Pot-pourri newsletter 26 August 2016

President's Post

I am saddened to be starting this edition of Pot-pourri with a feature story on the latest revelations of child abuse – this time coming from the Nauru detention centre. The Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch report into conditions on Nauru as well as leaked reports as highlighted by The Guardian yet again show that children and young people are suffering horrible abuse, physically and mentally, in immigration detention. We continue to speak out against this situation and we continue to say ‘bring them here’ so that we can properly care for our young patients.

Planning for RACP Congress 2017: Bringing Specialists Together. Sharing Knowledge. Building Skills is underway and it is great news that Dr Nicki Murdock, immediate-past President has again taken up the helm to coordinate the delivery of the paediatric component.

RACP Congress 2017 is an opportunity for you to:

  • learn about medical breakthroughs
  • be part of the conversation on big issues like obesity, disability, and end of life matters 
  • attend high energy, cross-disciplinary think tanks
  • network with global thinkers and health care leaders and socialise with peers.

Block out 8 to 10 May 2017 in your diary now and register your interest at www.racpcongress.com.au.

I encourage new Fellows of the Division to submit an Expression of Interest for the new RACP New Fellows Committee. This is an opportunity to contribute to discussion and action on supporting Fellows transitioning from training into Fellowship. 

Dr Sarah Dalton
PCHD President

Ending the abuse of children on Nauru: We must be better than this

We didn’t need more evidence of the terrible harms of detention, but we received it last Wednesday [10 August]. Yet again the Australian public was confronted with thousands of examples of the daily trauma of life in the Nauru detention centre - incidents of child abuse, assault, sexual abuse and self-harm.

The revelations in the incident reports leaked to The Guardian are horrifying, shocking, but not surprising. Not to the hundreds of doctors and other healthcare workers who have seen the evidence of the harms of immigration detention over and over again. Not to those of us who have repeatedly voiced our concerns about the extreme risk to physical and mental health posed by conditions in the Nauru detention centre.

“Bring them here.” The popular social media catchcry that all asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island be brought to Australia is an echo of what my College, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), has been saying for years.

Why? Because immigration detention harms the health of every single person there – adult and child – in both the short and long term.

In two and a half years, there were seven reports of sexual assault and 59 reports of physical assault against children in the Nauru centre. Threats of sexual violence and incidents of self-harm are even more common. The RACP understands from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that the Nauru centre sees rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among the highest recorded in medical literature anywhere in the world.

My fellow paediatricians and other brave health professionals – risking jail time for speaking out on the impact of detention on the health of their patients – are once again asking the question: when will our warnings be heeded?

Paediatricians, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses – we all speak from an evidence-based perspective. Yes, this is a highly emotive issue in a politically charged environment, but for us it is clear: children are suffering unspeakable abuse and harm in immigration detention, right now. Quite possibly, they will suffer the physical and mental health effects for the rest of their lives.

We have repeatedly warned that the conditions for children in the Nauru detention centre pose devastating health risks and we have offered the solution: bring them here. In Australia paediatricians can properly treat our young patients, we can discharge them from hospital knowing we will see them again, and we can fulfil our legal and ethical requirements to ensure we are not sending these children back into harm’s way.

The offshore detention of children prevents us from doing these things. The system that we have created in Australia will not allow paediatricians to fulfil our most basic function; to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of children. Paediatricians from across Australia have been contacting me to say we must do all in our power to ensure an end to this abuse of children.

This last fortnight has been a shameful one for Australia. First, the abuse of adolescents at the Don Dale detention centre in the Northern Territory, then the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch report into conditions on Nauru, and now these latest revelations. It is hard not to see a pattern: as a country, we are failing the most vulnerable people in our care.

Are we really the kind of society that turns away when we hear of young children being hurt, assaulted and abused? Have we learned nothing from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse?

Or are we the kind of society that cares about these issues only when they make headlines and we can no longer pretend they don’t exist? There is now a second Royal Commission underway into how Australia treats its children.

How many Royal Commissions do we need before we finally say, “Enough”? We don’t need any more reports or horrifying news headlines to tell us what we already know.  Children are being harmed, abused and traumatised, and it must stop. Now! We are better than this. We must be.

Dr Sarah Dalton
RACP Paediatrics & Child Health Division President

EVOLVE Survey

I strongly encourage you to fill out the EVOLVE survey which will be instrumental in identifying the top ​five low value interventions in General Paediatrics. 

The survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes, can be found here

Your input will be used to finalise our EVOLVE list. Add your thoughts to make sure our list is representative of your views and expertise. 

If you’d like to read more information before answering you can do so ​here.

EVOLVE is a College wide program designed to drive safer, higher quality patient care through the identification and reduction of low-value medical practices and interventions. 

‘Low-value’ practices can be defined as practices (e.g. tests, procedures or interventions) which are overused, inappropriate, of limited effectiveness, and in extreme cases, potentially harmful. 

The result of this work will be the development of a ​top five ‘low value’ practices list for each specialty. The RACP will publish and widely disseminate the recommendations provided by specialties to promote discussion between colleagues and patients.

Many thanks to those of you who have already taken time to fill out the survey and have contributed to this work. 

If you have any further questions or comments please email me via paed@racp.edu.au

Please complete the survey by Thursday, 1 September 2016.

Dr Sarah Dalton
PCHD President 

2017 Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Program Requirements now available

The PREP program requirements have been updated for 2017.

The 2017 PREP Program Requirements are available on the relevant Basic Training and Advanced Training specialty pages*. The updated 2017 Program Requirements Handbooks will be available later in 2016. 

Basic Training and Advanced Training education committees regularly evaluate and revise the training requirements for their programs to ensure that they are in line with educational best practice. 

This review is conducted every two years (previously annually). Accordingly, the 2017 Program Requirements will apply to all trainees in 2017 and 2018.

It is the responsibility of the trainee to ensure that they are following the correct guidelines for each training year. PREP trainees, and their supervisors, should familiarise themselves with the 2017 PREP program requirements for their specialty. 

*Note: Some Advanced Training specialties have 2017 PREP program requirements that are yet to be finalised. The changes for these specialties will be low impact changes and/or changes that will be implemented in 2018. The PREP program requirements for these specialties will be available on the Advanced Training Program specialty page as soon as they are finalised.

Be aware of false medical conference marketing

The College would like to caution members to be aware of online scams promoting medical conferences that do not in fact exist.

We have recently been alerted by one Fellow who signed up and paid for a conference in 2016 however when he and other participants turned up there was no event.  

The conference organiser’s website and brochures appeared legitimate and advertised an event on `Neurorehabilitation’ in Brisbane run by Conference Series LLC, based in Culver City, California. It featured international speakers and included references to an organising committee. Upfront payment was requested in US dollars.

When the Fellow contacted two members of the organising committee, they confirmed that they had no involvement with this and were not aware that they were being used to advertise this. One of these doctors is also a Fellow of the College. 

We would advise members to use healthy scepticism when evaluating conference offerings, particularly those being marketed internationally. 

If you are uncertain about a conference offering, let Fellowship Relations know at communications@racp.edu.au

 

National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing – 5th annual meeting

I was fortunate to represent The Royal Australasian College of Physicians at the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing meeting held on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 in Sydney. The National Coalition comprises over 170 non-government organisations and researchers, including the RACP, who are committed to improving child safety and wellbeing in Australia. 

Since 2007 the main focus for the National Coalition has been the National Framework for Protecting Children 2009-2020

The main focus of the meeting was the implementation of the National Framework's Third Action Plan (2015-18) – “Driving change: Intervening Early”. The plan calls for stronger emphasis by all governments and NGOs to prevent and intervene early in child abuse and neglect. There is a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. 

The meeting participants heard from a number of experts on the Key Strategies of the Third Action plan including:

  • early intervention with focus on the first 1000 days of a child’s life 
  • ​helping young people in out-of-home care to thrive in adulthood 
  • ​organisations responding better to children and young people to keep them safe.​

These discussions are all the more topical following the shocking abuse footage of young people in custody in the Northern Territory. The meeting heard the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island panel members about the impact of the NT events on their community and invited participants to share ideas and strategies to prevent such events happening in future.

Karen Flanagan from Save the Children presented on the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children: what it means for Australia. Australia is a signatory to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.2 – “End violence against children” and is expected to take action to implement this SDG.

Professor Bridget Daniel, from University of Stirling, presented on the Scottish initiative “Getting it Right for Every Child” and shared her insights into what has worked in Scotland to keep children safe.

Meeting delegates participated in the “World Cafe” sharing their ideas for future actions in the implementation of the Third Action Plan.  

Federal Assistant Minister of Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Zed Seselja, spoke at the meeting outlining the Commonwealth government’s commitment to the implementation of the Third Action Plan and announced funding support for a number of initiatives to support key strategies.
  
