Pot-pourri newsletter April 29

President's message

We are only two weeks away from Congress now, and my term as President of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division is coming to an end. After two very busy years we have achieved a lot, and I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of some major initiatives.

The need for a speciality society for general paediatricians has been recognised by all parties for some time, and whilst at the beginning of my term I did not see the need for a separate organisation I did change my mind during the two years I have been President.  

The governance changes suggested by the College were well overdue but the ramifications for the paediatric voice were considerable and so I realised that an overarching organisation for Paediatrics & Child Health was necessary.  After much discussion the College has released funds to enable the establishment of a separate organisation, which will probably be called the Academy of Paediatrics.  

The final name should be decided in the next couple of months. A call for interest in participating in the establishment of the Academy has been extremely well received and the coordination group is currently working on the next steps to seeing the Academy become reality. It is encouraging that paediatricians from both sides of the Tasman have put up their hands to assist.  A meeting of the steering group will be held at the end of Congress and all those people who have offered assistance will be contacted over the next few months as we decide on priorities for moving forward.

I am also pleased to note that a dual training pathway for adolescent and young adult medicine has been approved to commence in 2017.  Whilst it was hoped to gain recognition of the specialty by the AMC this was not possible in the short term, but the training pathway will continue and perhaps recognition can be revisited in the future.

The Division is also working on the implementation of the EVOLVE process, to identify ’low value, high volume‘ interventions that are used in general paediatrics which have either no evidence base or good reason not to be used. This is one part of a wider process to facilitate safer and more effective healthcare in paediatrics, and is an area in which my successor, Dr Sarah Dalton has a strong interest. She has led the development of a Paediatric Safety Day for Congress which will be delivered by some noteworthy speakers in this field.

My term will formally come to an end at Congress, where I will pass the baton on to Dr Dalton. I have worked closely with Sarah over the last two years so there will be a very smooth transition.  I look forward to celebrating with you all at Congress, and urge you to view the program and register to attend if you have not done so already.  I also remind you to register for the PCHD Dinner on Monday night. It is one of the Division highlights at Congress and I hope to see you there.

Dr Nicki Murdock
PCHD President

Framework aims to improve safety and wellbeing of children 

The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2009, is an ambitious, long-term approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and aims to deliver a substantial and sustained reduction in levels of child abuse and neglect over time. 

The success of the framework will be assessed according to six supporting outcomes: 

  • children live in safe and supportive families and communities
  • children and families access adequate support to promote safety and intervene early
  • risk factors for child abuse and neglect are addressed
  • children who have been abused or neglected receive the support and care they need for their safety and wellbeing
  • indigenous children are supported and safe in their families and communities
  • child sexual abuse and exploitation is prevented and survivors receive adequate support.

As part of the assessment of these outcomes, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare conducted a survey of over 2,000 children living in State or Territory care, approximately one third of whom were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, to gain an understanding of their attitudes to their living environment. The survey is the first of what will be biennial reviews undertaken under the framework, and its findings were released in March.

The outcomes of the survey indicated that the overwhelming majority (over 90 percent) of children and adolescents surveyed felt safe and secure in their home environment and felt that they had a significant adult in their life. Significant numbers also felt that they received adequate support to participate in sport and other community events, and had an awareness of their family background and culture.

As good as these results are there are still gaps in the quality of care for many children and adolescents. Significant numbers reported the adverse effects of bullying, safety concerns and dislocation, while 42 percent of 15 to 17 year olds felt that they were not getting all the help they needed to make decisions about their future.

The outcomes of the research will feed into the ongoing work to support the Framework.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) Council – Casual Vacancy, closes 13 May 2016

An opportunity has arisen for casual vacancies on the PCHD Council. Contribute to discussions on education, training and assessment of trainees; continuing professional development; policy and advocacy; overseas trained professionals; research; and workforce as each relates to paediatric and child health.

Read more about the Paediatrics & Child Health Division

The following commitment is required:

  • two face to face meetings in Sydney per year, generally February and June
  • two teleconference meetings of two hours per year, generally April and November
  • reading time for papers which are delivered about one week before a meeting.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following casual vacancy:

  • one New Zealand Fellow.  

Further information is outlined in the Position Description and also in the Paediatrics & Child Health Division By-law (PDF: 79KB). Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 29 April 2016. 

EOI: Chapter of Community Child Health Committee, closes 13 May 2016 

The Chapter of Community Child Health Committee (CCCH) is the peak decision making body of the Chapter that includes the domains of child protection, child behaviour and development and child population health. The Chapter fosters the development and accreditation of relevant training programs for doctors in community child health, supports CPD, supports research and special professional interests of doctors working in community child health, and advises the PCHD and College on matters pertaining to community child health.

