RACP Aotearoa NZ eBulletin March 2020

The Aotearoa New Zealand President's Post

Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua.
Those who lead give sight to those who follow, those who follow give life to those who lead.

As this is my last post as Aotearoa New Zealand President, I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the future. It has been a privilege to serve you. I am proud of what we have achieved together over the last two years. I encourage you to continue supporting the work of the College and, in particular, to support Dr George Laking who takes over as Aotearoa New Zealand President from May.

I would also like to thank our College staff in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington for the mahi (work) they do for us all. While the College is led by Fellows, it is only through the expertise and dedication of our staff that the College can, and will continue to, be such a remarkably effective body.

As you will be aware from The President’s Message, a significant event was held in December 2019 – a joint meeting of the Māori Health Committee (MHC), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health  Committee (ATSIHC), RACP Board and senior College staff on Gadigal country in Redfern. This highly symbolic Redfern meeting was held the day after the December Board meeting, at which it endorsed the Joint Statement of Principles on Justice and Equity, reaffirming that Indigenous health and education equity are core business of the College. The Board also decided to elevate the MHC and ATSIHC to report directly to the Board, rather than through the Aotearoa New Zealand and Policy and Advocacy Committees.

These fundamental governance changes are designed to strengthen our commitment to implementing the Indigenous Strategic Framework, which will now be overseen by the MHC and ATSIHC. In July, we are holding the inaugural combined MHC and Aotearoa New Zealand Committee planning hui to determine our priorities for over the next two years, and to strengthen our partnership.

While there is much work to ensure the College is culturally competent and a culturally safe place for First People members and staff, we are already well on this journey. In Aotearoa New Zealand in recent years, we have:

  • introduced clauses in all Aotearoa New Zealand committees’ terms of reference to acknowledge and commit to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and support initiatives to assist Fellows and trainees to develop cultural competence
  • held a hura pou me te whānau ki Matua Leo Buchanan (Taranaki, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Ruanui) – an unveiling of Tāne Mahuta, the pou rākau whakairo (carved wooden pole), with the whānau of the late Māori Health Committee Matua Dr Leo Buchanan
  • welcomed Veronica Thompson (Ngāti Kahungunu) as our Kaitohutohu Ahurea / Cultural Advisor to work with committees and staff to ensure mātauranga Māori and tikanga are incorporated across our diverse work streams and activities
  • made numerous submissions related to improving health equity for Māori; including to the Ministry of Health, Māori Affairs Select Committee, and Medical Council of New Zealand
  • held our fourth biennial Māori Health Hui and inaugural Noho Marae (overnight Marae stay) to strengthen our Māori caucus network, discuss how Te Ao Māori (Māori worldview) can underpin constitutional reform, and understand the current Aotearoa NZ health landscape from a Te Ao Māori perspective
  • woven tikanga Māori through Congress 2019 and Committee meetings in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Additionally, RACP Aotearoa New Zealand staff have participated in Te Tiriti, Health and Equity and Wānanga workshops; celebrated Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori; held ongoing sessions on tikanga and using te reo Māori; and held pōwhiri to welcome the new RACP CEO and other new Aotearoa New Zealand roles,

Further work will continue this year towards achieving the initiatives of the ISF, including, but by no means limited to:

  • strengthening the College’s partnership with our Māori members on projects
  • determining te reo Māori names for College groups and roles in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • developing a digital representation of Tāne Mahuta for use on College collateral and within our Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Office
  • significant work to embed principles of justice and equity into all areas of education and training within the College, including training curricula, Selection into Training processes, and Continuing Professional Development offerings.

We will also embed tikanga and te reo Māori in the Aotearoa New Zealand Convocation Ceremony  to be held in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington in July. This will be open to all Aotearoa New Zealand new Fellows who have not yet attended a Ceremony and will also mark the ceremonial handover of the Aotearoa New Zealand President role to Dr George Laking.

Ngaro atu he tētēkura, whakaeke mai he tētēkura.
When one chief disappears, another is ready to appear.

Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) 2020 workshops are now available for registration and provide an opportunity to improve your supervision skills to support our trainees through their training program.

A reminder also for trainees to register for the Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day 2020 in Queenstown on Saturday, 4 April. This event provides trainees with the opportunity to build relationships, with topics ranging from big picture issues, such as health equity, to professional skills-building and honest story-telling. I encourage supervisors to support trainee attendance.

