The President's Message – 7 September 2018

Recently some members have asked for an update on the progress of the Ferrier Hodgson and BDO reports which are investigating this year’s Basic Training Computer Based Test.

The BDO and Ferrier Hodgson investigations have not been completed.

Once the reports have been completed and received by the Board, the Board will advise the membership of the findings.

We will be in contact again following completion of those investigations.

On other matters – we’ve recently had great success in holding a major event in Canberra.

Leading paediatricians and I held a public forum on Inequities in Child Health.

Our meeting with high level healthcare stakeholders was opened by Australian Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, and attended by Federal Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King.

As a result of our efforts, the Australian Government has committed to a 10-year plan to address Inequities in Child Health.

You can read more about this in my message in the upcoming September/October edition of RACP Quarterly.

Meanwhile, work is continuing apace on our Education Renewal agenda.

Trainees and Directors of Physician Education are participating in the first of two forums today to learn more about the future state for the Basic Training programs, including phases of training, work-based assessments and progress decisions.

Their feedback will be an important part in determining the final shape and timetable for the new curriculum rollout.

We’re also getting valuable viewpoints on our education, policy and advocacy programs from our new Consumer Advisory Group, which held its second meeting recently.

They are external professionals with a great deal of collective healthcare sector experience.

Their role is to ensure the voice of patients and healthcare consumers is heard as our College develops future education, advocacy and innovation programs of work.

Patient centred care and consumer engagement are increasingly important across the entire healthcare sector, and both are long term strategic priorities for the RACP.

If you are involved with any of our peak bodies, Councils or Committees, the Consumer Advisory Group is looking to learn more about what we do.

Feel free to reach out to them – their perspective is important, and we can all learn a lot from their insights.

Kind regards,

Associate Professor Mark Lane
RACP President

New ethical guidelines

The 4th edition of the Guidelines for ethical relationships between physicians and industry are now available. These voluntary guidelines, developed by the RACP Ethics Committee, revise previous editions of the guidelines and seek to support health professionals in identifying, assessing and managing conflicts of interest.

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New training and meeting space

The College’s new Sydney CBD training and meeting space for Fellows, trainees and staff is now fully operational on Level 19 of Governor Macquarie Tower, across the road from the College on Phillip Street.

Situated on a single floor, the new space features movable glass walls which allow it to be partitioned into three separate meeting rooms or opened out into one large meeting area, as well as a kitchen.

Both the RACP Board and several College councils and Committees have already held meetings and functions using the new facility.

The new space was secured at a cheaper rental rate than would have been likely if the College had renewed it lease on it’s old 52 Phillip Street Education centre.

Meet your new Board in Melbourne

You are invited to join RACP President Associate Professor Mark Lane and the RACP Board for an informal meeting at 5.30pm on Thursday, 4 October in Melbourne.

To be held at the AMREP Education Centre on the Ground Floor of the Alfred Hospital, the meeting is a chance for you to engage in conversation with your new board. Refreshments and networking take place from 5.30pm, the meeting begins at 6.15pm and closes at 7.15pm.

Spaces are limited, so it's important you RSVP by Monday, 24 September 2018.

RSVP by email now

Nominate a colleague to receive a prestigious award

Outstanding contributions and achievements of RACP Members are recognised each year with the awarding of various College medals and prizes.

Nominations close on Monday, 17 September for the following awards. 

Nominations are also being accepted for the Eric Susman Prize, a prize honouring a Fellow who has made significant contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine. Nominations close on Tuesday, 2 October 2018.

Visit the RACP Foundation College and Congress prizes web page for detailed information about each award and to download nomination forms.

Exam question writers needed

As we continue to work towards the goal of offering the Divisional Written Examinations more than once per year we need to increase the number of questions we have available.

If you are a Fellow who would like to learn to write exam questions, and have the opportunity to give something back to the profession and guide the education and development of the physicians of the future, email to express an interest.

Focus on Inequities in child health

Leading child health experts presented to parliamentary representatives, chief paediatricians and heads of key medical, public health and community bodies at an Inequities in Child Health Forum hosted by the RACP at Parliament House in Canberra on 15 August.

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Discussing disability internationally

RACP Fellows Doctors Tracey Symmons, Anne Drake, Kimberly Oman and Professor Robert Moulds took part in the Internal Medicine Organisation of the Pacific (iMOP) Annual Scientific Conference held in Suva, Fiji on Thursday, 23 and Friday, 24 August. 

Effectively tackling disability issues in resource deprived settings was the focus.  

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Help end alcohol advertising in sport

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is calling on health professionals to join the End Alcohol Advertising in Sport campaign.

An increase in alcohol advertising campaigns targeting children is expected around the start of the spring and summer sporting seasons. FARE is now intensifying efforts to stop children being exposed to alcohol advertising, as evidence shows exposure to alcohol advertising is associated with young people drinking more and from an earlier age.

You can get involved by sharing the campaign with others on social media by using the hashtag #EndAlcAdInSport.

Join the RACP and others in calling for an end to alcohol advertising in sport.

For more information on the RACP’s work on alcohol advertising, you can read the 2016 Alcohol Policy, its accompanying fact sheet, or the scorecard on alcohol promotion in sport.

Internal Medicine Journal September 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 about the suboptimal use of pharmacological venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in cirrhotic patients. 

Read the IMJ

Maintenance update

Due to scheduled maintenance, eLearning@RACP (including College Learning Series and the online Supervisor Professional Development workshop) will be unavailable from 8am to 5pm AEST on Wednesday, 12 September. We apologise for any inconvenience.

World Hospital Congress invite

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and Queensland Health invites hospital and health service leaders from around the world to Brisbane for the 42nd World Hospital Congress from 10 to 12 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Updates from the Medical Board of Australia 

"Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and talking about medical regulation, what it’s for and how it works," writes Dr Joanna Flynn AM, the now former chair  of the Medical Board of Australia.

"For me, it’s all about trust. Patients in Australia consistently report high levels of trust in their doctors, despite falling levels of trust in experts and institutions. They trust us to be competent, honest and reliable. As well, patients want us to care, to be compassionate and kind."

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