Pot-pourri newsletter 9 March 2018

The Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day

Satellite Day will be held on Sunday, 13 May in Sydney just prior to RACP Congress and it will flow on from the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA) Education Day held the day before. The theme is ‘Psychopharmacology and other things’. I’m delighted that Dr Paul Hutchins will join us as the plenary speaker to share reflections from his outstanding career. Other sessions include a look at the New Zealand White Paper for Vulnerable Children – its implications and comparison to Australia, new frontiers in pharmacotherapy of child behaviour, an update on education and training in Community Child Health (CCH) from a supervisor perspective, and of course the annual challenge for the Child Population Health Cup.

 A dinner for the Chapter members and NBPSA members will be held on Saturday, 12 May.

You may view the program and register for the day and/or dinner.

Dr Chris Pearson
Chair, Chapter of Community Child Health

President's Message

There is no doubt it has been a distressing time for our Division and our College following the cancellation of the computer based written exam. It has been very difficult for our trainees and their families, Directors of Physician Education, Fellows, health services and staff. I appreciate the contact I have had from Fellows and trainees who have reached out to share their thoughts and experiences. Thank you to everyone for ​your patience as the College worked to deliver the paper-based Written Divisional Exam last Friday. There will be many ongoing opportunities to reflect and learn and an independent inquiry is underway but at the moment I know you are all supporting your local trainees and colleagues. It is at times like this when I am reminded of the incredible sense of community that we have as Paediatricians and I am proud to be part of it. Thank you.

I would like to let you know that the PCHD Council will meet on Wednesday, 14 and Thursday,15 March. In my last few months as PCHD President, I will work to ensure a sound transition for the new PCHD Council following membership changeover in May. The Council will continue to work for an active PCHD voice and robust Division, both within the College and at a national level across the two countries. This year, we will also look to further progress the Model of Collaboration with PCHD affiliated specialty societies. 

I am pleased to advise that registrations are now open for the annual Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Day, further details are available later in the bulletin. Thank you to Dr Chris Pearson, Chair of the Chapter, and the organising group for putting together a program which I know will build on the success of last year’s meeting. 

A reminder that if you would like to become involved with the PCHD Council or Committees, calls for expressions of interest are currently open for a range of positions. I encourage you to consider these opportunities.

Dr Sarah Dalton
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

Expressions of Interest for PCHD Committees

A call for expressions of interest is open for several positions on the following committees: PCHD Council, PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee, PCHD Research Committee, Chapter of Community Child Health Committee, Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Committee.

Positions are listed on the RACP website, along with position descriptions and the forms you will need to complete the process.

The call for expressions of interest closes on Wednesday, 28 March 2018.

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The Academy of Child & Adolescent Health

Congratulations to the Academy of Child & Adolescent Health who held their official launch on Thursday, 1 and Friday, 2 March 2018 at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. I was pleased to show my support and attend alongside other College officer bearers. The two-day program covered child health advocacy, global child health, dealing with complex care, creating safe spaces for children and the human-digital interface in healthcare. It was great to see such support for this new initiative and a shared commitment to progressing the health and wellbeing of newborns, children and young people.

Dr Sarah Dalton
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

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South Australia Election Statement 

The College has released a South Australian Election Statement prior to the election on 17 March.

It calls on the incoming government to focus on key priorities and makes specific policy recommendations on matters including vaccination, disability services, integrated care, digital health and telehealth, Indigenous health, and high-value care.

RACP C​ongress 2018 – ​program update

RACP Congress 2018 will take place at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 16 May 2018.

The PCHD stream ‘disruption through high level acute care research’ will includes a presentation by Ian Manovel. Ian has contributed to publications ranging from health economics to digital health and speaks regularly on digital health innovation, including the different forms of Artificial Intelligence. and its future impact on the paediatric profession.

Ian applies innovation and thought leadership to resolve health system challenges for payers (government and insurers), providers, vendors and consumers.

For more information on the RACP Congress program, registration and speakers visit the Congress website www.racpcongress.com.au.

Voting now open for College elections

College elections are a terrific opportunity to consider the ideas being put forward by College Members and cast your vote for the leaders of tomorrow.

