Victoria — August 2018

A message from your Victorian Regional Committee Chair

The RACP Victorian Regional Committee has just undergone elections and has now begun a new committee term which will run through until 30 June 2020. I am pleased that we have a nice mixture of continuing and new members on the committee. To see who makes up the membership of your Regional Committee please view the RACP Victorian Regional Committee page on the College website

The newly formed Committee will hold its first meeting in the second week of August where we will discuss goals for the two year term. One area we will focus on is the 2018 Victorian State Election where we will be active in advocating ahead of the election on health issues relevant to our members.

The Victorian Regional Committee and other Victorian Committees have a number of events that we will oversee between now and the end of the year. These include the Continuing Education Workshop, the Trainee Research Awards, Trainee Wellbeing Event, Supervisor Professional Development Workshops, and the RACP Victoria Christmas Lecture. If you haven’t been along to one of our lectures or events before I strongly urge you to consider attending as they are not only great for increasing your education, but also for networking with your colleagues.

The next edition of our newsletter is due for publication in November and we are always looking for relevant content. This edition's ‘Victorian Spotlight’ section features an article from Dr Rahul Barmanray, one of the Victorian Tasmanian Trainee Committee representatives. If you have a service or member you would like to nominate to be the feature for the Victorian spotlight section, let us know.

I welcome any advice on how we can better support the Victorian members through local activities. Please send us your feedback and suggestions.

Professor Judy Savige
Chair, Victorian Regional Committee

Victorian spotlight — focus on members and services Dr Rahul Barmanray

Dr Rahul Barmanray is an Endocrinology Advanced Trainee at Western Health and member of the RACP Victorian Tasmanian Trainee Committee. He shares his thoughts on the AMA Victoria Careers Expo and informing the next generation of trainees.

Final year medical students have the unenviable task of applying for diverse intern positions and thereafter progressively rarer vocational training program places. Students find themselves having to commit to a path ever earlier so that they can go to the right conferences, meet the right people, and start the right research to give them the best chance of being selected. To make this a little easier the Australian Medical Association of Victoria (AMAV) holds their annual medical careers expo. This year Dr Tegan French and I, from the RACP’s Victorian Tasmanian Trainees’ Committee (VTTC), along with Fellows from the RACP Victoria Regional Committee and RACP staff, attended the expo to speak to students and junior doctors about careers as an adult physician or paediatrician.

As in previous years the students broadly fall into a few different groups. There are always those who have decided on their medical specialty of interest and have specific questions for the team. Then there are many students who in the often insulated university and clinical school environments want to first know what the RACP actually is and does. By far the largest group, however, are those students who have decided or are keen on pursuing physician training and want to know how to go about this following internship. It seems the morass of PGY2 jobs variously named ‘Medical HMO’, ‘RMO – medical’, or ‘HMO (BPT 1) by health services leaves students and interns alike confused as to how to pursue the physician path. Fortunately the RACP can make sense of all this for them.

Specific concerns this year included as expected the issues with the written exam cancellation as well as concerns that there will soon be an entrance exam for basic physician training. With the oversupply of junior doctors relative to vocational training positions not showing any signs of correcting there is much anxiety among medical students regardless of the training pathway they wish to pursue. Their appreciation at being able to discuss these with current trainees and Fellows was clear.

The role of the VTTC is to support and advocate for physician trainees and our recent work has exemplified this. Attending the Careers Expo made it clear that the concerns of future trainees are no different to current trainees and our continued advocacy will be no less required by the time they become trainees.

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 Victoria

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 to 20 minute break (face-to-face) or can otherwise be completed over a five week period (online). SPDP workshops are categorised as Practice Review and 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 RACP Victorian team

View details of upcoming SPDP workshops available in Victoria.

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 advocates for 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 sending an email to the RACP Victorian Team.

Register now for Trainee Wellbeing Morning

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. It's a great opportunity for trainees to learn more about wellbeing and network with other trainees. The free 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.

Find out more about the event and register by email. Registration is required for catering purposes and as numbers may be limited

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, and New Zealand.  

Two Victorian 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 Victoria regional competition close on Wednesday, 5 September. All trainees can apply. Abstracts should be submitted to adhering to the abstract guidelines.

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

All members are invited to attend the Victorian competition which will be held on Wednesday, 10 October from 7pm to 9pm at the RACP Office on Level 2 at 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Visit the RACP Trainee Research Awards web page for more information.

New Fellows' and Advanced Trainee Workshop

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 held on Saturday, 24 November at the RACP Victorian Office.There will also be the opportunity to connect via video conference for those living in regional areas.

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

- hospital pactice/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 or for further information please email the RACP Victoria team.

