Pot-pourri newsletter 23 September 2016

Presidents Message

It is my pleasure to write this month’s President Post; I am acting as Division President whilst Dr Sarah Dalton takes leave.

There is exciting news for those interested in training in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. You will soon be able to apply to undertake a dual training course in this field with the course scheduled to begin in February 2017. Well done to all involved and best wishes in finalising all that is needed to get this off the ground. Both the Division Education Committee and the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Committee updates provide information about this. An update is also provided for the Division Research Committee.

Nominations for the Howard Williams Medal close Monday, 3 October. Consider ​nominating a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to paediatrics and child health in Australian and New Zealand. The Medal is awarded at the RACP Congress 2017. 

On that front, Dr Nicki Murdock is now joined by Dr Jolene Fraser as co-Stream Lead for the paediatric component of Melbourne based RACP Congress 2017: Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills. Dr Fraser brings local knowledge and experience. 8 to 10 May 2017 will come around before you know it so put these dates in your diary!

A research vignette from my desk this week (thanks to Dr Julie McEniery): OECD data shows Australia is 6th from the top of a league table for life expectancy, 8th for wealth (GDPpC) but 17th for infant mortality (NZ 27th). There’s work to be done!  Data at Health at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators

Finally, I encourage you to consider applying to one of the Technical Advisory Groups of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association. This is an opportunity to take part in improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in our local region. 

Professor Paul Colditz
Acting PCHD President

Feature story: PCHD involved in child health on a global level

“It was very nice to be in the crowd this time,” A/Prof Moloney said over the phone, “the last time The International Congress of Pediatrics was held we [the Division] were co-hosts in Melbourne and I was President. 

“This time in Vancouver I was sitting with Professor Elizabeth Elliott, who was the conference scientific chair in Melbourne, and we were both having flashbacks.” 

The International Congress of Pediatrics is the key annual scientific meeting of the International Pediatric Association (IPA), featuring world leading experts from around the world including: UNICEF, WHO, The Lancet, and many others. 

“I would recommend to all Paediatricians to attend international conferences like these, because they really broaden your horizons. 

“It really hammers home how very lucky we are here in Australia to have such great health services, such talented people around us, and world class facilities,” said A/Prof Moloney. 

This year’s program featured topics such as the management of asthma, eating disorders in older children and adolescents, nutrition, immunology for the paediatrician, refugee health and the care of children and adolescents with medical complexities as well as the health issues globally that effect children such as war, communicable and non-communicable disease and immunisation.  As a result the IPA has written an open letter to the Lancet for the Secretary General of the UN asking for urgent assistance for children in war. #ProtectChildrenOfWar (read more about this campaign here).

The next International Congress of Pediatrics will be held in Panama in 2019 followed by Glasgow in 2021. Due to their amazing success they will then be held every two years rather than every three years.  

Whilst in Canada A/Prof Moloney represented the PCHD President, Dr Sarah Dalton at the IPA Council of Delegates meeting o​n 20 August. The Delegates voted on the next President​-elect of the IPA, voting in Dr Errol Alden, as well as endorsing a new vision and mission for the IPA . They also voted in new members to the IPA ​Standing Committee ensuring geographical contribution to global paediatric matters 

A/Prof Moloney also attended the 37th Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA) Business Meeting on behalf of the PCHD President​. ​The delegates at this meeting were thrilled with the opportunity provided by the new RACP Paediatrics International Grant – Asia Pacific Region (Developing Countries). 

The Grant is in the field or topic of medical education or research in paediatrics and requires a sponsor ​who is a Fellow of the Paediatrics ​& Child Health Division. 

Also coming out of this meeting was a call for assistance to contribute on child and adolescent health issues in the Asia-Pacific region. 

One of the ways you can do this is through membership of an APPA Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) which you can read more about in the EOI section of this bulletin.
APPA members have worked hard to improve communication via a new website and Facebook page but they still need your help. 

