Pot-pourri newsletter 10 February 2017

President's Message

Welcome to the first Pot-Pourri for 2017​.

I’d like to begin this edition by congratulating Professor Simon Clarke who was recently awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - for significant service to medicine as a clinical academic and researcher, particularly in the area of adolescent health. Professor Clarke chaired the RACP Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) Committee for many years, is currently involved in the development of an RACP position statement in this field, and was instrumental in the RACP development of a dual training pathway in AYAM (to name just a few activities). I also congratulate paediatric Fellow Clinical Professor Robert Howman-Giles who received an OAM for service to nuclear medicine, and to professional organisations.

In other news, I am currently preparing for the PCHD Council meeting with a key focus to progress activity on our work plan. Two key items to be discussed are a PCHD Engagement & Communication Plan, and a PCHD Priority Advocacy Campaign. The Council will endeavour to develop these over the coming months in readiness for ratification at our June meeting. The Chair of the PCHD Research Committee contributes to these deliverables and provides leadership within the RACP for paediatric research matters. If this interests you please consider submitting an expression for interest per the item below.

I am also in the midst of preparing to participate in the New Zealand Trainees’ Forum, which you can read about below, where I will be presenting alongside Dr Jeff Brown, RACP New Zealand President-Elect. During this trip I will also meet the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft. While I am in the land of the silver fern I am very much looking forward to interacting with my peers and hearing about matters and priorities of child health and wellbeing in New Zealand. 

The paediatric component of RACP Congress 2017 is almost finalised, register now to secure the special early bird price ending this Sunday, 12 February. I’m also happy that planning for the annual Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day is in full swing. You may wish to register for this event which has been aligned with a meeting of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA). There will be more information on this in the next edition of Pot-pourri.

I would also ask you to cast your eye back to the December 2016 edition of Pot-pourri which provided an excellent wrap up of the Evolve Paediatrics Masterclass. This event held in Sydney attracted 50 participants ranging from paediatricians, physicians, other clinicians and other external stakeholders who came together to discuss and plan how to turn clinical best practice into everyday practice. We heard extremely engaging presentations from a number of Fellows and external stakeholders, which stimulated very fruitful discussions on people’s experiences, the root causes of low-value practices, and ideas on practical ways we can bring about the changes we’re looking for. The Masterclass videos, presentations, and the communique are now available on the resources page of the Evolve website, please take some time to have a look and I invite you all to be actively engaged in this very important initiative going forward.

It was extremely pleasing that children and young people’s health featured prominently in the RACP Pre-Budget Submission 2017-2018 - Healthy People, Healthy Lives. The submission, made to the Australian Federal Government included our thoughts on early childhood, inequities in child health, marketing of infant forumula, and access to sexual health services. 

I would also like to draw your attention to the recent RACP campaign to end the influence of alcohol advertising in Cricket. Did you know there are more than 20 alcohol-related sponsorships in cricket across Australia? 

Children are being bombarded by alcohol promotion both at the ground and at home watching on TV as sports are the only programs allowed to broadcast alcohol advertisements before 8.30pm, on weekends and public holidays. Times when we know children are most likely to be watching television. Because of this it’s estimated that children under the age of 18 are exposed to 50 million alcohol advertisements each year. 

If this concerns you as it does me, please consider sharing the RACP’s social media posts on Twitter or Facebook.  

Finally to those of you about to sit the paediatric written exams on 27 February, I wish all of you good luck and the very best!

Dr Sarah Dalton
PCHD President

Paediatrics & Child Health: RACP Congress 2017

It’s only three months until RACP Congress 2017 – this year in Melbourne, Monday, 8 to Wednesday, 10 May. 

The last day of early bird registration is this Sunday, 12 February so register now 

The paediatric component of this year’s Congress includes topics on disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), ethics, genetics, allergy and neurology – with more to come following the recent closure of abstract submissions. 

Under the slogan Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills we have the opportunity to listen to the latest breakthroughs and clinical updates, support trainees, as well as mix with our colleagues from the Adult Medicine Division, Faculties and Chapters. Indeed our paediatric colleagues are involved in sessions which explore the big issues including obesity and health inequity.

Note that you may still submit an abstract for the poster presentations. The closing date is Sunday, 12 March.

RACP Congress also provides the opportunity to socialise with your peers. This year the annual PCHD dinner is Sunday 7 May, providing a perfect lead in to the Congress.