Please remember that elections are opening soon for RACP board positions including Trainee Director and Member Director positions. Opportunities are also available to join Division, Faculty and Chapter Councils and Committees.

Despite wide messaging each election cycle, member voting is typically low. This is your opportunity as Aotearoa New Zealand members to have your say in the leadership and future direction of our College – please consider the candidate statements and most importantly – vote between Thursday, 5 March and Friday, 3 April.

Finally, congratulations to Dame Margaret Sparrow FAChSHM who was recently named the recipient winner of the Senior New Zealander of the Year award for 2020. Dame Margaret Sparrow has made extraordinary contributions to the field of sexual and reproductive health and has been a trailblazer in the campaign for legal abortions in New Zealand.

RACP Fellows Professor Jane Harding FRACP and Professor Bob Elliot FRACP were also nominated for the New Zealander of the Year and Senior New Zealander of the Year awards respectively.

Thank you, one and all, for your support during my term as Aotearoa New Zealand President. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you. The whakataukī shared in my December 2019 President’s Post is once again apt to acknowledge my gratitude.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takatini.
My strength is not that of an individual, but that of a collective.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Jeff Brown
RACP Aotearoa New Zealand President


Nominations now open

On 18 February 2020, the call for nominations for vacant regional, Divisions, Faculty and Chapter positions was announced. Nominations close Wednesday, 18 March. For full details, please visit the elections page.

You are encouraged to be involved in this process and take part in shaping our College’s future.

Nominate today


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You won't want to miss RACP Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees' Day

Kia ora nau mai ki Tāhuna

You’re invited to one of the highlights on the RACP calendar, Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day. Held on Saturday, 4 April at the Heritage Hotel in Queenstown, you won't want to miss this event. Whether you are a Basic or Advanced Trainee, paediatrics or adult medicine, the program is relevant for wherever you are in your trainee journey.


You will:

  • learn seven simple things you can do for the health of Māori people with Dr Danny De Lore
  • be challenged to re-think healthcare with Dr Art Nahill
  • discover how to balance a creative career alongside medicine at Dr Renee Liang’s how to have it all session
  • be inspired in your unique training journey at the road less travelled panel discussion
  • connect with the wider Aotearoa New Zealand trainee community
  • and more.

Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees’ Day is supported as a recognised skills day by New Zealand District Health Boards and attendance costs are reimbursable.

For more information email the RACP Aotearoa New Zealand team.

Register now


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Congress early bird rates extended until Tuesday, 17 March

There's still time to save

Register now to receive the discounted rate. It's a great opportunity to come together, catch up with colleagues and network with other members. 

Did you know you can earn one CPD credit for every hour that you attend Congress?

The theme for Congress this year is ‘balancing medical science with humanity’. With shared interest topics such as First Nations health and gender equity in medicine, along with dedicated streams for each Division and Faculty, there is something for all physicians and paediatricians. View the full program today.

Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, Des Gorman will be delivering the Cottrell Memorial Oration - Toward universal healthcare.

Universal healthcare coverage remains elusive, even in well-funded health systems. The New Zealand and Australian health systems are characterised by inequality rather than universalism. Ironically, this inequality contributes to system recidivism. The multi-factorial and inter-active basis of that recidivism needs to be identified if the inequality is to be addressed.

Professor Gorman will explore this topic and the pivotal role the College and its Fellows can play at RACP Congress.

Register now


Supervisor Workshops

The Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) is a high-quality training program for final year Advanced Trainees and Fellows who supervise trainees in RACP-accredited positions.

Supervisors must complete:

  • one SPDP workshop by the end of 2020
  • all remaining workshops by the end of 2022.

For 2020, almost 50 Supervisor Workshops have been scheduled in various locations across Aotearoa New Zealand. Register for an upcoming workshop. 

