Queensland — August 2018

A message from the Queensland State Committee Chair

This bulletin marks the end of term for the current Queensland State Committee. I’d like to thank Dr Carol Douglas, Dr Patricia Lee-Apostol and Dr Alex Bordujenko who have stepped down.  I would also like to acknowledge the contribution from the committee's Ex-Officio members, Dr Catherine Yelland, Associate Professor Charles Steadman, Professor Paul Colditz and Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster. 

The Committee recently hosted our revamped Annual New Fellows' Forum and Scientific Meeting. This was the second year the event was held and it has been very well received. Registrations more than doubled on last year’s event and feedback has been very positive. The program included communication skills and techniques for dealing with patients and peers, capacity and substitute decision making, building personal resilience and identifying what works for you.  
Associate Professor Peter Davoren and Dr Yong Wee

Above: Associate Professor Peter Davoren, co-facilitator of the morning SPDP workshop and Chair of the Queensland Regional Committee, was MC for the Forum. He is pictured here with Dr Yong Wee. 
Dr Jowita Koziowska and Dr Chaw Aye enjoying the networking lunch.

Above: Dr Jowita Koziowska and Dr Chaw Aye enjoying the networking lunch.

Sponsorship partners provided useful information to attendees including presentations from MIPS on medico legal issues that doctors may encounter and William Buck discussing how to structure finances as a medical consultant. 

A Supervisor Professional Development Program Workshop preceded the forum and was at capacity with a waitlist.
Associate Professor Nitin Kapur at an RACP Supervisor Professional Development workshop in Brisbane

Above: Associate Professor Nitin Kapur, Queensland State Committee member, co-facilitating the SPDP Workshop 3.

Associate Professor Michael Gabbert was successful in this year’s application for a College Education Grant and will be working on an on-line education program to update Fellows and trainees on uses of genetic testing.

Applications are now open for this year’s Trainee Research awards and Elsie Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues. This is an annual event with presentations held at the RACP Queensland Regional Office in Herston, Brisbane for both awards.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 to the judging panel. 

Finally, I would like to congratulate those elected to the Committee during the recent elections, Associate Professor Selva Niranjan, Dr Fahid Hashem, Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster, Associate Professor Nitin Kapur and Dr Joseph Lee.  I also congratulate those who have been appointed to the Committee by DFaC, Associate Professor Gail Robinson, Dr Sunday Pam, Dr Brian Wood, Dr Li-Zsa Tan and Dr Tom Yap, with the Trainees’ position being held by Dr Hervey Lau. 

Associate Professor Peter Davoren 
Chair, Queensland State Committee


Queensland Trainees' Committee Message

We are pleased to welcome new members to the Trainee's Committee in recent times. Dr Moayed Alawami and Dr Rachel Norton join us from their base at Townsville Hospital and Dr Benignus Logan joins us from Mater Brisbane. The new members help diversify trainee representation from a number of sites across Queensland and we welcome their passion and enthusiasm in their new roles.

The committee encourages other trainees to join us in helping to advocate for our trainees in a representative setting.  We would especially like to encourage trainees from paediatrics to apply as a few of our past representatives have transitioned into consultancy roles and have subsequently completed their time with the committee.

Further information about applying to join the committee can be obtained by emailing the RACP Queensland Office or by visiting the Committee web page.

The Committee has been engaging with some of the medical schools in helping to promote physiciantraining and providing insights into training opportunities within the RACP.

Dr Rebecca Kruikelis and Dr Benignus Logan from the RACP Queensland Trainees Committee
Above: Queensland Trainees’ Committee Members Dr Rebecca Kriukelis and Dr Benignus Logan. 

I recently attended the RACP Queensland New Fellows' Forum and Scientific Meeting held at Lady Cliento Children's Hospital.  It was a great opportunity to meet many Advanced Trainees nearing completion of their training, new Fellows (and some not so new Fellows) on the day. The SPDP course in the morning gave me a great insight into the considerations and practicalities of supporting and supervising junior staff. The afternoon was filled with a number of high quality speakers providing insights into the intricacies of managing finances, medico legal considerations, enhancing communication and promoting personal wellbeing when working as a consultant physician. Not only was the day very informative, it was also a great opportunity network with like-minded colleagues. I'd highly recommend the forum in future years.

