Trainee News - November 2015

Welcome to Trainee News

Welcome to the first edition of this quarterly update for trainees. There are many e-Bulletins currently being distributed around the College, but this is the only one targeting trainees in particular. Ultimately we hope that ‘Trainee News’ will bring you trainee-specific information. We want to help you discover what the College can and is doing for trainees, and support you by offering targeted and relevant information about the College’s activities. If you have any feedback on this e-Bulletin, or any contributions for publication in the next edition, please let us know at

The College Trainees' Committee (CTC) is a committee of the Board of the RACP which was established in 2003. Since then, the CTC has evolved into an integral part of College life, representing the interests of trainees to the College. The CTC membership comprises of representatives from New Zealand and each State and Territory in Australia. The members are a mix of Basic Trainees, Advanced Trainees, dual-trained members, and trainees from each of the three Faculties. The CTC also have representative positions for International Medical Graduates and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views.

My name is Alexandra Greig. I am an Advanced Trainee with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) and the current Chair of the CTC. I am also involved in a number of other college committees including the AFPHM Faculty Trainees Committee and the College Fellowship Committee. As the Chair of the CTC, alongside Dr Evan Joliffe, Deputy Chair of CTC and Chair of the New Zealand Trainee’s Committee, I sit as a Trainee Representative on the College Board.

I first became involved with the CTC because of a desire to represent the interests of trainees and to advocate on their behalf. The CTC is a unique forum where we recognise the positive aspects and work to improve and reduce the challenges associated with training. No matter what training pathway you are in we are all balancing the demands of our workplaces, navigating what is required to meet our  training requirements and hopefully finding some time for family and friends and outside interests along the way. I became a doctor and decided to train in Public Health out of a sense of vocation – in the words of the college motto ‘to serve the health of our people’. The reason I continue to be involved in the CTC is in the hope that, through our work as a committee, we can make the experience of training more collegial, supportive and enjoyable for all trainees. And that by doing so, we can all focus our energies on what is truly important – the people and communities we serve.

The Committee has just held its final meeting of the year and has made good progress with many of its top priorities. The CTC wanted to improve the communication with trainees across the College as well as continue advocating on behalf of trainees in areas such as Selection into Training and Capacity to Train. We have also been heavily involved in the development and implementation of Trainee Orientation days, the implementation of Trainees’ Day as part of the RACP Congress, and advocating for the health and wellbeing of doctors. We hope to continue this momentum into the new year and have already begun planning the 2016 Trainees’ Day schedule which you can read more about in this e-Bulletin.

Trainees are an integral part of the College and there are many ways that trainees are engaging with the College by representing and advocating for trainees’ views on various committees and working parties. By being involved in these groups, the trainees’ voice is becoming stronger in College policies and procedures. Two trainees sit on the RACP Board, and combined, we are truly helping to shape the College's agenda and future. If you have been active on one of the many College committees as a trainee rep, please let us have your feedback so we can report to the wider trainee community on your involvement.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved in the College, your region or specialty to express your interest in positions available. I have found it immensely rewarding. We will continue to advertise vacant positions for various College and regional committees and working parties in this e-Bulletin and we hope you will get involved. 

The next edition of Trainee News will be delivered to your inbox in March, 2016. In this edition we will introduce your regional representatives so that you can tap into your local network of support. 

With best wishes,

Dr Alexandra Greig
Chair, College Trainees’ Committee


Trainees' Days

New Zealand Trainees’ Day – Making Good Decisions: at work and at home

The Otago School of Medicine at Christchurch Hospital will host the 2016 New Zealand Trainees’ Day, on Saturday, 19 March 2016. 

Trainees’ Day provides a dynamic program which changes annually. The theme for the one day program is ‘Making good decisions: at work and at home’, with a good range of topics that address decisions faced by trainees concerning training, careers and wellbeing.  

Trainees’ Day is hosted by the New Zealand Trainees’ Committee and is not to be missed by New Zealand trainees. It is highly valued, a great way to meet and connect with your peers, and well attended with 90 to 100 trainees each year.  

