The President's Message – 10 August 2018

You’ve consistently told us you want to see more of your College advocating in public with decision makers, for better healthcare for our patients and our communities.

Next week we’re taking that discussion to our most senior stakeholders in Canberra, on the issue of inequities in child health. 

PCHD President Paul Colditz, some of our most senior paediatricians and I will be leading a forum of 50 key influencers at Parliament House.

Our event will be opened by Australian Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Shadow Federal Health Minister Catherine King will also be joining us.

The guests are MPs, senior departmental officials, policy advisors and other major healthcare stakeholders.

Our message is simple.

Children’s health and development shouldn’t be determined by their postcode. By making the system fairer and influencing a child’s life trajectory in the early years, we can significantly improve their health outcomes in adulthood.

Across both our nations, child health and access to healthcare varies markedly due to social determinants including socio-economic status, level of parental education, and geographical location.

You can read more about these issues in our Inequities in Child Health Statement released at Congress in May.

This has to change.

We have five key things we want to make this happen and you can read about them in this fact sheet.

The healthcare children receive during their first thousand days shapes their health through the rest of their lives – involving nearly all our Adult Medicine specialties.

We’ll ensure to let you know the outcomes of our visit.

Recognising contributions

On a different note, this year’s Clinical Examination cycle is now close to finishing.

Staging these exams is an enormous undertaking that dwarfs even RACP Congress.

Our DPEs coordinate travel across Australia and New Zealand for candidates, local exam organisers find patients, work with health districts to manage venues – and of course none of this can happen without the tireless commitment of our Committees, and national and regional examiners.

With more candidates eligible for the clinical exams than in previous years, both Fellows and College staff rose to the challenge and worked closely with Health Districts and DHBs in both countries to ensure the exams ran smoothly.

I’d like to thank everyone involved in making them a success.

New appointment

I’m delighted to announce that Professor Anne Cunningham has been appointed as the Lead Fellow for Education Renewal

In this newly created position, Professor Cunningham will provide leadership and support for the College’s education strategy and related initiatives across the membership. 

She has been a senior clinical academic at professorial level for more than 16 years and has provided leadership to the academic discipline of paediatrics in professional, academic, research, teaching, human and financial resource management.

I’m sure that College staff are looking forward to receiving Professor Cunningham’s advice and support as we design, develop and deliver future education programs and initiatives.

Associate Professor Mark Lane
RACP President

Support to help build Cultural Competence

The Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Cultural Competence resource is now available for free on the eLearning@RACP digital platform. 

Developed by experts and RACP Fellows, the user-friendly resource features a mix in-depth content, video scenarios, reflection and discussion activities and recommended supporting materials.

Learn more

Awards and Prizes – Nominations open

Do you know a Fellow, trainee or colleague whose work and achievements deserve recognition?

You can recognise their outstanding contributions by nominating them for a College or Congress Prize.

Read more

Evolve updates

The Evolve recommendations offer Advanced Trainees an opportunity to undertake research in low-value care in specific health priority topics, such as bronchiolitis, polypharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship, across specialties. 

More broadly, if you are interested in being involved in policy and advocacy within RACP, the Evolve initiative offers an opportunity to advocate for high-value, high-quality care in your specialty.

Find out more about Evolve and low-value care research opportunities by contacting or visit for more information.

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Internal Medicine Journal August edition released

You can read the most recent Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) online now.

The Editor's Choice for the month is an original article about media reporting of health interventions in New Zealand. 

Read the IMJ

New Training Network Principles and Training Provider Accreditation Program

The RACP has released a suite of resources to support the Education Renewal initiative to renew its accreditation program across Australia and New Zealand progressively over the next few years.

Training Settings offering a Basic Training Program will be accredited using the new Training Provider Accreditation Program and Standards from 2020.

We are also introducing Training Network Principles – the first step towards implementing Integrated Training Programs for Basic Training.

Read more

Save the date 

The 5th International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference is happening in Melbourne from 1 to 3 March 2019. A joint initiative of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, IMiA is the premier addiction conference for medical practitioners in Asia and Oceania.

IMiA 2019 will build on the enormous success of the previous meetings with a stimulating program that informs evidence-based addiction practice. The program will be structured to provide in-depth perspectives on common clinical presentations by leading clinical academics in the addiction field, with related workshops available each afternoon.

Express your interest to ensure you are kept up-to-date with everything IMiA 2019, including when registrations open.

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Iwi affiliation in MyRACP

The RACP has recently made changes to the MyRACP portal to make it more inclusive and representative of the diverse range of College members.  As a result, it is now possible for all members who identify as Māori to update their details in MyRACP and list multiple iwi.

These changes mean that for the first time, all members can share their iwi details in MyRACP.

Whakawhanaungatanga and Manaakitanga (developing relationships and support)
The Māori Health Committee identified and advocated for these enhancements to be made, as part of ongoing efforts to develop relationships and inclusive support networks among Māori RACP Fellows and trainees.

Why these enhancements are important
By making MyRACP more inclusive, the goals outlined in the RACP’s Indigenous Strategic Framework (ISF) are being supported. Enhancements to MyRACP help make the RACP a more culturally safe and competent organisation for members.

Why the RACP is collecting this information
For the first time, the RACP will have a better understanding of how many members identify as Māori. This will help the RACP further support delivery of objectives outlined in the ISF.

How data may be used
The RACP will ensure all iwi data is anonymous. After examining the data the RACP will be better able to work with Health Workforce New Zealand on positive workforce planning initiatives. The data will also help better inform the work of bodies such as the Māori Health Committee and events such as the biennial Māori Health Hui.

Applications open for 2018 AFRM Module 1 Assessment 

Eligible trainees (who have met the training program requirements) can apply for the next AFRM Module 1 Assessment for the Tuesday, 9 October 2018 exams.

Applications close on 13 August 2018 at 5pm (AEST). Applications received after this time cannot be accepted. 

This is the last time the Module 1 Written Assessment will be held as a second sit within the AFRM training program. Going forward the Module 1 Written assessment will be held once a year, normally within the first six months of the year.

You need to have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the January to June 2018 training period by the relevant deadlines in order to be eligible. Your Training Handbook provides more information.

If you have any further questions please email

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