Pot-pourri newsletter 18 March 2016

President's Message

One of the highlights of working with the Paediatrics & Child Health Division has been working with colleagues and peers with a genuine interest in addressing the health and wellbeing issues confronting young people from across all areas of the community.

The death of 10 year old Aboriginal girl to suicide is a tragic and terribly sad loss for a family and community who are mourning their little girl. Across Australia the rate of suicide is truly alarming, with young Indigenous Australians up to 24 years old being five times more likely to die due to intentional self-harm compared to other young people in the same age range. This is a call to action for us as paediatricians who care deeply about the health and wellbeing of Indigenous children and young people, and want to do something to make a difference. 

​It is proposed that a working party will be formed to develop a policy on Indigenous Child Health, under the guidance of the Paediatric Policy ​& Advocacy Committee, in close collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee and Māori Health Committee. It will be led by Dr Danny de Lore, a Māori paediatrician, and will include community members from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori communities as well as paediatricians and trainees from Australia and New Zealand, as determined by the EOI process. The working party will provide us a strong foundation for advocating for improved health, including mental health, of indigenous children and young people in a way that recognises both the impact of disadvantage and the determination of communities and families to care for their children.

For further information on the work being undertaken by the Indigenous Child Health working party, please contact alex.lynch@racp.edu.au.

On Thursday, 3 March, all Fellows and trainees should have received an email about voting in the election for President of the College. Can I please urge you all to review the election statements of the candidates and cast an informed vote. Voting closes at 5pm on Monday, 4 April.
 
If you would like to vote or change your vote, but 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) and they will resend the email.
  
Dr Nicki Murdock
PCHD President

EVOLVE at Congress

In February, we introduced the EVOLVE initiative, and outlined the work that the College is doing to undertake the EVOLVE process in general paediatrics. EVOLVE is a paediatrician and physician led initiative reflecting the College’s commitment to a high quality, safe and sustainable healthcare system. Through the initiative, paediatricians can help ensure the delivery of high-value patient care and participate in an opportunity to examine evidence from their specialties in a new light, making substantial improvement to practice where warranted.

EVOLVE is part of a growing international movement to analyse medical practices and reduce the use of low-value clinical practices and interventions including initiatives such as the US and Canadian Choosing Wisely campaigns. EVOLVE also complements NPS MedicineWise’s Choosing Wisely campaign in Australia, which engages clinicians and patients in conversations about low-value interventions.

A working group, composed of paediatricians from a variety of backgrounds, and in partnership with the College, has constructed a preliminary list of practices and interventions which evidence suggests may be low value interventions in paediatrics. Work on this list is proceeding well, and we will be able to present a well structured shortlist for consideration at this year’s Congress.

RACP Congress 2016 will provide an opportunity for paediatricians to review, and comment on, the work conducted on this initiative to date. Dr Sarah Dalton, the working group lead and incoming President of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division, will chair an interactive discussion on EVOLVE, the proposed general paediatrics shortlist, and debate other interesting issues such as the scope of general paediatrics. There will be ample opportunity for participants to contribute to the consolidation of the general paediatrics list, and all Congress attendees are encouraged to attend this session.

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: Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) and Chapter representatives on New South Wales (NSW) / Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Committee, closes 1 April 

The NSW/ACT State Committee is seeking applications from PCHD Fellows and Chapter members to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, NSW and ACT 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 PCHD Fellow
  • one Chapter of Community Child Health (CCCH) representative.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the NSW/ACT State Committee should submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 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) representative on Northern Territory (NT) State Committee, closes 1 April 

The NT State Committee is seeking applications from PCHD Fellows to join the NT State Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, NT 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 PCHD Fellow.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the NT State Committee should submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 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) representative on South Australia (SA) State Committee, closes 1 April 

The SA State Committee is seeking applications from PCHD Fellows to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, SA 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 PCHD Fellow.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the SA State Committee should submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 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) and Chapter representatives on Victoria (VIC) State Committee, closes 1 April 

The VIC State Committee is seeking applications from PCHD Fellows and Chapter members to join the Committee. 

The Committee provides a forum for the views of, and works to advance the interests of, VIC 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 PCHD Fellow
  • one Chapter of Community Child Health (CCCH) representative.

