The President's Message – 19 June 2018

Our warm congratulations to our 27 Fellows who received the highest levels of community recognition across Australia and New Zealand in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The late Professor David Cooper AO, has been promoted from the Order of Australia to a Companion of the Order for eminent service to medicine, just one of ten Australians recognised with an AC this year.

This highest civilian award is in recognition for his work in the area of HIV/AIDS research, as a clinician, scientist and administrator, to the development of treatment therapies, and to health programs in South East Asia and the Pacific.

I’d also like to congratulate our President-Elect and past Adult Medicine Division President Professor John Wilson for being made a Member of the Order of Australia, for his significant service to medicine, and to medical research, in the field of respiratory disease, and to professional organisations.

Well know and highly regarded Waikato dermatologist Dr Amanda Oakley FRACP has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to dermatology.

You can view the full list of those recognised on the College website.

I’d also like to thank our many DPEs, Supervisors and Examiners who helped us successfully hold our recent Paediatrics Clinical Exam, and for their support of the upcoming Adult Medicine Clinical Exam.

With the high number of Adult Medicine candidates this year, we’re very grateful for the additional support our New Zealand colleagues are bringing to the table, to ensure all eligible trainees have the opportunity to sit the exam and progress through training.

In other events, your new Board held its first full day Board meeting on 31 May.

The transition between Boards is a steep learning curve for new Directors, and I’d like to recognise and thank College staff for their efforts in ensuring this has taken place smoothly.

The Board will hold a Strategy Day on 19 July in Sydney, with a full day meeting following on 20 July.

In the meantime, we are seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows and community members who would consider being appointed to the position of RACP Honorary Treasurer.

This important role is critical in ensuring the Board exercises its fiduciary duty in use of members funds, and that we comply with regulatory requirements under the Australia Corporations Act as well as the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission Act.

If you or anyone you know has financial experience and are interested in applying for this role, you can view the EOI and Position Description.

Kind regards,

Associate Professor Mark Lane
RACP President

Calls for Expression of Interest for Appointment as Honorary Treasurer of the RACP and Chair of the RACP Finance and Risk Committee

The Board is seeking to appoint a new Honorary Treasurer to lead the Finance and Risk Committee in providing advice to the Board.

The RACP Board have delegated oversight of the financial, technological, commercial, property and investment management of the RACP to the RACP Finance Committee.

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Fellows honoured

Congratulations to the 27 RACP Fellows recognised in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours.

These awards highlight the significant and profound positive impacts Members make in the lives of many patients over many years. 

​Read the list

Funding for Fellows in Rural Australia

Grants worth up to $10,000 are on offer to RACP Fellows who live and work in rural and remote Australia.

To help Fellows undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, the grants are being offered as part of the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Program funding round three.

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Clinical ethics podcast out now

As medicine becomes more sophisticated, ethical dilemmas confronting clinicians are becoming more common.

The latest Pomegranate Health podcast features ​RACP Ethics Committee members discussing two provocative case studies.

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RACP Foundation news

Applications for Career Development and Research Establishment Fellowships are closing soon. 

Nominations are also now open for the Eric Susman Prize for best contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine — and the Howard Williams Medal for outstanding contribution to improving the health of children and young people.

More information

Evolve research

Are you currently planning to conduct research as part of your Advanced Training? The Evolve recommendations offer an opportunity to undertake research in low-value care across specialties. Evolve currently has 20 Top 5 Lists available, offering an opportunity to undertake your research on any of the 100 recommendations. 

Enquire now

Topical Talks in Sydney

Australia's leading experts on the Human Gut Microbiome, Professors Emad El-Omar and Tom Borody, are discussing their research and work at an RACP Member event on Saturday, 23 June.

Find out more

Exciting line-up for NT event

Join colleagues from across Australia for a critical look at health care and vulnerable populations at the 2018 Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

Featuring a keynote address from Young Australian of the Year in the UK, Dr Geordan Shannon, the ASM brings together experts from Australia and abroad to share ideas, acquire new knowledge and develop unique insights that will help improve your practice.

