Pot-pourri newsletter 21 October 2016

Important Message:

Dear Fellows and trainees

In the last 24 hours, you may have read and heard media reports regarding amendments to the Australian Border Force Act 2015

These reports state that the ​Australian Government is backing down on laws that threatened doctors and health workers with prison if they spoke out about conditions in offshore detention centres. 

Many of you will know we have campaigned extensively on this issue in the past.

While at first glance these amendments appear to be a step in a positive direction, unfortunately the legislation is unclear.  

To date the Australian Government has only made limited public comment to clarify this issue. 

As the situation continues to evolve, we would therefore counsel all Fellows and trainees not to assume that media reports are entirely accurate. The College will update all Fellows and trainees as our understanding of the situation improves.

Dr Catherine Yelland
RACP President

President's ​Post

I’d like to begin this edition of Pot-pourri by thanking Professor Paul Colditz for acting as President while I took leave. I would also like to congratulate the Paediatric Policy and Advocacy Committee on the successful release of the Position Statement on The Role of Paediatricians in Mental Health Care of Children and Young People. I’d specifically like to thank Dr Chris Pearson, Dr Jacqueline Small and all working group members for their hard work and dedication to publishing this work during National Mental Health week. You can read more about this statement below in this edition’s feature story. I’d also encourage you to share the article with your network on Twitter or Facebook

Registrations for Congress 2017 have just opened. Visit the Congress Website  to find out about VIP and Early Bird offers. RACP Congress 2017, Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills has a new ‘shared interests’ focus to deliver unique and collaborative conversations on the big issues that count. Join the conversation with the hashtag #RACP17 and let us know what you think​.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to remind you that Australian National Children’s Week begins on Saturday, 22 October. National Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood and is overseen by the Children's Week Council of Australia. This National Children’s Week I’d like to ask all of you to reflect on three important issues unfolding around the world right now and consider what we can do as Paediatricians to address them.

Firstly, after more damning reports released recently from the UN and Amnesty International, as well as disturbing footage on ABC 4Corners, we must continue to speak out against the situation unfolding on Nauru. The Australian Government must close the camps and bring children and young people here for treatment. I again echo my comments from August: Children are being harmed, abused and traumatised, and it must stop. Now.

Secondly, the International Pediatric Association (IPA) and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN) have written an open letter to the Lancet calling for the United Nations Secretary General to protect children of war. The College recently lent its support to this campaign and as such I encourage you to share this campaign with your followers on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ProtectChildrenOfWar

Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to the release of a revised booklet on the science and benefits of vaccination, written by the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Academy of Science. This booklet comes at a time when there is rising anti-vaccination sentiment and reminds all of us that, in the words of the Australian Health Minister, Susan Ley , this is not something we can take a backwards step from. Vaccines save lives. It is fitting that this report has come out before International World Polio Day, which is a timely reminder of the role effective intervention can play on a global health issue. 

Dr Sarah Dalton
PCHD President

RACP links chronic physical health problems and poor mental health in young people

A troubling link has been highlighted between chronic physical illnesses, like asthma or diabetes, and an increased risk of developing mental health problems in children and young people in a statement issued by ​The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

In light of this, ​the RACP is calling on the health sector to come together and develop more efficient, integrated and responsive models of care for children and young people with developmental, behavioural or mental health problems.

The RACP Paediatrics & Child Health Division President Dr Sarah Dalton said she has grave concerns that only a minority of children and young people are getting the care they need. 

“The most common mental health condition we see as paediatricians in Australia are young patients presenting with ADHD. Some studies have suggested that as much as 30 per cent of our work comes from this alone.

“With an increasing number of children and young people showing signs of mental health problems, and a limited number of clinicians specifically-trained to help them, we’re worried that young people could be falling through the cracks. 

“We see firsthand that mental health issues can emerge in part due to an underlying chronic physical illness and that early contact with health professionals can make a huge difference.  

 “If left unaddressed poor mental health can have devastating flow on effects including suicide, trouble functioning at home or in school, and difficulty forming friendships which can lead to a range of serious health complications later in life,” said Dr Dalton.   

To tackle this serious issue the RACP is calling on the health sector to come together and develop more efficient, integrated and responsive models of care for children and young people with developmental, behavioural or mental health problems.  

Crucial to this process is recognising the pivotal role paediatricians play in delivering clinical care to children and young people with mental health problems.

