South Australia - November 2019

A message from your South Australian Regional Committee Chair

This year has seen changes to our CPD to align with the Medical Board’s impending requirements. A better understanding the background for these changes can be gained from the Medical Board’s ‘Expert Advisory Group on Revalidation Final Report’ and the RACP Pomegranate Health Podcasts on the changes (the first podcast provides background and the second podcast explains how to ensure you meet the new requirements).

I would summarise that the Medical Board has chosen to use a strengthened CPD as the key component of revalidation. That is the processes of ensuring that having attained our level of training and experience, whether we are demonstrating that we are maintaining these.

A Profession is characterised by placing the needs of those we serve above our own, and it is from this that Professions are granted a degree of self-regulation.

I believe we need to embrace the Medical Board’s choice of a strengthened CPD as it confers to us and to our College the opportunity and responsibility to ensure that for whatever our scope of practice we are maintaining knowledge, appropriate practice and outcomes of practice.

The RACP has a diverse Fellowship and I know some of us find the transition more difficult than others.

In my view we are all being required to better align our CPD to the work we do – and through this to be able to provide evidence that we are engaging in efforts to maintain currency of skills and knowledge, and provide the Professional services expected of our current scope of practice.

The diversity of the Fellowship will necessitate a diversity of CPD activities – and the Medical Board’s ‘Expert Advisory Group on Revalidation Final Report’ outlines these should not be onerous. I believe we need to seek ways to make CPD integral to our practices and to use it to enhance our performance.

This is a challenge for us as individuals and we can seek support from our Specialty Societies, Faculties, Chapters, Divisions, Peers and Colleagues.

I would also hope that the South Australian Regional Committee can help facilitate and support these efforts and welcome any suggestions and opportunities.

No matter our own views of our performance some of us will inevitably be in the lowest 10 per cent relative to our peers in practice or outcome, in some or more parts of our practice, and may even be at risk of being below expected standard. The Medical Board’s intention is, in my view, for strengthened CPD to be used not to police performance rather as a tool to ensure that we are all supported to maintain competency throughout our career.

Approaching CPD with humility and ensuring we and our colleagues are maintaining our practice is our individual Professional and Fellowship responsibility.

Dr Rob van den Berg MMBS FRACP
SA Regional Committee Chair

SA Regional Committee members

  • Dr Robert van den Berg (Chair), Rheumatology
  • Dr Shailaja Hima Venugopal, AFRM
  • Dr Terence Donald, Paediatrics
  • Dr Anupam Datta-Gupta, (AFRM Representative)
  • Dr Marianne Gillam, (AFPHM Representative)
  • Dr Daina Rudaks, Paediatric Medicine Trainee Representative
  • Dr Yang Du, Adult Medicine Trainee Representative

A Message from the SA Trainees’ Committee Co-Chairs

We would like to start by extending a warm welcome to the new and returning trainees who are joining us in the mid-year intake.

It has been a busy time for Trainee events - recent South Australian trainee events have included the well-received New Fellows Forum on 20 August, Advanced Trainee Forum and Research Workshop on 17 September, as well as the much-anticipated inaugural Statistics and Evidence-Based Medicine workshop on 7 September. We aim to keep these events running regularly so keep an eye out.

The much-awaited SA Annual Scientific Meeting will be held on Saturday, 30 November – following a successful inaugural meeting last year; this year promises to again deliver a fun day to catch up with friends and colleagues while providing opportunities to hear about very topical issues that we all encounter in daily practice. Topics include the opioid crisis, as well as the latest developments in stroke, lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis, silicosis, palliative care and addiction medicine. We hope to see many trainees there, especially as the Trainee Research Awards will be part of the program – come support your friends and colleagues, and be inspired with research ideas that you can pursue as a basic or advanced trainee.

We’re delighted that the inaugural SA Fellowship ceremony will be held in the afternoon after the conclusion of the ASM. This is the first Fellowship ceremony to be conducted outside of RACP Congress and the Sydney and Melbourne ceremonies. If you have recently attained fellowship and have not had the opportunity to attend a ceremony, please RSVP to come along and celebrate this landmark achievement with family and friends – it’s shaping up to be a wonderful evening!