Location

Date

Workshop

Time

Auckland / Middlemore

Wednesday, 11 March

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Thursday, 12 March

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

 

Thursday, 12 March

SPDP 3

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Hamilton

Wednesday, 25 March

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

  Thursday, 26 March
SPDP 2
9.30am - 12.30pm
  Thursday, 26 March
SPDP 3
1.30pm - 4.30pm

Wellington

Tuesday, 5 May

SPDP 3

8.30am – 11.30am

Christchurch

Thursday, 7 May

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Friday, 8 May

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

 

Friday, 8 May

SPDP 3

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Nelson

Thursday, 21 May

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Friday, 22 May

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

 

Friday, 22 May

SPDP 3

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Auckland City Hospital

Thursday, 4 June

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Auckland / North Shore Hospital

Friday, 5 June

SPDP 2

9am – 12pm

 

Friday, 5 June

SPDP 3

1pm – 4pm

Wellington

Wednesday, 10 June

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

Lower Hutt
Friday, 12 June
SPDP 1
1.30pm - 4.30pm
Dunedin
Wednesday, 24 June
SPDP 2
1.30pm - 4.30pm
  Thursday, 25 June
SPDP 1
1.30pm  4.30pm
  Friday, 26 June
SPDP 3
1pm - 4pm
Wellington / Lower Hutt
Friday, 3 July
SPDP 3
9.30am - 12.30pm
Palmerston North
Wednesday, 29 July
SPDP 1
1.30pm - 4.30pm
  Thursday, 30 July
SPDP 2
9.30am - 12.30pm
  Thursday, 13 August
SPDP 3
TBC

Tauranga

Thursday, 18 August

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Friday, 19 August

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

 

Friday, 19 August

SPDP 3

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Hawke’s Bay

Wednesday, 26 August

SPDP 2

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Gisborne

Thursday, 27 August

SPDP 1

11.30am – 2.30pm

Hamilton

Thursday, 10 September

SPDP 3

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Auckland

Wednesday, 16 September

SPDP 1

9am – 12pm

 

Wednesday, 16 September

SPDP 2

1pm – 4pm

 

Thursday, 17 September

SPDP 3

9am – 12pm

Invercargill

Wednesday, 23 September

SPDP 2

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Thursday, 24 September

SPDP 3

9.30am – 12.30pm

Auckland City Hospital

Thursday, 1 October

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Friday, 2 October

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

 

Friday, 2 October

SPDP 3

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Christchurch

Thursday, 8 October

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Friday, 9 October

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

 

Friday, 9 October

SPDP 3

1.30am – 4.30pm

Wellington

Thursday, 15 October

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

Auckland
Friday, 16 October
SPDP 1 or 2
TBC

Wellington

Friday, 6 November

SPDP 1

9.30am – 12.30pm

Rotorua
Tuesday, 10 November
 TBC
TBC

New Plymouth

Thursday, 19 November

SPDP 1

1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Friday, 20 November

SPDP 2

9.30am – 12.30pm

 

Friday, 20 November

SPDP 3

1.30pm – 4.30pm



Aotearoa New Zealand Grants Advisory Committee

The Aotearoa New Zealand Grants Advisory Committee (NZGAC) is a skills-based committee responsible for determining the recipients of New Zealand-specific awards from the New Zealand Endowment Funds. The Funds, which are managed by the RACP Foundation, include member opt-out donations from Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and trainees, private donations, gifts and bequests.

Currently the Aotearoa NZGAC is calling for expressions of interest for new members due to the resignation in December 2019 of Professor Richard Robson and Professor Stephen Burmeister. Both have made valuable contributions to the committee having served for several years.

The committee comprises up to eight members and must include a representative from each of the Adult Medicine and Paediatric & Child Health Divisions, and a range of RACP Fellows to ensure a mixture of research, other skills and where possible health districts.

The Aotearoa NZGAC reports to the Aotearoa New Zealand Committee and the College Research Committee (CRC) whose role is to determine the strategic direction and priorities of research supported by the RACP.

Enquire now


Aotearoa New Zealand Educational Development Grant

Applications are opening soon for the 2020 Aotearoa New Zealand Educational Development Grant  worth up to NZ$10,000. This grant can support further educational training or develop educational initiatives in an applicant's field of medical study.

Other educational development grants available include:

  • Eric Burnard Fellowship
  • Richard Kemp Memorial Fellowship
  • RACP AFOEM Educational Development Grant
  • RACP AFRM Educational Development Grant.