RACP Congress 2017 marks the beginning of a new era for Congress, a flagship event and meeting place for all physicians. Congress has been the College’s ‘stand-out’ annual event since 1939, bringing physicians together to celebrate medical progress and achievement, shape healthcare policy, accelerate education and training and enhance patient care. 

The new ‘shared interests’ focus of Congress 2017 is a landmark response to RACP research on the needs and interests of its 25,000 members. The answer was loud and clear and is summarised succinctly in the Congress 2017 slogan, Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills. 

Congress 2017 is an opportunity for you to: 

  • learn about medical breakthroughs
  • hear the latest clinical updates 
  • join the conversations on the ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all physicians; obesity, disability, cognitive bias and medicinal cannabis 
  • attend high energy, cross-disciplinary think tanks 
  • network with global thinkers and healthcare leaders, socialise with peers and forge new professional ties 
  • getaway and explore all that Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has to offer.

You might like to also register for the annual Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day and dinner that aligns to Congress. You will hear more from the Chair about the Satellite Day in the next bulletin. Come and join us at RACP Congress 2017​.

Dr Jolene Fraser
Paediatrics Stream Lead RACP Congress 2017

Join the 2017 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course – part of the RACP Online Professionalism Program

Diagnosis is one of the most difficult cognitive tasks in medicine, it is also the first step in informing clinical management decisions. 

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course.

This course will: 

  • enhance your understanding of decision making during diagnosis in complex clinical environments
  • increase your understanding of potential system and cognitive factors that can impact accurate diagnostic decision making within clinical practice
  • teach you methods to identify, learn from and reduce diagnostic errors in clinical practice.

This version of the Diagnostic Error Qstream Course has been modified based on participant feedback from the first two courses run in 2016. The revised course includes an emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection. There will also be greater opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction with other participants.

The RACP Online Professionalism Program is delivered using Qstream, a spaced learning platform developed by Harvard Medical School. Qstream is an interactive and engaging way to learn with peers. Participation has been shown to increase knowledge retention, change on-the-job behaviours and improve patient outcomes.

Participants are emailed case studies, based on real-life clinical scenarios, at spaced intervals. The case studies are designed with the aim of challenging physician thinking and enhancing professional practice.

The course will run from late March to May and takes as little as five minutes a day, two to three times a week to complete via email. 

Register for the 2017 Diagnostic Error Qstream Course online today. Places are limited.

Registrations close Wednesday, 15 March 2017, or earlier if full. 

Registration is open to RACP Fellows and Advanced ​Trainees.

The RACP Online Professionalism Program is FREE for RACP members and counts towards Continuing Professional Development requirements.

If you have questions about this course or the RACP Online Professionalism Program please email sppp@racp.edu.au

National health Genomics policy framework

The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) brings together Chief Executive Officers of Commonwealth, state and territory and New Zealand departments that have responsibility for health. 

In March 2016, AHMAC agreed that a whole-of-governments National Health Genomics Policy Framework is required to capitalise on emerging genomic knowledge by better integrating genomics into the Australian health system. The Framework is a commitment between the Commonwealth and states and territories to work collaboratively to integrate genomics into the health system over time. 

You may provide feedback on the draft Framework until Wednesday, 8 March and may be provided via a written submission, survey, or attending a consultation forum throughout Australia.

Maternal and newborn care in low and middle income countries

An International Joint Statement has been released by a number of Health Care Professional Associations* that focusses on Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Low and Middle Income Countries

The statement outlines how these Associations, including the International Pediatric Association will pursue working partnerships to support global, national and local actions to implement WHO’s Quality of Care Framework for Mothers and Newborns in contribution to the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016 – 2030

Specifically, the Associations assume critical leadership and commit to a number of actions to improve maternal and newborn care worldwide. Broadly speaking the actions relate to engaging in advocacy, supporting the development of policy and regulatory tools in collaboration with government, building professional knowledge, skills and competencies of care providers, and supporting update, dissemination and use of clinical guidelines and protocols. 

*The statement was reviewed and endorsed by the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and the International Pediatric Association (IPA).

The Paediatrics and Child Health Division, via the RACP, is a member of the International Paediatric Association.

The treatment of Kawasaki Disease in Australia 

Contribute to research into current practices in the treatment of Kawasaki Disease in Australia as part of an international global collaboration. The aim is to understand current practice in order to identify specific areas that warrant further study and to compare current practice in Australia and New Zealand with other countries. 