The day of presentations will be followed by a dinner at the Rosebank Estate winery.

The cost to attend is $250 (NZD). Attendees may be eligible for funding through their District Health Board. Registration is now open.

College Congress Trainees’ Day – Survive and Thrive

The 2016 College Congress will be preceded once again by the College Trainees’ Day, on Sunday, 15 May, in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Trainee wellbeing is at the forefront of the program, with planned sessions on mindfulness and yoga relaxation in addition to tackling relevant and contentious issues such as bullying in the profession. There will be professional development sessions to suit trainees at all stages of training – with sessions on topics such as preparing for examinations, learning how to present yourself when applying for jobs, dealing with conflict, complex decision making and mentoring skills.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, step out of your comfort zone and network with trainees from all around Australia and New Zealand. Why not make the most of the opportunity and stay on for Congress or to explore Adelaide and its beautiful surrounding areas?

Mindful Medicine

Mindfulness-based interventions have dominated Western psychology for the past 20 years, being incorporated into almost all non-pharmacological treatment strategies. Mindfulness is a skill also now widely adopted in non-clinical domains, including finance, business and professional sport – with Time magazine recently proclaiming a ‘mindful revolution’.  

Mindfulness has been incorporated into many primary and secondary school curricula and some university programs, such as medicine at Monash University in Melbourne and law at Newcastle University, NSW. 

There is a growing body of evidence supporting its use in medicine, not just to improve health outcomes for patients but also to reduce stress and distress for health professionals and to improve their clinical practice as leaders and healers.  

Mindfulness is best described as paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It is a mind state of open awareness and complete engagement to internal and external stimuli that arise in each passing moment. When practised daily, mindfulness can lead to improved self-awareness, self-regulation, concentration, academic and occupational performance and social skills. Through the mechanisms of neuronal plasticity, the more you practise mindfulness the greater the gains.

If you are interested in trying some mindfulness to enhance your clinical skills and personal health and wellbeing, check out the free online resources below.

Dr Susannah Ward, CTC representative AFRM, Advanced Trainee Rehabilitation Medicine

The importance of having a mentor

Two are better than one…not doing it alone. We all know how much difference an astute piece of advice can make or, for that matter, even just having someone who understands the realities of our profession listen. Sometimes working as a doctor is not as easy as others make it look.

It is a long recognised pattern that often the most successful trainees have mentors. Knowing first-hand the benefits of mentoring, the members of the New Zealand Trainees’ Committee and College Trainees’ Committee are intent on seeing as many trainees as possible make the most of this opportunity. It can really enhance the training experience and provide additional support.

What stops trainees from having a mentor? 

For Basic Trainees it may be that the life of a consultant seems distant or you may not know any consultants well enough that you would be comfortable confiding in them or taking up their time. Perhaps consider approaching an Advanced Trainee to mentor you instead?

Maybe things are tracking along nicely and you honestly do not think you need any additional advice or support. Consider having a mentor as adding value rather than fulfilling a need – there may be blind spots that you do not realise or future options that you have not taken into account.

And finally, perhaps you think any difficulties with work are beyond what a mentor might be able to help with. If that is the case, a fresh perspective may help. If you don’t know how to go about identifying a potential mentor or who to approach, most Directors of Physician Education (DPE) and supervisors know of consultants or Advanced Trainees who would be more than willing to be a mentor. 

As committee members, we are available for a chat; email us at

The practicalities are up to you. Meet in whichever context works best for you and as frequently as you see fit (although regularly is of course helpful in developing a good relationship). You do not need to have the same mentor for your entire training and your mentor does not need to be from your specialty. 

And for all of the trainees who have the most inspiring, encouraging and sage mentors, don’t forget to nominate them for the RACP Mentor of the Year Award 2016. 

Dr Hannah Jones, Advanced Trainee, New Zealand Trainees’ Committee

Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) revision

The College is proposing updates to the Learning Needs Analysis used for trainees undertaking PREP training. These changes are based on feedback from members, gathered over the last few years. 