Submit your applications online before Monday, 23 March. Information about this grant including eligibility criteria and the link to the online application form is available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

Learn more


Join our Policy & Advocacy Committee

Medicinal cannabis, Well Child Tamariki Ora Program, Māori Health Action Plan refresh, housing and urban development, folic acid, climate change. These are just some of the areas the RACP made submissions on in 2019.

Are you interested in how legislation and policy shape the health sector? Do you spend your time reading up on the big issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand? Put your ideas and expertise to use and join the RACP’s Aotearoa New Zealand Policy and Advocacy Committee (Aotearoa New Zealand PAC).

Aotearoa New Zealand PAC operates differently to other RACP committees:

  • The business of the committee is mainly conducted via email:
    • Responding to consultation documents
    • Reviewing drafts researched and developed by the RACP’s New Zealand Policy and Advocacy Unit
  • It meets bi-monthly via Zoom (one hour) to discuss active submissions
  • It has one face-to-face meeting annually – in 2020, the Aotearoa New Zealand PAC will use this meeting to develop the RACP’s Statement for the 2020 New Zealand General Election

The Aotearoa New Zealand PAC is seeking new members from across the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. Trainees and Fellows are encouraged to complete an EOI form. If you have questions about the role, please contact Harriet Wild, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at policy@racp.org.nz.


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The Tri-Nation Alliance International Medical Symposium – Program released

Register for the Tri-Nation Alliance International Medical Symposium (IMS), on 'Providing care to underserved populations'The symposium will be held on Friday, 20 March 2020 at the Amora Hotel in Sydney.

The program has just been released, so check it out today.

This annual event is hosted by the Tri-Nation Alliance with member colleges from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. It provides a great opportunity for delegates to share the latest insights in higher medical education. You will gain global perspectives and insights into underserved populations in Australia, New Zealand and Canada due to isolation, geographical location or other social determinants. The program will explore how best to train, prepare and retain medical specialists to care for these communities and how innovative technologies can enhance their access to healthcare.

Register today to hear about:

  • Urban underserved populations in Canada and New Zealand.
  • Building a workforce for underserved populations in Australia.
  • Education and training to support access to care.
  • Meeting the challenges of practice for rural and underserved populations.

Register today

The member colleges of the Tri-Nation Alliance are the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.


Recent policy submissions

The RACP has made recent submissions on the following:

Organisation

Topic

Finance and Expenditure Select Committee

Budget Policy Statement 2020

Health Select Committee

Crimes (Female Genital Mutilation) Amendment Bill

Ministry of Health

Proposed changes to Paracetamol warning and advisory statements

New Zealand Medical Association

Updated Code of Ethics for the medical profession


New CPD course sees record-breaking enrolments

Over 2,000 members have enrolled in the new online course CPD: Applying the New Framework since it was launched in December. This course has been designed to help you familiarise yourself with the 2019-2020 MyCPD framework and highlight the RACP CPD resources available to assist you in meeting your CPD requirements including a helpful audit template.

The MyCPD interactive handbook, which was launched alongside the course, has already seen over 2800 enrolments. The interactive handbook provides everything you require to successfully complete your CPD, including information about requirements, resources, tools and helpful guides.

See why the course and handbook are so popular today.

Enrol now


Join your College’s Gender Equity in Medicine Working Group

coloured-ppl-iconsGettyImages-478918684_resizeWe are calling upon members to submit expressions of interest to join our new Gender Equity in Medicine Working Group (GEMWG). The GEMWG is being established to develop an understanding of the gender equity issues and barriers experienced by Fellows and trainees and examine what our College can do to better support gender equity in medicine.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in an important College initiative and we encourage you to apply today.

Apply now


Research opportunities at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

Ever wanted to try your hand at research?  Want more flexible hours and a change from constant clinical work?  The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland has clinically relevant opportunities for health professionals interested in undertaking Masters or Doctoral study in perinatal and child health.

Interventions early in life, including before birth, are now recognised as the most effective way of improving life-long health. Whilst randomised trials are the gold standard for evaluating new interventions, long-term follow-up is often required to maximise the potential benefits of such trials.

For more information about the projects available and how to apply, please click on the links below, or contact Professor Jane Harding at j.harding@auckland.ac.nz.


