Queensland - November 2020

A message from the Queensland Regional Committee Chair

Associate Professor Nick BuckmasterAs I write my last message for 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a considerable impact on our work and lives. It is vitally important we recognise the current situation has increased stress and encourage all experiencing difficulties to access support and visit the RACP physician health and wellbeing webpage.  

I am delighted to report the regional team facilitated the inaugural National New Fellows Online Forum on 20 October 2020 via Zoom in recognition to the many members who have achieved this milestone in their career without the opportunity to attend a College Ceremony. The event was supported by speakers and staff across Australia, including your College President Professor John Wilson, CEO Peter McIntyre, the new College Dean Professor Andrew Coats, each Regional Committee Chair, Dr Rahul Barmanray, Dr Helen Rhodes and Associate Professor Leeroy William.

The event explored becoming a consultant, leadership and an introduction to CPD. Industry experts presented on private practice essentials for New Fellows when combining private and public practice.  Lisa Penlington, Executive General Manager Member Services, introduced the role of the Regional Offices and support available from regional teams and I was able to welcome our New Fellows in Queensland. Attendees voted via a poll for future events which will be explored for 2021. This was a celebration of Fellowship with over 600 registrations, I would like to thank all those that contributed to and attended this event. For those who couldn't attend, please visit the New Fellows webpage to view a recording of the Forum. 

By the time you read this, it is likely the Queensland government elections will be finalised. We presented our Queensland Regional election statement to all parties, highlighting our priorities of member wellbeing and trainee specialist workforce, especially in the time of COVID-19, alcohol and other drug policy, maintaining and improving all health services at a time when pressure on services is only growing,  raising the age of criminal responsibility to try and reduce the harmful effects of incarceration on developing minds, accelerated silicosis and geriatric and related services. We will work with whatever government is elected to improve these areas over their coming term of office.    

I encourage all members to engage with the College through consultations, please feel free to email the RACP Queensland Regional Office at racpqld@racp.edu.au.

I would like to wish you all a safe and happy festive season with my very best wishes for the new year. 

Professor Nick Buckmaster FRACP, FACEM
Queensland Regional Committee Chair

A message from your Queensland Trainees' Committee Co-Chairs

Dear RACP Queensland trainees and supervisors,

This year has been difficult for most, with COVID-19 impacting us all in some way or another. We are grateful that our state has experienced a lesser impact than our colleagues down south and our thoughts are with our Victorian counterparts. We appreciate this is a difficult time, especially for those preparing for exams. We hope to provide you with some reassurance that the Queensland Trainees' Committee and the Bi-National College Trainees’ Committee (CTC) continue working hard to ensure trainees are well supported. It is our goal to provide adequate information about exams and changes to training as soon as possible.

Although it may sometimes seem that decisions are made hastily, every step of the way the College has been considering the full impact of the changes to examinations. It's also been mindful of the overall knock-on effects on trainees, examiners, supervisors, hospitals and the patients we care for. The College and Queensland Trainees’ Committee are here to support you and we welcome any feedback. 

We would like to highlight the new online examination resources for both written and clinical candidates. We also remind you that from next year, there will be two Divisional Written Examinations (DWEs) – the second of which will be administered by Computer Based Testing. The move to two DWEs has come after much feedback and advocacy by your CTC. 

Finally, as this is the last eBulletin for the year, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope all trainees and supervisors get the chance to enjoy some quality time with friends and family.

Best of luck also to all our examination candidates.

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Dr Hash Abdeen and Dr Shannan Searle                
Co-Chairs QLD Trainees’ Committee

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RACP Congress 2021, coming to you, wherever you are

The location for RACP Congress 2021 has been unveiled and it is… everywhere. Spread over six cities, two countries and streaming live, it has never been easier to attend.

Under the theme of Transformation: Adapting for the future, RACP Congress 2021 will explore diverse topics that address ideas of transforming the way we deliver healthcare, how we look after ourselves in a connected age and what we need to know to prepare ourselves and our practice to remain relevant.

Register now

Addiction medicine webinar: Sanitiser, SUDS and COVID-19 

Dr Jeremy HayllarThe addiction medicine webinar examines the intersection between the COVID-19 pandemic and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), which affect approximately 10 per cent of the population, accounting for 10 to 20 per cent of acute hospital presentations. Supported by recent publications when available, we consider the use of alcohol, cannabis, methamphetamine, opioids and depressants like benzodiazepines and GHB, as well as supply chains and the fluctuating influence of the dark net.

The context of substance use across the country, based on the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey is provided. The webinar also reflects on costs and availability of commonly used psychoactive substances and considers the added stresses of stigma and disadvantage on people with SUDs.  

