Pot-pourri newsletter 16 December 2016

President's Post

Welcome to the final Pot-Pourri for the year. 

Congratulations to Dr Arun Sett this year’s winner of the 2016 Examination Medal in Paediatrics & Child Health. The Medal is given for the best overall performance in the combined Written and Clinical Examinations and will be awarded at the RACP Congress 2017.

I recently attended the Australian Human Rights Commission Awards event on behalf of the RACP. The Division works closely with the Commission, in particular the National Children’s Commissioner, on various matters surrounding the rights of Children. In recognition of this we recently attended the launch of the annual Children’s Rights Report, which you can read about further on in this eBulletin in addition to the annual awards night.

The Australian Human Rights Commission works to ensure human rights are enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, everyday; working hard behind the scenes to affect change in similar areas as we are here at the RACP. 

I was overjoyed to see the Human Rights Medal was awarded to Pat Anderson AO. Pat, an Alyawarre woman, is an indefatigable advocate for the rights and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has been particularly vocal in her calls for more to be done to tackle problems in Aboriginal communities surrounding: education, health, early childhood development, and violence against women and children.

I would also like to acknowledge the following winners who have either done great things for young people, or who are young people themselves. Congratulations to:
  • Arash Bordbar: Young People’s Human Rights Medal
    Since arriving in Australia as a refugee, Arash Bordbar has volunteered for a number of local and international organisations on asylum seeker issues.
  • Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mary Fallon, Elise Worthington (Four Corners): Media Award ABC’s Four Corners program, ‘Australia’s Shame’, exposed the mistreatment of young people in the Northern Territory detention system.
  • Bus Stop Films: Community Organisation Award 
    For approximately ​eight years, Bus Stop Films has provided film studies and film-making opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as advocating for inclusion in the film industry.
Human Rights Day is held on 10 December each year and marks the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year the United Nations has called for everyone to stand up for someone’s rights and to reaffirm our common humanity. They note that we can all ‘step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence’. I am so pleased to be part of a College that does just this.

I’d also like to draw your attention to the paediatric Evolve masterclass which was successfully held on Friday, 25 November and hosted by Dr Norman Swan. Thank you very much to all who participated as well as College staff who developed the forum and ensured it ran well. It makes me happy to know there is a lot of good will from specialty societies and other organisations to ensure this initiative succeeds. To read more on this have a look at the item in this eBulletin outlining the day and the next steps. In addition, make sure that you listen to the latest RACP podcast which explores the rationale behind the recommendations of the recently published list of top five low-value practices in general paediatrics along with some alternatives that you can adopt to improve your practice. 

In other College related matters, the morning prior to the masterclass the PCHD Council met with specialty societies and we provided an update on the 2016 work plan as well as looking ahead to 2017. The Council is very keen to build on its relations with the speciality societies so we discussed the Model of Collaboration - an initiative in which the Division and speciality societies outline areas of interaction and interdependence across education, ​Policy & Advocacy, CPD, research and more. The response from the societies to this endeavour is very positive and will be a focus for future work.

This edition of Pot-pourri contains the end of year communiques from the PCHD Council and PCHD Committees including from New Zealand. I encourage you to take a look as these as they provide a fantastic overview of the work we have undertaken to progress the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

I hope you all have a good break this festive season and come back recharged and renewed for 2017!

Dr Sarah Dalton
PCHD President

Feature Story: A Q&A with the Howard Williams Medal recipient for 2017 - Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM

Q: How do you feel after your recent award wins?

This is a very prestigious award and I am delighted to be honoured by my peers - and grateful to my nominee. I know however, that there are many other paediatricians out there who have made a significant contribution to child health, advocacy and research who would also be eligible for this award. I urge Fellows to identify and nominate those people for future awards.  

Q: Why did you decide to become a Paediatrician?

Both my parents and each of my grandfathers were doctors and early on in life I swore I would not follow in their footsteps. But, when the time came to choose a university degree medicine won out over architecture. My mother worked at the old Spastic Centre and Grosvenor Hospital for children with physical and intellectual disabilities and assisted my father who was a busy obstetrician and both my grandfathers were general practitioners. All four had studied or worked at the old Children’s Hospital at Camperdown. When I went there as a student I loved paediatric medicine and the contact with children and families. I chose a paediatric term at Blacktown in my Internship and was selected for the paediatric training program at Camperdown the next year.    

Q: What was it like to play a leading role in organising the International Congress of Pediatrics?

