The President's Message - 10 February 2015

A BOARD OF ACTION

2015 provides the College with an opportunity to progress key changes that are required to meet the needs of our members and for our College to be able to continue to be an important player in the health systems of Australia and New Zealand. We play a pivotal role as the ‘trainer of choice’ for physicians and face an increasing threat of external competition. We are an influencer of governments in the development of health policy, and work tirelessly to ensure the health systems meet the needs of our profession and our communities, as we advocate for better health outcomes.

The Board has been working hard to hear your views and all viewpoints on College Reform. Following your feedback,  the Board has decided that there will be no ‘Nominations Committee’ and as part of the proposed model, members will elect Board Directors to the smaller skills based Board. We’ve listened to you and will shortly be sending out more information that reflects back the views we have heard. Detailed questions and answers are being developed to address the questions and comments you have raised and the Board is working through in more detail how the College Council will function, and how members will be represented and contribute to decision making. A more detailed information pack will be circulated shortly.

We are very keen to only do what is best for our College and our community. I ask you to therefore, please consider the proposals carefully. The Board will again discuss your feedback and make a decision on how to progress at its Board meeting in March.

The College is committed to the most robust examinations process. As such, the 2014 Written Examinations in Adult Medicine and Paediatrics and Child Health have been externally reviewed by Professor David Prideaux.

Congress 2015 in the tropical North Queensland is fast approaching. Registrations are now open for ‘Breaking Boundaries Creating Connections'. Congress 2015 promises to deliver a diverse and thought provoking program, with more opportunities to interact, debate and connect  - all while earning CPD points.  I encourage you to get away for a well-deserved break and I look forward to ‘connecting’ with you at Congress.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend heartfelt congratulations to our 21 Fellows who received Australia Day Honours:

Companion (AC) in the General Division
• Professor Jeremy Robert Chapman OAM FRACP
• Professor John Watson Funder AO FRACP

Officer (AO) in the General Division
• Professor Peter Robert Ebeling FRACP
• Professor John Mills FRACP

Member (AM) in the General Division
• Professor Roy Gary Beran FRACP FAFPHM
• Dr John Robert Burke FRACP
• Professor Denis Wakefield FRACP
• Professor Michael Sidney Frommer FAFPHM FAFOEM
• Professor Peter James Fuller FRACP
• Associate Professor Raymond Garrick FRACP
• Dr Ronald Joffe FRACP
• Professor Boguslawa Koczwara FRACP
• Professor Craig Michael Mellis FRACP
• Dr A James Morton FRACP
• Professor David John Shearman FRACP
• Professor John Douglas Watson FRACP

Member (AM) in the Military Division
• Colonel Bradley John McCall FAFPHM

Medal (OAM) in the General Division
• Professor Hans Henning Bode FRACP
• Dr Malcolm Victor Dunjey FAFPHM
• Dr Kathryn Louise Robinson FRACP

Public Service Medal
• Associate Professor Charles Patrick Denaro FRACP

I would also like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of a number of Fellows. We greatly respect their contribution made to medicine and to our College, and regret the passing of such distinguished members of our profession.

Professor Nicholas Talley, RACP President

 

RACP WEBSITE PROJECT

Over the next few years, the College will be making some big changes to its digital channel. These changes will provide members with an improved online experience, and some exciting new functionality when you interact with us online.

The first stage of this program will deliver a new racp.edu.au website in late June, making information easier to find and bringing in a simple, contemporary design. The most important principle for this project is that it will be user-centred – that is, it will be focussed first and foremost on what our members need. Between now and March, we will be conducting research with a range of Fellows and trainees, exploring what would make RACP’s website more useful and intuitive. This research will be the most critical input into our design process.

While the first stage of work is limited to our core website, we will continue to transform our broader online presence beyond the end of the financial year, with a continued focus on designing with your experience being our highest priority.

