New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory - August 2022
Introducing Dr Sayontonee Ghosh as the NSW/ACT Regional Committee Chair
We are pleased to introduce Dr Sayontonee Ghosh as the new Chair of the NSW/ACT Regional Committee.
Dr Sayontonee Ghosh
I am a respiratory physician based in Sydney and completing a PhD in tuberculosis with the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. I have a passion for respiratory infectious diseases and the potential for public health interventions.
The most rewarding aspect of my work is the clinical relationship I have with my patients and being able to advocate for them. There is such potential to have a variety of interests and goals within physician careers and currently, for me, this is clinical work and research. This year, I was lucky enough to spend time working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders in English) in Kenya working in tuberculosis and COVID-19 care. While this was challenging due to limited resources and geographical isolation, it was also incredibly fulfilling.
I am passionate about medical education, and the need for trainees to be heard and to have a say in shaping the future of the RACP. I have been a member of the NSW/ACT Regional Committee as the Adult Medicine Representative since 2019, acting as a judge for the Trainee Research Awards and as the College Policy and Advocacy Council Representative. I strongly believe in the need and ongoing potential for our Regional Committee to advocate for its diverse membership and to support our communities.
Outside of work, I have a great love of visiting new places and experiencing new cultures. One of the best pieces of career advice I received was from my geriatric consultant when I was a Basic Trainee was that the FRACP is a ticket; you get to decide where it takes you and what you do with it.
If you have anything you would like the Committee to raise, please do not hesitate to contact us RACPNSW@racp.edu.au.
Introducing NSW/ACT Regional Committee Members
We are delighted to welcome our new members to the NSW/ACT Regional Committee. We have recently held our first Committee meeting of the term where we discussed the direction of the newly formed Committee.
Welcome to our new members:
- Dr Alice Grey
- Dr Robert Tait
- Dr Leena Gupta
- Dr Arnagretta Hunter
- Our continuing members are:
- Dr Sayontonee Ghosh
- Dr Milita Zaheed
- Dr Alessandro Fois
- Dr Khalil Soniwala
- Dr Yasmin Khan
- Dr Rachel Debono and Dr Vanessa Wong continue as your NSW/ACT trainee representatives.
We have one position open for a PCHD representative to join our Committee. See the Expressions of Interest for further information.
A message from your Trainees Committee
As we proceed through the latter half of 2022, we hope that all new trainees have now settled into their new roles, and those who are approaching the end of their training are looking forward to the new opportunities and experiences that await.
Over the last six months, the NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee has been very active in continuing to advocate and support trainees across NSW/ACT.
Some of the highlights so far include our two events: an online Basic Trainees event held at the beginning of the year, and more recently, an Advanced Trainee event held in Newcastle for our colleagues at John Hunter Hospital. The latter marked our first face-to-face event for NSW/ACT since COVID-19 began. Both events were extremely well received, and we look forward to hosting more events in the future.
Planning is currently underway for the next hybrid virtual/face-to-face event (in Sydney) for trainees at the end of September. Our event will focus on work/life balance, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible — especially given the difficulties in doing so over the past few years. Please keep an eye out on your emails and the College website for the event registration once this goes live.
The Trainees’ Committee is continuing to work towards ensuring you have accessibility to support. We are in the process of liaising with the College to establish a dedicated NSW/ACT Trainees' Community in the ROC. This community will provide a space for trainees to communicate with each other and to liaise about future part-time job-sharing opportunities and to discuss any issues that are of particular importance to trainees.
The NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee continues to prioritise trainee engagement and advocacy, in addition to working towards future education events and networking opportunities for trainees.
As always, please reach out to us at NSWACT.Trainees@racp.edu.au with your feedback, suggestions, and issues.
Dr Rachel Debono & Dr Vanessa Wong
Co-Chairs of the NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee
General Paediatrics Advanced Training Project Information Session in Newcastle
The NSW/ACT Regional Team held a General Paediatrics Advanced Training Project information session in Newcastle on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. This session was face-to-face, and the first event of this kind to be held since pre-COVID-19. It provided a wonderful opportunity for networking between Advanced Trainees, Supervisors and College staff.
The event was well received, and provided Supervisors with greater awareness of available resources to support them in demystifying the Advanced Trainee process.
The NSW/ACT Regional Team would like to thank the following speakers and panel members for making this event such a success:
- Dr Kypros Kyprianou
- Dr Rani Bhatia
- Dr Li-Zsa Tan
- Dr Scott Nightingale
- Dr Joerg Mattes
- Dr Julie Adamson
The NSW/ACT Regional Team looks forward to running further face-to-face events in the remainder of the year across NSW and ACT.