This study has ethics approval through The Royal Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (Reference Number: 36337A). 

To participate complete the online survey that will take approximately 10 minutes.

Contact Davinder Singh-Grewal at davinder.singhgrewal@health.nsw.gov.au with any queries. 

Paediatric Health Related Quality Of Life Measure 

Contribute to a thesis on paediatric quality of life evaluation and rating scales by Dr Sana Ishaque. 

Dr Ishaque is a PhD student at the University of Adelaide, School of Public Health and is seeking feedback from paediatricians about the proposed rating scales and whether these are feasible and useful prior to trialing. 

The project has been approved by University of Adelaide’s Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval # H-2016-270).

To participate refer to the study Information Sheet that includes the short online survey that will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

2016 Ihsan Doğramaci Research Award winner

Congratulations to Dr Jitendra Kumar Sahu, winner of the 2016 İhsan Doğramacı Research Award – an award of the International Pediatric Assocation.

Dr Sahu is Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the Postgraduate Institute of
Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, India. His research proposal is titled ‘Establishing Phenotypic and Genotypic Screening Model for Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccine Associated Seizures/Epilepsy.’

The Paediatrics ​& Child Health Division, via the RACP, is a member of the International Paediatric Association.

Journal of Paediatrics ​and Child Health

Read the latest Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health  articles* including: 

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis – salt solution versus normal saline
  • Specialty Care – parental perspectives and preferences
  • Primary lymphoedema - clinical characteristics, investigations, management and outcomes
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – Top End of the Northern Territory versus Southern Australia
  • Trends in Paediatric Practice: 2008 – 2013.

*member login required.

Register today: RACP New Zealand Trainees’ Forum 2017

Registrations for the RACP New Zealand Trainees’ Forum 2017 are open. The event will be held on Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 March 2017 in Wellington.

RACP Paediatrics & Child Health Division President Dr Sarah Dalton and RACP New Zealand President Dr Jonathan Christiansen are just two of the many inspiring speakers. Presentations will be delivered on topics including mentoring, mindfulness and end-of-life care.

This two day event will feature a new workshop session – ‘Research Kickstart’ – on the Friday afternoon. This session has been designed to equip trainees with basic skills and insider tips on executing successful and meaningful research projects during their training.

An orientation session aimed at Basic Trainees who are just beginning on their RACP training journey will run alongside the ‘Research Kickstart’ workshop.

Venue: Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington Waterfront
Date: Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 March 2017
Cost: NZ$315 per person (including GST). You may be eligible for reimbursement from your District Health Board.
Registration: For more information and to register visit the RACP New Zealand Trainees' Forum 2017 website.

Step back in time with the Pomegranate podcast

The latest episode of Pomegranate – the RACP's medical podcast – takes you back two hundred years with tales of the conditions at the Sydney colony's first hospital and overflowing graveyards. 

In the episode Dr Fiona Starr from Sydney Living Museums retells colourful accounts of the colony’s first general hospital, better known as the Rum Hospital. It was built in 1816 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who saw an urgent need to maintain the health of the convict workforce. Peter Curson, Emeritus Professor in Population and Health at Macquarie University, describes the worst infectious diseases that struck the colony over the 19th century, from the measles outbreak that killed over a thousand children to the plague epidemic that caused panic and social conflict. And, City of Sydney Council historian, Dr Lisa Murray discusses the perennial problem of where to bury the dead in an era of incredibly high mortality. 

This podcast was recorded at the ‘Our Healthy Heritage’ seminar series hosted quarterly by the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.

Download or stream Pomegranate podcasts on iTunes or  Android, or listen online

Important changes to the 2017 MyCPD Framework 

The following changes to the 2017 MyCPD Framework have been implemented by the CPD Committee and College Education Committee.

In the interest of simplifying the MyCPD Framework and promoting practice review and improvement activities in preparation for revalidation: 

  • the word ‘Appraisal’ has been replaced with ‘Improvement’ in the ‘Practice Review and Improvement’ category
  • Framework categories have been reordered according to credit weighting, with ‘Practice Review and Improvement’ on top (worth three credits per hour)
  • the previous category 3 ‘Self-Assessment Programs’ has been merged into category 2 ‘Assessed Learning’.

