Pot-pourri eBulletin 11 February 2022

A message from your President

2022 has begun with very sobering conditions across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Added to this the recent tsunami within the Oceania region which affected Tonga, which now too is in lockdown due to COVID-19. Adverse effects of climate change and COVID-19 will have sustained impact on families and children and young people. The question for all of us is: what can we do to mitigate and arrest the current trajectory?

A way forward to managing the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be vaccination, and particularly vaccination of children. Following the announcement from ATAGI that children aged 5-11 are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination, and advice from ATAGI that adolescents aged 16-17 years are now eligible for booster vaccination with Pfizer, I expect that many paediatricians have been contacted by patients and families.

The College supports the need to vaccinate children to help reduce transmission of COVID-19, contribute to keeping the whole community healthy and safe, and help children remain in school. Children have been impacted by school closures throughout the pandemic and we know this has detrimental effects on their health, development, learning and mental health. While most children who get COVID-19 will have mild or no symptoms, a very small number will experience severe disease, an inflammatory condition after acute illness or a lengthy illness from COVID-19 related complications. It is therefore very important that children have access to COVID-19 vaccination.

Paediatricians can reassure parents that the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines has been carefully evaluated through international clinical trials and analysis of real-world data in more than five million children. Data has shown the COVID-19 vaccine to be effective and well tolerated, with most adverse effects being mild and transient.

It is imperative that we consider individuals who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and how to support their safe return to school. The College welcomes back-to-school plans announced for NSW and Victoria, however it is essential that a long term and national plan is developed to support the health and wellbeing of students and school staff.

With this in mind, I would like to raise two key events:

1. Kids COVID Catch Up Summit

Date: Friday, 18 February 2022 from 10am to 11.30am (AEDT)

Location: online - Register now.

Join preeminent experts in children's health and wellbeing as the College launches its 'Kids COVID Catch Up Campaign' in this national, virtual summit, hosted by RACP President, Professor John Wilson.

Professor Wilson will be joined by: Anne Hollonds, National Children's Commissioner; Dr Elkie Hull, Advanced Trainee in Paediatrics and proud Gamilaraay woman; Mr Chris O’Connell, 16-year-old, Melbourne high-school student and UNICEF Young Ambassador; Professor Sharon Goldfeld, Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital and Population Health Theme Director at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Professor Frank Oberklaid AM, Co-Chair on the National Children’s Mental Health Strategy and Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service.

The summit will be opened by Dr Katie Allen MP and closed by Shadow Assistant Minster for Health Ged Kearney MP.

2. Kids COVID Catch Up Workshop (RACP Members Only)

Date: Thursday, 17 February 2022 from 6pm to 7pm (AEDT)

Location: online - Register now.

In the evening prior to the national summit, RACP President-elect Dr Jacqueline Small, together with the Paediatrics & Child Health Division, will host a member-only campaign advocacy workshop on how to get involved in the Kids COVID Catch Up Campaign.

I also ask members to take a moment to look at the newly published Child Health Advocacy Strategy 2022-25. This strategy provides an overarching framework for advocacy on child health and takes a rights-based approach to child health. The strategy builds on the positions established in the RACP position statements: Inequities in Child Health (2018), Early Childhood: The Importance of the Early Years (2019) and Indigenous Child Health in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (2020). The strategy is a key advocacy piece for the Paediatrics & Child Health Division, with four key focus areas:

  1. Strengthening whole-of-government planning and accountability for child health outcomes.
  2. Promoting healthy relationships: parental, child and adolescent mental health.
  3. Enhancing access to quality early childhood education.
  4. Promoting healthy nutrition and oral health.

It’s important that we take time to acknowledge those PCHD trainees who will soon be undertaking the Divisional Written Examination (DWE) and Divisional Clinical Examination (DCE); more details about these exams can be found in a separate update below. I ask everyone to consider the extraordinary pressure our trainees are under, the challenges and achievements they’ve met coming this far, and to join me in wishing them every success.

The recent 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand New Year Honours and Australia Day Honours named the following members of the PCHD:

  • Dr Lindsay Francis James Mildenhall (AoNZ)
  • Dr Christopher David Moyes (AoNZ)
  • Professor Colin Frederick Robertston (VIC)
  • Dr Laurence Eames Budd (NSW).

On behalf of the PCHD may I thank you for your contributions to the health of our children and patients, and again congratulations on these well-deserved honours.