We invite you to give your feedback on these proposed changes, before their implementation in 2016. The proposed new designs, including the changes, can be viewed online, along with a survey for you to provide your feedback. Please complete the survey before Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Trainees in Difficulty

From 1 January 2016, the RACP will be assisting trainees who encounter difficulties during their training which disrupt their ability to meet and complete their training requirements through a new policy and pathway. 

This new, structured training support provides a clear pathway and supporting resources for trainees, and their supervisors, to navigate and address difficulties at an early stage, and in a fair, transparent and confidential manner. Training difficulties may relate to trainee progression, the training setting or the trainee/supervisor relationship.  

Stage 1

Support is offered in a staged approach, starting first at a local level, with additional support offered through your supervisor. If you are experiencing difficulty during your training program, you should contact your supervisor in the first instance. If you do not feel comfortable talking to your supervisor about the difficulty, you can approach your Director of Physician Education (DPE), another senior Fellow, or contact the Training Support Unit at the College to seek advice.

In some cases, your supervisor may notice that you are having some troubles, and suggest that you work together to manage the situation. At this point, supervisors and DPEs will make use of the College ‘Improving Performance Action Plan’ (IPAP), which you will work through together, to set learning objectives and activities to assist you to get back on track.
The College is not notified at this stage and it is hoped that this early intervention will help you get your training back on track quickly. If you apply yourself to working through the IPAP over the designated period of time, achieve your learning objectives and return to meeting the expected levels of performance for training, you will return to the standard training pathway and requirements, and there is no need to advise future supervisors that you have been on the pathway, unless you encounter further difficulties in the future. 

Stage 2

If your training difficulties are not resolved at the end of a period of local support, your supervisor will notify the College, by submitting their supervisor assessment report at the end of the training period. 
The Training Support Unit at the College will then get in touch to arrange additional support. This will include letting your supervisors know how they can support you, and is designed to ensure that you have access to regular feedback on your training performance and that you have well structured, achievable learning objectives to enable you to reach the expected standard.

During Stage 2 Training Support, you will need to submit an IPAP, and three-monthly reports to the Training Support Unit, so they can assist the committee with monitoring your performance.

Stage 3 

If at the end of the agreed period of Stage 2 support there are still significant difficulties then Stage 3, a Comprehensive Review of Training (CRT), is implemented. There are two possible outcomes of this:

  • Involuntary Discontinuation of Training
  • Training continues with conditions.

“It is important that trainees recognise any difficulties as early as possible, and seek help to rectify these, rather than failing to address them and ending with a failed result at the end of a term of training. Efforts made to remediate problems and document progress through the official pathway will help trainees get their training back on track quickly so they continue progressing through training” said Victoria Baker-Smith, Senior Executive Officer, Training Support. “The College’s Training Support Unit, can co-ordinate extra support that is sometimes necessary. Please reach out for help when you think it is needed.”

More information on the support policy and pathway will soon be available on the College website at

College Education Policies in development

Four education policies are currently open for consultation, and all trainees are invited to contribute to this process. 

The policies currently in development are:

  • Flexible training, and Progression through training
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) participation
  • Academic honesty and plagiarism
  • Assessment.

The revisions and changes in these policies are collaboratively developed and shaped by key stakeholders, including, for example, such important revisions as a reduction in the number of attempts at Divisional examinations.

A consultation pack for each of these policies (including a summary document outlining key policy features and standards) is available on the College’s Education Policy Development page. Please submit your feedback through completion of a brief survey or via email, before Monday, 23 November 2015. Details and links are available on the webpage.

Peer Review Working Groups will then be convened to review the consultation feedback and recommend the final policies for Education Committee approval. 

RACP NT Annual Scientific Meeting, 28 November 2015, Darwin

The RACP Northern Territory Committee invites all trainees to attend the RACP NT Annual Scientific Meeting.

The theme of the event will be 'Physicians as advocates' with a particular focus on climate change and vulnerable children.  

The Northern Territory RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the regional round of the AFPHM Gerry Murphy Prize will also be held during the event.