In addition to the fantastic speakers and topics covered there was also a chance to socialise and make new friends as well as catch up with ​previous ​connections sa​id A/Prof Moloney. 

Last Chance! Nominate a colleague for the Howard Williams Medal

Nominations for the Howard Williams Medal close Monday, 3 October 2016.

The Howard Williams Medal is a prestigious award bestowed annually by the Paediatrics & Child Health Division of the RACP.  

The Medal acknowledges a Fellow (in exceptional circumstances a person not connected with the College can be considered) who has made an outstanding contribution to paediatrics and child health in Australia or New Zealand in the area of education and teaching, research, professional service/leadership, policy and advocacy, or contribution to disadvantaged groups. 

The Medal will be awarded at RACP Congress 2017.

Recipients are strongly encouraged to give an oration at RACP Congress. Nominations, including a statement of support that addresses the key selection criteria and the nominee’s CV close Monday, 3 October 2016. 

Find out more about the Howard Williams Medal and the nomination process

PRC: supporting new developments in research training at the RACP

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division Research Committee (PRC) met in March and September with a focus on strategy as we move towards 2017. The ‘RACP Health and Medical Research Strategic Plan 2014-18’, a plan of the College Research Committee was reviewed which led to discussion of Paediatric research goals for 2017 which are currently being finalised.  Notably we continue to support work undertaken by the College, such as the basic training curriculum review, to ensure that trainees standard of research is high. 

Please be aware that there is a newly developed RACP Research Projects eLearning resource. This online resource is a self-directed resource covering the process of conducting RACP research projects. The resource includes interviews with six trainees, exploring their journey completing one of the acceptable types of RACP research projects: Research in human subjects, populations and communities or laboratory research​, ​audit​, and ​systematic review.

There are links within the RACP Research Projects resource to the Australian Paediatric Research Network research resources and the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit Surveillance systematic literature review resource that you will find useful.

The research awards for the Division were reviewed. As a reminder we provide an Indigenous Health Scholarship for Paediatrics & Child Health; Paediatrics Grant – Asia Pacific Region (Developing Countries); and RACP PCHD NHMRC Award for Excellence. The Rue Wright Memorial Award (of the Chapter of Community Child Health) and the Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics & Child Health are contested at the RACP Congress – keep an eye out for the call for abstracts for 2017 Congress in the coming months.

Most recently the RACP Paediatrics Grant – Asia Pacific Region (Developing Countries) was noted at the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association business meeting with delegates very pleased with the opportunity that this will provide. I encourage you to take a look and consider being a Sponsor.

A communique for the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Research Committee is now available. Please contact me via paed@racp.edu.au for research matters.

Prof Paul Colditz
Chair, PRC

AYAMC: exciting news!

The Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee (AYAMC), a joint committee of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division and the Adult Medicine Committee, met in March and August. 

The Committee is very pleased that the Advanced Training Program in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine will commence in early 2017. A number of sites are already accredited with more to come. You will hear more about this as we draw nearer to applications opening in December. Please direct your queries to adolescentMed@racp.edu.au

Meanwhile a position statement on Adolescents and Young Adults is out for consultation. This College statement will be an important platform from which the College may advocate for the health and wellbeing of young people; aged 10 to 24 years. 

I took up the reigns as Chair of the Committee following the retirement of Dr Andrew Kennedy. Many thanks to Andrew who ensured that young people’s health and wellbeing is an important element of the College. I am also thankful that I am supported by a wonderful mix of ongoing members and new members, following the term change-over in May.

There is a great opportunity available for a Fellow of the PCHD to become the Paediatrics Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) Representative on the AYAMC. The person undertaking this important role will be a conduit for dialog between both Committees as the representative also sits on the PPAC. Refer to the EOI in this e​Bulletin.

A communique for the Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee is now available. It is a very exciting time for the Committee. I encourage you to contact me via paed@racp.edu.au for matters pertaining to adolescent and young adults.

Dr Rod McClymont
Chair, AYAMC

PDEC: supporting high quality education

Most recently the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee (PDEC) met in July and August, including a joint session with the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee (AMDEC).