The title relates to the risk of alcohol-based hand sanitiser in patients (or clinicians) receiving disulfiram to manage alcohol use disorder. Recent publications confirm that absorption of alcohol through the hands during normal use is negligible and does not provoke a disulfiram reaction – in contrast inhaling alcohol evaporating from the hands in a confined space may cause a reaction. Also highlighted are harms from ingestion of methanol in hand sanitiser available in USA. Fifteen cases are described with four deaths, three cases of vision loss, four recovered and four remaining hospitalised.

Dr Jeremy Hayllar, FRACP, FAChAM

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Queensland Pandemic Response Guidance on personal protective equipment in healthcare delivery

Queensland Health has requested our assistance in circulating the recently released QLD Pandemic Response Guidance on personal protective equipment in healthcare delivery (the Guidance) to you.
Please note the following information:

  • The Guidance has been developed by a panel of infection control and public health experts and is designed to provide clarity and consistency for decisions regarding PPE use in various pandemic settings.
  • The Guidance defines three levels of pandemic transmission risk, with associated PPE requirements for various clinical settings.
  • In application of the Guidance, the Chief Health Officer will determine which level of risk is applicable in each hospital and health service, local government area or other specified geographic area. A decision on whether to follow the PPE protocols in the Guidance for health services will then sit with the responsible Chief Executive or equivalent for that entity.

Further information for Queensland clinicians can be found on the Queensland Health website.
The RACP COVID-19 webpage provides a wide range of helpful COVID-19 information for members, including:

  • collection of COVID-19 resources and advice
  • RACP advocacy and media
  • RACP education and training during COVID-19.

New clinical ethics resources webpage

The RACP Ethics Committee is pleased to advise members of the new RACP clinical ethics resources webpage. Curated by the RACP Clinical Ethics Working Group, the new webpage provides a set of clinical ethics resources for Fellows and trainees. The resources will assist with reflection on the role clinical ethics plays in practice and healthcare settings.

The new webpage includes clinical ethics information for:

  • professional development
  • trainee education
  • clinical ethics services
  • academic studies
  • research and fellowships
  • other clinical ethics related resources.

RACP Fellows and trainees are encouraged to review the new webpage and consider clinical ethics as part of their education and continued professional development. The site provides information about clinical ethics support services and access to clinical ethics information.

Queensland Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register update

The Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register inaugural annual report 2019-2020 (the Report) was tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland on 30 September 2020. Among other things, the Report includes the number of notifications and types of notifiable dust lung diseases recorded in the Register from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. The Report can be accessed from the Queensland Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register webpages, which have been updated. 

Register staff appreciate the efforts of relevant specialists in making notifications (as required by the Public Health Act 2005) for inclusion in the Report. Please do not hesitate to contact Register staff if you have any enquiries about the Report, or about making a notification to the Queensland Notifiable Dust Lung Disease Register.

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RACP Indigenous Health Scholarships 2021

The RACP appreciates the value and experience Indigenous and Māori doctors can provide to the health sector and communities in treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori health issues. The RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program provides funded pathways through physician training. Applications are now invited for 2021 Indigenous Health Scholarships. Hurry, applications close Monday, 30 November 2020.

RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize

The RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize is open to medical students, junior medical officers and RACP trainees who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori. The selected applicant will receive support to attend the 2021 RACP Congress to gain educational and networking opportunities and exposure to career pathways within the College.

Applications for 2021 are open. Please encourage anyone you know who is eligible to apply before the deadline on Friday, 31 January 2021.

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Have your say in the 2020 Physician Training Survey

The 2020 Physician Training Survey is your chance to help strengthen RACP training programs and the workplace experiences in the settings in which you work and train. Open until Wednesday, 2 December, with the impacts of COVID-19 on training throughout this year, it’s even more important for us to understand your experience. By completing the survey, you can also enter the prize draw with a chance of winning one of two iPad Pros (256GB, cellular).

The survey is open to all trainees and educators across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. It's run by ENGINE, an independent research provider to ensure that responses are completely anonymous. Look out for an email and SMS from them with your unique survey link. Please check your junk folder if you don’t think you’ve received this link, or email them if you would like it resent.

The more responses we get, the more representative data we have to help inform changes and improvements to physician training programs. This includes improvements for trainee and educator wellbeing. For information about the survey, including confidentiality and the prize draw, please visit the Physician Training Survey webpage

The Physician Training Survey has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) – Concord Repatriation General Hospital of the Sydney Local Health District 2019/ETH12472. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the research study, you may contact the Executive Officer of the Ethics Committee, at SLHD-concordethics@health.nsw.gov.au or on +61 2 9767 5622. 

Online learning resources

Seeking expressions of interest for the development of an Indigenous genomic healthcare resource

Join a working group to contribute to the development of the Genomic Healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People online learning resource. This resource will cover genetic and genomic healthcare provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It will address key clinical aspects as well as historical and cultural contexts.

Find out more

New online course on thalidomide

The new thalidomide online course aims to introduce Australasian medical specialists to thalidomide and thalidomide embryopathy (TE), and their implications for thalidomide survivors today.