Rhiannon Moran, Kerrin Worthy and Genevieve Prescott
The RACP Trainee Research Awards 2022 are closing soon
Trainees and first year Fellows, this is your chance to be recognised for your research.
Would you like to have your research published in the Internal Medicine Journal or the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health? And to present alongside recognised researchers at RACP Congress 2023? This is your chance.
The RACP Trainee Research Awards are open and accepting submissions. Winners will be selected from each Australian state/territory and from Aotearoa New Zealand, and will be invited to present at next year’s Congress. Winners will also receive complimentary registration and travel to Congress, have their abstracts published in the Congress supplement of the journals, and present at a local awards event.
Trainees and new Fellows undertaking post-Fellowship training with the RACP are encouraged to apply.
For information about the awards and how to apply, visit the RACP Trainee Research Awards webpage. Submit your application by Wednesday, 31 August 2022, 5pm AEST.
Online learning and resources – included in your RACP membership
Access an extensive collection of online learning resources designed to support your professional development and lifelong learning needs via the RACP Online Learning platform.
A selection of our newest resources include the advocacy for physicians online course, genomics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, the digital health CPD primer, the cultural safety curated collection, and the medical standards for driving curated collection.
Fellows, don’t forget to claim CPD credits for time spent on RACP Online Learning.
You can also listen to our College podcast — Pomegranate Health — an award winning podcast about the culture of medicine.
Join the conversation on the ROC
Don’t forget to log in to the ROC and join the conversation. The RACP Online Community (ROC) is a secure online forum where RACP Fellows and trainees can post topics and questions and start discussions with other members.
The ROC has a range of easy-to-use features to help you find and connect with your colleagues including:
- Member Directory – allows you to search by name, location, Division, Faculty, Chapter, and/or specialty. It is the perfect way to chat directly with other members and expand your network of contacts across the membership.
- Special Interest Directory – is a searchable database of members' special interests, their speaker presentations, published papers, and books. Simply fill in your special interest profile and explore the directory today.
- Mentor Match – is an innovative tool that allows you to connect with other members, based on your mentoring preferences and professional goals. Register as a mentor or mentee and kickstart your mentoring relationship.
If you are new to the ROC, please take a moment to review our ROCTips. Our ROCTips are designed to help you navigate the ROC and answer any questions you may have. For more information regarding the ROC, please email Member Services.
Health and wellbeing
How are you?
Studies show that doctors are more hesitant to access support services than non-medical professional due to a fear of appearing weak or incompetent. Did you know the College has a wealth of free resources to support member wellbeing?
A host of support options for you and your colleagues are available on this webpage. You also have the option of numerous support services offering around-the-clock confidential phone support, strategies for self-care, eLearning resources and podcasts. Additionally, College members have shared their personal mental health journeys with the aim of providing support and reducing the stigma.
Help is available to you in many different ways. Please visit this webpage to see the range of supports available to you. You are never alone.
More news and events
News and updates from the College
Upcoming conferences, events and training
- ANZAN webinar: Interventional neurology — 24 August, 6pm AEST
- ADIPS webinar: Dietary management of GDM: The carbohydrate conundrum — 24 August, 6pm AEST
- ANZBMS webinar: Bone health in children — 29 August, 6pm AEST
- ARA webinar: Living guidelines on the perioperative use of DMARDs in people with inflammatory conditions — 30 August, 7pm AEST
- ANZSPM webinar: Palliative care development: Adult and paediatric global perspectives and the importance of advocacy — 5 September, 6pm AEST
- SA Physician’s Roundtable: Planning together for the next pandemic — 13 September, 6.30pm ACST
- Public Health Congress 2022 — 20 to 23 September, 9.30am to 4pm AEST
- Financial wellbeing webinar: Boost your financial health — 24 September, 9am to 12pm AEST
- Specialists Together | NT Education Sessions 2022: Climate change and sustainability of the NT workforce — 8 October, 9am to 12pm ACST
- Financial wellbeing webinar: Succession and wealth legacy (keeping your money in the family) — 20 October, 7pm AEST
- Specialists Together | NT Education Sessions 2022: Cross-culture communications & nephrology in remote settings — 29 October, 9am to 12pm ACST
- Financial wellbeing webinar: Reducing financial stress as a new or established staff specialist — in person on 5 November, 9am to 12pm
- Specialists Together | NT Education Sessions 2022: NT sepsis protocol — 26 November, 9am to 12pm ACST
Save the date
- New Fellows Forum — 13 October, 7pm to 8.30 pm AEDT
- The RACP Health Reform Summit — 19 October, 9.30am to 4pm AEDT
- Tasmanian Annual Physicians Conference and Tasmanian Trainee Research Awards — in person on 11 November