Pot-pourri newsletter 6 April 2018

President's Message

The PCHD Council met for two days on Wednesday, 14 and Thursday,15 March, the first day was a joint meeting with representatives from paediatric specialty societies. The agenda included items on the Division Written Examination, Workforce and presentations on the RACP’s Data Project, the RACP International Strategy, the Model of Collaboration and Evolve. Participants contributed to constructive discussions and provided ideas which will help inform the new PCHD Council’s planning day in July. It was my last meeting with the full PCHD Council and I would like to thank the members I have worked with over the last four years for their extraordinary commitment to progressing key activities and providing advice and advocacy on important matters affecting paediatricians and the Division. Special acknowledgement to members who complete their third and final term on PCHD Council in May: Dr Garry Inglis, Dr Divyesh Mehta, Dr Hamish McCay and Dr Jacqueline Small.

I would like to draw your attention to a couple of expressions of interest currently open. Firstly, the NSW Health State Scope of Clinical Practice Unit is developing model Scopes of Clinical Practice for each medical specialty in NSW Health. The College has appointed several representatives to respective working groups and is currently seeking to nominate a Fellow to the Paediatric Emergency Medicine working group. Interested members can view further details here.

Secondly, interest is sought for a PCHD representative on the Congress Program Committee for the RACP Congress 2019 in Auckland. This is an important position for our Division and a great opportunity to become involved in shaping the paediatric stream at Congress, along with the broader Congress program. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Dr Margie Danchin and Dr Nick Wood who have done fantastic work as co-representatives for Congress 2018, lining up expert speakers to ensure an innovative and thought-provoking paediatric presence at our upcoming Congress in Sydney this May.

The RACP Congress is now just over a month away and registrations are still open for both Congress and the annual Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Sarah Dalton
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day – Registrations Open

A reminder that registrations are open for Chapter Satellite Day, to be held on Sunday, 13 May in Sydney.

A combined dinner with the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia will be held on Saturday, 12 May. Don’t miss out on this annual event. You are encouraged to view the program and register for the day and/or dinner.

​Learn more

RACP Congress 2018 – Five Weeks to Go 

RACP Congress 2018 will take place at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 16 May 2018. With only five weeks to go, register now for the pre-eminent event for all physicians in Australia and New Zealand.

The RACP Congress program will pose challenges, share the latest clinical and research updates and encourage delegates to think differently with such sessions as the PCHD session on personalised medicine in paediatrics with Professor Adam Jaffé, Dr Claus Hallwirth and Dr Michelle Farra.

For more information on the RACP Congress program and speakers visit the Congress website.

Trainees' Day 2018 - Reduced Registration Rate

RACP Trainees’ Day and Trainees Dinner is an opportunity for Basic and Advanced Trainees to network and discuss professional critical topics and training pathways. 

We are pleased to advise that due to the generous contribution from our sponsors Trainees' Day registration rate is now $50

We would like to thank our sponsors Westpac, Avant Mutual, Novartis, Professional Transcription Solutions and the NSW Government for making this reduced rate possible. 

Trainees who have already registered will be contacted and will receive a refund equivalent to the difference in the registration rates.

Register and view the program on the Congress website

Expression of Interest: PCHD Representative – RACP Congress 2019

Expressions of interest (EOIs) are sought from interested Paediatric & Child Health Division (PCHD) Fellows to nominate for the PCHD representative position on the Congress Program Committee (CPC) for RACP Congress 2019. Congress 2019 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in May.

The PCHD representative on the CPC leads the development of the paediatric stream, and works with other CPC members and College staff to implement the agreed Congress themes and develop shared interest sessions.

The PCHD representative will: 

  • coordinate all content within the paediatric stream, while linking to the purpose, goals and key themes of Congress
  • collaborate with the Chair and other CPC members to optimise the shared interest sessions and broader Congress program through identifying notable speakers, significant topics and innovative delivery formats
  • attend the CPC fortnightly planning meetings via teleconference. The CPC requests some email discussion in between teleconferences which is often ​seeking suggestions and opinions ​for speakers and sessions
  • as a CPC member proactively encourage registration for Congress. 

Please submit your EOI along with your CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 5pm on Thursday, 3 May 2018. The PCHD Council Executive will appoint the position.

Evolve posters at RACP Congress

Evolve will be at RACP Congress to share and promote effective strategies that help implement the Evolve recommendations into everyday clinical practice. To stimulate ideas, discussions and action, there is an opportunity for you to showcase your work on Evolve to your colleagues. There will be no formal Congress selection process or presentation on these posters. If you are interested in being a part of this event, please contact evolve@racp.edu.au and we would be happy to support you in developing a poster for display.

Evolve resources

The latest Evolve resources to help you implement the recommendations in your daily work are available ​on the Evolve website.  

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MyCPD Platform – Technical Issue Update 

Due to a technical issue with the MyCPD platform a small number of Fellows were unable to register their CPD credits before the due date – 31 March 2018.

Affected Fellows have been individually contacted and have been given an extension until Monday, 9 April to complete their 2017 MyCPD record.

If you have any questions the CPD team can be contacted using the following details.
Australia – MyCPD@racp.edu.au or +61 2 8247 6201
New Zealand – MyCPD@racp.org.nz or +64 4 460 8122


RACP Foundation – $10,000 Funding Opportunity

Are you planning to study overseas or start a research project in neonatology? Or have you been offered a position overseas and you need help with travel and set up costs?

Applications are open for the Eric Burnard Fellowship for 2018, which commemorates the life and work of Dr Eric Burnard – the internationally renowned Fellow who dedicated his life to the field of paediatrics.