Following the education governance review reporting mechanisms from the Advanced Training Committees (ATCs) to PDEC are being embedded as well as Terms of Reference of a number of PDEC sub-committees being considered for review. This is an important part of continual improvement to the provision of high quality education.

Both the PDEC and the Adult Medicine Division Education Committee (AMDEC) recognise the importance of both paediatricians and adult medicine physicians having exposure to the particular issues that affect adolescents and young adults.  

As such please be reminded that there is an excellent RACP resource available: the Working with Young People eLearning module.

In addition, any person interested in undertaking an Advanced Training Program in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM), via a dual training pathway, is encouraged to contact adolescentMed@racp.edu.au.

A communique for the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee is now available. If you have any questions, please contact pdec@racp.edu.au

A/Prof Paul Fullerton
Chair, PDEC

Children of War: International Campaign

The International Pediatric Association (IPA) and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN) have written an open letter to Lancet calling for the United Nations Secretary General to protect children of war. 

A recent report from the UN Secretary General paints a bleak picture of systematic abuse and violation of every existing regulation for the protection and safeguarding of children and families across a wide range of countries that are experiencing acute and long-standing conflict. Children continue to be affected disproportionately by widespread conflict and, given their vulnerability, often bear much more long-term consequences than adults.

What can and should be done? [IPA and ISPCAN] express our strongest condemnation of the failure of warring factions globally to protect the rights of women and children. Twenty years following the landmark commission on children in conflict led by Graca Machel the atrocities being committed against children continue unabated. This must stop.

The IPA has started a campaign #ProtectChildrenOfWar. You may send your individual support to via mail to adminoffice@ipa-world.org and/or tweet your support using #ProtectChildrenOfWar

World Mental Health Day and National Mental Health Week 2016

Mental Health Week is held nationally in Australia 9 to 15 October and this purposefully coincides with World Mental Health Day, 10 October. The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery.

There are a number of activities around Australia that you can check out via the Australian Governments Mental Health Commission site.

The RACP Support Program is a professional and confidential counselling service, available to all RACP Fellows and trainees, 24 hours, seven days per week.

The program provides members with access to confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues. You can arrange to speak directly with an ​independent consultant face-to-face, over the phone or via the internet. To make an appointment, or to speak with a RACP Support Program consultant, call 1300 687 327 (Aust) or 0800 666 367 (NZ).

Join a free RACP Telehealth Workshop

Two free telehealth workshops will be held in October and November in New South Wales and Victoria for RACP members.

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 these workshops 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.
Workshop details:

NSW/ACT Telehealth Workshop, 25 October, Sydney

Venue: RACP, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Registration: To register email racpnsw@racp.edu.au

Find out more about the program and presenters.

Victorian Telehealth Workshop, 2 November, Melbourne

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

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

Find out more about the program and presenters.

College Indigenous Health Scholarship 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 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

Australian Guide for the diagnosis of FASD

Three resources are now available to support clinicians to make Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnosis:


This follows a review earlier this year by the FASD Diagnostic Instrument Trial and Implementation Expert Review Panel, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The resources meet national standardised diagnostic criteria and have also been harmonised with Canadian FASD diagnosis guidelines released at the end of 2015, thus providing the foundation to improve the rates of diagnoses of FASD in Australia.

The Review Panel determined to accept the overarching diagnostic term of ‘FASD’ and the diagnostic subcategories relating to the presence or absence of the three sentinel facial features:
  • FASD with three sentinel facial features (similar to the previous diagnostic category of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome)
  • FASD with less than three sentinel facial features (which encompasses the previous diagnostic categories of Partial Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Neurodevelopmental Disorder-Alcohol Exposed)
The resources promote timeliness and consistency in diagnosis and help estimate the prevalence of FASD in Australia. This in turn will improve the evidence base for prevention, diagnosis, management and advocacy for improved services and supports. 