To more accurately reflect educational value:

  • the ‘Assessed Learning’ category has been reduced from three credits per hour, to two credits per hour
  • ‘Participation in the RACP Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP)’ has been moved into the ‘Practice Review & Improvement’ category
  • ‘Specialty specific scientific meetings’ at two credits per hour has been removed from the ‘Group Learning Activities’ category.

In response to Fellow feedback:

  • ‘Committee/working group/council involvement’ has been added as an example under the ‘Educational Development, Teaching & Research’ category
  • ‘Regular Practice Review’ and ‘Multi Source Feedback (MSF)’ have been added as examples under the ‘Practice Review & Improvement’ category.

Download the 2017 MyCPD Framework and feel free to contact the CPD team with any questions on (AU) 1300 69 7227 or MyCPD@racp.edu.au , or (NZ) 0508 69 7227, or MyCPD@racp.org.nz

2017–2018 Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program Requirements Handbooks now available

The 2017–2018 Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program Requirements Handbooks are available on the RACP Basic Training and Advanced Training web pages.

The 2017–2018 handbooks apply to all trainees registered in a PREP program in 2017 and/or 2018.

Training education committees evaluate training requirements every two years to ensure that they are in line with educational best practice. 

It is the trainee’s responsibility to ensure that they follow the correct handbook and are aware of the current program requirements.

Health in All Policies Position Statement

On Tuesday, 20 December 2016 the College launched its Health in All Policies (HiAP) Position Statement (PDF 919KB).

The Position Statement is an introduction to HiAP for physicians and other health professionals, encouraging them to consider how HiAP tools can address the social determinants of health and influence the prevention, treatment and trajectory of illness (physical and mental).

The HiAP Position Statement and more information about the College’s work in this area can be found on the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine policy page.

RACP Foundation Awards and Prizes

RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize

This prize is for medical students, junior medical officers and physician trainees who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori descent. 

The prize includes: 

  • return economy airfares from home town to the RACP Congress
  • up to three nights’ accommodation 
  • full frainee registration (four days) or Medical Student Registration (four days).
Applications close Monday, 27 February 2017 

Find out more on the RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize page.

Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health from Fellows or trainees who are: 

  • paediatricians or enrolled in the paediatric program 
  • an advanced trainee and/or enrolled in a higher-research degree 
  • within seven years of completion of a higher research degree 
  • within seven years of attaining Fellowship.
Find out more about the Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health

Applications close Sunday, 12 March 2017

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Chair of the PCHD Research Committee, closes 20 February 2017

Expressions of Interest now sought from Fellows of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) to Chair the PCHD Research Committee (PRC).  

The PRC contributes to research matters in paediatrics and community child health. It reports to the PCHD Council including the preparation of strategic research goals for the Division. It also contributes to matters of the College Research Committee.

The incumbent is expected to be available to attend the PRC face-to-face meeting on Friday, 31 March 2017 in Sydney to ensure a smooth transition of corporate knowledge from the current Chair who will retire in May 2017. The Committee is also scheduled to meet in Sydney on Friday, 11 August 2017, as well as via teleconference from 3pm to 5pm on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 and Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The initial term is scheduled for one year (May 2017 to May 2018) however the term may be subject to review and approval for a three year term to May 2020. In each case the term is in line with the College election cycle.

Please note the Chair of the PRC also sits on the PCHD Council which meets face-to-face Thursday, 23 February 2017 and Thursday, 22 and Friday, 23 June 2017 and also via teleconference from 3pm to 5pm on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 and Wednesday, 13 September 2017. 

The Position Description (including links to relevant governance documents), PRC Terms of Reference, and recent PRC achievements are available on the PRC webpage

Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Monday, 20 February 2017.

EOI: National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting, closes 20 February 2017

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division is accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) to represent the RACP at the National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting on Friday, 17 March 2017, from 9.30am to 4.30pm in Melbourne.

The meeting, hosted by the National Allergy Strategy in partnership with the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and the Centre for Food & Allergy Research (CFAR), will bring key stakeholders together to discuss and identify effective strategies to implement the key recommendations from the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention, these recommendations are:
  • When your infant is ready, at around 6 months, but not before 4 months, start to introduce a variety of solid foods, starting with iron rich foods, while continuing breastfeeding. 
  • All infants should be given allergenic solid foods including peanut butter, cooked egg and dairy and wheat products in the first year of life. This includes infants at high risk of allergy. 
  • Hydrolysed (partially and extensively) infant formula are not recommended for prevention of allergic disease. 
Please submit your EOI along with your CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Monday, 20 February 2017.

