AMD Newsletter 6 April 2018

President's Post

In this time between AMD Council and AMD Executive Committee meetings, Adult Medicine continues its work on planning for Congress and contributing feedback on policy and advocacy priorities.

I encourage everyone to register for Congress this year. It promises to be a lively meeting and there are some really interesting topics being tackled. The Congress website has full information.

I will also be presenting at Trainees’ Day this year with Dr Sarah Dalton, the President of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division. I hope to see our trainees on Sunday, 13 May.

Applications for participation in the 2018 Specialty Society webinar program close on Monday, 16 April. This year up to 15 ‘streams’ of three webinars each will be hosted by the College. The program is open to 51 Specialty Societies, so it has a broad reach but especially within Adult Medicine. I highly commend this program as it exemplifies collaboration between the College and the Specialty Societies, and the use of technology to inform and educate audiences across Australia and New Zealand.

The process of forming a new AMD Council continues. Following confirmation of the AMD President-elect and the first elected AMD Councillor for 2018 to 2020, expressions of interest were released for other AMD Council positions. These closed on Wednesday, 28 March and new Council appointments will be finalised in coming weeks.

Best wishes

Associate Professor Grant Phelps
Adult Medicine Division

AChAM President’s Report

The Chapter Committee held its first meeting of the year via teleconference on Wednesday, 21 March. The Chapter confirmed its work plan for 2018 at the meeting, which will include continuing its policy and advocacy efforts and leading the planning and operational delivery of the 2019  International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) conference. The Chapter Committee is keen to progress the development of the Model of Collaboration with the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD), which will support and advance the Chapter’s relationship with APSAD.

Preparations for the IMiA Conference are already underway. The Program Committee, which comprises Fellows from RACP, RANZCP, RACGP and RNZCGP, had its first meeting in March and agreed on broad themes for each of three days of the conference which is being held in Melbourne in March 2019. The Program Committee looks forward to formally launching the conference website in the next two months.

Our Chapter, in partnership with the AFPHM and with the support of the College Policy & Advocacy team, has made further strong representation in meetings with elected representatives and their advisers in the Parliament in Canberra in relation to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018 which the government is still seeking to have passed through the Parliament. We have strongly opposed the bill and explained the reasons why it will not work: it is a poor use of resources; it is discriminatory and it is likely to cause harm.  We have presented that our College would be pleased to work with elected representatives and relevant government departments in constructing alternative strategies to both prevent and to address drug and alcohol problems in Australian society.

The next AChAM Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, 31 May 2018 at the RACP office in Sydney.

Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds 
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine 

AChSHM President’s Report  

The Chapter held its Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on 17 March in Melbourne, Chancres, coffee and clinical updates. The event was well attended with over 100 delegates, primarily sexual health specialists and general practitioners with a special interest in sexual health medicine. The program covered a broad range of topics, from antimicrobial stewardship in sexual health medicine, genital dermatology and the complexities of sexually transmitted infections in rural and remote Australia. Feedback from delegates in an evaluation survey indicated that the day was a success with a highly relevant and topical program and engaging speakers.

The Trainees’ Day was held the day after the ASM on 18 March at the RACP Melbourne office and was attended by most Advanced Trainees in Sexual Health Medicine. There were educational and interactive sessions on topics that had been requested by trainees, and the day also included a session on assessment conducted by several members of the Training Committee in Sexual Health Medicine.

The Chapter held a productive first meeting of 2018 on 22 February. The Committee finalised its Narrative Statement at the meeting, a piece of work developed in collaboration with the College Marketing and Communications team which aims to describe the Chapter, what members of the Chapter do and the value proposition of the Chapter in terms of the promotion of optimal sexual health irrespective of individual patient circumstances through education, research, public policy and clinical management. The AChSHM Narrative Statement will be released in the coming months.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Blood-Borne Virus (HIV/BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) research lost a distinguished academic leader this month with Professor David Cooper AO sadly passing away on Sunday, 18 March after a short illness. As most Chapter members would know, Professor Cooper was the inaugural Director of the Kirby Institute (previously NCHECR) at the University of NSW where his ground-breaking research over many years contributed to significant developments in the field of HIV/BBV and STIs medicine. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and colleagues.

The Chapter Committee will meet for its first face-to-face meeting on Wednesday, 20 June at the RACP office in Sydney.

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

AChPM President’s Report

As members would be aware, following careful consideration of the feedback received from online and face-to-face consultation with the membership, the ​RACP's Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party released its draft position statement on medical assistance in dying mid-March. The Chapter Committee thanks the Working Party for its thorough examination of the issues and the production of a credible and well thought out document for what is a sensitive and polarising topic. I recognise, however, that it will be very disappointing to many of our craft group that the College has adopted a position of “critical neutrality”. Unfortunately, we have already moved beyond the “for or against” debate with the recent passing of voluntary assisted dying legislation in Victoria.

The AChPM Communique for the final meetings of 2017 are now available on the RACP website.

The Chapter Committee will next meet face-to-face on Friday, 15 June 2018 at the ​RACP office in Sydney.

Dr Simon Allan
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

RACP Congress 2018 – Five Weeks to Go

RACP Congress 2018 will take place at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 16 May 2018. With only five weeks to go, register now for the pre-eminent event for all physicians in Australia and New Zealand.