For further information please contact the project leaders:

Professor Carol Bower carol.bower@telethonkids.org.au
Professor Elizabeth Elliott elizabeth.elliott@health.nsw.gov.au

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Position Statement – Consultation 

The Adolescent and Young Adult Committee are seeking feedback on their draft position statement on Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the unique healthcare needs of this population. 

To receive a copy of the draft document and to provide feedback, please email RACPConsult@racp.edu.au. Please provide feedback by Monday, 10 October 2016. 

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Positions open on Advisory Committees for the new Australian Digital Health Agency, closes 28 September 2016 

If you are interested in advising on and supporting the digital transformation of Australian healthcare, the government’s newly established Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) is calling for people to be on their Board Advisory Committees and help shape the Agency’s focus and work. 

The Committees cover the areas of:

  • Clinical and Technical
  • Consumer
  • Privacy and Security
  • Audit and Risk
  • Digital Health Safety and Quality Governance

The Committees will meet ​six to ​eight times per year and appointments will be for terms of two or up to ​three years.

To apply, please email AdvisoryCommitteeSecretariat@digitalhealth.gov.au by 5pm  AEST Wednesday, 28 September, stating the Committee you are interested in joining, providing a maximum one page overview of the contribution you could bring to the Committee, and enclosing your CV.

For more information see www.digitalhealth.gov.au

EOI: The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Nominations, closes 30 September 2016

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) is seeking nominations for: 

  • at least three clinical pharmacologists  
  • at least three medical specialists with expertise in rheumatology, cardiology, oncology or respiratory medicine.

These nominations are for a standby list for representatives to fill unexpected or pending vacancies on PBAC. PBAC members currently receive an annual salary of $A41,780, which includes preparation time for each three day meeting. All travel, accommodation and meal costs are also provided for attendance at meetings.

The RACP will collate nominations received and forward them to PBAC for their consideration. Please note, members will not be representing the RACP on these committees but will be serving in an individual capacity. 

If you are interested in the above positions, please send a copy of your CV (no longer than two pages) to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by Friday, 30 September 2016.

EOI: Chief Investigators for Collaborative NHMRC Research Study on Patient Centred Care and Patient Health Literacy, closes 30 September 2016

The RACP is seeking nominations from Australian based Fellows to be considered as Chief Investigators for a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research study focusing on patient centred care and literacy.

The study will be a longitudinal project conducted over a three-year period, undertaken in collaboration with the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH). The IRCCH is an international network of over eighty expert cross-disciplinary researchers in the field and has its base at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

The aim of the study is to improve the way the health system and health professionals communicate with and support chronic disease patients. Over time patients would learn the health literacy skills they need to participate actively in shared decision-making and effective self-management of their condition. 

It is expected that nominees would regularly treat chronic disease patients, have a significant track record in research, and be able to demonstrate leadership qualities. 

It would be an advantage if nominees specialised in one or more of the areas targeted in the national health priorities, including:

  • cancer control 
  • cardiovascular health 
  • injury prevention and control 
  • mental health 
  • diabetes mellitus 
  • asthma 
  • arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions 
  • obesity 
  • dementia.

Other specialty areas may also be considered, subject to research expertise.

What does the role of Chief Investigator involve?
The Chief Investigators are responsible for providing expert advice and direction to the project team at regular video/teleconference meetings, providing access to research sites and the recruitment of patients for the study. Chief Investigators may also be asked to write or review written project materials including journal articles for publication. 

Interested researchers may also nominate to join the project as Associate Investigators. Associate Investigators  will provide specific research expertise, support the project as champions and assist in identifying research sites.

It is anticipated that research sites will be based in Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales and as a result it is preferable that Associate Investigators be based in hospital and community sites within these states. 
How do I register my interest?
To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), please send a copy of your curriculum vitae and a brief statement outlining how your knowledge, qualifications and experience will contribute to the NHMRC Collaborative Project to: RACP Research Officer, Rebecca Paton at evaluation@racp.edu.au. All EOIs must be received by Friday, 30 September 2016.

