The President's Message – 7 November 2019
I would like to welcome the RACP’s new Chief Executive Officer Peter McIntyre to our College. Peter has now commenced in the role. He joins us as a long-standing Fellow of both Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Most recently he was Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Australia with 100,000 members, and has held Board Director and Managing Director positions in the electricity industry. He has also held senior executive positions ranging from regulatory strategy to electricity system operations.
Peter is a past Deputy Chairman of the Energy Networks Association, past Chairman of Grid Australia and past Deputy Chairman of the Australian Power Institute.
He holds a BSc in physics, a BE (Hons) in electrical engineering from UNSW, and an MBA in technology management from Deakin University. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer.
Peter has spent his first weeks meeting senior management and staff, and will no doubt meet many of you in due course who are involved with the College.
On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Duane Findley for his work as Interim Chief Executive Officer. He’s led the organisation during a challenging time for the RACP – and we wish him all the best for the future.
We held our most recent Board meeting on Friday, 25 October. We will shortly be issuing our usual Board Communique to you, summarising discussions and Board resolutions.
Congress 2020 open for registration
Registrations for Congress 2020 are now open. Our keynote speaker has just been confirmed. Dr Catherine Crock AM is a passionate advocate of a more humane approach to healthcare. She’ll speak on how kindness restores the hole in medicine.
Professor Don Campbell and the organising committee are already hard at work, putting together a compelling program. We’ll also be holding the Fringe Experience events again which proved so popular this year. Those of you who have artistic or musical talents outside medicine – feel free to step forward and shine! Register now to join us in Melbourne for RACP Congress, 4 - 6 May 2020; Balancing medical science with humanity.
Finally, did you know the hours you work, the professional activities you are engaged in and where you work are largely unknown across the healthcare sector? The College is establishing a workforce database to assist decision makers in planning for our profession’s future.
Fellows, you’ll be asked to complete your My Work Profile as part of your subscription payment confirmation page, which will take you to your own work profile. Alternatively, you can access it in MyRACP.
Read more about the benefits of My Work Profile in the item below.
Associate Professor Mark Lane
Many Government decisions on workforce are based on anecdotal data. As a response to this we are updating our records to assist our future decision making for physician education programs.
Did you know the hours you work, the professional activities you are engaged in and where you work impact the paediatrics and adult medicine workforce?
Yesterday you received your annual College subscription notice. You’ll find My Work Profile on the payment confirmation page that will take you to your own work profile, or you can access it in MyRACP.
MyRACP supported internet browsers are Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
How does My Work Profile benefit you?
Workforce data will be made available to you and will help:
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- New Fellows decide which geographic area to work in Australia and New Zealand
- New Fellows choose between private or public practice
- you understand how your work hours compare with your peers
- the RACP and stakeholders including government policy-makers make better workforce decisions, based on current data
- Fellows understand activities they are undertaking; research, administration or clinical
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For more information, please read the My Work Profile FAQs. For details on what data will be collected and how it will be stored, please read the Privacy Statement.
Balancing medical science with humanity
We are excited to announce the keynote speaker for RACP Congress 2020, Professor Catherine Crock AM.
Professor Crock is not only a doctor at the Royal Children's Hospital; Melbourne, she is a music and theatrical producer, a humanitarian, a mother and a strong advocate for culture change in healthcare.
After identifying the direct correlation between organisational negativity and staff wellbeing and effectiveness Professor Crock founded the Hush Foundation and the Gathering of Kindness events. She is dedicated to building, nurturing and instilling a culture of kindness throughout the healthcare system.
Her two plays “Hear Me” and “Do You Know Me” have been performed in hospitals and aged care settings across Australia raising awareness of patient centred care, communication and patient safety issues and encouraging a shift in the culture and behaviour in healthcare.
Her keynote address Balancing science with humanity: how kindness restores the whole in medicine will be a not-to-be-missed highlight of RACP Congress 2020.
Join your colleagues at RACP Congress 2020, from Monday, 4 to Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Visit the Congress website to find out more about the program and to register.
Applications for the 2020 Divisional Written Examination opened yesterday. Details about the examination and how to apply (formerly known as the Instructions to Candidates) are now available in an easy to navigate webpage. If you are eligible to sit the upcoming written exam, you have received an email with more instructions.
Your opportunity to be part of the campaign
The Medevac Legislation, introduced in February 2019, has improved access to appropriate healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers being held offshore. It allows medical experts to make decisions about healthcare for seriously ill individuals and ensure that they receive the medical treatment that they need in a clinically appropriate timeframe. Previous delays and failures to transfer ill asylum seekers resulted in preventable suffering. We are proud to have been a key part of the campaign to establish Medevac, and we are now continuing this by leading medical college opposition to its repeal.