The Committee meets face to face, at the College, twice a year in February/March and September/October as well as a mid-year and end-of-year teleconference. The term will commence in May 2016 in line with the College AGM and run for two years.

In addition to the three regular appointed members of the Chapter Committee, the Chapter is seeking to add a trainee representative from New Zealand, to encourage greater interaction with this important community group.

Expressions of interest from Chapter members are now sought for the following:

  • three appointed Fellows resident in Australia
  • one co-opted New Zealand Trainee

The position description and Chapter by-laws, are available on the Chapter webpage. Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 13 May 2016. 

EOI: PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee – Casual Vacancy, closes 13 May 2016 

Would you like to be involved in policy and advocacy matters of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division? An opportunity has become available to join the PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) which gives and receives advice on policy and advocacy issues in paediatrics and child health. The Committee actively develops, coordinates, implements, and monitors the policy and advocacy interests and activities of the Division.

The Committee meets face-to-face in Sydney, biannually around February/March and August/September, as well as a mid-year and end-of-year teleconference. The term will commence in May 2016 in line with the College AGM and run for two years.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the following casual vacancy:

  • one New Zealand Representative

The position descriptions (including relevant governance documents), PPAC Terms of Reference, and recent PPAC achievements are available on the RACP website.  Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 29 April 2016. Please contact Jessica McCormick with any queries on +61 2 8076 6359.

EOI: The Early Childhood Position Statement working group, closes 13 May 2016 

Fellows and trainees are encouraged to express their interest in joining the RACP ‘Early Childhood Position Statement Working Group’. 

Over the last four decades there has been considerable research in the area of early childhood development, and a clearer picture of the effect of the first 1000 days on the subsequent life course is emerging. However, despite some initial enthusiasm and broad commitment to child wellbeing, national implementation of evidence based, adequately funded, ongoing programmes has been variable, and many of the potential gains in child health and wellbeing, and the opportunity to reduce the onset of chronic illness in adulthood, have yet to be realised. 
The RACP has the expertise, opportunity and advocacy skills to make a significant difference to children and to make an impact on the burden of non-communicable disease in adult populations in generations to come.

The Lead Fellow of this working group, Dr Pat Tuohy will report to the PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee which has oversight for the development of paediatric related position statements.

The scoping document is available on request. 

Representatives with the following skills and experiences will be considered: 

  • five PCHD Fellows with interest/experience in early childhood 
  • one PCHD Trainee with interest/experience in early childhood
  • one PCHD New Zealand Fellow 

Submit your brief EOI and CV and a completed Conflict of Interest form to paed@racp.edu.au by Friday, 13 May 2016.

EOI: The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), closes 13 May, 2016

The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC), Chaired by Dr Alexandra Greig, is the peak College body representing the interests of trainees and has 16 representatives from our Divisions, Faculties and regional Trainees Committees’ throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The CTC is focused on a number of priorities, including:

  • improving communication with trainees, including the development of a Trainee Communications Strategy
  • continued advocacy on behalf of trainees in areas such as Soft Funding for paediatric positions,

Selection into Training, Capacity to Train, the review of the accreditation of training sites and academic pathways that integrate training and research.

  • ongoing development and implementation of trainee orientation days
  • embedding Annual Trainees’ Day as part of the RACP Congress
  • advocating for the health and wellbeing of doctors. 

The CTC champions the trainee perspective and ensures the trainee voice is heard across our College.

Due to a number of representatives finishing their training, the CTC is seeking applicants for a number of representative positions including:

  • a trainee who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; 
  • a trainee from the Northern Territory;
  • a trainee from the Australian Capital Territory; and
  • a trainee from Tasmania.

Being a part of the Trainees’ Committee provides a unique opportunity to engage with the College and represent the needs and voice of trainees on key matters such as selection into training, assessment and overall education. 

Trainees who are interested in applying for membership of the CTC are invited to submit their Expression of Interest form and CV to TraineesCommittee@racp.edu.au by 5pm (AEST) Friday, 13 May 2016.  

EOI: Victorian Paediatric Committee, closes 13 May 2016

There are currently vacancies for Victorian Paediatric Medicine Fellows and trainees on the Victorian Paediatric Committee.
In conjunction with other College bodies and College staff, the Victorian Paediatric Committee supports the professional careers of paediatricians and paediatric trainees in Victoria. The Committee also works with the College in areas such as:

  • education, training and assessment of trainees
  • training and continual professional development 
  • policy and advocacy
  • research 
  • workforce planning

The Victorian Paediatrics Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every second month.  The next meeting is on Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at 7pm face-to-face and by teleconference.

