Pot-pourri newsletter 1 April 2016

President's Message

Voting closes on Monday for the President-Elect position for the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Council. I encourage you to vote for either of the candidates.  If you have not received a voting link then please contact racp@computershare.com.au to request one.  It is encouraging that this year the position is contested, I hope that signifies that more people are interested in helping shape the future of Paediatrics within our two countries.  

The RACP Congress will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 16 to 18 May, and I urge members of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division to consider attending. We have put together an interesting and diverse program that I am sure will appeal.

As mentioned previously, Congress will host the EVOLVE round table to consider a long list of suggested ‘low value’ treatments to consolidate them into a short list for further evaluation by the broader paediatric and child health members of the College. We will also be presenting sessions on important issues such as the role of paediatricians in treating child and young adult mental health, an interactive session on dealing with sexual health issues facing adolescents and young adults, trauma support, and child protection.

We will host presentations on innovative technologies for managing paediatric burns, including a review of the technologies currently available and a discussion of where the future may lie.  The Queensland Complex Care Coordinators work across the state and this model will be presented by Dr Lynne McKinlay. Professor Ray Russo will talk about the Innovation and Robotic Care Centre being launched at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide and it is hoped to arrange a site visit for those interested in seeing this state of the art facility.

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division annual meeting will also be held as part of Congress, on Monday, 16 May 2016, Sarah Dalton and I will be leading a discussion on the upcoming launch of the Paediatrics Academy. I encourage you to be there to hear about our plans for the new organisation and what will prove to be an exciting time for paediatricians and associated care providers.

A reminder as well that this year the College Board have doubled the CPD credits per hour that can be accumulated for attendance at RACP Congress 2016. In 2016 attendees can claim two credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (up to the cap of 50 credits).

I hope to see you all there.

Dr Nicki Murdock
PCHD President

Chapter of Community Child Health Committee

The Chapter of Community Child Health Committee meets biannually in-person and has teleconferences in between.

We are coming to the end of a two year cycle on the Committee and we will be farewelling Cathy Marraffa, Murray Webber and Bessy Lampropoulos who have provided great support and advice over the last six years.  Additionally Bessy has been our conduit between this Committee and the Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee (AYAMC) and again she has done a great job of keeping us informed and advocating for our interests.  We are looking for replacements from interested people and I would be happy to have a chat about the role.

The Satellite Day organisation is complete and we would love to see you in Adelaide.  The meeting has a number of important themes during the day.  We will hear from Graham Vimpani who will be giving reflections from his illustrious career.  There will be discussion about how best to manage vulnerable babies - should the emphasis be on repairing the biological family or would the child’s interest be better served by adoption?  A further discussion will focus on genetic testing in children with disabilities – how far should we go?   The Population Health Cup is an opportunity for the attendees to hone their skills in solving a pressing public health issue.  Finally, we will be discussing some of the issues of adolescents with disabilities.

The Chapter is now ready to cement its links with the International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health later in the year at the Annual Meeting of International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health in Santiago, Chile.  This is a real opportunity to understand the issues at an international level and to support our colleagues working in less privileged environments.

I, among others, attended a child mental health roundtable in Melbourne in early March to look at ways for paediatricians among others to contribute to the development of strategies to improve the mental health of children in Australia.  This meeting was sponsored in part by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.  This was the first step in what should prove to be an interesting journey.

Finally for this bulletin can I let you know that as the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA) matures, it is time to establish more formal links with the NBPSA and I will keep you posted of relevant issues.

Best wishes

Dr Chris Pearson
Chair, Chapter of Community Child Health

Make Your Vote Count

Voting in the College elections is now open and, in accordance with the College’s Constitution and By-laws, will remain open until 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday, 4 April 2016.

As a member of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division you are eligible to vote in the elections for:

  • RACP President-Elect
  • President-Elect of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division.

