Pot-pourri eBulletin - 21 October 2022

A message from your President

Nitin Small

(L-R) A/Prof Nitin Kapur, Dr Jacqueline Small, Prof Graeme Maguire I would like to start this month’s update by extending a warm welcome to the 50 new PCHD Fellows who I met at the convocation ceremony in Sydney on 17 September. It was a wonderful day for everyone involved and represented the crowning achievement of many years of dedication and sacrifice. It is always an honour to be part of such a celebration with our New Fellows and their families. On behalf of the College, and especially the Paediatrics & Child Health Division, welcome to you all.

It is my great pleasure to congratulate Dr Hamish McCay on his appointment to President-elect RACP Aotearoa New Zealand. Hamish is a paediatrician and an active contributor to this Division, currently serving on the PCHD Council as Chair of the AoNZ PCHD Committee. We look forward to him stepping into the role of AoNZ President in May 2024. Mihi Manahau | Congratulations!

In the lead up to Congress 2023 we were very pleased to receive six high quality nominations for the prestigious Howard Williams Medal. We are still going through the review and endorsement processes, but the worthy recipient will be announced in next month’s Pot-pourri. Watch this space.

The College is finalising the composition of the new Gender Equity in Medicine Committee (GEMC). As the Chair is yet to be confirmed, I will be the interim Chair for the first meeting of the Committee to be held in late 2022. The GEMC’s main priority will be to implement the recommendations developed by the previous Gender Equity in Medicine Working Group (GEMWG). For more information, including the recommendations the GEMWG report is available on the website.

On 25 October I will be attending a virtual briefing of the Australian Breastfeeding Association WHO Code Taskforce. This is, of course, a topic that is of great importance and an ongoing interest to us as paediatric physicians. I look forward to learning more about the Taskforce’s direction and goals.

Kapur Dalton October 2022I was delighted to catch up recently with Dr Sarah Dalton. Sarah served as President of our Division between 2016 and 2018, and aside from her current practice as a Paediatric Emergency Physician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, she offers coaching to healthcare professionals with an emphasis on communication, listening skills, and effective teamwork. This happy photo of the two of us is a great reminder of the bonds we all share as paediatricians, always united in our passion for what we do. 

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.

ANZAN Indigenous Scholarship for Advanced Trainees in Neurology

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) is offering an annual scholarship that provides support to an RACP Advanced Trainee who identifies as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori and is undertaking the Advanced Training Program in Neurology.

See the website for more details. Applications close on 30 November 2022.

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.

ROCtober we have turned 1

Celebrate ROCtober and win!

The ROC (RACP Online Community) turned one on 30 September.

To mark this special occasion, the College is celebrating throughout the month of ROCtober. So if you haven’t logged into the ROC yet, now is the perfect time to get involved.

How to get started

  1. Login to MyRACP using your normal ID and password
  2. Click on the tile 'Join the ROC'
  3. Accept the Terms and Conditions
  4. Select ‘Explore’ and you will see the communities you belong to.

Members who post a question or start a thread in their online community during ROCtober will also go into a draw to win a $100 Prezzee gift card.

So make sure you login to the ROC every day to see what’s happening in your online community and take part in the ROC’s first birthday celebrations.

For more information, visit the ROC FAQs page or email memberservices@racp.edu.au.

2023 MyCPD Framework: Changes to continuing professional development (CPD) requirements

In response to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) | Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa’s changed registration and recertification requirements, the MyCPD 2023 Framework has been modified to support you to meet your regulatory requirements. The new regulatory requirements will apply to all registered medical practitioners – not just to specialists.

From 2023, the annual minimum CPD requirement will be 50 hours, inclusive of the mandatory and strongly encouraged activities. Professor Martin Veysey, Chair of the College CPD Committee, explains the CPD activities you'll need to complete starting on 1 January 2023:

CPD video 

Read more about the new requirements on our website and find helpful CPD resources and templates in the MyCPD Interactive Handbook.

We know these new requirements will impact some more than others, so please reach out to the CPD Team via MyCPD@racp.edu.au or MyCPD@racp.org.nz for any assistance, or if you would like to contribute to the continuous development of supporting resources.

You are invited to the MyCPD Q&A webinar

For more information about these changes and to answer any questions you might have, register for our 2023 MyCPD Framework Q&A webinar on Tuesday, 22 November 2022, from 5pm to 6pm AEDT / 7pm to 8pm NZDT.  We will discuss the upcoming changes, and what they mean for you, and help you identify meaningful professional development activities.

Member Statistics and Insights Report

The RACP has released its annual Member Statistics and Insights Report. The report provides membership data across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and identifies trends in cohort growth, emphasising the rapidly changing nature of our membership.

Read the report

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: October 2022 early view


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

Articles in this edition include:

  • Effects of varying pandemic restrictions on the health-related behaviours of Australian children
  • Timing of submissions to the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: Associations with the COVID-19 pandemic and editorial decisions
  • The prevalence of diabetes distress and its association with glycaemia in young people living with insulin-requiring-diabetes in a regional centre in Australia
  • Paediatric epilepsy surgery: Techniques and outcomes
  • Delayed egg introduction beyond infancy and increased egg allergy risk in childhood.

Read the journal

Pomegranate Health podcast — Ep56: Billing in Byzantium - revisited


Ep56: Billing in Byzantium

In the news we have seen recent headlines of ‘troubling’ Medicare fraud reports, with the federal government taking steps to investigate issues raised. This was in response to an investigation which has found doctors abusing the Medicare system.

Australia has one of the best value health systems in the world, but also some of the most complicated health regulation. Between the federal Medicare scheme, the state hospitals, the private health insurers and the patient, it’s not always clear how a provider should invoice their services.