Interested members must complete the Expression of Interest form and submit both the form and a CV, including a supporting statement outlining their knowledge, experience and interests and how they will contribute to the objectives of Victorian Paediatric Committee (VPC).  A copy of the RACP constitution, VPC by-laws, Governance of College Bodies By-Law, Code of Conduct, Conflicts of Interest Policy and Travel Policy are all available on request.

The expression of interest form and CV must be emailed to racpvic@racp.edu.au by Friday, 13 May 2016.

EOI: Trainee positions on a range of assessment and examination committees, closes 13 May, 2016

Applications are invited for a range of positions on College assessment and examination committees.   
A new model of governance for assessment has been approved by the College Board. This new model includes the establishment of a College Assessment Committee, reporting to the College Education Committee, and the establishment of a range of other assessment and examination committees. 

The College is currently in the process of establishing all committees in the new model and we are seeking EOIs for the following trainee roles: 

  • a trainee member – Adult Medicine Division Assessment Committee
  • a trainee member – Paediatrics & Child Health Division Assessment Committee 
  • an advanced trainee member – Written Examination Committee (Adult Medicine Division)
  • an advanced trainee member – Written Examination Committee (Paediatrics & Child Health Division)

Positions will be appointed for an initial term of two years, with opportunity for renewal. To request a copy of the Board Approved Model, including Terms of Reference for the committees above, please email clare.leroy@racp.edu.au  

Interested trainees should submit an application, together with their CV, to Professor Tim Wilkinson, College Censor via email: education.governance@racp.edu.au 

Closing date:  COB Friday, 13 May 2016

EOI: General Paediatrics Project Reviewers, closes 30 May 2016 

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General Paediatrics is seeking Expressions of Interest from Fellows to assist with marking general paediatrics research projects. 

Currently there are two project submission deadlines per year; 31 March and 31 August. The ATC is looking to increase this to up to four submission rounds per year in the near future.

Project Reviewers will assist the ATC in General Paediatrics as the second Reviewer for up to five projects each quarter, in the first instance. Orientation and training on the process will be provided. 

More information on the Research Project requirement for General Paediatrics Advanced Training can be found on pages 21 to 22 of the handbook, which is available here.

For further enquiries, and to obtain the EOI form, please contact Rebecca Lewis via email on GeneralPaedsAdvanced@racp.edu.au. Please submit your EOI form by Monday, 30 May 2016.

EOI: Advanced Training Committee in General Paediatrics, closes 31 May 2016 

The Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General Paediatrics is seeking Expressions of Interest from General Paediatrics Fellows to join the ATC as an Appointed Member. The Committee oversees Advanced Training in General Paediatrics. 

The ATC meets via teleconference eight times per year, with two face-to-face meetings in Sydney per year. The term of office is for two years, with the option to serve up to a maximum of six years.

Please contact Rebecca Lewis via email on GeneralPaedsAdvanced@racp.edu.au to obtain an EOI form.  Please submit your EOI form and CV by COB Tuesday, 31 May 2016.

For Information: NPS MedicineWise: Nominations for non-executive Board Director position

The NPS MedicineWise Board is calling for nominations for a Board Director position. Further information is available in the attached documents:

Nominations should be sent directly to NPS MedicineWise by 5pm EST on Wednesday, 11 May 2016.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact NPS MedicineWise: Lynn Weekes ceo@nps.org.au or by telephone on +61 2 8217 8671.

Career opportunities


Staff Specialist: Royal Hobart Hospital
Reference number: 522647
Closing date: Monday, 9 May 2016

Conferences & Events

34th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Disease – ESPID 2016, United Kingdom 

Date: Tuesday, 10 to Saturday, 14 May 2016 
Venue: Brighton, United Kingdom
For more information visit the event website

National Families Week, 15-21 May 2016

Date: Sunday, 15 to Saturday, 21 May 2016
Each year, over a hundred thousand people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week – Australia’s annual celebration of families.  The aim of National Families Week is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society.
For more information visit the National Families Week website.

The XVIIIth Nepalese Congress of Paediatrics (NEPCON 2016), 16-18 June 2016, Nepal 

Venue: Rastriya Sabha Griha, Exhibition Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: Thursday, 16 to Saturday, 18 June 2016
For more information on registration, please email nepcon2016@gmail.com and visit the Congress website.