Two RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence representatives will be selected, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine to present at the 2016 RACP Congress. 

A regional finalist will be selected to present at the national AFPHM Gerry Murphy Prize competition at the 2016 RACP Congress.

Venue: Hotel Novotel Darwin Atrium, 100 The Esplanade, Darwin
Date: 28 November 2015, 9am to 5pm
Registration: To register for this event please complete the registration form  and email it to​

New Zealand Trainees’ Committee

The NZ Trainees’ Committee provides a valuable forum for the voice of over 900 NZ trainees. Representation on the committee is from across NZ regions and College Divisions, Faculties and Basic and Advanced Training. The 14 committee members are very active in advocating on behalf of NZ trainees at all levels of College governance and in all matters affecting selection, training, assessment, supervision and the overall education experience with the College. Recommendations are also made at a policy level. The NZ Trainees’ Committee is a standing committee of the NZ Committee and works alongside the College Trainees’ Committee.

The Co-Chairs of the NZ Trainees’ Committee provide good representation at the governance level. Dr Evan Jolliffe is a trainee representative on the College Board and NZ Committee, while Dr Jin Russell represents trainees on the newly formed College Council. Other committee members provide representation for trainees on other college bodies including NZ Policy and Advocacy committee, NZ Adult Medicine and Paediatric & Child Health Division committees and NZ Māori Health committee.

During the last year, a key focus for this committee has been the wellbeing of trainees.  This was reflected in the theme for the 2015 NZ Trainees’ Day which was ‘Live Well, Work Well’. The committee has been working to identify and develop initiatives to encourage trainees to take care of themselves, to improve the mentoring culture in NZ and to provide better support to trainees in difficulty. Work is happening not just at the local level but also more broadly to provide input to these issues at a College wide level.

The committee is currently working on the 2016 NZ Trainees’ Day. The theme for 2016 is ‘Making good decisions: at work and at home’ with a good range of topics that address decisions faced by trainees concerning training, careers and wellbeing. Significant input has been provided by the committee into the organisation of this very successful event which is usually attended by 90 to 100 NZ trainees. The committee appreciates the huge amount of support from NZ Fellows who attend for the day as speakers and to engage with our trainees, and the valuable support provided by college staff in ensuring the day runs smoothly.

The NZ Trainee’s Committee is always interested in hearing from NZ trainees on matters that trainees feel are important to them. We understand that, especially for new trainees, learning what the College does and how it serves its members can feel opaque or complicated. We are here to help and support trainees. Do keep in touch with us at and look out for when the Committee calls for applications for new members! 

​Expressions of Interest

EOI: Consultation workshop on accreditation models for colonoscopy facilities

Applications are invited from Gastroenterology trainees of the College who are interested in representing the College at one of the consultation workshop on accreditation models for colonoscopy facilities.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has been appointed by the Australian Government to lead a consultation on a safety and quality model for colonoscopy services. The expansion of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program will see Australians aged 50 to 74 being invited to be screened for bowel cancer every two years by 2020, increasing the annual screening invitations from approximately one million to four million. It is estimated that the expansion of screening will result in an increase of annual follow-up colonoscopies from around 20,000 to over 100,000.

The Commission and the Australian Government Department of Health will consult with the public and private hospital sectors, clinical colleges and societies and consumers to propose a model for accreditation of colonoscopy services. Building on a review of the literature, pilot projects conducted in Australia, and advice from the Conjoint Committee of Gastroenterology Society of Australia and Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand, a discussion paper will be issued in early November 2015. The consultation will include four workshops in capital cities and a series of targeted interviews with key stakeholders.

The workshops will be held on the following dates from 9.30am to 1.30pm with lunch provided. Venue details will be provided closer to the date: 

  • Melbourne: 27 November 2015
  • Sydney: 2 December 2015
  • Perth: 30 November 2015
  • Brisbane: 7 December 2015

Please note: This appointment is self-funded. Trainees should apply to attend workshops in their State of residence. The RACP will only be sending one College trainee representative.

Term and commitment
The term of this appointment is for one workshop only.