As anyone who has organised an event like this would know, it was a huge amount of work, but despite that, was very rewarding. In the end we had about 4000 delegates from all over the world, including many from low income countries, who we sponsored to attend. We had six days of conference with several parallel sessions and each day began with plenaries from experts in paediatrics and child health including from the WHO, UNICEF and American Academy of Pediatrics. An Australian was included in each session. The Melbourne ​Convention ​Centre was great and every session was full. It was a fantastic networking opportunity and to me indicated that the RACP should be taking a leadership role in establishing a regular Australasian/South East Asian/Pacific conference and opening it up to include all health and allied professionals working in paediatrics.   

Q: Can you tell our readers a little more about what the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit does and your role?

In 1993 I set up the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU), modelled on a scheme that had recently been established in the UK. The APSU facilitates epidemiological research into rare childhood disorders through prospective, active case-finding. For conditions with low prevalence – seen by a paediatrician perhaps a few times in a career – national data are essential but sparse. Each month every paediatrician receives a report card (now mostly sent out by email) and is asked to indicate whether or not they have newly diagnosed a child with one of 16 rare conditions listed in the previous month. Over 90​ per cent of cards have been returned each month for 23 years. Doctors reporting a case receive a questionnaire requesting de-identified data on the demographics, diagnosis, treatment and short term outcomes of the case. This provides a current snapshot about surveyed conditions in Australia and these novel data have influenced clinical practice and policy and identified avenues for future research. Over 60 disorders have been studied and conditions currently under surveillance include: 

  • Congenital Varicella
  • Rett syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease
  • juvenile respiratory papillomatosis. 
Beyond surveillance we conduct systematic reviews, hospital audits and economic analyses on rare disorders and studies on the impacts or rare disorders on families, clinicians and health services.      

Q: Recently, Sir Michael Marmot delivered the Boyer Lecture Series and focused on the topic of health inequity examining the causes of the causes – does working on such a big area of health get daunting at times?

I really enjoyed Sir Michael’s lectures and totally agree with his sentiments. Much of the health inequality I see, for example in Aboriginal children in remote settings, is at the end of a long causal pathway. If those pathways could be disrupted close to their origin they would impact on not one, but many health, educational and other outcomes. In the case of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for example, we should not simply be intervening to try to prevent pregnant women from drinking alcohol. We need to understand the causal pathway to alcohol misuse that begins with the historical trauma of displacement, the stolen generations and disempowerment which travels through overcrowding, poverty, and lack of opportunity for health care, education and employment – and ends in stress that is relieved by alcohol. We need to address the underlying determinants of poor outcomes, support that with levers we know decrease access to alcohol and address the population’s increasing tolerance to excessive alcohol use. 

Q: What would be your advice to young ​paediatrician’s looking to get ahead in their careers?

Go for it! It’s a hugely rewarding career. Children are fun to work with and it can be as diverse as you want it to be. My career has included: academia, clinical work, epidemiological, clinical and laboratory research, public health, medical education, advocacy, postgraduate supervision, policy work, as well as work in disadvantaged communities in remote Australia, in immigration detention centres and in low income countries in Asia and the Pacific. I feel privileged to have had so many amazing opportunities and such a rewarding and meaningful job.    

Q: Are you looking forward to presenting at Congress 2017?

Yes, I hope it will be a great opportunity to inculcate some trainees in the joys and rewards of a career in paediatric medicine. 

End of year wrap up from the Division committees

Each year the Council and the Committees of the Division wrap up the year with an end of year message. Find out about the achievements across the Division from the:

2016 Paediatrics Evolve Masterclass: Taking the List off the Shelf and into Practice

Led by RACP Paediatrics & Child Health Division President Dr Sarah Dalton and facilitated by Dr Norman Swan, the Paediatrics Evolve Masterclass provided an invaluable opportunity to explore Evolve, share experiences of low-value care, disentangle the root causes of low-value practices, and put forward practical ways to change. 

The successful Masterclass drew clinicians from far and wide to Parliament House in Sydney. Attendees included paediatricians and trainees from across Australasia, as well as representatives from other ​colleges, health departments, hospitals, and Choosing Wisely Australia. RACP President Dr Catherine Yelland, President-Elect Dr Mark Lane, and RACP CEO Linda Smith participated throughout.

Dr Dalton spoke to the significant collaborative effort that had gone into the General Paediatrics Evolve list, but warned against letting it sit on a dusty shelf or website. 

The day’s proceedings featured real-world experiences on implementation, as well research findings. Associate Professor Ian Scott, Director of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital led a discussion on cognitive bias, opening up a refreshing and very useful way for attendees to reflect on their own biases. Associate Professor Scott explored a number of ‘de-biasing’ strategies, the first of which is becoming aware of cognitive bias in clinical settings. 