The RACP Congress program will pose challenges, share the latest clinical and research updates and encourage delegates to think differently with sessions such as, turning the tide of low-value care with Associate Professor Ian Scott, Associate Professor Grant Phelps, Dr Sarah Dalton and Dr Andrew Hallahan.

This session will explore low-value care using case presentations to demonstrate different approaches to diagnosis, treatment and care delivery. The session will be stimulating and interactive.

For more information on the RACP Congress program and speakers visit the Congress website.

Trainees' Day 2018 - Reduced Registration Rate

RACP Trainees’ Day and Trainees' Dinner is an opportunity for Basic and Advanced Trainees to network and discuss professional critical topics and training pathways. 

We are pleased to advise that due to the generous contribution from our sponsors Trainees' Day registration rate is now $50. 

We would like to thank our sponsors Westpac, Avant Mutual, Novartis, Professional Transcription Solutions and the NSW Government for making this reduced rate possible. 

Trainees who have already registered will be contacted and will receive a refund equivalent to the difference in the registration rates.

Register and view the program on the Congress website

Evolve posters at RACP Congress

Evolve will be at RACP Congress to share and promote effective strategies that help implement the Evolve recommendations into everyday clinical practice. To stimulate ideas, discussions and action, there is an opportunity for you to showcase your work on Evolve to your colleagues. There will be no formal Congress selection process or presentation on these posters. If you are interested in being a part of this event, please contact and we would be happy to support you in developing a poster for display.

RACP Foundation – $10,000 Funding Opportunity

Are you planning to study overseas or start a research project in neonatology? Or have you been offered a position overseas and you need help with travel and set up costs?

Applications are open for the Eric Burnard Fellowship for 2018, which commemorates the life and work of Dr Eric Burnard – the internationally renowned Fellow who dedicated his life to the field of paediatrics.

Applications close on Monday, 28 May 2018. Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for full details of other Awards. For information about the eligibility criteria or application process, please ​email RACP Foundation  or ​call +61 (02) 9256 9639.

MyCPD Platform – Technical Issue Update 

Due to a technical issue with the MyCPD platform a small number of Fellows were unable to register their CPD credits before the due date – 31 March 2018.

​Impacted ​​Fellows have been individually contacted and have been given an extension until Monday, 9 April to complete their 2017 MyCPD record.

If you have any questions the CPD team can be contacted using the following details.
Australia – or +61 2 8247 6201
New Zealand – or +64 4 460 8122

Evolve resources

The latest Evolve resources to help you implement the recommendations in your daily work are available ​on the Evolve website.  

More information

Updated Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program Requirement Handbooks now available

The new PREP Program Requirements are now available on the relevant Basic Training and Advanced Training specialty pages.

Basic Training
The 2019 Basic Training Program Requirements apply to all trainees registered in a PREP Basic Training program in 2019. Program requirements for 2020 will be released in line with the revised Basic Training Curricula.

Advanced Training
The 2019–20 Advanced Training Program Requirements are available on the new Advanced Training specialty web pages. The 2019–20 Requirements apply to all trainees registered in a PREP program in 2019 and/or 2020.

PREP trainees and their supervisors should familiarise themselves with the updated program requirements for their specialty. It is the responsibility of the trainee to ensure that they are following the correct guidelines for each training year.

Internal Medicine Journal – ​April issue online now

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

  • Transcatheter treatment for mitral regurgitation

  • E-cigarettes in physician practice

  • Chronic airway disease in mental health patients

  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus : lack of access for youth-specific care

  • Levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel and Parkinson disease

  • Lyme disease in Australia?

The Editor's Choice for the month is​ an Original Article by Los Vincent Newton and Edmond Ang - 30 Day Mortality after Systemic Anticancer Treatment as a Real World, Quality of Care Indicator: The Northland Experience​

Access IMJ online

Women’s Agenda – An Online Publication for Women in Medicine

Women’s Agenda is an online publication for career-minded women that’s looking to feature more women in medicine, and cover issues relevant to women pursuing careers in health. They regularly run Q&As and profiles on a wide range of different women. If you’re interested in potentially being featured, you can ​email the RACP Marketing and Communications team. You are encouraged to visit the publication website.  

College Learning Series 

The College Learning Series is now live.  Based on the successful Physician Education Program (PEP), this online resource for basic trainees includes video and audio content, mapped to the curriculum. It is free for all College members.

AMA Public Health Awards 2018 – call for nominations 

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is seeking nominations of people or groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to health care and public health. Recipients will be invited to attend the 2018 AMA National Conference in Canberra in May 2018, where the awards will be presented. In the year following the presentation of the awards, recipients will have the opportunity to participate in interviews with interested media, and engage in AMA supported activities promoting their work in their field of expertise. 

Nominations are sought in the following categories: 

  • AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award
  • AMA Woman in Medicine Award

More information regarding the awards and the nomination process ​can be found on the AMA website. Nominations close COB Monday, 23 April 2018.

History of Medicine Session – RACP Congress

Do you have an interest in the early days of the College? Would you like to share your research?

 An opportunity exists to speak at the RACP Congress, 2018 in the History of Medicine Session.

You are invited to submit a short abstract (200 words max) for consideration. We look forward to hearing from our historians.

We invite you to submit your abstracts to by Sunday 22, April 2018.

​Career opportunities 


Director of General Medicine
Logan Hospital (Metro South Hospital and Health Service)

 New South Wales

Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
Tamworth Hospital

Staff Specialist in Palliative Care
Tamworth Hospital

Staff Specialist in Cardiology
John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle

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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