The 2nd International Neonatology Association Conference (INAC 2016), 15-17 July 2016, Austria 

Venue: Vienna, Austri
Date: Friday, 15 to Sunday, 17 July 2016
For more information visit the conference website

The 4th International Conference of Sharkia Pediatric Society, 21 - 25 July 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Venue: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: Thursday, 21 to Monday, 25 July 2016
For more information visit the conference website.

38th Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) Annual Congress 2016, 3-6 August 2016, Malaysia 

Venue: Holiday Inn Melaka in Melaka state
Date: Wednesday, 3 to Saturday, 6 August 2016
Theme: Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
For further information visit the Congress website

The 28th International Congress of Pediatrics (IPA2016), 17-22 August 2016, Canada 

Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre, British Columbia, West Canada
Date: Wednesday, 17 to Monday, 22 August 2016
For more information visit the congress website

2016 Annual Conference of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA), 25-27 August 2016, WA

Venue: Fremantle, Western Australia
Date: Thursday, 25 to Saturday, 27 August 2016 
Registration opening soon.  To register your interest in attending, email events@nbpsa.org
For more information visit the NBPSA website.

The 14th National Conference of Pediatric Rheumatology Society (NCPR-2016 Bengaluru), 26-28 August 2016, India 

Venue: NIMHANS Convention Center, Lakkasandra, Hosur Road, Bangalore, India
Date: Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 August 2016
For further information visit the conference website

21st International Congress of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN 2016), 28-31 August 2016, Canada

Venue: Telus Convention Center, Calgary, Canada
Date: Sunday, 28 to Wednesday, 31 August 2016
For more information visit the event website

American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition 2016 (AAP 2016), 22-25 October 2016, USA 

Venue: San Francisco, United States of America
Date: Saturday, 22 to Tuesday, 25 October 2016 
For more information visit the conference website

The 3rd Paediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy Course, 24-25 October 2016, Singapore NEW

Venue: Khoo Teck Puat-Advanced Surgical Training Centre (ASTC) 
Date: Monday, 24 to Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Venue: National University Hospital, Level 2, Kent Ridge Wing, Singapore 119074
For further information visit the event website

8th Asian Congress of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ACPID), 7-10 November 2016, Thailand 

Venue: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
Date: Monday, 7 to Thursday, 10 November 2016
Hosted by the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of Thailand in Collaboration with the Asian Society for Pediatric Infectious Disease.
For more information visit the congress website.

The 12th Asian Society for Pediatric Research (ASPR) and Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital Joint Meeting 2016, 9-11 November 2016, Thailand 

Venue: Pullman Bangkok King Power, Bangkok, Thailand
Date: 9-11 November, 2016
For further information visit the event website

Telethon Kinds Institute survey: Alcohol in pregnancy and breastfeeding

This study is being conducted in an effort to support paediatricians to tackle this sometimes difficult conversation in their daily practice. 

The short survey should take around ten minutes to complete. The survey link will close on Thursday, 30 June 2016.

You can also choose to be involved in a longer, one-on-one discussion by completing further details within the survey. 

This research has been approved by Princess Margaret Hospital Ethics Committee (PMH HREC), CAHS Research Governance Office (PMH/CAHS REF: 2015206EP), and the University of Western Australia (Approval No: RA/4/1/7421). 

Career Development Fellowships for 2017

Applications are now open: 

RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship
Don & Lorraine Jacquot Fellowship in Nephrology

Closing date: Monday, 20 June 2016

These Fellowships are intended to support established researchers who are not eligible for Research Establishment Fellowships.

Visit the RACP Foundation for full details of all awards currently being offered. Please contact the Senior Administration Officer or phone +61 2 9256 9639 for any queries regarding the eligibility criteria or application process.

Stimulating 2016 Congress Program for Paediatrics

Congress 2016 provides all its attendees with valuable opportunities to network with peers with a stimulating social program, you can confirm your attendance via the registration process.

Welcome Reception

Date: Monday, 16 May 2016 
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Adelaide Convention & Exhibition Centre 
Cost: Included in all full registrations. Day registration and guest tickets are available: $88

PCHD Dinner
Date: Monday, 16 May 2016
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Fig Tree, Adelaide Zoo 
Cost: $157 per person (transfers arranged departing from Adelaide Convention Centre. Beverages include (including wine).

Congress Dinner
Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2016 
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm until midnight
Venue: Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention & Exhibition Centre 
Cost: Included in all full registrations. Day registration and guest tickets are available: $165

This year Congress attendees are offered both discounted registration rates and double CPD credits per hour under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activates (up to the cap of 50 credits).

The full program is available by clicking on the Current Program button on the Congress website.
Confirm your registration via the Congress website.


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