Attendees discussed what works, what gets in the way, and what they can do to take Evolve off the shelves and into the clinics and wards. Openness to new ideas, enthusiasm for self-reflection, and willingness to find practical solutions and become advocates are good indicators of a successful ​masterclass, and these were in abundance on the day. The College’s Policy & Advocacy Unit will now tap this wealth of ideas as Evolve shifts from an emphasis on list development to practice change. 

The General Paediatrics Evolve list was discussed on the College’s podcast Pomegranate. Video of the Masterclass will soon be available on the Evolve website.

Inequities in Child Health Online Forum

Would you like to participate in an interactive, facilitated online forum to give your view on inequities in child health? 

The online discussion forum will run over three days from Tuesday, 7 to Thursday, 9 February 2017. Registered participants can log in at any time that suits them each day.

The forum aims to seek RACP members’ priorities, experience, and opinions on this issue, including current policy and practice developments and gaps.

Member input through this forum will help to inform the development of the RACP’s advocacy priorities on this issue.

If you would like to participate in the forum please register your details at the Inequities in Child Health Online Forum website.

Please note: A limited number of participants can be accepted.

Inequities in Child Health Position Statement Consultation

A position statement on ‘Inequities in Child Health’ has been developed by the Paediatrics & Child Health Division. 

The Working Group welcomes feedback on the draft position statement by Sunday, 15 January 2017.

The document sets out key principles to tackle the differential outcomes in children’s health, development and wellbeing that are unjust, unnecessary, systematic and preventable in Australia and New Zealand. 

The Working Group welcomes feedback on the draft position statement by Sunday, 15 January 2017. 

For a copy of the position statement email racpconsult@racp.edu.au 

Australian Children’s Rights Report 2016 

Dr Rebecca Nogajski represented the RACP at the recent launch of the Children’s Rights Report 2016 – a report that outlines the work that the National Children's Commissioner has undertaken throughout 2015-16 to promote the human rights of children and young people in Australia. 

The report includes twelve recommendations with a particular focus on youth in detention including that the Government ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT). This is in the context of children and young people detained in youth justice centres or adult facilities. The report calls for all jurisdictions to review how monitoring systems and inspections comply with criteria under OPCAT and where necessary, to amend their laws and policies. This includes a national strategy to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults in detention under the Close the Gap Framework.

Contribute to the international Together We Can campaign – safer pregnancies, better births, healthier childhoods.

Make sure you take a look at the #TouchingStories of people from around the world as they share their stories of how their lives have been positively touched as a patient or as a health professional themselves in relation to pregnancy, birth and childhoods.

Look at the resources on the IPA website, including the press release, report, campaign pack, social media headers, and posters, and consider sharing your stories and disseminating information about the campaign via the IPA Facebook Page and Twitter account

The Together We Can campaign launched on 24 November.  Its emphasis is for safer pregnancies, better births and healthier childhoods – everywhere. It supports the the Sustainable Development Goals, including Sustainable Development Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, and in particular the targets:
  • by 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.

  • ​​by 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-​five mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.

  • substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing states.

Together We Can is led by the International Confederation of Midwives, the International Council of Nurses, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the International Pediatric Association (IPA). These bodies represent the health professionals who lead the global fight against maternal, newborn and child deaths. They bring together millions of gynecologists, obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives and nurses whose expert care touches the lives of billions of people each year.

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division via the RACP is a member of the IPA.

RACP Podcast: Better Practice in Paeds

The latest episode of Pomegranate – the RACP podcast, 'Better practice in paeds' explores the rationale behind the top five recommendations in the Evolve general paediatrics list and some alternatives that paediatricians can adopt to improve their practice.

In Australasia, Evolve is the RACP’s initiative to minimise clinical practices that aren’t supported by the current evidence base, and stems from the international healthcare campaign Choosing Wisely.

Evolve has recently published a list of the top five practices in general paediatrics that need to be pulled back. 

​Featuring: Professor Harriet Hiscock FRACP (Director, Royal Children’s Hospital Health Services Research Unit; Director, Australian Paediatric Research Network), Dr Sarah Dalton FRACP (President, RACP Paediatrics and Child Health Division; Clinical Leader, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation), Dr Hamish McCay FRACP (Paediatrics Clinical Director, Waikato Hospital).

