Pot-pourri eBulletin - 23 September 2022

A message from your President

Nitin Small

I am pleased we are now seeing a decline in the number of reported COVID-19 cases and that for many hospitals elective surgery is again being carried out.

Divisional Written Examination

To all candidates sitting the Divisional Written Examination (DWE) on 25 October, I wish you the very best of luck.  Let us continue to support our trainees in their preparation for the examination.

I met with Dr Clare Skinner, President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, on 7 September to discuss our joint Advanced Training program in paediatric emergency medicine. We explored how we can continue to work collaboratively to support trainees and the program.

RACP Congress 2023 — 4 to 6 May in Brisbane 

We are continuing plans for the RACP 2023 Congress and ask that you continue to send in your ideas to Paed@racp.edu.au for topics to be covered in the PCHD sessions.

Don’t Forget the Bubbles

The 2022 Don’t Forget the Bubbles conference was held in Brisbane over three days from 28 to 31 August. The conference brought together leaders from across a range of paediatric and emergency care functions to discuss and share ideas. At the conference, I spoke of the cultural change that is needed in healthcare to support trainees. The ability to train flexibly was identified as one of the most important issues for trainees currently.

International Paediatric Association (IPA)

The IPA is holding its 30th International Congress from 19 to 23 February 2023 in Gujarat, India. Early bird registration closes 30 September 2023. Read more and register

RACP Online Community (ROC)

The ROC is a secure online forum for the whole membership, where you can post questions, share comments, start debates and discussions with all members across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more about the ROC, and check out the community exclusively for PCHD members.

Read more about the ROC

Best wishes,

Associate Professor Nitin Kapur
PCHD President

College medals, prizes, and awards — last chance

If you know someone deserving of recognition for their outstanding contributions and achievements, now is the time to nominate them for these prestigious College Awards:

  • 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.
  • International Medal recognises a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.
  • 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.
  • Mentor of the Year Award recognises a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.
  • Trainee of the Year Award recognises a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to College, community and trainee activities.

Nominations must be received by Friday, 30 September 2022. Full details are available on the RACP Foundation webpage.

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 Wednesday, 30 November 2022. See the website for further details.  

Opening soon: RACP Indigenous Health Scholarships

These scholarships aim to support medical graduates and current trainees of the RACP who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori on their 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.

Applications open on Saturday, 1 October 2022 for the RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program.

Several scholarships are available for 2023:

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

Visit the website for further details on these scholarships.

Changes are coming to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Over the next few months, a number of changes will be happening to your CPD. These changes to your CPD will take place from the beginning of 2023 onwards, and will impact RACP Fellows in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and those practising overseas.

You are encouraged to keep a look out for important updates, new frameworks, and core requirements.

The CPD Team and the CPD Committee will be available to support you through these changes, and to answer any questions you might have.

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Don’t miss out on completing your 2022 Training Survey

Thank you to those who have completed their Physician Training Survey* or Medical Training Survey.

Both surveys close on Saturday, 8 October 2022. Don’t miss your opportunity to share your recent physician training experiences. Your feedback provides the RACP, training settings, and specialty committees with insights to help strengthen your medical training. Survey results:

  • help identify and address wellbeing issues
  • provide training settings with data to encourage improvement
  • inform training setting accreditation activities.

Physician Training Survey

If you are a trainee in Aotearoa New Zealand or an educator in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, complete your anonymous survey via the unique link sent from our research provider Big Village.  Information about the survey is available on the Physician Training Survey page.

Medical Training Survey

If you are a trainee in Australia, your anonymous Medical Training Survey can be accessed after renewing your registration with the Medical Board of Australia. Visit the Medical Training Survey webpage for more information.


For questions about the survey, contact the Training Survey team at  trainingsurveys@racp.edu.au.

*The Physician Training Survey has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) – Concord Repatriation General Hospital of the Sydney Local Health District 2019/ETH12472.

If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the research study, email the Executive Officer of the Ethics Committee at SLHD-concordethics@health.nsw.gov.au or phone +61 (0) 2 9767 5622.  

