Tasmania — August 2018

Welcome to your local Tasmanian RACP eBulletin

Following the recent Committee elections, a new committee term has begun, which will run through until 30 June 2020. A number of continuing members are on the committee, as well as some new members. To see who makes up the membership of your regional committee please view the RACP Tasmanian Regional Committee page on the RACP website. A new Chair of the Commitee will be confirmed at the first Committee meeting of the new term, to be held later this month.

We thank outgoing Committee Chair Associate Professor Robyn Wallace. Robyn was a driving force for the Committee in her tenure as Chair and led the Committee in a number of areas. Of particular note was the work in advocacy to government and other stakeholders including clinical services for vulnerable populations in Tasmania and for alcohol and drugs services and policy in Tasmania.

An exciting development for Tasmanian members is the announcement that the 2018 RACP Tasmanian Conference will be held in Burnie on Friday, 2 November. More information is available later in this bulletin. It is shaping up to be a very educational event for members and a great opportunity to network with colleagues from your state.

The next edition of this eBulletin is due for publication in November and we are always looking for relevant content. This editions ‘Tasmanian Spotlight’ section features an article on Dr Kerryn Atwell. If you have a service or member you would like to nominate to be the feature for the Tasmanian spotlight section, please let us know.

We welcome any advice on how we can better support the Tasmanian members through local activities. Send us your feedback and suggestions via email.

RACP Tasmanian/Victorian Regional Office Team

Tasmanian spotlight — focus on members and services 

Dr Kerryn Atwell is a dual trained paediatrician in neonatology and general paediatrics at the RoyalDr Kerryn Atwell Hobart Hospital. She is a member of the Tasmanian Regional Committee.

There are many things I love about paediatrics and because I enjoy working with both children and babies I pursued dual training in General Paediatrics and Neonatology with FRACP qualifications completed in 2013 and 2017. I was particularly inspired to follow a broad approach to medical care after working in Darwin in my early medical training where the interactions between health, living conditions, politics, and history were obvious. I really enjoyed gaining further knowledge of Aboriginal Culture and Law through formal study and visiting remote communities.  My childhood was in the northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia where Indigenous culture was considered mainstream knowledge and I returned there for my rural term.  I first studied Science at Adelaide University, and I followed on with Post Graduate Medicine at Flinders University, graduating in 2002. 

An area of great interest to me is the evidence basis for practice and appropriate use of statistics, epidemiology and health economic principles, which I have studied during a Masters of Public Health.  My projects have resulted in two publications, with the most significant recently published in Pediatrics. In this publication, my team reports significant selection bias within outcomes of extremely premature babies and an accompanying editorial.

I met my Tasmanian partner in Darwin and twice I have taken extended leave from Paediatric training to travel to many fascinating countries, experience other cultures and learn languages.  Some on the most interesting were Mongolia, Japan, Turkey, Guatemala, Cuba and Argentina.  I have been extremely fortunate to also have children during Paediatric training, which has been humbling, rewarding and very sleep depriving!  To enable shift work, we stayed near my extended family in Adelaide before heading to Hobart in 2016 to complete Neonatal training.  To further learn the systems, resources and people of Hobart I spent 2017 as Senior Registrar in General Paediatrics at Royal Hobart Hospital.  This year I’ve worked as a General Paediatric VMO at RHH, and I'm currently taking leave with my third baby. 

Understanding the unique circumstances of each family and the social and political determinants of health are essential to each child’s medical care.  I joined the RACP committee as it can be a powerful resource to advocate for children in Tasmania and I look forward to the opportunities this will bring.

Join us at the RACP Tasmanian Conference

The 2018 Tasmanian Physicians Conference will be held on Friday, 2 November 2018 at the North West Cancer Centre in Burnie. The RACP Tasmanian Regional Committee encourages all trainees, Fellows and supervisors to attend. 

The program will involve both a day and an evening session. The day session will include a number of informative updates and presentations on the impact of e-health, models for dealing with behavioural problems, and smoking cessation programs, just to name a few. Please continue to re-visit our event page for up-to-date information on the event program. Also included in the day session will be presentations for the Tasmanian Trainee Research Awards.

The evening session will include a networking session for members and will feature the presentation to the winners of the Tasmanian Trainee Research Awards and the awarding of the T.C. Butler and F.R.T. Stevens Prizes. The Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) Workshop 2 on teaching and learning in healthcare settings will follow and will feature a sit down dinner for participants.

The conference is free for RACP members to attend so we encourage you all to come along for what promises to be a great day. Numbers for some sessions may be limited so please register your interest to attend.

Photo credit: Ed Jones Photography. Used with permission from Burnie City Council.

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.

Support services for Supervisors in Tasmania

The RACP currently runs the Fellow facilitated Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) which is a three part program designed and developed specifically for Supervisors, in collaboration with leaders in education. These workshops are an excellent opportunity to engage and exchange ideas with peers and colleagues. RACP members serving as a supervisor, new to supervision and those who have not previously attended a supervisor workshop are encouraged to attend. The workshops are free for RACP members to attend and can be completed in any order. Each of the workshops are three hours long with a 10-20 minute break (face-to face) or can otherwise be completed over a five week period (online). SPDP workshops are categorised as Practice Review & Improvement on the RACP's 2018 MyCPD Framework so participants can earn up to three Continuing Professional Development credits per hour for attending SPDP workshops.