College requirements of members
As an RACP representative at the consultation workshop on accreditation models for colonoscopy facilities you will be required to:

  • Adhere to the College’s Code of Conduct 
  • Provide the RACP with a report or summary of meeting outcomes as agreed with the Policy and Advocacy department.
Please attach a copy of your Curriculum Vitae as relevant to this position, and email your completed application form to by 12.00pm Tuesday, 24 November 2015

EOI: Supporting successful setting accreditation

Accreditation is a powerful tool that underpins the delivery of training programs in health services and other settings. Approximately 70 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, use accreditation as part of their quality assurance processes around medical education and training. The RACP has been accrediting workplace training settings for over ten years. These settings range from tertiary hospitals to non-clinical private enterprises.

In the decade since RACP began accrediting settings the healthcare landscape has changed, including increased public scrutiny of, and changing expectations around, its delivery, the introduction of new learning models and a steady increase in the number of trainees.

To ensure that accreditation delivers the best outcome for trainees, supervisors and settings, and reflects the current needs of the healthcare environment, the RACP is reviewing its accreditation system with the aim to develop a comprehensive College wide strategy and process for the accreditation of all training settings and networks. To support the development of the strategy and process the College Education Committee (CEC) has approved the formation of an Accreditation Working Group. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being accepted to join this Working Group.

Meetings will be held four times per year face to face, with up to six teleconference meetings if required. Members will need to commit to attending the inaugural meeting to be held in November 2015 and the majority of meetings that follow. 

Key responsibilities of the Accreditation Working Group are to: 

  • develop a College accreditation system for physician training and phased implementation plan including accreditation standards that support competency based curriculum and a governance model for the accreditation system changes
  • include in the scope of accreditation networks, training setting and training unit with standards for both institutional and programmatic elements
  • ensure that standardisation of accreditation processes across all training programs is incorporated into the accreditation system
  • include in the system the plan for recruiting, selecting and training the accreditation assessment team
  • make recommendations to the College Education Committee in relation to the requirements of the accreditation system and implications of the changes. 

Successful candidates will possess the following:

  • in-depth knowledge of the College’s current accreditation system as well as an understanding of emerging issues and trends in accreditation of physician training programs
  • the ability to represent the broad spectrum of issues across accreditation of all physician training programs beyond their own specialty or Division
  • an understanding of competency based training and the role accreditation plays measuring these outcomes
  • significant experience in setting and/or program accreditation.

EOIs, including a resume and supporting statement outlining how the applicant’s knowledge, qualifications, experience and interest in accreditation of physician training programs will contribute to the objectives of the Accreditation Review Working Group should be sent to by Thursday, 26 November 2015.

For further information, please refer to the Accreditation Review Working Group Terms of Reference or contact

EOI: Basic Trainee Representative(s) for the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee

The Adult Medicine Division is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from two Basic Trainees to join the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee (AMDEC). One of the positions is a permanent voting member of the AMDEC; the other will act as a non-voting proxy member who will act in a supporting role with an aim to move into the permanent position. 

The AMDEC oversees the implementation of College Educational Policies and the Adult Medicine Basic and Advanced Training Programs.  More information is available in the Terms of Reference (TOR)

The College recognises that trainees, as future Fellows of the College, have a very important role in the College’s training program. As such, the College involves trainees in all aspects of its complex governance as representatives of their fellow trainees. 

Roles/responsibilities of Trainee Representatives include but are not limited to:

  • Commitment to regular attendance at meetings of the Committee 
  • Providing trainee perspective to the issues of concern
  • Representing trainees’ interests
  • Advocating on behalf of trainees.

The term of office is for two years. The AMDEC meets throughout the year, with four face-to-face meetings in Sydney, and up to six teleconferences throughout the year, as required. The representative will need to be available to attend the majority of these meetings to provide a Basic Trainee perspective. The AMDEC is specifically looking for a Basic Trainee who is currently in their second or third year of training to take the permanent role, and a Basic Trainee who is in their first year to take the proxy position.

For more information, please email Expressions of Interest (no more than one page) must be received by close of business, Monday 30 November 2015.