EOI: Chapter of Community Child Health Committee, closes 4 October 2016

Expressions of interest from Chapter members are now sought for the following:

  • three appointed Fellows, resident in Australia
  • one co-opted New Zealand Trainee

The Chapter of Community Child Health Committee is the peak decision making body of the Chapter that includes the domains of child protection, child behaviour and development and child population health. The Chapter fosters the development and accreditation of relevant training programs for doctors in community child health, supports continuing professional development, supports research and special professional interests of doctors working in community child health, and advises the PCHD and College on matters pertaining to community child health.

The Committee meets face-to-face, at the College, twice a year in February/March and September/October as well as a mid-year and end of year teleconference. The term will commence in October 2016 and run until May 2018.

In addition to the three regular appointed members of the Chapter Committee, the Chapter is seeking to add a trainee representative from New Zealand, to encourage greater interaction with this important community group.

The position description and Chapter By-laws, are available on the Chapter webpage. Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Tuesday, 4 October 2016. 

EOI: APPA Technical Advisory Groups, closes 4 October 2016 

Would you like to participate in children and young people’s health and wellbeing in the Asia Pacific region? Why not nominate to be part of a Technical Advisory Group of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association. 

The Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA) Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) enable the discussion and development of ideas, programs and projects on specific areas of interest that will improve the care of every child. The TAGs serve in a consulting capacity to the APPA Executive Committee and the Advisory Board of the APPA by making recommendations for programs, policy statements, and other pertinent matters.

APPA is looking for members to join its TAGs to work on important child health issues including:
  • immunization ​advocacy and training
  • non ​communicable ​diseases
  • early ​child development
  • children’s ​environmental health
  • newborn and ​child survival, ​birth defects
  • research in ​child health and training in pediatric subspecialty
  • nutrition
  • adolescent health
  • children with ​special needs

​The term of appointment will be until August 2018. Please refer to the APPA Administrative Guidelines for Technical Advisory Groups for further information.

Interested? Submit an Expression of Interest of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Tuesday, 4 October 2016.
The Division Council will review Expressions of Interest and submit up to two nominations per TAG to APPA for their consideration. 

EOI: Take part in two committees to progress policy and advocacy for Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, closes 4 October 2016

A fantastic opportunity has become available to be part of important discussions on policy and advocacy matters related to the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young adults. 

One Fellow of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) is sought to be a conduit for dialog between the PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee as well as the Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee:
  • The term is scheduled to commence in October 2016 and run to May 2018. The successful applicant will be eligible to apply for up to two further terms.
  • Each Committee meets (individually) face-to-face, at the College in Sydney, twice yearly around February/March and September/October as well as a mid-year and end​-ofyear teleconference. 
Submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Tuesday, 4 October. Please contact Asha Mears with any queries on +61 2 8076 6327.

  • The PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) gives and receives advice on policy and advocacy issues in paediatrics, children’s and young people’s health to the Council of the PCHD and the College Policy & Advocacy Committee. The Committee actively develops, coordinates, implements, and monitors the policy and advocacy interests and activities of the Division. 
  • The Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee (AYAMC) is a joint committee of the Adult Medicine Division and the Paediatrics & Child Health Division made up of Fellows and trainees who explore ways to further support the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people. Most notably the Committee is supporting the development of a related training pathway as well as an RACP position statement on adolescent ​and young adult health. 

EOI: Statutory advisory committee and specialist advisor vacancies, closes 4 October 2016

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to become members on one or more of our statutory advisory committees or act as specialist expert advisors on specific topics. 

As a committee member or expert advisor you will contribute significantly towards the TGA’s regulatory functions by providing independent expert advice on specific technical matters relating to the regulation of medicines, devices, cell and tissue products and other substances.

As part of the TGA’s approach to promoting these vacancies, we have contacted relevant professional associations, academic institutions, industry bodies and other key stakeholder groups to facilitate appropriate reach and diversity. 

