Pot-pourri newsletter July 1

Paediatric Pot-pourri – 1 July 2016

President's Post

Last week the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) Council came together to discuss current business and establish goals, priorities and activity for the year ahead.

The Chairs of the committees of the Division: education, policy and advocacy, research, adolescent and young adult medicine, and the Chapter of Community Child Health (CCCH) noted progress against their work plans. Members on College committees such as the College Council and Fellowship Committee also provided updates.

We heard the key current and future priorities from the Chief Executive Officer, Director, Education, Dean, Director, Policy & Advocacy, and Director, Fellowship Relations. This highlighted for Council the many valuable projects being led across common education, advocacy and innovation agendas, from various parts of the College and their committees and working parties. This provided a solid platform for the following day of PCHD planning. A related communique will be released in due course.

Our facilitated planning day, that informs our work plan for the next two years, is the opportunity for the Council to discuss strategic activity for the Division. Council is keen to articulate the unique role of a paediatrician and to define the importance of child health as a priority for Australia and New Zealand. Defining these aspects along with the purpose of the Division is important in light of the ongoing governance changes of the College, as well as external factors such as the establishment of a paediatric academy.

The PCHD Council is committed to ensuring that the advancement of the health and wellbeing of children and young people remains supported through College education, training, research, and policy and advocacy.

You will hear more on this front as the College planning cycle progresses.

My sincere thanks to Council members for their fantastic participation over two busy days.

Dr Sarah Dalton
PCHD President

PCHD involved in child health on a global level

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), through the Paediatric & Child Health Division (PCHD) is a member of the International Pediatric Association (IPA). The IPA has a clear vision that every child will be accorded the right to the highest attainable standard of health, and the opportunity to grow, develop, and fulfil to his or her human potential. Through the Division’s membership, Australian paediatricians have the opportunity to engage with their international peers and contribute to this global vision

The IPA’s mission is for paediatricians throughout the world to play a leadership role in promoting physical, mental and social health for all children, and the PCHD is proud to work with our international peers in this capacity. 

Membership of IPA assists the development of global statements and research on paediatric matters such as polio, newborn survival, ebola, diarrhoea, pneumonia, measles and rubella.

Every three years the IPA convenes at the International Congress of Pediatrics which is being held in Vancouver, Canada from 17 to 22 August this year. Focusing on global issues this is a perfect opportunity for paediatricians to receive updates on child health matters from around the world.

This year’s program features topics such as the management of asthma, eating disorders in older children and adolescents, nutrition, immunology for the paediatrician, refugee health and the care of children and adolescents with medical complexities. 

As President of PCHD, Dr Sarah Dalton will be attending the Congress and will take the  opportunity to increase the visibility of the Division and the College internationally with delegates from more than 100 different countries.

By participating in sessions relating to key policy and advocacy issues, Dr Dalton will be able to share the Australian perspective and experience, and bring back information from other countries that can inform our own thinking. Look out for Dr Dalton’s report later in the year.

As the RACP/PCHD representative, Dr Dalton is eligible to vote in the IPA Council of Delegates election. The College and the Division has endorsed former PCHD President Associate Professor Sue Moloney who has nominated for the IPA Standing Committee as an Asian Pacific Pediatric Association representative. We wish her well.

Time for Action on Health Policy

As Australians prepare to head to the polling booths tomorrow, the College’s 2016 election statement Time for Action on Health Policy outlines key health priorities for the incoming government.

The statement makes recommendations for reforms and initiatives which will ensure healthcare is better integrated, more efficient, and accessible for vulnerable groups within the community.

The College’s policy work has been recognised in the Australian Labor Party’s Building Healthy Communities and Preventing Chronic Disease strategy which refers to the College’s Alcohol Policy and commits to “strengthen work to limit alcohol advertising to children and work with state, territory and local government to reduce children’s exposure in other settings” – one of our core recommendations.

