The President's Message – 9 August 2019

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.

All trainees have been sent their results, except Adult Medicine within Australia, which will be available Thursday, 15 August.

The new score combination approach has been developed by Fellows to ensure the outcomes are consistent with the overall purpose of the assessment, based on analysis of previous candidates’ performance. We are currently getting feedback from candidates and markers for continued improvement.

The recent Meet the Board event

To improve our communication with you, we continue to host regular Meet the Board events.

These meetings give you an opportunity to hear from us and tell us what you want us to focus on at the College. On 11 July, Board Directors enjoyed the valuable opportunity of meeting some of you at our most recent event at Westmead Hospital.

Also, from now onwards, we’ll be sending out a regular communique after all face-to-face Board meetings. A Board meeting was held the following day in Sydney on 12 July. For further details, please see our July Board communique.

We are working closely with the ACNC.

The Board has signed the compliance agreement and has made a recommendation to the ACNC of a potential independent governance expert.  We are planning more detailed communication with you when this appointment is finalised.

RACP Gender Equity in Medicine Poll results and meeting

We recently sent you an RACP poll on gender equity in the workforce. We received over 1,600 responses and released the full results. Your feedback indicated you’d like us to be more involved in promoting gender equity in the medical industry.

In response, you’re invited to an RACP Gender Equity in Medicine meeting on Tuesday, 20 August 2019. The meeting will be held at the RACP Sydney and Melbourne offices, and will be available via audio and video conferencing. It will showcase important gender equity initiatives and discuss the roles our College and membership can play to promote gender equity. I encourage you to attend or dial in to this important event. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Associate Professor Mark Lane
RACP President

My Health Record webinar – Opportunities to better serve the population

You are invited to an interactive panel discussion on the opportunities My Health Record has for Indigenous health, integrated care and more. Learn from industry experts Dr Rosalie Schultz, Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster and the Australian Digital Health Agency.

When: Monday, 26 August 2019
Time: 6pm to 7pm (AEST)
Location: via webinar
Registration: register online

Recognising research achievements

The Eric Susman Prize is awarded annually to a Fellow of the College for the best contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine (Adult Medicine or Paediatrics). Submit your nominations before Monday, 30 September 2019.

Trainees are invited to submit their abstracts for the RACP Trainee Research Awards. You will receive the opportunity to present your research at regional events. Representatives from each event will be selected to present at 2020 RACP Congress as part of the Research and Innovation Showcase. Submit your applications by Saturday, 31 August 2019.

More information on these and other prizes is available on the Foundation webpage.

Quality and safety resources for members

Quality and safety is central to the delivery of healthcare in Australia and New Zealand. We offer a number of resources to help you create a culture of quality and safety in your healthcare setting.

Register for the quality and safety online course to learn about developing a preventative mindset and identifying and remediating situations where the quality and safety of patient care may be compromised. 

Refer to the Quality and Safety Curated Collection for a peer-reviewed list of high quality resources on the topic. Or to learn about strategies for communicating effectively with patients about the risks and benefits of treatment options, enrol in the communicating risks and benefits online course.

RACP Online Learning resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development requirements. 

The Obesity Collective

In June 2019 RACP joined the Obesity Collective. The Collective is a group of individuals and organisations that work together to take on obesity from a whole-of-society, stigma-reducing perspective.

Recently the Collective launched an Obesity Evidence Hub. The Hub aims to become a source of up-to-date evidence on obesity and a gold-standard guide to effective policy development across Australia.

The Collective is also developing a system activity map of projects, programs, policies, strategies, research and services related to obesity, healthy eating, physical activity and related medical care. This crowd-sourced database allows users to better understand obesity-related activity in Australia and help identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation across the system.

Following quality testing, the map will be available for public use via a website.

We invite you to see the current holdings, which is a work in progress. If you have any feedback, please let the Collective know or complete this input form.

To learn more about the Collective, please see its latest newsletter.

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Sign up for the online Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP)

Goal setting, providing effective feedback, and making evidence-based judgements are just some of the skills supervisors can learn more about in the SPDP3 online course. The courses are designed with the busy Physician in mind, and can be done at your own pace. The next SPDP3: Work-based Learning and Assessment will start on Monday, 26 August and participants will have until Sunday, 29 September to complete it.

Register today

Howard Williams Medal

Nominate a colleague who has made an outstanding contribution to Paediatrics and Child Health in improving the health of children and young people in Australia or New Zealand for the Howard Williams Medal. The recipient of this prize will be recognized and awarded a medal at RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne and is given the opportunity to give an oration regarding their contribution.

Deadline for submitting nominations is on Monday, 12 August 2019.

Full details for this prize is available on the Foundation webpage.

International Medical Symposium 2020

Save the date for the International Medical Symposium (IMS) 2020 'Providing care to underserved populations' taking place on Friday, 20 March 2020 at the Amora Hotel in Sydney. Registrations are opening soon.

