Pot-pourri eBulletin - 29 July 2022

A message from your President

Nitin Small

Last month we announced that the College has partnered with the Thrive by Five campaign to help support children aged zero to five years in reaching their full potential.

The campaign aims to make our early learning childcare system high quality and universally accessible. The announcement of the partnership generated media opportunities, with particular focus on the College’s call to extend paid parental leave.

We know that exclusive parental care improves health outcomes for children, and investing in the early years will foster a more equitable and sustainable future. For further information, please refer to our College position statement Early childhood: The importance of early years. Currently in Australia, paid parental leave is 18 weeks. We urge the Australian government to phase in paid parental leave for up to 12 months to provide families with the opportunity to support their child’s development during their first year of life, as well as supporting maternal mental health.  

To help share this message, I spoke with various media outlets on behalf of the PCHD and the College:


The increasing rise of sub-variants of the COVID-19 Omicron strain, coupled with high numbers of influenza cases, has again put increased pressure on our health systems. Many colleagues are reporting that their hospitals are stretched to capacity, and growing numbers of medical staff are being impacted. During these very busy times I encourage you to look after your own wellbeing, as well as that of your family and colleagues.

RACP Congress 2023

Plans are underway for RACP Congress 2023, being held in Brisbane from 4 to 6 May 2023. We are seeking your ideas for topics to be covered for the PCHD sessions. Please send your suggestions to paed@racp.edu.au. Also, a reminder that Howard Williams Medal nominations are currently open, closing on 15 August.  The Medal is awarded by the College each year at RACP Congress, where the recipient gives an oration regarding their contribution. For more information on how to nominate, see the website.

RACP Online Community

The RACP Online Community (ROC) is a secure online forum where you can post questions, share comments, start debates and discussions with all members across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Find out more on the ROC.

To conclude this message, I would like to draw your attention to this wonderful TED Talk by Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five. I will continue to update the membership on ongoing Thrive by Five campaign activities and other developments within this space.

Best wishes,

Associate Professor Nitin Kapur
PCHD President

Expressions of Interest (EOIs)

Please keep an eye on the EOIs page on the College website for vacant positions on PCHD Committees.

All Expressions of Interest

The RACP Board is seeking a Member Director

The RACP Board governs the College by acting in the best interests of all members while observing all legal and regulatory requirements and high standards in relationships with regulators, stakeholders, and the community in which the College operates.

The Member Director provides consultative advice and support to the College Board, President, Chief Executive Officer, and the Senior Leadership Committee to ensure transparency and fairness in all procedural matters. This position also assists in aligning governance of the College to the College’s Strategic Plan, and in supporting the College President in providing leadership - particularly with respect to College members.

Fellows with demonstrated experience in leadership are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) by Wednesday, 24 August 2022.

Read more and submit an EOI

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.
  • 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 who has 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.
  • 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.

Closing soon: Howard Williams Medal

  • 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. Nominations close on 15 August 2022.

College submission to the Australian National Audit Office on the expansion of telehealth services

The College recently made a submission to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) regarding its audit of the Department of Health’s management of the expansion of telehealth services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020.

This submission highlighted the fact that telehealth by phone and video has delivered a range of benefits including improved access to much-needed specialist and allied healthcare for priority and underserved populations in remote, rural, and urban communities who might otherwise be excluded because of geography, mobility, technology, or preference factors.

It also stressed that the best option for consultation length and modality (face-to-face, telehealth by phone or video) should be decided jointly by the patient and the doctor based on what type of care is clinically appropriate and practically achievable. Recent restrictions that have been applied to telephone telehealth items risk increasing health inequities and may lead to some patients deferring or foregoing care altogether, leading to increased demand for acute care services.

The College continues to advocate for the reinstatement of telehealth MBS items by phone via our media releases.


The RACP Trainee Research Awards 2022 are open

Trainees and first year Fellows, this is your chance to be recognised for your research.

The prestigious annual RACP Trainee Research Awards are open and accepting submissions across all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. Winners will be selected from each Australian state/territory and from Aotearoa New Zealand, and will be invited to present alongside recognised researchers at RACP Congress 2023. Winners will also receive complimentary registration and travel, and will have their abstracts published in the Congress supplement of the Internal Medicine Journal or the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Trainees and new Fellows undertaking post-Fellowship training with the RACP are encouraged to apply.

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

Apply now

Advanced Training (AT) online registration closes next month

Advanced Trainees are required to submit applications by Wednesday, 31 August 2022 for the second half of the training year. Log in to the AT Online Registration System using your College credentials to submit your application.

