The President's Message 21 June 2016

In the past few days, your College leaders have taken an important first step towards charting our future direction over the next two years.

Our eight new Directors were inducted on to the Board in all-day sessions last week in Sydney, joining their 10 colleagues who are continuing in their positions for the next two years.

As well as governing the College, the incoming Board has an important role in determining College strategy. 

It will be given oversight of, and handed governance responsibility for many of the long-term strategic projects that are already underway, such as the renewal of our education curriculum and our modelling of the healthcare system’s capacity to train future physicians. 

As well as continuing that program of work Directors will also be encouraged to consider emerging priorities and contribute new perspectives for the upcoming Board strategy day later next month in Auckland.

There are many important things to think about as we look long-term to where we take our College.

Ultimately we need to execute our strategy in a way that provides the most value to you, our members, to our patients and our communities. 

The role our College plays regionally and internationally is an issue that was examined by the previous Board.

Historically we have relied largely on individual Fellows and personal relationships to maintain international links with peer Colleges and organisations in a variety of countries.

We are now asking the question whether it is time to be more intentional and strategic in our international activities and focus on particular regions such as the South West Pacific, where the College may choose to exercise more influence in both medical education and the practice of specialist medicine.

We are also considering how we might partner with regional governments, NGOs or philanthropists and peer Colleges.

These partnerships could range from agreements with Governments or philanthropic groups to act as a trusted advisor – through to commercial agreements with other medical educators, where our Fellows have best-in-class knowledge and historic contacts.

As our new Board becomes familiar with its program of work over the next few months I hope to share more detail as this and other strategic developments take shape.

They signify exciting times ahead for us all.

Kind regards,

Dr Catherine Yelland
President, RACP.


College members recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours lists

Seventeen College members were recognised in the Australian and New Zealand Queen’s Birthday honours lists in 2016.
This recognition of the dedication of our members demonstrates the importance, and value, of our work to our communities. Congratulations to those members acknowledged. 

Companion (AC) in the General Division

Laureate Professor Alan Donald Lopez FAFPHM (Hon) – For eminent service to science, both nationally and internationally, as an academic, researcher and author, and to the advancement of planning and policy development to improve public health in developing countries.

Officer (AO) in the General Division

Professor James Donovan Best FRACP – For distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the area of endocrinology, to medical education as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to rural and Indigenous health.

Professor Glenn Bowes FRACP – For distinguished service to medical education and its administration, to the advancement of child health and welfare, and through contributions to government and professional organisations.

Professor David George Le Couteur FRACP – For distinguished service to medicine as a clinical pharmacologist and geriatrician, particularly through a range of advisory roles and academic research activities.

Member (AM) in the General Division

Dr Jack Edelman FRACP – For significant service to community health, particularly to people with arthritis and osteoporosis, and to medicine as a rheumatologist.

Dr Aidan Foy FRACP FAChAM – For significant service to medicine, particularly to gastroenterology, to medical education and administration, and to the community.

Associate Professor John Owen King FRACP – For significant service to medicine as a neurologist, to medical education, to multiple sclerosis research, and to professional organisations.

Professor Robert Ian McLachlan FRACP – For significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly to men's reproductive health, and to medical research.

Emeritus Professor Peter Rowland Mudge FAFPHM – For significant service to medicine through contributions to professional organisations, to research and tertiary education, and to the community.

Professor Joseph Proietto FRACP – For significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly obesity and diabetes research, and as a clinician, educator and mentor.

Professor Max Allan Schwarz FAChPM FRACP– For significant service to medicine in the field of oncology as a clinician, mentor and researcher.

Clinical Professor Iven Hunter Young FRACP – For significant service to respiratory and sleep medicine as a clinician, administrator, researcher and mentor, and to professional societies.

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

Dr David James Brumley FAChPM – For service to medicine as a general practitioner, and to palliative care.

Associate Professor David Hamilton Bryant FRACP – For service to thoracic medicine, and to medical education.

Dr Richard Lennard Travers FRACP – For service to medical history, to medicine, and to the community.

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

Dr Niall Patrick Kelly (Patrick) FRACP – For services to children’s health.