Professor Catherine Choong
PCHD President

RACP employment opportunity – Lead Fellow, Education Learning and Assessment

The Lead Fellow, Education Learning and Assessment is an integral role within the Education Learning and Assessment team. The successful applicant will provide leadership, advice and support for the College’s education program across the membership.

About the role

Reporting to the Executive General Manager, Education Learning and Assessment, you will play a significant role, providing physician leadership and supporting the College’s education and assessment strategy, growing the next generation of supervisors and examiners. You will strengthen and expand the recognition of the key roles training supervisors and examiners play in assuring the high quality of our training programs across both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Help to shape the future direction of the College’s education program by delivering a physician’s perspective and represent our membership base. You will be a trusted adviser to the Senior Leadership Team and the College Education Committee, which is currently progressing a significant program of educational renewal for all 63 College programs.

This high-profile role is ideal if you are looking to expand your career beyond clinical delivery into medical education and impact the future of the College service delivery.

This opportunity is for a 12-month contract with part-time hours of 15 to 22.5 hours per week.

Applications close on Friday, 11 March 2022. More information about this new role is available on the RACP careers webpage.

Update on PCHD Exams 2022

RACP Divisional Written Examination (DWE)

The upcoming RACP Divisional Written Examination (DWE) is scheduled for Monday, 14 February 2022. Our Contingency Plans provide for delivery of the exam as scheduled, with a backup exam date of Tuesday, 8 March 2022 for any candidates who are unable to sit the exam due to testing positive for COVID-19, being in COVID-19 isolation, or under any other requirements of relevant Public Health Orders.

Recognising the on-going impact of COVID-19 on health workforce and health services, our Special Consideration provisions have been extended to impacted groups of exam candidates at one or more locations where they are unable to proceed with the exam on Monday, 14 February 2022. The Special Consideration for Assessment Policy provides a mechanism for individual trainees who experience extenuating circumstances in advance of or during an examination to request Special Consideration.

RACP Divisional Clinical Examination (DCE)

The delayed Short Case component of the 2021 Paediatrics and Child Health (PCH) Divisional Clinical Examinations (DCE) will be delivered in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) as planned between Friday, 18 February, and Sunday, 13 March 2022.

We published the dates for the 2022 DCE at the end of last year. The DCE Committees met in January and confirmed that the exam will be delivered in either the traditional format (two Long Cases and four Short Cases on the same day in a face-to-face format) or the modular format (two virtual Long Cases and four face-to-face Short Cases on different days) within those published date windows. Further details will be confirmed after the DCE Committees meeting in February, and we will provide an update about the exam format thereafter.

We are continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. The safety of all candidates is core to our planning and COVID-19 related requirements will continue to apply. All exams will be delivered in line with the requirements of the relevant Public Health Orders in effect in each jurisdiction.

Advanced training online registration for 2022 

Applications for the first half of the training year and the full training year are due by Tuesday, 15 February 2022. Advanced Trainees are required to login to the AT Online Registration System to submit their applications. 

If you are facing issues with access, please open a new window in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome browser and go to the RACP website. Log in using your RACP ID with multi-factor authentication (MFA) and copy the link to AT Online Registration into your browser. 

Advanced training requirements for 2021

As a result of the disruptions caused by the escalating COVID-19 situation, trainees in Australia have been granted an additional two weeks to complete annual program requirements. The extended deadline is Tuesday, 15 February 2022. Please refer to the program requirements for your specialty and submit all requirements by this deadline. 

Please note that the way you complete Advanced Training Supervisor’s Reports (ATSR) has changed. ATSRs are now available for Advanced Trainees in Australia. To access the report, you need your RACP ID and multi-factor authentication. Find out more about the online ATSR pilot here.  

Complete your Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops

The Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) is a high-quality training program for final year advanced trainees and Fellows who supervise trainees in RACP-accredited positions.

The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and Australian Medical Council (AMC) accreditation standards state that Supervisors are required to be trained. The College Education Committee (CEC) supports the SPDP as the College’s supervisor training program.

To be a RACP Approved Supervisor:

  • All Directors of Physician/Paediatrics Education (DPEs), Advanced Training Supervisors (ATS) and Education Supervisors (ES) are required to complete SPDP 3 by end of 2022.
  • All DPEs, ATS and ES are required to complete (or be exempt from) SPDP 1 and 2 by end of 2022 or in line with their site accreditation cycle (whichever occurs later).
  • Rotational Supervisors (RS) are only required to complete SPDP 3 (non-member RS are encouraged to complete SPDP 3 but there is no requirement).
  • After completing one SPDP workshop and prior to achieving Approved status, supervisors will be referred to as Provisionally Approved.