Fellows interested in applying for membership of the VIC State Committee are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 1 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: New Zealand Māori Trainee representative with interest in Indigenous health - The Indigenous Child Health working group, closes 1 April 

A new Paediatrics & Child Health Division Policy.

Māori Trainees with an interest in Indigenous health are encouraged to express their interest (EOI) in joining the RACP ‘Indigenous Child Health position statement working group’.

Māori and Aboriginal children have poorer health outcomes than the general population, due in large part to preventable illnesses, despite major national initiatives that have tried to address this. The new policy will take a 'public health' approach focusing on the strength and resilience of Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) individuals, families and communities in the face of the multiple causes of poor health outcomes. Unless New Zealand and Australia successfully address the health determinants which underpin and perpetuate much of the current poor outcomes the current state will be difficult to change, and any change will not be sustained. 

The Paediatric Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC), Māori Health Committee (MHC) and Aboriginal Torres Strait Health Committee (ATSHC) will work together to develop this new RACP child health policy that will build on a wider range of national and international instruments such as the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Paediatric Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC) is calling for expressions of interest from Māori Trainees for this new working group. 

The Lead Fellow of the working group will report to the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) Policy & Advocacy Committee which has oversight for the development of paediatric related position statements.

Submit your brief EOI and CV as well as a completed Conflict of Interest form to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 1 April 2016.

EOI - Membership of the Overseas Trained Physicians (OTP) Paediatrics and Faculties Assessment Subcommittee (Australia), closes 6 April

Fellows of the College 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 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. Due to the current composition of the committee, the College would welcome expressions of interest from Fellows in states other than Queensland. 

Each Subcommittee meets up to ten times a year by teleconference, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney. Download the EOI form.

In addition to the EOI form, all applicants should submit their CV and a 500 word statement outlining their interest in the role and relevant experience. All EOI forms should be submitted by email to otp@racp.edu.au and marked 'OTP Subcommittee member Expression of Interest'. 

If you have any questions please contact Janice Charlton, Senior Executive Officer, OTP Unit at janice.charlton@racp.edu.au or on +61 2 8247 6287. 

Download the terms of reference (MIN and password required).

For Information: NPS MedicineWise: Nominations for two non-executive Board Director positions, closes 6 April

The NPS MedicineWise Board is calling for nominations for two Board Director positions. Further information is available in the attached documents:

Nominations should be sent directly to NPS MedicineWise by 5pm EST on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Lynn Weekes at ceo@nps.org.au  or the NPS MedicineWise Governance Officer, Nicola Ryan at nryan@nps.org.au or on +61 2 8217 8671.

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

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. 

Career opportunities

New South Wales

Staff Specialist or Visiting Medical Officer General Paediatrician: Tamworth Hospital 

Reference number: 309998
Closing date: Sunday, 10 April 2016

Queensland

General Paediatrician/Neonatologist: Greenslopes Private Hospital

Director of Research: Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Reference number: BBBH14215_1456901071

Victoria

PIPER Victoria (formerly NETS) Senior Registrars Neonatal retrieval

Reference number: 13036
Closing date: Sunday, 10 April 2016

New Zealand

Fellow in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Starship Children’s Health

Reference number: 091937 
Closing date: Friday, 25 March 2016

Conferences and events

Singapore International Advanced Assessment Course (SIAAC),
25 to 26 March 2016
Singapore

Venue: Conference Centre of the Grand Copthorne Hotel in Singapore
Date: Friday, 25 to Saturday, 26 March 2016
For more information, visit the event website.  

Paediatric Basic Training Orientation 
12 April 2016
Sydney

You are invited to attend the 2016 Paediatric Basic Training Orientation session in Sydney on Tuesday, 12 April 2016.

The Orientation is aimed at new basic trainees (Postgraduate Year 2) and those interested in commencing Basic Training. The event will cover key information including:

  • how to approach basic training
  • basic training requirements
  • helpful tips to get you through your training
  • wellbeing and work-life balance 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Venue: Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Registration: Please RSVP to racpnsw@racp.edu.au by Sunday, 20 March 2016

Caring for Country Kids Conference 
17 to 19 April 2016
Alice Springs

Venue: Alice Springs Convention Centre
Date: Sunday, 17 to Tuesday, 19 April 2016
For more information visit the conference website.