“We want to engage more with our professional colleagues in other disciplines as well as community organisations, state and federal governments and most importantly individuals and families of those who have been or are being affected by mental health issues, so that we can get the best outcome for our patients,” said Dr Dalton.
Read ​The role of paediatricians in the provision of mental health services to children and young people position statement

Annual Member Engagement Survey – Have your Say

Over the next two weeks you have a once-a-year chance to provide valuable feedback about how well your College is doing and where it can improve.

The Member Engagement Survey (MES) is a Board agreed initiative with the aim of assessing where the College is doing well and where the College needs to improve.

In 2015, the inaugural longitudinal study of MES was undertaken so that the College could begin to track year on year changes in satisfaction. The study was designed to provide insights into perceptions, engagement, relevance, value, connection and interaction with the College.

The focus of the survey is on measuring member satisfaction in the following key areas: 

  • level of involvement with the College
  • communication
  • website
  • events and services
  • policy and advocacy
  • representation
  • continuing professional development.
Look out for an email from Woolcott Research containing the survey link. All members are invited to participate in the survey which takes seven to eight minutes to complete.

Responses will be kept confidential and results are aggregated to identify general trends in member satisfaction.  

The survey closes Monday, 31 October 2016. 

For more information email Member Services at memberservices@racp.edu.au  

Registrations now open for the new ‘shared interests’ RACP Congress 2017

Registrations and abstract submissions are now open for RACP Congress 2017. 

Feedback from Fellows has told us what you want from your flagship event and we have listened. Being held in Melbourne from 8 to 10 May, Congress 2017 promises to deliver unique and collaborative conversations on the big issues that count, provide specialist and cross-disciplinary clinical insights, showcase cutting edge examples of ‘best practice’ and deliver highly relevant, professional development and skills building workshops.

RACP Congress 2017, Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills is your opportunity to: 
  • learn about medical breakthroughs
  • hear the latest clinical updates
  • join the conversations on the ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all physicians; obesity, disability, ageing and end-of-life issues
  • attend high energy, cross-disciplinary think tanks
  • network with global thinkers and healthcare leaders, socialise with peers and forge new professional ties.
The Division, Faculty and Chapter Presidents and the Congress Organising Committee (COC) are requesting papers addressing the specific topics which will be covered in the shared interest program. Topics include; obesity, disability, cognitive bias, regenerative therapy, medicinal cannabis, consumer centred care and ethics. Abstract submission guidelines and the online submission site are available on the Congress website www.racpcongress.com.au

Congress is a valuable learning opportunity and participation counts towards your annual CPD requirements.

For more information and to register visit the Congress website www.racpcongress.com.au 

Important ​changes to RACP ​exams ​take ​effect ​soon

As examination registration dates near, it is important that you are aware of changes to exam policies that will impact all trainee.

The Progression Through Training and Flexible Training Policies were reviewed in 2015 through a member-led policy revision process. As a result, a number of changes will apply from 1 January 2017 in Australia. For all New Zealand trainee, these changes will apply to the 2017 year which commences 12 December 2016 for Registrars and 27 November 2016 for House Officers.

The changes include: 

  • a reduction in the number of Divisional Written and Clinical Examination attempts, from five attempts to three attempts per examination. Transitional arrangements for the Divisional Examination will support the introduction of the changes without disadvantaging current ​​Basic ​​Trainees
  • new trainee from 2017 (for all New Zealand trainee this is from 12 December 2016 for Registrars and 27 November 2016 for House Officers), must now complete 36 months of Basic Training (BT), including examination attempts, within eight years. There will be a five year time limit between completing BT and commencing Advanced Training.
These changes aim to support timely progression through training while maintaining flexible training options for all trainees.

Further information on these polices and the transitional arrangements, including the full policy document and At a Glance document can be found on the RACP website or by contacting the RACP at PREP_BT@racp.edu.au (Australia) or basic.training@racp.org.nz (New Zealand).

New Advanced Training Program: Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

From 2017 the newly developed Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Advanced Training program will be open to trainees. The program is to be completed as a part of dual training with another Divisional training program or as Post-Fellowship training.

For New Zealand trainees, applications for Advanced Training for the 2017 training year will open in September 2016 with a closing date of 31 October 2016.

For Australian trainees, applications for Advanced Training for the 2017 training year will open in December 2016 with a closing date of 15 February 2017.

For more information on the new program, please visit the Advanced Training in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine webpage.

Basic Training Curricula Renewal – last chance to have your say

The RACP is seeking your feedback on its revised curriculum standards for Adult Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health.

The new curricula have been designed to make competency-based training and progression, practical in the workplace, replacing tick-box training requirements with real-life work tasks. The curricula consist of three main parts – standards, teaching and learning, and assessment.

