Pot-pourri eBulletin 15 October 2021

President's Message

It is my great pleasure to announce the recipient of the Howard Williams Medal for RACP Congress 2022, Professor Wayne Cutfield.

As a Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland and practising Paediatric Endocrinologist at Starship Children’s Hospital, Professor Cutfield has had an enormous impact on child health in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Many paediatric endocrinologists in Aotearoa New Zealand have trained with Professor Cutfield at some point in their career. Known for his unstoppable energy, he has published more than 280 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. Professor Cutfield has a keen research interest in childhood obesity and its causes and is currently Director of A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge.

It is an honour for the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) to have Professor Cutfield accept our invitation to present the Howard Williams Oration at RACP Congress 2022.

Dr Jacqueline Small and I recently met with National Children’s Commissioner, Ms Anne Hollands. This introductory meeting opened dialogue with the RACP on children’s health and wellbeing. During the discussion, we jointly considered the case for a Minister for Children and Youth, and a Chief Medical Officer specifically to advise the Minister for Health on the health needs of children and adolescents. 

There was a brief moment in time when there was a Commonwealth Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. I contend that this function is needed now, more than ever, as children and youth find their voice in our society regarding their environment, their health, future wellbeing, as well as their education and training.

As the final months of the year approach us, PCHD is focused on improving its relationships with the specialty societies through the Model of Collaboration, exploring how we can improve trainee communication, and supporting members involved or undertaking the examinations.

You may have seen a recent communication announcing the ROC (RACP Online Community) is live. The PCHD and Chapter of Community Child Health communities are launching at the end of this month, and I encourage you all to join. This is a private, secure, member-led space where we can share ideas, ask questions and expand our professional network in real time.

Through the ROC, we will share College updates, events, and resources. You may also use the ROC to share your local news. If you have any questions, please reach out to paed@racp.edu.au.

Kind regards,

Professor Catherine Choong
PCHD President


Remembering Dr Trevor Parry AM MB BS FRACP DCH DPH FRACMA

Born 7 January 1939, died 24 September 2021 in Perth

Dr Trevor ParryDr Trevor Parry was a Developmental Paediatrician and Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia. He set up the Western Australian Child Development Centre in 1974 after completing his post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom, including at the Wolfson Centre in London, where he is still remembered.

The Perth Centre was one of the earliest developmental paediatrics services established in Australia. Dr Parry was a Director of the Perth Centre until 2004, where he provided an enormous influence on the approaches taken in diagnosing and treating developmental conditions in children.

Dr Parry was a founding father of developmental paediatrics in Australasia, leaving behind a powerful legacy that impacts the core elements of the discipline and the teaching and training of the next generation of paediatricians. His early work on creating foundations in developmental paediatrics services paved the way for the later establishment of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Paediatrics Society of Australasia. It is fitting that he was appointed as the first Life Member there.

His death truly marks the end of an era. As the scores of tributes that appeared after his death indicate, he will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have known and worked with him.

Dr Parry held many leadership positions during his career in his roles with the Australian College of Paediatrics and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. During the 1990s, he was Vice-President of the RACP and one of the leaders in establishing Advanced Training in community and child health. He was strongly involved in the National Investment for the Early Years (NIFTeY), and from the late 1990s, the Autism Association of Western Australia, the Learning and Attention Disorders Society of Western Australia, and the Family Partnership training program imported from the United Kingdom.

Dr Parry and I edited a textbook on an Australian perspective on community and child health published in 1989. He was much involved in medical education in Australia and the developing world, as well as in public education, with particular reference to parenting, child development and the importance of the early years. He continued teaching for Western Australia Health until he was 77.

Dr Parry received a number of awards – in 2006 he was awarded the RACP John Sands Medal, was the inaugural recipient of the Children and Young Peoples Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Australia Citizen of the Year Awards in 2010, the CCYP Ambassador, and in 2012, was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to paediatrics and child health.

Apart from developmental paediatrics, he had several other passions. He was a great choral singer and was a member of the University of Western Australia Choral society and the Collegium choir – ventilating  those skills occasionally at College meetings, with many remembering his strong bass voice sounding out at a College Dinner in Old Parliament House, Canberra. His strong Christian faith permeated his whole life. It affected all aspects of his care, but was never overt, always respectful and open to others. He was a lay preacher in his church and a respected elder. He invited other paediatricians to join him in establishing a paediatric prayer group.

Dr Parry and his wife, Lis had a difficult last few years. She passed away as result of a fall at their home. Dr Parry had his first stroke on the eve of a paediatric meeting in Brisbane, which he was scheduled to speak at. His own health deteriorated over the past five years. He leaves two children, Bron and David, and four grandchildren.