EOI: College Trainees’ Committee Representatives

The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), Chaired by Dr Alexandra Greig, is the peak College body representing the interests of trainees and has 16 representatives from our Divisions, Faculties and regional Trainees Committees’ throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The CTC is focused on a number of priorities, including:

  • improving communication with trainees, including the development of a Trainee Communications Strategy
  • continued advocacy on behalf of trainees in areas such as Soft Funding for paediatric positions, Selection into Training, Capacity to Train, the review of the accreditation of training sites and academic pathways that integrate training and research
  • ongoing development and implementation of trainee orientation days
  • embedding Annual Trainees’ Day as part of the RACP Congress
  • advocating for the health and wellbeing of doctors. 

The CTC champions the trainee perspective and ensures the trainee voice is heard across our College.

Due to a number of representatives finishing their training, the CTC is seeking applicants for representative positions from the Northern Territory and a representative who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. 

Being a part of the Trainees’ Committee provides a unique opportunity to engage with the College and represent the needs and voice of trainees on key matters such as selection into training, assessment and overall education. 

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the CTC are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form and CV to by 5.00pm (AEST) Friday, 18 December 2015.  

Basic Training

2016 Handbook changes now available on the website

  • Key change: minimum training time required in Australasia 24 Months; not previously specified. This is to ensure that trainees receive adequate exposure to local practices and health services.

Registration for 2016 

  • All trainees must renew their registration with the College annually. 2016 Basic Training annual applications (for new and continuing trainees in Australia) opened on Monday, 16 November 2015 and close on Sunday, 28 February 2016.
  • The deadline for trainees in New Zealand to submit their re-registration is Sunday, 31 January 2016
  • Did you know; if you are definitely training for the full year but have not been allocated your terms for the full year, you can register your terms as ‘TBA’ and submit an amendment form as soon as you know your rotations? Please submit details of all such rotations prospectively and as soon as you are made aware of your rotations.

2015 PREP Tools and Annual Progress Reports

  • Sunday, 20 December 2015 is the final date for submission of all 2015 PREP Tools and Annual Progress Reports.  (trainees in New Zealand)
  • Sunday, 31 January 2016 is the final date for submission of all 2015 PREP Tools and Annual Progress Reports. (trainees in Australia)
  • Are you attempting the Written Examination in 2016? Please submit all your PREP Tools and your Annual Progress Report prior to the deadline. 
  • Failure to submit all tools will result in non-certification of the training year and in-eligibility to sit exams. 

Advanced Life Support (ALS) Courses

  • Have you submitted proof of completion of your ALS (Adult Medicine trainees) or ALS in Paediatrics (Paediatric and Child Health trainees) course?
  • Did you know; all Basic Trainees are required to complete these courses within their first year? Your Basic Training cannot be marked as completed unless we have a certified copy of your ALS course.  

Advanced Training

2016 Handbook changes now available on the website

  • The full 2016 Program Requirement Handbooks will be available on the website from Tuesday, 1 December 2015.

Registration for 2016 

  • All trainees must renew their registration with the College annually. 2016 Advanced Training online registration (for new and continuing trainees in Australia) will open in December.
  • New Zealand Advanced Trainees re-register by submitting their prospective applications to the RACP office by the due dates: 
  • 31 March – Applications for Approval of Advanced Training for April – August rotations due
  • 31 May – Applications for Approval of Advanced Training for the second half of the year and August – December rotations due             
  • 31 October  - Applications for Approval of Advanced Training for the first half or whole of 2017, or December – April rotations due 

2015 Program Requirements

  • Sunday, 31 January 2016 is the final date for submission of all 2015 PREP Tools and Supervisor Reports for trainees in Australia. These are due for submission at the end of the training rotation for trainees in New Zealand.
  • Please refer to your specialties 2015 Program Requirements Handbook for more information.


Investigations in Medicine Course for RACP Trainees 2015, 21 and 22 November, Melbourne

This two-day event is designed for Basic Trainees and will have sessions on a variety of specialties. The full program is available to download.

