President's Message 22 April

Many Fellows and trainees may not be entirely aware of the role and the work of our College’s Board, but this week we’re informing you of a change we’re seeking to make to its structure.

If you are not familiar with the function of a Board, in a membership based organisation like ours it is elected by members to safeguard their interests*.

Among its many duties, the Board determines our future strategy to ensure our College remains robust, resilient and forward looking.

It is bound to act in the best interests of all members.

In comparison with other organisations which average six to eight Board Directors, our current Board is large – we have 19 Directors.

All our Directors are in favour of moving to a smaller member elected, expertise based, 10 member Board to make our College more responsive to your needs.

By now you will have received your Notice of May’s Annual General Meeting by email and a hard copy will soon arrive in the post. 

There are two special resolutions concerning Board change. You can read instructions on how to vote

We need your approval to make this change, so I encourage you to read the resolutions, and then make your own decision on this important initiative.

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley
RACP President

*3 of 19 Directors of the current Board are nominated by the Board

Selection into Training Consultation

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking member feedback on a proposed selection process for candidate entry into Basic Training in Adult Internal Medicine, and Paediatrics and Child Health.

A panel of experts in the field of postgraduate medical education has partnered with the College to undertake a Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility study. The study aims to develop a merit based model for identifying and selecting candidates best suited for Basic Training, with progression into physician practice.

The Selection into Basic Training process is part of the College’s strategy to address its Capacity to Train and preparations for implementation will begin in 2017.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility study consultation paper, either through completion of the survey or via a written submission to

For further information visit the Capacity to Train web page.

RACP Quarterly is the College’s new member magazine

Stories in the March/April 2016 issue include:

  • Montgomery Spencer Memorial Lecture
  • Palliative Care doctor embraces diversity challenges
  • Telehealth in the remote Northern Territory
  • Calling ‘time’ on excessive promotion of alcohol in sport

Download the RACP Quarterly March/April 2016 edition.

RACP Quarterly replaces RACP News and will be published four times per year.

Reducing the frequency of the RACP’s magazine, while moving to lift the depth and breadth of issues it covers is part of a broader response to providing more value in our communications.


RACP Annual Report 2015 now online

The RACP Annual Report 2015 for the year ended 31 December 2015 is now available to read online.

Highlights from 2015 include:

  • the Australian Medical Council and Medical Council of New Zealand giving the College the maximum accreditation term of six years as the preferred educator and assessor of physicians across Australia and New Zealand 
  • the College’s Victorian Dual Training Working Group helped implement a dual training position in rural Victoria to begin in 2016
  • the RACP Foundation maintained funding at previous levels, and made available $2.6 million in research scholarships, fellowships and grants
  • the College’s Contact Centre was able to increase the number of calls it resolved at the first point of contact to over 75 per cent compared to 25 per cent at its launch in May 2014 resulting in an improved experience for members 
  • members in New Zealand contributed their expertise to 53 separate Government and non-Government submissions on healthcare matters
  • a new representative College Council was established by the Board, to deliver on a commitment to transparency and democracy in the way the College is run.
Download the RACP Annual Report 2015 (PDF 3MB).

Euthanasia ​& Physician Assisted Death Working Party

​We are pleased to announce the members of the Euthanasia & Physician Assisted Death (EPAD) Working Party. 

The ​10 Fellows and trainees appointed to the Euthanasia & Physician Assisted Death (EPAD) Working Party are: Dr George Laking (Chair), A/Prof Andrew Cole (Deputy Chair), Dr Clare White, Dr Jonathan Gillis, Dr Christopher McKinlay, Dr James Howe, Dr Danielle Ko, Prof Paul Komesaroff, Dr Linda Sheahan, and one other Adult Medicine physician, specialising in Palliative Medicine.

Congratulations to our appointed members, ​The College values your commitment and willingness to contribute to this important area. The Working Party will develop a College position which substantively engages with the complex ethical dimensions of these issues, and is informed by extensive consultation with the College membership.

I wish to also take this opportunity to thank all the other members who took the time to apply to this Working Party. 

Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) April 2016 Issue 

The IMJ April 2016 is now live on the Wiley Online Library and the College website

Creating Continuing Professional Development opportunities 

The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPDC) is seeking to appoint multiple Fellow representatives.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a vital component of all physicians’ and paediatricians’ lifelong learning journey. The College supports both the recording of CPD activities members undertake through the MyCPD program and develops CPD resources to benefit all members.

CPD resources developed by the College include e-learning modules, podcasts and face-to-face activities such as workshops and seminars.