In the same way our clinical practice needs to evolve in response to developments in our understanding of health and illness, so too does our physician education and training. This includes the way teaching, learning and assessment are designed and delivered.

The Basic Training curricula will be further developed over the next few years, led by the dedicated group of 36 Fellows and seven trainees who make up the Basic Training Curriculum Review Working Groups.

The Working Groups would like your feedback on the proposed curricula. Until Friday, 28 October 2016 you can have your say via a series of questions on our webpage.

For more information on the Basic Training Curricula Renewal, phone +61 2 8076 6390 or email: curriculum@racp.edu.au

Doctors urged to march against treatment of asylum seekers and refugees

We have been asked to let you know about a march to be held in Sydney on 5 November.

Dr David Berger, District Medical Officer in Emergency Medicine, Broome, WA, has notified us of the event. It aims to draw attention to the detention of children, the mandatory and indefinite detention of asylum seekers who arrive by boat, the standards of medical care in detention facilities, and the measures which may be taken about disclosure by those connected with detention centres. 

We remind Fellows of the College ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Position Statement’ published in May 2015.

Reforms to the Medical Services Advisory Committee process

The Department of Health has recently written to the RACP to advise of the implementation of reform of the process supporting the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). These changes are aimed at enhancing consultation with key stakeholders and improving transparency. 

The most recent MSAC Reform process began in mid-2014 and has led to changes to the MSAC process including: 
  • the introduction of a Process Framework which governs how applications are categorised for MSAC
  • an ​enhanced ​application form and ​technical guidelines
  • targeted public consultation
  • clearer timelines
  • a PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome) question
  • critiques of assessment reports
  • Application Progression Record (APR)
  • exit points
Details for the new MSAC Reform process are available on the new MSAC website, including a MSAC Reform Key Differences Table.

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (GCAD) at the University of Western Australia UWA in 2017 opened Thursday, 22 September 2016. 

The GCAD is the first course of its kind and provides graduates trained in psychology, speech pathology, paediatrics, or psychiatry with the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The course is run in an online format supplemented by workshops. As part of the course, participants will obtain detailed training on how to conduct diagnostic ASD assessments, and will receive qualification to use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). 

Please visit the website for more information. 

Please contact Emma Miller (emma.miller@uwa.edu.au) if you would like more information. 

Register today: RACP Telehealth Workshop

A telehealth workshop will be held at RACP Melbourne on Wednesday, 2 November 2016.

Telehealth can reduce barriers commonly experienced by patients in accessing specialist care such as time, travel and cost. While telehealth is not designed to replace initial face-to-face consultations, it can be used to enhance and simplify ongoing specialist services to patients whose access might otherwise be limited.

At this workshop find out about: 
  • what telehealth is
  • what telehealth is used for
  • guidelines and processes for telehealth
  • doctor and patient experiences using telehealth
  • setting up telehealth services and funding.

Victorian Telehealth Workshop, 2 November 2016, Melbourne

Venue: RACP Victoria, Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, or via videoconference.
Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Registration: To register email racpvic@racp.edu.au

Find out more about the program and presenters

Attendance at this event qualifies for CPD credits under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (one credit per hour up to the cap of 50 credits).

Let us know your thoughts as a doctor on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance

Researchers at the University of Sydney invite doctors practising in Australia to participate in a survey on antibiotic use and resistance. The aim of the survey is to explore practitioners’ attitudes towards antibiotic use and resistance, education and resource needs. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Take part for a chance to win an iPad.

Responses are anonymous and confidential. Your views are important to us. 

For more information, email Dale Dominey-Howes at dale.dominey-howes@sydney.edu.au or call +61 2 9351 6641.

Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Guiding Principles for Telehealth Consultations in Rehabilitation Medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Guiding Principles for Telehealth Consultations in Rehabilitation Medicine is now available online.

This document is aimed primarily at rehabilitation medicine physicians who are interested in or are already undertaking consultations via videoconference. It will also be of interest to other clinicians and staff supporting patients and physicians during telehealth consultations. The guiding principles outlined in this document provide general guidance to safely undertake telehealth consultations in rehabilitation medicine including guidance for ‘unsupported’ telehealth consultations. This information is applicable to all settings and is not country-specific.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare – Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) has released the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard, and the associated clinician fact sheets. These have been developed by the ACSQHC in partnership with the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand and in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, researchers and health organisations to provide a national approach to improving the assessment and management of patients with a hip fracture to optimise patient outcomes and reduce the risk of another fracture. 

The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Standard, clinician and consumer fact sheets, and indicator specifications are available at www.safetyandquality.gov.au/ccs 

Revalidation consultation open until 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 and to remain fit to practise medicine. The Board has adopted the term ‘revalidation’ for this process.