Dr Peter Martin FRACP – For services to tobacco control.

RACP launches professional and confidential counselling service for all members

The RACP Support Program is a professional and confidential counselling service that is available to all RACP Fellows and trainees, 24 hours, seven days per week. 

Up to four sessions per year are free of charge.
 
The RACP has partnered with Converge International to provide members across Australia and New Zealand with access to confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues.

You can speak with a Converge International consultant about a range of issues including:

  • interpersonal conflict and tension
  • work-related stress and overload
  • changes in your work environment
  • bullying, harassment and grievances
  • discrimination and sexual harassment
  • relationship or family matters
  • personal and emotional stress
  • grief and bereavement
  • alcohol and drug related problems
  • mental health, including depression and anxiety
  • anger and violence
  • crisis intervention and trauma counselling
  • vicarious trauma
  • self-harm and suicide.

Converge International's consultants

All Converge International consultants are qualified professionals with extensive experience and knowledge of the health industry, including registered psychologists and experienced social workers.

Confidentiality

You can be assured that your confidentiality is maintained through the RACP Support Program. Details of your participation, issues or attendance will not be passed onto the RACP or your employer.

Converge International will periodically provide RACP with de-identified statistical data, that does not identify any individual information.

Contact

You can arrange to speak directly with a Senior Converge International Consultant face-to-face, over the phone or via the internet.

To make an appointment, or to speak with a RACP Support Program consultant, call 1300 687 327 (Aust) or 0800 666 367 (NZ). 

Announcing the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

Recognising researchers of the future

The annual RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence identifies and acknowledges the best trainee research presentations in the fields of adult medicine and paediatric medicine.

Each region hosts a competition and two representatives from each region, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine, will be selected to present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. This year, 16 regional representatives were selected to present their research at RACP Congress 2016, eight in the field of adult medicine and eight in the field of paediatric medicine. Abstracts are now being accepted for regional competitions from trainees enrolled in:​ 
  • Adult Medicine Division
  • Paediatrics & Child Health Division
  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine
  • Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine
  • Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

This is an excellent opportunity for trainee representatives to present their ideas and research in a professional and public setting.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are funded from donations received from Fellows and trainees.

See the RACP website for more details on the Trainee Research Awards for Excellence, including abstract submission information.

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal 2017

A once in five year chance to recognise global eminence in medicine.

Nominations are now open for the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal 2017, recognising an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of medicine.

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal honours the internationally renowned work of esteemed Australian physician, Brigadier Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley KBE CStJ FRACP FRCP FRCPE FRS. Fairley was a physician, medical scientist and army officer who played a significant role in the medical service of World War I and II. His research greatly advanced the field of tropical medicine.

Fairley is remembered as a visionary whose knowledge and persistence led to numerous vital contributions in medicine. The RACP established the award in 1969 with the generosity of Lady Mary Hamilton Fairley and last awarded the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal in 2012.

Now is the time to nominate a colleague or peer for the RACP’s most prestigious medal. Nominees should be leaders in their field and can come from all areas of medicine including research, teaching or clinical practice.  

Nominations for the 2017 award are now open and will close at 5pm AEDT on Monday, 3 October 2016. 

Nominees can be a Fellow of the RACP or a non-Fellow. A Fellow of the RACP must nominate the candidate to receive the medal. Nominees cannot submit applications on their own behalf. 

Past recipients include Professor Colin Sullivan, inventor of the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, Nobel Laureate Dr Barry J Marshall, who established the link between Helicobacter Pylori and peptic ulcers, and Professor Donald Metcalf, who discovered the role of hematopoietic cytokines in blood cell formation, now widely applied in chemotherapy and transplants.

For more information, including a selection criteria and a nomination form visit the RACP Foundation website 
 

The Eric Susman Prize

The Eric Susman Prize is a prestigious award which is presented annually to a Fellow of the College who has made an outstanding contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine.

Fellows are invited to submit nominations for the 2016 Eric Susman Prize.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm AEDT Monday, 3 October 2016.

More information and a nomination form can be downloaded from the RACP Foundation website

Changes to the accreditation of RACP training providers – have your say

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking your feedback on its revised Physician Training Accreditation System that will accredit all training providers.