Dr Dimitra Tzioumi
RACP representative​

Language used in Down syndrome pre-natal screening

Down Syndrome Tasmania has advised the RACP of its recent anti-discrimination complaint regarding language used to describe pre-natal screening, specifically the use of ‘risk’ to describe the probability of a Down syndrome diagnosis. 

The Tasmanian Anti‐Discrimination Commissioner found that this language is a possible breach of the Anti‐Discrimination Act 1998. 

The RACP will engage with Down Syndrome Tasmania and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) on this issue. 

RANZCOG has recently undertaken a review of their documentation, replacing words such as 'risk' and 'abnormality' with ‘chance/probability/likelihood/condition’.

Members may find the resources on the websites below useful in communicating a diagnosis of Down Syndrome to parents and to provide up to date information as well as links to support groups.
Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network
Down Syndrome Australia

Chapter of Community Child Health involved in child health on a global level

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), through the Chapter of Community Child Health of the Paediatric & Child Health Division (PCHD) is a member of the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP). ISSOP promotes and disseminates information on Social Paediatrics, advocates on behalf of children and young people and, stimulates research/evidence based health care.

Through the Chapters membership Australian and New Zealand community child health practitioners have the opportunity to engage with their international peers and contribute globally to the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Membership of ISSOP assists the development of global statements and research on matters such as the impact of austerity on child health and wellbeing, the extent and effects of breastfeeding and child health and, the extent and effects of social inequalities in child health. 

ISSOP holds an annual meeting which will be held in Chile, South America, from 31 August to 2 September this year. Attendees will receive updates on child health matters from around the world with particular focus on health inequity.
 

National guidelines for on-screen display of clinical medicines information

The National guidelines for on-screen display of clinical medicines information has been released. The guidelines were developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, with significant support from the National eHealth Transition Authority and the Australian Government Department of Health. 

The guidelines are intended for those developing, assessing, procuring and implementing electronic medication records and information systems for medication management and electronic prescribing, and can be accessed on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website.

Specialist Training Program announcement

The RACP is pleased to advise that the Department of Health (the Department) has approved an extension of the Specialist Training Program (STP) and the Tasmanian Project, to include the 2017 academic year.

This means that the allocation of training posts and funding arrangements that applied in 2016 will remain as is, until the end of 2017.

The RACP has advocated strongly with the Department for the continuation of the programs. The Department has performed a review of the programs to determine their future after 2016. The outcome will be released later this year.

We will continue to keep you updated on the future of the STP and Tasmanian Project.

For further queries, please contact the RACP STP Unit at STP@racp.edu.au or on on +61 2 9256 5476.

Expression of Interest

EOI: Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) sub-committee closes 31 August

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) is seeking to appoint up to six Fellows (from Specialist Medical Colleges), to a sub-committee to oversee the strategic management and delivery of the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) program through an expression of interest process.

The Commonwealth Department of Health and the CPMC have signed a three year funding agreement to provide new funding for rural specialists to undertake CPD and upskilling. As part of the transitional arrangements for the Rural Health in Continuing Education (RHCE) Stream One program, the SRSA program will build upon the existing infrastructure and services, to grow and modernise the program to reflect new ways of delivering Continuing Professional Development.

The key responsibilities of the sub-committee are to:

  • provide strategic guidance for the program
  • oversee the functioning, expenditure and outcomes of the SRSA Program Management Unit (PMU) and projects
  • ensure the efficient and effective use of project resources with the objective of achieving valuable CPD and multidisciplinary team-based training (MDT) outcomes for rural specialists
  • provide advice to the PMU regarding the education, training and CPD needs of rural specialists
  • assist in the application and operation of the program model
  • confirm project planning for the program
  • develop and monitor the application for funding guidelines
  • establish and maintain an Assessment Panel
  • oversee financial management to ensure efficient and effective use of funds
  • oversee program management to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the overall program.

Please visit the Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program website for more information including instructions on how to apply.


EOI: Content Development Working Group – Diagnostic Error Qstream Course closes 1 September

The Supporting Physicians’ Professionalism and Performance (SPPP) team is seeking to appoint up to six Fellows and Advanced Trainees to form a Content Development Working Group for the Diagnostic Error Qstream course. 

The College collaborated with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission in early 2016 to develop a Diagnostic Error course. The aim of the course was to reduce morbidity and mortality by improving clinician awareness of risks associated with diagnostic error.

