Pot-pourri eBulletin - 1 July 2022

A message from your President

Nitin Small

Congratulations to all trainees who sat and passed the Divisional Clinical Examination (DCE) during May and June. I was pleased to hear that there were no significant issues throughout the examinations. I ask that we continue to support those preparing to sit the examination in September and October and I wish them the very best.

I am pleased to announce that Associate Professor Sadasivam Suresh has been appointed Chair of the Paediatric & Child Health Division Education Committee (PDEC) and Conjoint Professor Ju Lee Oei as Chair of the Paediatric Research Committee (PRC) at the Paediatric & Child Health Division Council (PCHD). I look forward to working closely with them.

The key priority of the PCHD is advocacy on child health, and the College’s Policy and Advocacy team working alongside the PCHD Paediatric Policy and Advocacy Committee has progressed work in a range of areas listed below.

Raise the Age Campaign

The College is a member of the national steering group for the Raise the Age Campaign. The campaign includes other key medical organisations such as the AMA, RANZCP, RACGP, and a range of social justice organisations, to promote national leadership on raising the age of criminal responsibility, as well as targeted advocacy to individual jurisdictions.

I am very pleased that the new Indigenous Affairs Minister, Ms Linda Burney MP, has committed to seeing the age of criminal responsibility raised across Australia. We must raise the age to at least 14 years to keep very young children out of the criminal system and give them the help and support they need to thrive. 

Corporal Punishment

The College, led by PCHD, has a well-established position on corporal punishment and has two position statements which mention the need to stop physical violence against children. In one of my first meetings as PCHD President, I was pleased to  attend an initial meeting of a cross-sector group which is looking to take action on this issue. While the campaign — and what the College’s involvement might be — is still being considered, our previous work on the issue in our 2019 position statement Early Childhood: the importance of the early years and our 2013 position statement Physical Punishment of Children makes it clear that we oppose physical punishment of children.

Kids Covid Catch Up (KCCU) Campaign

The Australian 2022 federal election provided a key opportunity to influence government and public polices relating to child health and wellbeing, which led to the development of the KCCU campaign. The campaign policy asks are:  

  1. Appoint a national chief paediatrician   
  2. Establish a national taskforce to lead a COVID-19 recovery plan  
  3. Fund and implement the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy  
  4. Increase the Commonwealth funding for school support for students with disability and/or with learning difficulties   
  5. Implement universal access to quality early childhood education programs for all three-year-olds 
  6. Restrict marketing of unhealthy diets to children and young people.  

The College will be engaging with the new government around the campaign asks and will also be tailoring the campaign to upcoming state/Territory elections, starting with the Victorian election in November 2022 and New South Wales election in March 2023.

Members can join activities via the KCCU campaign website.

Expressions of Interest: Members – AYAM Youth Appropriate Health Care Working Group

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are invited for members to join the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) Youth Appropriate Health Care Working Group. The group will produce a position paper document for relevant stakeholders to advocate for improvement in the health and wellbeing of young people and the provision of youth appropriate health care.

The group will update and consolidate the College position in the area of transition from paediatric health services to adult health services. This will consider how both services can be designed to meet the needs of young people with complex chronic health conditions, developmental disabilities and/or additional needs.

This is a new working group and we are seeking members from across the College. The working group (WG) seeks Fellows and trainees who:

  • are Adult Medicine Division or Paediatrics & Child Health Division members.
  • specialise in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or Māori.
  • work in, or are familiar with, regional, rural and remote health care.

Find out more and apply

Best wishes,

Associate Professor Nitin Kapur
PCHD President

Queen's Birthday Honours 2022

Congratulations to the 26 RACP Fellows recognised in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

These awards highlight the outstanding work RACP members do and the importance of that work in local, national and international communities.

To view the full list of award recipients, visit the RACP Queen's Birthday Honours 2022 webpage.

Australian Federal Election Advocacy

The RACP welcomes the new Australian Federal Government, in particular its commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart which we whole-heartedly support. 