The considerable number of reflections on his influence and characteristics that emerged in the days following his death perhaps demonstrate better than anything else the unique qualities and contribution Trevor has made to Australian paediatrics.  Here is a sample:

The eloquence of these tributes from those who are so remarkable themselves acclaims this extraordinary human – humble, strong, wise, spiritual being and exemplar. He will continue to bring warmth to the hearts, souls and lives of countless children, families, friends and colleagues. His concern, commitment and love for those he served and his ongoing influence in their lives are immeasurable. He held so many in his hands with gentleness and hope. I always think of Trevor with a glow, a smile, a strengthening of resolve and grateful pride to know him as mentor and friend at some of my most challenging and rewarding times over the last 40 years”

“Trevor was the paediatrician we wanted to be when we grew up. He wanted to see the child behind the test and the family behind the child.”

“Our developmental paediatric legend who was a great mentor and brilliant teacher – many lives are better because of his kindness, compassion and exceptional mind.”

May you Rest in Peace, dear Friend.

Graham Vimpani


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Online Town Hall meeting with the Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Physicians of the future, health system of the future

You're invited to a Town Hall meeting with the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care. This free online event for all members will be held on Wednesday, 10 November from 5.30pm to 7pm AEDT, 7.30pm to 9pm NZDT. We'll present a physician-focused vision of an evolving digitally-supported health system and the way the College can support physicians on their journey there. 

The program

Towards consumer-centric, equitable, evidence-based digitally-supported models of care
How physicians can harness the enthusiasm for telehealth to support integration of digital health in the healthcare and wellness system
Professor Tim Shaw

Q&A with Professor Tim Shaw
Facilitated by Dr Jacqueline Small

Embedding digital technologies and innovation in the health system
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Q&A with the Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Facilitated by Dr Jacqueline Small

How discussed changes and challenges are addressed by the College
Professor Andrew Coats AO

Have your say: Member feedback
Facilitated by Professor John Wilson AM

Register now


The RACP Trainees' Wellbeing Webinar 2021

Last chance to register

It's no secret the past 18 months have been a challenge. Prioritise your wellbeing and professional development by attending the RACP Te Hui-ā-Ataata mō te Waiora o ngā Tauira Mahi |  RACP Trainees' Wellbeing Webinar. Held on Rātū, 19 Whiringa-ā-nuku | Tuesday, 19 October from 7pm to 9pm NZDT / 5pm to 7pm AEDT, there's a sensational line-up of speakers planned, so you won't want to miss out.

Announcing our panel member

Glenn Williams - circleWe are thrilled to announce Dr Glenn Williams will be joining us on the panel discussion. Dr Williams is a believer in mindfulness, therapy and the healing effect of the outdoors and fitness. He will discuss being kind to ourselves and our colleagues, and share his personal experiences to demonstrate what has worked for him and what hasn’t. Dr Williams will share tips on how to keep your mental health strong while negotiating the ongoing challenges in the medical profession. Register now to hear from Dr Williams at the Wellbeing Webinar.

Keynote speaker

Another highlight on the program is Dr Susannah Ward's session, Wellbeing tools for life: Strategies for preventing burnout. Hear what she has to say about the event and why you should register in her video

Register now


The National New Fellows’ Online Forum

Tuesday, 19 October, 7pm to 8.30pm (AEDT)

Are you an Australian-based final year Advanced Trainee or New Fellow? You’re invited to a free online event to support you on your journey through Fellowship: the RACP National New Fellows’ Online Forum.

Topics include:

  • On the threshold of consultant practice: The nuts and bolts, dollars and sense
  • Introduction to CPD: A step-by-step process for New Fellows
  • The things I wish I knew when I was new: Hear from a recent New Fellow about what to expect
  • Medico-legal issues: The blurred lines between personal and professional in social media - Case studies and how this directly relates to New Fellows
  • Panel discussion: Navigating the next stage of your career, led by experienced Fellows.

Register now


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The 2021 New Fellow Survey

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the New Fellow Survey so far. If you were admitted to Fellowship of an RACP Division, Faculty or Chapter between 1 October 2019 and 1 October 2020, please complete this important survey.

Your feedback helps us to provide tailored support for you and enables us to make evidence-informed improvements to training programs. This includes how your RACP training program prepared you for unsupervised professional practice, and feedback on your experience of the transition from trainee to specialist physician 

Don’t miss out on sharing your thoughts. The survey closes Wednesday, 10 November 2021. For more information about the survey, including confidentiality and how the data will be reported, please visit the New Fellow Survey webpage.

Complete survey


RACP Indigenous Health Scholarships

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division is proud to offer the 2022 Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship for Paediatrics and Child Health as part of the RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program.

The Program supports 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.