Register now to attend a face-to-face or virtual workshop or the online course.

Explore RACP Online Learning and gain CPD credits

The RACP invites you to discover our range of educational videos, online courses, and curated collections, designed to support your lifelong learning and professional development. Our educational videos, online courses and curated collections cover a range of clinical and professional topics. Watch this short showreel for a preview of what you'll find on RACP Online Learning.

Developed by experts and RACP Fellows, our resources are adaptable, mobile-friendly, and feature a mix of in-depth content, video scenarios, reflection and discussion activities, and recommended supporting materials. They are also often self-paced and designed to fit around your workload. Plus, you can claim CPD credits for the time you spend on online learning.

Upcoming deadline to record your MyCPD credits for 2021

This is a friendly reminder that 2021 MyCPD records are due by Thursday, 31 March 2022.

Additionally, CPD records are now open for 2022.

2022 CPD requirements remain the same as 2021, please see the 2022 MyCPD Framework for details. Please note that the Medical Council of New Zealand has additional mandatory requirements for Aotearoa New Zealand practitioners.

Helpful links:

Please don’t hesitate to contact the CPD Team for further assistance:

Australia: 1300 697 227 (option 3 for CPD), MyCPD@racp.edu.au

Aotearoa New Zealand: 04 460 8122, MyCPD@racp.org.nz

Managing future face-to-face meetings, events, and onsite visits

The health and safety of our members and staff are key priorities for the College. We currently require all visitors to be vaccinated (or have a medical exemption) if they wish to attend any of our office locations. This includes all members, staff, and guests.

RACP members are defined as healthcare workers in each local jurisdiction and are required to be fully vaccinated to attend work. We are extending this requirement to RACP events and meetings to ensure the health and safety of all attendees.

If you are attending an RACP office or event, you must follow all guidelines, controls and rules implemented by the College, including signing in via QR code (where provided) and providing proof of vaccination. We also encourage you to wear a face mask where you cannot physically distance, or where required by your jurisdiction.

We will continue to review requirements and will notify you of any changes accordingly.

Explore the ROC online directory

Did you know that the ROC has an ‘all member’ online directory that enables you to find your colleagues, send a message, and chat directly with other members? The ROC online directory is intuitive and easy to use, with a search function that allows you to find your colleagues in a few simple steps.

Login to the ROC and connect with your colleagues today.

Divisional Examination Readiness Online Learning Resource

The Divisional Examination Readiness online learning resource has been designed to help Basic Trainees understand what to expect and how to prepare for the Divisional Written and Clinical Examinations. It provides information, resources and study tools, as well as Paediatrics and Adult demonstration videos of short and long cases.

Kids Covid Catch Up

The Child Health Summit

Professor John Wilson is looking forward to hosting the College’s virtual Child Health Summit on Friday, 18 February from 10am to 11.30am AEDT

During the Summit, the Kids COVID Catch Up Campaign will be launched. The campaign is an advocacy initiative of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division. The campaign aims to elevate the health and wellbeing of children and young people as we recover from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Summit will feature an expert panel, including:

  • Anne Hollonds, National Children's Commissioner
  • Dr Elkie Hull, Advanced Trainee in Paediatrics and proud Gamilaraay woman
  • Chris O’Connell, 16-year-old Melbourne high-school student and UNICEF Young Ambassador
  • Professor Sharon Goldfeld, Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital and Population Health Theme Director at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Professor Frank Oberklaid AM, Co-Chair on the National Children’s Mental Health Strategy
  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service

Register for the Child Health Summit.

Kids COVID Catch Up Campaign – RACP Member Workshop

On the evening prior to the national Summit, RACP President-elect Dr Jacqueline Small will host a member-only campaign workshop from 6pm to 7pm AEDT on how to get involved in the Kids COVID Catch Up Campaign. Join the workshop to learn more and to share your ideas. Register now.

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90 days until RACP Congress 2022

With just 90 days until RACP Congress more session details have been announced and speakers confirmed.  Join us for a very important session on the Impact of the pandemic on the health of Australians. Don’t miss the fascinating sessions on Cerebral palsy: The importance of early intervention, the Howard Williams Medal Oration and the Rue Wright Memorial Award.

