advocacy Lead Fellow Network which will be established in the new year. Our 2018 AMD Congress sessions are developing well and we look forward to a session on 'Overdiagnosis and overtreatment' and another session on 'Disruptive forces'. Both  are shaping up well with some fantastic speakers being confirmed. I encourage you to go to the RACP Congress 2018 website as registrations are now open.

Best wishes
Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division

Being human: Doctors' mental health on the Pomegranate Health podcast

“I will attend to my own health, wellbeing, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.”

The World Medical Association recently added this clause to the Declaration of Geneva in recognition of the often reported figures about burnout, depression and suicide in the health workforce.

This episode of Pomegranate Health, the RACP podcast, examines how healthcare systems might be shaped to improve physician wellbeing.

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Chapter Updates

Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM)

I’m very much looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming APSAD 2017 Conference in Melbourne from 12 to 15 November at which AChAM will be holding a Fellow’s Update. As a valued member of the Chapter you are invited to join us on Monday, 13 November 2017 at 5.40pm in the Element Room at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park. This is an opportunity for members to come together for a general update on Chapter activity and provides a forum for Fellows and trainees to ask questions or express any concerns.

We are also holding a Training Information Evening for those interested in becoming a specialist in Addiction Medicine in Melbourne on Monday, 30 October 2017. The program will include presentations from a number of Addiction Medicine specialists. Please contact Addiction Medicine for further information.

In the meantime, I have been working closely with the RACP in support of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) decision to upschedule over the counter compound analgesics containing codeine, and representing our College on the Nationally Co-ordinated Codeine Implementation Working Group (NCCIWG).

Among a wide range of communications, just this week a letter has been written to the State and Territory Health Ministers, jointly signed by a number of other health bodies, expressing our concern over the recent campaign led by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to establish a new alternative model to enable pharmacists to dispense non-prescription codeine despite the TGA’s decision to upschedule codeine from February 2018. We are concerned that the Guild’s model will undermine Australia's regulatory system and undermine the work of the TGA and NCCIWG.

Expressions of interest have been sought from Fellows of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine to fill two AChAM representative positions on the International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) 2019 Program Committee. Please contact the AChAM secretariat if you are interested in applying for one of these roles.

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds 
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine 

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM)

The AChPM Committee have met today and discussed a range of topics, including developments in the Australian Government’s Specialist Training Program, progress on the work of the Spirituality Training Working Party and some work on producing some communications material that communicates clearly the role of the Chapter and us as Palliative Medicine specialists.

A short survey has been sent to AChPM members seeking input on how they have accessed training and developed skills in addressing the spiritual needs of their patients as part of their care. The survey will take no more than five minutes to complete and we strongly encourage your input. This will inform the work of the Spirituality Training Working Party. Please contact if you need to be provided with a link to the survey.

The Chapter is also seeking expressions of interest from current New Zealand-based Palliative Medicine Fellows for the casually vacant position of New Zealand Representative on the AChPM Committee. The term of office for this position will be from the date of appointment until the close of the 2018 RACP Annual General Meeting in May, in line with the College election cycle. If you are interested in finding out more about this vacancy please email

Dr Simon Allan 
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM)

As Chapter members will be aware, we have now launched the AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) 2018 – Chancres, Coffee and Clinical Updates, which will be held in Melbourne on Saturday, 17 March 2018. Our third annual Trainees’ Day will be held in Melbourne on Sunday, 18 March 2018, the following day. The Organising Committee is preparing a stimulating program and we look forward to providing more details as our speakers and topics are confirmed. Please go to the ASM website to register.

We would like to encourage as many trainees to apply for the Penelope Lowe Award which will be presented at the 2018 ASM. Applications close Monday, 6 November 2017.

The 2017 AChSHM Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline of Sexual Health Medicine is now open for nominations and closes on Monday, 13 November 2017.

I’m looking forward to seeing Fellows and trainees at the AChSHM Fellows' Update on Thursday, 9 November at the Sexual Health 2017 Conference. This is an opportunity for members to come together for a general update on Chapter activity and provides a forum for Fellows and trainees to ask questions or express any concerns.