Dr Rebecca Kriukelis
Co-Chair Paediatrics
Queensland Trainees’ Committee

Trainees support Junior Doctor conference

The RACP Queensland Trainees’ Committee (QTC) recently supported the Queensland Regional office at the fifth annual AMA Queensland Junior Doctor Conference on 23 and 24 June 2018. Sessions ranged from medical leadership, to career progression and junior doctor wellbeing. These sessions were headlined by extraordinary speakers including Dr Dan Diamond, Founder and Director of the first state-affiliated medical disaster response team. Dr Alessandro Demaio, Medical Officer World Health Organisation and Brigadier Michael Bond, also inspired all in attendance.

I had the honour of introducing The Honorarable Steven Miles, Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services (pictured below alongside me), before he gave the Health Minister's annual address.
Dr Hashim Abdeen with the Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles

The event also acknowledged the achievements of our Queensland medical students and junior doctors with the AMA Queensland medical student awards, oral research and poster presentation prizes. The work of Queensland Health Research Recipients was also showcased. The program was further galvanized by the annual Simulympics between the north and south side medical teams. the Gold Coast Hospital team was victorious.
Dr Logan, Dr Khoo, Dr Lau and Dr Abdeen

Above: Queensland Trainees' Committee Members Doctors Benignus Logan, Emi Khoo, Hervey Lau and Hashim Abdeen at the RACP exhibit.

The Queensland Trainees' Committee took this opportunity to share our insights with more than 200 junior doctor attendees regarding the life of a basic trainee, the processes in applying for training and support offered by the RACP. There were many interested prevocational candidates who were encouraged to pursue a career with the RACP.

If any trainees based in Queensland would like to contact the Committee please email the RACP Queensland Office.  The QTC is invested in representing the interests of all trainees within Queensland and we welcome any feedback and your further involvement.

Dr Hashim Abdeen
Queensland Trainees’ Committee Member

North Queensland Physicians' Conference in Cairns from 14 to 16 September

After an absence of several years, the North Queensland Physicians' Conference (NQPC) made a return last year with a successful weekend in Townsville focusing on a sustainable healthcare system.  Cairns will host the conference this year with the theme Collaboration in the age of isolation

A broad range of speakers will discuss challenges and solutions to cohesive care, not only within the hospital environment, but also the community.  Broader concepts of healthcare, regional training programs, and sub-specialty clinical updates will also feature in the weekend program which will commence on the Friday night with a SPDP Workshop 3.  The conference will also be an opportunity for basic and advanced trainees to showcase local research with a poster and presentation session.

The NQPC is not merely an educational event – with a hidden agenda for North Queensland secession – it is an invaluable opportunity for clinicians with a passion for regional medicine to meet, support each other, and discuss strategies to overcome the challenges our communities face every day.

Registration details can be found online and a final program will be released shortly.

Dr Ben Vogler
General and Acute Physician
Director of Physician Education Cairns Hospital

Funding available for Fellows in regional areas

Grants worth up to $10,000 are on offer to RACP Fellows who live and work in rural and remote Australia. SRSA logo

To help Fellows undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, the grants are being offered as part of the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Program funding round three.

Fellows who receive grants can take part in the CPD activity between 1 November 2018 and 31 December 2019.

Learn more about this opportunity and apply on the SRSA website.

Here to help

The RACP Queensland Staff are here to support you.  If you are ever unsure of who to contact in the RACP, would like support, information or to enquire about upcoming events, please contact 07 3872 7000 or send an email to your local RACP team

The Queensland Regional Office is grateful to Associate Professor Peter Davoren for his outstanding support and commitment in his role on the Queensland State Committee.  Peter joined the committee in July 2010, with his final two terms as Chair.  This represents an impressive contribution to the committee and the many associated tasks.  After eight years, Peter is stepping down and we would like to say thank you.

Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) Workshops happening soon

Upcoming SPDP Workshops







Cairns Hospital

8 August

5.30pm to 8.30pm



Cairns Hospital

15 August

5.30pm to 8.30pm



Bundaberg Hospital

18 August

9am to 12pm



RACP Brisbane

30 August

2pm to 5pm



Logan Hospital

4 September

4pm to 7pm



Cairns; North Qld Physician Conference

14 September

6pm to 9pm




Noosa; Geriatric Qld Conference

16 September

9am to12pm

Geriatric ONLY



27 September

1.30pm to 4.30pm



Mater Brisbane

9 October

1.30pm to 4.30pm



Mater Brisbane

6 November

1.30pm to 4.30pm


If you would like details about the SPDP Workshops, or would like to book at workshop, contact RACP Member Support Officer Hannah Parker.

All Queensland workshops are open to Fellows and Advanced Trainees. You do not have to attend the workshops in sequential order. For those who may not be able to attend in person the RACP has developed online SPDP Workshops.  For more details and workshop content please go to the SPDP web page.

As part of the New Educational Leadership and Supervision Framework and Policy these workshops will be a requirement for all RACP Supervisors by 2020.  

Opportunities for Trainees to showcase their skills

Trainees are invited to submit abstracts for the Queensland Trainee Research Awards. Abstracts need to be submitted by Friday, 28 September. The competition will be held on Wednesday, 7 November at 6pm at the RACP Brisbane Office. Video Conferencing is available for candidates who are unable to attend and present in person.

Basic Training orientation

The Queensland Basic Training Orientation will be held on Saturday, 24 November 2018 at the RACP Brisbane Office. Videoconferencing will be available at some regional settings, dependent on demand.

Attendees will hear speakers from the Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS), William Buck and the Queensland Training Networks for Paediatric and Adult Medicine.

RSVP by contacting the RACP Queensland team.

Expressions of interest invited

Let us know if you are interested in attending a workshop on how to structure your tax and finance as a medical consultant.

Due to the success of William Buck's contribution to the New Fellows' Forum and Scientific Meeting and the interest in this topic by the Queensland membership, we are taking EoIs for a follow up workshop that would be held at the RACP Office in Herston.

If you are interested, contact the RACP Queensland team.

College Learning Series offers support

The free College Learning Series (CLS) is an interactive e-learning platform, which provides a range of lectures and resources mapped to the Adult Medicine Division Basic Training curriculum. Accessing the CLS

With three lecture topics added to the CLS  every week, basic trainees can access these educational resources on any device at any time, making the CLS a convenient tool for busy trainees.  

Since the CLS launched in February, more than 2,300 basic trainees across Australia and New Zealand have enrolled.

Check out the CLS and let us know if you have any feedback or if you would like to make any contributions to this e-learning platform by emailing CLS@racp.edu.au

Alumni opportunity

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) has a rich history and has been an integral part of The hospital Queensland's health infrastructure for 151 years.

Since the first nurses graduated from the general hospital in 1888 and the University of Queensland (UQ) Medical School opened next to the hospital in 1939, the hospital has provided training for thousands of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Learn more about the 150 years of the RBWH and find out about the benefits of Alumni membership today.

Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting opportunity

Join colleagues from across Australia for a critical look at health care and vulnerable populations at the  2018 Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

Featuring a keynote address from Young Australian of the Year in the UK, Dr Geordan Shannon, the ASM brings together experts from Australia and abroad to share ideas, acquire new knowledge and develop unique insights that will help improve your practice.

Visit the NT ASM event website for more information.

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Compare the great offers available* and select the one that best suits your vehicle needs. Choose between set rates all year round with a reduced excess^ or a specially negotiated discount off the daily price.

Visit the RACP Member Advantage website to find out more about this offer and get an online quote.

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