The President's Message - 4 December 2015

We are now at the beginning of the College election cycle.

I assumed the Presidency in May 2014.

Since then, we’ve all accomplished an enormous amount; the launch of our EVOLVE program, the formation of the College Council, greatly increased policy and advocacy leadership, and maximum terms of AMC and MCNZ accreditation to name just a few significant achievements.

In May 2016 I hand over leadership of the College to Dr Catherine Yelland, our current RACP President-Elect.

The first steps in the process that calls for nominations for;

  • the next RACP President-Elect
  • New Zealand President-Elect
  • various positions on Division and Faculty Councils and Chapter Committees 

will be made this coming Monday, 7 December.

You can preview the full details, including all positions to be filled at:

Successful nominees will be elected for a two year term starting at the conclusion of our Annual General Meeting on Monday, 16 May 2016.

This year in the interests of transparency and democracy, we will be publishing the numbers of votes that all nominees receive in their respective ballots.

Eligible College Members are encouraged to nominate for these vacant positions now.

I encourage you to get involved and take part in shaping our College’s future.

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley
RACP President

Survey: Help the RACP refine its values and purpose

College members are invited to take part in a short stakeholder survey, by Friday, 11 December which will help us to develop messaging which unifies our membership and provides a clearer understanding of our mission, purpose and values.

The RACP has contracted Essential Research to conduct the survey. It has around 10 questions and takes only 10 to 15 minutes to complete. 

All responses are confidential and we will only receive aggregated results that will not identify any individual.

If you encounter any difficulties with the survey email

To complete the survey see the Essential Media website.

Doctors for Climate Action 

With COP21 underway in Paris this week, Professor Lynne Madden, President-Elect of the AFPHM, will represent the College and ‘Doctors for Climate Action’ at the Climate and Health Summit in Paris. She will officially present UN representatives and French officials with a copy of the Global Consensus Statement on the health impacts of climate change and the signatures from the Doctors for Climate Action website.

There was a substantial turn out at the People’s Climate Marches in Australia and New Zealand over the weekend, with Doctors for Climate Action proud to be counted amongst the 140 000 people who marched in cities across both countries.Add your name to the campaign if you have not already done so. Visit, enter your details, and click ‘Tell the World’ to ensure you are counted amongst those calling for world leaders at COP21 to commit to meaningful action on climate change for the good of human health.

International Medical Sympoisum

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in association with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) are pleased to host the 2016 International Medical Symposium: Future Challenges for the Medical Profession.

Now in its fifth year, IMS 2016 will focus on the future of the profession specifically in the areas of:

  • future roles and responsibilities for doctors: who is the doctor of the future?
  • doctors and performance at work
  • diversity in the profession and medical practice
  • how ageing affects physicians and their patients

IMS 2016 will again bring together representatives of international and local specialist medical colleges, medical schools, health services and regulators for an inspiring day where challenges can be discussed and new ideas explored.

Keynote speakers at IMS 2016 include:

  • Professor Olle ten Cate
  • Professor David Sinclair
  • Dr Julian Archer
  • Dr Susan O’Dwyer
  • Dr Victoria Brazil
  • Dr Papaarangi Reid.

To REGISTER visit the IMS website.

eBulletins over the holiday break

Please note that the last President’s eBulletin for the year will be on the week ending Friday, 18 December, and it will recommence on the week ending Friday, 29 January.

The last Division, Faculty and Chapter eBulletins for the year will be the week ending Friday, 11 December and they will recommence the week ending Friday, 5 February.

College office closures

Please note that the College offices in Australia will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday, 25 December 2015, reopening Monday, 4 January 2016.

The New Zealand Office will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2015, reopening Tuesday, 5 January 2016.

Expressions of interest

EOI: Library and Heritage Committee 

The Library and Heritage Committee has been established to review and provide direction on the ongoing management and maintenance of all College owned heritage and library assets. The Committee will oversee an annual review of strategy, develop policy and guidelines, assess the quality assurance of asset management and provide guidance on the retention or removal of assets.

The Library and other heritage items are valuable assets of the College and we all want to see the collection continue and grow into the future. We are therefore seeking an EOI from younger members who will ensure its ongoing future. Applications are invited from trainees who are interested in contributing to the maintenance of College history.

If you are interested in joining the Committee or have any queries please email EOI application forms are available on request.

RACP Foundation

The RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize is now open.

This prize is for medical students, junior medical officers or physician trainees of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori descent and includes registration fees, flights and accommodation for the prize recipient to attend RACP Congress 2016. 

This is an important initiative designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for the recipient and supports the College's commitments under the Australian Government's Close the Gap Campaign on health inequality. Please encourage eligible colleagues to apply for this opportunity before Friday, 26 February 2016.

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