Find out more

Mid-year registrations now open

Mid-year registrations are now open until 31 August 2018 in Australia and until 31 July in New Zealand for Adult Medicine and Paediatrics Basic Training. 

If you have only registered for the first half of the year, we remind you to prospectively register your terms for the remainder of the year via our online registration system

Any prospective registrations not submitted by 31 August (Australia) and 31 July (New Zealand) will result in unapproved training time which will extend the length of training programs.

Join a Regional Committee

If you're an RACP Fellow looking to get more involved by representing colleagues in your region, you can apply for a position on a Regional Committee. 

The NSW/ACT, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia Regional Committees need RACP Fellows to join them.

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JOIN A REGIONAL COMMITTEE

If you're an RACP Fellow looking to get more involved by representing colleagues in your region, you can apply for a position on a Regional Committee. 

The NSW/ACT, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia Regional Committees need RACP Fellows to join them.

JOIN A REGIONAL COMMITTEE

If you're an RACP Fellow looking to get more involved by representing colleagues in your region, you can apply for a position on a Regional Committee. 

The NSW/ACT, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia Regional Committees need RACP Fellows to join them.

JOIN A REGIONAL COMMITTEE

If you're an RACP Fellow looking to get more involved by representing colleagues in your region, you can apply for a position on a Regional Committee. 

The NSW/ACT, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia Regional Committees need RACP Fellows to join them.

Basic Training reminders

Adult Medicine trainees in Australia need to submit their Mid-Year Progress Report by 31 August if they have not already been submitted by your DPE or ES. 

All trainees in Australia need to submit Annual PREP Tools before 31 January 2019 and all trainees in New Zealand need to submit theirs before 20 December 2018. PREP Tools not submitted by this date will result in training not being certified.

If training has been partially interrupted in 2018 and your training time is eligible for certification, you need to complete pro-rata PREP Tool requirements. Please visit the ‘Dates & Requirements’ tab on the Basic Training Portal for more details.

Any trainees interrupted for the full 2018 year are not required to complete the assessments or teaching and learning tools.

If you need help completing your PREP assessments and tools contact your local Member Support Officer or check the ‘Contact details’ section of the BT handbook

If you have further questions contact Member Services, or call 1300 MyRACP (1300 697227) in Australia or 0508 MyRACP (0508 69 7227) in New Zealand.

More information can be found on the Basic Training portal on the RACP website.

NDIS webinar invitation

​Join a discussion and learn more about how the NDIS will impact Australia's children and young people with disability at a webinar organised by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) on Thursday, 28 June.

Peter DeNatris, an advisor to the National Disability Insurance Agency administering the NDIS, will provide and overview of the design for early childhood years, discuss the challenges and highlights of the NDIS rollout to date, and also address ​your questions and concerns.

Register your questions and topics for discussion 

Congratulations

Dr Brendan Ng recently graduated as a Fellow in Adult Medicine after undertaking his Advanced Training Research Project on Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) Evolve Recommendations.

His research focused on polypharmacy and deprescribing, and is translatable across specialties.

Brendan has presented at RACP Congress, Choosing Wisely National Meeting and the National Medicines Symposium. Brendan will also be presenting at the ANZSGM Annual Scientific Meeting in June.

2019 AFRM Module 1 Assessment update

Important updates have been made to the 2019 AFRM Module 1 Written Assessment that eligible trainees need to be aware of.

  • There will be one sitting for the exam in the first half of 2019 instead of two to bring this into line with other RACP exams.
  • Candidates sitting the exam will be given an additional hour to complete the exam — a total of three (3) hours.
  • The number of questions will be increased in 2019 from 100 to 130 but with the additional hour to complete the exam/assessment. This gives candidates more time for each question.

Eligible candidates will be notified and given enough time to plan in advance for the date of the 2019 AFRM Module 1 Written Assessment — after April 2019.

Your Training Handbook provides further information on the AFRM Written Examinations. If you have any further questions please email examinations@racp.edu.au.

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