EOI: Trainee position on the Committee for Joint College Training in Haematology, closes 28 February 2017

The RACP Committee for Joint College Training (CJCT) in Haematology is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from haematology trainees to join the CJCT as Advanced Training Representative. There is currently one vacancy. The CJCT oversees Advanced Training in Haematology.

The CJCT meets at 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 Lanica Alonzo via email on Haematology@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

EOI: International Medical Informatics Association Working Group, closes 3 March 2017

The International Medical Informatics Association is establishing a Pediatric and Child Health Informatics Working Group. The group will be comprised of pediatric informatics experts from across the globe and will create a technical report on pediatric functionality for Health Information Technology (HIT) systems worldwide. 

The technical report will focus solely on the distinct needs and functionalities of pediatric inpatient HIT applications and infrastructures to ensure effective and safe pediatric health care delivery beyond those functionalities already supplied in adult-oriented systems. Adult care may benefit from the pediatric-specific functionalities, as there are surprising similarities between pediatric and geriatric care (such as extremes of age, physiology that may differ from younger adult populations, different signs and symptoms of disease, and the need for advocates and guardians).

The first meeting of the group will be in August 2017 at the MedInfo meeting in Xiamen, China. Subsequently, the group will meet monthly via phone calls and will develop a white paper and presentations to be shared with the informatics community, Electronic Health Records (EHR) vendors, governments, and public health agencies. Members will serve a minimum of two years on the working group.

RACP members may apply in their own capacity. For more information and to submit an EOI please contact Dr Peter Kennedy at peter.kennedy@health.nsw.gov.au Please submit an EOI by Friday, 3 March 2017

EOI: Advanced Training Committee in Community Child Health, closes 6 March 2017

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are being accepted from Fellows of the Chapter of Community Child Health to join the Advanced Training Committee (ATC) as appointed members. There are currently two vacancies.

The RACP (ATC) in Community Child Health overseas Advanced Training in Community Child Health. 

The ATC meets face-to-face for meetings in Sydney twice a year, as well as teleconference once to twice a year if needed. The term of office is for two years, with the potential to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Laura Eutick via email on CommunityChildHealth@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by Monday, 6 March 2017.

EOI: National Health Genomics Policy Framework Consultation Forums, Closes 8 March 2017 

The Commonwealth Department of Health are holding a series of consultation forums to get feedback on the draft National Health Genomics Policy Framework, which is an approach to integrate genomics into the health system over time.

  • Canberra Monday, 13 February 2017
  • Brisbane Wednesday, 15 February 2017
  • Melbourne Monday, 20 February 2017
  • Perth Thursday, 23 February 2017
  • Sydney Monday, 27 February 2017
  • Adelaide ​Friday, 3 March 2017
Go to the Department of Health website for more information on the Framework and to register for the Forums. Closes Wednesday, 8 March 2017.

EOI: Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit Scientific Review Panel, closes Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) is seeking expressions of interest from experienced paediatricians/researchers with an interest in rare childhood conditions to join its Scientific Review Panel (SRP). 

The APSU is a national resource which facilitates surveillance and research into rare childhood conditions including rare infectious diseases, rare genetic conditions, rare injuries and other rare conditions or rare complications of more common conditions.

The SRP reviews applications from groups of investigators who want to conduct surveillance using the APSU system. The committee meets three times per year via teleconference. 

If you are interested in joining the SRP, please provide a brief CV listing your qualifications, experience and key relevant publications and tell us why you’re interested in serving on the SRP. Send your expression of interest to SCHN-APSU@health.nsw.gov.au 

For any queries please contact the APSU on 02 9845 3005 or contact Dr Marie Deverell at marie.deverell@health.nsw.gov.au or +61 2 9845 2200. EOI close Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

EOI: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health Social Media Associate Editors, closes 17 March 2017

The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (JPCH) is seeking expressions of interest from Paediatric Fellows and Advanced trainees to join the Journal’s social media team. The JPCH has a modest but well established social media presence on Twitter and Facebook which aims to be useful to the journal's readers, authors and to support the Editorial Board's goals.

Over the past two years, JPCH has taken a leadership role advocating for the health of children seeking asylum, introduced the voice of patients and parents into the journal, and pioneered a trial of free-access to articles via social media. This is an exciting time to join the JPCH.