Voting is now open and in accordance with the College’s Constitution and By-laws, and will close at 5pm AEST Tuesday, 3 April 2018.

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Nomination for Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award 2018 

Are you or do you know of an outstanding paediatrician who has contributed towards the improved health of children in the Asia Pacific region?

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) is seeking nominations of Fellows for the Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award 2018.

The Asia Pacific Pediatric Association will present the award at the 16th Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics (APCP) to be held in Bali, Indonesia from Saturday, 25 to Wednesday, 29 August 2018.

The award acknowledges a paediatrician who has made an outstanding contribution towards improving the health of children and young people, not only in their respective country but also in other countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

The PCHD Council will make their selection based on education and teaching, research, professional service/leadership, policy & advocacy, and contribution to disadvantaged groups. Please download OAPA 2018 - Nomination Form and submit the completed form, along with a brief curriculum vitae, by email to paed@racp.edu.au.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday, 30 March 2018 (AEDT). 

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.

Additional practitioners who can submit medical exemptions for vaccination

On Wednesday, 16 August 2017 changes were made to the Australian Immunisation Register and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. This means additional practitioners will now be able to notify medical exemptions to immunisation to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

 Practitioners able to notify a medical exemption to vaccination to the AIR include: 

  • general practitioners (as defined in the Health Insurance Act 1973)
  • paediatricians
  • public health physicians
  • infectious diseases physicians and
  • clinical immunologists.

Practitioners play a key role in supporting patients to fulfill their vaccination requirements. In the event an individual cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, eligible practitioners are now able to notify the AIR that the individual has a medical exemption to vaccination.

For more information, please visit the website or call 1800 653 809 (call charges may apply).

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Voting is now open for the Medical Council election

The Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) election opened on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Twenty one candidates are standing for four positions. 

Voting closes on Friday, 23 March 2018. 

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How is immigration control impacting the health care sector?

A researcher from Monash University is asking Australian health care professionals and health justice advocates to help investigate how immigration controls impact on the provision of health care within the Australian community.

Complete an online survey covering topics including: access to health services by visa holders, information exchange between health care providers and immigration authorities, visits to health care providers by immigration officials, and actions taken by health professionals to support patients experiencing immigration problems. 

It is not necessary to have knowledge or experience of these topics to take part in the survey

No identifying information is being collected and participants are invited to complete the questionnaire based on their own professional experience.

New initiative introduced for Indigenous communities to participate in 2018 conferences

Indigenous Conference Services (ICS) Australia is proud to announce the launch of its 2018 Indigenous Conferences which takes you to Cairns, Canberra and Brisbane with broad range of topics in Indigenous affairs.  

2018 sees an exciting new initiative introduced to encourage and help Indigenous communities participate in 2018 conferences, we have decided to allocate up to 70 per cent of the conference proceedings to community groups and partnerships between community and government organisations in an attempt to promote the positives being achieved. We hear time and time again throughout the media how Closing the Gap initiatives are not being achieved where in real terms, many successful leap forward are taking place in our communities.  ICS invites you to submit-a-paper and be part of the positive movement in Indigenous Australia. 

For more information, please visit the conference website at or contact by email.

Claiming initial attendance items – education campaign from the Department of Health

The Department of Health (the Department) will be conducting an education campaign in March 2018 on the use of Medicare Benefit Scheme (MBS) initial attendance items 104 and 110. The campaign will involve the Department writing to specialists and consultant physicians who appear to be claiming multiple initial attendance items for a patient’s single course of treatment.

This is a good opportunity for all specialists and consultant physicians to review their billing protocols for these items. To assist providers, the Department has developed a checklist for initial attendance items 104 and 110 that is available for download.

Initial attendance items must only be claimed for the first attendance of a single course of treatment. Any subsequent attendance that relates to the continuing management or review of the referred condition, up to the stage where the patient is referred back to the care of the referring practitioner, is to be billed as a subsequent attendance item (e.g. 105, 116 or 119). The department will be continuing to monitor MBS items 104 and 110 into the future.

Pot-Pourri submissions welcome

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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


Registrar – Paediatrics: Royal Hobart Hospital

Two positions available
Closing date: Friday, 16 March 2018

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

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