Expressions of Interest

EOI: National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland, closes 8 July 2016

The College has been invited by the Insurance Commission, Queensland Treasury to nominate a representative to a stakeholder group meeting, for the National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ).

The stakeholder group will be established to provide advice on matters relating to policy and practice, and the needs of participants in the scheme.

The group has been designed to ensure representation and input from a broad range of stakeholders and will include representatives from the medical and health services, community services, disability, legal, insurance, and research sectors.

For more information, see the Expression of Interest and the RACP Code of Conduct.

To register your interest, send your completed EOI form, and a copy of your CV to racpconsult@racp.edu.au.

Applications close: Friday, 8 July 2016.

EOI: Consultation on Avant Mutual Group’s Telehealth Issues and Discussion Paper, closes 15 July 2016

The College has received a request from Avant Mutual Group to provide fefeedback on its Telehealth Issues and Discussion Paper which focuses on the medicolegal risks of telehealth.

The paper outlines Avant’s current experience, the benefits and risks of telehealth, and current professional guidelines. It also seeks stakeholders’ views on how a robust and useful framework for considering the use of telehealth in future service delivery to patients can be established.

If you would like to contribute to the College submission to this consultation, email the Policy & Advocacy Unit to obtain a copy of Avant’s Issues Paper at racpconsult@racp.edu.au.

Feedback closes: Friday, 15 July 2016.

EOI: PCHD Council – New Zealand casual vacancy, closes 18 July, 2016

An opportunity has arisen for a New Zealand Fellow of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) to fulfil a casual vacancy 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.

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.

The term will run until May 2018 in line with the College election cycle.
Further information is outlined in the Position Description and also in the Paediatrics & Child Health Division By-Law. Read more about the Paediatrics & Child Health Division.

Please submit your EOI of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to paed@racp.edu.au by 9am Monday, 18 July 2016. Contact Asha Mears with any queries at +612 8076 6327.

EOI: PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee – New Zealand Casual Vacancy, closes 18 July, 2016 

An opportunity has arisen for a New Zealand Fellow of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) to fulfil a casual vacancy on 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, twice yearly around February/March and September/October, as well as a mid-year and end of year teleconference.

The term will run to May 2018 in line with the College election cycle.

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 9am Monday, 18 July 2016. Contact Asha Mears with any queries at +61 2 8076 6327.

EOI: Chapter of Community Child Health Committee - casual vacancies, closes 18 July, 2016

Fellows and trainees are encouraged to express their interest in joining the Chapter of Community Child Health Committee.

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 Chapter of Community Child Health Committee 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 Committee meets face to face, at the College, twice a year in February/March and October/November as well as a mid-year and end-of-year teleconference.

The term will run to May 2018 in line with the College election cycle.

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 9am Monday, 18 July 2016. Contact Asha Mears with any queries at +61 2 8076 6327.

EOI: RACP Early Childhood Position Statement working group, closes 18 July, 2018

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

Representatives with interest and experience in early childhood are sought as follows:

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

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 programs 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 platforms 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.

A copy of the scoping document is available on request.

Submit your brief EOI and CV as well as a completed Conflict of Interest form to paed@racp.edu.au by Monday, 18 July 2016. Contact Asha Mears with any queries at +61 2 8076 6327.

EOI: RACP CPD Committee Fellowship representatives, closes 5 August 2016 

The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPDC) is seeking to appoint a Fellow with experience in paediatrics and child health. The successful applicant will be invited to join the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Council as the CPD Lead Fellow.