Advanced Trainees and New Fellows — join us at the National New Fellows Online Forum

New Fellows ForumAdvanced Trainees and New Fellows in Australia are invited to attend this interactive and informative forum to learn about all the things you need to know when entering Fellowship. 

Join us on Thursday, 13 October 2022 at 7pm to 8.30pm (AEDT) / 6pm to 7.30pm (AEST) / 6.30pm to 8pm (ACDT) / 4pm to 5.30pm (AWST).


Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: September 2022


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

Articles in this edition include:

  • Raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years
  • Defining the role of pre-operative hormonal therapy in hypospadias
  • Insisting on prospective consent in paediatric critical care research may be throwing the baby out with the bathwater
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in children: A brief review.

Read the journal

Putting the patient at the centre: Healthcare Leaders’ Summit postponed

The Putting the patient at the centre: Healthcare Leaders’ Summit has been postponed. The summit will be convened at a later date and will be informed by the work of the Health Reform Working Group, for which we are currently seeking expressions of interest.

The Health Reform Working Group provides thought leadership and advanced expertise to the College Policy & Advocacy Committee (CPAC) and other College bodies on health reform, service integration and multidisciplinary care, helping us to drive innovation and better patient outcomes across the health system.

AMC Invites Expressions of Interest for IMG Assessment Experiences and Performance Advisory Group – Chair

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is commencing a new project designed to provide information on the experiences of international medical graduates (IMGs), recruiting health services and other key stakeholders in the common assessment and registration pathways for medical practitioners in Australia. The outcomes of this project will be available to inform policy development such as that linked to the National Medical Workforce Strategy and to improve IMG assessment pathways.

As part of this strategic project, an Advisory Group is being established by the AMC to steer and inform the IMG Assessment Experiences and Performance project.

The AMC is seeking a Chair of the project’s Advisory Group. This is a significant position linked to the AMC’s strategic plan, the AMC’s responsibilities for assessment of International medical Graduates, and the development of IMG assessment pathways. The Chair will work with the AMC’s strategic policy and research team who will support this project.

A written submission providing a statement of no longer than 200 words detailing relevant experience and describing interest in the role on the Advisory Group should be provided to the AMC with current CV by COB Monday, 26 September 2022. The selection panel expects to complete the review of applications and to make a recommendation on the appointment of the Advisory Group Chair within one month of close of applications.

For further information about the Advisory Group, or to submit an expression of interest, please contact Dr Julie Gustavs, Manager, Education Development and Projects via email policy_research@amc.org.au or phone on +61 2 6270 9767.

Pomegranate Health podcast — Ep85: The ASD Odyssey — a reply


Ep85: The ASD Odyssey — a reply

The National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia aspires to streamline referral pathways so that children can get the right help as early as possible. Despite the best intentions of many clinicians, there are drivers in the health system that make implementation difficult.

There are constraints in the way specialists can be reimbursed for time spent managing a case through the diagnostic process, and the extent of developmental disorders in the community may not be reflected in the depth of training in this area.

In this podcast we hear about some breaking research into a highly accurate diagnostic screening tool that could reveal just how prevalent ASD is in the community.


  • Dr Paul Hotton FRACP (Staff Specialist in Community Child Health and Child Protection, Sydney Children's Hospital Network, and Chair of the RACP’s Chapter of Community Child Health)

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

Pomegranate Health podcast —IMJ On-Air

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IMJ On-Air: Recent advances in asthma management

This is the first episode of a new podcast format called “IMJ On-Air” inspired by the RACP’s Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ).

In each episode of IMJ On-Air, we will have a guest host interviewing authors of a recent article. Often these will be clinical perspective reviews which summarise the latest in management of major medical disorders.

In this episode we have leading respiratory physicians from the Royal Melbourne Hospital presenting current best practice in the diagnosis and treatment of severe asthma. They explain why inhaled corticosteroids have become so ubiquitous, and comment on the remarkable impact that monoclonal antibodies have made to the field. They discuss the lifestyle factors that can be modified to improve outcomes, and why so many people with severe asthma go undiagnosed. Finally, they reflect on the lessons learned from the 2016 “asthma storm” that sent 3,000 people to emergency rooms in a single evening.  