Paediatrics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Reciprocal Training Arrangements

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) have worked together to develop reciprocal training arrangements which provide trainees and supervisors advice on how to complete Advanced Physician Training in Community Child Health or Advanced Physician Training in General Paediatrics concurrently with training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

The reciprocal training arrangements offer medical graduates an opportunity to gain Fellowship of both Colleges (FRACP and FRANZCP) in a reduced time period than that of the current duration required to gain Fellowships sequentially. The shortened overall time requirement for dual Fellowship is achieved by simultaneous recognition of supervised training in overlapping domains of the two curricula.

These arrangements will be implemented in 2017. Annual applications for approval of RACP Advanced Training are due on 15 February 2017. Trainees will need to indicate on their application that they wish to take part in the reciprocal training arrangements. Trainee details will be provided to the RANZCP who will then contact trainees about the selection process for RANZCP.  

Further information can be found in the 2017 Paediatrics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Reciprocal Training Arrangements Guide.  You can also contact the RACP on PsychiatryDFTP@racp.edu.au or the RANZCP on training@ranzcp.org.

Have your say: NSW Child Personal Health Record (Blue Book) review

A major review of the NSW child Personal Health Record (Blue Book) is underway. The Blue Book is the parent-held record that provides structure for routine child health surveillance and screening.  

The input of paediatricians, as a core part of the child health system, is sought as part of this review process. NSW Health is currently undertaking a survey regarding the current version of the Blue Book, the results of which will inform the next iteration of the Blue Book. 

Please note that the survey questions have been designed so that clinicians and parents/carers (and those who are both) answer questions relevant to them only. The survey will be open until 23 December 2016. 

Should you you have any questions about the survey or the Blue Book review process, please contact Sharnee Townsend, Policy Analyst Child and Family Health, NSW Ministry of Health on shtow@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Oral health knowledge survey: Australian paediatricians required

Researchers from the Rural Health School at La Trobe University are seeking paediatricians to complete their survey on oral health knowledge and professional practices of paediatricians.  The researchers have received a grant for this survey with the intent of assessing the knowledge and professional practices of Australian paediatricians with regards to oral health. It is based on a survey undertaken in 2013 by the Australian Paediatric Research Network.

The survey takes about 15​ to 20 minutes to complete and all data collected will be kept confidential. Results may be used to develop oral health training for paediatricians.


National Framework for Maternity Services survey

The Maternity Care Policy Working Group has been established to develop an enduring National Framework for Maternity Services (the Framework) incorporating a National Antenatal Health Risk Factor Strategy, as well as undertake a process evaluation of the development and implementation of the National Maternity Service Plan. Deloitte Access Economics has been engaged by the national Maternity Care Policy Working Group to undertake this work.

Please contribute by undertaking this survey which will inform considerations such as the design aspect for the development of the Framework. Information provided through this survey will be confidential and reported on aggregate.

If you have any questions regarding this survey please contact George Nix at genix@deloitte.com.au

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 ​and 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 ​and Research’ category
  • ‘Regular Practice Review’ and ‘Multi Source Feedback (MSF)’ have been added as examples under the ‘Practice Review ​and Improvement’ category.

Download the 2017 MyCPD Framework.

Please contact the CPD team at mycpd@racp.edu.au if you have any questions.

RACP Congress 2017 – program update

RACP Congress 2017 will be building on the engaging presentation at Congress 2016 by Sir Henry (Harry) Burns, with a plenary session further exploring the social determinants of health and how doctors can change the world. Sir Harry’s 2016 presentation is available to view on the RACP Congress 2017 website.

Your Paediatrics ​& Child Health Division Congress journey will include a presentation from Professor Monique Ryan, Director, Department of Neurology and Group Leader, Murdoch Children’s Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She will be presenting on neuromuscular disease in the paediatrics setting.

The new ‘shared interests’ focus of RACP Congress will bring together the popular clinical and specialty sessions for each Division and Faculty with experts in their field presenting on the ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all specialists including: obesity, disability, cognitive bias and medicinal cannabis.

For more information on our speakers and to view the program visit the Congress 2017 website.

Register here


RACP submission on the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs in government and non-government schools in NSW 

Would you like to contribute your views to a RACP submission on the NSW inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs in government and non-government schools?

The terms of reference for the inquiry include: 
  • equitable access to resources for students with a disability or special needs in regional and metropolitan areas
  • the impact of the Government’s Every Student Every School policy on the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs in New South Wales public schools
  • developments since the 2010 inquiry by General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs and the implementation of its recommendations
  • complaint and review mechanisms within the school systems in New South Wales for parents and carers.
The RACP’s Policy & Advocacy Unit will coordinate a written submission – if you would like to contribute your views email racpconsult@racp.edu.au by Friday, 27 January 2017.

Alternatively, you can make a submission in a personal capacity on the Committee’s website.