We encourage you to spread the word to colleagues that may also be interested. 

Further details can be found on our website and enquiries can be made by email to committee.vacancies@tga.gov.au or by contacting Dr Kaylene Raynes on ​+61 2 6232 8334.

Please note that the closing date for applications is 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

EOI: Cancer Australia Intercollegiate Advisory Group, closes 5 October 2016 

Applications are invited from Fellows of the College who are interested in representing the College on Cancer Australia’s Intercollegiate Advisory Group (ICAG).

The ICAG is a Strategic Advisory Group that supports Cancer Australia to demonstrate national leadership in cancer control by working to reduce variations in cancer outcomes, ensuring that all Australians receive appropriate cancer treatment and care; and ensuring that health providers and health professionals are guided by and act on the best available evidence to achieve effective cancer care. 

Further information is available in the attached Terms of Reference and Administrative Guidelines.

If you are interested in being nominated please send your completed EOI application form and CV to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by COB Wednesday, 5 October 2016. 

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact racpconsult@racp.edu.au.  

EOI: Exercise is Medicine Australia’s National Advisory Council, closes 5 October 2016 

Applications are invited from Fellows of the College who are interested in representing the College on Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Australia’s National Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council oversees the EIM Strategy which aims to increase the confidence and capacity of Australia’s healthcare providers to appropriately counsel and/or refer patients based on their physical activity, exercise and health needs. 

The Advisory Council will bring together representatives from key sectors, groups and organisations with a vested interest in promoting the EIM message and to support health care providers to initiate physical activity conversations, recommend basic exercise interventions and promote appropriate referral pathways.

Further information is available in the attached Terms of Reference and EIM's Strategic Plan.

If you are interested in being nominated please send your completed EOI application form and CV to racpconsult@racp.edu.au by COB Wednesday, 5 October 2016. 

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact racpconsult@racp.edu.au

EOI: RACP Congress Lead Fellow and Lead Fellow-elect, closes 10 October 2016

Expressions of interest are sought from interested Fellows to nominate for the RACP Congress Lead Fellow and Congress Lead Fellow-elect roles for 2018 and 2019.

The RACP Congress is the largest annual multi-disciplinary internal medicine event in Australasia. Held in May each year, this premier event is expected to attract more than 1,100 Physicians from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. We are looking for a Congress Lead Fellow and a Lead Fellow-elect to take Congress to the next level.  To enable the College to focus on a long term Congress strategy, these roles will assist the College in providing opportunities for strategic leadership in healthcare within Australasia and on a more international platform and attract more than 2000 delegates by 2020.

The Congress Lead Fellow is mandated to work with the Fellowship Committee and College staff to implement the agreed Congress themes, a ‘Shared Interests’ focus and multi-delivery format, as contained in the Congress Guidelines and other communications issued for the purpose.  The Congress Lead Fellow is Chair of the Congress Organising Committee (COC) and a member of the Fellowship Committee. The Congress Lead Fellow-elect supports the Lead Fellow to provide guidance and leadership to the COC ensuring transparency and fairness in all procedural matters.  

The Congress Lead Fellow, Lead Fellow-elect and the COC will work with key stakeholders to drive implementation of the Board’s strategic vision for a ‘Shared Interests’ Congress model including:

  • participation in the Congress Planning Forum to identify Congress themes, speakers and topics in alignment with long term strategic direction 
  • ensure collaboration, moderation and inclusion to recognise the concept of Specialists. Together 
  • ​lead the Congress Organising Committee to coordinate the development of an innovative, cohesive, scientifically robust and market responsive cross-disciplinary scientific program for Congress which is aligned with the needs of Fellows and Trainees
  • ​superior relationship management skills to work with and engage the different stakeholders in our broad organisation while also realising the vision.

EOIs are therefore sought from Fellows across all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, from Australia and New Zealand for both a Congress Lead Fellow and a Lead Fellow-elect.

