Pot-pourri eBulletin 27 July 2018

President's Message 

I was pleased to advocate on behalf of the RACP and the PCHD on the effects of drinking when pregnant. You may have seen recent media reports outlining the RACP’s calls for the Australian Government to introduce mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcohol products. In a submission to the Food Regulation Standing Committee, we have made a number of evidence-based recommendations outlining how these labels may be implemented, highlighting the importance of consistent and standardised messaging across the industry. We know that drinking alcohol while pregnant can lead to birth defects and lifelong neurodevelopmental issues, and believe that introducing labels can help raise awareness and assist pregnant women to make informed decisions on alcohol use.

At the time of this newsletter’s publication, the PCHD Council will have held its planning day to determine the PCHD priorities for the next two years. The planning day will focus on existing opportunities and challenges within paediatrics and identify key areas of focus to drive change. I will share these initiatives with you in the next Pot Pourri.  

The PCHD Council Mid-Year Communique is now available for viewing on the website, the communique captures the key priorities of the previous six months and is a useful tool in keeping up to date with PCHD activities.  

I would like to remind members that nominations for the Howard Williams Medal are open as are many of the regional RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence. I urge trainees involved in research to submit their abstract to their relevant State/Territory. It is a wonderful way to showcase your work to the membership with an opportunity to attend Congress the following year.

I would also like to advise members that the July edition of the Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health has been released. 

Professor Paul Colditz
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

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The information is available for use by Fellows and trainees of the College and should only be used as a reference guide and for no other purpose.

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The Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA) Annual Meeting

The Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA) 2018 Annual Meeting will be held in Melbourne between 30 August and 1 September 2018.

The program will be diverse and is bound to offer something for everyone. Coupled with speakers who are experts in their field, this meeting is sure to be one of the most successful NBPSA Annual Meetings yet.  Record numbers of delegates have already registered to attend and will enjoy a unique highlight of this year’s meeting which is the combining with the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes (SSBP) for a joint day on Thursday 30 August.  Sessions on this day, which include both plenary and concurrent sessions will focus primarily on genetics.  An added highlight will be the location of the meeting for this day, which will be the Yarra Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.  Delegates are sure to be delighted by this iconic Australian venue!

Days 2 and 3 of the meeting will be held at the nearby Pullman on the Park, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.

The program is available on the website

Registration is open to both members and non-member of NBPSA.  Be sure not to miss out on what is promising to be an exceptional meeting by registering now.

CHA Position Statement Declaration of IPA on the Family Separation and Incarceration Policies

The International Paediatric Association issued a declaration on the family separation and incarceration policies of United States of America at its borders.  

The Children’s Healthcare Australasia also released a statement on Children in Immigration Detention regarding concerns of children in immigration detention.

The RACP is a member of both organisations. 

Evolve Research

Are you currently planning to undertake research as part of your Advanced Training? With 20 Evolve Top 5 Lists currently available, the recommendations to drive high-value, high-quality care offer an opportunity to undertake research across specialties. Find out more about Evolve by visiting www.evolve.edu.au or contacting evolve@racp.edu.au.

 Evolve Clinical Champions 

Are you interested in being involved in Policy & Advocacy within RACP? The Evolve initiative offers an opportunity to advocate for high-value, high-quality care in your specialty. Find out how you can become an Evolve Clinical Champion by contacting evolve@racp.edu.au or visit www.evolve.edu.au for more information. 

Evolve – How to have difficult conversations 

Three training resources are available, which provide examples of how to include the Evolve Top 5 List recommendations in difficult conversations between:
   •   
a patient and a physician (Associate Professor Mark Lane)
   •   
a carer and a physician (Dr Sarah Dalton)
   •   
an Advanced Trainee and a Fellow (Dr Brendan Ng, Dr Nick Buckmaster)

ANZCA’s PM10 Statement on Medicinal Cannabis 

The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) has recently updated its statement on medicinal cannabis named PM10 Statement on “Medicinal Cannabis” with particular reference to its use in the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain, following a consultative forum.