RACP end of year closure 

RACP offices across Australia will be closed from 5pm Friday, 23 December until Monday, 2 January 2017 (inclusive).

RACP New Zealand will be closed from 5pm Friday, 23 December until Tuesday, 3 January 2017 (inclusive).

RACP Quarterly December 2016/January 2017

Articles in the December 2016/January 2017 edition of RACP Quarterly include:

  • Getting to the heart of 3D printing
  • Data linkage – sharing public health data for the greater good
  • New treatments for gonorrhoea
  • Seeing inside a stroke
RACP Download RACP Quarterly ​December 2016/​January 2017 (5MB).

Survey invitation: Antibiotic use and resistance

Practicing Australian doctors are invited to participate in a University of Sydney online research survey on antibiotic use and resistance. The survey explores views on antibiotic use and resistance, education and resource needs. To participate visit the website.

The survey takes about 15​ to 20 minutes to complete. ​

The findings from this study will assist national policy-makers in revising and enhancing national policy and education interventions about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in Australia. 

For more information, please contact Dale Dominey-Howes at the University of Sydney. Email: dale.dominey-howes@sydney.edu.au. Tel: +61 2 9351 6641.

Basic Training reminder

Basic Training annual registrations are open until 28 February 201​7

All Basic Trainees must re-register each year to have their training approved prospectively, and to maintain current and ongoing registration with the RACP. This includes both current Basic Trainees and those on interruption of training.

For information on how to register, please see the RACP website.

Note, as of January 2017 we can no longer accept late applications. 

Your Basic Training Requirements must be complete by 31 January 2017

All 2016 Basic Training requirements including PREP tools and the Basic Training Annual Progress Report must be submitted by the due date to ensure your training year is certified as satisfactorily completed. If you have applied to sit the 2017 Written Exam no extensions will be given to submit the PREP Tools.

Need Help?

Email the Basic Training team, or call us on 1300 My RACP (697 227). Alternatively, you can contact your state Member Support Officer.

RACP Foundation

Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health

Tell people about your research and receive a cash prize. This prize is awarded for excellence of hypothesis, scientific merit and oral presentation for a poster presentation at the RACP Congress.

Applications close Sunday, 12 March 2017.

Visit the link for more details: Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health.

Rue Wright Memorial Award

Have you done research in Community Child Health? Consider applying for the Rue Wright Memorial Award, for a Fellow or trainee who demonstrates excellence in hypothesis, scientific merit and relevance to Community Child Health in an oral presentation at the RACP Congress. 

Applications close Sunday, 5 February 2017.

Visit the link for more details: Rue Wright Memorial Award.

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 Trainee Registration (​four days) or Medical Student Registration (​four days)
Applications close Monday, 27 February 2017.

Visit the link for more details: RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize​.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Basic Trainee Representative for the PCHD Education Committee, closes Friday, 6 January 2017

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from one Basic Trainee to join the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee (PDEC). The PDEC oversees the implementation of College Educational Policies and the Paediatrics & Child Health Basic and Advanced Training Programs.  More information is available in the Terms of Reference (TOR). 

The College recognises that trainees, as future Fellows of the College, have a very important role in the College’s training program. As such, the College involves trainees in all aspects of its complex governance as representatives of their fellow trainees. 

Roles/responsibilities of Trainee Representatives include but are not limited to:

  • commitment to regular attendance at meetings of the Committee 
  • providing trainee perspective to the issues of concern
  • representing trainees’ interests
  • advocating on behalf of trainees.

The term of office is for two years. The PDEC meets throughout the year, with three face-to-face meetings in Sydney, and up to four teleconferences throughout the year, as required. The representative will need to be available to attend the majority of these meetings to provide a Basic Trainee perspective. 

To obtain an EOI form and a copy of the TOR, please email pdec@racp.edu.au  Expressions of interest (no more than one page) must be received by close of business Friday, 6 January 2017.​

EOI: NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Aged Care Roundtable, closes 9 January 2017

Do you have a special interest in aged care? Register to represent the RACP on the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Aged Care Roundtable.

The roundtable is primarily a networking and information sharing entity. There is no obligation to collaborate or endorse individual projects or policy positions but engagement with the sector is desirable and there is scope for projects benefitting specialists as well as patients.

The roundtable will meet approximately five times per year with a rotating Chair and host organisation. The first meeting is on Thursday, 2 February 2017.

This opportunity may be of particular interest to geriatricians and general medicine specialists.

If you are interested in representing RACP on this roundtable, email an  EOI form and a copy of your CV to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by COB Monday, 9 January 2017.