Last weekend we released an unprecedented statement
with 10 other medical colleges calling on the Australian Parliament to maintain the Medevac legislation and the Independent Health Advice Panel (IHAP) process.
To keep pressure on the Parliament in the lead up to the Senate voting on this legislation in mid-November, we encourage all doctors to take part in our social media campaign to save Medevac. Show the Parliament that doctors say #SAVEMEDEVAC by 'retweeting with comment' our kick-off campaign tweet
featuring Professor Paul Colditz, RACP President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division
with your own selfie holding the #SAVEMEDEVAC sign.
You can also engage with our existing tweets (tweet #1
, tweet #2
) and Facebook
posts to support momentum for this cause.
Download the sign
Are you a medical student who identifies as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori? If so, apply for the RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize. The selected applicant will receive support to attend RACP Congress in Melbourne where you’ll gain educational and networking opportunities, as well as exposure to career pathways within the College.
The prize includes:
- full trainee or medical student registration for RACP Congress in Melbourne in May 2020
- return economy airfares to Melbourne
- up to three nights’ accommodation
Applications for 2020 are now open. Please encourage anyone you know who is eligible to apply before Friday, 31 January 2020.
The RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program supports medical graduates and current RACP trainees who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori on their chosen career path to becoming a physician. The Scholarships provide a funded pathway through Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter training in Australia and/or New Zealand. Applications close Saturday, 30 November 2019.
There are several scholarships available for 2020, including:
- Basic, advanced or chapter training
- College Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship
- NZ Aotearoa Māori Health Scholarship
Also offered for Faculty training:
- Indigenous Health Scholarship for Occupational & Environmental Medicine
- Indigenous Health Scholarship for Rehabilitation Medicine
- The John McLeod Indigenous Health Scholarship in Public Health Medicine
Registrations are now open for the Tri-nation Alliance International Medical Symposium (IMS), 20 March 2020, Amora Hotel Sydney, Australia.
Now in its ninth year IMS is an annual event that reinforces the strong historical relationship between medical professions from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Cementing these ties, a formal agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Royal Australasian College of Psychiatrists created the Tri-Nations Alliance.
The IMS 2020 theme, Providing care to underserved populations is relevant to health professionals from all member countries. With a focus on higher medical education, delegates will explore how specialist training can support and enhance access to health care for critical populations experiencing difficulties in accessing healthcare, potentially due to location or isolation, social determinants or other specific issues.
New online course:
Working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Learn how to work more sensitively and effectively with migrant, refugee and asylum seeker patients in this new online course.
The course provides relevant facts and practical strategies for developing good cross-cultural communication and facilitating easier navigation of the healthcare system. The course includes the perspectives and stories of a diverse range of individuals to provide the full picture.
Accessible anywhere and optimised for mobile on-the-go learning, RACP Online Learning Resources are free for members and counts towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.
Access the course
It’s been just over a year since the Northern Territory Government became the first jurisdiction in Australia to introduce a minimum price on alcohol, a policy strongly supported by the College and advocated in our position statement on alcohol. So far, the outcomes are encouraging, with a clear reduction in alcohol-related violence and emergency department admissions noted in the latest government update. Members across Australia are watching the developments in the NT closely as the RACP continues its campaign for minimum unit pricing on alcohol across the nation.
Following concerted advocacy efforts in Queensland and NSW, a recent media release and accompanying social media noted the first anniversary of the floor price in the NT and discussed the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing alcohol-related harm. After all, “Booze should not be cheaper than water”, in the words of Dr Rob Tait, President of the NT Regional Committee.
The RACP is keen to take the positive outcomes of the NT Government’s alcohol reform package to all states and territories. As we work with partners such as the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education on a campaign for minimum pricing, we ask all members to support us in this important effort.
You're invited to the RACP South Australian Annual Scientific Meeting, being held on Saturday, 30 November. Held under the theme 'Specialists. Together' this is the perfect opportunity to update yourself on recent developments in many fields of practice.
The program features industry experts from a breadth of the Fellowship, discussing diverse topics such as silicosis, pain management and the opioid crisis. Attendance can be claimed for CPD in Category 1 'Educational Activities' at 1 credit per hour.
Learn more about the speakers and program at the event website. We encourage you to let your colleagues know about this event and share the event poster in your staff kitchen.
The Medical Board of Australia would like to give a huge thanks to the 10,000 doctors in training who did the Medical Training Survey. The survey gave trainees a collective voice, and the results will give the rest of us an opportunity to listen and act on what they say. Survey results will be out in early 2020.
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