Pot-pourri newsletter 18 November 2016

President's Post

Dear Fellows and trainees,

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce Professor Elizabeth Elliott as the recipient of the prestigious Howard Williams Medal for 2017. Professor Elliott is well known both nationally and internationally for her contribution to paediatrics and child health. She has served as the Director of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit and as the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the highly successful International Congress of Pediatrics in 2013. She has also held a number of roles within the College including: being a former member of the Division Council, the Division Research Committee, and currently serving as a member of a working group developing a position statement on inequities in child health – a core area of focus for Paediatrics and the RACP. 

A key component of the Howard Williams Medal prize is the opportunity to present at the RACP Congress 2017. Keeping on this topic, please submit your abstract to present at Congress 2017 for the consideration of the Congress Organising Committee. Don’t forget that you can also nominate yourself for a number of College awards including the Chapter of Community Child Health Rue Wright Memorial Award (closing 5 February 2017) as well as the Paediatric Best Poster Prize (closing 12 March 2017).

It saddens me that a repeating topic of my monthly message to you is the harrowing plight of refugees both worldwide and in Australia. Recently, I joined a march in Sydney organised by Doctors for Refugees with media outlets reporting that nearly 5000 took part in Sydney alone and thousands more participated around the country. Whether you were there or not thank you for your ongoing support and your resolve to achieve justice for these people. I hope that we are also able to affect change for incarcerated adolescents that are unfairly treated. The Division recently contributed to a College submission to the Royal Commission in to the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

I am looking forward to the Paediatric E​volve Masterclass, 25 November. The Masterclass will be hosted by Dr Norman Swan and is an invaluable opportunity for stakeholders, including the Council and specialty societies to find out more about E​volve, share experiences of low-value care, and workshop practical ways to reduce their usage in clinical practice. There are limited places available - if you are interested in attending, please contact EVOLVE@RACP.edu.au

In a similar vein refer to the item in this bulletin about the recently released online interactive version of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation; a resource to identify and reduce unwarranted variation in health care.

Finally, it is Universal Children’s Day this weekend, 20 November. The United Nations (UN) declares ‘let us promote and celebrate children’s right on the Universal Children's Day, and continuously build up a living-friendly environment for children in the world through dialogues and actions.’ The Day was instituted in 1954 by the General Assembly of the UN and subsequently the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, was adopted in 1959, as was the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. 

Dr Sarah Dalton
PCHD President

Antibiotics: Handle with Care – an urgent need to tackle antibiotic resistance 

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a UN campaign which aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and encourage best practice among the general-public, health workers and policy makers. Running this year from 14 to 20 November it hopes to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance worldwide.

The RACP New Zealand office recently issued a joint media release with The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) on the rise of antimicrobial resistance. Serious concerns are noted including that ‘deaths attributed to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could be higher than deaths attributed to cancer in 35 years if no action is taken to address increasing rates of resistance’. 

As part of the RACP Evolve initiative The RACP and the ASID call on the New Zealand government to lead a well-resourced program of antimicrobial stewardship, including guidelines on prescribing and appropriate use of antibiotics with strong support required from practitioners. 

In Australia the Government is implementing the first National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 which guides the response to the threat of antibiotic misuse and resistance. This includes a focus on Australia’s high use of antibiotics in general practice, which is 20 per cent above the OECD average.
‘Antibiotics: Handle with Care’ is this year’s theme for WHO’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week and is supported by WHO’s Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. WHO provides a variety of resources to support local campaigns, so make sure you visit the website to engage with the campaign. 

Recent changes to the Australian Border Force Act 2015 – not an exemption for all doctors 

Recent changes to the Australian Border Force Act 2015 exempt some but not all doctors from the compulsory drug and alcohol testing provisions and the secrecy and disclosure provisions of the Act.

Doctors who provide services to the Department of Immigration as contractors or as employees of contractors are now exempt from those provisions.  

Doctors who provide services to the Department in other capacities are not exempt and the secrecy and drug testing provisions continue to apply.  

Those who have not been exempted include doctors who are employees of the Department or doctors who provide services to the Department as employees of state, federal or foreign governments or agencies. 

While the recent changes appear to be a step in the right direction, the College recommends that members working with immigration detainees seek independent legal advice and are fully aware of the implications before speaking publicly about their experiences. 

COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children 

At the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting the Third Action Plan 2016-2019 Of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 was launched.

The new Action Plan places more emphasis on the effects of domestic violence on children, than previous plans had in the past. 