 The College Education Committee (CEC) has established the CPD Committee to:

  • set the agenda for CPD program upgrades and resource development to ensure the College CPD program meets the needs of the Fellowship
  • consider, review and make recommendations on a range of CPD resources (including podcasts, practice review materials and face to face events)
  • identify and facilitate peer review of learning resources suitable for CPD and promote development of learning resources to meet any unmet needs
  • encourage CPD participation through a range of strategies
  • consider and approve minor changes to the MyCPD program (including functional fixes and improvements, aesthetic changes, updates to content)
  • consider and recommend major changes to the MyCPD Program to the CEC (including changes to the MyCPD framework)
  • report to relevant education committees and CEC on statistics and issues arising from CPD participation
  • monitor exceptions to CPD completion
  • consider government regulation on CPD and revalidation in Australia and New Zealand and recommend program and policy change to CEC where appropriate
  • work with the Office of the Dean, other College bodies and Specialty Societies to support Fellows’ ongoing learning.

The CPDC meets up to three times a year face-to-face with up to four additional teleconference meetings as required. The remaining 2016 meetings are:

  • Friday, 1 July (teleconference)
  • Friday, 9 September (face-to-face)
  • Friday, 11 November (teleconference)

Valuable (but not essential) experience includes:

  • research experience
  • medical administration experience

Interested Fellows are asked to submit their brief EOI and CV by email to MyCPD@racp.edu.au by COB Friday, 5 August 2016. For further information, please contact Sarah Champion, CPD Senior Executive Officer, Office of the Dean on +61 2 8247 6249 or sarah.champion@racp.edu.au

Career Opportunities

New South Wales

Staff Specialist Child Protection Paediatrician in Violence Prevention and Care: John Hunter Children's Hospital/ Kaleidoscope Community Health Services 
Reference number: 315914
Closing date: Sunday, 17 July 2016

Northern Territory

Paediatric Registrars: Alice Springs Hospital 
Applications are invited for six or 12 month paediatric registrar positions at Alice Springs Hospital from February 2017.
For further information, please email Head of Paediatrics, Dr Deborah Fearon at deborah.fearon@nt.gov.au or Dr Carolyn Maclennan at carolyn.maclennan@nt.gov.au or +61 8 8951 7777.


Senior Medical Officer (Paediatrician): Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS) 
Reference number: QLD/H16CHQ214107
Closing date: Thursday, 21 July 2016

Paediatrician: Cairns Private Hospital 

Conferences & Events

Violence in the Media Conference, 18 July 2016, Sydney 

Venue: Parliament of New South Wales Theatrette, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Date: Monday, 18 July 2016, 9am to 5pm
For more information, view the event website

Early Years Conference, 4 & 5 August 2016, Cairns

Venue: Pullman Cairns International, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns 4870
Date: Thursday, 4 and Friday, 5 August 2016, 8.30am to 4.30pm daily
The conference promotes the wellbeing of children and families by advancing collaboration and evidence-based practice, and provides a platform to reflect multiple perspectives to improve early childhood development.
To register, visit the event website

28th International Congress of Pediatrics, 17 & 22 August 2016, Vancouver

Venue: Vancouver, Canada
Date: Wednesday, 17 to Monday, 22 August 2016
For more information, visit the Congress website

Alan Walker Memorial Lecture on Aboriginal Child Health, 19 & 20 August 2016, Darwin

Venue: Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
Date: Friday, 19 and Saturday, 20 August 2016
Cost: Friday $100, Saturday $100, two days $180
For more information, visit the website

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

Venue: TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, Canada
Date: Sunday, 28 August 2016
For further information and registration, visit the Congress website

5th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Child Neurology Society (ANZCNS), 31 August – 2 September 2016, Auckland 

Venue: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
Date: Wednesday, 31 August to Friday, 2 September 2016
For more information, visit the event website

11th Annual Paediatric Allergy Update, 2 September 2016 (NEW and again in 29 July), Sydney

Venue: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Date: Friday, 2 September 2016, 11.30am to 5pm
For more information, contact Jennifer Cook at Jennifer.cook@health.nsw.gov.au

Annual Conference for the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 18-22 September 2016, Calgary, Canada

Venue: TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, Canada
Date: Sunday, 18 to Thursday, 22 September 2016
For further information, visit the Congress website