Following the course success, the College is now looking to form a Content Development Working Group to further develop the complexity of the course content for the physician audience. Key responsibilities of the Working Group include:

  • a four hour face-to-face workshop to learn more about the Qstream platform, review the existing course content and delegate writing tasks to refine/rewrite the case studies (meeting location TBC)
  • investigating different approaches to presenting the course questions to maximise the value of the content.

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 CV (relevant to the project). The CV 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.

Successful applicants must be available to attend the four hour workshop in late October/early November (date to be confirmed).

Expressions of Interest close on Thursday, 1 September 2016 and an EOI form can be downloaded from the SPPP webpage. For further information, please contact Lilian Tan at sppp@racp.edu.au or +61 3 9927 7721.

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: Take part in two committees to progress policy and advocacy for Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine closes 5 September 2016

Young Adult Medicine, closes 5 September 2016A 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 of year teleconference. 

Submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Monday, 5 September. Please contact Asha Mears with any queries on +61 2 8076 6327.

Note:

  • 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 & young adults health. 
     

EOI: Basic Training Lecture Series Project Planning Group closes 9 September

The RACP is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows and trainees for a Basic Training Lecture Series Project Planning Group.

The Planning Group will:

  • provide feedback on the proposed education and business model for the Basic Training Lecture Series Project
  • provide advice on: 
    • scope of a proposed business case 
    • high level transitional arrangements for the current Physician Education Program lecture series 
  • assist in planning a Reference Group meeting with a broader group of members representative of Basic Training
  • provide advice on consultation activities
  • provide a report based on peer review feedback from consultation activites, to be submitted to the Board for review
  • act as champions for the project.

Members will be required to attend two planning teleconferences and two face-to-face meetings in September and November, in Sydney. All travel and accommodation will be covered by the RACP.

We are seeking broad representation from

  • all states and jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand 
  • a balance of rural and metropolitan expertise
  • expertise in Adult and Internal Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health 
  • trainees
  • RACP office bearers and experienced supervisors, leaders of medical education

Expressions of Interest along with CVs must be submitted by 5pm, Friday, 9 September 2016 to learning@racp.edu.au. Please also refer  to the Planning Group’s Terms of Reference (112KB PDF).

If you have any further questions regarding the establishment of the Planning Group, please contact Suchi Tanikella on +61 2 9256 9643.

 

EOI: Chief Investigators for Collaborative NHMRC Research Study on Patient Centred Care and Patient Health Literacy closes 9 September

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 focussing 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.

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 6pm Friday, 9 September 2016.


EOI: New Fellows Working Group closes 12 September 2016

An opportunity has arisen for members of the College Trainees’ Committee, Divisions and Faculties to become a member of the New Fellows Working Group. 
The New Fellows Working Group has recently been approved by the Board and reports to the Fellowship Committee.  It will work closely with all College bodies to determine opportunities to support Fellows transitioning from training into Fellowship. 

Successful candidates will work with other members to consider what supports are necessary to meet this challenge. They will assist new Fellows in their transition from training to clinical practice as well as assist with the development and delivery of resources and/or events targeted at new Fellows.

Members of the Working Group will be appointed by the Fellowship Committee and will comprise: 
  • two members appointed by the Fellowship Committee
  • two trainees nominated by the College Trainees’ Committee
  • two Fellows who are within five years of obtaining Fellowship of the College.

The Working Group seeks to engage a broad section of our membership and will have at least one member from:

  • New Zealand
  • the Paediatrics & Child Health Division
  • the Adult Medicine Division
  • a Faculty.
The New Fellows Working Group will meet at least three times per year. A maximum of one of these meetings will be face-to-face, if required..

Expressions of interest are currently open. Before making an application please refer to the Terms of Reference. 

Expressions of interest are now being accepted. Please email Fellowship.Committee@racp.edu.au for Terms of Reference and Expression of Interest forms.

EOI: NSW Health Scopes of Clinical Practice Specialty Working Groups ​closes 16 September 2016 

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) is seeking Expressions of Interest from NSW-based PCHD Fellows for representation on a number of specialty working groups being formed by the NSW Health State Scope of Clinical Practice Unit (SSCPU).

The SSCPU is developing model Scopes of Clinical Practice (SoCP) for each medical and dental specialty in NSW Health.  NSW Health advises that these models are being developed to assist NSW Health hospital credentialing committees to “define an individual’s SoCP in reference to the role delineation of a NSW Health facility in which they work”. More background information on this project is available at the SSCPU webpage.