The RACP will work with the new Australian Government on the improvements in the healthcare system and caring industries it has committed to, following strong advocacy from the RACP and other voices. These include improvements to aged care, childcare, a review of the NDIS, the establishment of a centre for prevention and disease control and a A$1.5 billion medical manufacturing fund.

As part of the Kids COVID Catch Up campaign we have been calling for mental health funding for children and young people, and the government has announced its Student Wellbeing Boost to provide mental health funding in schools. In addition, The Hon. Mark Butler MP, who may be the new Health Minister, committed to rapid review of supports required for children with disability in schools, in response to emails from Kids COVID Catch Up campaign supporters. We will be holding the new government to these commitments and urging it to go further.  

During the election, the RACP led the Healthy Climate Future campaign, which is supported by nine other medical colleges, representing more than 100,000 doctors. We are calling for a climate-ready and climate-friendly healthcare system. We look forward to working with the new government to develop a national strategy on climate change and health, which it has previously committed to. The strategy must improve the resilience of our healthcare system to extreme weather events and reduce the healthcare system’s emissions — which currently make up about seven per cent of national emissions — to net zero. 

Gender equity

Gender equity in medicine

Our profession is changing

We are pleased to announce the Gender Equity in Medicine Working Group Report, launched at an event on 21 June 2022. Thank you to those who attended and supported this important event.

Visit the Gender Equity in Medicine webpage to access the report, the launch event recording, and other resources, and to stay up-to-date with College initiatives within this area. We also encourage interested members to get involved in the new Gender Equity in Medicine Committee.

Find out more

Applications closing soon for RACP awards

Applications are still open for a number of RACP awards. Apply for the following opportunities before the upcoming deadlines:

Round Two Applications for Education Development (Study) Grants are now open

These include the RACP Paediatric Small Study Grant and Skilled Medical Scholarship for Advancement of Indigenous Health. Full details of these opportunities are available on the RACP Foundation Research Awards webpage.

See all scholarships, awards, prizes and grants

College Medals and Awards

Nominations are now open for the following College and Fellowship awards. These awards acknowledge outstanding contributions and achievements made by Fellows and trainees in their respective fields. We encourage you to nominate for the following medals:

  • The John Sands Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of RACP and its members.
  • The College Medal is aligned to the College motto hominum servire saluti. It is awarded to a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or health of community through physician activities.
  • RACP International Medal recognises a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.
  • RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas recognises a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • RACP Mentor of the Year Award recognises a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring, or who has provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.
  • The Howard Williams Medal recognises a member of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division for their outstanding contribution to improving the health of children and young people in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • RACP Trainee of the Year Award recognises a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to College, community and trainee activities.
  • The Eric Susman Prize is awarded by the College to a Fellow for best contribution to the knowledge of internal medicine.

Full details of these medals, prizes and awards are available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards 2022 are now open

Are you a trainee or a first year Fellow who would like to be recognised for your research? This is your chance to submit your abstract for the 2022 RACP Trainee Research Awards. This prestigious annual event is open to all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, and winners will be selected from each Australian state/territory and from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Trainees who receive the top honours at their regional events will be invited to present alongside recognised researchers at RACP Congress 2023, with complimentary registration and travel, and have their abstracts published in the Congress supplement of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

For information about eligibility, selection criteria, the abstract submission, and applying, please view this webpage. Submit your application by Tuesday, 31 August 2022, 5pm AEST.

Apply now

RACP CPD research goes international — attend the webinar

Join College staff Carol Pizzuti and Dr Cristiana Palmieri as they present “Using electronic health data to strengthen Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for medical practitioners”.

This webinar is being presented as part of their CPD PhD project, and is being hosted internationally at the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU), Imperial College School of Medicine, London. The project aims to investigate how medical regulations, CPD programs, and data culture in health-care service organisations have an impact on the use of electronic health data analysis, and how this can be used to strengthen CPD for medical practitioners.