You should have received an email on Thursday, 3 March from Computershare, the Returning Officer appointed by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) with voting details including your PIN. The PIN has been issued to you by the Returning Officer for the purposes of this vote and serves no other use.

All members are encouraged to participate in these elections by voting. The ballot is confidential.

Successful candidates will be appointed for a two year term starting at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 16 May 2016.

Candidate election statements are available on the College website

You may change your vote at any time before 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday, 4 April 2016.

If you have deleted your email or never received an email, please contact Computershare by email at racp@computershare.com.au or by phone to 1300 407 207 (Australia) or 0800 453 523 (New Zealand) or +61 3 9415 4015 (from other countries) and they will resend it.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Chapter representatives on Queensland (QLD) State Committee, closes 8 April 2016 

The QLD State Committee is seeking applications from Chapter members to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, QLD members in key matters such as education, training and assessment of trainees; continuing professional development; and policy and advocacy.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following:

  • one Chapter of Community Child Health (CCCH) representative.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the QLD State Committee are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 8 April 2016. 

Read more about the Committee including its By-laws. 

Please email your completed EOI form and CV to paed@racp.edu.au.

EOI: Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) Council – Casual Vacancies, closes 15 April 2016

An opportunity has arisen for casual vacancies on the PCHD Council. Contribute to discussions on education, training and assessment of trainees; continuing professional development; policy and advocacy; overseas trained professionals; research; and workforce as each relates to paediatric and child health.

Read more about the Paediatrics & Child Health Division

The following commitment is required:

  • two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year, generally February and June
  • two teleconference meetings of two hours per year, generally April and November
  • reading time for papers which are delivered about one week before a meeting.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following casual vacancies:

  • two Australian Fellows 
  • one New Zealand Fellow.  

Further information is outlined in the Position Description and also in the Paediatrics & Child Health Division By-law (PDF: 79KB). Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 15 April 2016. 

EOI: PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee – Casual Vacancies, closes 15 April 2016

Would you like to be involved in policy and advocacy matters of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division? An opportunity has become available to join the Division Policy & Advocacy Committee which gives and receives advice on policy and advocacy issues in paediatrics and child health to the Council of the Division and the College Policy & Advocacy Committee. The Committee actively develops, coordinates, implements, and monitors the policy and advocacy interests and activities of the Division.

The Committee meets face-to-face in Sydney, biannually around February/March and August/September, as well as a mid-year and end of year teleconference. The term will commence in May 2016 in line with the College AGM and run for two years.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following casual vacancies:

  • one Appointed Fellow of the PCHD 
  • one Trainee Representative of the PCHD 
  • one Advocacy Representative of the PCHD
  • one New Zealand Representative.

The position descriptions (including relevant governance documents), PPAC Terms of Reference, and recent PPAC achievements are available on the RACP website.  Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 15 April 2016. Please contact Jessica McCormick with any queries on +61 2 8076 6359.

EOI: Defence Health Foundation Grants in 2016 – closes 29 April 2016

The Defence Health Foundation invites Expressions of Interest from researchers for medical research grants available from the beginning of 2017. 

The objective of the research must be to benefit the health and wellbeing of serving or ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) or their immediate families.  

We are looking for medical research that:

  • is designed to directly benefit contemporary serving or ex-serving ADF members and their families
  • covers physical and mental health issues that lead to behaviours that adversely affect their lives
  • focuses on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation or intervention. 

Grants on offer range from $25,000 to $100,000 p.a. over one to three years.

Full details can be found at www.defencehealthfoundation.org.au including the Research Grant Guidelines and the Expression of Interest application form.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Friday, 29 April 2016. Successful applicants from this first stage will be invited to submit a full grant application by 8 July 2016. Grant recipients will be advised in November.

Further enquiries should be directed to the CEO, Alison Teale on +61 3 8679 1124 or to the Foundation Coordinator, Donna Ware on +61 3 8679 1121, or email info@defencehealthfoundation.org.au

EOI: Advanced Training Committee in General Paediatrics – closes 31 May 2016

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General Paediatrics is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from General Paediatrics Fellows to join the ATC as an Appointed Member. The Committee oversees Advanced Training in General Paediatrics. 