Further details on the Congress Lead Fellow and Lead Fellow-elect including position descriptions and EOI forms can be gained by contacting LeadFellow.Congress@racp.edu.au

To express your interest, please submit a completed EOI form, a supporting statement of up to 300 words outlining how your qualifications, experience and interests will contribute, and your current CV to LeadFellow.Congress@racp.edu.au by COB 10 October 2016.

The Board reserves the right to approve the final recommendation. 


EOI: Director of Professional Affairs, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, closes 14 October 2016

We are inviting applications from Fellows for an important new senior position located within the Office of the President and the Chief Executive Office in Sydney. This role reports directly to the College Chief Executive Officer.

The Director of Professional Affairs will be responsible for providing professional advice on College member matters including strategies and policies as they relate to the Fellowship. They will also be responsible for acting as the professional interface with College stakeholders.

This role has a wide ranging brief, covering leadership of workforce planning, the College’s international strategy, pastoral care, coordinating the College’s respectful behaviour policy and other special projects as required.

Commencing in January 2017 (or earlier by negotiation), the position is part time (three days per week) and has two direct reports working in support.

The contract is for two years (renewable), with salary to be negotiated based on the New South Wales staff specialist rates of pay.

A copy of the position description can be found on the careers section of the RACP website.

To register your interest send your CV, including a cover letter addressing why the position is a good ‘fit’ for you, to recruitment@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 14 October 2016.  

For a confidential initial discussion, please contact Elena Avanez, Human Resources Business Partner, on +61 2 9256 5481. 

EOI: College Education Committee Member with specialist skills in education and training, closes 14 October 2016

The CEC is the College’s peak body for governance of education. It brings together educational expertise and representation from the Divisions, Faculties and, Chapters to guide strategic direction and make key high level decisions on all aspects of training and lifelong learning. 

The College is now seeking to appoint a member with specialist skills in education and training to join the CEC.  Meetings are held five times per year, three times at the College in Sydney and twice via teleconference.

Key responsibilities of the CEC are to: 

  • ensure consistent quality of education and training across all College training programs
  • consider the College’s strategic intent and ensure that it is implemented in education policy and program change
  • develop policy for all College training programs
  • monitor and evaluate all College training programs.

The successful candidate will possess the following: 

  • post-graduate qualification in medical education, adult learning or other higher education
  • experience in the elements of College programs, including curricula, assessment, teaching and learning, accreditation, and education policy 
  • experience in the development and evaluation of educational programs 
  • knowledge of the role of Specialist Medical Colleges within the Australian and New Zealand health systems.

Those interested are invited to submit an Expression of Interest form and CV, including a supporting statement outlining how their knowledge, qualifications, experience and interest in Education and Training will contribute to the objectives of the CEC. Documentation must be sent to cec@racp.edu.au by Friday, 14 October 2016.

Ideally the successful applicant will be available to attend a face-to-face meeting on Friday, 24 February 2017 in Sydney.

For further information, please refer to the CEC By-Laws or contact cec@racp.edu.au.

EOI: STP Advisory Group member position, closes 29 October 2016

The Specialist Training Program (STP) Advisory Group is seeking expressions of interest from RACP Fellows to fill a vacant member position within the Group.

It is preferred that Fellows be associated with the Adult Medicine Division, and based in NSW.
The STP Advisory Group provides advice to the RACP on the development of processes and criteria around the accreditation of and recruitment into STP sites. The Group also provides advice on support programs to enhance training networks, and policies governing STP, to ensure the achievement of outcomes as outlined in the Funding Agreement with the Department of Health.

The STP Advisory Group meets four time each year, one face-to-face meeting and three teleconference meetings.

Please refer to the STP section of the RACP website and the Terms of Reference document for further details on the STP.

To express your interest email stp@racp.edu.au by Saturday, 29 October 2016

For further enquiries please contact the STP team at: stp@racp.edu.au or ph: +61 2 9256 9665

Conferences and Events

Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference, 30 September to 3 October 2016 

Location: Hobart
Date: Friday, 30 September ​to Monday, 3 October 2016
Venue: Hobart Function and Conference Centre
For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

Family Violence Seminar, 21 October 2016

Location: Melbourne
Date: Friday, 21 October 2016
Venue: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Registration and more information is available on the event website.