Best wishes,

Dr Daina RudaksDr Yang Du       

Dr Daina Rudaks and Dr Yang Timothy Du
Co-Chairs, SA Trainees’ Committee

SA Trainees' Commitee members

  • Dr Yang Du, Adult Medicine Co-Chair (Endocrinology & Nuclear Medicine) - Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Dr Daina Rudaks, Paediatric Medicine Co-Chair (General Paediatrics/Community Child Health) -Women & Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Zayna Adamu, Paediatrics (General Paediatrics) - Women & Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Malithi Gamage, Paediatrics (General Paediatrics) - Women & Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Mahsa Gieve, Adult Medicine (Cardiology) - Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Dr Alyssa Fitzpatrick, Adult Medicine (BPT3) - Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Dr Sayed Ali, Adult Medicine (Clinical Immunology) – Flinders Medical Centre
  • Dr Kirsty Sharplin, Adult Medicine (Haematology) – Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Dr Helen James, Adult Medicine (Palliative Care) – Queen Elizabeth Hospital


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SA Annual Scientific Meeting

When: Saturday, 30 November 2019
Time: 8.30am - 3.30pm
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre

Following on from the success of last year’s event, the 2019 ASM promises to be as engaging and stimulating as last year. Held under the theme 'Specialists. Together' at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the program has three parts, with something for everyone.

Session one is titled ‘Pain, addiction and death’ with three speakers who will discuss the opioid crisis, brain immune systems contributing to pain, addiction and death, and palliative care.

Session two is the judging of the Trainee Research Awards by our panel:

  • Professor Paul Komesaroff FRACP, President of the RACP Adult Medicine Division
  • Professor Paul Colditz FRACP, President of the RACP Paediatrics and Child Health Division
  • Professor Steve Wesselingh FRACP, Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Session three is titled ‘Diseases and therapies: old and new’. The four speakers will discuss the history and modern developments of the silicosis epidemic, and latest developments with rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and lymphoma.

Full-day registration is $75 for trainees and $95 for Fellows, with medical students and non-members also welcome. Due to popular demand, half-day registrations are also being offered for the first time this year.

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My Work Profile

Many Government decisions on workforce are based on anecdotal data. As a response to this we are updating our records to assist our future decision making for physician education programs.

Did you know the hours you work, the professional activities you are engaged in and where you work impact the paediatrics and adult medicine workforce?

You’ll find My Work Profile on the payment confirmation page that will take you to your own work profile, or you can access it in MyRACP.

MyRACP supported internet browsers are Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

How does My Work Profile benefit you?

Workforce data will be made available to you and will help:

  • New Fellows decide which geographic area to work in Australia and New Zealand
  • New Fellows choose between private or public practice
  • you understand how your work hours compare with your peers
  • the RACP and stakeholders including government policy-makers make better workforce decisions, based on current data
  • Fellows understand activities they are undertaking; research, administration or clinical.

For more information, please read the My Work Profile FAQs. For details on what data will be collected and how it will be stored, please read the Privacy Statement.

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Register now for RACP Congress 2020 
4 to 6 May  l  Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Balancing medical science with humanity

We are excited to announce the keynote speaker for RACP Congress 2020, Professor Catherine Crock AM.

Professor Crock is not only a doctor at the Royal Children's Hospital; Melbourne, she is a music and theatrical producer, a humanitarian, a mother and a strong advocate for culture change in healthcare.

After identifying the direct correlation between organisational negativity and staff wellbeing and effectiveness Professor Crock founded the Hush Foundation and the Gathering of Kindness events. She is dedicated to building, nurturing and instilling a culture of kindness throughout the healthcare system.

Her two plays “Hear Me” and “Do You Know Me” have been performed in hospitals and aged care settings across Australia raising awareness of patient centred care, communication and patient safety issues and encouraging a shift in the culture and behaviour in healthcare.

Her keynote address Balancing science with humanity: how kindness restores the whole in medicine will be a not-to-be-missed highlight of RACP Congress 2020.

Join your colleagues at RACP Congress 2020, from Monday, 4 to Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Visit the Congress website to find out more about the program and to register.

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Retirement dinner for Associate Professor Mitra Guha

Mitra Guha and Rob van den Berg_Mitra Guha Retirement Dinner 26 Oct 2019Over 100 people attended the retirement dinner for Associate Professor Mitra Guha on Saturday, 26 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

As well as her long term as DPE for the College, Associate Professor Guha had also served on a substantial list of committees, both within the College and within CALHN, contributing to the development of medical education not only in SA but throughout Australia and New Zealand over her 30 year career.

Organised by the Adelaide Medical Students Foundation and co-facilitators Dr Tom Crowhurst (Advanced Trainee in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine) and Dr Karthik Venkataraman (completed Basic Training in Adult Medicine earlier this year), it was a successful evening that celebrated the substantial contribution of A/Prof Guha to medical education.

