New South Wales / Australian Captial Territory - April 2016

A message from the New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory State Committee Chair

This state newsletter is a welcome opportunity to keep you up-to-date on what is happening in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). This information has been tailored especially for you, the members in our region, covering our issues and our events. I encourage you to get involved in the College at a local level by joining one of our committees, or if you have suggestions for the NSW/ACT State Committee please email us at

Over the past year, the Committee has taken up a number of activities to influence the health of those in NSW and the ACT including:

  • meeting with representatives of NSW Kids and Families to discuss the implementation of Healthy, Safe and Well: a strategic health plan for children, young people and families 2014-24, in particular issues to do with workforce and training
  • meeting with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine to examine opportunities for collaboration to ensure both workforces receive sufficient training in the various specialties
  • representing the College at the 2015 NSW Innovation and Health Symposium, held by NSW Health.

The Committee also represents NSW/ACT on a number of College working parties on education and training and responds to a number of policy and advocacy papers and position statements.

Each year the Committee also hosts the NSW/ACT RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence which is one of the highlights of being on the State Committee.

Professor Stephen Clarke
NSW/ACT Committee Chair

Clinical Practice Improvement Program presentation day

Advanced Trainees in NSW recently presented the outcomes of projects they have been undertaking as part of the Clinical Practice Improvement Program. 

The Program is a joint initiative of the Clinical Excellence Commission and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

This unique program helps Advanced Trainees recognise areas where improvements in the health system are needed and will equip them with new skills to improve the system. 

10 trainees presented on their projects with on topics including:

  • enhancing the quality of care and safety of both patients and the community at the time of insulin commencement in hospitals
  • improving in-patient sepsis management
  • improving clinical practice on venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment and prophylaxis prescription.

The aim of the program is to improve patient safety and clinical quality in our healthcare system. 

To successfully complete the program each participant was required to identify a ‘clinical service challenge’ and undertake a clinical improvement project which demonstrates how they addressed or improved a significant quality and safety issue in their organisation.

Supporting our trainees at 2016 orientation

Over 80 new and prospective Basic Trainees attended the NSW/ACT 2016 Adult Medicine Basic Training Orientation session on Saturday, 19 March in Sydney.  

The Orientation, hosted by NSW/ACT Member Support Officer Rhiannon Moran, was aimed at new Basic Trainees and Postgraduate Year Two Trainees (PGY2) and those interested in commencing Basic Training (BT). 

The event covered how to approach BT, requirements in BT and provided helpful hints to succeed with training. 

Contact your Member Support Officer (MSO)

Rhiannon Moran is your NSW/ACT MSO. She is available to provide practical, on the ground training advice on the RACP education programs across the ACT and NSW. Rhiannon is planning to target rural and regional training settings over the coming months. 

Rhiannon is available to speak to Supervisors and trainees with any queries regarding the RACP Training Programs and Pathways. 

Contact Details: 

Rhiannon Moran, Member Support Officer NSW/ACT
Mobile: 0488 466 999

Interested in becoming a supervisor

There are several Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops planned for 2016 in New South Wales.

These workshops are open to all Fellows who are supervisors, would like to become one, or learn more about what supervision is about.

Supervisor workshops provide supervisors with the training and support they need to supervise Basic or Advanced Trainees.

Upcoming workshops:

Date  Workshop  Eligibility  Site  Time 
 Thursday, 5 May  Coaching  Open to all  RACP Sydney Office  10am – 4.30pm
 Friday, 6 May  Coaching  Open to all  RACP Sydney Office  10am – 4.30pm
 Wednesday, 11 May  DPE Induction  DPE only  RACP Sydney Office  10am – 4.30pm
 Monday, 6 June  SPDP 2  Open to all  Children's Hospital at Westmead  TBC
 Thursday, 16 ​June  SPDP 3  Open to all  Gosford Hospital  5:30pm – 8:30pm
 Monday, 24 October  SPDP 3  Open to all   Children's Hospital at Westmead    TBC
 Wednesday, 26 October  SPDP 2   Open to all   Wollongong Hospital   TBC 
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