Registration requirements:

  • If you have already registered/interrupted your training for the second half of 2022, no further action is required.
  • If you have already had your training for the second half of 2022 approved but are now undertaking a different rotation, you can submit a new online registration.
  • Incomplete applications may result in your application being returned to you for editing and delay your approval decision. Training committees are unable to consider applications without all the relevant information, so ensure you have completed all the details before you submit your rotation.
  • If you are completing more than one rotation/position, you will need to create additional rotation(s) within your application. Please do not apply for different rotations/positions under one rotation within your application. This may result in your application being returned to you for editing and further delay the process.

Supervisor Approval

Trainees are required to nominate supervisors that meet the supervision requirements of the relevant training program. Please ensure that all nominated supervisors review and approve each rotation within the application before the closing date.

If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Training or email memberservices@racp.edu.au.

Calling all PCHD Advanced Trainees

We are looking for an Advanced Trainee to join the Paediatrics & Child Health Divisional Written Examination (DWE) Committee as a Trainee Representative.

The DWE Committee oversees all aspects of the development of the RACP PCHD written exam, from exam organisation to delivery, and continuous quality improvement. This includes:

  • overseeing the process of writing examination questions
  • convening item writing panels
  • development and review of the blueprinting of the examination against the curriculum
  • overall delivery of the examination.

As the Trainee Representative, you provide a trainee perspective regarding all aspects of the written examination and put forth issues to be considered by the Committee.

Applicants are required to attend two meetings per year. For more details visit the website.

To apply, submit your application to Melanie Wong, Chair for the Divisional Assessment Committee – Paediatrics & Child Health, via examinations@racp.edu.au. Closing date: 1 August 2022.

Your application should include:

  • your CV
  • completed RACP expression of interest form (doc)
  • a short summary of your relevant knowledge and experience in education, assessment principles and methodologies.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: July 2022 edition

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

Articles in this edition include:

  • Rapid onset functional tic-like behaviours in children and adolescents during COVID-19.
  • Effects of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on an Australian neonatal and paediatric retrieval service.
  • Vaccination in needle phobic children.
  • Managing behavioural and developmental paediatric conditions in rural outpatient clinics.

Read the journal

Pomegranate Health podcast — Ep83: Loving Medicine Again

PodcastEp83: Loving Medicine Again

In the last episode we heard some powerful examples of the challenges faced by practitioners in medicine.

In this episode we hear from doctor-career coaches Ashe Coxon and Sarah Dalton who help medics solve workplace challenges and encourages them to remember what drew them to the profession.

Associate Professor Peter Connaughton describes burnout as an occupational health issue that needs to be solved organisationally. These presentations were recorded at Congress 2021, but a listener has shared simple gestures that can make a world of difference to colleagues stretched thin at a busy hospital.


  • Dr Stephen Philpot FCICM (Alfred Health, Cabrini Hospital)
  • Dr Ash Coxon FRACGP (Townsville Hospital, Medical Career Planning)
  • Dr Sarah Dalton FRACP (Westmead Children’s Hospital)
  • Associate Professor Peter Connaughton FAFOEM (Curtin University, University of Notre Dame)

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

Practitioner Perspectives on Gender Diverse Identity Study

You are invited to take part in the Practitioner Perspectives on Gender Diverse Identity study, which explores the attitudes and beliefs around gender diversity within the healthcare community. The aim of the study is to understand how medical and allied health practitioners view the development of gender-diverse identities and the roles they play in the course of that development.

By agreeing to participate in the study, you will be asked to take part in an online survey that should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. To thank you for your time, you will also be invited to attend a webinar about how gender-diverse identities develop and evidence-based recommendations for practice. Recordings of the webinar and slide packs will be made available for practitioners who are unable to attend.

Register for the study

New online course: Genomics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Genomics can provide greater understanding and more effective diagnosis of genetic conditions, from the relatively common to the extremely rare. This new self-paced online course has been designed to educate physicians on how to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities by working together to create world-class genomic research and clinical care.

Visit RACP Online Learning to view our extensive range of online learning resources, and earn CPD credits while you learn.

Join the conversation on the ROC


Don’t forget to log in to the ROC and be part of the conversation. We’d love to hear your thoughts regarding our top three trending topics for July:

  • 2023 MyCPD requirements
  • How do you encourage trainees to reflect on professionalism?
  • Your top 3 priorities for your practice, patients & community?

You can also take part in Mentor Match. This innovative program helps you find and connect with others based on your mentoring preferences and professional goals. Register as a mentor or mentee and kickstart your mentoring relationship today.

The ROC allows you to connect with your colleagues, share your thoughts, and have your opinions heard.

Log into the ROC

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