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

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2016
Venue: Waterfront Theatre, Charles Darwin University, and video conference at the Centre For Remote Health, Alice Springs
Time: 9am to 5pm, followed by an optional dinner
Registration: For more information and to register go to the 2016 RACP NT ASM website.

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 President of RACP Dr Catherine Yelland, Adult Medicine Division President, Associate Professor Grant Phelps and President-Elect, Paediatrics & Child Health Division, 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.  

4th World Congress on Controversies in Pediatrics (CoPedia), 30 March to 1 April 2017

Location: Amesterdam, Netherlands
Date: Thursday, 30 March ​to Saturday, 1 April 2017
Venue: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
For more information please visit the Congress website.


New South Wales

Financial Markets for Children Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Reference number: 1344/0816
Closing date: 11.30pm Wednesday, 16 November 2016 (Sydney Time)



Staff Specialist or Senior Staff Specialist: Department of Child & Adolescent Health, Division of Family Health, Mackay Base Hospital
Newly qualified Fellows -2016 are welcome!
Reference number: MK220082  Closing Date: Monday, 17 October 2016

Paediatrician: Cairns Private Hospital


Paediatric Hospital Medical Officers/Registrars: Werribee Mercy Hospital
Reference number: WMH 404
Closing date: Monday, 3 October 2016

Consultant Paediatrician/Neonatologist: Werribee Mercy Hospital
Reference number: WMH 428
Closing date: Sunday, 16 October 2016


Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares, the national teaching hospital in Dili, Timor-Leste.

If you are: 

  • A formally qualified and registered General Medicine Physician with a FRACP (or similar qualification). 
  • Keen and experienced to teach junior medical staff.
  • Passionate about contributing to general medicine and infectious diseases in a developing context.
  • Sensitive and adaptable to cultural differences.
  • Available for deployment in September for at least 12 months.

… then we would love to hear from you!

Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) is working with key partners in Timor-Leste including the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Ministry of Health and the National University to deliver post graduate (PG) training in Surgery, Anaesthesia, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology and Family Medicine. 

An experienced and passionate General Medicine Physician is required to join the Department of Internal Medicine at HNGV. Your role has one primary aim: to establish, deliver and lead a PG Diploma in General Medicine alongside national and international Consultants. 

In addition, you will mentor and teach junior doctors enrolled in the Family Medicine Program (a two year rotational program equipping junior doctors with skills and competencies to work in community health centres in the districts). 

Clinical work forms part of the job, but is always directed towards mentoring and training the senior and junior medical staff and trainees.


You will work at the HNGV, the national teaching hospital in Dili. 

Please direct expressions of interest to: 
Dr José António Gusmão Guterres
C/O Ms Kate Moss
Acting Team Leader, RACS

RACP Foundation Awards and Scholarships 

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal is offered every five years and recognises outstanding contributions to the field of medicine. Nominations for this prestigious medal are open now and close Monday, 3 October.

Visit the link for more details: The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

Eric Susman Prize

Fellows are invited to submit nominations for the Eric Susman Prize for a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine. Nominations are being accepted and close Monday, 3 October.

Visit the link for more details: Eric Susman Prize

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence 

These awards are still open for all NSW/ACT trainees (closing date 30 September), NT trainees (closing date 28 October) and NZ trainees in the field of adult medicine (closing date 3 October), in the RACP Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.  

The regional competitions will be held to select two representatives from each region, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine. The regional representatives will then present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. 

This is an excellent opportunity to present your research to a wider audience in a professional and public setting.

For more information on these awards and details on the regional competition events go to the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence page.

Nominations are also being accepted for the following awards which recognise Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements:

Please visit the RACP Foundation, College & Congress prizes webpage to download the nomination forms and for further details about each award.

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