Tasmania - November 2019

A message from your Tasmanian Regional Committee Chair

Stay up to date with our newsletter from the Tasmanian Regional Committee. The Committee plays a vital role as part of the College and acts as connecting body to Fellows and Trainees across Victoria. Join us in taking a closer look into our events and awards that are being presented to our members and take part in our programs - be it as a trainee, fellow or supervisor.

In this edition, read about the Annual Tasmanian Conference held in Launceston in early November. This year’s theme was on physician vulnerability: are you at risk. The Conference explored online communications and medico-legal risk as it can be challenging for physicians to remained informed, confident and protected in their practice with constant changes in these areas. Please see article below to for what was a very educational even, and a great opportunity to network with colleagues and celebrate great work of our members.

This edition also includes winners of the RACP Tasmanian Trainee Research Awards.

The next edition of our newsletter is due to be published in March 2020 and we are always keen to publish interesting content and support our Tasmanian members. If you wish to contribute or have a service or member you would like to nominate to be featured in the newsletter, please let us know.

As this is the last edition for this year, I wish all Tasmanian members and their families a happy and prosperous holiday season and New Year.

Dr Rajesh Raj
Chair, Tasmanian Regional Committee

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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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Annual RACP Tasmanian Physician's Conference a great success

The 2019 RACP Tasmanian Conference was held on 8 November at Launceston Hospital with a great turn out of members from across the State.

The day started with an opening statement by Prof Niki Ellis, RACP Member Board followed by presentations on online communications for medical professionals including social media discussing risks, responsibilities and rewards, advise on specialist use, access and consent of My Health Records and a physician’s perspective on practicing at the medico-legal interface.

The highly competitive Tasmanian Trainee Research awards were held later in the morning. Presentations and submissions were of very high quality. The afternoon sessions were spilt with Adult physicians receiving clinical update on EVOLVE and reducing low-value care by Professor Peter Procopis and Professor Graeme Jones.  The Paediatric physicians were delighted to have Dr Melanie Turner present on psychopharmacology in the paediatric and youth population.

The evening concluded with members coming together to network before participating in the Supervisor Professional Development Program, (SPDP) Workshop 3 on teaching and learning in healthcare settings which featured a sit down dinner for participants.

The Conference was a great success and members who attended provided great feedback. Please see an eye out if you are interested in being part of the 2020 Annual Tasmanian Conference.

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Professor Niki Ellis presenting at the 2019 Tasmanian Conference

Winners of Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards

The Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards were held on Friday 8 November at the RACP Tasmanian Conference. Six finalists presented, three trainees from Adult Medicine and three from Paediatric Medicine.

After extensive deliberation by our judging panel, Dr Jasmine Zhu was judged the winner in the field of Adult Medicine for her abstract titled: Predictors of mortality in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasisa Type 1 and Dr Emily Cripps was judged the winner in the field of Paediatric Medicine for her abstract titled: Impact of probiotic use on the incidence of NEC – a single centre cohort study.

Both winners receive return flights, registration and three days accommodation to showcase their research at RACP Congress 2020, held in Melbourne.

We thank all trainees who submitted their abstracts and those that presented. The topics were all of high standard and were very well received by the large audience. Thank you to our judging panel – Dr Barry Gilbert, Dr Nicky Webster and Dr Matthew Lee-Archer.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards are funded from donations received by members and representative from all of the various Australian states are selected to attend RACP Congress 2020 following local competitions.

Supervisors Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops

Host a SPDP face to face workshop

Contact your local Member Support Officer or the Supervisor Learning Support (SLS) unit for assistance in organising a workshop at your local site or upcoming specialty Annual Scientific Meeting.

Contact Supervisor Learning Support if you are interested in hosting a SPDP workshop.

Become a SPDP online course / face to face workshop facilitator

SPDP workshop facilitators are RACP Fellows who are interested in medical education and facilitating skill-based workshops with their peers. They plan, manage and provide guidance for SPDP workshops to ensure each workshop is:

  • Credible - physicians are best placed to facilitate training for their peers
  • Focussed on supervisor needs - ensure relevancy to supervisors from all training programs
  • Accessible and flexible - flexible and adaptable workshop design which can be held at ASM and in local settings

Contact Supervisor Learning Support if you are interested in becoming a Facilitator.

Are you a new Fellow or Advanced Trainee approaching Fellowship?

A free New Fellow and Advanced Trainee Forum will assist you with the transition from being a Trainee into Fellowship. This Forum is scheduled to take place in May 2020. All Tasmanian members are invited to attend this online event.

To register your interest in advance please email us.

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 

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