Pot-pourri eBulletin - 18 November 2022

A message from your President

Nitin Small

It is my very great pleasure to announce that Professor David Isaacs is the recipient of this year’s Howard Williams Medal. Selected by a judging panel from a field of very high-quality nominations, Professor Isaacs has accepted our invitation to give the oration at our next RACP Congress. The title of his talk will be Heroes and Villains from the Era of Vaccines. I congratulate Professor Isaacs on receiving this prestigious award.

On Wednesday, 30 November 2022, Parliament House, Canberra will host the launch of PCHD President-elect Dr Niroshini Kennedy’s policy paper Safe, Healthy and Thriving: How culturally safe health care hubs can close the gap for Aboriginal children in care. This event will be attended by government ministers, policy makers and media, presenting exciting opportunities to promote work in such a crucial area of paediatric health care. Developing policy ideas from her Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship’s 2018 report, this article will feature in the annual publication of Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda (article embargoed until launch date). I know you will all join me in applauding Dr Kennedy’s care and dedication that has led to this achievement, and we look forward to hearing more from her after the article’s launch. 

Parliamentary briefing 8 November 2022 NKI travelled to Canberra on 8 November to present to a parliamentary briefing, hosted by Dr Sophie Scamps MP, regarding the regulation of junk food advertising to children. This event gave us an opportunity to speak to key stakeholders on the importance of establishing principles of effective regulation, and what a future regulatory system should look like. My key message to the briefing was that when addressing unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children and young people, if equity is a priority, regulation is a must. This advocacy to restrict the marketing of unhealthy diets to children and young people is one of the pillars of the PCHD’s commitment to support the Kids COVID Catch Up campaign.

As part of our renewed efforts to engage with our paediatric colleagues from the Asia-Pacific region, I remotely attended and presented a webinar at the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association’s (APPA) meeting hosted by the Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA). Engagement with APPA is particularly valuable to me personally since it was the APPA Traveling Fellowship of the RACP which facilitated my move to Australia in 2006.

APPA is currently seeking submissions for Asia Pacific Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health (APJPCH) its quarterly e-journal. The APJPCH publishes peer reviewed original research papers, original articles, review articles, case reports, clinical trials, brief reports, book reviews, and announcements. Learn more about the APJPCH and how to submit articles by going to their website.

I have now attended several meetings of Professionals in Healthcare Against Sponsorship from the Formula Industry (PHASFI), the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated Action Group. While the plan of the group is to bring together paediatric associations to commit to ending sponsorships from breastmilk substitute manufacturers, it pleases me to confirm that the College has had policies in place for several years to decline both formula advertising and event sponsorship from companies marketing infant formula. I look forward to seeing how PHASFI’s important work progresses.

I would like to close out this month’s President’s post as positively as I opened it by congratulating two more PCHD members on their outstanding achievements. Dr Angraj Khillan has been named as Victoria’s Australian of the Year, and Professor Frank Oberklaid has been recognised Victoria’s Senior Australian of the Year. Both have received this well-deserved acclaim because of their dedicated and consistent efforts towards improving the health of children. I encourage you to read more about their individual achievements

Best wishes,

Associate Professor Nitin Kapur
PCHD President

Scholarships and prizes 

RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize

The RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize is open to medical students, junior medical officers and RACP trainees who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori. The selected applicant will receive support to attend RACP Congress 2023 to gain educational and networking opportunities and exposure to career pathways within the College.

Please encourage anyone you know who is eligible to apply. Applications close on 30 November 2022. See the website for further details.

RACP Indigenous Health Scholarships

The RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program aims to support medical graduates and current RACP trainees who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait islander or Māori on their chosen career path to becoming a physician. The Scholarships provide a funded pathway through Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter training in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand.

Several scholarships are available for 2023:

Basic or Advanced 

  • College Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship
  • Aotearoa Māori Health Scholarship
  • Aotearoa Pacific Islander Health Scholarship. 

Applications close on 30 November 2022. Further details on these scholarships are available on the RACP Foundation website.

Medibank cybercrime update for medical specialist providers

Medibank has released an update on the cybercrime attack which includes information relating to Medibank customers, providers, and partners which may have been accessed. Medibank is contacting all affected customers and providers.

Medibank is working with Service Australia to ensure appropriate preventative and monitoring measures are in place. The Australian Federal Police are working on an operation to protect customers and providers who have had their personal information unlawfully released.

Further information is available in Medibank’s cybercrime media update.

Your 2023 MyCPD is now open

The 2023 CPD year is now open. You can familiarise yourself with the upcoming changes to MyCPD taking place from 1 January 2023 onwards, and start planning your learning for the year ahead. You can also review the following resources:

CPD video

Victorian election advocacy: The Kids COVID Catch Up and Healthy Climate Future campaigns

If you live in Victoria, you can support advocacy for the Kids COVID Catch Up and Healthy Climate Future campaigns by visiting the following links.

Not in Victoria? You can still get involved by signing up to the Kids COVID Catch Up campaign and the Healthy Climate Future campaign to keep up-do-date on future advocacy plans. 

Consultation open for new drafts Advanced Training curricula – have your say

We welcome your feedback to help shape the future of our Advanced Training programs. Consultation is now open for the nephrology specialty draft curriculum. Complete the feedback form by Monday, 19 December, 5pm AEDT.

