The President's Message

The RACP President publishes a newsletter covering important news, announcements and developments from across the College, relevant to all RACP members.


The President's Message - 7 August
I’ve just come off a busy weekend working in ICU, on the ward and with coronavirus patients. COVID and the uncertainty it brings, has hit us all pretty hard this year including our training programs. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the DPEs, supervisors and trainees for your resilience.

The President's Message - 10 July
I’m sure many of you have been keeping an eye on the unfolding COVID situation, or second wave as some are calling it, in Victoria. As a Respiratory Physician working in Melbourne, it has certainly been a very challenging and concerning time.

The President's Message - 11 June
While we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the many positives we’ve seen is the rapid uptake of new telehealth services across our medical communities. Using telemedicine, we have given our patients the best possible access to care in these trying times.

The President's Message - 15 May
You would have heard much about coronavirus so far, however you need to know what your College is doing about it. The COVID-19 pandemic is being compared to the influenza pandemic of 1918 in terms of infectivity and morbidity in the community. 

The President's Message - 17 April
It is pleasing to note that new COVID-19 case curves in both nations continue to show signs of declining. We are hopeful that as increased testing, tracing and local response measures are ramped up we may avoid some of the harrowing scenes from overseas.

The President's Message - 20 March
To say that times have been challenging recently is an understatement. Many of us have been swept up in the huge response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The President's Message - 24 February
I’d like to recognise the hard work of Fellows and staff in successfully staging the 2020 Basic Training Divisional Written Exam at 19 sites across Australia and New Zealand last week. 

The President's Message - 31 January
In this first President’s electronic bulletin for 2020 I’d like to welcome everyone to a new year and celebrate our 17 Fellows who have been recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Honours lists.


The President's Message – 20 December
My final message of the year is a little longer than usual. that’s because we’ve closed 2019 with a truly historic and moving event, elevating the importance of Indigenous Australian and Māori cultures within our College.

The President's Message – 29 November
Although we’re coming to the end of 2019, there is a lot happening in the College, especially relating to our bi-national Indigenous Strategic Framework.

The President's Message – 7 November
I would like to welcome the RACP’s new Chief Executive Officer Peter McIntyre to our College.

The President's Message – 4 October
The past month has been filled with opportunities to learn and create change.

The President's Message – 6 September
I’d like to update you on our progress in working with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to improve RACP Board culture and governance.

The President's Message – 9 August
We’ve just successfully completed Australian and New Zealand Divisional Clinical Exams for Adult Medicine and Paediatrics trainees – using our new marking Rubric for the first time.

The President's Message – 16 July
We’ve had success in helping to delay the Australian Government’s wind-back of legislation that had allowed medical evacuation of asylum seekers from Manus and Nauru.

The President's Message – 14 June
Congratulations to the 39 Fellows who received the highest levels of community recognition across Australia and New Zealand in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The President's Message – 10 May
We held a fantastic Congress in Auckland this week. During my time there I received some questions from members about the impact of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) investigation of the College.

The President's Message – 18 April
This month we have two important updates for members on both sides of the Tasman, regarding the Australian Election, and Congress 2019 in Auckland.

The President's Message – 20 March
I have separately released a President’s statement on the Christchurch shootings. It is appropriate that such a tragedy be the subject of a stand-alone statement. The thoughts of the College are with all those impacted by this dreadful event.

The President's Message – 22 February
Many of you will have seen our call last weekend for urgent expressions of interest for nominations to be considered by the Australian Minister for Immigration for appointment to the Independent Health Advice Panel. I’d like to update you all on progress.

The President's Message – 4 February
In this first message of 2019 I’d like to welcome everyone to a new year and celebrate our 35 Fellows who have been recognised in the New Zealand New Year’s Honours and the Australia Day Honours list.

Past editions


The President's Message – 21 December
In my final message of this year, I would like to thank all members who have tirelessly gifted their time and energy for our College throughout 2018 – due to your efforts it has been an extraordinary 12 months.

The President's Message – 30 November
This week our College completed a critical  progress report on how we measure up as a medical educator.

The President's Message – 5 November
I am pleased to advise our Board has approved the RACP’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Statement, providing a valuable resource to inform thinking on this important issue.

The President's Message – 8 October
In the last week our College joined a major campaign aimed at finally getting children out of immigration detention on the Pacific island of Nauru.

The President's Message – 7 September
Recently some members have asked for an update on the progress of the Ferrier Hodgson and BDO reports which are investigating this year’s Basic Training Computer-based Test.

The President's Message – 10 August
You’ve consistently told us you want to see more of your College advocating in public with decision makers, for better healthcare for our patients and our communities.

Conversation with the Board – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital – 19 July (PDF)
A communiqué from the Board about member issues raised at the event. Member login required.

The President's Message – 13 July
Its been a busy month since my previous post, with lots of travel and some changes within the College executive team.

The President's Message – 19 June
Our warm congratulations to our 27 Fellows who received the highest levels of community recognition across Australia and New Zealand in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The President's Message – 18 May
I’m delighted to write to you all in my first message as your new President, after having attended a vibrant and inspiring RACP Congress in Sydney.

The President's Message – 20 April
We’re now just three weeks away from RACP Congress 2018; Disruption for Healthy Futures. We have a program packed with fascinating topics ranging from the roles of robotics and big data in medicine, through to discussions about medically unexplained symptoms.

The President's Message – 23 March
I’d like to remind you all to have your say in the future of your College through our elections. If you haven’t cast your ballot yet – voting closes on Tuesday 3 April. The RACP is a vibrant and remarkable institution which places its members at the centre of everything it does – and I encourage you to vote with that in mind.

The President's Message – 23 February
This has been a difficult week for all of us. You will all be aware that our plans to move to a computer based examination failed on Monday when there were various technical problems, and the examination had to be called off. We are also aware of many issues at the examination centres. We understand that many trainees are not only distressed and anxious, but they feel that they may be compromised in the outcome, and that they have not been treated fairly.

The President's Message – 31 January
A warm welcome back to all of you who have returned from holidays. I am very pleased to congratulate our 25 Fellows who have been recognised in the New Zealand New Year Honours list and the Australia Day Honours announced last week, including our immediate past President.

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