South Australia — August 2018

A message from the South Australian (SA) Regional Committee Chair

Since the last newsletter we have a new South Australian Government and a new Board of the RACP. Health remains very much in the political sphere and presents us with an opportunity as a College, as individuals and within our specialty societies to assist in shaping structures that provide the best healthcare for our community and ensure an ongoing commitment to teaching, training and professional development.

I would like to welcome Dr Hima Venugopal who is joining the South Australian Committee as well as Dr Liza Phillips, Dr Marianne Gillam, Dr Peter Jezukaitis, Dr Anupam Datta Gupta, Dr Terence Donald, Dr Daina Rudaks and Dr Yang Du who are continuing on.

I would like to acknowledge the contribution of those who have left: Dr Louise Flood, Dr Usman Mushtaq and particularly Dr Rabin Bhandari for all his support as Deputy Chair.

We still have vacancies on the Committee and I encourage all SA Fellows to become involved.

I look forward to working with the new Committee to bring exciting events to SA including the New Fellows' Forum on 1 September and the SA Annual Scientific Meeting on 1 December at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  I encourage you to save the date and I look forward to your attendance.

SA Fellowship Ceremony

We are seeking feedback from those who have just, or will soon be admitted to Fellowship, as to whether they would like to see a local graduation ceremony held in South Australia to receive their Fellowship.  Currently there are Ceremonies at the annual Congress, as well as ceremonies in Melbourne and Sydney.  I seek feedback to the South Australian office to allow consideration for us to progress this.

Dr Rob van den Berg
SA Regional Committee Chair

Join the South Australian Regional Committee

The South Australian Regional Committee is seeking applications from Fellows for three appointed member positions.

The Committee advocates on behalf of the RACP to respective South Australian Health, or other portfolio Ministers, on issues within each region.  It also play a role in advising the RACP on local education and training issues and facilitates educational events for  trainees and Fellows in South Australia.  

The term of office for the Regional Committee began on Sunday, 1 July 2018 and runs until June 2020.

As per the revised Regional Committee By-Laws, the following vacancies are available:

  • Three appointed member positions representing any of the Divisions, Chapters or the Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    View the position description.

Please read the South Australian Regional Committee By-Laws before submitting your application.

To apply, submit your Expression of Interest form to

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.

Workshop equips trainees with tools to manage study and exam stress

Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Andrew Perry, FACEM, facilitated a practical workshop for 22 Basic Trainees at the Adelaide RACP office recently.  The workshop provided tools to manage study and exam stress through topics such as:

  • benefits of assessment
  • approaches to learning
  • strategies for study based on learning styles
  • the use of the latest technology for study
  • strategies for managing exam stress

Following on from the workshop there was an informal discussion with members of the SA Trainees’ Committee who had undergone the written and clinical exams in the past and provided their tactics in handling exam pressures.

 Dr Andrew Perry facilitating the RACP workshop
Photo: Dr Andrew Perry facilitating the effective study, exam and stress workshop.

Basic Trainees’ Lecture Series

A lecture series for Basic Trainees was delivered by the SA and NT Trainees’ Committees on 23 and 24 June.

For the first time, the lecture series was streamed live to trainees in Darwin and Alice Springs.

Thirty-five Basic Trainees (including eight from the Northern Territory via video conference) attended and had the opportunity to be involved in informative and entertaining lectures delivered by well-respected and experienced facilitators.

The educational lecture subjects were facilitated by:

  • Professor Sepehr Shakib – Pharmacology, Statistics & Epidemiology
  • Dr Tina Marinelli – Antibiotics
  • Dr Tiffany Hughes – Immunology
  • Dr Nicola Poplawski – Genetics.

Attendees said the subjects were of great benefit because access to these topics are limited within hospital training.

In addition to the lectures, Dr Sally Kellett , winner of the SA Paediatric Trainee Research Award, spoke about her experience being a competition participant and Trainee Research Awards winner.  She gave an insight into what the research awards were about, what she experienced throughout the process and attending RACP Congress 2018.

The SA and NT Trainees’ Committee would like to thank the facilitators for donating their time and to the trainees for committing their time to attend.
Professor Sepher Shakib at the RACP lecture series

Above: Professor Sepehr Shakib delivered two lectures on Epidemiology & Statistics and Pharmacology. 
Dr Sally Kellett

Above: Dr Sally Kellett – SA Paediatric Trainee Research Award winner
Dr Tiffany Hughes at the RACP Lecture Series

Above: Dr Tiffany Hughes lecturing on Immunology.

Doctors Health SA IMAGE

Save the date – SA Annual Scientific Meeting (SA-ASM)

The theme for the SA-ASM 2018 is SA Horizons – Scanning the next 10 years covering areas of scientific, education and workforce future research and updates. 

Registrations for the full day SA-ASM will open in August so keep an eye out for further updates. The event will be held on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre and is being hosted by the  SA Regional Committee.

The SA-ASM will also incorporate the SA Trainee Research Awards and provide an opportunity for trainees to present their research abstracts.  Winning abstracts will be published in the Internal Medicine Journal or Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.   Winners are also invited to attend RACP Congress 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand

Applications for the Trainee Research Awards  open on  25 August 2018 and close on 20 October 2018.

Forum for New Fellows

The South Australian New Fellows’ Forum will be held on Saturday, 1 September 2018 from 9am to 1pm at the RACP Adelaide Office.

For those who are fast approaching, or have recently embarked on their Fellowship journey, this forum will assist you.  Sessions will cover topics like ethics, moving into private practice, medico legal issues, academic practice, clinical leadership and management skills.  

To register your interest email the RACP SA team.

Advanced Trainees invited to attend forum

The Advanced Trainee Forum is on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 from 6pm to 9pm at the RACP Adelaide Office.

This forum will cover sessions to assist Advanced Trainees in all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. Sessions are set to cover topics such as work-life balance, income protection, financial planning, billing and item numbers and building a referral base (what GP's want).

To register your interest email the RACP SA team

Arts of Medicine opportunity

Doctors Health SA have launched their Art of Medicine web page and are seeking Expressions of Interest from doctors and medical students who enjoy time outside of medicine painting, drawing, sculpting, or other creative art. 

The group are planning an exhibition which will be held over two weeks from 20 September to 5 October in Bowden. 

Visit the Doctors Health SA web page for more information.

Hood Sweeny Royal Colleges' Golf Day

You're invited to attend the 2018 Hood Sweeny Royal Colleges' Golf Day on Friday, 2 November at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.

Register online and if you have any queries please contact the RACP South Australian Regional Office via email or telephone 08 8465 0970.
RACS Golf Day

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 . 

Need a hire car for work or holiday?

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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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