The President's Message – 18 May 2018

A message from your President

I’m delighted to write to you all in my first message as your new President, after having attended a vibrant and inspiring RACP Congress in Sydney.

Many of the big ideas we discussed at Congress resonated strongly ​with me.

I was struck by the disruption that is already here in our profession, and it’s not just because of new technology and the increasing ease of accessing big data.

Our keynote speaker, NHS sustainable healthcare expert Dr David Pencheon spoke of our ability as trusted leaders and influencers to radically change the way healthcare systems function, in order to help curb their carbon emissions and battle climate change.

At Congress we also released our position statement on another major public health issue.

Obesity is now a looming public health crisis in both Australia and New Zealand. Our statement is already getting mainstream media coverage in both countries and you can read it on the Obesity Policy & Advocacy web page.

You’ve told us you want our College to be more visible in public advocacy on issues like these.

During my term we’re committed to continuing to have our College’s views prominent in the healthcare debate.

But as I look ahead, I can also see there are some fundamental changes underway in our profession and across the membership which our College must take heed of.

For example, we’re seeing unprecedented increases in the numbers of women entering medicine.

While 35 per cent of current Fellows are female, that number rises to 57 per cent in the current trainee cohort.

Our attitudes to our own health and wellbeing must also shift, to a more realistic acknowledgement that we can’t provide the best healthcare to our patients if we are not healthy and well ourselves.

One of my own personal goals during my time as President is to focus on the first 1,000 days of the child – as a key determinant of ongoing health throughout life.

I’ll share more with you on that in coming months.

I’d like to thank the outgoing Board and my predecessor Dr Catherine Yelland for their principled and dedicated service to the RACP over the last two years.

I’m looking forward to working with my newly appointed Director colleagues under our new Board structure.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead this remarkable organisation.

Kind regards,

Associate Professor ​Mark Lane
RACP President

Thinking outside the box at RACP Congress 2018

More than 1,100 Members gathered to discuss the far-reaching ramifications of disruption in health care at RACP Congress 2018 in Sydney from Monday to Wednesday this week.

No topic was off limits and lively discussions were had about topics including:

  • risks climate change presents and the need for sustainable healthcare
  • the importance of women in medicine
  • supporting development of positive mental health in doctors and patients
  • how to respond to medically unexplained symptoms
  • the need for more research on medicinal cannabis
  • what artificial intelligence can and can’t do
  • issues, policy and advocacy surrounding medical assistance in dying
  • the role of rehabilitation medicine in shifting definitions of health and illness
  • clinical variation and the use of data to drive decision making
  • Indigenous child health.

Members who attended Congress spoke about their favourite parts of the event in these short videos.

The RACP Annual General Meeting, AFOEM Annual Training Meeting, Trainees’ Day, AFPHM National Training Days, Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day, a New Fellows Forum and College Ceremony were also held across Friday to Sunday last week.           

Videos from RACP 2018 sessions will be released in coming weeks and shared online when they become available.

Planning is now underway for RACP Congress 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Lead Fellow Dr David Beaumont discusses the theme in this video.

Congress 2019 will be held from Monday, 6 to Wednesday, 8 May at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. You can register your interest to attend Congress 2019 on the Congress website. This is a great way to ensure you don’t miss out on any Early Bird or VIP offers. 

The RACP wishes to thank all Members who attended RACP Congress 2018 for their support, feedback and participation. 

Achievements honoured

Recipients of prestigious RACP Fellowship Awards and Prizes were announced during the recent Convocation Ceremony and RACP Congress 2018.

We acknowledge the generous donations and bequests from RACP Members that fund these awards, which are administered by the RACP Foundation.

Read more


Annual Report released

The 2017 RACP Annual Report is now online. It contains:

  • reports on how the organisation is performing in achieving its strategic goals
  • stories showcasing member successes
  • statistics measuring performance
  • comprehensive financial performance information.
Read the report

IT ​announcement

Due to essential technology upgrades, all RACP internal and external facing IT resources will be unavailable on the following dates:

• Sunday, 3 June – 12am to 12 pm AEST
• Saturday, 9 June – Monday, 11 June inclusive 12am to 12pm AEST

This will impact all Fellows, trainees and staff.

These weekends have been chosen to minimise disruption as many Australian states have a public holiday on Monday, 11 June. Unfortunately, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand who are not on a public holiday will experience a greater impact as there will be no access until 12pm on Monday, 11 June during the outage.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but these upgrades are essential and cannot be deferred.