Congratulations came in from around the world; videos were shown on the night recorded by previous trainees and colleagues not able to attend in person.

It was announced a prize had been established in her honour. It is understood that the Guha Prize will be a perpetual prize awarded annually to a Basic Physician Trainee from CALHN based on academic performance and contribution to the trainee community. It will be administered by a committee including the Directors of Physician Education at the RAH and TQEH, two chief medical residents and A/Prof Guha. The funds will be held in trust by the Health Services Charitable Gifts Board.

A raffle held on the night raised money to go toward this prize, as did the contribution of the major sponsor, Adelaide BMW, of a weekend trip in a BMW including accommodation, which was successfully auctioned on the night.

The Adelaide University Medical Orchestra created a great vibe and kept the tunes coming all evening.

The College was represented by Dr Rob van den Berg, Chair, SA Regional Committee; Mari-anne Houghton, Manager Training Support and Operations; Katherine Economides, Senior Executive Officer SA/NT and Barbara Arscott, Executive Officer SA/NT. Dr van den Berg gave a speech acknowledging her many contributions to the College training program and presented a gift from the College.

The warm regard in which Associate Professor Guha is held was clearly expressed in many ways during the evening. Toward the end she gave a speech summarising her career, in the context of her self-determined KPI that CAHLN produces physicians that can hold their own anywhere in the world. Her speech received a standing ovation.

Associate Professor Guha will clearly be missed but her lasting legacy is secure in the positive influence she has had on hundreds of trainees, her many colleagues, and the life of the College.

Two of South Australia's most powerful women in science, medicine, innovation and space

Congratulations to Associate Professor Margaret Arstall and Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier for being named as two of 'South Australia’s most powerful women in science, medicine, innovation and space'

The Adelaide Advertiser recently published a list of Ceiling Smashers – women of influence in the arenas of science, medicine, innovation and space, and two SA physicians were among them:

Associate Professor Margaret Arstall FRACP: the Advertiser reported on her work establishing cardiology services at Lyell McEwin, her research into heart disease in women and her establishment of the first clinic supporting heart health in new mothers.

Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier FAFPHM, FRACP: the Advertiser noted she is the first female Chief Public Health Officer in South Australia, and cited her contribution to medical research, her work in the areas of child health, obesity prevention, environmental health and Aboriginal health, and her substantial committee and board appointments.

You may also have seen that SA Health acknowledged their contributions in this LinkedIn post.

Gerry Murphy prize winner: Dr Kate Murton

A highlight of the year in the AFPHM is the Gerry Murphy Prize oral presentation night, held in each Australian state and territory and in New Zealand. As you may know, the Prize is made possible through a generous bequest to the AFPHM by the late Dr Gerry Murphy FAFPHM. The SA presentations were held Tuesday 12 November at the College SA/NT Regional Office in North Adelaide.

Two applicants presented to an audience of AFPHM Fellows, a representative from SA Health and the RACP Senior Executive Officer for SA/NT.

  • Dr Katrina Lyne presented on ‘Healthy Workers Healthy Futures: Follow-up evaluation of a workplace health promotion initiative’
  • Dr Kate Murton presented on ‘A welcome sight: describing the eye health of newly arrived refugees in Adelaide, SA’.

The winner was Dr Kate Murton, who will receive a full RACP Congress 2020 trainee registration, gala dinner registration, return airfares, and attendance at the AFPHM President’s Dinner at Congress.

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Pictured (L-R): Dr Wayne Clapton, Dr David Johnson, Dr Katrina Lyne, Dr Matthew McConnell, Dr Kate Murton, Dr Doug Shaw

SA Rural Medical Workforce Plan

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing released the Consultation Draft of the Rural Medical Workforce Plan on 31 July. The SA Regional Committee helped inform the College’s submission. The submission made several recommendations in these areas:

  • Consideration of supervisor capacity in any expansion of specialist trainee positions
  • Mandating a minimum percentage of rural training
  • Supporting expanded salaried positions for GP proceduralists but not at the exclusion of expanded patient accessibility to physicians
  • Supporting creation of integrated geographic networks of hospitals within LHNs, requiring active collaboration between metropolitan and regional LHNs as opposed to responsibility resting with the regional networks in need
  • The medical staffing model should take into account the need for specialists to have viable public and private business models in order to support sustainable local practices
  • The RACP’s Medical Specialist Access Framework should be used to form partnerships with ACCHOs to drive integration of specialist services
  • Supporting telehealth and associated medical services that facilitate specialist telemedicine
  • Supporting development of a detailed and costed version of the overall Plan
  • Ongoing engagement with South Australian physicians and paediatricians. SA Health’s Plan is ambitious but deliverable if accompanied by appropriate consultation, resourcing, and appreciation for the physicians’ and trainee physicians’ diverse (often specialty-specific) clinical workflow and training obligations.