Applications close on Monday, 28 May 2018. Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for full details of other awards. For information about the eligibility criteria or application process, please ​email RACP Foundation  or ​call +61 2 9256 9639.

Women’s Agenda – An Online Publication for Women in Medicine

Women’s Agenda is an online publication for career-minded women that’s looking to feature more women in medicine, and cover issues relevant to women pursuing careers in health. They regularly run Q&As and profiles on a wide range of different women. If you’re interested in potentially being featured, you can ​email the RACP Marketing and Communications team. You are encouraged to visit the publication website

History of Medicine Session – RACP Congress

Do you have an interest in the early days of the College? Would you like to share your research?

An opportunity exists to speak at the RACP Congress 2018 in the History of Medicine Session.

You are invited to submit a short abstract (200 words max) for consideration. We look forward to hearing from our historians.

We invite you to submit your abstracts to Library.Heritage.Committee@racp.edu.au by Sunday, 22 April 2018.

Professional Development Webinar – Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network is pleased to offer the following free professional development webinar for mental health practitioners:

Recognising and managing oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

Date:   Monday, 30 April 2018
Time:   7.15pm to 8.30pm (AEST).

 Through a facilitated discussion of Dylan's story, participants will:

  • identify strategies to engage specialist services and improve referral pathways when treating a child with ODD.
  • manage and diagnose a child with ODD through increased awareness and understanding of evidence based interventions
  • identify opportunities to include the family of a child diagnosed with ODD.

No need to travel to benefit from this free ​professional development opportunity. Simply register and log in anywhere you have a computer or tablet with high speed internet connection.

For more information, ​email MHPN or call 1800 209 031.

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New services for children with complex medical needs and disabilities

Allowah Presbyterian Children’s Hospital has been caring for children with complex medical needs and disabilities for more than 60 years.

Allowah can now provide hospital admissions and NDIS support, including respite, for children with requirements for tracheostomy care or home ventilation. Allowah can also provide services for children with home total parenteral nutrition.

Allowah cares for children and young people up to the age of eighteen who have physical and intellectual disabilities such as genetic or chromosomal disorders, birth trauma, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and conditions acquired after birth.

Allowah is a licensed paediatric general medical and rehabilitation hospital and a registered NDIS provider. Allowah provides hospital admissions for seizure management, post-operative care, spasticity management, feeding assessment, sleep management, medication reviews and other needs. Allowah also provides specialist NDIS supports, including respite accommodation, emergency accommodation, school holiday programs, early intervention, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dietetics.

Allowah works in collaboration with the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and other specialists in the community.

For more information, ​email or call the Executive Director of Nursing, Scott Hurren at +61 2 88773400.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health – April Issue Online Now

The latest issue of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health includes:

  • Sexual harassment 
  • Culture, cultural competence and the cross‐cultural consultation
  • Fifty shades of green

Access the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health on the Wiley Online Library.

Asian-Oceanian Pacific Journal of Pediatrics & Child health

The Asian-Oceanian Journal of Pediatrics & Child Health (AOJPCH), which is also the official publication of Asia Pacific Pediatric Association was first published at the end of 2002 and to date, seven volumes had been published. It will now be in electronic form for convenience. Professor Ashraf Sultan is the Chief Editor of the online AOJPCH. This Journal will publish peer-reviewed original research papers, case reports, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, letters to the editor and brief communications.

To submit a manuscript or for more details please email to editor@apjpch.com

Paediatric Watch – Lessons from the Frontline

The Clinical Excellence Commission issues a regular publication Paediatric Watch - Lessons from the Frontline which shares the learnings from a de-identified critical incident (or incidents) and highlights opportunities to improve care for children and young people.

The latest two editions, Paediatric Watch — Lessons from the Frontline, are now available: 

Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM) Annual Conference

The AADDM is holding its annual conference on Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 September 2018 at Aerial Function Centre UTS, Broadway Sydney.

Researchers, clinicians and others in health, education and disability sectors are invited to register and submit abstracts for poster presentations about research and innovations in health care for people with developmental disability across the lifespan.

Keynote speaker: Dr Seth M. Keller, the Past President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and the co-chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, Director of the Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Group in the American Academy of Neurology.

Sessions topics include:

  • innovations in health care
  • advances in genomics
  • hot topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the lifespan
  • end-of-life care for people with developmental disabilities.

There will be a cocktail party for networking and meeting up with colleagues and friends.

For details of the abstract submission and registration process visit  the AADDM website.

AMA Public Health Awards 2018 – call for nominations 

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is seeking nominations of people or groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to health care and public health. Recipients will be invited to attend the 2018 AMA National Conference in Canberra in May 2018, where the awards will be presented. In the year following the presentation of the awards, recipients will have the opportunity to participate in interviews with interested media, and engage in AMA supported activities promoting their work in their field of expertise. 

Nominations are sought in the following categories: 

  • AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award
  • AMA Woman in Medicine Award

More information regarding the awards and the nomination process ​can be found on the AMA website. Nominations close COB Monday, 23 April 2018.

Pot-Pourri submissions welcome

To submit an article for publishing in Pot-pourri, please email paed@racp.edu.au. The article should be no more than 350 words. If you would like to submit an image with your article, it would be assumed that you have received appropriate permission to use the photo and it needs to be of high resolution, above 300 dpi. Please note that articles may need to be edited by the RACP Communications Team.

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.

Career Opportunities

Western Australia

Consultant Paediatrician: Geraldton
Reference number: 00607942
Closing date: Monday, 23 April 2018

​Go to the Medical Positions Vacant page at any time to see all job listings.

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