Queensland - August 2022

A message from your Queensland Regional Chair

Prof Brian WoodIt is a great pleasure and privilege to write my first bulletin as Chair of the Queensland Regional Committee. I would like to acknowledge the fantastic work done by my predecessor, Professor Nick Buckmaster, and our outgoing Committee Members who all worked tirelessly to represent the needs of physicians and Queenslanders at the College. Nick has not gone away — he will be representing Queensland at the College Council for the next year.

We are also very lucky to have exceptionally talented and hardworking College staff in the Queensland Regional Office, who are very happy to help members with any queries.

I am delighted to inherit some experienced and new Committee Members from a variety of disciplines, all of whom show passion to improve things across our complex interconnected networks. I am particularly pleased that we have good Divisional representation, along with our Faculties and Chapters.

I am a part-time general physician and geriatrician at Redland Hospital and in the Metro South Movement Disorders Service. I have worked in Queensland since 2017, having emigrated from the UK with my family. In the UK I was Director of Training of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and a Director of Specialty Training for Health Education England. I have a longstanding interest in the provision and quality management of high-quality training.

I am also an accreditor for the College, and President-elect of the Adult Medicine Division. Although the College is not just about trainees and training, I believe that the development of the next generation of physicians is one of the most important things we do.

This message will have been published just before our next Committee meeting, at which our President Dr Jacki Small will be attending. I hope to update you on the ROC.

We are all in the middle of an unsurprisingly exceptionally busy winter with ongoing pressure across all health services. During this we all need to ensure we look after our patients, our colleagues, our trainees, and ourselves as I am sure this will continue for a while. As a Committee our “virtual” door is always open if any of you want to contact us via racpqld@racp.edu.au.

Professor Brian Wood FRACP
Queensland Regional Committee Chair

Queensland Trainees’ Committee Co-Chairs message

Dr Hash Abdeen and Dr Pallavi ThiteIt continues to be a challenging time for all healthcare professionals, with significant staff shortages and bed pressures – particularly in our public hospital system. We appreciate that this impacts education and examinations, and we would like to congratulate all of those who have so far sat their Divisional Clinical Examinations this year, and thank them for being accommodating of shifting requirements. As a Trainees’ Committee we have continued to advocate for fair and transparent processes with regards to any impacts on examinations and assessments, and to ensure adequate contingencies are put in place. We acknowledge that this is a stressful time for candidates, examiners and local examination organisers, and we are here to support you.

Other recent updates include our Queensland Trainees’ Committee’s input into the College and its continuing process to update curricula for training, with the new Basic Training Program rollout now in its second year at 11 early adopter sites, and the Advanced Training curricula renewal now in progress. There is ongoing work to support trainee education, including the expansion of the College Learning Series (CLS), with the first full PCHD lecture series in 2021.

We are dedicated to contributing to the review of the College’s flexible training policy in light of the Gender Equity in Medicine report. We appreciate that there is room for improvement to ensure our trainees are well supported, trained and educated in a way that does not limit other aspects of their life.

Finally, our Committee would like to thank Dr Jenna Nunn for her contribution to the Queensland Trainees’ Committee, and welcome new member Dr Kriscara Singh.

If you have any feedback, please contact us via RACPQLD@racp.edu.au.

Dr Hash Abdeen (AMD) and Dr Pallavi Thite (PCHD)
Queensland Trainees’ Committee Co-Chairs

Introducing the New Members of the Queensland Regional Committee

Dr Teresa Boyle is a rehabilitation medicine physician with additional diplomas in both geriatric medicine and occupational medicine.

Dr Teresa BoyleI currently work at the Gold Coast University Hospital and am Chair of the Queensland branch of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM). I have had an instrumental role in the development and implementation of a novel model of care for the delivery of acute rehabilitation - the Rehabilitation Response Team. This team has grown and evolved into a highly effective service which is now being replicated across other health facilities throughout Queensland. 

As a representative on the RACP Queensland Regional Committee, I will endeavour to advance the rehabilitation interests of local members, and to provide insights into their current needs. I will assist in advocating for, and leading the development of, Queensland-based policy priorities, and aim to facilitate effective connections between relevant groups in government, the College, its Fellows and trainees. I hope to enable positive interactions and liaison points with health-related organisations and regulators that will support initiatives to maintain or improve standards of practice – and particularly those that will improve outcomes for local communities.

Dr Dayna Law is a respiratory and sleep physician, and Director of Physician Education at Logan Hospital.

Dr Dayna Law.docxI am excited to join the Queensland Regional Committee as a newly elected member. I am a respiratory and sleep physician, and Director of Physician Education of Logan Hospital. I completed my training at various sites across south-east Queensland in both the public and private sector. In my current roles I am seen as a trainee advocate as I am committed to improving doctor wellbeing. I have established the Physician Training and Wellbeing Unit within my facility, and I have completed a Fellowship in healthcare improvement. I am passionate about model-of-care redesign and regard myself as a systems thinker.

I am looking forward to bringing my unique skillset to the Committee so that I can continue to be an advocate for our trainees and our Fellows as we move through changing and challenging times in the healthcare sector. 

