PCHD Education Committee Communiqué March 2016

Read the highlights for key issues discussed at the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee (PDEC) meeting, held on 11 March 2016.


The PDEC welcomes Dr Sarah Jamison to the Committee who is appointed in the position of Advanced Training Committee Delegate (Paediatric Emergency 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
  • vacant, Assessment Lead
  • Dr Christopher Ryan, Accreditation Lead
  • Dr Christopher Pearson, Advanced Training Committees Delegate (Community Child Health)
  • Dr Sarah Jamison, Advanced Training Committees Delegate
  • vacant, Advanced Training Committees Delegate
  • Dr Lucy Cain, Basic Trainee Representative
  • Dr Melanie Fentoullis, Advanced Trainee Representative

The PDEC have also appointed the Chair of the Assessment Committee - Paediatrics and Child Health Division. The PDEC would like to welcome Dr Michael Nowotny to the position. The PDEC will shortly be seeking Expressions of Interest from the ATCs in Clinical Genetics, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine and Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine for the vacant Advanced Training Committee Delegate position. If you think you might be interested in the position or seek further information, contact the PDEC at pdec@racp.edu.au

ATC Reports to the PDEC

The PDEC would like to thank all of the ATCs that submitted their 2015 Report to the PDEC. The PDEC considered all of the reports and noted feedback from the ATCs. The PDEC felt that there were interesting trends to consider in regards to the numbers of trainees in the Paediatrics and Child Health Division. The numbers of trainees in the program have a significant impact on workforce opportunities for trainees choosing particular subspecialties.

Program 2015 Adult trainees New Zealand Fellowship 2015 2014 2013 2012
Basic Training (Aus) 754 - - N/A 818 812 664
Basic Training (NZ) 152 - - N/A 150 106 127
Clinical Genetics 28 7 3 1 17 13 11
Community Child Health 105 - 12 13 81 67 47
General Paediatrics (Aus) 581 - - 71 485 371 268
General Paediatrics (NZ) 102 - - - 101 - -
Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine 88 - 6 11 78 69 60
Paediatric Emergency Medicine 66 - 4 4 59 42 34

Training Support

The PDEC has reviewed a list of resources that the Training Support Unit is making available for supervisors who may have a trainee experiencing difficulty in the workplace. These resources have been peer-reviewed and approved by two Fellows or trainees. If you are interested in the resources, email the Training Support Unit at TrainingSupport@racp.edu.au

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