The President's Message - 12 June 2015

12 June, 2015



At its meeting before the Cairns Congress your Board approved plans to establish a new College Council to help meet the challenges of a fast-changing medical and educational environment.

The new 50-member College Council, which will meet for the first time in September, is at the heart of a series of changes designed to help the College become a more member-focused, innovative and outward looking organisation.  

The process of establishing the new Council starts next month. It will run in parallel with Division, Faculty and Chapter meetings until such a time a transition is supported by the respective constituents.

This new Council is an opportunity for specialty societies, regional committees and all RACP specialty education streams to have major influence – if not drive – the College in an important new way.

We want the new Council to be the heart of the College – to be the place where ideas are generated and debated, and where collaborations across specialties and geographies are developed and enhanced. 

This is an exciting step forward and I look forward to all members finding ways to engage in this process and get involved. 

To find out more about how the new Council will operate, and how it will interact with plans for a smaller, expert Board, we have developed a new information site for members, which will be launched shortly.

The new information site will provide answers to questions about the new Council and College Reform. It will also provide updates as we move through the process of setting up the new Council and facilitate strong advocacy amongst College members and committees. Based on feedback from Fellows, the site will be a forum for two-way information exchange where Fellows are encouraged to contribute ideas and participate in debates on College Reform and other issues.

I look forward to sharing more information about the new site with you shortly.

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley
RACP President



I’m proud of the College’s achievements over the past 12 months as we work to maintain excellence and meet the unrelenting challenges of external and internal change.

As well as securing the maximum six-year accreditation of its education programs by the AMC and MCNZ for the first time, we also now have a seat on the Government’s National Training Advisory Network – the peak advisory group on the medical workforce. Both are important steps forward that place us at the forefront of medical training for physicians.

The College has made a number of improvements, including:

New dual training pathways that will enable our future physicians to expand their skills and expertise to deliver the best quality patient care.

  • The development of policies for recognition of prior learning and flexible training hours for our trainees, many of whom have families and busy professional lives. 
  • Establishment of a new Contact Centre and College information line and updates to our entire digital platform to provide better, easier to navigate information. This is in direct response to members' calls for more streamlined and effective communication and improved services.
Over the past 12 to 24 months, thanks to the passion and the expertise of our Fellows and trainees from paediatrics to adult medicine to public health and right across our vast College, we together have placed ourselves firmly at the front of public health policy. We’ve advocated on specialist training, end of life care, integrated care, e-cigarettes, disability reforms and harms from alcohol – to name a few. We’ve brought together 41 Speciality Societies to launch EVOLVE, our flagship initiative to ensure the highest quality patient care. We’ve hosted Indigenous health experts at a Speciality Access Round Table, and we’ve launched policy statements on Refugee and Asylum Seeker HealthNewborn ScreeningChild Protection and the Role of Sexual Health Physicians to name a few.

As you can see it’s been a very busy and we should all be very proud of our College. This could not have happened without our member led committees and expert staff support. Let’s keep the momentum going. You can see a full list of our recent achievements as a College here.



This year, Queen’s Birthday Honours have been awarded to 21 of our College Members – once again a demonstration of the outstanding quality of physicians and health leaders in our membership. Congratulations to all the awardees:

Medal (OAM) in the General Division:

  • Professor Niki Maree Ellis FAFPHM FAFOEM
  • Associate Professor Alyson Margaret Kakakios FRACP
  • Dr Colin Geoffrey Macarthur FRACP FAFPHM  
Member (AM) in the General Division:
  • Professor Bruce James Brew FRACP
  • Dr Russell Donald Clark FRACP
  • Professor Annemarie Hennessy FRACP
  • Clinical Professor Richard Peter Herrmann FRACP
  • Dr Jennifer Ann Johns FRACP
  • Dr Anthony John Keller FRACP
  • Dr Robert Neil Roy FRACP
  • Professor John Francis Seymour FRACP

Officer (AO) in the General Division:

  • Professor Paolo Ferrari FRACP
  • Dr Richard Townsend Gun FAFOEM
  • Dr Hugh David Niall FRACP
  • Professor Karen Simmer FRACP

Public Service Medal – New South Wales

  • Dr Kerry Chant  FAFPHM
Public Service Medal – Queensland
  • Dr Edward Strivens FRACP
Member of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ)
  • Professor Sir Peter David Gluckman FRACP
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)
  • Associate Professor Christopher Hugh Atkinson FAChPM
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
  • Dr Jonathan James Baskett FRACP
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
  • Professor Roderick Duncan MacLeod FAChPM



I am delighted to announce that the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) has been successful in its RACP backed bid to host the 33rd International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH) in 2021 in Melbourne.

This is an enormous opportunity for AFOEM and the College to expand our contribution to occupational health in Australia and New Zealand and globally, and is a phenomenal achievement of which we should all be proud. Congratulations to Professor Malcolm Sim and his team including Professor Dino Pisaniello and Marko Sanovic for the enormous effort they put into preparing the bid.

This achievement would not have been possible without the backing of the bid proposal by the RACP and the Board, who continue to show their strong support for this important activity. AFOEM President, Dr David Beaumont and Director of Fellowship Relations, Dr Kate More and College staff provided valuable expertise for the bid, including the preparation of a detailed business case, proving that Fellow-led, cross-College collaboration and determination can lead to successful outcomes. 

ICOH is held every three years and often attracts more than 3000 delegates from across the globe. It is the world's largest international congress in the field of the occupational health.

Congratulations once again to AFOEM and the bid team.


Membership of the New Zealand Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NZCCRTGE), closes 12 June 2015

The New Zealand Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NZCCRTGE) is a New Zealand body consisting of representatives from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology (NZSG). This Committee recognises training undertaken in New Zealand in endoscopy, gastroscopy and ERCP procedures, and the maintenance of standards aligned with Australia which enables reciprocal recognition of training in both countries.

Expressions of interest are sought from Fellows in New Zealand to join the NZCCRTGE, which is seeking two new members from RACP (including one based in a provincial centre). NZCCRTGE is looking for interested physicians who are actively involved in endoscopy training, and have strong links or hold education roles within their proposed parent bodies.

The Committee usually meets by teleconference in April and face to face in November each year.
An Expression of Interest form is available from Stefanie Joe at

Fellows who are interested in applying for membership of the NZCCRTGE are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form by 5.00pm (AEST), Friday, 12 June 2015.

EOI: Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Working Party, closes 19 June 2015

Applications are invited from Fellows and trainees of the College who are interested in becoming a member of the College’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Working Party. 

Australia’s NDIS is a new way of providing community links and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. Under the NDIS, people with a disability will have greater control over government funded disability support services. Individuals will exercise choice and control over a needs-based funding envelope to purchase supports that will most effectively meet their needs.

The RACP has been approached to contribute physician’s perspective and expertise at various stages of the NDIS roll-out, and is establishing a Working Party to lead this work. 

Fellows who are interested in joining the NDIS Working Party are invited to complete the attached Expression of Interest form by COB Friday, 19 June 2015. The NDIS Working Party Terms of Reference are also attached for your information.

Please email your completed EOI form and CV to, or for further information please contact Alexander Lynch at


Supervisor Professional Development Workshop, 16 June 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand

Supervision is key to the learning of future physicians, and it is vital that supervisors have access to professional development opportunities to support them in their roles as teachers and assessors. As part of the Supervisor Professional Development Programme (SPDP), the College has developed three workshops that are being led by trained facilitators in regional workshops and at ASMs throughout New Zealand. More information on SPDP Workshops is available here.