The generic terms of reference document for the working groups is available here.

The College has been invited to nominate up to two NSW-based representatives to each of the following working groups:
 
  • General Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Cardiology
  • Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Paediatric Medical Oncology
  • Paediatric Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

​Candidates need to be Fellows of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) and qualified in the specialty for which they seek appointment.

The SSCPU anticipates that this activity will involve the appointed individual/s attending two workshops for their specialty, with some additional work to be carried out via email. These working groups will commence in January 2017, however the SSCPU will determine workshop times and dates once the members of the working groups have been confirmed.

If you wish to nominate for appointment to your specialty’s working group, please complete the Expression of Interest form and forward this with your current CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) on Friday 16 September 2016. 


On behalf of the PCHD Council, the PCHD Executive Committee will finalise appointments through the Office of the President and CEO of the College.

Questions can be directed to the PCHD secretariat at
paed@racp.edu.au or on + 61 2 9256 5409.

EOI: Take part in two committees to progress policy and advocacy for Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, closes 5 September 2016

 

RACP Foundation Awards and Scholarships

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence 
These awards are open to all trainees in the RACP Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.  
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. These regional representatives will then present their research at RACP Congress in Melbourne, May 2017. 

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

Applications are now being accepted. For further details, including dates for abstract submission and regional competitions, ​visit the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence page.

Howard Williams Medal 2017
Fellows and trainees are invited to submit nominations for the Howard Williams Medal to acknowledge a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to Paediatrics & Child Health in Australia and/or New Zealand.   

Please visit the RACP Foundation, Paediatric & Child Health Division Awards and Prizes web​page to download the nomination form and for further details.

College Medals and Prizes


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 on 3 October.

The following awards recognise Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements. Nominations are now being accepted for:

Please visit the RACP Foundation, College and Congress prizes webpage for more information and to download the nomination forms for each award.

 

Carer Opportunities

NEW SOUTH WALES

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Paediatrics and Child Health: Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Reference Number: 1286/0816
Closing Date: Sunday, 18 September 2016

QUEENSLAND

Paediatric Registrar Gold Coast University Hospital
Please contact Dr Pita Birch DPE on +61 7 5687 3536 or Pita.Birch@health.qld.gov.au

Paediatrician: Cairns Private Hospital

Reference number: 097320
Closing date: Friday, 9 September 2016

Neonatal Fellow: Newborn Services, Starship Children’s Health
Reference number: 097857
Closing date: Friday, 16 September 2016

Consultant Paediatrician
Reference number: 3167-16
Closing date: Friday, 9 September 2016
For further information contact Sarh Boyes​ ​​at sarah.boyes@huttvalleydhb.org.nz

VIENTIANE, LAOS

Medical Educator: University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR
Reference number: AV0816LA04P
For further information please contact Dr Tim Wittick at t.wittick@gmail.com
 

Conferences and Events

2016 Tasmanian Physicians' Conference, 10 September 2016, Hobart

The RACP Tasmanian State Committee encourages all trainees, Fellows and supervisors in Tasmania to attend this one day conference. The program will include a number of informative presentations as well as research presentations for the Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence . The inaugural TC Butler and FRT Stevens Award recipients will also be announced. 

Venue: Medical Science Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Date: Saturday, 10 September 2016
Cost: A$35 per person
Registration: Register online or email tas@racp.edu.au for more information.


NSW Forum for Paediatric and Adult Internal Medicine Basic Trainees 14 September 2016, Sydney

Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: RACP Education Centre, Level 8, 52 Phillip Street
RSVP to racpnsw@racp.edu.au by Wednesday, 31 August 2016
For further details visit the RACP website.

NSW Paediatric Advanced Training Forum and one-on-one sessions, 20 September 2016, Sydney

Date: Tuesday, 20 September 2016 
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
RSVP to racpnsw@racp.edu.au by Tuesday, 6 September 2016
For further information visit the RACP website.

21st Annual Professional Development Program (PDP) for paediatricians – Practical skills in developmental-behavioural paediatrics

Dates: Friday, 7 October to Saturday, 8 October 2016
Time: 9am – 5pm Friday and 9.30am – 4.30pm Saturday
Venue: The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne
For more information and to register visit the event website.

38th Annual Australian Rheumatology Association NSW Branch Meeting

Date: Friday, 25 November to Sunday, 27 November 
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale NSW
For more details visit the website.
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