Other scholarships are available for 2021, including:

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

Applications close Tuesday, 30 November 2021. Further details on these scholarships are available on the RACP Foundation website.


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 the RACP Congress 2022 to gain educational and networking opportunities and exposure to career pathways within the College.

Please encourage anyone you know who is eligible to apply before the deadline on Monday, 31 January 2022. See the website for further details.


Recent climate change and health advocacy

The College has been increasingly involved in climate change advocacy over recent months. We recently completed a consultation process with member bodies and confirmed our endorsement of the 2021 MJA-Lancet Countdown Australian Policy Brief. This year’s Brief will focus on sustainable healthcare, the impacts of heat on work and sport, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander co-design, and is expected to be published later this year.

The RACP joined the international health community to sign the #HealthyClimate Prescription letter, which calls for action to address the climate crisis and will be sent to leaders and delegates ahead of COP26. We also recently participated in a joint webinar with the Australian Medical Association, Doctors for the Environment and 13 medical colleges on climate change leadership and action from Australian doctors. You can watch the recording or read the joint letter to the Prime Minister calling for urgent and meaningful action on climate change.

In August, the College provided feedback on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft COP26 Special Report: The Health Argument for Climate Action which aims to raise the health voice, health arguments and health urgency of tackling the climate crisis and provides recommendations to take to COP26. The College also provided feedback and suggestions to improve the Victorian Government’s draft Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026. The draft plan proposes 14 strategic actions that Victoria’s health and human services system can take during the next five years to address current climate change impacts, reduce barriers to adaptation planning and action, and lay the foundations for transformational adaptation.

Looking ahead, the College continues to progress its Climate Change and Health Research Project. Professor Lynne Madden FAFPHM will speak about the early findings on 16 October at the iDEA 2021 conference which runs online from today; Friday, 15 to Sunday, 17 October under the theme Planet, Health and Hope.


RACP submission to the National Medicines Policy Review

The College submission to the Review of the National Medicines Policy (NMP) is available.

The regulation of medicines and medical devices is of great importance to the College and a matter on which we are actively engaging. In this first stage of the NMP development, we advocate for ongoing specialist physician involvement and draw attention to the strong need for this updated policy to promote consistency across all health sectors. We also note the importance of addressing the needs of different populations, building the workforce and improving medication safety. Furthermore, our submission notes the importance of ensuring secure supply chains and safeguarding the environment. The important issue of whether to expand the NMP to include health technologies or revise the definition of medicines is also addressed in the RACP submission.

Read the submission


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare recommendations from The Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (the Commission) has released The Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. It examines variation in healthcare use according to where people live. It covers six clinical areas: early planned births, chronic disease and infection, ear, nose and throat surgery in children and young people, lumbar spinal surgery, gastrointestinal investigations, and medicines use in older people.

For further details, and key findings from The Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, and the Commission’s recommendations for action, please refer to the Commission’s website.


Virtual My Health Record sessions for specialists

The Australian Digital Health Agency is hosting a series of upcoming new virtual classroom sessions. Tailored specifically for specialists, practice nurses and practice managers, the virtual sessions use an online training environment to demonstrate the core features of My Health Record in either the Genie or National Provider Portal environments.

The sessions are designed to be interactive where participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise any issues.

Understand how to:

  • save time by accessing overview summary documents including medicines, immunisations, pathology and diagnostic imaging
  • find documents relevant to your clinical practice e.g. discharge summaries
  • understand how to view the available Medicare information.

View the list of available session times and register for a session:

Register for a Genie session

Register for a National Provider Portal session


Digital health micro-credentialing opportunity for healthcare professionals

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) has partnered with the Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) and RMIT Online (RMITO) to deliver a suite of industry-relevant micro-credentials designed to revolutionise the digital capability of healthcare professionals across northern Australia. 

The three six-week online short courses on digital health strategy and change, technology-enabled care and healthcare design will provide in-depth insights on how to deliver high-quality patient care with technology and ways to plan and integrate technology into various healthcare settings and teams. 

The CRCNA is co-sponsoring places with applications open to all healthcare professionals working in or delivering care in northern Australia including doctors, nurses, allied health staff, health administrators, mental healthcare and community healthcare workers. Applications are now open with courses due to start on Monday, 25 October 2021. 

CRCNA will contribute 50 per cent towards enrolment costs of successful applicants, with this offer ending on Monday, 18 October 2021. 

For more information on fees and to apply for this co-sponsorship opportunity, access this form. 

For enquiries, contact education@dhcrc.com.


Clinical Updates: TSANZ Clinical Guidelines for Organ Transplantation from Deceased Donors

The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has released the latest updates to the Clinical Guidelines for Organ Transplantation from Deceased Donors (the Clinical Guidelines). Version 1.7 of the Clinical Guidelines includes updates to sections on malignancy in donors as well as a number of changes in relation to paediatric donors.

