Pot-pourri newsletter 25 August 2017

President's post

I am pleased to announce the 2018 recipient of the Howard Williams Medal is Professor David Forbes.

Professor Forbes is well known for his long-standing broad and practical contributions, both nationally and internationally, to the health and wellbeing of children and youth. His work in major clinical, research, education and advocacy roles has demonstrated his commitment to indigenous, underprivileged and marginalised children.

Examples of his contribution include development of the Paediatric Eating Disorders Service in Western Australia, the UNICEF Australia health education programs in Lesotho, Health Frontiers education collaboration in Laos and establishing the multidisciplinary Western Australia Paediatric Refugee Health Service. Having held leadership roles in paediatric education, from undergraduate to postgraduate specialist levels, within Australia and overseas he has been a mentor to many.

Professor Forbes has also contributed significantly to the College, including previously serving as Chair of the PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee and as a member on the College Policy & Advocacy Advisory Committee. In 2012 he was awarded the John Sands College Medal, recognising his significant contribution to the welfare of the College. Through his work Professor Forbes has advocated for and increased awareness of the socioeconomic determinants of health and impacts on the wellbeing of children, adolescents and families.

I warmly congratulate Professor Forbes and I look forward to hearing his oration at the RACP Congress in May 2018.

Dr Sarah Dalton
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

Ending Violence Against Children – International Perspectives Conference

Last month, the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People hosted a conference which focussed on the theme of Safe under the Strategic Plan for Children and Young People in NSW. The Paediatrics & Child Health Division joined with members of the government and non-government sectors to discuss what could be done to end violence against children.

Violence against children is a major cause of death and disability globally, with increased risk for smoking, alcohol use, unemployment, and problems with the law. School bullying also predicts use of violence six years later. The estimated cost of violence against children is $7 trillion with one in every two children subject to violence of the two billion children in the world.

One key action is to change the community norms and values that accept violence against children. Legislation changes have been shown to be a useful way of bringing about this outcome. In Sweden, legislation against physical punishment of children contributed to 92 percent of people in community believing it was unacceptable.

International guest speakers at the event included Alex Butchart from the World Health Organisation, Sarah Stevenson from the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and Felipe Cala from the Latin America Program, Open Society Foundations.

The following resources might prove useful to support you in taking action to end violence against children:

In NSW, The Advocate for Children and Young People has released a strategic plan 2016-2019 that addresses a range of issues and actions that can make a difference. You might like to look at that, as it is very likely to be relevant for other jurisdictions as well.

INSPIRE- Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children stresses it is failures at the implementation stage which restricts communities and governments from making a difference.

End Violence Against Children –a global partnership

RACP Physical Punishment of Children Position Statement

Dr Jacqueline Small
Chair, Paediatrics & Child Health Division Policy & Advocacy Committee

Tasmanian Meningococcal W Vaccination Program for teenagers aged 15 to 19 years

A free meningococcal W vaccination program will be offered in Tasmania for older teens aged 15 to 19 years during school term three of 2017.

​Children in the Home Schooling Program and will be in Year 10, 11, or 12 (15-19 years) in 2017 they will be eligible to receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Meningococcal W disease has increased significantly across Australia in the last two years, with Tasmania having a higher rate of disease than other states. Meningococcal W disease is more severe with a higher chance of those infected dying from the disease, than other types of meningococcal disease circulating in Australia. Five cases have been reported in Tasmania so far this year.

Tasmania joins New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia in implementing a Meningococcal W Vaccination Program for older teenagers during 2017 and 2018.

Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent meningococcal disease.

Under the new program all 15-19 year old Tasmanian teenagers will be eligible to receive a free vaccine, which will provide protection against meningococcal A, C, W and Y strains.

The program will run from 1 August 2017 until 30 April 2018.

Further information about the Tasmanian Meningococcal W Program can be found on the Tasmanian Department of Health & Human Services website and will be updated regularly. Or you can call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Doctors' health and wellbeing

To improve doctors’ health the RACP is developing a strategic approach with agreed principles that can be shared with our partners across the sector. Our vision is a stronger community of doctors supported by the RACP and employers, that nurtures the health and wellbeing of doctors and their families.

Recently we have:

We will continue to keep you informed on progress in this area through our regular eBulletins.

