Pot-pourri eBulletin 8 April 2022

A message from your President

Greetings all.

RACP Congress 2022

This year Congress (12 to 14 May) provides us with an opportunity to meet our colleagues again in person. The Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) will explore the topics of Cerebral Palsy and Children and COVID.

On 11 May - the night before Congress - the PCHD Dinner will be taking place at Pure South Dining on Melbourne’s scenic Southbank. This will be a wonderful social event with good fellowship and celebration, and I look forward to seeing as many of you in person at the conference.


The College submitted its 2022-2023 pre-budget submission to the Australian Government Treasury in January. The federal budget is an opportunity to refocus on addressing the underlying causes of poor health and the submission recommendations focused on seven priority areas:

  1. Boosting the COVID-19 response, recovery and pandemic preparedness system for future communicable diseases.
  2. Delivering integrated and innovative health care 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.
  7. Making our health system low-carbon and climate resilient.

I would encourage you to read the submission, titled Delivering a Future-Focused Health System for Equitable Care and Healthier Communities.


Within the College I was pleased to hear the backup divisional written examination held on 8 March went well and there were no significant issues. I would ask you to please support our trainees in their preparation for the clinical examinations commencing in May.

Floods in Queensland

After bouts of flooding along the Australian southern states and east coast, heavy rain and flash flooding have again returned to Brisbane, just four weeks after the floods that devastated Queensland’s south east. The ongoing loss of life and devastation to property and the environment is tragic, and our thoughts continue to be with all members and families in Queensland and around Australia who have been impacted by these weather events.

Climate Change

You may have seen the article titled Climate change open letter in the RACP President’s message published on the 29 March 2022.  This letter sent to federal political leaders is calling for a climate-ready and climate-friendly healthcare system. Read the letter.


I was pleased to read the announcement from the Minster of Health and Age Care, that Trikafta® - a new treatment for cystic fibrosis - has been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and will be available from 1 April 2022. The treatment will be made available to people aged 12 years and over, and provides a step towards affordable healthcare for those with cystic fibrosis.

Professor Catherine Choong
PCHD President

Updates from the Chapter of Community Child Health

After the delivery of successful Community Child Health (CCH) webinars series for the last two years, we are pleased to be back face-to-face for the 2022 Chapter of Community Child Health (CCCH) Satellite Day. Join us at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Melbourne, on Sunday, 15 May 2022 for a day that will focus on key themes of community child health. The event includes speakers from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, and forms part of a continuation of the RACP Congress theme A Climate for Change. See the Satellite Day homepage for program and registration details.

The Satellite Day is a valuable extension to those coming to the RACP 2022 Congress, but can also be attended as a standalone event. The RACP Congress provides a great weekend in Melbourne with learning and networking opportunities, and the chance to engage with friends and colleagues. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the networking cocktail evening the night prior to Congress at Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Melbourne.

Not currently a Chapter of Community Child Health member? Just contact Paed@racp.edu.au and ask to be added to the register – the process is quick, easy, and free of charge to RACP Fellows and trainees.

Kids COVID Catch Up Campaign: add your voice to calls for child health funding in the Federal Budget

Those of us who work in community child health know how much COVID-19 has impacted children, families, and the community. As a speciality, we all need to take a stand to improve the future of the children we look after.

As we’ve been hearing in the news, the future of the COVID-19 pandemic is uncertain. Already, children around Australia have faced all sorts of setbacks and many long-term impacts. We must have real investment from the Government to help our kids catch up.

With the Federal Budget coming up, we need your help to convince the Government to invest in our kids. We’ve put together an easy, online tool that you can use to send a message to political leaders about what we need to see in the Federal Budget for child health and wellbeing.

Take action now

Dr Paul Hotton

Chair, Chapter of Community Child Health

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

RACP Paediatric Small Study Grants

Applications for the 2022 RACP Educational Development (Study) Grants are now open. The grant has been designed to encourage PCHD Fellows and Advanced Trainees to undertake paediatric research, and is for those who have not previously received a competitive research grant.