Findings from the project will be used to develop evidence-based recommendations for Australian medical regulatory bodies, health-care service organizations, and medical education providers to improve their current and future governance, planning, and decision-making processes. This insight will inform ongoing practice improvement.

Attend the webinar on Tuesday, 12 July 2022 from 6pm to 7.30pm (AWST) / 8pm to 9.30pm (AEST) / 10pm to 11.30pm (NZST).

Register your attendance


RACP supports Cancer Council Victoria’s campaign on unhealthy food advertising to children

The RACP has endorsed Cancer Council Victoria’s state-wide advocacy campaign, which aims to reduce children’s exposure to unhealthy food and drink advertising as they commute, learn and play.

The campaign calls on the Victorian Government to restrict the advertising on public transport assets, public transport infrastructure and within 500 metres of schools. It underpins the Victorian Cancer Plan and the recently released Victorian Government’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures action plan that includes a priority action of “Exploring legislative options to create healthier environments for children and young people”.

The campaign is aligned with the College Obesity Statement’s recommendation to “introduce regulations to restrict the marketing of unhealthy diets to children and young people”, which is also one of the key recommendations of our ongoing Kids Covid Catch Up campaign.

RACP members who are interested in backing this campaign are welcome to sign up in an individual capacity via the campaign website.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: June 2022 edition

JPCHThe Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health publishes original research articles of scientific excellence in paediatrics and child health. The June 2022 edition is now live and available to view online.

Articles in this edition include:

  • Towards a national pre-school vision screen programme.
  • It is human to like to be praised.
  • Comparison of ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous catheter insertion with landmark technique in paediatric patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • Home-hospital care for children with acute illness: A two-year follow-up study.
  • Increased prevalence of severe neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia during social distancing.

Read the journal

Pomegranate Health podcast — Ep82: Coming back from Burnout

ep 82 Ep82: Coming back from Burnout — Congress 2022

Not a day goes by where there isn’t a headline about the overstretched health service and the struggling professionals in it. But COVID-19 didn’t create this situation; the pandemic was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.

At the RACP Congress in May 2022, ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon Eric Levi FRACS explained why burnout should be considered an occupational disorder and not as a mental health condition, and how the medical profession has a way of consuming one’s personal life on top of the stresses of work relationships and the job itself.

Associate Professor Michelle Telfer FRACP talked about being hounded for two years by the conservative press over her work with young people struggling with gender identity. Pain specialist Olivia Ong FAFRM FFPMANZCA described how she had been driven by an unhealthy professional identity until a traumatic spinal injury forced her to reconsider the meaning of self-care. Both physicians found the courage to take control of the situation and define their roles on their own terms.

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Pomegranate Health podcast — Ep81: Advocacy from the Top

Podcast ep 81Ep81: Advocacy from the Top

This podcast is the final part of our series on advocacy. In this episode we examine what happens to advocacy issues after they land on an MP’s desk, and how they eventually become policy. We hear the perspectives of two physicians who took advocacy to the next level and ran for Federal Parliament. They explain the process of getting health policy heard and how to push it onto the political agenda. Listen to their interviews in the RACP documentary titled: The Advocate's Journey.


  • Dr Rob Lethbridge FRACP (Perth Children’s Hospital)
  • Dr Mike Freelander MP FRACP
  • Dr Katie Allen MP (at time of interview)

Subscribe to email alerts or search for ‘Pomegranate Health’ in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox, or any podcasting app. Fellows of the RACP can claim CPD credits for listening via MyCPD. For a transcript and further references please visit our website

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ROCDid you know the ROC (RACP Online Community) has a mobile app that allows you to connect and discuss on the go? The app can be used to initiate discussions, find other members, read the latest posts, and share your expertise.

Simply type ‘RACP-ROC’ into Apple store or Google Play, then download the app, and connect with your colleagues today.

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