You can read more about the outcomes of the meeting in a report from Brian Babbington, CEO of Families Australia, on their website

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

World Pneumonia Day: immunisation saves children’s lives

World Pneumonia Day was held on 12 November and serves as an important reminder to all of us that pneumonia is a serious concern for paediatricians, being the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of five.

However, recently there has been good news for Australian Indigenous Children​. ​The Federal Government recently announced that immunisation rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged five years have outstripped those for non-Indigenous children of the same age. The Australian Immunisation Register quarterly data shows Australia is on track to meet the 96 per cent immunisation goal set in the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

In 2015 pneumonia and diarrhea were responsible for nearly one of every four deaths worldwide for children under five according to the 2016 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report, which reminds us of the severity of problem worldwide. The Division signed the overarching Intergrated Global Action Plan for the prevention and Contril of ​Pneumonia and ​Diarrhea (GAPPD) in 201​3.

It is also estimated that 72 per cent of all global child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea occur in just 15 countries, many of which can be found in the Asia-Pacific region. As such the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA) is currently conducting a survey to look at national immunisation programs of its member countries. 

The RACP has submitted a response to the survey in collaboration with the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS). 

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

IPA Ihsan Dogramaci Research Award 2016 – applications due 1 December 2016 

A research award in honour of Professor Dr İhsan Doğramacı, one of the International Pediatric Association's (IPA) pioneer leaders, is currently open for nominations. The award of US $20k is given to a paediatrician for a two-year project focussing on child health and/or child wellness. 

The research project will be funded from 1 January 2017 and should be completed by 1 January 2019. The paediatrician who receives the award will be expected to present the research findings at the IPA 2019 Congress in Panama City, Panama. Expenses will be paid to attend.

Interested applicants can download the form through IPA website and should send the duly filled application at c/o IPA Foundation (office@ipaf-world.org). Applications are due by 1 December 2016.

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

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 

Read the latest articles including: 
  • The story of cystic fibrosis 1965-2015
  • Newborn hearing screening in Queensland 2009-2011: Comparison of hearing screening and diagnostic audiological assessment between term and preterm infants
  • Determinants of developmental progress in pre-schoolers referred for neuro-developmental diagnosis
  • Asthma and sleep disturbance in adolescents and young adults: A cohort study
 Read the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (member login required).

RACP Revalidation Consultation - closes 30 November 

The Medical Board of Australia is seeking feedback from the profession, stakeholders and the community about the proposed approach to support medical practitioners to maintain and enhance their professional skills and knowledge to remain fit to practice medicine. 

The RACP Board has adopted the term ‘revalidation’ for this process.

The RACP Board is now seeking feedback about the proposed approach to keep doctors’ skills and knowledge up to date. You can join the consultation in a number of ways
  • have your say in the online discussion
  • take a short survey to provide your views on the approach
  • send your written submission by email to medboardconsultation@ahpra.gov.au or mail
  • read submissions made by others.
The College will submit a formal response to the revalidation consultation, but we encourage all Fellows to engage individually with the consultation directly through the ​Medical Board of Australia website.​

Release of the online interactive version of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recently launched an online interactive version of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation (the atlas) following the launch of the hardcopy atlas in November 2015. The atlas covers the following clinical areas:
  • Antimicrobial dispensing
  • Diagnostic interventions
  • Surgical interventions 
  • Interventions for mental health and psychotropic medicines
  • Opioid medicines
  • Interventions for chronic diseases.
The online interactive version provides users a new platform to interact and engage with the content and data in the atlas. The maps provide overlays of Primary Health Network and Local Hospital Network boundaries and pop-ups for each local area. The pop-ups depict graphically the local, state and national rate, and for some items, national and international comparison rates.

The online interactive atlas allows users to manipulate the maps, including being able to zoom in and out, move across the maps, and to interrogate the data behind the maps in various ways. The interactive atlas also allows users to examine and download or export the data in a range of formats.

Email: atlas@safetyandquality.gov.au if you would like further information.

RACP Congress 2017: Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills. Register Now.

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 our 22,000 members. We asked you what you wanted and the answer was loud and clear. It is summarised succinctly in the Congress 2017 slogan, Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills.

In addition to the regular clinical and specialty sessions for Adult Medicine, Paediatrics and Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Congress 2017 speakers will take an in-depth look at the ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all physicians and paediatricians.

An expert panel, including paediatrician Professor Louise Bauer, will explore the health implications of obesity in populations across Australia and New Zealand.

We will take a detailed look at the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it affects you and your patients. 

And we will add to the conversation about Medicinal Cannabis by looking at the emerging legislation being developed across the region.