Minimum unit pricing for alcohol

It’s been just over a year since the Northern Territory introduced a minimum price on alcohol, a policy strongly supported by our colleagues in the NT Regional Committee and advocated in the College position statement on alcohol. So far, the outcomes are highly encouraging. Members from South Australia and other states are watching the developments in the NT closely as the RACP continues its campaign for minimum unit pricing on alcohol across the nation. Following concerted advocacy efforts in Queensland and NSW, a recent media release and accompanying social media noted the first anniversary of the floor price in the NT and discussed the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing alcohol-related harm. After all, “Booze should not be cheaper than water” as Dr Rob Tait, chair of the RACP NT Regional Committee said in the release. The RACP is keen to take the positive outcomes from the NT Government’s alcohol reform package to all states and territories and ask for a national rollout of minimum pricing. The campaign continues apace: we just called on neighbouring Queensland to introduce a minimum price on alcohol. We ask all South Australian members to support us in this important campaign.

Territory kidney care

Kidney disease in Australia disproportionally affects remote living Indigenous Australians, who experience end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) six times that of non-Indigenous Australians. Integrated systems of care which focus on prevention and care coordination can slow the progression to ESKD and reduce complications of inter-related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In the NT, where the Aboriginal population is highly mobile and often access multiple community and hospital-based services, there are significant challenges to the provision of optimal integrated care.

The aim of the Territory Kidney Care (TKC) system development is to design an integrated clinical decision support tool for early CKD identification and management that consolidates patient records from government and non-government, primary and tertiary services, to:

  • close the information gap,
  • support the delivery of targeted, evidence-based care and
  • improve the patient journey.

The design of TKC was informed through extensive research including a review of cost-effective CKD management programs; economic benefits of clinical data registries; and barriers/facilitators to the uptake of technologies. Extensive user engagement and input determined the key system requirements. The TKC clinical support system is intended to facilitate integrated care through early engagement of primary health clinicians to provide targeted and timely care to improve health outcomes and the patient experience. The system provides risk stratification on three levels – targeted individual patient recommendations, advice for cohorts at risk and aggregated reports for quality assurance and service. Critically the system does not change the primary health service user interface, require the adoption of additional technologies or completion of paper-based records.

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TKC information Flow

Image 2 - Paul Kamler and Joe Parry - ref article on Territory Kidney Care - November 2019 NT e-BulletinThe TKC V1 system was released into the production environment in April 2019. Over the last several months, targeted NT Renal Services Clinicians have been working with TKC development partners to review and validate the TKC outputs. Further development (TKC V1.1 Release) will; improve the TKC User Interface based on feedback from users, and refine the TKC Inference Engine which, through the application of clinical knowledge-based algorithms, will produce the Individual Patient Synopsis Report. This information will provide the basis for clinical decision support messages from Renal Specialists to Primary Health providers to support integration and early intervention across Primary and Tertiary Care. It is intended that TKC will be deployed across the Territory via a staged rollout as more Health Services choose to join the TKC system.

Dr Megan G Brown
Nephrologist, Alice Springs Hospital

Trainee in focus: Alyssa Fitzpatrick

Image 3 - head and shoulders Alyssa Fitzpatrick - ref November 2019 SA e-Bulletin - Trainee in FocusWhat is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
As a third year Basic Physician Trainee (Adult Medicine) at Royal Adelaide Hospital, the most rewarding element of the varied roles I undertake is to see the little threads of clinical experience, lectures and long-case practice start to come together. It helps me grow as a physician. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to see the patient and their family more fully, and to be able to work with them to achieve their goals.

What is it about your work that makes you want to get out of bed each morning?
Certainly, the clinical team I work with – it makes such a big difference to the work-day. I’ve been fortunate to be a member of a number of wonderful teams, working with inspiring medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied health staff. Knowing that, despite the occasional chaos, there will be someone to laugh with, seek advice from or share a chocolate with makes going to work a pleasure.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
As a trainee, particularly pre-exams, the day was the frenetic mix of managing clinical duties and exam preparation. The day typically involved a morning huddle to strategise the day, ward round and clinical tasks, punctuated by attendance at tutorials and long-case rounds. Our post ward round coffee, however, was a crucial staple as a mini-brain break and to prepare for the next part of the day!