The Jan Edwards Prize will also be awarded at the Sexual Health Conference during the closing plenary on Thursday, 9 November. I am very much looking forward to the presentations on Thursday, 9 November from 1pm to 1.45pm in the Royal Theatre.

I also note the very sad news Adjunct Associate Professor Levinia Crooks AM passed away on Monday, 16 October 2017 after a long illness. As I’m sure you are all aware, Levinia was a leading advocate in the Australasian and international BBV and STI field and will be sorely missed by us all.

Associate Professor Catherine O’Connor
Acting President 
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

Physician Training Surveys

We are introducing surveys for trainees and supervisors as part of our accreditation program. 

The surveys will help us ensure high quality and safe training experiences for trainees, confirm there is sufficient support and training for supervisors and assess whether our educational standards are being delivered in the workplace.

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Internal Medicine Journal – October edition online now

Articles in the latest edition of the Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) include: 

  • Parkinson disease: device-assisted therapies
  • Melanoma management advances 
  • Awake supine oximetry in super obesity
  • Driving advice for advanced disease patients 
  • Chemotherapy-related cardiac toxicity
  • Long distance heart transplantation.

Access IMJ on the Wiley Online Library.

RACP Indigenous Health Scholarships for 2018 – Applications open now

Through its Indigenous Health Scholarship Program, the College annually offers up to eight scholarships to medical graduates and doctors who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander heritage and who would like to pursue a career as a physician.

These scholarships cover all RACP training and examination fees for either Basic or Advanced Training to the value of $10,000 for each year. They also include registration, travel and accommodation to attend the RACP Congress and/or other relevant Annual Scientific Meetings.

For full details and to apply go to the RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program page or contact the RACP Foundation.

MyCPD upgrade coming soon

We are excited to announce that the new and improved MyCPD program will be launched in early November.

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Attend the launch of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2017 report

Join your colleagues for the launch of The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change report.

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Attend your local RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence event

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are an opportunity for RACP trainees from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters to present their research work to an audience of Fellows and trainees. 

At each event one presentation in the field of adult medicine and one presentation in the field of paediatric medicine will be selected to represent their region.

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Consultation on Secondary Use of My Health Record Data

We are seeking your input to the College’s response to the Department of Health consultation on the Development of a Framework for Secondary Use of My Health Record Data.

Please send any comments to by 5pm Monday, 30 October 2017.

Note: If you wish to provide your own individual feedback to the Department of Health, a number of consultation workshops are being held across Australia or you can participate in an online survey which closes Friday, 17 November 2017.

Applications open for the Penelope Lowe Prize

The prize is awarded for the best case presentation by a registered Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) trainee at the 2018 AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held in Melbourne 17 and 18 March 2018.

The prize is $500 and a certificate.

For full details and to apply go to the Penelope Lowe Prize page or contact the RACP Foundation.

AChSHM Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline of Sexual Health Medicine

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Fellows and trainees are encouraged to nominate a colleague for the AChSHM Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline of Sexual Health Medicine.

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item changes resulting from MBS Review Taskforce recommendations

A number of changes to MBS items and policy will take effect from 1 November. Fact sheets outlining these changes are available on the MBS website.

New Fellows Orientation Guide – Now available online

A new resource for Fellows has now been published on the RACP New Fellows webpage.

This guide summarises the information and resources new Fellows need as they enter Fellowship and start practising as a physician or paediatrician.

Consultation forums: medical assistance in dying

A number of face-to-face and online consultation events for RACP members are being planned for November to continue the member dialogue on this important issue.

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Career opportunities 

Western Australia

Director Clinical Services, Next Step Drug and Alcohol Services, Mental Health Commission 
Enquiries: Dr Allan Quigley or Ms Susan Alarcon on +61 8 9219 1856.
Applications close: 4pm Thursday, 30 November

Go to the Medical Positions Vacant page at any time to see all job listings.


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.

View all events related to Adult Medicine here.

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

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