We are also pleased to announce that Professor Ross Upshur FRCPC will be delivering the opening keynote address. Professor Upshur is the Head of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Canada and is a leading bioethicist. His address on ethics promises to be a highlight on the program.

The paediatric stream will pick up on these topics and explore them further.

Other speakers include: 
  • Howard Williams Oration – Prof Elizabeth Elliott, President of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit
  • Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration – Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government
  • Ferguson-Glass Oration – Emeritus Professor Nortin M Hadler, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology Thurston Arthritis Research Center (USA)
  • AFRM President’s Oration – Mr John Walsh AM, Board Member, National Disability Insurance Agency

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

RACP Congress 2017 is an opportunity for you to:

  • learn about medical breakthroughs 
  • hear the latest clinical updates 
  • attend high energy, cross-disciplinary think tanks 
  • network with global thinkers and healthcare leaders, socialise with peers and forge new professional ties. 
Congress is a valuable learning opportunity and participation counts towards your annual CPD requirements.

Register here

Aassociate Professor, Michael Gabbett
Lead Fellow, Congress Organising Committee

Seeking Fellows to improve CPD peer review

A trial to determine the benefits of a multisource feedback (MSF) tool in which specialists receive feedback from peers, colleagues and patients on their professional and clinical behaviour, is open to RACP Fellows for participation. 

MSF has been identified by both the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Medical Board of Australia as a way to strengthen CPD processes. 

The RACP is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows across all work settings who are keen to test the feasibility and efficacy of MSF, for Australasian specialists.  

The trial will begin recruiting from November, 2016 within RACP settings. On registering your interest you will receive more detailed information to consider before committing to the trial.

RACP launches Climate Change and Health Position Statements

On Monday the RACP released three new position statements on climate change and health.

Developed by the RACP’s Climate Change and Health Working Party, the evidence-based position statements outline the RACP’s stance on the health impacts of climate change, the health benefits of taking action to mitigate climate change and the need for an environmentally sustainable healthcare system.

These position statements follow from the RACP’s highly successful Doctors for Climate Action campaign of 2015 and provide concrete recommendations for action to combat the health impacts of climate change.

Mind the (Gender) Gap – on the Pomegranate Podcast

Gender equity in medicine is a perennial issue and is the focus of the latest episode of Pomegranate – the RACP podcast

While more than half of all medical students and trainees are women, they make up only about 30 per cent of registered specialists. When it comes to clinical leadership positions it’s down to single digits, and medicine’s gender pay gap is worse than that of other industries.

The reasons for this loss of talent, and disparities in pay, are both cultural and logistical. 

One significant factor affecting career progression is time taken out for child-rearing; the penalties associated with such an interruption appear to compound more in medical training than they do in other professions. 

But medical culture, reflecting the wider society, also contains structural biases that affect women. 

In this episode, RACP President Dr Catherine Yelland is joined by Dr Stefanie Schurer, Senior Lecturer in applied health economics at the University of Sydney, consultant surgeon Dr Elizabeth Sigston and Professor Helena Teede, Executive Director, Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and Director, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation.

Listen in as our guests discuss the challenges for gender equity in the profession, and how role-modelling and leadership training may offer strategies to support the next generation of women doctors.

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

The RACP podcast team encourages members to send any feedback on the show, and suggestions for future topics, to pomcast@racp.edu.au 

Leading change in healthcare culture, education and practice

The Tri-nation Alliance brings together five medical colleges across three nations: Australia, New Zealand and Canada. 

In 2017, the International Medical Symposium (IMS) will focus on leading change in the culture, education and practice of medicine. 

World leaders and innovators will collaborate, explore, share and advance international best practice in leading cultural change, strengthening Indigenous healthcare, enhancing medical education and improving systems and practices across our healthcare systems.

By changing perceptions, asking the difficult questions, reviewing education and training of health professionals and challenging the status quo, the Tri-nation Alliance and IMS 2017 will provide a platform for the discussion and debate of cultural, educational, professional and strategic issues impacting on the world of medicine and the broader community.

View the provisional program.

Date: Friday, 10 March 2017
Location: Melbourne
Register: To register see the IMS 2017 website.    

For more details phone Hannah Sinclair, Senior Event Organiser, on +61 3 9093 4989.

Foundation Awards and Scholarships

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 (4 days) or Medical Student Registration (4 days)
Applications close Monday, 27 February 2017.

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

RACP Indigenous Health Scholarships for 2017

Through its Indigenous Health Scholarship Program, the College annually offers up to eight scholarships to medical graduates and doctors who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander heritage and who would like to pursue a career as a physician.