The CPDC was established by the College Education Committee (CEC) to:

  • set the agenda for CPD program upgrades and resource development to ensure the College CPD program meets the needs of the Fellowship
  • consider, review and make recommendations on a range of CPD resources (including podcasts, practice review materials and face-to-face events)
  • identify and facilitate peer review of learning resources suitable for CPD and promote development of learning resources to meet any unmet needs
  • encourage CPD participation through a range of strategies
  • consider and approve minor changes to the MyCPD program (including functional fixes and improvements, aesthetic changes, updates to content)
  • consider and recommend major changes to the MyCPD Program to the CEC (including changes to the MyCPD framework)
  • report to relevant education committees and CEC on statistics and issues arising from CPD participation
  • monitor exceptions to CPD completion
  • consider government regulation on CPD and revalidation in Australia and New Zealand and recommend program and policy changes to CEC where appropriate
  • work with the Office of the Dean, other College bodies and specialty societies to support Fellows’ ongoing learning.

The CPDC meets up to three times a year face-to-face with up to four additional teleconference meetings if required. The remaining 2016 meetings are:

  • Friday, 13 May (face-to-face)
  • Friday, 1 July (teleconference)
  • Friday, 9 September (face-to-face)
  • Friday, 11 November (teleconference).

How to apply? Interested Fellows are asked to complete and submit the CPD Committee EOI form along with a CV by email to by 30 April 2016.

Evolve Educate Engage at RACP Congress 2016 

RACP Congress 2016 is an opportunity for both Fellows and trainees to benefit from our large and diverse membership.

The program has more than 100 presentations and panel discussions. It will include a session that outlines the significant changes to education at the College, which involves the development of new curricula for all training programs and new models for supporting supervising Fellows.

It will also include an interactive session on professional behaviour in the workplace. You will hear from a panel of experts on the current mental health issues facing physicians and have the benefits of a more patient centred and multidisciplinary approach to healthcare explained.

This year the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration will be presented by Professor John Mills, internationally-respected physician, scientist and businessman. In addition to his Emeritus Professorship at Monash University Professor Mills holds professorial positions at RMIT and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

Further details on the topics and speakers can be found on the program.

While in Adelaide take the time to network and catch up with colleagues at one of the many social events including the annual Gala Dinner. Find out more on the Congress website.

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Date: Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Congress 2016 website.

Therapeutic Goods Administration TGA April 2016 – Issue of Medicines Safety Update now available

The April issue of the TGA Medical Devices Safety Update is now available.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Chronic diseases in Australia: Accountability and Action Forum

The College has been invited to nominate a representative to The Australian Health Policy Collaboration’s Chronic diseases in Australia: Accountability and Action Forum. The Forum will take place on Tuesday, 5 July 2016 from 9.30am - 4.30pm in Melbourne.

This is an important opportunity to participate in an interactive forum which will launch a national report card and further develop work on accountability for prevention and improved outcomes of chronic diseases in Australia.

Please see the EOI form for further information. 

If you are interested in representing the College at the forum, please send the EOI form and a copy of your CV to by 5pm Thursday, 5 May 2016.


EOI: ASCIA Penicillin Allergy Educational Resources Development Meeting

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is holding a Penicillin Allergy Educational Resources Development Meeting on 6 and 7 August 2016 in Sydney.

ASCIA is currently developing a penicillin allergy training course for health professionals working in general practice or primary care with the aim of providing accurate and standardised training across Australia and New Zealand.

Please see the EOI form for further information. 
If you are interested in representing the College at this meeting, please send the EOI form and a copy of your CV to by 5pm Thursday, 5 May 2016.



Trainees' Day at the RACP Congress 2016

Trainees’ Day - it’s a day run by trainees for trainees and designed to help develop your clinical skills, promote discussion and prepare you for your career as a physician.

This year, Trainees’ Day will be held on Sunday, 15 May 2016 in Adelaide, prior to Congress 2016. The day promises to deliver a program relevant to you, the trainee. 

The sessions have been planned based on your feedback. It’s an opportunity to learn from your peers and hear from Fellows on topics including your health and wellbeing, tips on putting forward your best job application – writing a medical CV and interview skills, and mentoring.

Further details on the topics and speakers for Trainees’ Day can be found ​in the program.

The annual event provides the perfect lead up to RACP Congress, which we encourage you to stay and attend.

For more information about Trainees’ Day and RACP Congress 2016 visit the Congress 2016 website.

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre 
Date: Sunday, 15 May 2016
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Congress 2016 website.

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