The 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 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 Board’s website: www.medicalboard.gov.au

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Read the latest articles including:

  • Infant and toddler drowning in Australia: Patterns, risk factors and prevention recommendations
  • Pathogen and antimicrobial resistance profi les of culture-proven neonatal sepsis in Southwest China, 1990–2014
  • Parent and teacher perceptions of emerging special health care needs
  • Acute encephalopathy: When febrile status more than ‘fits’
Read the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (member login required).

RACP Foundation Awards and Scholarships 

2017 Indigenous Health Scholarship for Paediatrics and Child Health

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 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

The John Sands College Medal

Fellows and trainees are invited to submit nominations for The John Sands College Medal to recognise a Fellow who has made a significant contribution to the welfare of the College in Australia or New Zealand.

Nominees who meet the criteria but are not deemed the recipient of The John Sands College Medal will be considered for the College Medal in recognition of their outstanding service to the welfare of the College.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: The John Sands College Medal

RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or New Zealand.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

RACP International Medal

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a member who has provided outstanding service in developing countries.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP International Medal

RACP Mentor of the Year

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or has provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP Mentor of the Year

RACP Trainee of the Year

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to the RACP, the community and/or trainee activities during 2016 and earlier.

Nominations close Monday, 31 October 2016

Visit the link for more details: RACP Trainee of the Year 

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Content Development Working Group – End-of-Life Care Qstream Course, closes 28 October 2016 

The Learning Support Unit (LSU) is seeking to appoint a group of six Fellows and Advanced Trainees to form a Content Development Working Group for the End-of-Life Care Qstream course. 

The course will be comprised of 10 case studies focused on end-of-life care. The case studies aim to open up discussions amongst Fellows, resulting in a change of practise around end-of-life care.

The role of the Content Development Working Group is to develop the course content for the physician audience. Key responsibilities of the Working Group include: 

  • attending a face-to-face workshop to learn more about the Qstream platform, and establish the topics and content of the cases and delegate writing tasks (meeting location TBC)
  • finalising case development via teleconferences and emails following the face-to-face workshop.
Finalising the course content may span over eight weeks via teleconferences and emails following the face-to-face meeting.

Interested Fellows and Advanced Trainees must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form and a copy of their CV. You should include a brief supporting statement outlining how your qualifications, experience and interest in educational content development will contribute to the objectives of this Working Group.

Appointed members will be eligible for CPD credits.

The face-to-face meeting date will depend on availability, but will ideally take place in late November/December.

Expressions of Interest close on Friday, 28 October 2016. 

To request an EOI form, or for further information, please contact Rebecca Lewis: Rebecca.Lewis@racp.edu.au or +61 2 8247 6239. 

About Qstream
Qstream is a novel, evidence-based, online delivery methodology in which short case scenarios accompanied by multiple choice or short answer questions, are emailed to participants over a period of time. 

Learning is reinforced over time. Qstream has been demonstrated to significantly improve knowledge retention and have a positive impact on clinician behaviour.

EOI: Paediatric Evolve Masterclass: Opportunity to attend, closes 31 October 2016

Evolve is an initiative being led by physicians and the College to drive high quality care for our patients in Australia and New Zealand.

The vital importance of Evolve to the work of paediatricians will be explored in a Masterclass to be held in Sydney on 25th November. Hosted by Dr Norman Swan, the Masterclass is an opportunity for current and future leaders across the range of paediatric specialties to share their knowledge and experiences in reducing low-value care, and to work together to develop strategies to help translate the Evolve recommendations into everyday clinical practice.

In addition to the PCHD Council members and Presidents of the Paediatric Specialty Societies, the College is able to support a small number of PCHD members to attend this invitation-only Masterclass.

If you have a special interest in this topic and feel you could contribute to the discussions and ongoing work of Evolve, send in your Expression of Interest to attend.  Applications close COB Monday, 31 October.

EOI: Migrant Women’s Health Initiative Working Group, closes 31 October 2016

Would you like to represent the College on a new Migrant Women’s Health Initiative?  This initiative is being established with funding from the Australian Government and administered under the auspices of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). 

The Initiative aims to develop resources and strategies to address barriers to accessing care for migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Working Group will bring together representatives from medical colleges, nursing and midwifery organisations, multicultural community groups, service providers and government; providing a unique collaborative opportunity to improve access and health outcomes for migrant and refugee women.

If you are interested please return your completed Expression of Interest form to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by close of business on Monday, 31 October 2016.

