The President's Message - 6 May 2016

With only ​10 days to go until RACP Congress in Adelaide, this is my final eBulletin to you as RACP President, and it has been a great privilege to lead the College over the last two years.

As I reflect on our collective accomplishments, I am struck by the extraordinary amount we have all achieved in a relatively short period of time.

We have taken a vocal, public stance on pressing community issues such as the mandatory detention of immigration asylum seekers, and achieved global publicity through our advocacy campaign Doctors for Climate Action.  

Our physicians have led the way in campaigning for the reduction of unnecessary procedures and interventions through our flagship Evolve initiative. 

Our many policy statements, position papers and media statements have contributed to public debate on healthcare issues across Australia and New Zealand.

Those external facing initiatives are significant. But the changes we have sought to make within the College to prepare for the future are just as important.

The RACP is not only a medical educator, it is a leader in education, advocacy and innovation.

Our Next Generation Learning program will renew the entire College curriculum, ensuring a future generation of specialists are educated in accordance with evolving global best practice.

We are already preparing for future developments such as revalidation, increasing workforce data collection, and greater use of digital and online tools in education.

We are anticipating how medical practice and the medical workforce itself will change over the next 15 years, and leading planning today to prepare.

Within the organisation itself, we have delivered on previous commitments for greater democracy and transparency by establishing a representative and vibrant College Council. 

We continue to seek new ways to enhance the value to you, of belonging to one of Australasia’s largest and most influential medical Colleges. 

As I prepare to hand over to the next President, Dr Catherine Yelland, in 10 day's time, I send her my best wishes and am confident this Board leaves our College in great shape for the future.

I would like to thank the Board Directors, our CEO, her team and the College professional staff. 

I will shortly revert to the most important role in the College; that of a Fellow. 

And on that note in closing, I would like to pay tribute and thank you, all of our Fellows and trainees for your collegiate support during my term as President of this remarkable organisation.

Kind regards,

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley
RACP President 

eBulletins to move to monthly cycle

Our research has shown that many Fellows and trainees want us to decrease the frequency of our communications, while improving the quality… and we’re listening.

After Congress, the President’s eBulletin, and Division and Faculty eBulletins, will be transitioning to a monthly cycle.

The first President’s eBulletin after Congress will be published on Friday, 20 May, and the next published on Friday, 17 June, continuing on a monthly basis after that.

The first Division and Faculty eBulletins after Congress will be published on an alternating cycle, starting Friday, 3 June, with the next published on Friday, 1 July, continuing on a monthly basis after that.

The College Marketing and Communications team welcomes any feedback on eBulletins – please email us at

Registration for the RACP Congress 2016 extended to midnight on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

With the deadline fast approaching the registration date for this year’s Congress has been extended.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from a range of international speakers and interact with your peers.

With streams covering Adult Medicine, Paediatrics and Child Health, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Public Health Medicine, Policy and Advocacy, and Physicians Professionalism and Performance, there is something for everyone.

Registration for Faculty dinners, Congress social functions, the Annual Trainees’ Day and other ancillary events has also been extended. You can register for these through the Congress website.

This year Congress attendees are offered both discounted registration rates and double CPD credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (up to the cap of 50 credits).

Take advantage of these special offers available in 2016. For more information visit the Congress website.

We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide.

RACP’s Pomegranate podcast on the College’s EVOLVE campaign

The latest episode of the RACP’s Pomegranate podcast is now available and takes a look at the College’s EVOLVE campaign and perspectives on low-value care items from three specialists.

Medical practice is dynamic, and continually changes with evidence and experience. But costly or prolonged treatment doesn’t always translate into better outcomes for patients. The College launched EVOLVE—a partnership with specialty societies to identify and reduce low-value care.

EVOLVE is part of a growing international movement to examine clinical and consumer decision-making about overused, inappropriate, or potentially harmful medical treatments. As a founding partner of Choosing Wisely Australia, EVOLVE represents the College’s major contribution to the campaign: helping Fellows develop and promote lists of low-value care items for their specialty. On this episode Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Associate Professor Warrick Inder, and Associate Professor Ian Scott discuss why they support the campaign, the process of developing low-value lists, and how they work with patients when the best course of action is to wait.

The 20-minute program, along with all past Pomegranate episodes, is available to download or stream on both iTunes or subscribe on Android. The podcast team encourages members to send any feedback on the show, and suggestions for future topics, to The team can also provide technical assistance for any Fellows unfamiliar with podcasting. 

