Pot-pourri eBulletin 3 May 2019

President's Message

RACP Congress will begin in just a couple of days and I look forward to seeing many of you there. The program is varied with many exciting sessions such as ‘The first 1000 days – the window of opportunity for long term health’ and the Howard Williams Oration with Professor Lex Doyle taking us through a career in Neonatal Research. The Congress Program Committee and Paediatric Working Group members have developed a strong, insightful program and I thank them for their efforts.

Other activities during Congress include the PCHD Annual Member Meeting being held on Tuesday, 7 May during the lunch break from 12.40pm to 1.40pm. This is an opportunity for you to hear the latest activities of your division and raise any items for discussion. This opportunity is also available to Chapter of Community Child Health members with their annual meeting scheduled for Monday, 6 May from 10.30am to 11am in the morning tea break.

The Chapter Satellite Day is held the day before Congress on Sunday, 5 May. The theme for the Satellite Day is ‘The many faces of childhood trauma’ and features keynote speakers including Dr Patrick Kelly ONZM, Dr Suzanne Packer AM and Sir Ian Hassall KNZM. 

This is also the time of year when many paediatric trainees are preparing for their clinical exam. The Clinical Divisional Examination will run from Friday, 17 May to Sunday, 26 May 2019 in Australia and Friday, 24 May to Sunday, 26 May 2019 in New Zealand. This is a very busy time for trainees, their supervisors and hospital staff, and I wish all trainees the best of luck after all their preparation.

The Australian Federal Election has been called for Saturday, 18 May. The RACP’s Australian Government Election Statement outlines the College’s priority policy areas across the key themes of sustainability, equity and prevention, and spells out recommendations for future-proofing the Australian healthcare system.  Inequities in child health, Indigenous child health and early childhood feature prominently and members are encouraged to advocate on key issues and have your voices heard.

I was saddened to hear the news of Dr Gregory Rowell’s untimely passing this week after a long illness. Greg was a dedicated General Paediatrician who significantly contributed to both the profession and the College where he became a member in 1993.  He held two Chair positions on the Paediatric Self-Assessment Program Committee and the Paediatric Chair of the NSW/ACT Regional Committee and he was an active member of a considerable list of Committees including the Social Issues Committee, Board of the Continuing Professional Development Committee, Paediatric & Child Health Division Education Committee, the Paediatric Chairs of State, the Regional Committee and the Accreditation Expert Advisory Group. My thoughts are with his family and colleagues during this difficult time. If you would like to know the funeral details please contact the PCHD office at paed@racp.edu.au

Professor Paul Colditz
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

RACP’s 2019 Australian Government Election Statement 

The RACP’s 2019 Australian Government Election Statement outlines our priority policy areas across the key themes of sustainability, equity and prevention. The statement spells out recommendations for future-proofing the Australian healthcare system. 

A suite of materials has been prepared to support Australian member advocacy around our election statement and is accessible from the RACP election campaign page. These include letter templates to be used to write to Members of Parliament or to your local newspaper, social media champion kits and fact sheets on key priorities. 

Please feel free to use these materials to make your voices heard right up to and including Saturday, 18 May, and to share your experiences with us, whether via social media or by emailing policy@racp.edu.au

Position statement 'Early childhood: the importance of the early years' to be launched at Congress 2019

As part of its broader strategy on child health, the Paediatric & Child Health Division’s Paediatric Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC) has prepared a position statement on early childhood, to be launched by RACP President Associate Professor Mark Lane during the upcoming RACP Congress 2019. The launch will occur as part of Monday afternoon’s session: ‘The first 1000 days – the window of opportunity for long term health’. This shared session, to run from 3.50pm to 5.20pm in the ASB Theatre of the Aotea Centre, has a strong paediatric focus but should have broad appeal for all RACP members. This session features three speakers – Professor Richie Poulton, Dr Matire Harwood, and Dr Johan Morreau – and is chaired by PCHD Fellow Dr Patrick Tuohy, Chief Advisor Child and Youth Health, Ministry of Health NZ.

The position statement, entitled 'Early childhood: the importance of the early years', highlights policy priorities that are vital to improving early childhood development in Australia and New Zealand. It will assist policymakers and health professionals working with children and families to develop local and national policies, programs and interventions that focus on early child development to protect and promote healthy life-course trajectories. It describes the services and the physical, psychosocial and social environment required to promote optimum infant and child development from conception through pregnancy and during the preschool years, as indicated by current research and experience.

