PCHD Education Committee Communiqué August 2016

Read the highlights for key issues discussed at the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee (PDEC) meetings, held on 1 July and 15 August 2016. The PDEC also met with the AMDEC on 1 July 2016.


The PDEC welcomes Dr Pita Birch to the Committee who has been appointed as the Advanced Training Committee Delegate (Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine).

Current membership of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee:

  • A/Prof Paul Fullerton, Chair
  • Dr Hala Katf, Deputy Chair / Advanced Training Committee Delegate (General Paediatrics)
  • Dr Raewyn Gavin, Chair, NZ PDEC
  • Clinical Prof Sean Beggs, Chair, Basic Training Committee
  • A/Prof Susan Moloney, Overseas Trained Physicians Delegate 
  • Dr Nicholas Cheng, Continuing Professional Development Delegate
  • Dr Mike Nowotny, Assessment Lead
  • Dr Christopher Ryan, Accreditation Lead
  • Dr Christopher Pearson, Advanced Training Committees Delegate (Community Child Health)
  • Dr Sarah Jamison, Advanced Training Committees Delegate
  • Dr Pita Burch, Advanced Training Committees Delegate
  • Dr Lucy Cain, Basic Trainee Representative
  • Dr Melanie Fentoullis, Advanced Trainee Representative 

ATC Reports to the PDEC

The PDEC recently endorsed the updated ATC Report to the PDEC for 2016, which will need to be completed by 31 January 2017. A number of new sections have been added for 2016.

In line with governance guidelines, PDEC is required to review the Terms of Reference for all ATCs (and other subcommittees) on a two-yearly basis and would like to encourage ATCs to closely consider if their Terms of Reference are suitable, and if changes need to be made, indicate the change and the rationale in the ATC Report.

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM)

At the joint meeting of the AMDEC and PDEC on 1 July 2016, the DECs discussed the importance of both adult medicine physicians and paediatricians having exposure to the particular issues that affect adolescents and young adults, and the need to improve transitions between paediatric and adult services.

The DECs would like to encourage anyone who might be interested in working with adolescents and young adults to consider the following resources:

  • The Advanced Training Program in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) will commence as of the 2017 training year. Advanced Trainees who may be interested in undertaking dual training in the pathway are encouraged to look at the information contained on the RACP Website or contact AdolescentMed@racp.edu.au
  • The Working with Young People e-learning module is available for both trainees and fellows.
Associate Professor Paul Fullerton, Chair
Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee
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