Workshop type: SPDP 2
Venue: Bones Trust, Ranui House, Christchurch Hospital
Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Facilitator: Mark Birch

To register, please contact Tamzyn Luafalealo at

Early Childhood Development Workshop Representative, 23 June 2015, Darwin

Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum (NTAHF) is holding a workshop which aims to gather experts on Early Childhood Development to produce and gain agreement on an ideal, evidenced based core services early childhood model for Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory. This one day workshop is focussed on utilising local expert knowledge from a variety of services, pertinent to early childhood development, to achieve outcomes. 

If you have expert knowledge in an area of child health, you are invited to attend this workshop. Please email your interest to

The ANZ Society of the History of Medicine 14th Biennial Conference - Missions, Methods and Management, 30 June to 4 July 2015, Sydney

Join delegates for lectures by distinguished international and local speakers, attend a witness seminar focusing on changes in the administration of health services over the past 50 years, and hear researchers present their original work.

Venue: Australian Catholic University, North Sydney
Date: Tuesday, 30 June to Saturday, 4 July
Registration: Please visit the ANZSHOM Conference website.

Australasian Symposium on Perioperative Medicine, 15 to 17 October 2015, Noosa

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists will host the 4th Annual Australasian Symposium on Perioperative Medicine, themed “The post-operative period: From recovery into the unknown”.

Venue: Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa, Noosa, Queensland
Date: Thursday, 15 October to Sunday, 18 October 2015
Registration: Please visit the conference website

Australasian Doctors Health Conference 2015, 22 to 25 October 2015, Melbourne

In line with our theme of “Pathways and Progress”, we will focus on proactive and reactive approaches to optimising physician health. Our two day academic program will appeal to all who have an interest in the health and welfare of our profession. We will discuss and showcase some of the advances in understanding the health of medical professionals and some of the great initiatives in improving welfare and support systems for doctors and medical students.

Venue: Pullman Mercure Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Date: Thursday, 22 October to Sunday, October 25 2015
Registration: Please visit the conference website

RACMA E-dgy Issues Webinars, various dates in 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administration, in conjunction with the Rural Health Continuing Education Stream, is hosting a set of E-dgy Issues webinars based on contemporary and ‘e-dgy issues’ that are current to health services. The programs provide doctors in rural and remote areas opportunities to enhance their CPD and sustain best practice in medical leadership and management.

July 2015 – Playing ball: Embracing collaborative care and reducing load on rural practice through multidisciplinary integration
August 2015 – Conquering fragmented rural mental health and other specialist medical services (telehealth)
October 2015 – Ageism, sexism, bullying, respect or un-esteemed collaborations between medical professionals. Are we duplicating what is taught in medicine? 

For enquiries regarding the E-dgy Issues program contact Carmel at



Nominations are now open for a range of awards for Fellows and trainees.

The Eric Susman Prize 2015

Fellows are invited to submit nominations for the award of the Eric Susman Prize for the best contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine.

RACP Mentor of the Year 2016

Fellows and trainees are invited to submit nominations for the RACP Mentor of the Year Award 2016 for a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring, or, who has provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.

RACP Trainee of the Year 2016

Fellows and trainees are invited to submit nominations for the RACP Trainee of the Year Award for a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to College, community and/or trainee activities during 2015 and earlier.

Please visit the RACP Foundation website to download nomination forms and for further details about each award.



Career Development Fellowships offered for 2016 are:

RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship - to encourage and support the promotion of research in medical specialty areas represented by the RACP. 

Don & Lorraine Jacquot Fellowship - to provide opportunities for nephrologists who are Fellows of the RACP and who have completed a post graduate research higher degree; or have substantial research experience; and are still at an early stage in their career. 

The David Prast Career Development Fellowship - to provide support to Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP to do further research into improving functional outcomes for people living with spinal cord injury and to further the vision of David Prast. 

The Career Development Fellowships are intended for researchers for whom it has been over seven years since the completion of their research higher degree and/or who are not eligible for either Research Entry or Research Establishment awards.

Applications for the 2016 Career Development Fellowships close Monday, 15 June at 5.00pm AEST. Application forms and further information can be found online.

For information on all awards offered through the RACP Foundation please visit the website



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