The President's Message – 14 July 2017

In the next few weeks, the RACP is beginning work on a new project allowing us to gain a deeper understanding of members and their experiences with the College.

The Member Journey Mapping project will chart the different experiences members have in interacting with the RACP from the beginning of basic training, right through to the final stages in transition to retirement.

We want to learn more about your changing professional needs at different career stages, and develop a greater understanding of how, where and when you interact with the College.

The project findings will enable the College to more closely tailor existing and new products and services to deliver greater value to trainees and Fellows, now and in the future.

Shortly, selected members across the College will be invited to take part in an inquiry based interview process run by external contractors Meld Studios.

The opportunity to provide feedback will also be open to all members until Wednesday, 9 August. If you wish to participate please ​complete the online feedback form

This is an exciting project to ensure the RACP continues to remain relevant, valuable and supportive to you in our rapidly changing and evolving profession.

Indigenous Strategy

Over the last month we have also begun work on the College’s Indigenous Strategy. 

During a recent one day workshop in Sydney, Board Directors, Fellows from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island, and Māori Health Committees, and College staff were guided through a wide-ranging agenda by Associate Professor Wendy Edmondson, a Badimaya Aboriginal woman who is helping with the strategy.

Embedding cultural safety, growing the indigenous workforce and educating the broader physician workforce were just some of the topics discussed.

 A few days later, we celebrated admission of new fellows to the College, in a ceremony in Auckland, and we were welcomed by Ms Dolly Paul from the Waikato iwi. Later in the year we will attend the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association Conference in the Hunter Valley and a Hui in New Zealand.

Increasing access to healthcare for Indigenous Australian peoples and Māori – and improving their health outcomes is a core strategic College priority, and contributing to this is important to me during my time as President.

I hope to share more on our Indigenous Strategy as this important work progresses.

Members' letters

Finally, I continue to receive letters from a group of seven members who believe the College is not being open about the resolution put to our Annual General Meetings proposing to change the so called 100 member rule.

We have shared with the membership the circumstances surrounding this vote on a number of occasions – but in the interests of transparency – here is a link to the information again.

Ultimately that resolution failed to be passed – but in my view that simply illustrates the strength of our College and the fact that our democratic processes work.

Kind regards,
Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

Vote for the Fellowship Marks – a new member benefit coming soon

Next week we will invite all members, including trainees, to vote for a new Fellowship Mark for RACP members.

For some time members have wanted a visual device that shows they belong to the RACP, for use on their own stationery, electronic communications or signage. 

Use of the College ​Crest is restricted to College related business only. The Mark will not replace the ​Crest. It will be optional for your use in a personal professional capacity.

In consultation with member groups, the Fellowship Committee and the Board, three Fellowship Mark options have been designed.

The Board has now asked that the three designs be put to a Membership vote.

Look out for an email soon, asking you to rank the three Mark designs in order of favour.

Listen to the Pomegranate Health podcast 

The RACP CPD podcast has just turned two years old – and has a new name to celebrate.

Pomegranate is now Pomegranate Health.

The latest two-part episode of Pomegranate Health focuses on dealing with uncertainty in medicine.

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Read RACP Quarterly online

The June/July edition of RACP Quarterly is now available to read online.

Consultation: revised policy on Special Consideration for Assessment

We are seeking member feedback on a proposed revision to the current Special Consideration Policy

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Read the latest journals

Internal Medicine Journal – July 2017 edition

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

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health – ​July 2017 edition

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

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​Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health

Applications open soon for this award for the best presentation on research related to Indigenous health made at the Queensland State Committee Research Presentation Evening.

RACP trainees, or Fellows admitted to Fellowship within the past three years, and registered as a Queensland member are eligible to apply.

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2017 Northern Territory RACP Annual Scientific Meeting

Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 October 2017

The program for this event is developed by Northern Territory specialists for Northern Territory specialists.

The event will include presentations in the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition and the AFPHM Gerry Murphy Prize.

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Expressions of Interest

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Upcoming RACP events

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RACP Foundation

Nominate a colleague today

Nominations are now being accepted for several prestigious ​RACP Foundation awards.

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Career opportunities

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