How do you manage work/life balance?
Particularly pre-exams, I was fortunate for the support of family, friends and study group for managing work/life balance. As much as study can be intrusive on personal time as the looming exam approaches, maintaining some regular exercise and scheduling down-time with family helped to prevent burn-out. It is important to have a hobby outside of medicine that you participate in purely for the joy it brings you.

Become a South Australian Regional Committee representative

We are seeking Fellows to help advance the interests of local members and to contribute to the life of the College in South Australia.

Current activities of the committee include:

  • planning events that support the local membership (such as the Annual Scientific Meeting),
  • contributing regional perspectives to College policy development,
  • representing the College in the media on local issues,
  • representing our state in both national and local policy and advocacy matters.

Some examples of recent advocacy endeavours in SA:

Being a representative is not an overly time-consuming commitment. The Committee meets five times per year.

How to apply

No prior committee experience is required. The Bylaws give more detail.

Submit your expression of interest and your CV to the SA/NT Regional Office.

For further information email the SA/NT Senior Executive Officer, Katherine Economides or Chair, Dr Rob van den Berg.

Join the South Australian Trainees’ Committee

‘The SA Trainees’ Committee seeks enthusiastic and motivated paediatric, adult medicine, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and public health trainees to join the SA Trainees’ Committee.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with post-graduate medical education and College representation.

Meeting four times per year, the committee is responsible for addressing educational and well-being issues that affect trainees across the State. We organise several annual educational events for trainees and are always looking for new ways to support and assist trainees.

This is not a time-consuming commitment and is very manageable while you are preparing for exams. There is also the opportunity to extend your involvement to the National level on various working-groups and committees. No prior experience is required and we welcome applicants from all stages of training.

For further information about the role please click the link EOI SA Trainees' Committee

Upcoming events

Supervisor Professional Development Workshop 1 – Practical skills for Supervisors

When: Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Where: RACP South Australian Office, Level 2, 257 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA

Practical Skills for Supervisors incorporates the overarching themes of developing trainee expertise and using coaching techniques to improve feedback practice.

This workshop focuses on delivering feedback using two frameworks, the GROW model and the four areas of feedback. By using these models, supervisors can facilitate change and growth in trainees towards expert performance.

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Supervisor Professional Development Workshop 2 – Teaching & Learning Healthcare Settings

When: Thursday, 28 November 2019
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Where: RACP South Australian Office, Level 2, 257 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA

Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings provides a range of teaching strategies to manage and overcome challenges supervisors face in a complex healthcare setting. These strategies include planning for learning, differentiated instructions for multi-level groups, and using teaching techniques such as questioning.

This workshop explores some cultural aspects that may impact on learning, including the hidden curriculum, tribalism and the need for effective role modelling.

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SA Convocation

When: Saturday, 30 November 2019
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre

The first-ever Adelaide-based Fellowship Convocation/Ceremony is being held after the Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, 30 November.

Using the insights gained from the new Fellow survey, this event is a pilot to trial regionally-based ceremonies, and its success will, we hope, be the catalyst for future ceremonies in SA and other regions. This is in addition to the two large Ceremonies approved for 2019; Auckland (held in May in conjunction with Congress) and Sydney (to be held at the end of October).

We are inviting all South Australian-resident Physicians who have gained Fellowship since 2015 and have not attended a Ceremony. Available places are capped, so will be allocated on a first-come basis. If you are able to attend, please email Member Services to register.

We encourage your participation to make this a successful sustainable South Australian event.

SPDP Facilitator Workshop (SA, NT, and WA Fellows)

When: Thursday, 20 August 2020
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Where: Alice Springs

Details will be available closer to the date, but please save the date.

Recent events

My Health Record Information Session

We were joined by Australian Digital Health Agency Dr Lalia Tabassam (a GP) and Country SA PHN Sarah Wiles who shared valuable information on MHR features, and functionality, privacy and security obligations, as well as how to access further information and support. Those in attendance engaged in open conversation with Dr Tabassam and Sarah and benefited from receiving answers to questions about their specific circumstances for a better understanding.

Statistics and Evidence-Based Medicine

Presenters Advanced Trainee Dr Anthony Chuang and Dr Philip Clayton FRACP were able to provide trainees with a deeper understanding of statistics in medicine. This full day workshop incorporated the use of multiple-choice questions to cement learning and gave the participants opportunities to network throughout the day.