COVID-19 rapid research response: Funding opportunities

The Health Research Council of New Zealand and Ministry of Health announced a new funding initiative to address the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as future infectious disease threats. Up to $3 million in funding is available for a range of research proposals from all fields of health and social science. This rapid research response aims to enhance New Zealand's readiness for disease outbreak and enable researchers to contribute to global efforts. 

Funding overview

The initiative includes two separate funding opportunities:

1. 2020 COVID-19 NZ rapid response request for proposals (MoH-HRC partnership program)

Jointly-funded by the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council, this RFP seeks immediate responses to the current disease threat of COVID-19. The RFP will provide up to $1 million (excluding GST) to fund multiple projects.

Researchers will be expected to deliver timely and actionable evidence in the short-term (within three to six months) to inform the Ministry and/or other agencies involved in the all-of-government COVID-19 response. The scope of the RFP will identify some research areas of interest to Government, however proposals will not be restricted to these areas. Proposals will be welcomed across all fields of health and social science.

2. 2020 COVID-19 and Emerging Infectious Disease Threats Funding Call (Researcher-initiated Proposals)

This call, funded solely by the HRC, is for research that strengthens New Zealand's response to emerging infectious disease threats across a broad scope. Research could include, but is not limited to, the current disease threat. Up to $2 million (excluding GST) will be available to fund multiple projects of different values and durations (up to 24 months).

For more details please contact the Health Research Council of New Zealand.


Choosing Wisely national forum

Registration for the Choosing Wisely 2020 forum is open. The forum, has a focus on equity, sustainability and shared decision-making, and is being held in Wellington on Friday, 1 May 2020.

The Choosing Wisely campaign (www.choosingwisely.org.nz) encourages health professionals to talk with patients about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures; and patients to discuss with their health professional whether they really need a particular intervention.

The forum provides an opportunity for health professionals to learn more about how to develop and extend their Choosing Wisely work, and to hear from consumers. There will be a strong focus on equity and the need for choosing wisely to also mean choosing equitably.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Kaveh Shojania (by video link) Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety talking on Choosing Wisely and sustainability of health care
  • Melissa Fox, Chief Executive of Health Consumers Queensland and consumer representative of Choosing Wisely Australia. She will be talking on Choosing Wisely and engaging with consumers
  • Professor David Tipene-Leach, Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research at EIT and chair of Te ORA, talking about understanding unconscious bias
  • Anna Adcock, researcher, talking about the research she has been conducting on shared decision making for Māori.

Registrations are open for the forum, with early bird rates available until Wednesday, 1 April.


Your one-stop-shop to professional online resources

Curated Collections are learning guides based on the contributions and peer review of RACP Fellows and other industry experts. Each guide presents key readings, online courses, webcasts and other tools for physicians’ continuing professional development.

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Starting out in private practice - Pomegranate Podcast

Pomegranate - starting in private pracThis podcast is about one of many pathways in medicine; private practice. It’s a pathway that presents many opportunities, but also personal and financial challenges. When doctors are starting out in private practice they typically do so within the safety net of an established practice, and perhaps only for part of the working week. In a simple model, they would be renting a room in exchange for an agreed portion of the consultation fees, to cover administration costs.

The next level of complexity is setting up shop for oneself, and this requires registering a company in order to employ other staff. Finally, one can partner in a group practice, which may bring efficiencies of scale, but potentially also personality clashes with other shareholders.

And behind all of this, there is the need to build awareness and trust in the community.  In this podcast we hear from the experience of a private rheumatologist of 25 years, as well as accounting and financial planning.

RACP Fellows can claim CPD credits via MyCPD for listening to this episode of Pomegranate Podcast. 

Do you want to be kept up-to-date with the latest podcasts? Subscribe to Pomegranate Health in Apple iTunes, Spotify or any Android podcasting app.

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Get involved

We are currently accepting applications to the podcast editorial group for 2020. Participation is by email and earns CPD credits for the development of an educational resource. Non-members of the RACP will also be considered. 

Learn more


MakingItTheNorm

#MakingItTheNorm report cards

In December 2019, RACP launched three report cards assessing progress on healthy housing, good work and whānau wellbeing – is the government doing enough to make these the norm for all New Zealanders?

Our report cards check in with our case study whānau: what have been their successes and challenges? How have the health and wellbeing policies of the government impacted their everyday lives?

Download our report cards and follow our hashtag #MakingItTheNorm on Twitter.


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