The ATC meets via teleconference eight times per year, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Rebecca Lewis via email on GeneralPaedsAdvanced@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form.  Please submit your EOI form and CV by COB Tuesday, 31 May 2016.

Career Opportunities 


PIPER Victoria (formerly NETS) Senior Registrars Neonatal retrieval 
Reference number: 13036
Closing date: Sunday, 10 April 2016

Paediatric Registrar: Frankston Hospital
Contact details: 
Kim Adams
+61 3 9784 8329

Conferences & Events

Paediatrician's Forum on Education 
5 April 2016, Nedlands
Date: Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Venue: Doctors’ private lounge, ground floor Hollywood Medical Centre, 85 Monash Avenue, Nedlands. Parking through Entrance Number 5 off Monash Avenue

The forum is to discuss the management of children with developmental difficulties in schools.
Please RSVP to John Wray johnwray@westnet.com.au or Michael Watson michael.watson.ce@bigpond.com

The Annual International Congress of Arab Medical & Surgical Pediatrics 
15 – 16 April 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Venue: Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Date: Friday, 15 to Saturday, 16 April 2016
For more information visit the Congress website.

23rd Regional Congress of Perinatal Society of Malaysia 
21 – 24 April 2016, Kuala Lumpur

Venue: The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Date: Thursday, 21 to Sunday, 24 April 2016
Further information is available at the Conference website.
Online registration closes Thursday, 14 April, 2016

The Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA) Private Practice SIG Workshop: Individual consultation practice in NBP 
27 – 28 May 2016, Kingscliff, NSW
Venue: Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW
Date: Friday, 27 to Saturday, 28 May 2016
For more information visit the registration website.

The workshop will consider the clinical, practical, business and personal challenges of private practice, and individual consultation (outpatient) practice methods for NB Paediatric services. This workshop will provide an opportunity for specialists practising in this area to exchange ideas and potential solutions, and to share resources and strategies that clinicians have found to be successful. 

Visit the NBPSA website and click on the members tab for more information. The workshop is open only to NBPSA members. If you would like to consider joining, please contact our Administration Assistant Sandy Shaw (g_s_shaw@bigpond.net.au) or see our membership page. Membership at this stage of the financial year will include an additional year (to June 2017).

Clinical Paediatric Update (CPU) – An update for practicing paediatricians
4 5 June 2016 Melbourne

Venue: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Date: Saturday, 4 to Sunday, 5 June 2016
For more information please visit the website or contact the CPU Organising Committee at Paediatric.Update@rch.org.au 

Earn CPD credits at RACP Congress

RACP Congress 2016 is fast approaching and will be on at the Adelaide Convention Centre from Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 May 2016.

This is a fantastic opportunity for paediatricians to join the largest annual multi-disciplinary medicine meeting in Australasia.

A dedicated committee has structured a highly informative program which has been tailored to the specific needs of Paediatricians. 

Program highlights include: EVOLVE in General Paediatrics (Dr Sarah Dalton), Staying Safe – Sex and the Under Sixteens workshop (Dr Sarah Martin) and The Role of Paediatricians in Managing the Mental Health of Children (Dr Chris Pearson). 

This year the College Board have doubled the CPD credits per hour that can be accumulated for attendance at Congress 2016. Attendees can claim two credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (up to the cap of 50 credits).

For more information go to the Congress website

RACP Foundation Research Awards for 2017

Applications open Monday, 4 April 2016 for the following Award categories:

Career Development Fellowships  Closing date Monday, 20 June 2016
Research Entry Scholarships   Closing date Monday, 18 July 2016
Research Development Scholarships Closing date Monday, 11 July 2016

Online application forms and eligibility criteria are available on the website. Please contact the Senior Administration Officer RACP Foundation  or phone +61 9256 9639 for any queries.

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