The President's Message – 1 December 2017

In my final message to you for this year - we’re approaching the end of another twelve months of wonderful achievements for our College, and with that, the opening of nominations for College elections.

Read on for instructions on how to have your say in the future of the RACP.

This coming Monday, 4 December, you will be sent a special email announcing the call for nominations for the RACP President-Elect, New Zealand President-Elect and for various positions on Division and Faculty Councils and Chapter Committees.

Nominations will remain open until the close of business on Friday, 2 February 2018.
If you are interested in contributing to our College, read the relevant documents on Monday, and nominate. 

Fellows and trainees can nominate for, and elect, Directors to the College Board. In addition to the RACP President-Elect position, College members will, for the first time, be able to elect four directors – a trainee or dual trainee and three other Member Directors.

Playing a part in the way our College is led is immensely rewarding.

The College is one of the organisations that plays a long term, strategic role in helping governments and healthcare authorities across Australia and New Zealand make high level workforce decisions. 

Providing statistically sound data is one way the College can contribute to workforce decisions. To get good, reliable data we need your help.

I’ve filled out my workforce data profile – it took no longer than five minutes – and I encourage you to do the same ​through MyRACP.

But, we also work on more immediate projects to directly benefit our members and the communities of both countries. 

In the last 12 months we’ve:

  • continued to train and educate our future physicians and  paediatricians
  • driven a significant increase in Congress attendees
  • launched a health and wellbeing framework for physicians
  • developed a new strategy for our Foundation to support medical research and innovation 
  • further developed our Indigenous Strategy, and worked with many other organisations on Indigenous health
  • spoken out in support of legalising same sex marriage in Australia, using an evidence based, health focused rationale – and received significant member and public support for our position. We acknowledge the positive health effects that the successful yes vote will have for LGBTI couples and their families.
  • made sure our voices are heard on important healthcare issues such as alcohol advertising to children during sports events, the up-scheduling of codeine based painkillers and equity of healthcare for Māori and Pasifika peoples
  • worked with other medical colleges in Australia, New Zealand and overseas on many important issues, including doctor wellbeing, workforce planning and revalidation.

It is our Fellows and trainees who lead and contribute to these efforts.

On that note, I want to thank our 4,500 supervisors for their work across Australia and New Zealand throughout another clinical year. 

Their work directly with our 8,500 trainees across both countries is a wonderful example of the selfless support that keeps our College running. Along with our Directors of Physician/Peadiatrician Education, examiners, committee members and many other Fellows devote their time to the RACP.

I would also like to acknowledge two of our Australian Fellows who have been recognised for outstanding contributions to their respective fields of medicine.

Paediatric cardiologist Dr Bo Reményi has been made Northern Territory Australian of the Year for 2018 for her tireless work tackling rheumatic heart disease in remote communities.

Professor Paul Zimmet AO has been made Victorian Senior Australian of the Year for 2018 for 40 years of internationally eminent work in the field of diabetes research.

Please join me in congratulating them both.

I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank all of our staff, who are committed to the ​College, work with our ​Fellows and trainees and enable us to achieve our aspirations. 

If you are working over the holidays, I hope you have the chance for adequate rest and recuperation.

Otherwise – enjoy the break and I look forward to speaking with you in late January 2018.

Kind regards,
Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President


news-workforceHelp the College to better inform workforce decision making

The RACP is establishing a physician workforce profile and is calling on Fellows to enter their practice activity through a new feature in MyRACP. We understand many Fellows complete workforce information for other organisations, but these are often fragmented and designed around a specific question.

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news-mycpdMyCPD Upgrade

Due to final refinements and testing, the launch of the new MyCPD program has been delayed. It will be released in mid-December 2017.

Fellows can continue using the current version of MyCPD to finalise and submit their 2017 CPD activities until the new version is launched.

History of Medicine Library temporary closure for remediation

The History of Medicine Library on the ground floor of 145 Macquarie Street has been closed to all members, researchers and members of the public while proactive steps are taken to remediate moisture ingress.

While the exact duration of closure is unclear at this point, the collection will be returned in a staged manner throughout 2018 and early 2019.

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Pomegranate Health podcast
Ngā Kaitiaki Hauora

Ngā Kaitiaki Hauora means guardians of health.

This podcast, recorded at the recent RACP Māori Health Committee hui, discusses progress in addressing health inequities in Aotearoa.

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RACP Congress 2018

Take a look at the RACP Congress 2018 program which includes the popular shared sessions as well as clinical and specialty sessions for each Division and Faculty. The full program with descriptions for each of these sessions is now online. 

Join us on Tuesday, 15 May for our shared session Medically unexplained symptoms – is it all in your head? 

A significant proportion of presentations to every discipline of medicine are for medically unexplained symptoms. Does the training of doctors equip them to understand and manage these conditions? Are any pathophysiological changes identified cause or effect? Are they all in the head, and if so how should we tell our patients? (or should we just refer them to someone else?).

This session, presented by Professor Lorimer Moseley, Dr David Beaumont, Dr Kasia Kozlowska, Dr Alexander Lehn and Dr Ross Vallings, will challenge us to review how we see such conditions and ask if we should develop new models of practice so that we can truly help our patients.

Visit to see what's on the program, to register or for more information.

An Open Letter to Basic Trainees Eligible for the 2018 Divisional Written Examination

Next year the Divisional Written Examination is being delivered via computer-based testing. In an open letter to Basic Trainees, Dr Jonathan Christenson, Chair of the College Education Committee, Dr Tina Marinelli, Chair of the College Trainees' Committee and Dr Marie-Louise Stokes, Director of Education Services discuss the benefits of this change and provide further information to support trainees. 

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New Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition Policy – to be implemented on 1 January 2018

The new Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition Policy is now available. 

It replaces the Recognition in a ​Subspecialty of Adult Medicine or Paediatrics ​and Child Health without completion of the relevant Advanced Training Program Policy and will apply to all applications received from 1 January 2018.

Revised Special Consideration for Assessment Policy

To streamline and align with the wider suite of RACP education policies, the format and structure of the  Special Consideration for Assessment Policy has been revised.

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news-physician-training-surveysPhysician Training Surveys – closing Friday, 8 December

These surveys will help us ensure high quality and safe training experiences for trainees, confirm there is sufficient support and training for supervisors and assess whether our educational standards are being delivered in the workplace.

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RACP recognised in new Productivity Commission report

Key publications and initiatives of the RACP were recognised and noted by the Productivity Commission in one its supporting papers for the Shifting the Dial: 5 year Productivity Review.

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Read the latest journals

Internal Medicine Journal – November 2017 edition

The November issue of the Internal Medicine Journal is now available on the Wiley Online Library. 

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health – November 2017 edition

Access the latest edition of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health on the Wiley Online Library.  

Guide to Pregnancy and Work published

This guide, released by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) brings together relevant information from the existing literature as well as the best available evidence to provide guidance on the safe management of pregnancy in the workplace for employers, employees and health professionals.

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Tri-nation Allliance International Medical Symposium

Registrations are now open for the International Medical Symposium 2018.

The event is themed Mauri ora: connecting health professionals’ wellbeing and quality care and will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney on Friday 9 March 2018.
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