There are also plenty of engaging shared sessions that should not be missed. Sessions include:

  • The wellbeing of doctors
  • Policy and Advocacy: Tired of COVID? Aren’t we all. Navigating ethical tensions during a pandemic
  • Gender equity in medicine
  • Improving workforce and support for rural and remote communities

Explore the full RACP Congress 2022 program on the Congress Website

Have you registered for the PCHD Dinner? Make sure to secure your place when you register for Congress.

Trainee sessions

Trainee sessions announced

As part of the RACP Congress program, the CPC is pleased to announce some special sessions designed specifically for trainees.

Join us, in-person or virtually for topics such as:

  • Obstacles to exam preparation: the things we don't talk about
  • Trainee burnout and wellness

Check out these and other Congress sessions on the RACP Congress website.

Last chance for Fellows to secure an early bird ticket.

Fellows, time is running out to secure your early bird ticket to RACP Congress. Use code EARLY22 when completing your registration before Monday, 28 February to receive your discount.

Chapter Community Child Health Satellite Day 2022

Join us for the 2022 CCCH Satellite Day at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Melbourne on Sunday, 15 May 2022. The day will focus on key themes of community child health with speakers from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Visit the CCCH Health Satellite Day website for more information.

Have you registered for the CCCH networking event? Make sure to secure your place when you register.

PhD scholarships

Postgraduate Research Scholarships in Practice Analytics

The Practice Analytics research program seeks to understand how hospitals can provide clinical teams and individual clinicians with actionable data that relates to the quality of clinical practice. It explores research and development projects related to the use of electronic health data for reflective practice and enhancing professional practice.

The program is a collaboration between a number of partners across Australia including the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Cabrini Healthcare (VIC), Sydney Adventist Healthcare (NSW), St John of God hospital (WA), Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation and Epworth Healthcare (VIC) and is part of the Digital Health Centre for Cooperative Research.

The program is delivered via a suite of applied research projects including:

  • Surgical Learning Loops – aims to understand how data from emerging technologies such as surgical robots can support practice reflection and professional learning.
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations of Practice Analytics – aims to understand the ethical and policy implications for organisations and individual clinicians when using electronic health data for reflective practice.

Some clinical partners have already started to explore how data is collected within their organisations and how it can be presented to their clinical workforce.

A scholarship to support two postgraduate research students who undertake the projects is currently available. Applications close 14 February 2022. Find out more or submit an application.

Pomegranate Health Podcast: Deciding with children (ep. 77)

Episode 77: Deciding with children

Podcast episode 77

This episode is shared from the Essential Ethics podcast produced at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. It is presented by paediatric respiratory physician, John Massie and clinical ethicist, Lynn Gillam who are respectively the Clinical Lead and Academic Director of the Children's Bioethics Centre.

In a series titled, Deciding with Children they raise the following questions; when can a child be considered to have autonomy to make healthcare decisions for themselves? What intrinsic rights does a young patient have up to this age of so-called Gillick competence? How should responsibility for difficult decisions be shared between the patients, parents and clinicians? And is it possible to minimise the moral injury when the wishes of the patient need to be over-ruled?

Guests:

  • Professor Lynn Gillam (Academic Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, University of Melbourne)
  • Professor John Massie FRACP (Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, University of Melbourne)
  • Associate Professor Clare Delany (Children’s Bioethics Centre, University of Melbourne)
  • Associate Professor Daryl Efron (Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne)

Access the full series of Essential Ethics podcasts on the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne website.

Do you want to be among the first to find out about more Pomegranate Health podcasts? Subscribe to email alerts or search for ‘Pomegranate Health’ in Apple PodcastsSpotifyCastbox, or any podcasting app. RACP Fellows can claim CPD credits for listening and learning via MyCPD. For a transcript and further references please visit our webpage

Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2022–2023

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) published the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2022–23 (the Framework) and the accompanying Consultation Report. These documents are available on the IHPA website.

The RACP submission to the consultation process on the Framework addressed the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of hospital services future funding models, which reflect the IHPA’s shift from paying for volume of services to paying for value and patient outcomes. It also addressed avoidable and preventable hospitalisations and adjustments to the national efficient price.

IHPA has now responded to our submission acknowledging key points of feedback and committing to work with the College and other stakeholders on progressing these areas of reform. We encourage you to read the response to the submission.

Pre-Budget Submission 2022-2023 to the Australian Government Treasury

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight and exacerbate key deficiencies in the Australian health system and persistent socioeconomic issues which influence both the system and the health and wellbeing of Australians.

The Federal Budget 2022-2023 is an opportunity to reset; to focus on addressing the underlying causes of poor health and put in place the foundations for long term better and more equitable health and wellbeing outcomes.