Other grants available include:

  • Skilled Medical Scholarship for Advancement of Indigenous Health – NEW
  • Eric Burnard Fellowship
  • Richard Kemp Memorial Fellowship
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Educational Development Grant
  • Queensland Regional Committee Educational Development Grant.

Visit the RACP Foundation webpage to see the eligibility criteria for each award and to access the online application form.

The 2022-2026 RACP Strategic Plan

The College has released its 2022-2026 RACP Strategic Plan – which defines where we want to be in the future. It sets out four strategic focus areas and underlying priorities to achieve our strategic goals and to add value to our membership.

These areas will be key priorities for future delivery of our core role, which is to educate, advocate and innovate, while lifting the health outcomes for the First Nations people of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Learn more about the 2022-2026 RACP Strategic Plan.

Updated 2023-24 PREP program requirements now available online

The updated 2023-24 PREP (Physician Readiness for Expert Practice) program requirements are now available on the respective Basic Training and Advanced Training specialty pages.

We encourage PREP trainees and supervisors to review the updated 2023-24 PREP program requirements for their specialty. This will ensure that you are following the correct requirements for each training year.

If you require further information, please email BasicTraining@racp.edu.au or AdvancedTraining@racp.edu.au. For any other queries, please contact MemberServices@racp.edu.au.

Ongoing College advocacy on telehealth and other system reform priorities in lead up to Federal Budget 2022-23

As outlined in a recent media release, the College is continuing its advocacy for the permanent reinstatement of telehealth phone Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) services in the lead up to the Federal Budget 2022-23.

We continue to stress to the Government that the permanent reinstatement of these MBS items is essential to ensure equitable access to specialist care for patients in rural and remote areas, those living with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and other people who may have limitations in travelling or accessing video technology.

For more information about the College’s advocacy priorities in the lead up to the Federal Budget, access the College’s Pre-Budget Submission 2022-23: Delivering a Future-Focused Health System for Equitable Care and Healthier Communities.

In addition, keep an eye out for the College’s Federal Election statement and campaign due to be launched soon.

RACP: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: April 2022 edition

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

Articles in this edition include:

  • Disordered eating in youth with T1D.

  • Assessing paediatric low back pain.

  • Exclusive enteral nutrition in children.

  • Factors associated with children.

  • Bicycle injuries in COVID.

  • Conflict as a place of possibility.

Read the journal


Join us at RACP Congress 2022 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Workshop: The importance of early intervention

This workshop will discuss the current evidence about early diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy (CP) and implementation of the guidelines. Clinical challenges regarding aetiology will be discussed along with advances in the evidence base for CP-specific early intervention

Workshop participants will come away with a better understanding of:

  • the most accurate tools for diagnosing cerebral palsy.
  • impact of implementing earlier diagnosis in clinical settings.
  • early intervention strategies to optimise outcomes.

Find out more about this and other sessions on the RACP Congress website.


Have you registered for your workshops?

With a limited number of seats available, places are filling fast for in-person workshops, including the highly demanded Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP), 1, 2, 3, and An Introduction to the Coach Approach to Professional Development. Secure your place when you register for RACP Congress 2022.

Pomegranate Health Podcast: Melanoma vs the Double-Edged Sword (ep. 79)


Ep79: Melanoma vs the Double-Edged Sword

Immune checkpoint inhibitors have revolutionised care for patients with advanced melanoma and other cancers. These days around half of patients with unresectable metastatic melanoma can expect to live to five years after a regime of agents such as nivolumab and pembrolizumab. That’s up to 10 times the survival rate of patients a decade ago, when chemotherapy Dacarbazine was the front-line treatment.

