The President's Message - 9 April 2015

09 April, 2015

The President's Message - 9 April 2015


Throughout 2014 the College’s specialist medical programs and continuing professional development programs underwent an accreditation assessment by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

The College has recently received the outcome of this assessment, and I am very pleased to announce that the RACP has been granted accreditation until 31 March 2021. This is an excellent outcome which could not have been achieved without the collaborative efforts of our Fellows, trainees and staff. I would like to sincerely thank all College members who contributed to the assessment process.

The AMC Directors have found that the College substantially meets the accreditation standards. The College has been commended on its achievements:
“The team commends the College on its progress since the last AMC assessment in the management of education and training. It has invested significantly in its education programs and the expertise supporting them, and this is delivering appreciable benefits. In particular, the team applauds the emphasis on standardising the approach taken to the wide range of programs.”

The final report from the AMC/MCNZ has been published on the College’s AMC webpage. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College’s AMC team at

As communicated in my previous message, governance and College Reform were high on the agenda during discussions at the March Board meeting. At the meeting of the Board, a small sub Governance Working Party was established to review next steps. I look forward to sharing more on the way forward in the lead up to the Annual General Meeting, to be held at RACP Congress in Cairns on Monday, 25 May 2015.

Following the Board meeting I attended the ‘Medicine Beyond Frontiers: Towards a Healthier AEC’ conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was an important opportunity to strengthen partnerships with colleagues from the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand and American College of Physicians and discuss the latest on clinical management as well as novel therapy in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties.

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley
President, RACP


On Wednesday, 25 March I attended the launch of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. The academy, led by eminent Professor Ian Frazer and supported by a number of leading medical science professionals, including many of our Fellows, is an important step in raising the profile of the importance of medical science and research in Australia.

A key function of the academy is to provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and medical research in Australia. It also serves to nurture the next generation of medical researchers and provides a platform to discuss medical research with an emphasis on translation into clinical practice.

Through the Academy, our members, alongside other eminent health and medical researchers, can provide expert advice on health priorities and enable medical research to continue to make a real difference to the health of all Australians for generations to come.


The RACP Foundation is pleased to offer several Study Grants in 2015 for education and research purposes. These awards are available to Fellows and trainees on a ‘need now’ basis.
The Grants available are:

  • The Eric Burnard Fellowship (value up to $5,000), to assist a Fellow or trainee to travel overseas to take up a position, undertake research, undertake study or attend a conference focused on neonatology.
  • The Macquarie Health Corporation Gaston Bauer Work Shadow Grant (value up to $3,000), for rural Fellows and trainees to undertake a short course Work Shadow Program with specialists at a hospital or institution.
  • WH Nicholls Trust Grant (value up to NZ$5,700) to provide support of research, or a study project for the purpose of advancing knowledge relating to the prevention and cure of cardiovascular disease. 
  • RACP AFRM Education Development Grant (value up to $10,000) to support and encourage advancement of knowledge in matters connected with the field of rehabilitation medicine.
  • The RACP AFOEM Education Development Grant (value up to $10,000) to support and encourage advancement of knowledge in matters connected with the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

Applications for the Study Grants close on Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 5.00pm (AEST).
Further details and the Application Form can be found on the website


In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors.

From March 2015 the initiative will provide women in the health care sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the Health care sector at three levels. Please click on the preferred program link for program and Grant Application details.

1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $11,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.

2. Women Managers can apply for $4,500 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

3. Women at all management levels can apply for a limited allocation of subsidised seats to attend the Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium in the following locations:
Adelaide      Brisbane      Canberra      Melbourne      Perth      Sydney     Darwin     Hobart

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Shreya Aggarwal at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on +61 3 9270 9000 or via


RACP representative on the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Telehealth Advisory Committee - now closed

Fellows and trainees are invited to apply to be on the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Telehealth Advisory Committee (ATHAC) as a RACP representative. The ATHAC is represented by over thirty medical and health organisations and aims to develop strategies and share information and resources to support national uptake of telehealth for patients with limited access to specialist services.

Please see the EOI Application Form, the ATHAC Terms of Reference and the RACP ByLaw and Process Appointment of Representatives to External Bodies for more information.

Conferences and Events


I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the following winners of Study and Travel Grants.

Study Grants

Award Recipient




Dr Helen Benham

The Queensland State Committee EducationalDevelopment Grant (valued at $10,000).

Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program (GCSRT)

Harvard Medical School

Dr John O'Donnell

NZ Education Development Grant (valued at NZ $10,000)

Diagnosis and treatment of chronic inflammatory eye disease

Canterbury Health Laboratories and Christchurch Hospital

Professor Malcolm Sim

RACP AFOEM Education Development Grant 2014 (valued at $10,000)

The development of content and teaching materials for a short course in environmental medicine related to industrial activity

Monash Hospital

Travel Grants

Award Recipient




Dr Joshua Osowicki

Richard Kemp Memorial Fellowship (valued at $5,000)

Paediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship (2015–2017), British Colombia Children’s Hospital (University of British Columbia)

The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Dr Kishore Kumar

Bushell Travelling Fellowship in Medicine or the Allied Sciences
(valued at $25,000)

Travel to Neurospecialities Centre, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

Department of Neurogenetics, Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Dr Megan Rees

Robert and Elizabeth Albert Travel Grant(valued at $5,000)

A comparative proteomic study of the protein repertoires of two bacteria to provide insights into disease mechanisms of tuberculosis

BEHR Laboratory, McGill International TB Centre

Dr Sally Kellett

Margorie Hooper Scholarship
(valued at $10,000)


The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

Dr Dylan Morduant

Dr Helen Rarity McCreanor Travelling Fellowship
(valued at NZ$5,000)

Clinical Pharmacogenomics Observership

GenesFx Health


All RACP IT systems, websites and training portals will be unavailable on Sunday, 12 April from 8am to 11am AEST to carry out essential maintenance work.


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