Compared with its 2015 statement, there are no changes to its position fundamentally, that is – the current evidence base is insufficient to demonstrate the efficacy of cannabinoids in pain management among patients with chronic non-cancer pain and to support their clinical use in this context. This position is also bolstered by a recent landmark systematic review, on which the development of TGA’s document on Guidance for the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain in Australia is based.

Additionally, the background notes of the FPM’s 2018 statement include a brief summary of new evidence.

Making a connection podcast out now

In this Pomegranate Health episode, US-based physician Associate Professor Danielle Ofri discusses where breakdowns in doctor-patient communication occur—often in the first 10 or 20 seconds of a consultation. Dr Ofri suggests ways for physicians to listen better, be understood and promote adherence.

Some media outlets also report a ‘crisis of compassion’ in healthcare. Burnout of staff is a major contributor, and palliative care physician Dr Shamsul Shah describes how to mitigate it by convening groups to reflect on the emotional challenges of the job. She recently published an evaluation of Schwartz Center Rounds® (case-based reflections) run at Auckland City Hospital in the College’s Internal Medicine Journal

RACP Fellows can claim CPD credits via MyCPD for listening and using resources related to this episode.

Search for Pomegranate Health in Apple iTunes or any Android podcasting app.

RACP Social Media Channels

The RACP has recently launched their very own Instagram page. This platform will be used to feature images and stories from around the College, with the aim of sharing our unique history, values and achievements. We would like to encourage all members of the College to follow us under the handle @theracp, and welcome you to invite colleagues, family, friends, and to anyone else with an interest in the College to do the same.

If you’re not already following us on our existing social media channels, please like/follow us via the following links:

Additionally, if you have any content you would like to put forward for consideration please email: communications@racp.edu.au

Grants on Offer

Up to $10,000 in professional development funding is offer to RACP Fellows who live and work in rural and remote Australia. 

The grants are being offered as part of round three of the the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia Program.

Find out more.

Exciting line-up for NT event

Join colleagues from across Australia for a critical look at health care and vulnerable populations at the 2018 Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

Featuring a keynote address from Young Australian of the Year in the UK, Dr Geordan Shannon, the ASM brings together experts from Australia and abroad to share ideas, acquire new knowledge and develop unique insights that will help improve your practice.

Find out more.

Osteoarthritis Summit

Registration for the Osteoarthritis Summit on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 is now open. The Summit will be held in Canberra, discussing and disseminating the National OA Strategy and the implementation plans. For more information and to register, visit: https://consol.eventsair.com/osteoarthritis-summit-2018/oasummit18

Call for volunteer doctors

Take part in a rewarding opportunity to join a new medical, nursing and dental team going to provide health care to communities in Leyte in the Philippines, which was devastated by hurricane Yolanda in 2013, leaving 14 million people homeless. Trip organisers Trips+ have partnered with a local NGO (Operation Blessing) to visit three communities around Leyte to provide basic medical care. Guided local tours, beach holiday, accommodation and transfers included in trip. 

Dates: 19 to 28 January, 2019.

For more information go to the Trips+ website, or  contact Justin Pagotto from Trips+ on 0428 389 392.

NHMRC Clinical Trials 

Clinical trials are an important part of making sure treatments and medicines that can improve our health are safe and effective for everyone. Currently, the NHMRC are recruiting over 1000 clinical trials. Find out how your patients can get involved at AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au

Pot-Pourri submissions welcome

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Update your details with the college

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Career Opportunities

Paediatric Registrar: Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon West
Reference number: 11480
Closing date: Monday, 30 July 2018

Vacancy for Basic/Advance Paediatric Trainee at the Gold Coast University Hospital
From August 2018 to 3 February 2019
Please send expression of interest to Dr Tung Vu 
tung.vu@health.qld.gov.au or 07 5687 1236
Application close 6 August 2018

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