 

MYCPD GOES MOBILE

A MyCPD mobile webapp has been developed in response to Fellowship feedback. This tool enables Fellows to record CPD on the move and can be accessed by navigating to the MyCPD webpage on any internet-connected mobile device.

The choice of online webapp for mobile interaction offers many advantages -  it is immediately accessible with no download requirement, compatible over multiple devices and cost-effective for the College to upgrade and maintain.

This is the first step in the CPD mobile outreach strategy and your feedback is welcome.
For more information on how to access and use MyCPD mobile please visit the MyCPD Reports webpage or contact the CPD Unit at MyCPD@racp.edu.au or MyCPD@racp.edu.nz.

 

MEDIA RELEASES

• RACP supports calls to release children from immigration detention

• RACP calls for commitments on medical training, research and Indigenous health ahead of QLD election

• Opinion piece - Big Tobacco: New lies, same agenda

Read all media releases here

 

 

POLICY AND ADVOCACY CORNER

RACP Qld Election Statement receives positive response
In the lead up to the Queensland State Election the College launched an Election Statement and media release, and wrote to all political parties asking them to outline their position on key health issues such as Indigenous health, ensuring the capacity to train the future medical workforce and greater support for medical research.

In response to the letter to political parties, the College received a response from the QLD Labor Opposition​. President-Elect, Dr Catherine Yelland conducted media interviews with 4BC and 612 ABC Brisbane radio programs in the lead up to the Saturday, 31 January 2015 election.

The College looks forward to working with the newly elected government to address the challenges in delivering an equitable and sustainable health system across Queensland. 

Show your support for Constitutional Recognition
As a member of the Close the Gap Steering Committee, the College is asking Fellow and trainee members to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group’s (ANTaR) call for a clear pathway and process for Constitutional Recognition for Australia’s First Peoples. Constitutional recognition recognises the First Peoples of this land, reflects the principle of racial equality and is a positive step forward for equal access to health care for all Australian’s.

You can support ANTaR’s campaign by signing their petition, sharing ANTaR’s Facebook post or Tweeting: "Support #ConstitutionalRecognition @ANTaR_National petition. Let’s not lose momentum."

   

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

RACP Fellows and trainees can access a range of professional development activities from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  

 

SOUTH METROPOLITAN HEALTH SERVICE (WA)

From Saturday, 7 February 2015 some services of the South Metropolitan Health Service will change the way health care is delivered in Perth’s southern suburbs. 

This change, including the opening of the Fiona Stanley Hospital has presented the RACP with a unique opportunity to collaborate with a state health jurisdiction on a large multi-specialty accreditation project to enable an effective transition of services and continuity of training for trainees. Whilst this project is still to be finalised, the College is actively engaged with Fiona Stanley Hospital to support the accreditation process.

The transition of services is aimed at accommodating the growing health needs of people living and working in the south metropolitan area of Perth and across the State.

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

EOI: Integrated Care Working Party – closed
The College is calling for Expressions of Interest from Fellows and trainees with expertise in integrated care to join a new Integrated Care Working Party. This Working Party will lead the development of positions and policies that will support the College’s effective advocacy for person-centred integrated models of care in Australia and New Zealand.

For more details see the Terms of Reference and Scoping Document for the Working Party.
If you have any further questions regarding integrated care or the establishment of the Working Party, please contact Helen Stasa, Policy Officer on helen.stasa@racp.edu.au.

 

EOI: Flexible Training and Progression Through Training Policy Revision Working Group – now closed.
The College Education Committee (CEC) seeks to appoint 10 Members (Fellows and trainees) to form a Working Group on the limited revision of the Flexible Training and Progression through Training Policies.

The Flexible Training Policy outlines the provisions for leave entitlements (including parental leave), part-time and interrupted training, and the time limits for completing a training program. The Progression through Training Policy defines the requirements for gaining certification of satisfactory progress in, and completion of, a College training program. 

A summary of the feedback received can be viewed on our website.