RACP 2016 Tasmanian Physicians' Conference, 10 September 2016, Hobart

Venue: Medical Science Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Date: Saturday, 10 September
Cost: This is a free event
To register, or for more information, email tas@racp.edu.au

The 21st Annual Professional Development Program - Practical Skills in Development-Behavioural Paediatrics, 7-8 October 2016, Melbourne 

Venue: Vernon Collins Theatre, HELP Precinct, 1st Floor West Building, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville Vic 3052
Date: Friday, 7 and Saturday, 8 October 2016 
Registrations open in July. For more information, contact Cathy Archer at Catherine.Archer@rch.org.au

International Advanced Assessment Course (IAAC), 19 & 20 October 2016, London 

Venue: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London
Date: Wednesday, 19 and Thursday, 20 October 2016
For further information visit the event website or email the course administrator at admin@iaacourse.com

HNEKidshealth Conference (formerly the Paediatric Update), 20 & 21 October 2016, Hunter Valley Gardens

Venue: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
Date: Thursday, 20 and Friday, 21 October 2016
For further information, visit the website or contact Joanne Green at joanne.green@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au


Australian Paediatric Society Workshop, 14 – 21 May 2017, Portugal 

Venue: Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa, Portugal
Date: Sunday, 14 to Sunday, 21 May 2017
For more information, please visit the website

PCHD members recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours lists 

Two Paediatrics & Child Health Division (PCHD) members were recognised in this year’s Australian and New Zealand Queen’s Birthday honours lists. Congratulations to those members acknowledged.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division

Professor Glenn Bowes FRACP – For distinguished service to medical education and its administration, to the advancement of child health and welfare, and through contributions to government and professional organisations.

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

Dr Niall Patrick Kelly (Patrick) FRACP – For services to children’s health.

Support National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children.

The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.

Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC). Children’s Day was first observed in 1988, with 2016 being the 29th celebration. Each year SNAICC produces and distributes resources to help organisations, services, schools, and communities celebrate.

This year Children’s Day is all about helping our kids feel connected and proud in culture. It’s all about ensuring all our kids feel like they belong. For more information, visit the website.

The Australian Child Rights Progress Report 

The CRC25 – Australian Child Rights Progress Report, was launched on 10 June by The Australian Child Rights Taskforce. Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 25 years ago, agreeing to a set of standards and obligations for all children.

On behalf of the College, Dr Jacqueline Small attended the launch which included a discussion on the rights of children in Australia by the Taskforce and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Report highlights that despite two decades of consecutive economic growth, one in six children in Australia still lives below the poverty line and more than 70,000 received assistance from specialist homelessness services, with no view of a long term solution.

Participants at the launch called for Australia to enact the CRC in to law to better protect children’s rights as well as for the Federal Government to set a clear national agenda for children.

Trainee News

Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching Service - Applications Now Open

Advanced Trainee selection and matching (ATSM) applications are now open. Application dates vary depending on specialty. The ATSM Service is provided by the College to help trainees secure an Advanced Training position with an accredited training hospital or health service. If your specialty or state is not involved in the ATSM, you will need to contact your State Health Department or the individual hospital for further information on securing a position for your training. To find out more, including available positions and application dates, see the RACP website.

Central Appointments Process – Haematology Advanced Training 2017

Applications are invited from suitably qualified medical practitioners. The appointment to these positions is coordinated by the Haematology Advanced Training Central Appointment Process on behalf of the Haematology Clinical and Laboratory Departments in all relevant health services and private laboratories.

A total of 60 positions are on offer, 55 in Victoria, three in Tasmania and two in the Northern Territory.

Applicants and training sites will be subject to the centralised matching process. Application forms and position information forms are available on the website or by contacting Verity Jolliff at verityj@rcpa.edu.au.

Interviews will be offered to eligible applicants and will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday, 30 August and Wednesday, 31 August 2016. Applications close 5pm AEDT, Wednesday 10 August 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

Selection into Training Consultation 

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking member feedback on a proposed selection process for candidate entry into Basic Training.