There is the opportunity for a few people to join the team. As with all Editors and the Editorial Board this is a volunteer position. As a member of the social media team you will work closely with the journal's Online Editor, Dr Chris Elliot. The role is flexible and takes a few hours per month, or more at your discretion.

Please email any questions and/or an EOI of up to 200 words indicating your experience and interest to editor@jpchonline.com by Friday, 17 March 2017. 

Career Opportunities

New South Wales

Staff Specialist in Community Paediatrics: South West Sydney Local Health District
Reference number: 369789
Closing date: Monday, 13 February 2017

Victoria

Consultant Paediatrician/Neonatologist: Werribee Mercy Hospital
Reference number: WMH 07
Closing date: Sunday, 12 February 2017

Consultant Paediatrician: Latrobe Regional Hospital
Reference number: 18047
Closing date: Monday, 20 February 2017

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.

13th Annual Paediatric Palliative Care Symposium, 2 March 2017, Sydney

Date: Thursday, 2 March 2017, 8.30am to 4.20pm
Venue: Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
For more details visit the event website.

Forensic Medical Evaluation of Suspected Physical Abuse and Neglect of Children and Adolescents, 13 to 15 March 2017, Sydney

Date: Monday, 13 to Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Venue: Child Protection Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

For further information contact Dr Dimitra Tzioumi at dimitra.tzioumi@health.nsw.gov.au or Lydia Garside at Lydia.garside@health.nsw.gov.au 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Workshop, 23 March 2017, Adelaide

This workshop aims to provide clinicians with an understanding of the evidence base for assessing, diagnosing and supporting children and young people with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Venue: Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Date: Thursday, 23 March 2017

For more information contact the Centre for Education and Training, Women’s & Children’s Health Network at +61 8 8161 7140 or Health.CYWHSEducationCentre@sa.gov.au or book online

Essentials of Paediatric Ultrasound, 3 to 5 April 2017, Melbourne

Designed in consultation with pediatric physicians, this intensive, three day course covers general, emergency and critical care applications of ultrasound specifically tailored to the paediatric setting. Aimed at candidates with little or no prior ultrasound experience, with scanning on live paediatric and adult patient models.

Date: Monday, 3 to Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Venue: Ultrasound Training Solutions, Suite 4, 50 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

For more information visit the event website.

The 14th National Rural Health Conference, 26 to 29 April 2017, Cairns

Date: Wednesday, 26 to Saturday, 29 April 2017
Venue: North East Coast of Queensland, city of Cairns

For more information visit the conference website.

8th Europaediatrics Congress, 7 to 10 June 2017, Romania

The biannual international congress of the European Paediatric Association, Union of European Paediatric Societies and Associations (EPA/UNEPSA), jointly held with the 13th National Congress of Romanian Pediatrics Society

Date: Wednesday, 7 to Saturday, 10 June 2017
Venue: the Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

For more information visit the Congress website.

Australian Association for Adolescent Health Conference, 6 and 7 July 2017, Sydney

‘Youth Health, Research, Policy, Practice: Tying it all Together’

Date: Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 July 2017
Venue: Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
Abstract submission: close Friday, 17 February, 2017

For more information visit the Conference Website.

The Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine’s 15th Biennial Conference, 11 to 14 July 2017, Melbourne

Date: Tuesday, 11 to Friday, 14 July 2017
Venue: Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy Campus
Abstract submission: close Monday, 20 February 2017

For more information visit the conference website.

The 6th World Congress of Clinical Safety, 6 to 8 September 2017, Italy

Date: Wednesday, 6 to Friday, 8 September 2017
Venue: Ambasciatori Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy
Abstract submission: close Friday, 31 March 2017 

For more information visit the congress website

Investigating current and future education and training needs of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine 

RACP members are invited to participate in a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded study that is gathering perspectives on current and future education and training of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine. 

The researchers are interested in identifying gaps and opportunities in education and training activities for the workforce in genomic medicine, and gaining a better understanding of the needs of those involved in delivering genomics in health care. 

Participation would involve an interview at a time and place convenient to you, face-to-face or via telephone, and either individual or in a group. The project team may also contact you to clarify some points after the interview; if so, this would be by phone or email.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Project Officer, Belinda McClaren on +61 3 8341 6415 or at belinda.mcclaren@mcri.edu.au

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