Supervisors who have already completed SPDP Workshop 1 are also invited to attend Facilitator Training on Wednesday, 19 September in Sydney. By completing this training you will become accredited to facilitate these workshops in your own training setting. For more information please email the Tasmanian Office.

View details of upcoming SPDP workshops available in Tasmania.

T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize submissions now open

The Tasmanian Regional Committee of the RACP is offering the T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize, which is made possible due to two generous bequests from RACP Fellows based in Tasmania.

Dr T C Butler was a distinguished physician who was attached to the Royal Hobart Hospital. Dr F R T Stevens was a physician at the Launceston General Hospital, was involved in the founding of the medical school at the University of Tasmania and was an active member of a number of committees associated with the RACP, the University of Tasmania and other bodies.

There are three sections for this award (Basic Trainee, Advanced/Faculty/Chapter trainee, and Fellow) with a prize available in each category. The prizes will be presented alongside the RACP Trainee Research Awards, this year held as part of the 2018 RACP Tasmanian Conference in Burnie on 2 November.

The closing date for submission of abstracts for the T C Butler and F R T Stevens prize is Friday, 28 September 2018 and more information on the award can be found online.

Your Trainees' Committee — Victorian Tasmanian Trainees’ Committee (VTTC)

The VTTC is a forum for Victorian and Tasmanian Basic and Advanced trainees that advocates for Victorian and Tasmanian trainees at the state and national levels in a number of domains including training, assessment, education, promoting research, professional development and workforce. It also advocatesfor trainee wellbeing and provides an unbiased forum for trainees to raise their issues and concerns. If you would like to speak to one of our committee members directly please view the current membership list and contact details. Alternatively, you can bring anything to the attention of the committee by contacting the RACP team.

Register now for online Trainee Wellbeing Event

Please set aside the morning of Saturday, 13 October 2018 for our inaugural Trainee Wellbeing morning. This is a new event instituted by the VTTC to focus on trainee wellbeing, and is a great opportunity for you to attend online and learn more on wellbeing. The event will feature information and tips on wellbeing, presentations from your colleagues on their experiences of dealing with the sort of stresses and issues trainees face, and a workshop on cultivating self-awareness.

View more details about the event and register to attend online. If there is interest from multiple trainees to attend together at particular hospitals please let us know and we can investigate booking a room at your hospital for you to attend together.

Trainee Research Awards abstract submissions now open

The RACP Trainee Research Awards identify and acknowledge the best trainee research presentations in each state and territory. 

This is an excellent opportunity for trainee representatives to present their ideas and research in a professional and public setting.

Two Tasmanian representatives, one for research in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine, will be selected to attend RACP Congress in Auckland in 2019.

Abstracts for the Tasmanian regional competition close on Friday, 28 September. Trainees from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are eligible to apply. Abstracts should be submitted to the Tasmanian RACP, adhering to the abstract guidelines.

All members are encouraged to attend the Tasmanian competition which will be held as part of the 2018 RACP Tasmanian Conference on Friday, 2 November. For more information,  visit the RACP Trainee Research Awards page.   

Informing the next generation of trainees

The Tasmanian University Medical Students’ Society (TUMSS) requested a Paediatric trainee representative of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to attend the TUMSS Careers Expo held in May at the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart.

The TUMSS’ Careers Expo is an annual event designed to provide medical students with insight into the wide variety of career options and training programs that exist beyond graduation. This is an opportunity for students to hear personal stories and reflections of career journeys, and ultimately be inspired by where their career choices could take them.

This year, Dr Lara Philips (Community and Child Health Advanced Trainee), Dr Bryan Mitchelson (Paediatric Cardiology Advanced Trainee) and I attended to represent the RACP and provide advice to aspiring future trainees and promote the RACP. We each discussed our personal career journeys thus far within the RACP and made comment on the unique challenges and rewards of Basic and Advanced training.

The expo was well received and the students were grateful to receive an understanding of the functional aspects of a number of training programs. From the viewpoint of my role on the RACP’s Victorian/Tasmanian Trainees’ Committee (VTTC), I was able to gain an understanding of the specific concerns of these medical students and potential future trainees. A very relevant ongoing concern for medical students and junior doctors alike is the limited number of training positions across many specialities. They also expressed the importance of considerations such as flexible training options, work-life balance and wellbeing in choosing their path. It is their hope that the RACP can be progressive in its support and advocacy for these future trainees.

Dr Theresa Naidoo

Dr Theresa Naidoo is a Community and Child Health Advanced Trainee at the Royal Hobart Hospital and is a member of the RACP Victorian Tasmanian Trainee Committee (VTTC).

Free workshop on becoming a Fellow

Are you a New Fellow or Advanced Trainee approaching Fellowship?

You're invited to a free workshop that will  assist you during the transition from being a trainee to becoming a Fellow. The workshop will be on Saturday,24 November at the RACP Victorian Office and online for Tasmanian Members.

Topics are still being finalised, however in the past, the workshop has covered topics such as:

- hospital practice/private practice 
- becoming a supervisor
- should I do a PhD?
- medical legal aspects
- how to attain Fellowship

Participants will also be provided with materials to support their journey into Fellowship. This is a morning session with the day expected to begin at 9am and finish by 1pm. The confirmed program will be released at a later date.

To register your interest to attend or for further information please email the RACP 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

Need a hire car for work or holiday?

Book your passenger vehicle through your new RACP Member Advantage benefits website to access discounted rentals from popular car hire companies. Member Advantage

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.

*Terms and conditions apply.
^Offer not available on prestige car vehicles including Audi.

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