EOI: NSW Model Scopes of Clinical Practice – Paediatrics, closes 9am Friday, 13 January 2017

Your interest in contributing to model Scopes of Clinical Practice is sought. 

In 2016 the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) placed representatives to General Paediatrics, Paediatric Nephrology, and Paediatric Rehabilitation working groups that are developing model Scopes of Clinical Practice (SoCP) to assist in hospital credentialing committees to ‘define an individual’s SoCP in reference to the role delineation of a NSW Health facility in which they work’.

The State SoCP Unit works on behalf of all NSW Health Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks and is hosted by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. The primary goal of the Unit is to assist NSW Health Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks to appropriately define the scope of clinical practice of their employed and contracted senior medical practitioners and dentists.

RACP positions to the working groups are currently available for the following:  

  • Paediatric Cardiology
  • Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Paediatric Medical Oncology
  • Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
  • Paediatric Clinic Genetics
  • Community Child Health
  • Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
  • Paediatric Endocrinology
  • Paediatric Haematology
  • Paediatric Immunology and Allergy
  • Paediatric Infectious Diseases Medicine
  • Paediatric Neurology
  • Paediatric Nuclear Medicine
  • Paediatric Palliative Medicine
  • Paediatric Rheumatology

If this interests you please take a look at the full project information or read the overview and consider submitting an Expression of Interest form and brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Friday, 13 January 2017. 

Note that it is anticipated that two workshops and email activity will occur. In addition – you need to be a Fellow of the PCHD and qualified in the relevant specialty. The PCHD Executive Committee will recommend nominees to the Office of the RACP President.

EOI: Pomegranate Podcast Virtual Editorial Group, closes 15 January 2017

The RACP Learning Support Unit (LSU) is seeking to appoint a group of up to twelve Fellows and Advanced Trainees to form a Virtual Editorial Group (VEG) for Pomegranate, the CPD podcast of the RACP.

The LSU receives a large number of suggestions for podcast episodes from various College members, committees, and other RACP stakeholders. The VEG is being established to assist with prioritising themes for production and reviewing audio drafts of upcoming episodes. The VEG will report to the CPD Committee.

The VEG will review suggested themes, discuss their applicability for a physician audience, advise which themes should be prioritised, and listen and comment on draft episodes prior to publication. 

No face-to face meetings will be held. The VEG will ‘meet’ virtually, with correspondence being predominantly via email. The VEG will be contacted by a Project Officer from LSU approximately once per month. 

Anticipated time commitment for the VEG is one hour per month. 

Interested Fellows and Advanced Trainees must submit an EOI form and their CV together with a brief supporting statement (no more than one page) outlining the following:

  • how your qualifications, experience and interests will contribute to the VEG
  • whether you have had any prior experience in an editorial or content reviewer capacity
  • some podcasts you enjoy listening to, either for professional and/or recreational purposes, and why.
Appointed members will be eligible for CPD points for their participation in this group (Category 6).

Expressions of Interest close: Sunday, 15 January 2017. 

For further information email Rebecca Lewis at rebecca.lewis@racp.edu.au or phone +61 2 8247 6239. 

About Pomegranate 
Pomegranate is the CPD podcast of the RACP. Once a month, Pomegranate covers issues of social and ethical significance, clinical excellence or matters of good practice and specialist wellbeing. The podcast is produced by the RACP’s Learning Support Unit in consultation with expert peer reviewers. Past episodes, transcripts and further training resources from the podcast are available at: www.racp.edu.au/pomcast.

EOI: Advanced Training Committee in General Paediatrics, closes Thursday, 19 January 2017 

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 Mariella Butler-Bellingham via email on GeneralPaedsAdvanced@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. Please submit your EOI form and CV by COB, Thursday, 19 January 2017.

EOI: Australian Digital Health Agency  – Medicines Safety Program Steering Group, closes 19 January 2017

Are you interested in representing the RACP on a new Medicines Safety Program Steering Group, run by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA)?

This newly established agency is tasked with putting data and technology safely to work for consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them. 

The focus of the Medicines Safety Program  is on leveraging technological advancements to address medicines safety issues across care settings. 

Interested RACP members are asked to complete the EOI form and email, along with your CV (as relevant to this position), to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by 12pm, Thursday 19 January 2017. 

More information is available on the EOI form.

​EOI: Continuing Professional Development Committee Advanced Trainee Representative, closes 21 January 2017

The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPDC) is seeking to appoint an Advanced Trainee (AT) Representative.

The AT representative position on the CPDC was created to improve CPD awareness and support during the transition from Advanced Training to Fellowship. 

