The President's Message – 8 October 2018

In the last week our College joined a major campaign aimed at finally getting children out of immigration detention on the Pacific island of Nauru.

Latest information suggests there are approximately 90 refugee and asylum seekers children held on Nauru with their parents or caregivers.

This week our paediatrician colleagues in Australia and New Zealand joined the #KidsOffNauru Campaign, driven by a coalition of 30 of Australia’s most prominent humanitarian and refugee-focused NGOs.

Children there are facing nothing less than a public health emergency.

We’ve told Australian politicians there is an immediate risk of severe health consequences with over a dozen children evacuated to Australia with extreme ill health.

This includes inadequately treated medical conditions, trauma related symptoms such as severe withdrawal and refusing to eat or drink and self-harm.

The depth of feeling in both our communities about this is shown by the reaction to our social media campaign alone – we’ve had ten times the responses we’d normally have.

I’d encourage all Fellows and trainees to support #KidsoffNauru to help end this appalling situation.

Staying in the South Pacific, but on a more positive note – under our International Strategy we’ve recently launched another initiative to support physician education in the region.

On behalf of our College, in Noumea I signed a memorandum of understanding with the South Pacific Community - the lead regional body that works in tandem with WHO to help the region reduce its burden of disease.

The agreement focuses on public and primary health care, specialist delivery and development, workforce management and policy development.

We will also work closely with SPC to build capacity and mentoring practices for physicians, nurse specialists and relevant allied health practitioners.

Growing the number of Indigenous Australian physicians also continues to be a high priority for us as part of our Indigenous Strategic framework.

President-elect John Wilson and I recently attended the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association 2018 conference in Perth.

This is a key three-day annual event at which we can publicise our College to young Indigenous trainees and learn more about latest developments in Indigenous healthcare.

Presentations and discussions there were at times confronting.

They made it clear to us there’s a great need for many more Indigenous physicians who can relate to Indigenous patients, practice culturally safe medicine, and act as role models.

There’s also a great deal more that non-Indigenous physicians can do to practice in a culturally safer way.

Our College may be at the very start of that long journey, but it’s one we’re absolutely committed to.

Associate Professor Mark Lane
RACP President

RACP Quarterly – Stories from you and for you

Stories about how funding makes a difference locally and abroad, the International Medical Symposium, how 'Smokefree by 2025' is looking unlikely for New Zealand and more are included in the September/October 2018 edition of RACP Quarterly.

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Support #KidsOffNauru

The RACP has signed onto the Kids Off Nauru campaign. It urges Australian Parliamentarians to support the immediate transfer of all refugee and asylum seeker children, and their families, from Nauru to Australia for health reasons.

You can get involved on social media or with direct advocacy.

On social media, you can print this social media sign, photograph yourself holding it and then post it on social media with @racp and  #doctorsforasylumseekers, #auspol and #KIDSOFFNAURU. Check out this social media kit for more information.

In addition to social media, you can write to or meet with your local Member of Parliament (MP) to advocate on this issue. MPs will be in their local electorates until12 October so now is an opportune time to speak with your MP directly. You can use this template letter and Refugee and Asylum Seeker health position statement when writing to your MP.  The Tips for meeting with MPs resource  and RACP Advocacy Framework can assist with productive meetings. If you do meet with your local MP, please let us know by emailing

Share your experience, improve workplace training and be in the running to win an iPad

The 2018 Physician Training Survey for trainees and educators of clinically focused training programs opens on Monday, 15 October 2018.

Two trainees and two educators can win an iPad when they complete the survey. Look out for an SMS or email inviting you to participate.

For more information on the surveys, including confidentiality, visit the survey web page.

View 2017 pilot survey findings.

Changes ahead for MyCPD

The new 2019 MyCPD Framework breaks down CPD work into three simple categories – reviewing performance, measuring outcomes and educational activities.

For the first time in Australia from 2019, Fellows will need to undertake a mix of CPD activities from various categories – instead of acquiring CPD credits from just one category such as educational activities.

The new Framework and a summary of why MyCPD is changing and what it means for you is on the RACP website.

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Indigenous Health Scholarships on offer

The RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program offers up to eight (8) scholarships for physician training each year. Valued at up to $10,000 annually, each scholarship covers RACP training and exam fees and attendance at RACP Congress or other relevant Annual Scientific Meetings. A $2,500 cash supplement at the beginning of the Scholarship is also included.

Applications for 2019 Scholarships are now open. Email the RACP Foundation or phone +61 2 9256 9620  for more information. 