EOI: Obesity Working Party, closes 31 October 2016

Expressions of Interest are sought from Fellows and trainees interested in becoming a member of the Obesity Working Party for a 12-month term. 

Due to the continuing commitment of New Zealand Fellows and the significance of obesity as an issue in both New Zealand and Australia, the Board have approved the establishment of an Obesity Working Party. 

The purpose of this Working Party is to prioritise and coordinate RACP activity on the issue of obesity.

The Working Party will report to the New Zealand Committee and maintain a strong connection with the College Policy & Advocacy Committee. 

The Obesity Working Party will also identify areas where New Zealand and Australia can work together as well as bring on board a consumer perspective.

The Working Party's first task will be to finalise the draft RACP position statement on the prevention and management of obesity for consultation.
Download the Obesity Working Party Terms of Reference (PDF 78KB) and Obesity Working Party Expression of Interest Application Form (doc 380KB).

Please send completed EOI forms to policy@racp.org.nz.

Applications close: Monday, 31 October 2016.

EOI: PCHD Stream Lead Fellow, closes 7 November 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 COB Monday, 7 November 2016. The PCHD Council or Executive Committee will appoint the role.

EOI: Seeking new members for the RACP’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee, closes 14 November 

Are you interested in the health and equity for Australia’s First Peoples? Then apply to be on the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC). The Committee is currently seeking new members with expertise and understanding in the area, who are passionate about making improvements through engagement and reform.

ATSIHC has been particularly successful over the last 18 months in advocating for improved access to specialist care to be included in the government’s implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. Driving this priority forward, through developing and advocating for a national framework to improve the consistent availability, quality and cultural safety of appropriate specialist care, is ATSIHC key focus.

In addition, ATSIHC is also leading and contributing to other College priorities, including working for a culturally safe health system that understands and recognises the strengths, needs and diversity of First Australians; and working to support the growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander physician workforce.

The College is about to embark on the development of a new Indigenous Strategic Framework to articulate the College’s strong commitment to and clear goals for our contribution to delivering equitable health access and health outcomes, and equitable opportunity for medical specialist training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Māori in New Zealand.  The Strategic Framework will outline the strategies and initiatives that are needed to deliver on these goals, and its development will be guided by ATSIHC and the College’s Māori Health Committee.

Interested RACP members are asked to complete the Expression of Interest form and email, along with your CV as relevant to this position, to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by COB Monday, 14 November 2016.

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.

Paediatric Neurology Update in the Paediatric, 16 November 2016, Sydney

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Venue: Lorimar Dodd Lecture Theatre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
For further information contact the organising secretariat at Fiona.​Trill@health.nsw.gov.au 

The 9th Biennial Scientific Meeting of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Endocrine Society (APPES) & the 50th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE), 17 to 20 November 2016, Japan

Dates: Thursday, 17 to Sunday, 20 November 2016
Venue: Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Contact email: appes-jspe2016@c-linkage.co.jp
Website: www.appes-jspe2016.jp

2016 RACP Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting, 26 November 2016, Darwin and via videoconference to Alice Springs

The Northern Territory (NT) Committee is pleased to present their Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) for 2016. Following on from a successful event in 2015, this year’s ASM focuses on two major themes of ‘Access’ and ‘Patient Centred Care’.   This event provides an opportunity for physicians and ​trainees to gather for presentations of recent research and updates in areas most relevant to physicians working in the Northern Territory.

The ASM has attracted high calibre guest speakers and the event organisers are delighted to announce the attendance of the RACP President Dr Catherine Yelland, Adult Medicine Division President, Associate Professor Grant Phelps and Paediatrics & Child Health Division, President-Elect, Professor Paul Colditz.

The program will also feature the NT regional presentations for the Gerry Murphy Prize and the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence.  

Venue: Waterfront Theatre, Charles Darwin University, and videoconference at the Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs
Date: Saturday, 26 November 2016
For more information and to register, see the 2016 RACP NT ASM website.

Retinopathy of Prematurity Symposium, 26 November 2016, Perth

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2016
Venue: Bayliss Building, The University of Western Australia, Crawley Campus, Perth
For Registration and more information visit the event website or contact Dr Sam Athikarisamy at sam.athikarisamy@health.wa.gov.au.

Neonatal Ultrasound Course ‘Why, how and when an ultrasound image?’, 15 to 18 March 2017, Florence, Italy

Date: Wednesday, 15 to Saturday, 18 March 2017
Venue: Palazzo Ricasoli Polihotels, Via delle Mantellate, 2 - Florence, Italy
For more information visit the event website.
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