Pot-pourri newsletter 28 July 2017

President's post

It is my pleasure to write this month’s President’s post as Acting President of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) whilst Dr Sarah Dalton takes leave.

I would like to make further mention of the advocacy workshop held with PCHD Council and specialty societies last month. The workshop was a valuable exercise to develop skills and knowledge in the area of advocacy. It included discussion on key concepts such as goal setting, framing, capitalising on trigger points, strategy development and determining the right approach for advocacy, be it behind the scenes, a public campaign or educative. I’m continually heartened by my colleagues advocating on a range of issues associated with paediatrics and child health, all equally important, and would like to encourage and thank those who undertake this work as individuals and on behalf of the College. On that note, the College recently made a further call to seal the loophole for alcohol advertising and sports.

Planning for the RACP Congress 2018 is well underway. The PCHD co-representatives on the Congress Program Committee are Dr Margaret Danchin and Dr Nicholas Wood, who are also current members of the PCHD Research Committee. Next year’s Congress will be held in Sydney from 14 to 16 May 2018. Further information will follow in the coming months as the program takes shape.

Congress is where we have heard many inspiring orations from recipients of the Howard Williams Medal and nominations for the 2018 Howard Williams Medal are now open – please see the related article below. Also open are the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence. Having attended the Queensland regional presentations in the past, I would like to highlight the exceptional standard of work from our trainee members and I look forward to hearing the selected representatives present their research work at Congress next year.

I am pleased to report that the College recently received a record number of applications for the Research Entry Scholarships – it is great to see research enjoying such resurgence. If you are interested in becoming involved in the College’s program of research grants and training awards, please see the expressions of interest for two vacancies on the Grants Advisory Committee.

You will have noted in The President’s Message (14 July) that the College is embarking on a Member Journey Mapping project which will chart the different experiences members have in interacting with the RACP throughout their career. The findings will enable the College to provide greater member value through tailored products and services. The opportunity to provide feedback is open to all members until Wednesday, 9 August 2017. I encourage members of our division to participate and have their voice heard. To do so please complete the online feedback form

Looking ahead to August I will attend a Board meeting in Perth, and the PCHD Council Executive Committee will hold two teleconferences, one for business as usual and a second later in the month to deliberate on the Howard Williams Medal nominations.

Your thoughts and feedback are welcome, please contact paed@racp.edu.au

Professor Paul Colditz
Acting President
Paediatrics & Child Health Division

Specialty society webinar pilot

Members may recall that in February, we invited the College’s 51 affiliated specialty societies to apply through a competitive application process to host one of 10 specialty society webinars series. The first of the RACP Specialty Society Webinar Service webinars were presented in May.

During the pilot the societies each develop and provide CPD content to their members via a series of five live hour-long webinars. The College provides the webinar platform, facilitates and records each webinar, and shares the recording with the broader College membership via the College website. The live webinars are available exclusively to members of the society presenting the webinar and the recordings are published on the Resources page of the RACP website two weeks later.

The general format for each webinar is a 30 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of question time, however it is very much up to each society and their speakers to determine how they will use each webinar presentation.

This pilot is a genuine partnership program between specialty societies and the College where both parties share responsibility for the delivery of the webinars. Webinar audiences are asked to complete a survey after each webinar. Feedback received so far indicates this is a highly valued activity. We are also taking feedback from speakers so that we can continually improve the experience for everyone involved.

In late June, the Paediatric Society of New Zealand conducted their first two webinars – an approach to childhood encephalitis presented by Dr Rakesh Patel and insights to children's palliative care presented by Dr Ross Drake. PSNZ will conduct their third webinar on Monday, 31 August, presented by Dr Tim Jelleyman on the topic of paediatric tube feeding.

There are currently over 20 webinar resources in total. Access specialty society webinar recordings (member login required).

Take part in the RACP’s Member Journey Mapping project

Stage one of the RACP’s Member Journey Mapping project has begun. The opportunity for members to provide feedback is open until Wednesday, 9 August 2017.

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Tell us your health and wellbeing stories

As part of our focus on member health and wellbeing it’s important we talk openly about mental health and the health impact of working in the medical profession today. We need your help to continue these conversations, in particular physicians who have overcome or are successfully living and working with health issues.

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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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Howard Williams Medal 2018 – Nominations closing soon 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Howard Williams Medal 2018.  Fellows and trainees are invited to submit nominations for the Howard Williams Medal for a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to paediatrics and child health in Australia or New Zealand.

Submissions must address the following key eligibility criteria:

  • education and teaching
  • ​research
  • professional service/leadership
  • policy and advocacy
  • contribution to disadvantaged groups.
The recipient is strongly encouraged to give an oration at Congress as it is an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues, experts and notable dignitaries.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, 7 August 2017 5pm AEST.

Please visit the Howard Williams Medal page to download the nomination form and for further details. 

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.

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Breakfast Seminar: Climate change and human health – Tracking the transition from threat to opportunity
Thursday, 17 August 2017

All RACP members are invited to this Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine event. 
Attend in person in Sydney or via video conference at your regional RACP site.

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Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

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

  • Role of upper gastrointestinal contrast studies for suspected malrotation in neonatal population
  • Dietary behaviours and the mental well-being of New Zealand adolescents
  • Use of nicotine replacement therapy in young people entering custody in New South Wales, Australia
Find out more

RACP seeks feedback on revised Special Consideration policy

We are seeking feedback from members on proposed revisions to the Special Consideration Policy. The policy guides how the RACP responds to requests from trainees for special provisions or arrangements relating to examinations and work-based assessments, and was last updated in 2009.

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RACP member seminar: Obesity
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dr Paul Kelly, Australian Capital Territory Chief Health Officer will be one of the speakers at ths event for RACP members.

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RACP Foundation Travel Grants now open

$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

Pot-Pourri submissions welcome

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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

Northern Territory 

Paediatrician: Royal Darwin Hospital  
Fixed (Temporary) - Part Time
Reference number: 72171032
Closing date: Friday, 18 August 2017 

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