New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory — November 2018

A message from the NSW/ACT State Committee Chair

This e-Bulletin marks the beginning of the new term of office for the NSW/ACT Regional Committee. IDr Adrian Lee thank the previous Committee for their contribution and effort in promoting the wellbeing and interest of trainees and Fellows across NSW and ACT. 

I thank Professor Stephen Clarke who has led the committee with distinction over the past four years.  He raised the profile of this committee, provided a voice for its members to reflect opinions to the College and strengthened new relationships with key external operators involved with the NSW/ACT health sector. 

The Committee is currently developing a two-year work plan and is actively asking members to put forward their ideas and submissions. Whether you are a trainee or an experienced Fellow, working in the city or in the rural areas, in a hospital or in the private sector –  your experience and ongoing engagement is very important to us. The Committee wants to hear from you so we can convey these issues to the Board and College Council.  Physician wellbeing, education and training, advocacy and policy development will remain our top priorities. 

The Committee is hosting a range of networking and educational events in the coming months and we strongly encourage all members to attend. 

The annual Trainee Research Awards evening celebrates the exceptional research achievements of our trainees. The calibre of their research continues to grow from year to year. 

There will be a couple of open events allowing members to engage and network including the New Fellows Forum and the Regional Committee Networking event.  In addition, educational events on physicians’ burnout, leadership in medicine, end of life care and legal issues and alcohol in pregnancy will be conducted in 2019.  Some of these events will be held in Canberra to ensure there is a balance to assist members in the ACT and southern NSW, who will receive convenient opportunities to attend.  I encourage members to put forward additional topics and speakers.

Please write to us and let us know the issues you wish the Committee to address. 

Dr Adrian Lee BSc (Med), MBBS, FRACP, AM
Chair, NSW/ACT Regional Committee


NSW Trainees' Committee Co-Chairs message

The NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee has continued to advocate for and represent RACP trainees based in NSW and the ACT over the last three months. We have organised some successful events, including the Private Practice Forum, and the Basic Training Exams and Wellbeing Forum. 

Our current focus has been providing feedback on the proposed changes to the Basic Training Curriculum and liaising with trainees to obtain feedback and better represent their concerns surrounding exams, training requirements and restrictions or challenges faced by trainees in various sub-specialty areas.

We hope to improve the visibility of the Trainees Committee among trainees so we become a welcome and recognised body of support to all RACP members. We are working to expand our social media profiles and encourage networking events between the NSW/ACT Regional Committee and the Trainees’ Committee to help personalise the feedback loop and provide a more accessible link between trainees and their RACP representatives.

The NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee is keen to represent all trainees and welcomes feedback, comments and queries via email – 
Dr Aimee Wiseman
Dr Aimee Wiseman 

Paediatric Medicine
Co-Chair – NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee

Dr Kiri Langford
Dr Kiri Langford

Adult Medicine
Co-Chair – NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee

Paediatrician named ACT Senior Australian of the Year

Dr Suzanne Packer AM has been recognised for her decades of work tirelessly advocating for the rights of children. Other achievements that saw Dr Packer be named ACT Senior Australian of the Year include:

  • playing a leading role in child abuse prevention through the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • championing the importance of early childhood environments for the developing brain
  • being a driving force behind the acknowledgement of the importance of creating child-friendly spaces in hospitals and the value of play in recovery.
The RACP congratulates Dr Packer on this extraordinary achievement and well deserved recognition of her outstanding commitment to paediatrics and child health.

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Congratulations and thanks to trainees

Every year trainees submit abstracts for the RACP Trainee Research Awards. Five of those abstracts made it through to the NSW/ACT regional competition to present their research in a field of medicine they are passionate about.

Thanks to all trainees who submitted abstracts: Doctors Aaron Tan, Jeffrey Ha, Jenny Liu, Karen Waller, Yanna Ko, Allan Hsu, Christina Teng, Daniel Wong, Patricia Alphonse, Priya Weerasinghe, Winston Oo and Catherine Brown.

The regional competition held at the RACP Sydney office on Thursday, 25 October was a spirited and informative competition for the trainees. Congratulations to Karen Waller who was the winner in the field of Adult Medicine. Dr Waller’s abstract was on a systematic review and meta-analysis of the residual risk of blood borne virus infection when Australian organ donor referrals test negative. No winner in the field of paediatrics and child health was chosen.

Karen will fly to Auckland to present her research at  RACP Congress 2019 to an audience of hundreds of Fellows and trainees from both New Zealand and Australia.  Good Luck Karen.


Dr Megan Phelps (Judge), Dr Priya Weerasinghe, Dr Winston Oo, Dr Louise Crowle (Judge), Dr Sandra Mcburnie(Judge), Dr Jia (Jenny) Liu and Dr Karen Waller (Winner). Dr Jeffrey Ha is not pictured and was present via video link.

Exam and wellbeing support offered

A diverse group of Advanced Trainees shared their first-hand experiences and provided practical tips and tricks to manage exam stress at an exam and wellbeing event in Sydney recently.

The NSW/ACT Trainees' Committee hosted the event, which gave trainees the chance to network with their peers, discuss and share personal experiences and obtain practical tools and resources in preparation for their RACP examinations.

The Committee intends to host this event twice in 2019, to further support Basic Trainees during their examination time.

Watch the obesity topical talk

Thank you to everyone who attended the recent obesity event. The talk was a success and excellent feedback was received.

If you missed the talk you can watch the presentations on YouTube at a time that is convenient for you.

Spotlight on private practice

Establishing a private practice was the focus of a forum attended by 48 members in Sydney in September. 

Dr Kathryn Forwood, a haematology trainee, accessed the forum with other trainees via video link from a hospital in Canberra. She says she wanted to learn more about the possibilities of private practice work.

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Dr Rihan Shahab and Dr Hayley Byun at the RACP Private Practice forum in Sydney in September 2018

 Dr Rihan Shahab and Dr Hayley Byun are pictured above at the Private Practice forum.

Engaging forum in the ACT

ACT trainees and Fellows are invited to join us for a very special event at the Hellenic Club in Woden on Friday, 16 November.

On the agenda are canapes, networking opportunities and stimulating talks facilitated by our NSW/ACT Regional Committee member Dr Catherine Kelaher. 

Guest speakers include Dr Warren Harrex on the Health Benefits of Good Work and Dr Nalini Pati on mindfulness and movement. Dr Kelaher will talk about the history and management of Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Australia.

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New Fellows' Forum invite

Are you on the home-stretch to receiving your Fellowship? Or have you recently been admitted to Fellowship and would like some strategies to manage work as a new consultant?

The NSW/ACT Regional Committee has put together a thought-provoking program for the New Fellows' Forum happening tomorrow, Saturday, 10 November, in Sydney.

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