Access to MyCPD for all Advanced Trainees is currently being considered and further input from a representative is needed.

The College Education Committee (CEC) established the CPD Committee to:

  • encourage CPD participation
  • work with RACP management to ensure the College’s MyCPD program meets the needs of the Fellowship
  • consider and approve minor changes to the MyCPD program (including functional fixes and improvements, aesthetic changes, updates to content)
  • consider and recommend major changes to the MyCPD program to the CEC, including changes to the MyCPD Framework
  • report to relevant education committees and CEC on statistics and issues arising from CPD participation
  • monitor exceptions to CPD completion
  • consider government regulation on CPD and revalidation, and recommend program and policy change to CEC where appropriate. This includes special consideration of regulatory changes in New Zealand and working with the NZ CPD Committee on relevant program change
  • identify and facilitate peer review of learning resources suitable for CPD and promote development of learning resources to meet any unmet needs
  • work with the Office of the Dean, other College bodies and Specialty Societies to support Fellows’ ongoing learning.

The CPDC meets face-to-face twice a year and holds three meetings by teleconference. 

 The scheduled 2017 meetings are:

  • Friday, 10 March (face-to-face 1pm to 4pm, Sydney)
  • Friday, 5 May (teleconference 1pm to 3pm AEST)
  • Friday, 14 July (teleconference 1pm to 3pm AEST)
  • Friday, 22 September (face-to-face 1pm to 4pm, Sydney)
  • Friday, 17 November (teleconference 1pm to 3pm AEDT).

How ​to apply
Interested Advanced Trainees are asked to complete and submit an EOI form along with their CV by email to mycpd@racp.edu.au 

For more details phone Elyce Pyzhov, CPD Senior Education Officer, on +64 2 8076 6307 or email mycpd@racp.edu.au

Applications close: Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

EOI: Membership of the OTP Paediatrics and Faculties Assessment Subcommittee (Australia), closes Monday, 30 January 2017

Fellows of the College in Australia are invited to express their interest in joining the Overseas Trained Physicians (OTP) Paediatrics and Faculties Assessment Subcommittee. 

The decisions of OTP Assessment Subcommittees determine which overseas trained physicians and paediatricians can work in Australia, and can have a real impact on health service delivery and quality of care in the Australian health system. 

The College is particularly looking to appoint Fellows in Paediatrics subspecialties to join the Subcommittee for a two year term.  The Subcommittee meets up to ten times a year by teleconference, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney. 

All applicants should submit their CV, a 500 word statement outlining their interest in the role and relevant experience. If you would like to apply to join the Subcommittee, please submit an email request for further information from the OTP Unit (otp@racp.edu.au) marked 'OTP Subcommittee member Expression of Interest'.

EOI: Lead Fellow sought for the RACP Circumcision of Infant Males Working Group, closes 9am Monday, 6 February 2017

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC) calls for expressions of interest (EOI) for the Lead Fellow of a working group that will review and update the College’s 2010 position statement on Circumcision of Infant Males as well as an information brochure for parents of young infant males. 

The primary audience of the position statement is Fellows and trainees who are in a position to provide advice on infant male circumcision. Secondary audiences include other medical professionals, government policy makers, parents of young infant males, social and religious groups. 

The Lead Fellow will:

  • provide leadership to a working group of 8 – 10 members. This involves greater responsibilities and time commitment than the role of a member of the group
  • have demonstrated extensive experience in chairing working parties and other senior leadership roles within paediatrics and child health
  • manage working group meetings, including preparation and running of the meetings
    manage discussions and negotiate (agreement and) decision-making within the Working Group
  • report and provide updates to the PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee which has oversight for the development of paediatric related position statements.

The outcome will be the production of an updated position statement that is recognised to meet contemporary standards in relation to literature research and evidence interpretation. It is anticipated the working group members will be able to provide advice to both medical professionals and the general community on this matter.

Development of the position statement will include a detailed and documented literature review and the final document will be achieved following a consultative, transparent and inclusive policy development process.

For further information such as the scoping document, and to request an application form, please contact paed@racp.edu.au.  Submit your completed application form and CV by 9am Monday, 6 February 2017.

EOI: Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE), closes 9am Monday, 6 February 2017

The Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) is a national body comprising three representatives each from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), ​The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). It recognises the training of endoscopists who have completed their training in Australia or who are now practising in Australia.