By completing this course, you will:

  • develop a background knowledge of thalidomide and TE, the history attached to these and a basic knowledge of the range of birth defects, mechanism of action and current uses
  • understand the range of secondary health problems from age-related deterioration and special considerations for medical investigation and management
  • understand the implications of TE for other health conditions and for healthy living
  • know where to locate further resources and support on TE for patients, healthcare professionals and researchers.

RACP Online Learning resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

My Health Record: On-demand training classes

You are invited to free one-hour sessions aimed at specialists, practice managers and practice nurses who are interested in learning more about My Health Record and how to use it most effectively in routine practice. Run via GoTo webinar platform, these sessions will afford an opportunity for participants to raise questions directly with the instructor and, if time permits, discuss other issues encountered in using My Health Record. These demonstrations will be run on a weekly basis at varying times throughout the day. 

Using a software simulation platform, the instructor will demonstrate how to:

  • access a patient’s My Health Records via conformant software
  • use filters to find documents
  • view documents and overviews
  • enter access codes for patients with protected documents/records
  • upload documents to My Health Record
  • ensure appropriate security and access governance mechanisms are in place.
Clinical Information System Session  Register
Best Practice 36 sessions from
20 October to
10 December
Medical Director
38 sessions from
21 October to
11 December
20 sessions from
19 October to
11 December
19 Sessions from
19 October to 8 December
14 Sessions from
27 October to
10 December

For more information on other session times or for follow-up My Health Record support for your practice, please email the Digital Health Agency.

RACP Queensland events

We have hosted several events that aim to support you during 2020. The recordings are available on the past events webpage and also on the COVID-19 webpage under employment and telehealth. 

Supervisor Professional Development Program

The Supervisor Professional Development Program continues to evolve with the face-to-face workshops currently being moved to a virtual platform. The Online SPDP workshops are also available to members and you can register for current workshops now.

Basic Training Orientations

Do you know any junior staff, pre-vocational doctors or medical students who are considering joining RACP training programs, or who may be interested in exploring training with RACP? We would appreciate you sharing details of the Queensland Basic Training Orientation Webinars occurring in November. 


When: Monday, 23 November 2020
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm (AEST) 

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Are you interested in paediatrics training in Queensland? Have you recently signed up for the 2021 Basic Paediatrics Training Network? Please join paediatrics members of the RACP Queensland Trainees’ Committee for an informative evening. You will hear from the Medical Director of the Queensland Health Paediatrics Training Network and Director of Paediatrics Training at Townsville University Hospital, along with current paediatric trainees about their experiences and advice they wish they had at the beginning of their training.

Adult Medicine

When: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm (AEST)
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Are you interested in internal medicine? Have you recently signed up for the 2021 Basic Adult Medicine Training Network? Please join adult medicine members of the RACP Queensland Trainees’ Committee for an informative evening. You will hear from the Medical Director of the Queensland Health Adult Medicine Physician Training Network and Director of Physician Training at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. You will also hear from current adult medicine trainees, as they share their training program experiences and give the advice they wish they had at the beginning of their training.

The Queensland Regional Office in Brisbane is closed to members and the public at the present time due to COVID-19. Staff continue supporting members throughout Queensland and can be reached by email or by calling +61 7 3872 7000.

Endometriosis resources by EndoActive, a health promotion charity

Endometriosis: Shared Perspectives is a series of 20 free videos. The downloadable videos resource guide summarises each video with a brief resume of each presenter. 

The video series assists healthcare professionals better understand the condition and provide guidance about effective methods of management and treatment. Most of the videos include short introductions of the patient experience – perspectives on the specific topic of women living with endometriosis. 

These evidence-based educational resources are now available for free, thanks to a grant from the federal Department of Health, who have endorsed the content. Videos can be streamed, downloaded or embedded in your own digital environment. The series and associated activities won a Prime Award for Best Public Health Initiative.

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RACP Support Program

The RACP Support Program is a fully confidential and independent help line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is free for Fellows and trainees.

The RACP places the utmost importance on the wellbeing of its members. It can be difficult to balance the pressures of the workplace, interactions with colleagues and personal relationships. If you are having a hard time, we encourage you to contact Converge to organise a free session.

New member benefit: discounted Microsoft Surface devices and accessories

ASI Solutions has created an exclusive portal for our Australian members to purchase Microsoft Surface devices and accessories at group discount pricing. Log in to MYRACP and click through to the ASI portal. You will need to set up an account with ASI Solutions to access the offer. If you have any questions please contact ASI Solutions.

Why Surface?

The business range of Surface devices is uniquely placed to support you in your everyday work and professional learning. Coupled with your choice of the right software and cloud services to meet your unique needs, the beautifully-engineered Surface devices deliver secure access to information and allow deep communication and collaboration wherever you are. 

Please note the RACP is publishing this offer as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement. 

*Offers only available to current RACP members that are Australian residents. ASI Solutions respects your privacy. Please read their online Privacy Statement

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