The Congress program’s session description states that: "all children, no matter where they live or who they are, should have the same opportunity to fulfil their potential”. The Early Childhood position statement will provide the expert advice and tools necessary to enable such opportunities. Attend the First 1000 Days session at Congress 2019 to learn more. If you have not yet registered for Congress 2019, see the website for more details.

Consultation on RACP revised conflicts of interest policy 

The College is currently undertaking a consultation on its revised Conflict of Interest Policy, which contains significant new revisions and additions. The deadline for feedback is Monday, 13 May 2019. If you are interested in providing your feedback to this consultation, please contact CPAC@racp.edu.au.

Pomegranate Health Podcast: Medical Fitness to Drive

Are you a physician concerned about a patient's fitness to drive?

Our latest Pomegranate Health Podcast speaks to a general practitioner, a neurologist and an occupational therapist about how to confront patients about reducing or ceasing driving, and where responsibilities lie in reporting to the Driver Licencing Authority.

Register to participate in the new Ethics eLearning Resource

Ethics lies at the very heart of what it is to be a physician and is as relevant now as it was when first discussed two and a half thousand years ago. The Ethics eLearning Resource focuses on the sorts of ethical issues that are a constant feature of health care, and it also addresses some of the ideas that underpin ethics, such as the relationship between ethics and the law and the difference between ethics and rights.

The aims of this resource are to:

  • encourage discussion and broaden thinking about the main ethical issues facing physicians
  • encourage reflection on appropriate courses of action in situations that may be ethically challenging
  • challenge participants’ understanding of, and attitudes towards, ethics
  • model ethical practice
  • and help participants reflect on their own and their profession’s ethical commitments.

eLearning@RACP is free for RACP members and counts towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

If you have questions about eLearning@RACP please email digital.learning@racp.edu.au.

New edition of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health released 

Volume 55, Issue 5 of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health has been released. Go here to explore topics including:

  • Feminism, equity and the family‐centred workplace
  • Does asplenia make some immunisations obligatory?
  • Respiratory health inequality starts early: The impact of social determinants on the aetiology and severity of bronchiolitis in infancy.

Genomic medicine here to stay? Have your say.

Researchers from the Australian Genomics Health Alliance would like to hear from non-genetic medical specialists who work clinically in Australia.

They want to know about past, present and future aspects of genetics and health, including genomics in healthcare. It doesn't matter if you do or don’t know much about these areas, or don’t incorporate them into your practice at the moment.

By participating you will help shape future workforce practices and continuing education and training programs.

If you’re interested,  please complete this anonymous survey by Friday, 31 May 2019.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Amy Nisselle, Specialist Project Officer, Australian Genomics Health Alliance at amy.nisselle@mcri.edu.au or +61 3 9936 6340.

This survey is an activity of the Workforce Development Program of the NHMRC funded Australian Genomics Health Alliance.

This survey has Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approval, The University of Melbourne (1646785.8).

Free breakfast special offer for RACP members with Millennium Hotels

Be it corporate travel to Auckland, a conference or event in Wellington, a unique cultural experience in Rotorua, a romantic winter getaway in Queenstown or a well-deserved family holiday in the sparkling Bay of Islands, there is a Millennium, Copthorne or Kingsgate hotel to suit your travel need. With staff that are committed to providing a high standard of service and value, you’ll always enjoy a stay at a Millennium Hotels and Resort New Zealand hotel.

To warm you up this winter, take advantage of Millennium’s tasty deal exclusively for RACP members – get free breakfast each morning of stay per guest when booking along with 20 per cent off The Flexible Rate*.

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and whether you’re a muesli fan or a toast and marmite person, we’ve got you covered.

To find your special promotion code, visit your RACP Member Advantage website or call 1300 853 352 or 0800 453 244 for more information.

Get the latest electrical devices with Member Advantage in Australia 

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Member Advantage has taken out the guesswork and made it easy for you to access these time-saving offers, all in one place.

Through your benefits program, get member-exclusive pricing on over 4,000 products with 24/7 online shopping and flexible delivery options*.

To find out more, visit your RACP Member Advantage website or call 1300 853 352.

Pot-Pourri submissions welcome

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Update your details with the College

Did you know that you can now update your address details online? Simply Login to MyRACP and go to “Edit my details”.

Career Opportunities

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