Your comments will help to shape the new Accreditation System, so that it supports the development of skilled physicians and the College’s Fellows who train them.

The proposed system streamlines the College’s multiple accreditation processes and links explicitly to College curricula. 

The changes include the introduction of strengthened training standards that require training providers to:

  • have an appropriate learning environment and culture
  • ensure high quality management of training
  • support Fellows in their teaching roles
  • provide a supported training experience for trainees
  • deliver the training program curricula and provide sufficient resources for this to occur.
The Accreditation System will be piloted from late 2017.

The proposed Physician Training Accreditation System consultation paper can be found on the College website and your feedback can be provided via an online survey. The consultation closes on Friday, 5 August 2016.

For any queries regarding accreditation review, please email: accreditationreview@racp.edu.au 
 

Selection into Training Consultation

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking member feedback on a proposed selection process for candidate entry into Basic Training.

A panel of experts in the field of postgraduate medical education has partnered with the College to undertake a Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility Study. The Study aims to develop a merit based model for identifying and selecting candidates best suited for Basic Training, with progression into physician practice.

The Selection into Basic Training process is part of the College’s strategy to address its Capacity to Train and preparations for implementation will begin in 2017.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility Study consultation paper, either through completion of the survey or via a written submission to EducationPolicy@racp.edu.au

The consultation closes on Friday, 24 June 2016.

For further information visit the Capacity to Train web page.
 

Regional Victorian Dual Training Program

The College is pleased to announce four new Advanced Training positions as part of the Victorian Dual Training Program. The dual training positions will be in general and acute care medicine and another speciality. 

The positions are supported by structured, accredited four-year training pathways as indicated in the table below:

Dual Training Program  Year 1
General and Acute Care Medicine 
Year 2
Additional Speciality 
Year 3
Additional Speciality 
Year 4
General and Acute Care Medicine 
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine Bendigo Health Austin Health Austin Health Bendigo Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Endocrinology Goulburn Valley Health Austin Health Austin Health Goulburn Valley Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine Ballarat Health Royal Melbourne Hospital  Royal Melbourne Hospital Ballarat Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine Latrobe Regional Health Monash Medical Centre Monash Medical Centre Latrobe Regional Health
 
The positions suit trainees who are keen to build careers in regional Victoria and expand their skills and expertise to manage a wide range of challenging clinical scenarios.

For further information on the program, please contact Fiona Hilton, Dual Training Project Manager on +61 3 9927 7708 or email fiona.hilton@racp.edu.au 

Update on the first Victorian Dual Training position: Bendigo Health and Austin Health 

Bendigo Hospital in central Victoria has been at the vanguard of Advanced Dual Training in Medicine in the state of Victoria. Based on a model from New South Wales, Bendigo Hospital, along with Austin Health in Melbourne, has appointed a trainee who will be trained in general medicine and gastroenterology.

The trainee started in Bendigo's Intensive Care Unit in February 2016, and will rotate to a senior registrar position in the Acute Medical Unit in August. 

A senior and experienced trainee was appointed to the dual training position. It has allowed us to provide senior medical input at Medical Emergency Team calls, and facilitate closer cooperation between the Intensive Care Unit and the General Medical Unit at Bendigo Health.  When the trainee rotates to the Acute Medical Unit their primary responsibility will be facilitating patient flow, preventing inappropriate admission and facilitating rapid but appropriate discharge.  

Associate Professor Mark W Savage 
Director of Clinical Training, Director of Medicine and Clinical Dean, Consultant Endocrinologist and General Physician, Medical Services, Bendigo Health

Online courses on Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error for trainees, closes 30 June

Trainees are invited to register for eLearning courses on Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error. These courses will be delivered back to back from July until August 2016. The Modern Workplace Challenges course includes topics such as social media, cultural dynamics, and dealing with difficult colleagues. 

The Diagnostic Error course, developed in collaboration with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission, is designed to highlight the myriad of risks associated with diagnostic error and improve diagnosis.

Participants will receive a case study with multiple choice answers delivered to their inbox and have the opportunity to engage with other participants via web-based discussion forums. Each course consists of ​10 case studies.

