The President's Message – 20 April 2018

A message from your President

We’re now just three weeks away from RACP Congress 2018; Disruption for Healthy Futures. We have a program packed with fascinating topics ranging from the roles of robotics and big data in medicine, through to discussions about medically unexplained symptoms.  

Here are just some of the thought provoking topics we will be discussing – with input from world and regional experts:

How technology is disrupting the health sector
Robotics – Will robots be running the hospital of the future?
Big data – How does it inform decision and policy making?
E-health – What are the benefits, risks and issues?

Mental health of doctors
Demystifying mandatory reporting laws
Stories from patient physicians –  If we’re not well, how can we look after our patients?

Disruption and sustainable health care
What are we doing to create sustainable health systems
What do patients want? – Workforce planning for multidisciplinary teams

Medically unexplained symptoms
The role of the brain and mind in chronic and complex pain disorders
Why do doctors find dealing with medically unexplained symptoms so difficult?

It will be an exciting and informative event – you can watch our latest promotional video on the ​RACP YouTube page. I encourage you to attend, and you can register ​on the Congress website.


Finally, In relation to the College election, formal election results have now been signed off by the scrutineer and are available on the RACP website for any members who wish to view the final numbers.

Kind regards,

Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

​Research dollars on offer

Applications are now open for a range of RACP research fellowships to fund health and medical research projects.

The RACP and its funding partners are providing up to $2.5 million to researchers in the next year.

Learn more

Invigorating, challenging, exciting Congress 2018

Disruption is rapidly impacting physicians from all specialities, their patients, colleagues and workplaces. RACP Congress 2018 explores the many ways healthcare has changed, is changing and will need to change as a result of the far-reaching disruption taking place.

How disruption directly impacts physicians, how it affects their day-to-day practice and how physicians can talk to their teams and colleagues about this are just some of the questions Congress delegates can expect to be answered. That’s according to Congress 2018 Lead Fellow Dr David Beaumont.

He and the Congress Program Committee have put together an inspiring and thought-provoking program that includes engaging sessions, workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, video presentations and social functions.

All are aiming to drive discussions and debate about emerging issues, as well as those that physicians have frequently encountered over the years.

“Disruption in healthcare is big picture stuff but we’ve been really careful to make sure Congress 2018 is relevant to coal-face physicians,” explains Dr Beaumont.

“That is the day-to-day stuff that we’re all encountering.

“We’re a very diverse College so we’ve taken really good care to make sure that in every session we’ve got something for everybody so that it is relevant to physicians and their practice.”

Dr Beaumont says physician and patient perspectives are embedded throughout Congress — giving delegates a unique opportunity to learn from experts in their fields at one event.

“Congress 2018 is ready to go. We’ve had great fun putting the program together.”

Register for RACP Congress online today.

Trainees' Day 2018 – reduced registration rate

Thanks to a  generous contribution from our sponsors, theTrainees' Day registration rate is now AUD $50.

RACP Trainees’ Day and Trainees' Dinner is an opportunity for Basic and Advanced Trainees to network and discuss professional topics and training pathways.
We would like to thank our sponsors – Westpac, Avant Mutual, Novartis, Professional Transcription Solutions and the NSW Government – for making this reduced rate possible. 

Trainees who have already registered will be contacted to receive a refund equivalent to the difference in the registration rates.

Register and view the program on the Congress website

Read RACP Quarterly online 

RACP Quarterly is the RACP's member magazine. 

Stories in the ​March/April 2018 edition of RACP Quarterly include:

  • Flu in focus – vaccination shortcomings 
  • Could saliva be the main driver of gonorrhoea transmission? 
  • Why young people are worrying more about mental health 
  • Careers in regional communities: Fellow perspectives

Read the ​March/April 2018 edition of RACP Quarterly.

Read previous editions of RACP Quarterly. 

Showcase your Evolve work

Evolve is sharing and promoting effective strategies to translate Evolve recommendations into everyday clinical practice at RACP Congress in May. To stimulate ideas, discussions and action, there is an opportunity for you to showcase your work on Evolve to your colleagues.

There will be no formal Congress selection process or presentation on these posters. If you are interested in being a part of this event, please contact for support to develop a poster for display.

Visit the Evolve website for the latest resources.

New discussion paper

A newly released Integrated Care: Physicians supporting better patient outcomes Discussion paper outlines integrated care principles, the pillars fundamental to the RACP vision of integrated care.

“Health policy reforms must address the need to improve the integration of care delivery,” says Associate Professor Alasdair MacDonald, Chair of the RACP Integrated Care Working Party ​that prepared the paper.

“Integrated service delivery structures are needed to better support accessible, more patient centred health services offered closer to home for diverse populations, compared to the hospital-centric and siloed services into which our services have evolved.”  

Recruitment Practices – Selection into Training

As we approach the beginning of recruitment for the 2019 clinical year, the following requirements relate to the College’s expectation of its members and their role in recruitment and selection for its training programs.

With respect to the recruitment process, the key principles of the RACP Selection into Training Policy are:

  • Selecting for excellence: to identify candidates with the capabilities and attributes required to successfully complete the training program and progress to competent independent practice as defined in the RACP Standards Framework.
  • Rigour and fairness: to use criteria and a process that is evidence-based, merit-based, transparent, current, sustainable, objective, equitable and procedurally fair.
  • Embracing diversity: to support a diverse range of candidates to apply for and progress through training.
  • Continuity: to advocate for the continued recognition of trainees who are progressing satisfactorily and support them to complete training.

RACP Standards

During the selection of trainees and throughout their training, RACP members are reminded to uphold the standards of the RACP Professional Practice Framework, including;

  • leadership, management and teamwork
  • communication
  • judgement and decision making
  • ethics and professional behaviour.

The RACP Accreditation Standards will in future require providers to ensure that trainee recruitment and appointment is:

  • fair
  • rigorous
  • documented
  • transparent
  • consistent; and
  • non-discriminatory.

These expectations also apply during informal interviews and conversations, and to the by-stander who witnesses discriminatory practices towards RACP trainees, both aspiring and those in training, but who remains silent, thereby tacitly accepting the practice as appropriate.

In support of these requirements the College is finalising production of a Guide to Selection which will include RACP guidelines for recruitment and case studies for embracing a diverse workforce.

Slow-release opioid statement

Mounting evidence highlights the inappropriate use of slow-release opioids for the treatment of acute pain. The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and its Faculty of Pain Medicine have released a statement which is designed to inform and recommend action.

Recommendations in the statement align with the approved indications for slow-release opioids listed by domestic and international regulatory authorities.

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