For further information, please contact Eloise Birbara on +61 2 9256 9682 or EducationPolicy@racp.edu.au

EOI: Selection into Training Policy Consultation – now closed
Consultation on a new Selection into Training Policy (draft) has commenced and the College seeks your opinions and feedback.

About the Policy
The Selection into Training Policy is the first step in the College’s Strategy to implement a more robust, fair, and effective process for selection.

The Policy is College-wide and introduces principles, standards and criteria that underpin the process for entry and selection into all RACP training programs. It clarifies the roles and responsibilities between the RACP, RACP accredited training settings, health service jurisdictions and employing institutions, together with a high-level process for selection.

In the first instance, this is a high level policy statement and the College will work in collaboration with employers and jurisdictions to develop resources, tools, methods and robust selection processes to support implementation of the policy, in line with the principles and standards.  This includes exploring the feasibility of using Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) in the RACP context.

How do I provide feedback?
Please review the Selection into Training Consultation Pack and complete the consultation questionnaire 

Peer Review Working Group

All feedback will be considered by a Peer Review Working Group.

If you wish to be involved in this Peer Review Working Group, please click here for more information.

Further Information
You can view all draft policies and information about policy development at any time via our members-only website.

EOI: Development Working Group Academic Honesty & Plagiarism- now closed
The College Education Committee (CEC) is seeking to appoint 10 members (Fellows and trainees) to join its Development Working Group on the Academic Honesty & Plagiarism Policy revision through an expression of interest process.

The key responsibilities of the Working Group are to:
• Consider findings of the policy research undertaken
• Draft a policy based upon the research findings
• Develop implementation and communications plans
• Draft documentation for consultation

The CEC-approved scoping paper on this policy can be viewed on our website.

Interested Fellows and Trainees must complete and submit the attached form, provide their CV and a supporting statement outlining how their knowledge, qualifications, experience and interest in policy development will contribute to the objectives of this Working Group. Please email the expression of interest form and CV must to EducationPolicy@racp.edu.au.

Successful applicants must be available to attend two full days of face-to-face meetings in Sydney. The first meeting is scheduled to take place in May 2015.

For further information, please contact Nathasha Kugenthiran on EducationPolicy@racp.edu.au

​Conferences and Events

AWARDS AND PRIZES

It is with great pleasure that I extend our congratulations to the four recipients of the RACP Foundation Indigenous Health Scholarships.

Dr John Wood – College Indigenous Health Scholarship
Dr Angela Wood – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous Health Scholarship
Dr Myra Ruka – New Zealand Indigenous Health Scholarship
Dr Dawn Adair – RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship for Rehabilitation Medicine.

These scholarships provide funding through either Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter training in Australia and New Zealand and cover:
• RACP training fees for the duration of either Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter training (three or four years)
• Examination fees
• Attendance at Congress (or relevant Annual Scientific Meeting) each year (return economy air fare, registration, three nights' accommodation
• $2,500 cash assistance at the beginning of the scholarship.

Each Scholarship is valued at up to $40,000 over three to four years depending upon the training path chosen by the recipient.

MEMBER ADVANTAGE

Stay covered this summer! RACP Fellows and Trainees are entitled to 20% off travel insurance premiums with ACE Insurance Ltd (ACE).

Features of ACE Travel Insurance* include: 
• Unlimited Overseas Medical Expenses Cover
• Emergency Dental Cover
• Luggage and Travel Documents Cover
• Loss of Deposits and Cancellation Charges Cover
• 24 hour emergency phone assistance

Get an online quote from ACE Insurance now!

Note: certain eligibility criteria apply - you must be at least eighteen years old when you apply, you must not be over sixty-nine years of age and you must be an Australian resident. Member Advantage receives commission from ACE Insurance Limited (ACE) for referring  RACP to ACE. Commission is calculated as a percentage of the overall premium received by ACE on travel insurance policies underwritten as a result of these referrals. By referring you to ACE, Member Advantage is not making a recommendation or endorsing the travel insurance products.

*Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Benefit limits and policy excesses apply. Correct as at 29/10/2014.

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