These scholarships cover all RACP training and examination fees for up to four years to the value of $10,000 for each year. They also include registration, travel and accommodation to attend the RACP Congress and/or other relevant ASMs.

Applications for the scholarships in 2017 are now open. For full details and to download the application form, visit the link RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program or contact the RACP Foundation.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Seeking Fellows to improve CPD peer review 

A trial to determine the benefits of a multisource feedback (MSF) tool in which physicians receive feedback from peers, colleagues and patients on their professional and clinical behaviour, is open to RACP Fellows for participation. 

MSF has been identified by both the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Medical Board of Australia as a way to strengthen CPD processes. 

The RACP is seeking expressions of interest from Fellows across all work settings who are keen to test the feasibility and efficacy of MSF, for Australasian physicians.  

The trial will begin recruiting from November, 2016 within RACP settings. On registering your interest you will receive more detailed information to consider before committing to the trial.

EOI: The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – New South Wales Office of Liquor Gaming & Regulation Workshops, closes 25 November 2016 

The RACP has been invited to nominate a representative to meetings organised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to meet with the New South Wales Office of Liquor Gaming & Regulation (OLGR) and other stakeholders involved in alcohol policy matters.

The OLGR is consulting on its regulatory priorities and has already met with industry. These forums are an opportunity for the OLGR to hear from members of the medical profession, regarding the effect of the lock-out laws, and other measures that will help to reduce alcohol-related harm, and a key opportunity to influence government policy, receive insights on other stakeholder views and updates on regulatory plans.

If you are interested in representing RACP at these meetings please send a completed Expression of Interest form and your CV to racpconsult@racp.edu.au

Applications close: Friday, 25 November 2016. 

EOI: Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Clinical Genetics – closes 30 November

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Clinical Genetics is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Clinical Genetics Fellows to join the ATC as an appointed member. 

There is currently one vacancy. The ATC oversees Advanced Training in Clinical Genetics.
The ATC meets 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 Chula Murray via email at ClinicalGenetics@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form. EOIs are due by COB Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

EOI: PCHD Stream Lead Fellow - closes 5 December 2016

Expressions of interest are sought from interested PCHD Fellows to nominate for the Paediatrics & Child Health Stream Lead Fellow for the RACP Congress 2018.

The 2018 Congress is the largest annual multi-disciplinary internal medicine event in Australasia. This premier event is expected to attract more than 1,100 physicians from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. 

The stream Lead Fellow is a member of the Congress Organising Committee (COC) and in this capacity will work with College staff to implement the agreed Congress themes, a ‘Shared Interests’ focus and multi-delivery format as contained in the Congress Guidelines. In this capacity the Stream Lead Fellow will: 

  • link all content to the purpose, goals and key themes of Congress and coordinate all content within their Congress stream. COC proactively encourages registration and related attendance at key sessions 
  • collaborate with the COC and other Stream Leads (from other Division, Faculties, key College Bodies) to optimise the ‘Shared Interest’ Congress model 
  • work with the Lead Fellow (i.e. Chair of COC) to link the Congress themes across all streams and identify ‘drawcard’ speakers of global significance, cutting edge topics and innovative delivery formats to optimise each session
  • work with the COC Representatives for Education and Policy & Advocacy to develop the broader Congress program and contribute to streams led by these representatives
  • the COC meets fortnightly from 3pm – 4pm (Sydney time). The COC requests some email discussion in between that is often around suggestion and opinion of speakers and sessions.
The stream lead may establish a small working group that will contribute to the paediatric component of Congress. Generally the working group meets every two weeks for one hour.

The successful candidate will be invited to participate in the Congress 2018 Planning Forum Thursday, 24 November 2016 in Sydney. This forum will identify themes, topics and potential speakers in alignment with the needs of Fellows and trainees, the shared interest Congress Model and the long term strategic direction of the College. 

To express your interest, please submit your EOI with a supporting statement of up to 300 words outlining how your qualifications, experience and interests will contribute, and your current CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Monday, 5 December 2016. The PCHD Council or Executive Committee will appoint the role.

EOI: Policy Revision Working Group Special Consideration for Assessment Policy, closes 9 December 2016.

The College Education Committee (CEC) is seeking to appoint Members (Fellows and trainees) to join its Development Working Group on the Special Consideration for Assessment Policy revision through an expression of interest (EOI) process.

This policy defines the requirements and processes for dealing with requests for special consideration in relation to centrally administered assessments undertaken by RACP trainees (Divisions, Faculties and Chapters in Australia and New Zealand). 