  • Associate Professor Daniel Steinfort FRACP (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Ashleigh Witt (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
  • Associate Professor Nur-Shirin Harun FRACP (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
  • Professor Jo Douglass FRACP FThorSoc (Director of Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne)

Please visit the Pomegranate Health web page for a transcript and supporting references. To claim learning credits login to MyCPD, review/amend the prefilled activity details and click save. Subscribe to new episode email alerts or search for ‘Pomegranate Health’ in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox, or any podcasting app.

Get involved in RACP Online Learning

The College offers an extensive collection of online learning resources designed to support members with their professional development and lifelong learning needs. These cover important topics such as cultural safety, digital health, genomics, advocacy, quality and safety, and more. Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for time spent on RACP Online Learning.

Browse the online learning resources

Palliative Medicine Pain Management Online Learning Resource Development Working Group – accepting EOIs

Join this Working Group which advises on the topic structure for the required pain management online course and ensures that the new version of the course aligns with best practice.

Peer Review the Training Support Curated Collection – accepting EOIs

Peer reviewers are invited to assist in reviewing the Curated Collections, which are online resource libraries that include key readings, courses, resources and tools on specific topics. The new Collection provides useful, high-quality resources to support trainees through their training journey.

Find the latest updates on the ROC

Subscribe to the RACP Online Learning thread on the ROC to stay on top of the latest courses, resources, and learning and support opportunities available to you.

Feedback on AMA private health insurance discussion paper

The College recently provided feedback on the Australian Medical Association (AMA)’s discussion paper on reforms of the private health system in Australia, a whole of system approach to reforming private healthcare. The feedback has been derived from some individual member comments as an early entry into this complex discussion. It does not commit the College to a position on the proposal but calls for further policy development and consultation.

Read the discussion paper

Raising awareness of FASD

In August and September, the College participated in raising awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), the leading cause of non-genetic developmental disabilities in Australia. This work culminated with international NOFASD Day on Friday, 9 September. The central role of health professionals in having early conversations and the need to combat stigma were key messages of the campaign. The College also promoted resources for health professionals from the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education’s (FAREs) Every Moment Matters campaign, which the College has endorsed.

Access the resources

Australian Paediatric Palliative Care Conference (APPCC)

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PaPCANZ) will be holding the inaugural Australian Paediatric Palliative Care Conference - Listen. Learn. Lead - on 13 and 14 October 2022.

This two-day online event aims to deliver rich experiences, knowledge sharing, learning, creativity, and opportunities for collaboration. The program has been designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and experiences – from medical professionals and researchers, to students, families with lived experience, carers, and volunteers.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage.

Stillbirth 2022 Future Leaders Fellowship — now open

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE) is accepting applications for the inaugural Stillbirth Future Leaders Fellowship. The Fellowship provides some salary support for early career stillbirth researchers whose work aligns with the CRE priority areas or has potential to lead to new directions in stillbirth research. Through a competitive process, the Stillbirth CRE is offering a A$50,000 Fellowship to support early career researchers. For more information, see the Stillbirth CRE website.

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The ROC is turning 1 — Celebrate ROCtober

The ROC is turning one on 30 September 2022 and we are celebrating in ROCtober.

Make sure you log in to the ROC every day to see what’s happening in your community and take part in our first birthday celebrations.


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, advice, support, and feedback to mentees. While mentees are given the opportunity to develop personally and professionally and receive constructive feedback to improve performance and outcomes.

Register as a mentor or mentee and kickstart your mentoring relationship today.

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. Whether you're shopping for a new wardrobe, looking to redecorate your home or book a getaway, we have incredible savings on offer. Log in to your benefits platform today.

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

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Other news and events

More news and expressions of interest

Upcoming events

Save the date

  • COVID-19 webinars — Thursday, 17 and 24 November
  • 2023 MyCPD Framework Explained — 22 November, 6pm AEDT

Career opportunities 

View all career opportunities on the RACP website.

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