To explain some of the fundamentals, Margaret Faux of Synapse Global Medical Administration, a former nurse and lawyer, describes areas of ambiguity in the legislation and the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). She highlights certain services where confusion lies over what can be billed or the items which should not be claimed together. While there are many traps for well-intentioned providers and loopholes for the less well-intentioned, there are some simple solutions that would make medical billing much more streamlined.


  • Margaret Faux (CEO, Synapse Global Medical Administration)

You can also follow this episode with Ep58: Billing Part 2 – Compliance and the Free Market.

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

COVID-19 webinar series – November 2022

The RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group invites you to attend the final COVID-19 webinar series for 2022.

  • Impact of COVID-19 on First Nations communities: Australia – Thursday, 17 November, from 6pm to 7.30pm AEDT / 8pm to 9.30pm NZDT
  • Impact of COVID-19 on First Nations communities: Aotearoa New Zealand – Thursday, 24 November, from 6pm to 7.30pm NZDT / 4pm to 5.30pm AEDT

The webinars will involve an open panel discussion relating to how First Nations communities were impacted by COVID-19 compared to the general population, and how the lessons learnt might inform healthcare for First Nations communities in the future. Attendees are encouraged to engage in the discussion by asking questions to the panel on the night, or by emailing them to COVIDERG@racp.edu.au. Details of panellists will be circulated closer to the dates.

Register here

Women’s regional, rural, and remote diversity scholarships 2022 to 2023

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) with support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women is continuing its multi-year scholarship program to support emerging and experienced female directors in regional, rural, and remote Australia. These scholarships are being administered by the Australian Scholarships Foundation.

The program will provide opportunities for suitably qualified women from different backgrounds who face additional barriers to education and leadership participation.

The AICD welcomes applicants who reflect the diversity of Australia’s population and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally diverse women, women with disability and those in the not-for-profit sector to apply.

Read more

New training on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and end-of-life law

The End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) national training program has launched a new free online training module for health professionals about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and end-of-life law. Designed in collaboration with Indigenous health professionals and the community, it aims to help health professionals understand legal considerations when caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their families at the end-of-life, and support the delivery of high-quality, culturally safe, and culturally responsive care.

Find out more about the module or register.

My Health Record: RACP members share their daily practice experiences

Our engaging new video series highlights member experiences using My Health Record. The videos show you how to use My Health Record for accessing pathology information, advance care planning, secure messaging, and ordering medications electronically. They also explain how My Health Record can reduce patients’ length of stay in hospital and improve their overall quality of care.

Start your learning and access the videos by searching for My Health Record on Medflix.

Volunteering opportunity in Micronesia to work with children with disabilities

The President of the Kosrae Special Parents Network has contacted the Chapter of Community Child Health seeking volunteers to work with the children of Kosrae Island, Micronesia. Approximately 30 children and young people on the island, ranging in age from zero to 21 years, have a disability or disorder. The island has a small hospital and a general practice, but no paediatrician has worked on the island in two years. Patients currently face the difficult and expensive alternative of travelling to the capital on Pohnpei Island to see a paediatrician.

It is hoped that a paediatrician may be able to visit the island regularly, for approximately two to four weeks per year, to examine, diagnose and develop care plans for their children. To express interest in this unique opportunity, please contact Catherine Wildermuth (working with Australian Volunteers International) via cathinmelbourne@yahoo.com.au or call 0412 023 361.

ANZCA perioperative medicine recognition pathway process — now open

POM_Banner_Recognition-PathwayExperienced perioperative medicine specialists can apply to the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists  Faculty of Pain Medicine’s (ANZCA) Diploma of Perioperative Medicine (DipPOM) pathway. The pathway can be undertaken through a recognition process overseen by the Recognition Pathways Working Group, chaired by Dr Vanessa Beavis, ANZCA’s past-President.

This initial cohort of recognised DipPOM recipients will form an essential resource to support, guide and assess DipPOM participants in clinical practice. RACP members are eligible to apply. Applications close on 1 December 2022.

Apply now

GESA Gut School and Young GESA Weekend

The Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) is holding an educational meeting for early-career gastroenterologists. The two-day workshop is taking place from Friday, 25 November to Sunday, 27 November at the Mantra in Kingscliff, NSW. The weekend aims to bring together the next generation of gastroenterologists to connect with each other and to learn across three dedicated streams:

  • Gut School: for new trainees who will commence in gastroenterology in 2023.
  • Young GESA: Gastroenterologists with less than eight years’ experience.
  • Paediatric: Gastroenterologists specialising in paediatric care.

Read more and register

MIGA’s 2022 Doctors in Training Grant program – open now

Medical Insurance Group Australia (MIGA) is offering six Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants of $10,000 to inspire doctors to expand their skill sets. The grants assist doctors in covering the costs of pursuing training opportunities, such as program fees, travel and accommodation, and other associated expenses. Training may include postgraduate study, specialised fellowships, volunteer placements, and more. Applications close on Monday, 31 October 2022.

Find out more and apply

Your spring savings are here

Your member benefits platform brings you amazing rewards and offers this spring, saving you money on home and garden, travel, and more.

Enjoy increased discounts on eGift cards from Witchery, Sunglass Hut, OPSM, and a host of other retailers. If you’re planning to travel, you will find excellent savings at Hertz, Europcar, Webjet, and Luxury Escapes.

For our members in Aotearoa New Zealand, season specials continue all month at The Market – AoNZ’s leading online destination. Login today to start saving.

Available online, 24/7. That’s your Member Advantage!

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Career opportunities 

View all career opportunities on the RACP website.

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