New episodes of Pomegranate are released on the last Tuesday of every month. The next episode will focus on the growing field of adolescent and young adult medicine, which will be launched as a separate traineeship by the College in 2017.

Survey: Review of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework in Victoria

A team working in the area of gender and family violence from the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, is conducting a review of the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF). This work is being done on behalf of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as part of its response to the Victorian Royal Commission on Family Violence.

A broad sector based survey is part of the study. The survey aims to capture information from a broad group of people to ensure several perspectives and viewpoints are included in the review process. The survey asks a series of key questions about the use of, and benefits and barriers in, applying CRAF effectively.

To participate in the survey, and for information on focus groups for the study, please visit the Monash University website.

Expressions of Interest 

EOI: STP Advisory Group member position, closes 20 May 2016

The STP Advisory Group is seeking expressions of interest from RACP Fellows to fill a vacant member position within the Group. Applications are open to Fellows, preferably those associated with an RA 2-5 location.

The Specialist Training Program (STP) Advisory Group provides advice to the College on the development of processes and criteria around the accreditation of and recruitment into STP sites. The Group also provides approval of support programs to enhance training networks, and policies governing STP to ensure the achievement of outcomes as outlined in the Funding Agreement with the Department of Health.

The STP Advisory Group meets four times each year, one face-to-face meeting and three teleconference meetings.

Please refer to the STP section of the College website and the Terms of Reference document for further details on the STP.

Interested Fellows should submit a Specialist Training Program EOI form by Friday, 20 May 2016 to:

For further enquiries please contact the STP team at: or ph: +61 2 9256 9665.

EOI: New, Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand Investigator Scholarships 2016

The Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ) Council is pleased to announce the call for applications for the New Investigator Scholarships 2016. The Scholarships are available to members, trainee members or associate members of HSANZ.  Applicants may submit their membership application with their grant application. See the HSANZ website for detailed information about joining the Society and to download the application form.

There are up to six New Investigator Scholarships available this year with a value of A$60,000 each to be taken up in 2017. Applications are called for by the closing date of Friday, 3 June 2016. 

Guidelines and conditions governing the awards can be accessed on the Grants and Awards page of HSANZ’s website.

EOI: The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), closes 13 May 2016

The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), Chaired by Dr Alexandra Greig, is the peak College body representing the interests of trainees and has 16 representatives from our Divisions, Faculties and regional Trainees Committees throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The CTC is focused on a number of priorities, including:

  • improving communication with trainees, including the development of a Trainee Communications Strategy
  • continued advocacy on behalf of trainees in areas such as Soft Funding for paediatric positions, Selection into Training, Capacity to Train, the review of the accreditation of training sites and academic pathways that integrate training and research
  • ongoing development and implementation of trainee orientation days
  • embedding Annual Trainees’ Day as part of the RACP Congress
  • advocating for the health and wellbeing of doctors. 

The CTC champions the trainee perspective and ensures the trainee voice is heard across our College.

Due to a number of representatives finishing their training, the CTC is seeking applicants for a number of representative positions including:

  • a trainee who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • a trainee from the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Health
  • a trainee from the Northern Territory
  • a trainee from the Australian Capital Territory
  • a trainee from Tasmania.

Being a part of the Trainees’ Committee provides a unique opportunity to engage with the College and represent the needs and voice of trainees on key matters such as selection into training, assessment and overall education. 

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the CTC are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form and CV to by (AEST) Friday, 13 May 2016.  

Conferences and Events

Trainees' Day at the RACP Congress 2016

Trainees’ Day – a day designed to help develop your clinical skills, promote discussion and prepare you for your career as a physician.

This year, Trainees’ Day will be held on Sunday, 15 May 2016 in Adelaide, prior to Congress 2016. The day promises to deliver a program relevant to you, the trainee.

Why you should attend the 2016 Trainees' Day

  • The program has been designed by trainees for trainees to meet your needs. 
  • You will learn how to deal with and manage all types of behaviours in the workplace.
  • You can find techniques to help you become a stronger and better leader. 
  • Discover how to present yourself for success, you’ve come this far, don’t let a little slip let you down in an interview. 
  • You get to catch up with your colleagues and build lifelong friendships, strong working relationships and support networks. 

Further details on the topics and speakers for Trainees’ Day can be found on the program.
The annual event provides the perfect lead up to RACP Congress, and we encourage you to stay and attend the largest annual multi-disciplinary internal medicine meeting in Australasia.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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

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

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