Over half of these patients who respond to immune checkpoint inhibitors will go on to survive long-term but it’s still not possible to identify responders in advance. On top of this, some of the immune-related side-effects of therapy can be serious enough to require therapy to be stopped. Associate Professor Matt Carlino explains how to approach challenging conversations with patients around expectations for prognosis and quality of life. He also discusses the process of getting these new indications listed on the PBS, and how treatment can be funded when they are not.

Associate Professor Matteo Carlino FRACP (Westmead Hospital, Blacktown Hospital, Melanoma Institute Australia, University of Sydney)

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

New and improved Curated Collections to support your professional development

We’ve been reviewing and updating our Curated Collections so we can provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant resources to support your professional development and lifelong learning needs. Check out these updated Collections and earn CPD credits while you learn:

The ROC Special Interest Directory

Special Interest DirectoryWhen you join the ROC, you can post questions and start discussions with other members.

But did you know you can also sign up to the ROC ‘Special Interest Directory’ and search for other members based on their special interests, speaker presentations, published papers and books.

To complete your own entry, go to your Profile and select ‘My Special Interest Directory profile’ from the ‘Profile’ tab.

To search the Directory, go to 'Directory' in the navigation bar, then select ‘Special Interest Directory’ and fill in the criteria to refine your search. It's that easy!

Explore the Special Interest Directory and connect with your colleagues today.

Member Advantage - Enjoy shopping online this Easter

Our online offers provide you with great savings, especially if you are gift shopping for those tricky-to-buy-for people on your list this Easter!Member Advantage

Your RACP membership gives you access to exclusive online offers and discounts. Login now, check out the online offers and start saving today!

Accessing these offers is easy. Simply log in to your member portal, find your favourite store, get your coupon code and start saving. *Terms and conditions apply. Visit your Member Advantage platform or call 1300 853 352 for assistance.

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HSANZ PhD Scholarships and Clinical Fellowships now open

The Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ) and its charity partners offers a range of HSANZ funded or co-funded PhD Scholarships, Clinical Fellowships, grants, and awards annually, biennially and triennially. HSANZ also presents annual awards and grants associated with the Annual Scientific Meeting – Blood.

In 2022, it is offering:

  • 3 x HSANZ / Leukemia Foundation PhD scholarships
  • 1 x HSANZ / Maddie's Vision PhD Scholarship
  • Up to 2 x HSANZ Clinical Fellowships
  • Albert Baikie Memorial Medal and Award
  • HSANZ / Snowdome Foundation Mid-Career Blood Cancer Research Grant

For more information, visit the HSANZ and Blood websites.

Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccination and a flu vaccine

A COVID-19 vaccination and an influenza vaccination can be administered at the same time and may be provided to patients during the same attendance. While a medical practitioner is under no obligation to bulk-bill a patient receiving an influenza vaccination, a patient who also receives a COVID-19 booster vaccination as part of the same occasion of care must be bulk-billed for the MBS COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment component of the overall service.

Further information can be found at MBS online - FAQ - Bulk Billed MBS patient COVID-19 Vaccine Suitability Assessment Service.

Key documentation

Seeking National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Senior Clinical Fellow

The Australian National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce is seeking to appoint a Senior Clinical Fellow (0.2-0.4FTE) to advise and support the Taskforce in developing and communicating national, living, evidence-based guidelines for COVID care. 

The Senior Clinical Fellow will provide clinical input to evidence review and recommendation development; act as Deputy Co-Chair for the Taskforce Guidelines Leadership Group, the senior clinical decision-making body of the Taskforce; and contribute to and review communications activity about the Taskforce.

The appointee will have a medical degree; have completed or be in the final 12 months of advanced training in infectious diseases and/or pharmacology; and have significant research experience.  

For further details or the position description please email Tari Turner or Steve McGloughlin.

Pot-pourri submissions welcome

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Update your details with the College

Did you know that you can update your address details online? Simply log into MyRACP and go to 'Edit my details'.

Career opportunities  

Western Australia

View all career opportunities on the RACP website.

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