A panel of experts in the field of postgraduate medical education has partnered with the College to undertake a Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility Study. The Study aims to develop a merit based model for identifying and selecting candidates best suited for Basic Training, with progression into physician practice.

The Selection into Basic Training process is part of the College’s strategy to address its Capacity to Train and preparations for implementation will begin in 2017.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the Selection into Basic Training Quality and Feasibility Study consultation paper, either through completion of the survey or via a written submission to EducationPolicy@racp.edu.au

The consultation closes on Friday, 24 June 2016. For further information visit the website.

Victorian Paediatric Rural Advanced Training positions

A new website has been developed for all Victorian Paediatric Rural Advanced Training positions (which also includes sites relevant for Basic Trainees).

The website lists all Victorian rural and regional sites accepting trainees for accredited positions in paediatrics. 

Please refer to the website for information on each site, the positions available, the application process, application and joint interview dates and contact details. Applications for 2017 positions are now open.

Last call – online courses, Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error, closes 11 July 2016

Trainees are invited to register for the online courses Modern Workplace Challenges and Diagnostic Error. Participants are to complete both courses back-to-back, from July to August 2016. 

The Modern Workplace Challenges course includes topics such as social media, cultural dynamics, and dealing with difficult colleagues. 

The Diagnostic Error course, developed in collaboration with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission, is designed to highlight the myriad of risks associated with diagnostic error, and improve diagnosis.

The courses consist of up to 10 case studies along with multiple choice questions, which will be emailed to participants weekly. There will be the opportunity to engage with other participants via web-based discussion forums. 

See the College website to read more about these courses. To register your interest emailsppp@racp.edu.au Places are limited. Expressions of Interest close midnight Monday, 11 July 2016 (or when full).

Medical Insurance Group Australia is Offering Four Training Grants 

Medical Insurance Group Australia assists doctors in training by offering four grants of $A5,000 as part of its Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program. 

The DIT Grants Program is open to doctors in training who are in their first to fifth postgraduate year. Or who are enrolled in an accredited training program, or have completed their accredited training program within the last two years. 

The grants assist the doctors in funding their training opportunity and may include program fees, travel, accommodation and other expenses. 

Applications close: Friday, 4 November 2016. 

For more details email kate.philips@miga.com.au.

Freemasons Postgraduate Fellowships in Paediatrics and Child Health for 2017

This Fellowship/Scholarship is made available by the Freemasons of New Zealand who have provided postgraduate fellowships in Paediatrics and Child Health since 1988. 

Purpose: to fund research and research training aimed at improving child health in New Zealand.

Eligibility: University graduates who intend long term to pursue work in Paediatrics or Child Health within New Zealand.

This Fellowship can be undertaken in Christchurch, Dunedin or Wellington Clinical Schools for one to two years.

Closing Date: Friday, 8 July 2016

For more information please contact Fran Cockerell on phone: + 64 3 470 9758 or via e-mail: wch.admin@otago.ac.nz

RACP Foundation Awards

The following awards recognise Fellows and trainees for excellence and outstanding contributions or achievements.  Nominations are now being accepted for:

The John Sands College Medal

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

RACP International Medal

The Eric Susman Prize

Howard Williams Medal

RACP Mentor of the Year

RACP Trainee of the Year

Please visit the RACP Foundation website to download the nomination forms and for further details about each award.

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

The annual RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence identifies and acknowledges the best trainee research presentations in the fields of adult medicine and paediatric medicine.

The competition is open to trainees in all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. Representatives of each region (State/Territory/New Zealand), selected by the respective regional committees, are invited to present in Melbourne in May 2017.

This is an excellent opportunity for trainee representatives to present their ideas and research in a professional and public setting.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are funded from donations received from Fellows and trainees.

See the RACP website for more details on the Trainee Research Awards for Excellence, including abstract submission information.

