The President's Message - 22 March

Consistent with the election process, candidates have been given the opportunity to update their elections statements and ensure their College experience is accurate and up to date.

Many have done so with video links included – so that you have a chance to see and hear them as well.

If you haven’t voted yet, now is your chance to log in and cast your vote or log in if you want to change your vote.

Today, you have been sent a personalised email from Computershare containing your PIN and links to the ballots that you are eligible to vote in.

This ensures election security.
If you think you haven’t received that email – check your junk or spam folders in your inbox – some spam filters can junk emails like this automatically.
You can also vote using printed ballot papers, which can be mailed to you upon request to the Returning Officer by email at or by phone to 1300 407 207 (Australia) or 0800 453 523 (New Zealand) or +61 3 9415 4019 (from other countries). 

Printed ballot papers must be mailed to Computershare, Reply Paid 4195, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia and received by Computershare before 5pm (AEST) on Monday 4 April 2016.

If you require assistance or further information regarding the election voting process please contact the Returning Officer by email at

I urge you to take part in this important process to determine the future leadership of your college and make your vote count. 

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley
President, RACP

Evolve Educate Engage at RACP Congress 2016

With a program spanning the beginning of life to its end, RACP Congress 2016 is an opportunity for all Fellows to benefit from our large and diverse membership.

The program of workshops, sessions, exhibits, and social functions will include the launch of the College’s End-of-Life Position Statement and sessions on the role of genetics in medicine and the health and wellbeing of doctors.

World leading speakers from home and abroad will challenge you, inspire you, educate you and engage you. Professor John Mills, will deliver the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration. He is an internationally-respected physician, scientist and businessman. In addition to his Emeritus Professorship at Monash University he holds professorial positions at RMIT and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is the Director of Research and Development at TissuPath Specialist Pathology, a Consulting Physician at The Alfred Hospital, Chairman of the Research Program and Research Advisory Committee of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and a non-executive director of GBS Venture Partners Pty Ltd.

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

Supervision Support Strategy – have your say before 1 April 2016

A project to refresh and refocus the College’s Supervision Support Strategy is underway. 

Supervisors are vital to the success of the College’s training programs and to ensuring quality patient care. So, it is essential to support the supervisory workforce and build capacity and capability to sustain a new model of competency-based medical education. 

College Members are invited to submit their feedback and contribute to the development of the College's Supervision Support Strategy for 2016 onwards, by completing a survey.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Information gathered from this consultation will be used to inform the College's strategy and action plan. 

The survey will close on Friday, 1 April 2016.

For more information on the Supervision Support Strategy Renewal Project please contact Angela Corbett, Education Development Officer for Supervisor Learning Support on +61 2 8076 6338 or at

Training Support Pathway

The Training Support Pathway, is a new policy and pathway introduced by the College, 1 January 2016, to assist trainees who encounter difficulty during their training. 

This new, structured training support provides a clear pathway and supporting resources for trainees, and their supervisors, to address difficulties at an early stage, and in a fair, transparent and confidential manner. Training difficulties can relate to trainee progression, the training setting or the trainee/supervisor relationship.  

There are three stages of the Training Support Pathway, starting first at a local level, with additional support offered through a supervisor.

Key steps include early intervention, transparent communication, regular performance feedback, and setting clear learning actions and expected outcomes.

Further information on the three stages can be found on the RACP website or by contacting the Training Support Unit at or on +61 2 9256 5457.

Online survey on Queensland Medicinal Cannabis Bill

The Queensland Government has released the draft Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 for consultation via an online survey, which interested members are encouraged to complete by Friday, 1 April 2016. 

The draft Bill proposes a framework for regulating the lawful supply and use of medicinal cannabis products in Queensland. 

Further information on the consultation and draft Bill are available on the Queensland Health website.

Fellowship Standards Consultation

The College is undertaking an important program of work to renew its curricula. Key to this is the development of the RACP Standards Framework, which will define the domains of professional practice for physicians to be applied across our diverse range of training programs.

We now need your help to further refine and confirm the Fellowship Standards and establish the benchmarks for graduates of RACP training programs. 

You can give your feedback by completing the survey by Wednesday, 18 May 2016. 

To watch a video about the Fellowship Standards, find further information, and view the draft standards, visit the Fellowship Standards Consultation page.  

RACP Coaching Program for Supervisors

The RACP Coaching Program, aimed to help supervisors develop their coaching and communication skills, will be run from May to December this year, and supervisors are now invited to participate.

The Program is in its third year and gives supervisors the opportunity to:

  • improve supervision skills – build rapport, manage change, develop educational leadership skills and increase motivation
  • improve communication skills – listen, ask questions, share views and support someone to find their own solutions
  • network – coach another physician from a different specialty.

The Coaching Program includes a one day coaching skills workshop, facilitated by health executive coaches, post workshop peer coaching, and sessions with an expert coach.

The workshop teaches coaching techniques and provides the opportunity for supervisors to practice their coaching skills with peers.

Who can register?

RACP Fellows from the Divisions, Chapters and Faculties who are supervisors of trainees in Basic and Advanced Training Programs. 

Workshop details

Workshop 1: RACP College, Sydney – Thursday, 5 May, 9am – 4.30pm.
Workshop 2: RACP College, Sydney – Friday, 6 May, 9am – 4.30pm.

Please nominate which day you prefer upon registration. 

How to register

Places are limited. To register your interest, including which workshop you wish to attend, email by Friday, 8 April 2016. 

Expressions of Interest

Consultation: Integrated Care Discussion Paper, closes 15 April 2016

The challenge of how to better integrate care is an area of active debate worldwide. The RACP Integrated Care Working Party has developed a principles-based Discussion Paper, and is seeking your feedback to assist in the development of the RACP’s final position statement.

To request a copy of the documents and consultation questions or to submit your comments contact Andrew McAlister at

The consultation period closes on Friday, 15th April 2016.

Conferences and events

Trainees' Day at the RACP Congress 2016

To support future physicians, Congress 2016 includes a dedicated Trainees’ Day. Held on Sunday, 15 May 2016, Trainees’ Day is a great way to begin your three days in Adelaide.

Trainees’ Day is run by trainees for trainees and the sessions have been planned based on your feedback. The day promises to deliver a relevant and exciting program with cutting edge speakers to develop your clinical skills, promote discussion and prepare you for your career as a physician.

Trainees’ Day topics will give you tips on surviving in private practice with Lisa Phelps from MyPS Integrated Practice Services, open a discussion about physicians and their mental health with Dr Roger Sexton from Doctors Health SA and help you understand expected professional behaviour in the workplace with Associate Professor Grant Phelps from Deakin University and Dr Sarah Dalton from The Clinical Excellence Commission. Further details on the topics and speakers for Trainees’ Day can be found on the preliminary program.

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

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

Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Annual Training Meeting 2016

Held in conjunction with RACP Congress 2016 this event is an opportunity for trainees of the Faculty to come together, learn, share, and network.

The three day program includes worksite visits, clinical sessions and breakout sessions tailored to all stages of training.

Date: Friday, 13 to 15 May 2016
Venues: RACP Adelaide, Level 2, 257 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, South Australia. Glenside Health Services, Administration and Learning Services Centre, 226 Fullarton Road Glenside, South Australia and Adelaide Convention Centre
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Congress 2016 website.

Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Meeting

Join community child health colleagues for a day of knowledge sharing and networking.
Members of the Chapter and anyone interested in community child health, are encouraged to attend.

Date: Sunday, 15 May 2016
Venue: RACP Adelaide, Level 2, 257 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, South Australia 
Registration: Registration, speaker and program details on the Congress 2016 website.

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