The President's Message – 16 June

Sometimes you have to hear stories face to face from another person, to really appreciate their impact.

Recently I had an opportunity to listen to the lived experience of trainees across several disciplines, first-hand.

The event was a Junior Medical Officers Forum in Sydney on doctor’s health and wellbeing organised by the New South Wales Ministry of Health.

But the discussions will no doubt resonate as broadly in New Zealand as they do in Australia.

Some of the stories told by young trainees are already featuring in the general media here. 

There were first-hand accounts of the level of overwork; one notable example being a trainee who narrowly avoided crashing her car because she was so tired at the end of a shift.

Stress, exams and working relationships with supervisors, and the employment environments in health workplaces were discussed by the young people who will be the specialists of tomorrow.

What was significant about this gathering was the people who were listening.

The audience was a wide cross-section of 200 people from across the healthcare sector; from representatives of many public and private healthcare providers, me, our Chief Executive Officer, our Director of Education, representatives of other Medical Colleges, and Health Department Officials right up to the State Health Minister.

There’s a growing realisation here across the sector that improving the health and wellbeing of the medical workforce itself is an urgent priority.

But the forum highlighted many questions for us. How do employers’ and Colleges’ responsibilities to trainees inter-relate? Can Colleges have any influence on workplace events and culture? How well is our curriculum preparing trainees to take care of their own health and wellbeing?

Our College is already rolling out new education programs and eLearning modules on these topics.

A significant part of our Board’s Strategy Day in Auckland on 29 June will also look specifically at physician’s health and wellbeing – to establish areas where our College can take further initiative.

As a Board and as a College we are committed to leading the ways in ensuring physicians value their own health, as much as the health and wellbeing of our patients and our communities.   

Kind regards,
Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

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Recordings of a number of orations and shared sessions from RACP Congress 2017 are now available to watch online.

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Podcast: The impact of socioeconomic factors on health and wellbeing

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Read the latest journals

Internal Medicine Journal – June 2017 edition

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

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health – May 2017 edition

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Coming soon – Digital Member Advantage cards

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Tell us what you think: introducing Training Network Principles

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Have your say – NSW Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 – Draft RACP submission

The College is developing a submission in response to the NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying’s Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 which, if passed, would enable individuals in NSW to access medical assistance in dying in certain circumstances.

The focus of the submission is on practical issues which may directly affect the practice of physicians in NSW if the proposed legislation is implemented. The submission will make clear that the College’s feedback should not be taken to mean the College supports the intention of the Bill.

Feedback is sought from Fellows and trainees on the RACP’s draft submission. 

Please contact to request a copy of the draft submission and to submit your comments. Feedback will be accepted until 5pm Tuesday, 27 June 2017.

As mentioned in previous eBulletins, the College’s discussion paper on medical assistance in dying is also open for consultation feedback from Fellows and trainees until Friday, 7 July 2017. Download the discussion paper (member login required), or contact to request a copy.

RACP Queensland New Fellows' Forum and Annual Meeting – Saturday, 8 July

New Fellows, experienced Fellows and Advanced Trainees in their final year of training are encouraged to attend this event.

The program for this event has been developed around capabilities and skills essential for all specialists, including discussions on communication and risk assessment.

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Continuing Education Workshop – Saturday, 8 July

A presentation on climate change and physicians and respiratory medicine and heamatology updates are on the agenda for the next RACP Continuing Education Workshop.

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RACP Foundation

Closing soon – Research Award applications

Applications are closing soon for 2018 Career Development Fellowships and Research Establishment Fellowships, including some new awards being offered for the first time:

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Review of the National Sentinel Events List – Public Consultation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is undertaking a review of the National Sentinel Events List on behalf of the states, territories and the Commonwealth.

Sentinel events are defined as adverse events that occur because of hospital system and process deficiencies, and which result in the death of, or serious harm to, a patient.

A survey has been developed for the purpose of open public consultation to gather as much feedback as possible from the Australian public and health sector.

The survey is seeking feedback on the proposal to:

  • remove two items
  • add two items
  • amend the wording for six items
  • amend the definition of ‘sentinel events’ including by defining ‘serious harm’.

For more information and to complete the survey go to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website. The survey closes Sunday, 25 June.

The Lawrence-Brennan Inaugural Essay Competition

Advanced Trainees and recent Fellows of the RACP are eligible to submit an essay in the Lawrence-Brennan Inaugural Essay Competition.

The essay competition is co-funded by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry and the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland and will be awarded annually and is open to Advanced Trainees and recent Fellows from all medical and surgical sub-specialities.

Go to the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland website for details.

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