RACP Foundation Research Entry Scholarships and Travel Grants – Applications Closing Soon

Research Entry Scholarships – closing Monday, 18 July 2016

  • The RACP Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Research Entry Scholarship to encourage and support the promotion of research in the field of sexual health medicine.
  • The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Research Entry Scholarship in rural health to provide stipend support for two years to undertake research into rural health issues.

Travel Grants – closing date Monday, 18 July 2016

There are several awards offered in each category. Online applications and full details for all Awards offered through the RACP Foundation can be found on the website

Howard Williams Medal 2017 – Nomination forms available online now

Nominations are now being accepted for the Howard Williams Medal 2017. 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 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 5pm AEDT Monday, 3 October 2016.

Please visit the RACP Foundation website to download the nomination form and for further details.

Changes to the accreditation of RACP training providers – have your say

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is seeking your feedback on its revised Physician Training Accreditation System that will accredit all training providers.

Your comments will help to shape the new Accreditation System, so that it supports the development of skilled physicians and the College’s Fellows who train them.

The proposed system streamlines the College’s multiple accreditation processes and links explicitly to College curricula.

The changes include the introduction of strengthened training standards that require training providers to:

  • have an appropriate learning environment and culture
  • ensure high quality management of training
  • support Fellows in their teaching roles
  • provide a supported training experience for trainees
  • deliver the training program curricula and provide sufficient resources for this to occur.

The Accreditation System will be piloted from late 2017.

RACP End-of-Life Care Position Statement

The RACP’s position statement on good end-of-life care was launched on Monday, 16 May 2016 at Congress.

It has been developed to promote the five elements of good end-of-life care including:
1. diagnosing dying or the risk of dying
2. respecting patient autonomy and supported decision making, and providing personalised care
3. ensuring that medical treatment decisions respect the patient’s best interests
4. managing symptoms
5. supporting carers and family and whānau.

A number of case studies, evidence-based tools and links to further resources are also included in the document to support physicians and other stakeholders in the delivery of high-quality end-of-life care.

The position statement is intended to inform physicians and policymakers, and support future end-of-life care advocacy work.

For more information see the RACP’s End-of-Life Care Position Statement and factsheet.

New online supervisor courses: open for registration

Registration is now open for online alternatives to the successful Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) face-to-face workshops.

These online courses for supervisors, listed below, are facilitated by RACP Fellows. They can be completed in any order, over five weeks:

  • SPDP1 Practical Skills for Supervisors, starting Monday, 10 October
  • SPDP2 Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings, starting Monday, 5 September
  • SPDP3 Work-based Learning and Assessment, starting Monday, 7 November.

The course format includes scenario videos, weekly activities, and online discussions with other supervisors. They can be completed using a computer, tablet or smartphone device.

Feedback from over 150 participants who have attended these courses has been outstanding:

  • ninety-six per cent of surveyed participants say they would recommend the course to their colleagues
  • eighty-nine per cent of surveyed participants say they felt they had the opportunity to develop their supervisor skills.

The time commitment is one to two hours per week, to be completed at your convenience, within the five weeks. Online participation can be counted towards your MyCPD program.

To register, send an email to learning@racp.edu.au with either “SPDP1”, “SPDP2” or “SPDP3” in the subject line. Enrolment instructions will be sent out closer to the course start date.

If you would prefer to attend a face-to-face supervisor workshop, go to the Supervisor workshops in 2016 page to find a workshop near you.

See you online.

Member benefits now at your fingertips with your digital membership card

The RACP member benefit cards have gone digital. This means that you can redeem your meal and entertainment discount on the go, directly from your smartphone.

Using your digital membership card is simple:

1. Visit the RACP member benefit website and enter your RACP Member Identification Number (MIN) as your password to login.
2. Use the map to view where to use your card.
3. Click on the card icon to apply the discount.

For more information, see the Digital Card user guide, or call Member Advantage on 1300 853 352.


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