Tasmania - December 2022

A message from your Regional Committee Chair

Dr Matt Lee-ArcherWe recently held our annual Tasmanian physicians’ conference on Friday, 11 November 2022 at Peppers Silo in Launceston. With over 30 physicians in attendance, we were fortunate to have a range of fabulous speakers for the afternoon program, in addition to our Trainee Research Awards presentation.

The conference provided an excellent opportunity to enjoy each other’s company once again, and to welcome trainees and Fellows who were new to the College - or even to the state of Tasmania. It was also great to spend some quality and more relaxed time over drinks and dinner following the program.

Tas ConferenceI want to take this opportunity to thank our speakers and those who took the time to attend, especially those who travelled from afar to get to Launceston. After a break from face-to-face events over COVID-19, it was heartening to be back together.

Our new Tasmanian Regional Committee is enthusiastically discussing priority areas to focus our efforts on, and we will update you on our workplan as it evolves. Currently, our priority areas are:

  • The Tasmanian trainee experience
  • Child health
  • Priority populations in Tasmania

Season’s greetings to you all.

Dr Matt Lee-Archer
Tasmanian Regional Committee 

An update from your Regional Trainees' Committee

It has been great to see a number of new faces join the Victorian Tasmanian Trainees’ Committee over the last few months. Our Committee now has ten members, including: 

  • Dr Hannah Bills (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Kristof Wing (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Sam Grigg
  • Dr Declan Connoley
  • Dr Mandeep Kalsi
  • Dr Lavanya Gupta
  • Dr Manjri Raval
  • Dr James Pho
  • Dr Melanie Yeoh
  • Dr Tarryn Luitingh

We look forward to working with this great group and are currently developing the Committee workplan. Some key areas being considered within the plan include gender equity, communication with the College and trainees, building a more robust trainee network within the College, and coordination between the Trainees’ Committee and other Regional Committees. 

We have also been able to attend some of the university career expos including at Monash University and the University of Tasmania. Below is a summary of the Tasmanian event in August by Dr Kristof Wing, Basic Trainee in Adult Medicine.

Career expoIt was a pleasure to talk with final year medical students at the University of Tasmania about why being a physician is so rewarding. Michael Carney, Kathy Griffiths, Dr Theresa Naidoo, and Dr Kristof Wing entertained and engaged students in formal and informal sessions during the evening.

Drs Naidoo and Wing highlighted their career trajectories and spoke about the road to becoming a physician, as well as the high points of their journeys. The to-be interns were very enthusiastic and caught us over a dinner of delicious channa daal provided by the Tasmanian University Medical Students’ Society (TUMSS).

Questions ranged from the structure of physician training and settings that could take place, to what expected practice patterns might be like. It is apparent that becoming a physician is attractive to many medical graduates, though we did face stiff competition from the psychiatrists and rural specialists! It was apparent that the graduates valued scope of practice, flexibility of training, and flexibility of training setting in the selection of their future career paths. 

We wish you all the best for the end of the year.

Dr Hannah Bills and Dr Kristof Wing
Tasmanian Trainees' Committee Co-Chairs

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