IMS 2019 'Visioning the impact of advanced technology on medical education' was held in Auckland on 22 March. We're delighted to share the presentation material and recordings of selected sessions from IMS 2019 with you. Presentations have only been released where approval has been given by the authors.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020.

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New Informed Financial Consent Guide launched

The RACP is one of 13 leading medical colleges, societies and associations to co-badge the Australian Medical Association's Informed Financial Consent: A Collaboration Between Doctors and Patients. Other co-badged organisations include two RACP affiliated specialty societies, the Australasian Sleep Association and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. The guide aims to empower patients to better understand medical costs, and engage in conversations with their doctors about their fees. It was launched on 23 July at Parliament House in Canberra by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.

Evaluation of the Training Support Pathway

We are seeking the views of trainees and Fellows who have had experience of the Training Support Pathway. Your feedback about your past experiences of the Training Support Pathway will help us identify what improvements can be made.

This short survey is open to:

Your participation will take approximately 10-15 minutes and is anonymous.

If you have questions about the research project please contact the lead researcher, Gillian Lucas.

Internal Medicine Journal

The Editor’s Choice for the August edition of the Internal Medicine Journal is a review on recommendations for the use of pegylated interferon-α in the treatment of classical myeloproliferative neoplasms.

Key highlights from the issue include:

  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia
  • Stroke in the Australian Indigenous population
  • Immediate cephalosporin allergy
  • Subclinical hypothyroidism during pregnancy
  • Hip fracture and vitamin D in a sub-tropical climate.

Read now

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Heath August 2019 edition is out now. It features an interesting article on two sisters with a rare cause of infantile colic.

Other topics this month include:

  • Clinical skills should be prized
  • Complexities of conducting research in adolescent refugees resettling in Australia
  • Everything is awesome: Don't forget the Lego
  • What evidence-based strategies have been shown to improve breastfeeding rates in preterm infants
  • The mediating role of sleep in the relationship between Indigenous status and body mass index in Australian school-aged children.

Read now

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myCPD Champion: Professor Peter Procopis

Medical Board of Australia (MBA) changes to how Fellows undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) come into effect over the next few years. The RACP is preparing Fellows for these changes by updating its myCPD Framework from 2019, to reflect the direction the MBA is heading with its changes. As the new myCPD Framework comes into effect, Fellows incorporating the changes into their practice and lifestyles speak to us about their approaches to CPD.

Professor Peter Procopis is a Paediatric Neurologist who works as Senior Staff Specialist in neurology at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. He shares his thoughts on CPD.

Physicians need to keep-up-to-date through lifelong learning. This should include engaging in traditional continuing medical education, such as reading journals and going to conferences, and seeking feedback about one’s performance from peers and examining areas of practice to ensure that the results of one’s treatment are in fact achieving their initial aim. Good medicine leads to favourable outcomes and patient satisfaction, and requires more than knowledge of a particular subject. We need to fulfill patients' needs in a professional manner. Feedback from patients and colleagues helps a physician to achieve these goals.

As an example, maintaining regular contact with my peers has enabled me to keep up with modern genomics. As a result I provide parents of my patients with the opportunity to learn about their child’s diagnosis and possible targeted treatments.

In the future I will need to devise methods of measuring outcomes of my treatments. I expect that both the College and my Specialty Society will help with suggestions for relevant projects. At this stage, as a Paediatric Neurologist, I plan to measure management of childhood epilepsy against expected standards formulated by national and international epilepsy bodies. Such projects, as well as other CPD activities, require advanced planning to not only put the project in place, but also determine if a given activity has been successful.

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CPAC Executive Committee name change and updated by-laws

At the last College Policy & Advocacy Council (CPAC) meeting in May the CPAC By-law was updated to include the name change of CPAC Advisory Committee to the CPAC Executive Committee (CPAC EC), as well as some minor operational changes to align with the Delegation Model. The Board considered the updated By-law at its 12 July meeting and approved the changes.

The updated CPAC by-law can be viewed on the College webpage.

Participate in training needs analysis

The National Blood Authority (NBA) is conducting a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) via an external consultant, Curio Group, to understand the demand for new training products and services offered by the NBA and also preferred training modes and methods.

On behalf of NBA, you are invited to participate in a short survey that will take less than 10 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous. The survey is open until Friday, 30 August 2019.

By participating, the NBA hope to ascertain what training is needed in the blood sector, by whom, and how the training should be delivered. If you have any queries please email the NBA.

Complete the survey now.

RACGP is seeking your input on its National Drug and Alcohol Education Program

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has received a grant of approximately $7.9 million from the federal government to deliver drug and alcohol education to General Practitioners (GPs) nationally and are currently seeking feedback on the draft National Drug and Alcohol Education (NDAE) Program Guidelines via an online survey. The RACGP survey is open until Friday, 30 August 2019. The feedback provided will shape how this education is developed and delivered in each state/territory to meet the different needs of GPs across the country.

For further information about this consultation, please either refer to the RACGP online survey or contact the RACGP via email.

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