For further details and a copy of Version 1.7 please refer to the TSANZ website.


The SPDP Online Facilitation Course

The Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) is a high-quality training program for final year Advanced Trainees and Fellows who supervise trainees. Have you done one of our SPDP workshops and successfully applied the skills you learnt in practice? Complete our Online Facilitation Course and become an online course facilitator today.

Find out more


New online course: quality and safety in rural Australia

The new Quality and Safety in Rural Australia self-paced online course has been designed to get you thinking about the unique factors and challenges of practising healthcare in rural Australia. It investigates, in a practical way, how quality and safety may differ in rural Australia and offers some useful information and resources to assist you to deliver the best care in these settings.

Developed by experts and RACP Fellows, this adaptable course features a mix of in-depth content, video scenarios, reflection and discussion activities and recommended supporting materials.


PhD scholarship in practice analytics and ethics at Monash University

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of a Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) funded program of work on Practice Analytics. The Practice Analytics program seeks to understand how hospitals can provide clinical teams and individual clinicians actionable data that relates to the quality of clinical practice, and to explore the role of electronic health data for supporting practice audits and practice reflection to improve professional practice.

The scholarship recipient will receive a Research Living Allowance at current value of AUD $40,000 per annum 2021 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), an education allowance at $5,000 per annum, an education program allowance at $5,000 per annum, and a project admin allowance at $5,000 per annum. Hurry, expressions of interest close Sunday, 31 October.

Find out more


Pomegranate Health Podcast

Episode 73: Communicating a pandemic

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There are many layers of public health interventions that can reduce the rate of transmission of the novel coronavirus. Social distancing, mask wearing, lockdowns and vaccines each nudge the reproduction number down. But you need all of them working together to make a significant impact, and that means you need the community on board.

In this podcast, we discuss the challenges and strategies around communicating public health messages to the public during a time of such high anxiety. Dr Jessica Kaufman is a Research Fellow in the Vaccine Acceptance, Uptake and Policy Research Team at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute who presented her work to the RACP Congress in May. She outlined the principles and clarity, transparency and consistency that are needed to win the public’s trust when tough social restrictions need to be adhered to. 

We also hear an interview with Professor Allen Cheng FRACP, who’s played this game harder than most. As Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria, he advised on implementation of the lockdown that brought Melbourne’s second wave to a halt after four long months. If being part of fun police wasn’t enough responsibility, he also co-chaired the COVID-19 Group at the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation which had to weigh up the suitability of the AstraZeneca vaccine as reports of rare side-effects and death were emerging in real time. He describes the fine balance between providing enough information for the public to be able to make informed decisions.

Guests

  • Dr Jessica Kaufman (Murdoch Children's Research Institute)
  • Professor Allen Cheng FRACP (Alfred Health, Monash University, ATAGI, TGA)

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


Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

The early view of the October edition of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health is now live on the Wiley Online Library website.

Highlights from the issue include:

  • Can I breastfeed my baby with Down syndrome? A scoping review
  • Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on anorexia nervosa and atypical anorexia nervosa presentations to an Australian tertiary paediatric hospital
  • Pharyngotonsillitis in adolescents: Remember herpes simplex virus
  • Influenza vaccination among caregivers and household contacts of children with congenital heart disease before and during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Microcephaly in Australian infants: A retrospective audit
  • Potentially unrecognised pain in children: Population-based birth cohort study at seven years of age.

Read now


Australian prescriber

The October 2021 edition of Australian Prescriber, an independent peer-reviewed journal providing critical commentary on drugs and therapeutics for health professionals is out now.

Highlights in this edition include:

  • Management of hypertension in pregnancy
  • Optimising oral health in frail older people
  • Approach to the diagnosis of secondary hypertension in adults.

Read now


Expressions of interest

We encourage you to contribute to your College with your valued skills and experience.


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.

National Brain School

The National Brain School Series is a neurology advanced trainee resource although we are able to accept basic trainees and Fellows. Presenters speak on their specialty using case vignettes, often including video, neurophysiology, imaging or pathology as part of their presentations along with dedicated question and answer time at the end.

October session one

Immunotherapeutic options in paediatrics: agents and mechanisms of action
When: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 from 1pm AEDT
Presenter: Dr Melanie Wong

Tumour biology
Time: 2pm AEDT
Presenter: Associate Professor David Ziegler

October session two

Presentation and diagnosis of brain tumours and neurosurgical management
When: Tuesday, 26 October 2021 from 1pm AEDT
Presenter: Dr Erica Jacobson
Note: The two back-to-back sessions will be presented by Dr Jacobson

Register now 


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