The President's Message – 6 October 2017

I’m pleased to share with you the results of the College wide poll for an important new benefit, the choice of a new Fellowship Mark for our College.

The participation rates in the poll, carried out in the last two weeks of July, were high.

Approximately 10 per cent of the entire membership voted within the first three days, with 10 per cent of Adult Medicine alone responding to the poll at that point.

The overwhelming choice was for the option shown below. 

AMD Fellowship Mark watermark
The Adult Medicine version of the Mark is pictured, but please note that each Division, Faculty and Chapter has its own version of the Mark, with different post-nominals and titles.

It is also important to note that the Mark does not replace the College crest, or Faculty logos. Use of the Mark is entirely at a Fellow’s discretion, and is intended for your personal professional correspondence to denote your membership of the College, should you wish.

We anticipate releasing the Mark for use in early December. At that point, we will make it available for download by Fellows, along with guidelines, and terms and conditions for use.

Another significant benefit of being a member of the RACP is the chance to meet once a year with over a thousand of your peers from across Australia and New Zealand, to discuss latest developments and thinking across the multiple specialties embraced by our College.

Registrations for RACP Congress 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney are now open.

Next year’s event is themed Disruption for Healthy Futures. 

We’re in the final stages of confirming an exciting cross-disciplinary program, focusing on themes of disruptive technologies, such as the impact of large scale data visualisation, patient centred and integrated care and the mental health of doctors.

The Division, Faculty and Chapter Presidents are also requesting abstracts addressing the specific topics. You can submit your abstract via the RACP Congress website.

It’s going to be a great event and I encourage you to visit the website and register now to secure an earlybird price.

Kind regards,
Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President 


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Drug-drug interactions make up about a fifth of these adverse events.

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Articles in the September/October edition of RACP Quarterly include:

  • Significant strides for genomics in Australia
  • Physician health and wellbeing – changing our culture
  • Defending your health
  • Setting sights on prevention: From common cold to heart attack.

Read RACP Quarterly online

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Registrations are open for the RACP New Zealand Trainees' Day 2018 which will be held in Queenstown on Saturday, 7 April.

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Register today for this event to be held in Alice Springs on Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 October.

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Upcoming RACP events

New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory 


Victoria / Tasmania

Western Australia

Training Provider Standards Consultation Workshops – October and November

RACP members are invited to attend one of seven Training Provider Standards consultation workshops to be held across Australia between 17 October and 3 November 2017.

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RACP Congress 2018 – Disruption for healthy futures
Registrations now open

RACP Congress will be held from 14–16 May 2018 in Sydney. Registrations are now open.

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Eric Susman Prize Nominations – Closing Monday, 9 October

Nominations for the prestigious Eric Susman Prize close Monday, 9 October. A number of highly respected physicians are past recipients of this award.

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RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program 

Through this Program the RACP offers up to eight scholarships annually. The Scholarships cover all RACP training and examination fees for up to four years.

The Scholarships are available to medical graduates and doctors who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Island heritage and would like to pursue a career as a physician.

Applications for Scholarships in 2018 are now open. For full details and to download the application form go to the RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program page or contact the RACP Foundation


New recommendations to improve rehabilitation medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine has released a series of new recommendations to help avoid low-value and potentially harmful tests and treatments.

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New Educational Leadership and Supervision Framework

The RACP has developed a new Educational Leadership and Supervision Framework designed to establish a consistent and transparent approach to supervision, and clearly articulate the RACP’s expectation of excellence in training delivery and outcomes.

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Capacity to train

In 2016, we partnered with KPMG and a diverse range of stakeholders to explore capacity to train, the combined ability of healthcare and education systems to provide trainees with the skills they need to become competent independent physicians. The resulting summary report and an interim guide to planning are now available.

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