Pot-pourri newsletter 5 May 2017

We are only a few days away from Congress, the organising committee has put together an excellent program and I’m looking forward to attending as many sessions as possible. To start things off I hope to see you at the PCHD Dinner on Sunday, 7 May. 

An important function of Congress is a forum for information sharing, feedback and collaboration. With that in mind, I welcome your attendance at the PCHD Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Lunch will be served outside the room before the meeting commences. The PCHD Annual Meeting agenda and papers are available to download. I encourage you to read the papers beforehand and come prepared with any questions.

A reminder that Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM, recipient of the Howard Williams Medal for 2017, will give her oration, A journey in search of child health: from Dien Bien Phu to Fitzroy Crossing and Christmas Island, on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 (9.10am to 9.50am).

Congratulations to the Chapter of Community Child Health Committee who have put together an engaging Chapter Satellite Day for Sunday, 7 May. Attendee numbers are the highest in a number of years and I wish them all the best for a successful day.

You may remember in my last post I noted the RACP submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications Inquiry into harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet. The subsequent Senate report recommendations closely aligned with the RACP submission. The Commonwealth Government recently released its response to this report which detailed support for all recommendations. A great result for all involved.

May is a busy month for Paediatrics, not only due to Congress but also the Clinical Examinations for Paediatrics & Child Health. The Clinical Examinations will run from 19 May to 28 May 2017 in Australia and 25 May to 28 May 2017 in New Zealand. Thank you to the Examiners, the Organising Registrars at each site and all hospitals and their staff involved in this important College activity. I wish all trainees sitting the Clinical Examination across both countries the very best.

Finally, there are a number of important recognition days coming up in May that I know many paediatricians will be involved in. National Reconciliation Week, 27 May to 3 June, a significant week in our national calendar to reflect and commemorate reconciliation milestones. Food Allergy Week, 14 to 20 May, aims to raise awareness of food allergy including potentially fatal food allergies. National Families Week, 15 to 21 May, celebrates the vital role that families play in Australian society.

See you at Congress. You can follow the event on ​Twitter #RACP17

Dr Sarah Dalton
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

Annual meeting of the Chapter of Community Child Health

The Chapter of Community Child Health Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, 8 May 2017, 10.30am to 11am in Room 110 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Chapter Chair, Dr Chris Pearson, invites all members to attend. The agenda is available to download.

Survey – Creation of a Spina Bifida Special Interest Group

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is considering a request to establish a Spina Bifida Special Interest Group (SIG). The purpose of the SIG would be to improve the care and quality of life of individuals living with spina bifida by connecting health professionals across Australia and New Zealand with a common interest in supporting individuals and their families with spina bifida. 

Complete this short survey to assist in understanding member interest in joining a Spina Bifida SIG.

Follow RACP Congress with #RACP17

RACP Congress begins on Monday. Follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #RACP17 to see the thoughts and discussions coming from the event, and join the conversation.

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Hear about managing autism in the ED on the RACP Pomegranate podcast

In this episode Pomegranate hear about the difficulties children with autism have when confronted with the hyperstimulated environment of the ED, the toll this can take on these children’s carers and ways medical specialists can interact with these patients to calm the situation.

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RACP Obesity Working Party discussion document - consultation open

The RACP Obesity Working Party has launched a discussion document for consultation with the wider RACP membership.

The consultation closes Wednesday, 7 June 2017.

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RACP NSW event: Medicinal cannabis in NSW – legislation and research

Hosted by the RACP NSW/ACT Committee, presenters at this seminar will speak on the current legislation around medicinal cannabis in New South Wales. The medicinal cannabis research underway in New South Wales will also be discussed.

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RACP Foundation fellowships and grants now open

If you’ve ever considered research, want to further your research career, or need assistance for further training, presenting at or attending workshops several RACP Research and Study Grants are now open for applications.

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Represent your profession on the Advisory Committee for the College Policy and Advocacy Council (CPAC)

Do you want to be a force for change when it comes to health policy? Are you interested in advocating for patients’ interests? Apply to become a member of the Advisory Committee for CPAC. 

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Expressions of interest

You can now check the Expressions of Interest page at any time, to find out if there are any opportunities that are of benefit to you.

Exploring multidisciplinary information sharing in Australia - Survey

Contribute to a study of inter-professional attitudes towards exchanging information, and whether they are different when information regards child protection and well-being.

This study is being conducted by Ms Amelia Hawkins, toward the completion of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program. It is supervised by Professor Lynne Harris, Head of School, Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. The study hopes to discover how professional groups approach information exchange, and how professionals apply policy into practice,

The project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Navitas Professional Institute (Approval Number: 296030117).

To participate refer to the further information that includes an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Contact InfoExchangeResearch@gmail.com with any questions.

Career opportunities

New South Wales

Community Paediatrician: Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, Broken Hill

Western Australia

Part-time Paediatrician (up to 0.6 FTE) with an interest in child development: private practice in Mount Lawley, Perth
Opportunity exists to receive specialist training in multi-disciplinary assessment of FASD in addition to managing a general developmental caseload. 

Contact: Dr Amanda Wilkins at walcottcdc@iinet.net.au or +61 8 9272 4560 / +61 404 295 304

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