Advanced Trainee Forum and Research Workshop

Attendees heard firsthand from Advance Trainee Dr Zayna Adamu on flexible training pathways, how to be a good supervisor from Dr Krishnan Varikara FRACP, followed by an excellent research workshop presented by Dr Katy Gibb FRACP and University of Adelaide Research Fellow Clara Pham.

  Image 5 - Dr Chuang presenting at Workshop - November 2019 SA e-BulletinImage 6 - Trainees at the Workshop - November 2019 SA e-Bulletin

New online course on working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

globe-pexels-photo-893126Learn how to work more sensitively and effectively with migrant, refugee and asylum seeker patients in this new online course.

The course provides relevant facts and practical strategies for objectives such as good cross-cultural communication and facilitating easier navigation of the healthcare system. The course includes the perspectives and stories of a diverse range of individuals to help show the full picture.

Accessible anywhere and optimised for mobile on-the-go learning, RACP Online Learning Resources are free for members and counts towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Basic Trainees - have you used the College Learning Series online resources?

As part of its Education Renewal Program, the RACP has introduced an online lecture series, the College Learning Series (CLS), that reflects the renewed Basic Training curricula.

The CLS is an interactive online educational resource to support Basic Trainees across Australia and New Zealand. There are over 350 lectures available online, and filters to help you find just what you need. Visit the College Learning Series online (member login required) to access.

Did you know?

Dr David Baulderstone, DPE at Royal Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) is leading the new CLS program for the national Paediatrics DPE group. Initially lectures are being recorded by paediatricians in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, with discussions underway in Perth and Melbourne.

In 2020, the CLS will include dedicated First Nations Health lectures for the first time. The NT is working with NZ to develop this topic, and the following lectures are scheduled for recording in the

NT in the coming months:

  • Hepatitis B in Indigenous Australians
  • Skin infections in Indigenous Australians
  • Indigenous nephrology
  • Indigenous rheumatology and lupus
  • Indigenous endocrinology & gestational diabetes

Wellbeing resources

There are a wide range of resources available to you including:

  • From the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: A podcast on Grappling with burnout, mental health and ‘institutional health’ by ENT Surgeon, Dr Eric Levi.
  • From the NT PHN e-News: New resource to promote mental health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities. This short video, which was released during Mental Health Week, provides information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about common mental illnesses, staying strong, and seeking help. The video is available on YouTube in nine Aboriginal languages and in Aboriginal English.
  • From Doctors Health SA: A variety of resources including:
    • Crisis Counselling Services
    • Creative Doctors
    • Doctors' Health Blogs
    • Doctors Health TV Books Articles
    • Mindfulness
    • Research on Doctors' Health & Wellbeing
    • Doctors Sharing their Health Stories

Fellows can claim CPD credits by listening to Pomegranate Health Podcasts

marrabinyaEp53: Marrabinya — a hand outstretched

Marrabinya is a Wiradjuri word meaning 'hand outstretched'. It’s the name of a service in the Western New South Wales Primary Health Network which financially supports Indigenous Australians to attend specialist consultations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples receive specialist medical care 40 per cent less often than non-Indigenous Australians. It’s easy to imagine communities out in the red desert and blame culture clash or the tyranny of distance, but most Indigenous Australians live in cities or regional communities. The Marrabinya staff explain how socioeconomic factors and institutional biases can accumulate to prevent Aboriginal patients from receiving the care they need.

Marrabinya is an exemplary model of principles that RACP has formalised in the Medical Specialist Access Framework. Indigenous leadership, cultural safety, person and family-centred approach and a context-specific approach can all contribute to great gains in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Guests: Marrabinya Executive Manger Donna Jeffries and chronic care link staff Desley Mason, Kym Lees, Possum Swinton, Sandra Ritchie, Donna Jeffries, Melissa Flannery, Joanne Bugg, Jacob Bloomfield and Gaby Bugg.

Fellows of theRACP can claim CPD credits via MyCPD for listening to this episode and reading the resources below. Subscribe to Pomegranate Health in Apple iTunesSpotify or any Android podcasting app 

Frequently asked questions

What are the opening hours of the SA/NT Regional Office?
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Where is the SA/NT Regional Office?
Suite 7, Level 2, 257 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA 5000

How do I contact the College?
SA/NT Regional Office: +61 8 8465 0970
Member Services: 1300 697 227

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