Dr Siddharth Sharma is a nephrology and general medicine physician, Coastal Network Rotation Coordinator, and Director of Physician Education at Gold Coast University Hospital.

Dr Sid Sharma PhotoI am honoured to have been appointed as a member of the Queensland Regional Committee. I am a Senior Staff Specialist in nephrology and general medicine at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Since becoming a Fellow, I have been committed to supporting physician training in Queensland. I have worked within the Queensland Physician Training Network for the last eight years, and I feel proud of the changes and improvements that have occurred.

I am extremely excited about the RACP’s Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2026. I feel strongly that as climate change will dictate significant changes to our health and provision of healthcare in the very near future, we must be more aware, more responsible, more sustainable and more efficient in managing these changes.

A diverse and equitable workforce providing quality, equitable healthcare is a value I feel very strongly about. Supporting training programs regionally and in the Pacific communities is one of my priorities. Our focus is on Queensland, however, as Queenslanders we should reach out internationally to learn from and support health provisions within the region. As your representative, I will advocate and advance the interests of all our local members.

Dr Mark Stickley is a public health physician.

Dr Mark Stickley headshot Jul22I am a public health physician, and I joined the Metro South Public Health Unit in 2021. Prior to that, I worked with the Metro South Clinical Tuberculosis Service. I attained my Fellowship in public health medicine in 2016 after training in Brisbane, Canberra, and Port Hedland.

As our health system transitions to a “new normal” following the acute COVID-19 response, I see challenges and opportunities that will need to be addressed at a state and federal level. I will continue to advocate for preventative health alongside acute care. I am conscious of the need to ensure that adoption of new technologies does not jeopardise equitable access to our health system.


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.

Apply now

Online learning and resources – included in your RACP membership

online learningAccess 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 coursegenomics 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.

Upcoming Events

William Buck / RACP Seminar: Boost your Financial Health

Date: 24 September 2022, 9am to 12pm (AEST)
Location: Online
Host: RACP

This seminar is aimed at doctors looking to build their knowledge surrounding their financials, wealth creation and setting themselves up for the future. The learning outcome is to provide doctors with an overview of tips and actions for a healthy financial situation.

This session will cover:

  • Structuring, Trusts & Funds
  • Other accounting considerations
  • The Importance of a Wealth Strategy Plan
  • Budgeting
  • Investing and passive income
  • End Game - What we’re working towards
  • Asset Protection – Protecting yourself, your family and your wealth
  • Asset Protection – Protecting yourself and your business

Register here


William Buck / RACP Seminar: Succession and Wealth Legacy (keeping your money in the family)

Date: 20 October 2022, 7pm to 8.30pm (AEST)
Location: Online

This seminar is an information session for doctors looking to review their financial position and structuring, ensuring that adequate consideration has been given to protecting their wealth - both from the perspective of potential claims and that any legacy they provide their children is protected too.

The learning outcome is to provide specialists with an overview of the legal and financial planning aspects of wealth protection, in addition to the role insurance and structuring plays within asset protection.

This session with cover:

  • Common structures used for investing
  • Some often-over-looked accounting issues
  • Overall wealth structure
  • Setting up children with investments and passing on assets
  • Family planning
  • Legal considerations
  • How to select the most appropriate professional indemnity and business insurance
  • What to be aware of in insurance policies
  • Why use a broker for professional indemnity and general insurance

Register here


William Buck / RACP Seminar: Reducing financial stress as a new or established staff specialist

Date: 5 November 2022, 9am to 12.30pm (AEST)
Location: William Buck Brisbane Office, 22/307 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Host: RACP

This seminar is an information session for doctors looking to reduce their financial stress. We will be looking at tax deductions available to doctors, setting up adequate medical indemnity and other insurances, asset protection, the importance of agreements of service and other contracts, structuring bank accounts, investment loans and superannuation strategies.

The learning outcome is to provide specialists with an overview of structures and strategies to assist in reducing financial stress and protecting them financially.

This session will cover:

  • Investment structuring and considerations for tax minimisation
  • Developing a wealth structure, and which structure to hold investments and why
  • Structuring of bank accounts and investment loans
  • Structuring of personal insurances   
  • Superannuation strategies
  • Updating wills and estate planning
  • Structuring for asset protection including divorce
  • Understanding the importance of agreement service and other contracts
  • Setting up medical indemnity and other insurances to protect you

To register, express your interest in this event via email to RACPQLD@racp.edu.au.


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North Queensland Physician Conference

Date:  Saturday, 19 November 2022, 8am to 4pm
Location: Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach

Come and join us in the tropical paradise of Airlie beach. Enjoy the sun, sea, sand, and… some medicine.

This conference will focus on the burden of disease seen all over Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with a focus on tropical issues including infectious disease, non-communicable diseases, and disaster and pandemic learnings. This event provides the opportunity for those in non-tropical areas to learn of issues that — due to climate change — are moving south.

A diverse group of speakers from all specialties will be involved in this exciting forum, including Advanced Trainee presentations and specialists giving us their single pearl of wisdom from their specialty for the year. Attend for the chance to learn, chat to your colleagues, old friends, and the chance to make new ones.

Register here

Join the conversation on the ROC

ROCDon’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?

Mental health copy 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.

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More news and events

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Upcoming conferences, events and training

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

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