PCHD Council 2016 mid-year communiqué

Read about the latest key activities of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) Council for the first half of 2016.

Dear Fellow and trainee members,

Dr Sarah Dalton began her term as the President of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) and Prof Paul Colditz began in the role of PCHD President-Elect.

The Division is active on a number of fronts as follows.

Education & Training

  • Input to the draft 2016 progress report to the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Council of New Zealand on standards, conditions/recommendations that arose from College re-accreditation in 2014.
  • The 2016 PCHD Written Examination was held across 15 locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. There were 271 Paediatrics & Child Health candidates and the pass rate was 71%
  • The 2016 PCHD Clinical Examination was held across 28 locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. There were 242 Paediatrics & Child Health candidates and the pass rate was 77%
  • For the first time both the Australian and New Zealand paediatric Clinical Exams were held earlier in the year in May.
  • Development of a new Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) dual training pathway is progressing well.
  • Ongoing contribution to the Basic Curriculum Review including submitting a recommendation for child protection training in the curriculum.
  • Ongoing contribution to new the development of policy on ‘capacity to train’ and ‘selection into training’.

Policy & Advocacy

  • The following position statements are underway:
  • Input to the RACP submission to the World Health Organisation's Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes.
  • Input to the RACP submission to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Consultation Paper – Proposal P1028: Infant formula (standards to improve regulation of infant formula products with the P1028).
  • Letter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Marketing of Infant Formula: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement.
  • Input to the RACP submission to the Australian Senate Standing Committees on 'Environment and Communications - harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet'.
  • Input to the RACP submission to The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners consultation for the draft 'Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice (Red Book)' – 9th edition – Chapter 3: preventive activities in children and young people.
  • Input to the RACP submission to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists consultation for the draft 'Clinical Guidance on the Use of Antidepressant Medications in Children and Adolescents'.
  • Input to the RACP submission to the State of Queensland (Queensland Health) consultation for the draft 'Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021'.
  • Letter to Mayor John Bowler, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, The use of 'caning' on children as a form of punishment, 5 April 2016.
  • Letter to The Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC Attorney General; Minister for Commerce, The use of 'caning' on children as a form of punishment, 5 April 2016.
  • Division representation on behalf of the College at external roundtables/meetings including: The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Consultation Workshop on Clinical Quality Registries; The National Community Child Health Council; and the Australian Human Rights Commission talk on the progress of Child Rights in Australia and the Launch of CRC 25 – the Australian Child Rights Progress Report.
  • Determined new Division representation on behalf of the College on External Bodies: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnostic instrument steering group; and National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee (NTAC).

For more information please see mid-year Policy & Media Outputs 2016.


  • The Australian Paediatric Research Network (APRN) toolkit is available via the RACP MyResources gateway and there is a link to the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) resource. Claim MyCPD under Category 1: Research at 1 credit per hour per when using these resources.

PCHD Awards 2016

  • Professor Dinah Reddihough presented 'Disability at the Crossroads: improving the care of child ren with cerebral palsy' at the College Congress and was presented the 2016 Howard Williams Medal.
  • Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health: A/Professor Harriet Hiscock – Brief School-entry sleep intervention improves child outcomes: Randomised controlled trial.
  • Rue Wright Memorial Award: Dr Jessica Costa-Pinto - The parental immunisation needs and attitudes (PINA) survey in hospital paediatric clinics (PINA-H) and community maternal and child health centres (PINA-C) in Melbourne.

College Awards – paediatrics

  • RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence in the field of paediatric medicine 2016:
  • College Medal 2016 – A/Professor Susan Moloney
  • RACP Medal for Clinical Service In Rural and Remote Areas 2016 – A/Professor Adam Scheinberg
  • 2015 Examination Medal in Paediatrics & Child Health - Dr Luisa Maria Clucas
  • RACP International Medal 2016 – Professor David Brewster
  • Paediatric Merit Award 2015 – Dr Heather Burnett


  • In January Dr Nicki Murdock, in her capacity as PCHD President, attended the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA) Congress in India including the APPA business meeting.
  • The paediatric component of the College Congress in May was well received with topics including sleep entry intervention, sexual health, disability, mental health, female genital mutilation and cutting, and seatbelt related injuries.
  • The paediatric working group led by Dr Nicki Murdock did a fantastic job in developing the program.
  • The PCHD Annual dinner was held Monday, 16 May 2016.
  • The Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day had an excellent program and included a presentation from Professor Graham Vimpani - 'Lumping vs Splitting – Lessons from the Early Years'.
  • The Division congratulated the following paediatricians who received Australian Queen's Birthday Honours:
    • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division
      Professor Glenn Bowes FRACP – For distinguished service to medical education and its administration, to the advancement of child health and welfare, and through contributions to government and professional organisations.
    • Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
      Dr Niall Patrick Kelly (Patrick) FRACP – For services to children’s health.

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  • The PCHD Council endorsed changes to the PCHD Education Committee
  • PCHD Council:
    • Welcome to A/Professor Michael Gabbett - Elected Fellow, Dr David Everett – Elected Fellow, A/Professor Paul Fullerton – Chair of PCHD Education Committee, Dr Rod McClymont – Chair of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee, Dr Davina Buntsma – Trainee representative and Dr Bret McVinish – Trainee representative.
    • Thank you to Dr Nicki Murdock, Dr David Thomas, Dr Roger Tuck, Dr James Hodges, Dr Melanie Fentoullis, Dr Andrew Watkins and Dr Andrew Kennedy for their contribution.
  • Chapter of Community Child Health Committee:
    • Welcome to Dr Kirsten Furley - Trainee representative and Dr Natalie Ong – Adolescent Health representative.
    • Thank you to Dr Angela Titmuss, Dr Bessy Lampropoulos, Dr Catherine Marraffa and Dr Murray Webber for their contribution.
  • Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee:
    • Welcome to Dr Natalie Ong – CCCH representative and Dr Bridget Farrant – New Zealand representative.
    • Thank you to Dr Bessy Lampropoulos, Dr Gilbert Whitton, Dr Jane Holmes-Walker, Dr Kate Steinbeck, Dr Michele Yeo and Dr Shanthi Ameratunga for their contribution.
  • PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee:
    • Welcome to Dr Julie Chen – Trainee representative and Dr Alison Vogel – NZ representative.
    • Thank you to Dr Victoria Ward and Dr Stuart Dalziel for their contribution.
  • PCHD Research Committee:
    • Welcome to Dr Malcolm Battin – Appointed Fellow, Dr Catherine Choong – Grants Advisory Committee representative, Dr Carla Morley – Trainee representative and Dr Margaret Danchin – APRN representative.
    • Thank you to Dr Tony Huynh, A/Professor Harriet Hiscock, Professor Keith Grimwood and Dr Ralf Heine for their contribution.

View the Committee governance.

Council meetings

  • The Council met 22 February 2016, 23 and 24 June 2016 as well as via teleconference 6 April 2016
  • The Council is scheduled to meet 14 September 2016 via teleconference
  • The Executive Committee met 14 July 2016 and is scheduled to meet 26 October 2016

PCHD Committee communiqués

For information on key activities of the PCHD Committees, please visit their pages:

Dr Sarah Dalton, President
Paediatrics & Child Health Division
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