You can also follow the RACP through our social media channels (FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn) to stay further informed about our efforts to improve doctors’ health and wellbeing.

New ‘Evolve’ recommendations to improve obstetric and paediatric care

As a part of the Evolve initiative, this month the College released a series of new recommendations to help avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful tests and procedures carried out with pregnant women and children.

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Abstract submissions open – RACP C​ongress 2018

The Division, Faculty and Chapter Presidents and the Congress Program Committee (CPC) are requesting papers addressing the specific topics scheduled into the shared interest program of RACP Congress 2018: Disruption for Health Futures. Topics include; disruptive conversations/disruptive technology, climate change, mental health, patient centred and integrated care.

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Final call for feedback on 2019–2020 PREP program requirements

The RACP is seeking feedback on its proposed PREP program requirements for 2019–2020 for all Advanced Training programs. To participate, download the draft program requirements relating to your specialty and take a short 5–10 minute survey. 
Feedback closes: Sunday, 27 August 2017. 

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Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Read the August 2017 Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health articles including:

  • Localised intravascular coagulation complicating venous malformations in children
  • Effect of iron supplementation in children with breath holding spells
  • Effectiveness of paracetamol versus ibuprofen administration in febrile children​​
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Hear about severe asthma on Pomegranate Health

Australia and New Zealand have relatively high rates of asthma by international measures, with a population rate of about one in nine. 

For years the management model has been empirical. The more serious the disease, the more the dose of controller therapy is increased. But this doesn’t work for everyone.

In this podcast, you will hear from Professor Peter Gibson FRACP and Professor Vanessa McDonald FRCNA, both from the University of Newcastle.

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Member Journey Mapping Project update

Stage Two of the Member Journey Mapping Project is nearing completion. This stage focuses on conducting qualitative research with a diverse group of members, to better understand the life of a physician, from making the decision to join the RACP, through to retirement. 

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Applications open – RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

Share your research with a wider audience at this competition exclusive to RACP trainees from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. Applications for some regions are closing soon – don't miss out.
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RACP Foundation Travel Grants ​closing soon

$70,000 in travel funding is available, spread over six awards.

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RACP Foundation awards and grants

Apply now for the Macquarie Health Corporation Gaston Bauer Work Shadow Grant.

Applications close: Monday, 28 August 2017

2018-19 Australian Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice

The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals—government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom—to apply for an opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Harkness Fellows work with leading U.S. experts to study health care delivery reforms and critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries. A rich program of seminars organised by the Fund throughout the year further enhances the fellowship experience. The Harkness Fellowship awards up to US $130,000 in support, with an additional family allowance (approximately $60,000 for partner and two children up to age 18).

The deadline for applications from Australia is Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

Northern Territory ASM – Early Bird registrations closing 31 August 2017

The program for this event is developed by Northern Territory specialists for Northern Territory specialists. The event will include presentations for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition and the AFPHM Gerry Murphy Prize.

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Cultural Responsiveness Qstream course – registrations close Friday, 1 September

As physicians, there is an ever-growing need to consider best practice when interacting with colleagues and patients of diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. 

Register now for this new RACP Online Professionalism Program course on cultural responsiveness.

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Private Practice Forum in Sydney – 23 September 2017

This forum hosted by the NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee will aim to demystify the world of private practice. There will be a number of excellent speakers addressing issues of setting up a private practice and working in a private hospital.

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Great discounts and savings on offer with Member Advantage 

By now you should have received an email with your digital Member Advantage card. Through the program you and your family can access, and have unlimited use of, discounts and savings on a range of financial and lifestyle benefits. 

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Pot-Pourri submissions welcome

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Update your details with the College

Did you know that you can now update your address details online? Simply Login to MyRACP and go to “Edit my details”.    

Career Opportunities

New South Wales

Michael Crouch Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health, Brain and Mind Centre, Sydney Medical School
Reference number: 1752/0617
Closing date: 11.30pm (AEST), Sunday, 27 August 2017

Specialist Paediatrician: Private Practice, Campbelltown
Enquiries: Tina, Ph: +61 (0) 499 183 232 or via tinasbooks@live.com.au

 View all career opportunities.

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.

View all Paediatrics and Child Health events here.

Go to the events list at any time to see what events are coming up.

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