Monash University / VIFM Clinical Forensic Medicine Short Course – "Family Violence – behind crimes in the home 
6 to 7 May 2016
Melbourne

Venue: The Plueckhahn Lecture Theatre, 65 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
Date: Friday, 6 to Saturday, 7 May 2016
For more information or to register, please contact Rosalie Clementson at rosalie.clementson@monash.edu or on +61 3 9684 4322

More information is available on the event website.

National Families Week 
15 to 21 May 2016

Organisations around Australia are registering their events for National Families Week 2016. The theme is 'Stronger Families, Stronger Communities'. This theme highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing. Further information on National Families Week can be found on the event website.

International Pediatric Association’s 28th Congress of Pediatrics
17 to 22 August 2016
Vancouver

Just as RACP jointly hosted the last meeting in Melbourne in 2013, this Congress will be co-hosted by the Canadian Pediatric Society. 

The extensive program includes 12 pre-conference workshops, 57 free paper sessions, 25 meet-the-expert sessions and nine plenary sessions.

Plenary topics include Mental Health, Environmental Health, Non-communicable Diseases, Adverse Events, Toxic Stress and the Brain, Equity and Health, and Communication Technologies and Health. One plenary addresses the Most Influential Articles That May Change Your Practice and will feature speakers Lewis First, Editor of Pediatrics; Noni McDonald, Editor, Paediatrics &Child Health; Richard Horton, Editor, Lancet; and Nick Brown, Global Health Editor, Archives of Diseases of Childhood. Other plenary sessions address Child Health – Now And In The Future and The Promise of Global Adolescent Health

More details about the program, speakers, and information about registration are available at www.ipa2016.com.

Genetics for Trainees Course, 
27 to 28 August 2016 
Melbourne 

Venue: Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Date: Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 August 2016
Registration: For more information and to register visit the event website

8th Excellence in Pediatrics Conference 
8 to 10 December 2016
London

Venue: Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London
Date: Thursday, 8 to Saturday, 10 December 2016
For more information and registration visit the conference website.

Earn CPD credits at RACP Congress

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).

At this year’s event we will welcome international guest speaker Sir Henry Burns from Scotland. Sir Harry, as he is known, is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde. He was Chief Medical Officer for Scotland from September 2005 to April 2014. At RACP Congress 2016 Sir Harry will deliver a plenary address on the biological consequences of poverty and social chaos.

This year the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration will be delivered by Professor John Mills, an internationally respected physician, scientist and businessman. Professor Dinah Reddihough, a paediatrician involved in the clinical care of children with disabilities will deliver the Howard Williams Medal lecture. The Cotterall Memorial Oration will be given by hypertension expert and researcher Professor John Chalmers.

The current program is available on the RACP Congress 2016 website.

The 2016 RACP Congress takes place in Adelaide, South Australia from Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 May 2016. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information and to register, please visit the RACP Congress 2016 website.

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Limited (ASCIA) primary immunodeficiency e-training - now available

ASCIA primary immunodeficiency (PID) e-training for health professionals is now available 
free of charge on the ASCIA website.

The main objectives of this course are to: 

  • increase awareness of PID amongst general practitioners, paediatricians and general physicians. 
  • promote early recognition and referral to a clinical immunologist to improve management of patients with PID in Australia and New Zealand. 

The ASCIA e-training courses provide a standardised and consistent approach to recognition, management and referral of appropriate patients with allergy and immune disorders, that is accessible (available free of charge online), allows for flexible completion and is sustainable. Each ASCIA e-training course is developed in parallel with resources for face to face training (power point slides and speaker notes) for use by ASCIA members in Australia and New Zealand. 

The development process for these courses involves an extensive review process by the ASCIA membership and other relevant medical organisations. ASCIA also consults with other key stakeholders such as patient support organisations and the end-users to ensure that the courses meet the needs of the target audience. ASCIA retains copyright and control over content of the courses, and updates

RACP Foundation

2016 Study Grants - Applications now open

The Eric Burnard Fellowship (value up to $10,000), to support Fellows or trainees in the area of neonatology. 

Closing date: 5pm AEST Monday, 18 April 2016

Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for full details of all Study Grants or for any queries regarding the eligibility criteria or application process, please contact the Senior Administration Officer at foundation@racp.edu.au or phone +61 (02) 9256 9639.

Abstracts are now being accepted for:

Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health

Abstracts may be submitted via the College Congress website.
For information on eligibility and requirements, please visit the RACP Foundation webpage

Closing date:  Sunday, 27 March 2016 

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