Training is packaged into two five-minute online sessions a week. 

Read more about these courses.

To register your interest email sppp@racp.edu.au Places are limited. 

Expressions of Interest close midnight Thursday, 30 June 2016 (or when full).

Obsolete Medicare Benefits Schedule Items

As part of the Australian Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review, 24 items have been deemed as obsolete and will be removed from the MBS effective 1 July 2016.

These recommendations have been made by five Clinical Committees: diagnostic imaging, ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery, gastroenterology, obstetrics, and thoracic medicine.

RACP End-of-Life Care Position Statement

The RACP’s position statement on good end-of-life care was launched at Congress on 16 May 2016. It has been developed to promote the five elements of good end-of-life care.

It includes case studies, links to evidence-based resources, and recommendations for all physicians in clinical practice, for health system stakeholders and for the RACP itself.

It is intended to inform physicians and policy-makers, and support future advocacy work.

Read the College’s newly released end-of-life position statement and fact sheet.


Internal Medicine Journal June 2016 Issue

In this issue:

  • BANDAID2: a mnemonic for treatment of heart failure
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Australia 
  • Methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy
  • Oral immunisation for H. influenzae in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Food, lifestyle and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Patient and healthcare worker attitudes to eHealth

The Editor’s Choice for the month is an original article by M.Levinson, A.Mills, J.Oldroyd, A.Gellie, J.Barrett, M.Staples and G.Stephenson - The impact of intensive care in a private hospital on patients aged 80 and over: health-related quality of life, functional status and burden versus benefit.

Expressions of Interest

Call for Applications: Committee Members – Paediatrics & Child Health Division Basic Training Committee, closes 30 June 2016

Applications are invited for two Committee Member roles in the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Basic Training Committee at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
The Committee oversees the implementation of College Education Policies in the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Basic Training program nationally including accreditation, examinations and supervision.

The Committee also works collaboratively with Directors of Paediatric Education and relevant New Zealand Committees.

The Committee reports to the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee and meets three times a year at the RACP Sydney Office with up to three teleconference meetings each year.

The two roles will be appointed for an initial term of two years, with opportunity for renewal. 

To request a copy of the Terms of Reference for the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Basic Training Committee, please email May Limguangco at BTCommitteePaed@racp.edu.au

Interested Fellows should submit a letter, together with their CV, to Clinical Associate Professor Sean Beggs, Chair of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Basic Training Committee via email at: BTCommitteePaed@racp.edu.au.

Closing date: Thursday, 30 June 2016

EOI – Paediatrics & Child Health Division Council – Casual Vacancy, closes 1 July 2016

An opportunity has arisen for a casual vacancy on the Paediatrics & Child Health (PCHD) Council.

Contribute to discussions on education, training and assessment of trainees; continuing professional development; policy and advocacy; overseas trained physicians; research; and workforce as each relates to paediatrics and child health.

Read more about the Paediatrics & Child Health Division

The following commitment is required:

  • two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year, generally February and June
  • two teleconference meetings of two hours per year, generally April and November
  • reading time for papers which are delivered about one week before a meeting.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following casual vacancy:

  • one New Zealand Fellow.  

Further information is outlined in the Position Description and also in the Paediatrics & Child Health Division By-law (PDF: 79KB). Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 1 July 2016. 

EOI – Paediatrics & Child Health Division Policy & Advocacy Committee – Casual Vacancy, closes 1 July 2016

An opportunity has become available to join the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) which gives and receives advice on policy and advocacy issues in paediatrics and child health to the Council of the Division and the College Policy & Advocacy Committee. The Committee actively develops, coordinates, implements, and monitors the policy and advocacy interests and activities of the Division.

The Committee meets face-to-face in Sydney, twice yearly around February/March and August/September, as well as a mid-year and end-of-year teleconference. The term will run for two years.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following casual vacancy:

  • one New Zealand representative.

The position descriptions (including relevant governance documents), PPAC Terms of Reference, and recent PPAC achievements are available on the RACP website.  Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 1 July 2016. Please contact Philippa Ardlie with any queries on +61 2 8076 6359. 

