The President's Message – 23 March 2018

I’d like to remind you all to have your say in the future of your College through our elections. If you haven’t cast your ballot yet - voting closes on Tuesday, 3 April. 

The RACP is a vibrant and remarkable institution which places its members at the centre of everything it does - and I encourage you to vote with that in mind.

Your Board also takes its duty of oversight on your behalf extremely seriously.

At our most recent meeting on 16 March, Directors were briefed on the successful 2 March staging of the alternat​ive exam for our cancelled Written Divisional Examination, and preparations for today’s second alternative resit.

Around 50 candidates who could not make the 2 March resit are taking the exam today at 10 locations across Australia and New Zealand – and we wish them the best of luck.

All trainees who attempted the cancelled 19 February exam should now have been refunded their examination fees – if you have not yet received your refund please contact

The Board also heard about additional support being provided to trainees, as results for this year’s exam are released to them and to Directors of Physician Education.

The Board has appointed Ferrier Hodgson to conduct an independent investigation into events on and preceding 19 February – you can read the terms of reference here.

I want to emphasise to all members and our College staff, this inquiry is about an opportunity to learn – it is not about casting blame. 

Like any medical incident, a transportation accident or a large infrastructure failure, the objective is to establish root causes.

We aim to work out what went wrong and why, with the objective of ensuring that we learn and change our systems and processes to minimise the chance of such an occurrence happening again.

Ferrier Hodgson will be speaking with relevant College staff and Fellows, and reviewing all the relevant documentation.

We expect the investigation will take approximately six weeks, after which a compiled report will be provided to the Board.

At that point Directors will decide when and how to publicly release the report and its recommendations on how as a College we can all move forward.

Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

Voting now open for College Elections

College elections are a terrific opportunity to consider the ideas being put forward by College Members and cast your vote for the leaders of tomorrow.

Voting is now open and in accordance with the College’s Constitution and By-laws, will close at 5pm AEST Tuesday, 3 April 2018. 

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Nominations reminder

The call for nominations for various elected positions or, if applicable, expressions of interest for appointment, to Division, Faculty, Chapter, New Zealand and Australian Regional Councils or Committees is now open.

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Research importance highlighted

During the past five years the RACP Foundation has invested $10M to establish and enhance 300 careers. The importance of this investment and the vital medical work researchers undertake was highlighted at an event in Sydney on Thursday, 15 March.

Donors, supporters, sponsors, partners, board members, senior RACP staff, RACP Foundation award recipients and friends of the RACP attended the event.

A highlight of the event was a question and answer session hosted by Professor Richard Doherty, the College Dean.  The session saw Research Award Recipients Professor Carol Pollock, Associate Professor Chris Grainge and Dr Rebekah Ahmed discuss how the RACP Foundation supported their research endeavours.

Events like this give the RACP Foundation an opportunity to connect funders with researchers so they can talk face-to-face about the need for research investment and outcomes.

Generous donors, RACP Fellows and trainees make medical research possible and their support ensures the RACP Foundation continues to invest in its Members.

New Director appointed

Ms Robyn Burley has been appointed as the new RACP Director, Education Services.

Robyn joins ​the College on Monday, 21 May from NSW Heath, where she has been Executive Director, Workforce Planning and Development.

She brings broad and deep experience in healthcare leadership to the College.

As well as devising the state-wide strategy for the development of the NSW Health workforce of over 114,000 people, Robyn has led large scale culture change, and driven numerous workforce reform initiatives.  

Resources for RACP ​Members

The College Learning Series is now live. Based on the successful Physician Education Program (PEP), this online resource for basic trainees includes video and audio content, mapped to the curriculum. It is free for all College members.

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New Podcast available

Systems pressures that increase the likelihood of medical error are the topics of discussion in the second diagnostic reasoning themed episode of Pomegranate Health.

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Learning opportunity

Registrations for the Diagnostic Error Qstream course are now open. Places in the course are limited and close on Wednesday, 19 April 2018.

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Prize opportunity extended

Do you know a medical student, junior medical officer or physician trainee who identifies as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori descent?

Applications have been reopened for the 2018 RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize.

This Prize offers an opportunity to attend the RACP Congress, find out about physician career pathways and RACP activities.

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Feedback sought

Following careful consideration of the feedback received from online and face-to-face consultation with members in 2017, the College’s working party has developed a draft position statement on medical assistance in dying.

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Register for RACP Congress 2018

At the RACP Congress 2018 speakers will challenge delegates to ask themselves how prepared they and the healthcare system are for issues that will change and influence future healthcare systems.

Workshops, sessions, TED-style talks, exhibits, video presentations, social functions and new technologies will ​inspire discussion o​f ​emerging issues ​such as:

  • how technology is disrupting the health sector
  • ​the health and wellbeing of doctors
  • disruption and sustainable healthcare
  • medically unexplained symptoms.

View the interactive Congress program and Register now 

Fiji Paediatrician opportunity

Fiji National University are seeking a Paediatrician to provide locum cover at Lautoka Hospital on the Fijian Island of Viti Levu. This ​role involves clinical teaching of final year students (Trainee interns).

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Rural Health Alliance magazine out

The latest edition of Partyline includes articles focusing on codeine and the inter-connectedness of rural and remote vulnerabilty, and the changing landscape for rural and remote allied health.

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Read the latest journals

Internal Medicine Journal – March 2018 edition

The ​March issue of the Internal Medicine Journal is now available. 

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health – ​​​March 2018 edition

Access the latest edition of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health on the Wiley Online Library.  

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