The President's Message - 20 November 2015

EVOLVE is ultimately about ensuring a health care system that is patient-focused and of the highest quality – and it is led by the experts – physicians.

Two specialty societies: the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) have now published their ‘Top 5’ lists of interventions in their specialty and a further five are in the final cross-College consultation stages.

Coinciding with National Antibiotics Awareness Week ASID’s EVOLVE ‘Top 5’ list, released this week, has three antibiotics-related recommendations. 

EVOLVE reflects the dynamic nature of medicine. It enables us to consider the evolving evidence and hear the expertise of our members, and will lead to improved knowledge and changes to clinical practice that will benefit patients. Reducing low-value or unnecessary practices is one aspect of ensuring that our patients get the care they need and that our health system is aligned with the latest and best clinical evidence.

With the College making a submission this week to the Medical Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce , the continuing release of EVOLVE ‘Top 5’ lists highlights the leading role physicians are taking in framing and driving the ongoing health care reform debate.

Also coinciding with Antibiotic Awareness Week, the College’s November issue of the Internal Medicine Journal features a research paper Antibiotic resistance: are we all doomed?, which has found that despite Australia’s high antibiotic use, most bacteria resistance rates are among the lowest in the world. 

I am delighted with the contributions being made by our members as we continue to “serve the health of our people”.

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley
RACP President


College election steering group

The College will soon start its election cycle, with a call for nominations due to be issued in December for the roles of RACP President-Elect and other leadership positons on Division and Faculty Councils and the New Zealand, Chapter and State Committees. As always, the College is committed to conducting fair elections for all positions.

The College’s Fellowship Committee has formed a steering group of Fellows to oversee the management of College elections and to provide guidance to the Governance Team. The steering group consists of Dr Stephen de Graaff, Dr Peter Connaughton, Associate Professor Michael Gabbett and Dr Andrew Rosenstengel. The group met recently to approve the nomination and election timetable, and election guidelines for candidates.

Serving in leadership roles on College bodies is your opportunity to shape our direction and agenda over the next two years. More information on College elections will be provided in December and all members are encouraged to nominate for the various positions that will become available from May 2016.

White Ribbon Day

Next Wednesday, 25 November is White Ribbon Day, which marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The White Ribbon campaign is a male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. 

Violence against women is a health issue of major concern, with devastating long term physical and mental health effects on families, individuals and children. On White Ribbon Day I encourage you all to wear white ribbons in your workplaces to communicate to your colleagues and patients that you are available and willing to discuss this sensitive issue with anyone who may be experiencing violence in their lives.

For more information about the White Ribbon campaign or to purchase a white ribbon please visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

Learning Needs Analysis (LNA)

The College is proposing updates to the LNA used for trainees undertaking PREP training. These changes are based on feedback from members, gathered over the last few years. 

Supervisors and trainees are invited to provide feedback on these proposed changes, before their implementation in 2016. The proposed new designs, including the changes, can be viewed online along with a survey for you to provide your feedback.

Climate Change Campaign

As part of our www.doctorsforclimateaction.org campaign, Fellows of the College will be organising local groups to participate in the People’s Climate March across Australia and New Zealand

Events will take place in major cities on the weekend of 27 to 29 November, on the eve of the United Nations climate summit in Paris. If you would like to join with local College members to draw attention to the health impacts of climate change, please register your interest via policy@racp.edu.au to be connected with lead Fellows for your capital city. 

EOI: Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Medical Advisory Committee, closes 27 November 2015

Applications are open for Fellows and trainees to represent the College on the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Medical Advisory Committee.

The Medical Advisory Committee provides the QAS with a multi-disciplinary forum to review clinical practice, bridging pre-hospital care with the broader health system. This clinical forum also contributes to QAS clinical risk management through the provision of appropriate service regarding proposed clinical trials involving the QAS and about safe clinical practice in the pre-hospital environment.

The QAS is seeking a representative from the RACP with clinical expertise relevant to pre-hospital care.

The successful RACP nominee will be appointed to the Medical Advisory Committee for a two year term. The Medical Advisory Committee meeting schedule is quarterly, with meetings scheduled at the Emergency Services Complex, corner Park and Kedron Park Roads, Kedron. The next meeting will be held on 23 February 2015.

Download the terms of reference and the College's Code of Conduct.

Closing date for the expressions of interest is Friday, 27 November 2015. This is a self-funded appointment.
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