We are aware a number of members access College systems on weekends, and we want to provide you with as much advance warning as possible.
Systems and resources that will be unavailable include:

• All member portals
• All trainee portals
• College Learning Series
• College Intranet
• Outlook (Email via webmail will still be accessible through
• All remote access services
• Alfresco Share Sites

If you have to complete essential tasks during either of these weekends, we strongly recommend you save any required documents to the device you will be using before the outage begins.

If you have any further questions or enquiries, please contact RACP Member Services on or in Australia on 1300 MyRACP (1300 69 7227) or in New Zealand on 0508 MyRACP (0508 69 7227).

Regional Committee elections

Following a recent call for nominations, elections are being held for elected positions RACP Committees in NSW, the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Detailed election information, voting instructions, forms, candidate information, Committee Member Position Descriptions and Committee By-Laws can be found on the RACP website. Voting closes at 5pm AEST on Friday, 25 May 2018. 

Get involved with your College

Expressions of Interest are being sought for a number of appointed positions on RACP Councils and Committees. Available position descriptions, By-laws for each Council or Committee and the forms you need to complete the process are on the RACP website.

Lead Fellow, Education Renewal opportunity

The College is taking expressions of interest for a Lead Fellow, Education Renewal position. This is a newly created paid part-time opportunity within the College’s Education, Learning & Assessment ​Directorate in Sydney.

The Lead Fellow, Education Renewal will provide leadership, advice and support for the RACP’s Education Renewal Program across the membership.

This opportunity would suit an experienced, collaborative and well-established Fellow of the RACP. This position purpose statement details the scope, proposed hours and importance of the role to our ongoing success.

If this senior opportunity is of interest to you or you would like more information, then RACP CEO Linda Smith would be pleased to discuss this with you personally. You can ​contact Linda by emailing

To submit a formal expression of interest, via a short form CV, please email Tushna Moddie at in Human Resources by 12pm on Friday, 1 June 2018.

Find out more

Inequities in Child Health Position Statement launched

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell launched the ​RACP’s position statement on inequities in child health at Congress on Monday.

Read more 

Obesity Position Statement launched

The RACP’s Obesity Position Statement and Evidence Review was launched at RACP Congress 2018 on Wednesday.

A Working Group chaired by Professor Boyd Swinburn including leading paediatricians, endocrinologists and public health physicians developed the position statement. It makes evidence based recommendations on the management and prevention of obesity and calls on governments to:

  • introduce regulations to restrict the marketing of unhealthy diets to children and young people
  • implement an effective tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce consumption and use the revenue to facilitate access to healthy diets and culturally relevant initiatives to improve health equity
  • revise the Health Star Rating system’s nutrient profiling algorithm to give stronger weight to sugar content and by 2019 require the labelling be mandatory to encourage consumers to choose healthier options and motivate food manufacturers to develop healthier products

View the Position Statement and Evidence Review now or contact for further information.

New learning opportunity

A new course about communicating risks and the benefits of treatment options is now available to RACP Members via the eLearning@RACP Online Resources hub.

Find out more

Acute Coronary Syndrome ​podcast

Diagnosis of patients presenting with possible Acute Coronary Syndrome is the topic of discussion in the latest Pomegranate Health Podcast.

Listen now

Award winning podcast

​Our Pomegranate Health podcast w​on the career and industry award at the Australian Podcast Awards in Melbourne on Saturday, 5 May.

Thanks to the RACP Members and guests who have contributed their expertise over the last few years—without you​ the College wouldn’t have received this honour.

Learn more

​Research funding reminder

Applications are open for RACP Research Fellowships to fund health and medical research projects.

The Fellowships support research in medical specialty areas represented by the RACP, including adult medicine, paediatrics and child health, addiction medicine, sexual health, public health, rehabilitation health, occupational and environmental medicine and palliative medicine.

Learn more

MyCPD Access for Advanced Trainees

Advanced Trainees can get ready for Fellowship and continuing professional development (CPD) with early access to MyCPD.

You can use MyCPD to log educational activities you do and understand CPD requirements in preparation for Fellowship.

Read more

Exam questions answered

​Potential candidates sitting the 2019 Divisional Written Examination can now access a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Information includes date, format, quality assurance, support for trainees and resources to help with preparation.

Find out more

Queensland event invitation

A Queensland New Fellows’ Forum, Annual Scientific Meeting and Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) Workshop 3 will be held in South Brisbane on Saturday, 16 June.

Find out more

Anniversary Congress in Hong Kong

Th​e 25th Anniversary Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Congress is being held from 7 to 9 December 2018. With the theme of Beyond 25: New Paradigms in Healthcare, the Congress is a great opportunity for healthcare leaders and experts to ​discuss medical advances, innovative technologies and challenges across different specialties.

Find out more

Read the latest journals

Close overlay