EOI – Chapter of Community Child Health Committee, closes 1 July 2016

The Chapter of Community Child Health Committee is the peak decision making body of the Chapter that includes the domains of child protection, child behaviour and development and child population health. The Chapter fosters the development and accreditation of relevant training programs for doctors in community child health, supports Continuing Professional Development, supports research and special professional interests of doctors working in community child health, and advises the Paediatrics & Child Health Division and College on matters pertaining to community child health.

The Committee meets face-to-face, at the College, twice a year in February/March and September/October as well as a mid-year and end-of-year teleconference. The term will commence in May 2016 in line with the College AGM and run for two years.

In addition to the three regular appointed members of the Chapter Committee, the Chapter is seeking to add a trainee representative from New Zealand, to encourage greater interaction with this important community group.

Expressions of interest from Chapter members are now sought for the following:

  • three appointed Fellows resident in Australia
  • one co-opted New Zealand trainee.

The position description and Chapter By-laws, are available on the Chapter web page. Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 1 July 2016.  

EOI – Advanced Training Committee in Sexual Health Medicine Appointed Member, closes 1 July 2016

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Sexual Health Medicine is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Chapter in Sexual Health Medicine Fellows to join the Committee as Appointed Member.

The Committee oversees Advanced Training in Sexual Health Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. There is currently one vacancy. 

The ATC meets via teleconference once yearly, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.
Please contact Jane Hoare via email on shmedtraining@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Friday, 1 July 2016.
 

EOI – Trainee Representative on the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (of the Adult Medicine Division) Committee

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Committee is the peak decision-making body for the Chapter and forms part of the Adult Medicine Division, reporting to the Adult Medicine Division Council. 

The AChSHM Committee is seeking expressions of interest from current Sexual Health Medicine trainees for the position of trainee representative on the AChSHM Committee. 

For further details regarding this position, please review the AChSHM Committee member position description

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the following documents:

  • Expression of Interest Form, including a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest in the position and how you meet the selection criteria  
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

The AChSHM Committee meets face-to-face twice a year in Sydney and twice via teleconference. The term of office for this position is two years. 

Please submit your AChSHM EOI form and CV to shmed@racp.edu.au by COB (AEST) on Friday, 15 July 2016.

EOI – Trainee Representative Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Council

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) seeks excellence in occupational and environmental medicine, education and practice. The Faculty does this through training and continuing debate and advocacy on matters of occupational and environmental medicine and the encouragement of occupational and environmental medicine research.

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has been established to:

  • support the professional careers of Fellows and trainees of the Faculty
  • work with appropriate College Bodies and staff in connection with:

- education, training and assessment of trainees
- training and continual professional development
- policy and advocacy
- the assessment of overseas trained professionals
- research
- workforce.

  • promote and advance the body of knowledge in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • act as an authoritative source of advice within the College in connection with Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • recommend to the Board candidates for membership of the Faculty.

The Faculty Council meets four times a year, twice face-to-face and twice by teleconference.

The trainee representative must be a member of AFOEM currently enrolled in the AFOEM training program. 

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the AFOEM Council are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form and CV to afoem@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 15 July 2016.  

EOI – Trainee Representative Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Policy and Advocacy Committee

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) Council has established the Policy and Advocacy Committee (PAC). The PAC will advocate across the Faculty and College, health professions, Government, business and the broader community involving policies and practices that optimise the health and wellbeing of the population.

The Policy and Advocacy Committee:

  • develops and continuously reviews a planned strategic policy agenda in consultation with the College Policy and Advocacy office and the College Policy and Advocacy Committee (CPAC) and engages and consults as necessary relevant external bodies with complementary policy agendas 
  • oversees the continuing development and review of policy position papers
  • develops  and continuously reviews  a strategic education and communications plan to promote the policies of the Faculty to Fellows, trainees, the College, health professions, Government and the broader community, in consultation with the Faculty's Education Committee, relevant working parties and ratified by Council
  • provides a single point of contact for external bodies seeking policy advice on emerging issues from the Faculty.

The committee meets four times a year, twice face-to-face and twice by teleconference.

The trainee representative must be a member of AFOEM currently enrolled in the AFOEM training program. 

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the AFOEM PAC are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form and CV to afoem@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 15 July 2016.  