Further information about the curriculum development process and how you can contribute to the consultation is available in this short video. If you have any questions, please email curriculum@racp.edu.au or contact Member Services.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: November 2022


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

Articles in this edition include:

  • Paediatric epilepsy surgery: Techniques and outcomes.
  • Oral agents for acute severe hypertension in children with minimal or no symptoms.
  • Clinical profile and outcomes of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C): Hospital-based prospective observational study from a tertiary care hospital in South India.
  • Implementation of the ‘PicNic’ handover huddle: A quality improvement project to improve the transition of infants between paediatric and neonatal intensive care units.
  • Making waves: The changing tide of cerebral palsy.

Read the journal

Specialist Training Program – EOIs closing soon for project funding support

The Specialist Training Program (STP) will be open for expressions of interest (EOIs) for project funding support until Monday, 21 November 2022. The program provides funding to training sites to deliver support projects that aim to provide successful and sustainable training in expanded healthcare settings.

Read more and apply

Apply to join the Specialist Training Program Advisory Group

Expressions of interest are open to Fellows to fill two vacant positions within the STP Advisory Group. The Group advises the College on developing policies, guidelines, and processes for STP obligations and assessments.

Read more and apply

Member Diversity and Inclusion Survey

The RACP Membership Diversity Advisory Group (MDAG) has developed a short survey to increase its understanding of member identities. Member experience will assist us to progress the work needed for a more inclusive culture, where everyone feels valued and respected.

Complete the survey

Updates from RACP Evolve

The Evolve program is a physician-led initiative that reflects the RACP’s commitment to high-quality, safe, and effective healthcare.

New Evolve animations to reduce low-value care

RACP Evolve is working on a series of videos and recommendations on low-value practices. You can watch the Join the Evolve movement animation to learn more, and see the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine’s top five Evolve Recommendations.

Evolve Case Study: Management of bronchiolitis in children

Evolve have launched a series of case studies exploring a clinical scenario based on recommendations on low-value care, including a new case study for the management of bronchiolitis in children. This has been developed by Dr Joanna Lawrence and PCHD.

Provide your feedback on draft Evolve Strategy Implementation Plan 2022 to 2026

The Evolve Strategy for 2022-26 was recently refreshed, informed by literature and feedback from a cross-College consultation. The Evolve Strategy Implementation Plan 2022-26 is undergoing a second round of consultation across the College. Please send your feedback to evolve@racp.edu.au by 30 November 2022.

IMJ On-Air podcast — Ep2: Managing cannabinoid use in palliative care

IMJ podcast

Ep2: Managing cannabinoid use in palliative care

Patients in palliative care settings may be more inclined than most to try alternative therapies. However, they are also more vulnerable to side effects. In this podcast, Professor Jennifer Martin and Dr Joanne Patel, authors of Complementary and alternative therapies in the palliative setting, describe how cannabinoid products have become more readily accessible to patients in recent years. However, given the wide variety of products available, the drug effects are not always as a patient or doctor might expect.

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


Mentor Match – now available on the ROC

Mentor Match is an innovative program to help you connect with other members, based on your mentoring preferences and professional goals. Mentors provide guidance and support to mentees, while mentees are given the opportunity to develop personally and professionally and receive constructive feedback to improve performance and outcomes.

Find your perfect match

It is time to complete your ‘My Work Profile’

My Work Profile captures the professional activities of physicians across a range of roles and geographical sites. By completing your My Work Profile you help us support advocacy activities on behalf of our members and inform future workforce planning.

We listened to your feedback about completing your My Work Profile, so this year we have simplified the questionnaire, so it should only take five minutes to complete.  In recognition of your time, if you complete your profile between November and February, you will go into a draw to win a $300 Prezzee gift card. We have three gift cards to give away, with one winner chosen at random at the end of each month.

Complete your profile or find out more.

Te Puaruruhau | “The Sheltering of the Bud” training course

Join the Australasian training course for clinicians working in child and adolescent sexual abuse. The course is taking place on Thursday, 30 and Friday, 31 March 2023 in a face-to-face setting in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland. Online resources will be available before and after the course, in addition to recorded sessions from the course itself. As such, this training course is also applicable to registrants from Australia.

This training course qualifies towards the requirements of RACP Advanced Training in General and Community Paediatrics.

Register and read more

Feedback on the National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse's draft five-year strategy

The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse has developed a draft five-year strategy.  Public consultation is open until 13 January 2023. Please consider providing your feedback from your expertise via an anonymous survey.

Provide your feedback

Paediatrics Practice Review – new issue

pprPaediatrics Practice Review covers news and issues relevant to clinical practice in paediatrics.

It includes local and international updates on new and updated treatment guidelines, changes to medicines reimbursement and licensing, educational, professional body news, COVID-19 resources for paediatricians, and more.

See the latest issue

Medical Costs Finder: progress update

Medical Costs Finder is an Australian Government initiative to improve transparency of out-of-pocket costs of medical specialist services. The Department of Health and Aged Care (DoHAC) is working on proposed improvements which will allow individual medical specialists to publish practising locations, indicative fees, and private health insurer arrangements for a selected number of common services.

For further information on the initiative, see this newsletter or visit DoHAC’s frequently asked questions.

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