The RACP is calling for expressions of interest from Paediatric Gastroenterologists for a vacancy on the CCRTGE. In relation to the current vacancy, an applicant must:

  • be a Fellow of the College who is a member of the Paediatric and Child Health Division of the RACP
  • be a CCRTGE certified endoscopist
  • be willing to provide a short written report regarding the operations of the CCRTGE to the Dean of the RACP on a regular basis
  • have sufficient time and be personally committed to contributing in a positive and proactive manner to the Conjoint Committee.
The term of office for this position is three years. A member is eligible to seek reappointment by from the RACP for two further consecutive three year terms.

The Committee is required to meet in person at least twice in each calendar year, with provision to meet more often by phone if necessary. The first meeting in 2017 ​will be in April – the current incumbent will also attend to ensure a smooth transition of corporate knowledge.

If this interests you please consider submitting an Expression of Interest form and brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Monday, 6 February, 2017.

EOI: ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel, closes 10 February 2017

The ACT Government is currently advertising for Expressions of Interest for a new key advisory body  - the ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel (the MCMAP).  The MCMAP is being established following the announcement on 4 August, 2016 by the ACT Minister for Health to appoint two expert advisory committees in relation to the introduction of an evidence-based Medicinal Cannabis Scheme in the ACT.  

The first of these, the MCMAP, is being established to provide critical clinical advice to the ACT Medicines Advisory Committee and ACT Chief Health Officer on issues relating to medicinal cannabis including appropriate conditions, dose, form, mode of administration and strength.  Accordingly, we are seeking those with expertise or specialist experience in Toxicology; Pharmacology and drug dosing; Pain management; Palliative care; and General Practice. It is anticipated that applicants will be Canberra-based or practice in Canberra.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an EOI of no longer than two pages detailing their professional experience as it relates to cannabis. Candidates should also attach a short curriculum vitae and bio detailing experience and all appointments or employment held.
Requests for further information or enquiries can be directed via email to the ACT Medicinal Cannabis Medical Advisory Panel Secretariat at phd@act.gov.au 

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.

31st Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, 29 January ​to 3 February 2017, San Diego

Venue: San Diego International Conference
Date: Sunday, 29 January – Friday, 3 February 2017
For further information visit the conference website.

2017 Public Health Summer School program, University of Otago, New Zealand, February 2017

A range of short courses showcasing world-leading academic keynote speakers.

Venue: School of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
Date: 7 to 24 February 2017
Course length: 1 to 3 days
Early bird closes Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Register and more information via the Univerity of Otago website.  

Paediatric Training Course in the Medical Assessment of Sexually Abused Children ​and Adolescents, 21​ to 24 March 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Venue: Marion Davis Library, Auckland City Hospital
Date: Tuesday, 21 ​to Friday, 24 March 2017
For further information contact Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC) at victoria@dsac.org.nz 

11th Annual Update in Paediatric Emergencies, 8​ to 10 April 2017, Queensland

Venue: Peppers Resort, Noosa, Queensland
Date: 8​ to 10 April 2017
A ​three day meeting held in Noosa focused exclusively on paediatric acute care.
Contact: info@colloquium.com.au 
Web: www.colloquium.com.au/noosa 

Update in Paediatric Respiratory Diseases, 22​ and 23 April 2017, Hong Kong, China

Venue: Shaw Auditorium, Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong, China
Date: Saturday, 22 and Sunday, 23 April 2017
For more information, abstract submission and registration visit the conference website.

Don’t Forget the Bubbles 17 paediatric conference, 28 to 30 August 2017, Brisbane

Don’t Forget the Bubbles 17​ (DFTB17) is a brand new acute paediatric conference. It is run by the team at DontForgetTheBubbles.com, an award-winning and internationally recognised online paediatric resource. DFTB17 has the theme of 'Making a Difference’ and aims to inspire, educate, and improve patient care.

Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
Date: Monday, 28 ​to Wednesday, 30 August 2017
For further information visit the conference website.

Career Opportunities


Clinical Director of Paediatrics: Rockhampton Hospital
Closing date: Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Developmental Paediatrician: Child Development Network, Brisbane
For more information contact Dr Michael McDowell on +614 1483 5029 or Dr Jane Lesslie on +614 0899 8134

Senior Medical Officer (Paediatric Medicine): Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Reference number: SC228916
Closing date: Friday, 6 January 2017

Senior Medical Officer (Paediatric Emergency Medicine): Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Reference number: SC229236
Closing date: Monday, 9 January 2017


Neonatal Paediatrician: Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Melbourne
Reference number: 25596
Closing date: Monday, 9 January 2017

Neonatal Paediatrician 0.5EFT: Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Melbourne
Reference number: 25640
Closing date: Monday, 9 January 2017

Consultant Paediatrician: Latrobe Regional Hospital
Reference number: 16963
Closing date: Wednesday, 21 December 2016

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