The College’s Pre-Budget Submission 2022-2023 titled ‘Delivering a Future-Focused Health System for Equitable Care and Healthier Communities’ offers a constructive, practical set of recommendations based on the expertise and experience of our members working across primary, community and hospital settings in the public and private sector. The recommendations to the Federal Government are focused on seven priority areas:

  1. Boosting the COVID-19 response, recovery, and pandemic preparedness for future communicable diseases
  2. Delivering integrated and innovative healthcare to improve access and quality of care
  3. Building an appropriately funded and safe medical specialist workforce
  4. Closing the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  5. Prioritising the health and wellbeing of children and young people and their recovery from the setbacks of COVID-19
  6. Enabling Australians to live longer and healthier lives by strengthening support for preventive health
    • Fund evidence-based ‘best buy’ preventive health measures
    • Improve access to services for alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention
    • Maintain a strong NDIS
    • Enhance consumer and carer health literacy
    • Making our health system low-carbon and climate resilient.
  7. As the College continues to advocate for the recommendations included in the submission, we will be asking members to support this important work through a forthcoming campaign.

Reinstatement of telephone MBS items for specialist telehealth retained

The RACP welcomes the reinstatement of telephone MBS items for specialist telehealth for the next six months, especially under the surging pandemic conditions. The RACP has strongly advocated for the retainment of MBS items for phone consultations. Patients will now be able to safely communicate with their specialists without being exposed to potential infection or forgoing specialist care altogether. 

Telephone items are the key to ensuring access to specialist care for many Australians during and beyond the pandemic. The College has consistently argued that phone consultations are preferred by many patients or necessitated by patient-specific circumstances such as old age, fragility, intellectual disabilities, deficit in technology skills, low bandwidth, geographical barriers, and inability to access in-person care.

We are especially pleased that telephone items will be available for initial, as well as complex consultations, and that telehealth rebates are now available for inpatients who wish to receive a consultation with their specialist. Complex consultations via telephone are vital for specialist physicians who often see patients when they have multiple conditions that require more complex care.

We will continue to advocate for the retainment of these items beyond mid-2022 in the interest of our patients and members. 

For more information regarding the changes, visit Temporary items to 30 June 2022.

Update on MBS Specialist Telehealth Services

The College continues to advocate for appropriately designed and funded permanent telehealth specialist MBS items on behalf its members and patients. Our advocacy work focuses on securing equitable access for priority populations and those in regional and remote areas.

While the RACP welcomed the introduction of the permanent items in late 2021, we have been raising member concerns in relation to some aspects of the arrangements in our submissions to and meetings with the Department of Health and our December 2021 media release. The main concerns included the removal of specialist telehealth phone items and imposing the 30-20 auditing rule.

Our strong advocacy has recently resulted in two wins:

  • the Government has reinstated 33 initial and complex specialist telephone consultation items and 40 specialist inpatient telehealth items until 30 June 2022. A RACP media release welcomed this decision.
  • the introduction of the 30-20 auditing rule is being delayed and reviewed for impact on access to specialist care. A RACP media release reiterated our advocacy against this threshold.

As part of our continued advocacy on telehealth, we are planning a campaign to highlight the implications of removing specialist telehealth phone items post-June 2022. Central to this campaign will be case studies to demonstrate the unintended negative consequences associated with such removals, especially for underserviced and priority populations and those in regional and remote areas. We are looking for such case studies from members.

We would like to hear from you if you have a compelling case study that needs to be shared. Please submit your details by Monday, 14 February 2022 to RACPConsult@racp.edu.au.

The Department also prepared guidance material for practitioners, billing agents and other parties involved in Medicare billing to understand when hospital treatment - 75 per cent, 85 per cent and 100 per cent - benefits apply to services claimed under MBS.

Reporting adverse events post-COVID vaccination through to the TGA

In early January 2022, the first cases of myocarditis as an adverse event related to COVID-19 booster vaccines were reported by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 

The TGA has been intensively monitoring suspected vaccine-related side effects throughout the COVID-19 immunisation roll-out period, to identify trends or spikes that might indicate vaccine safety issues.

Plans are now being finalised to guarantee that adverse events, such as myocarditis, continue to be monitored in the medium term, mirroring the approach of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report any suspected side effects post-immunisation, even if there’s only a small chance a vaccine was the cause, to allow ongoing analysis and monitoring of any potential safety issues.