EOI – AMD Council – Basic Trainee Representative

The AMD Council is the representative body for Adult Medicine within the College and is responsible for organising all AMD-related activities within the broad constraints of the AMD By-Laws. The AMD Council encompasses a broad spectrum of medical specialties and, as a Committee of the RACP Board, the Council represents the interests of all AMD Fellows and Trainees within the College. 

The Adult Medicine Division is seeking Expressions of Interest from current AMD Basic Trainees to act as the Basic Trainee Representative to the AMD Council. 

This representative will assist AMD Council by ensuring its effectiveness and performance in advocating for the interests of AMD Basic Trainees within the College. This includes providing regular reports to the AMD Council, and advising AMD Council on issues relating to College trainees.
 
Please refer to the AMD Council member position description for further information.

The AMD Council meets face-to-face twice a year at the RACP National Office in Sydney. The term of office for this position is two years, concluding in May 2018. 

To make an expression of interest please submit a completed EOI Form, a 300 to 500 word statement outlining your interest and how you meet the selection criteria and a copy of your full curriculum vitae to adult.med@racp.edu.au by 5pm Friday, 15 July 2016.
 

EOI – The College Trainees' Committee is currently seeking applicants for trainee roles

The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), Chaired by Dr Tina Marinelli, is the peak College body representing the interests of trainees and has 16 representatives from our Divisions, Faculties and regional Trainees Committees’ throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The CTC is focused on a number of priorities, including:

  • improving communication with trainees, including the development of a Trainee Communications Strategy
  • continued advocacy on behalf of trainees in areas such as soft funding for paediatric positions, Selection into Training, Capacity to Train, the review of the accreditation of training sites and academic pathways that integrate training and research
  • ongoing development and implementation of trainee orientation days
  • embedding Annual Trainees’ Day as part of the RACP Congress
  • advocating for the health and wellbeing of doctors. 

The CTC champions the trainee perspective and ensures the trainee voice is heard across our College.

The CTC is currently seeking applicants for trainee roles including: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative
  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Health representative.

Terms are for two years during which the Committee will meet four times per year, two face-to-face meetings and two teleconferences. 

Being a part of the Trainees’ Committee provides a unique opportunity to engage with the College and represent the needs and voice of trainees on key matters such as selection into training, assessment and overall education. 

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the CTC are invited to submit their EOI Form and CV to traineescommittee@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 15 July 2016.  

EOI – Seeking paediatric, adult medicine, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and public health trainees to join Northern Territory Trainees’ Committee

The RACP seeks enthusiastic and motivated paediatric, adult medicine, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and public health trainees to join the Northern Territory (NT) Trainees’ Committee.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with post-graduate medical education and College representation.

Meeting four times per year, the committee is responsible for addressing educational and well-being issues that affect trainees across the Territory. We organise several annual educational events for trainees and are always looking for new ways to support and assist trainees.

This is not a time-consuming commitment and is very manageable while you are preparing for exams. There is also the opportunity to extend your involvement to the national level on various working-groups and committees. No prior experience is required and we welcome applicants from all stages of training.

To apply, complete the EOI form and send to racpnt@racp.edu.au by Friday, 15 July 2016.
 

EOI – New Zealand Trainee Representative - New Zealand Trainees’ Committee, closes 15 July 2016

The New Zealand Trainees’ Committee (NZTC) is seeking further expressions of interest from New Zealand trainees to join the NZTC as appointed members.  Expressions of interest are open to all trainees in Adult Medicine, Paediatric and Child Health, Faculties and Chapters.

The NZTC represents and advocates on behalf of New Zealand trainees at all levels of RACP governance including matters affecting selection, training, assessment, supervision, and the education experience, and recommendations on policy matters.  

The NZTC is seeking to appoint several trainee representatives during the next six months to join the committee for a period of two years. In particular, representatives are sought from Basic Training.  The committee meets up to four times annually – two face-to-face meetings and up to two teleconferences.

An EOI form and further information are available from Senior Executive Officer Steph Fink at steph.fink@racp.org.nz trainees interested in applying should submit their expression of interest form by Friday, 15 July 2016.
 
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