Rebooting CPD podcasts out now

The origins of regulatory changes on the CPD horizon and Fellows first-hand experience of the 'strengthened CPD' approach are the focus of two new Pomegranate Health episodes.

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Australian Specialist Training Program (STP) opportunity

An expression of interest (EOI) for the STP will open at 9am (AEDT) on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, for a five-week period and close at 5pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

This Department of Health EOI will be used to expand the College reserve list available under the program, and will be targeted at rural (ASGS RA2-5) and private settings.

On completion of the five-week period, EOIs will be assessed by the specialist medical colleges and relevant jurisdiction for suitability for STP posts. 

Applicants will be notified of their outcome commencing in March 2019. Decisions are final and there is no appeals process.

Please see the department's website for further information about the STP EOI. Please note this information will not be available until the EOI is open (17 October 2018).

All queries regarding the EOI should be directed to the inbox.

Clinical Care Standard release

To mark the release of the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Clinical Care Standard, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) is holding an event in Melbourne on Thursday, 11 October .

The Standard guides clinicians on improved identification of patients who are at risk, assessment of VTE and bleeding risk, and appropriate use of VTE prevention methods to help reduce avoidable death or disability caused by hospital-acquired VTE. It is endorsed by the RACP.

Prior to this release there was no current Australian clinical practice guideline on VTE prevention since the rescindment of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Admitted to Australian Hospitals 2009.

RACP members from different specialties were involved in the development of the Standard as part of a ACSQHC’s Topic Working Group, including Professor Beng Chong , Professor Harshall Nandurkar and Professor Abdullah Omari. Professors Chong and Omari are attending the launch in Melbourne.

Visit the ACSQHC website for more information.

Last chance to nominate

Nominations for the RACP Medal for Clinical Services to Rural and Remote Areas, and the Eric Susman Prize for best contribution to the knowledge of internal medicine close on Monday, 15 October and Tuesday, 9 October respectively.

Learn more

Evolve updates

Are you currently planning to undertake research as part of your Advanced Training? The Evolve recommendations offer an opportunity to undertake research in low-value care in specific health priority topics, such as bronchiolitis, antimicrobial stewardship, polypharmacy, high-risk medications and deprescribing.

Bronchiolitis clinical initiative

NSW Health and the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) are currently undertaking a program that aims to address clinical variation in inpatient and emergency department management of bronchiolitis in NSW. It also aims to improve adherence to clinical guidelines and reduce potential harm from unnecessary testing and treatment.

Find out more about the Bronchiolitis Clinical Initiative and other low-value care research opportunities in your specialty by contacting or go to the Evolve website.

Champions needed

Are you interested in being involved in Policy & Advocacy within the RACP? The Evolve initiative offers an opportunity to advocate for high-value, high-quality care in your specialty. Find out how you can become an Evolve Clinical Champion by contacting You can also visit the Evolve website for more information

Conference opportunities

The RACP has presented on Evolve at:

* RACP Congress
* Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting
* National Medicines Symposium
* Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM),
* Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ)
* Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) Australian Gastroenterology Week (AGW).

In November, we are looking forward to attending the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) in Adelaide. 

All Specialty Societies can request the RACP attend their conference to present on Evolve implementation and/or host an exhibition booth. For more information and to express interest in RACP attending your conference in 2019, contact  

Convenient online learning opportunities 

Diagnostic Error and Cultural Responsiveness are the focus of two Qstream courses RACP Members can register to undertake throughout November and December.

Participants are emailed case studies, based on real-life clinical scenarios, at spaced intervals. The case studies are designed with the aim of challenging physician thinking and enhancing professional practice.

The courses will run throughout November and December and take as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week to complete via email. 

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Internal Medicine Journal October edition released

You can read the most recent Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) online now.

The Editor's Choice for the month is an original article providing an update on Diagnosis and Anticoagulant Therapy for Venous Thromboembolism.

Read the IMJ

RACP Members can apply for the new Professionals American Express® Platinum Card through Member Advantage

Let holidays fall into your lap. With the Professionals American Express® Platinum Card, you'll get 100,000 Bonus Points* when you apply by 31 December 2018, are approved and spend $3,000 on your Card within the first three months. Plus, enjoy $450 Travel Credit each year* and complimentary Travel Insurance*. All this and more for a reduced annual Card fee of $1,200 (usually $1,450 p.a.).

For more information and to enjoy this member-only offer, visit the  RACP Member Advantage  website.

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