Continuing Education Workshop on 15 September

The Continuing Education Workshops are run four times a year on Saturdays from 9am to 11.30am at the RACP Victorian Office. The workshops are broken up into three sessions, with each session focusing on an update in a certain specialty and are a great way for members to update their knowledge in a specialty area away from their own area of expertise. Each speaker provides a 45 minute presentation on relevant updates in their sub-specialty area.

Register to attend the 15 September workshop.

Come along to our Family Christmas Lecture event

Members are invited to attend a Christmas Lecture organised by the Victorian Regional Committee. This year's lecture is called A cup of tea, a Bex, and a good lie down - the rise and fall of APC.  It will look at medical history in Australia and will be delivered by Professor Richard Travers.

Members are encouraged to bring a family member with them for what is sure to be a very informative and interesting lecture. The broad topic is aimed at all levels and it's hoped the evening will provide your family with a better understanding of the RACP and your role in it.

The Christmas Lecture will be held on Friday, 9 November from 6pm to 7.15pm at the RACP Offic on Level 2 at 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. To register to attend email the RACP Victorian team

In addition to the featured events above, below are some other regular events held at the RACP Victorian Office. Please contact the RACP Victoria team for information or visit the RACP events webpage to see a list of events.

Notifiable conditions changes come into operation in September

Changes to Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations, in relation to specific infectious diseases and medical conditions that must be reported in Victoria, come into effect on 1 September 2018.

Regulations have been changed to reduce the notification workload for medical practitioners, streamline reporting and modernise the scheme.  The total number of conditions that medical practitioners are required to notify has been reduced and the requirement for medical practitioners to provide written follow up for ‘urgent’ (formerly ‘Group A’) conditions has been removed. Due to the vital data provided by laboratory reports, pathology services will still be required to provide written notification for all conditions.

The changes come after the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services undertook a review and public consultation on the review was conducted in September and October 2017. Stakeholder feedback helped shape the new regulations. 

More information about the changes is on the health.vic website.

A weekend away to learn

The 2018 Tasmanian Physicians Conference is on Friday, 2 November 2018 at the North West Cancer Centre in Burnie. Held on what is often the unofficial ‘Melbourne Cup extra-long weekend’ for Victorians, this one day conference is a great opportunity for Victorian members to get away, attend the conference on the Friday and then see the sites of Burnie and North-West of Tasmania for the remainder of the weekend.

The program will include a number of informative updates and presentations on various topics, presentations in the Tasmanian Trainee Research Awards, a networking session and an evening session with the Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) Workshop 2 on teaching and learning in healthcare settings. It will also include a free sit down dinner for participants of the workshop.

The conference is free for RACP members to attend but numbers for some sessions may be limited so please register your interest to attend. To register or find out more information please email the RACP Victorian team.


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

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

Specialists in Western Victoria can plan now for SafeScript

From mid-August medical practitioners, including specialists, in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network region can register and enroll in training for SafeScript, ahead of the launch in October. The Western Victoria Primary Health Network region will be the initial focus, with roll out to the rest of Victoria in early 2019.

More Victorians have lost their lives to prescription medicine overdose than the road toll. SafeScript use will give medical practitioners greater confidence when prescribing high-risk medicines, providing real-time dispensing records for high-risk medicines supplied to their patients.

Specialists will be emailed a link and instructions for SafeScript registration or can register via the SafeScript website from mid-August. There will also be a dedicated support line to assist clinicians through the registration process.

Specialists are encouraged to take advantage of online SafeScript training, which can attract CPD points. Three training modules will cover safe prescribing of high-risk medicines, using respectful communication to discuss medicine dependence, as well as how to use SafeScript.

Visit the SafeScript web page for more information or see the Western Victoria Primary Health Network web page to find out whether you practice in the  region.

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Presents: 2018 Graeme Schofield Oration

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is presenting the 2018 Graeme Schofield Oration on Wednesday, 19 September. This year’s oration will be delivered by Professor Adnan Hyder on the topic of Injury Prevention and Public Health Research in the 21st Century.

Visit the RACP website to find out more about the event.

Program of reforms for specialist clinic services delivered through Victoria’s public hospitals - expressions of interest

The Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking a program of reforms for specialist clinic services delivered through Victoria’s public hospitals. A key focus is the development of consistent state-wide referral criteria for use by GPs and other community-based practitioners. The focus is on reviewing the most common referral requests in different speciality groups.

The Department is now seeking expressions of interest from specialists in the gynaecology, neurology and gastroenterology fields to participate in the clinical review panel. The panel will review the proposed referral criteria based on current referral guidelines developed by health services as well as Health Pathways guides developed by Primary Health Networks (PHN).

It is expected that each panel will meet twice in 2018.  Meetings will be held after hours. Other members on the panel will include specialists, GP's & PHN.

For further information, or to express an interest in joining a clinical review panel please contact the Department

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.

Diabetes course opportunity

The University of Melbourne is running a What's new in Diabetes course that may be of interest to specialists working in the field of diabetes.

For more information visit the course website.

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