The TGA has provided a guide for consumers and health professionals to report suspected side effects (adverse events) associated with a COVID-19 vaccine.

Reports can also be made to health professionals, state or territory health departments and the NPS MedicineWise Adverse Medicine Events Line on 1300 134 237.

All reports of suspected side effects will continue to be included in the TGA’s follow-up research to maintain and improve vaccine safety.

2021 Medical Training Survey highlights efforts of RACP educators

The RACP welcomes the release of the results of the Medical Board of Australia’s third annual Medical Training Survey (MTS). The survey was run throughout August and September 2021 and was open to all doctors in training in Australia. The survey was completed by 3415 RACP trainees (approximately 43 per cent response rate).

The RACP results are generally consistent with previous years, including favourable results in key areas of medical training. Approximately 80 per cent of RACP respondents reported they would recommend their current training position to other doctors and their current workplace as a place to train. Clinical supervision was rated highly, with 87 per cent of RACP trainees considering it to be of excellent or good quality. These results are on par with the 2020 findings, and the sustained positive results in these areas represent a significant achievement in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected medical training in the states and territories worst hit by the pandemic and had a mixed impact in other regions, with an overall 44% of RACP trainees reporting a negative impact.

Despite substantial disruptions to examinations throughout 2021, we were pleased that survey results improved in most areas related to examinations. Overall, however, there is still room for improvement and we will continue to progress this critical work.

The concerningly high prevalence of bullying, harassment, and discrimination reported in previous years was sustained in 2021, with over 1 in 5 RACP trainees reporting they had experienced it and 1 in 3 reporting they had witnessed it. Doctors continue to be identified as the main perpetrators. In late 2021, the RACP convened the Safe Training Environments Summit, which commenced development of a strategic approach to tackling bullying, harassment, and discrimination in physician training environments.

Over the coming months, the MTS results will be considered by the RACP Board and key committees with a view to developing an action plan based on the findings. We wish to thank our trainees for providing their valuable feedback and encourage trainees’ continually strong participation in this survey.

All MTS results are available online through the data dashboard published on the Medical Training Survey website.

The Medical Board of Australia encourages everyone interested in medical training to access and read the MTS results, create their own tailored report using the interactive data dashboard, and apply the rich MTS dataset to continually improve medical training.

Investigating clinician researcher career pathways

The release of a series of reports comprising NHMRC’s Investigating Clinician Researcher Career Pathways research project, was completed earlier this year.

This multi-year research project was commissioned by NHMRC’s Health Translation Advisory Committee to examine the issues and opportunities in the training and career pathways for medical, nurse, allied health and midwife clinician researchers in Australia.

A first of its kind study in Australia, the reports highlight the collective and individual challenges in pursuing a clinician research career in Australia. Issues relating to access to mentoring, securing protected time to undertake research, and gaining administrative support in clinical settings were identified across all the cohorts surveyed.

NHMRC considers these reports an important step in understanding Australia’s clinician researcher workforce. The summary report outlines nine recommendations (page 2), one of which encourages professional colleges to establish formal mentoring arrangements for their members considering a clinician researcher career.

NHMRC is committed to implementing a number of the recommendations, including those related to the collection of better data on clinician researchers.

The reports can be found on the NHMRC website.

New online module on voluntary assisted dying laws

The End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) online training program has released a new free online module for medical practitioners about Australian laws on voluntary assisted dying (VAD). Designed by clinicians and experts in end-of-life law, it discusses the key information practitioners need to know about VAD, including their legal rights and obligations.

This training may be eligible for CPD credits, and certificates of completion are available. Register here.

Conferences and Events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses.

Medical Evaluation of Suspected Abuse in Children and Adolescents

Child Protection Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospital

Monday, 21 February to Thursday, 24 February 2022

Venue: Zoom

Cost:     $A350.00 (incl. GST) trainees / $A600.00 (incl. GST) consultants

This course is designed for consultant paediatricians and paediatric advanced trainees. It meets the child protection training requirements of RACP advanced training in general and community paediatrics.

The course has a primary medical forensic focus but also addresses legal and psychosocial aspects of child abuse. The four-day course will cover aspects of both physical abuse and sexual abuse. It is suitable for practising paediatricians who have clinical responsibilities in this area of practice and wish to update their skills.

Course enquiries should go to Dr Lydia Garside on +61 2 9382 1412 or via lydia.garside@health.nsw.gov.au.

Pot-pourri submissions welcome

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Update your details with the College

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Career opportunities 

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View all career opportunities on the RACP website.

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