The policy applies to all summative assessments (written and clinical) conducted by the RACP and the trainees undertaking these assessments. 

Special consideration issues covered by the policy are: 
  • permanent and/or chronic impairment or disability which affect performance
  • temporary impairments, including acute illness or injury, compassionate grounds and other
  • serious disruptive events
  • religious grounds
  • cultural or other circumstance
  • technical problems during the assessment
  • financial hardship. 

The key responsibilities of the Working Group are to:

  • consider findings of the policy evaluation phase
  • draft a policy based upon the evaluation findings
  • develop implementation and communications plans
  • develop supporting resources for the policy and process.
Interested Fellows and trainees must complete and submit the attached EOI form with a CV. It should include a supporting statement outlining how their knowledge, qualifications, experience and how their interest in policy development will contribute to the objectives of this Working Group. 

The EOI form and CV must be emailed to EducationPolicy@racp.edu.au  by Friday, 9 December 2016.

Successful applicants must be available to attend two full day face-to-face meetings in Sydney. The first meeting has been scheduled to take place in March 2017. 

For further information, please contact Leah Brumer at EducationPolicy@racp.edu.au or +61 2 9256 5471.

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.

Developments in whole of system change in National Health System (NHS) Scotland and NHS Wales: breakfast seminar with Sir Harry Burns and Dr Ruth Hussey, 30 November 2016, Sydney 

The RACP is hosting a breakfast seminar, featuring presentations by eminent public health speakers Dr Ruth Hussey and Sir Henry (‘Harry’) Burns. 

Dr Hussey retired earlier this year as the Chief Medical Officer of Wales, where she provided independent professional advice to the First Minister and the Welsh Government about healthcare. 

Sir Harry Burns is the Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, having been the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland from September 2005 until April 2014. 

Both Dr Hussey and Sir Harry have a strong focus on the need to address health inequalities, drawing from both the Scottish and Welsh experiences.

Venue: Fairley Room, Level 9, RACP Sydney Office, 52 Phillip Street, Sydney 
Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Time: 7.30am start for 9am finish
Cost: Free 
Registration: To register email afphm@racp.edu.au by Tuesday, 22 November 2016. 

National consultations sessions on the draft of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan 

The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Principal Committee invite interested stakeholders to partake in the national stakeholder consultation process that will inform the development of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan (the Fifth Plan).  

The Fifth Plan will seek to establish a national approach for collaborative government effort over the next five years, with a focus on achieving a better integrated service system for consumers and carers. 

Face-to-face workshops are currently being held across all States and Territories during November and December 2016: 
  • Sydney – Tuesday, 22 November 2016
  • Melbourne – Wednesday, 23 November 2016
  • Perth – Friday, 25 November 2016
  • Hobart – Wednesday, 30 November 2016
  • Canberra – Friday, 2 December 2016.

The workshops will be complemented by local consultation events convened by some States and Territories to consider issues specific to jurisdictions. 

The RACP’s Policy & Advocacy Unit will also coordinate a RACP-wide written submission to the draft plan. 

If you have a contribution to make to this submission, email it to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by Wednesday, 23 November 2016. 

The International Association for Adolescent Health 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health, 27-29 October 2017

Venue: Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, New Delhi, India
Date: Friday, 27 – Sunday, 29 October 2017
For more information visit the Congress website.

Career Opportunities 


Paediatric Registrar – Advanced Trainee: Department of Child and Adolescent Health, Division of Families, Mackay Base Hospital, Mackay Hospital and Health Service
Reference number: MK224670 
Closing date: Monday, 21 November 2016

Therapeutic Goods Administration Consultation on the Regulatory Framework for Advertising Therapeutic Goods

We are seeking your input into a RACP submission to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) consultation on recommendation 56 from their recent Expert Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation (the Review), that “current mechanisms for managing complaints should be disbanded and a new mechanism established consistent with best practice principles for complaint handling. In establishing the new complaints management mechanism, a single agency should be responsible to receive and manage complaints on the advertising of therapeutic products to the public”.

We are specifically seeking feedback from members on two core questions:

  1. Should the TGA take on the administration of a new, centralised advertising complaints handling process, or should an outsourced arrangement be more formally investigated, such as through calling for tenders?
  2. Do you have any additional comments about the review’s recommendations 52-58 to reform the advertising regulatory framework?

The consultation paper can be accessed on the TGA website.

We would appreciate your comments by COB Thursday, 1 December 2016. Please email your feedback to racpconsult@racp.edu.au

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