The President's Message – 30 November 2018

This week our College completed a critical  progress report on how we measure up as a medical educator. 

As many of you will know, the Australian Medical Council accredits providers of specialist medical training and their training programs which lead to qualifications for practice in recognised medical specialties.

Specifically, they accredit our training and education programs for physicians across Australia and New Zealand, in conjunction with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Four years ago, the AMC renewed our accreditation for the maximum allowable term – six years – which is quite an achievement.

But that came with 31 conditions, with set timeframes and 25 quality improvement recommendations. 

Many of these link to our program of educational renewal including new curricula for our Basic and Advanced Training programs, selection into training, assessment, and training provider accreditation.

The good news is we have made steady progress in addressing these.

Only 16 conditions and seven recommendations remain open.

In September we submitted our written mid-term report.

This week we’ve had the follow up visit to review how we are progressing the major educational changes we had begun back in 2014.

Our Director of Education and Learning, senior education staff and the President-Elect as Education Committee Chair have spent two days discussing with AMC representatives our progress in detail against AMC expectations. 

The AMC team and the RACP team

AMC accreditation team members with College Fellows and staff during the AMC's recent accreditation review visit in Sydney.

The initial feedback from the AMC has been very positive.

They commended us for our excellent written and online material and can see the staff commitment in the context of major educational and leadership changes over a relatively short period of time.

They said there is a clear commitment of Fellows and trainees to the organisation with the team noting the outstanding contribution of our members.

The team praised us for the way in which we’ve developed and continue to develop a culture of excellence and for our engagement with our many stakeholders, particularly with jurisdictions in Australia and in New Zealand.

Our Continuing Professional Development activity was commended as a real area of strength with the team noting that we have adapted our current process in anticipation of regulatory changes. 

They commented we are well placed to roll out recertification changes.

In summary, we were commended for the ‘demonstrable culture of excellence you’ve worked on’ with the team confident that ‘these positive factors will be taken account of by the Australian Medical Council in its considerations’.

The team concluded by saying progress has been made.

The formal report will be written over the next few weeks before consideration by the Specialist Education Advisory Committee of the AMC.  While we await their report and feedback the initial feedback is something we can all be proud of.

Associate Professor Mark Lane
RACP President

Register now for RACP Congress 2019

Join colleagues from Monday, 6 to Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, for RACP Congress 2019. As the premier annual event on the RACP calendar, Congress delivers a diverse program with topics that span the breadth of the medical industry.

Key topics for 2019 include:

  • Life course theory ‘How do we impact health along the life course?’
  • Obesity: rising to the challenge
  • First 1000 days and non-communicable diseases
  • Medically unexplained symptoms master class
  • Mental health and addiction of patients
  • Chronic disease and integrated care

Early bird registration closes on 22 February 2019.

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Listen to our 'Targeting Diabetes' podcast

Dr Paul Drury and Professor Sophia Zoungas discuss issues surrounding pharmacological management of Type 2 diabetes is the focus of the latest Pomegranate Health podcast. 

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Video raising antibiotic awareness

RACP Evolve Clinical Champion Dr Brendan McMullan and RACP Advanced Trainees appeared in a short video during World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The video promotes greater understanding of serious antibiotic treatment issues. Dr McMullan reminds clinicians to follow evidence-based guidelines, seek advice when prescribing antibiotics and undertake research to help identify and support the best methods of antibiotic prescribing.

Throughout the week RACP Evolve sought to engage and empower physicians and consumers to become part of solutions to antiobiotic treatment issues – through education, research, shared-decision making and training. 

We thank Dr McMullan, our Advanced Trainees and the Sydney Children's Hospital Network for the time and expertise they have lent to support this important campaign. 

Take advantage of online Supervisor support

Engaging online Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses are being offered throughout 2019. They support supervisors when overcoming challenges, handling feedback and teaching on the run.
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Australian My Health Record update

This week the Australian Parliament passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.

The law allows Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time. Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, anyone can delete their record permanently at any time.
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Health Care Homes survey opportunity

If any Fellows – especially those dealing with chronic conditions – have had patients who are part of the Health Care Homes, please complete this survey.

This is part of the College’s high-profile work on integrated care, developing a Model of Integrated Care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Start here to begin the online brief survey, which closes on 14 December 2018.

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Attend the International Medicine in Addiction Conference

The 2019 International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference is being held in Melbourne at the Conference and Exhibition Centre from 1 to 3 March 2019.

With only a few month's to go until the conference and a short time left to register at early bird rates, we encourage you to complete your registration before midnight tonight, Friday, 30 November. You can save $145 on a three-day delegate registration.

To view registration options, including discounted rates for registrars/trainees and medical students, visit the registration page on the conference website.

The IMiA 2019 program features diverse and thought-provoking presentations from internationally renowned clinical and research experts, as well as a range of practical workshops. 

View the full conference program.

Explore 'New Frontiers'

Registrations are open for the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

' New Frontiers' is the 2019 theme, with a focus on technology, young people and Indigenous health within sexual health.

Sessions include:

  • Dr Christopher Bourne – Sexual Health in Youth
  • Dr Graham Neilsen – Assessment in transgender patients
  • Panel discussion with Dr Darren Russell and Dr Mandy Seel –Syphilis update

Each session will focus on how technology intersects with sexual health medicine, and how care varies from urban settings to those in rural and remote practices.

Register now to save with discounted early bird rates.

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) trainees are also invited to attend the Chapter’s fourth Trainees’ Day on Sunday, 17 March 2019, at the RACP Office in Brisbane.

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Lead Fellow reminder

Expressions of interest are sought from Fellows interested in nominating for the RACP Congress Lead Fellow role for 2020, with the possibility of extending to 2021.

The Lead Fellow and the Congress Planning Committee work with key stakeholders to implement the Board’s strategic vision for Congress.

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Medicinal cannabis developments

The Theraputic Goods Administration (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) online application system for unregistered medicinal cannabis products is now available for use by medical practitioners in South Australia.

Federal legislative changes took effect from November 2016 to allow the prescribing and dispensing of medicinal cannabis products. The South Australian patient access pathway was announced in April 2017 to provide clarity for patients, medical practitioners and other stakeholders. As a result, South Australian patients are now legally accessing medicinal cannabis under the pathway.

The TGA SAS online system in South Australia enables medical practitioners to submit an application to both the TGA and where required, to the SA Health Drugs of Dependence Unit simultaneously, providing a simplified and streamlined approach for prescribers and faster access for patients.

For more information visit the SAS web page or TGA SAS web page.

Deadline extended

The deadline for the Physician Training Surveys has been extended to 9 December 2018, to accommodate for the busy end of year period. The RACP needs to hear about your training experiences and this is your opportunity to tell us what you think.

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