Venue: Charles Latrobe Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Date: Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 November
Cost: Basic Trainees $125 (includes catering), limited places available at no cost to RACP Advanced Trainees and Fellows
Registration: Please email 

AFOEM VIC/TAS Trainee Meeting, 23 November 2015, Melbourne

Venue: Warringal Private Hospital
Date: Monday, 23 November 2015, 5pm (with dinner to follow)

RACP NT Annual Scientific Meeting, 28 November 2015, Darwin

The RACP Northern Territory Committee invites all Fellows and trainees to attend the RACP NT Annual Scientific Meeting.

The theme of the event will be 'Physicians as advocates' with a particular focus on climate change and vulnerable children.  

The Northern Territory RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the regional round of the AFPHM Gerry Murphy Prize will also be held during the event.

Two RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence representatives will be selected, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine to present at the 2016 RACP Congress. 

A regional finalist will be selected to present at the national AFPHM Gerry Murphy Prize competition at the 2016 RACP Congress.

Venue: Hotel Novotel Darwin Atrium, 100 The Esplanade, Darwin
Date: 28 November 2015, 9am to 5pm
Registration: To register for this event please complete the registration form and email it to

Open invitation to talk with the RACP Board, 2 Dec 2015, Sydney

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is a diverse and vibrant organisation and busier than ever. It is important to ensure that members have the opportunity to be heard by, and engage with the Board to further strengthen the College. 
To enable that engagement, members are invited to meet with members of the Board at this open meeting to be held in Sydney. All trainees are encouraged to attend.

The Board is looking forward to meeting with members and sharing free flowing discussion on issues and subjects that are important to you.
Venue: RACP Education Centre, Level 8, 52 Phillip St, Sydney
Date: Wednesday, 2 December, 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Registration: To assist with catering please RSVP to by Friday, 27 November.

AFOEM NSW Trainee Meeting, 7 December 2015, Sydney

Regional training meetings are an opportunity for AFOEM trainees to engage with other AFOEM trainees and Fellows and build their knowledge of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM).

Venue: RACP, Macquarie Room, Level 4, 145 Macquarie St, Sydney
Date: Monday, 7 December 2015, 5.30pm-7pm

AFOEM QLD Trainee Meeting, 17 December 2015, Brisbane

Regional training meetings are an opportunity for AFOEM trainees to engage with other AFOEM trainees and Fellows and build their knowledge of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM).

Venue: RACP Office, Unit 20, Level 3, Royal Brisbane Place, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston (opposite the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital) 
Date: 17 December 2015, 5.30pm - 7pm

RACP New Zealand Trainees’ Day, 19 March 2016, Christchurch

NZ Trainees’ Day is an opportunity to network with trainees from across the country.

The program, based on the theme ‘Making good decisions: at work and at home’ will offer information and skills development to support you in balancing your physician career with all other elements of life.

This event is suitable for trainees in all specialties and at all stages of training. Please note, attendees may be eligible for funding from their DHB.

Venue:  The University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine, Christchurch Hospital
Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
Cost: $250 (includes dinner)
Registration: To register for this event, please complete the registration form and email it to

If you have any questions please email

Recommended accommodation: Breakfree on Cashel, 15 minute walk to Christchurch Hospital, Discounted rates are available for RACP trainees, so make sure you mention you are attending the RACP NZ Trainees’ Day to obtain the discount.

College Congress Trainees’ Day, 15 May 2016, Adelaide

The 2016 College Congress will be preceded once again by the College Trainees’ Day, on Sunday, 15 May, in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Date: 15 May 2016
Registration: Opens soon

RACP Congress 2016 - Evolve Educate Engage

Join us from Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 May 2016 for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' (RACP) Annual Congress in Adelaide, South Australia.

RACP Congress provides physicians and paediatricians across the College the opportunity to come together, discuss the latest research and contribute to advancements in their specialties. Congress attracts continuing professional development points and supports skills development.

For more details please visit 

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Date: 16 May 2016, 8am to 18 May 2016, 5pm

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