Queensland - April 2016

A message from the Queensland State Committee Chair

Dear Fellows and trainees,

Welcome to the revised state e-bulletin. The State Committee has published a regular communiqué over the years with the aim of providing information relevant to Queensland Fellows and trainees. This bulletin marks the re-introduction of a state-based newsletter on College matters.

A review of the Queensland medical workforce, both public and private is currently underway by Queensland Health and the State Committee will be involved in this activity. Associate Professor Michael Gabbett has already been involved in a survey canvassing barriers to people working in regional areas. Ensuring adequate training positions to supply the anticipated needs of Queensland will be at the forefront of our advice.

A review of selection into training and capacity to train is underway in the College. Many Fellows involved in training will be aware of the increasing formal requirements for supervisors of trainees and the time demands this can have. These demands and the changing ways medicine is practiced has the ability to reduce exposure to learning opportunities for trainees and affect the quality of training. Members of the State Committee are actively involved in this review process.

The State Committee will again host Supervisor Workshops at our Brisbane offices and throughout Queensland during 2016. Queensland Member Support Officer Hannah Parker is able to arrange these workshops in your area if needed. Facilitators for these workshops are also needed and if anyone is interested in attending the training sessions for facilitators please contact Hannah at hannah.parker@racp.edu.au.

Associate Professor Peter Davoren
Chair, Queensland State Committee

Queensland Fellows contribute to Queensland Government medical workforce plan

The Honourable Cameron Dick MP, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services has requested the development of a medical workforce plan for Queensland.  

The Plan will include a number of recommendations and strategies to support the enhanced delivery of a responsive, flexible and sustainable medical workforce. This will be a collaborative effort between the Department of Health, Hospital and Health Services, specialist medical colleges, professional organisations, vocational training pathways and other agencies involved in medical workforce recruitment policy and planning.

The Queensland State Committee along with the College Workforce Working Party was asked to consider a Whitepaper presented by the Health Department which provided a profile of the current workforce and identified the factors which influence and impacts workforce.   

Feedback has been presented to the Health Department with an emphasis on the importance of improving accuracy of data and information as much as possible and the need to collaborate with the development and implementation of strategies to help better match physician workforce supply and demand.

Other areas highlighted in the response to the Health Department inlcuded the importance of taking a state wide view of physician training, investing in regional and rural training centres, and providing support for training networks.

The Queensland State Committee will be collaborating further with the Department of Health on this issue and will keep Fellows and trainees up to date with further developments.

Trainees’ Committee opportunities in 2016

The Queensland Trainees’ Committee has re-formed for 2016 and are looking forward to a productive and positive 2016. The Trainees’ Committee has a number of functions but the main focus of the Committee is to support the professional careers of trainees in Queensland. This is achieved by working with appropriate College bodies and staff regarding education, training and assessment and continual professional development. 

The Trainees’ Committee is focusing on building links with Trainees’ Committees in other states, Chief Medical Registrars throughout Queensland and building links with regional centres.

There are two Trainees’ Committee Chairs representing both Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health. The current Chairs are Dr Hervey Lau (Adult) and Dr Bret McVinish (Paediatrics). They represent the Trainees’ Committee at the Queensland State Committee where they also contribute toward policy and advocacy issues at a local level.

Being a member of the Trainees’ committee is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with postgraduate medical education and representation at both a state and national level. It is a wonderful way to enhance your skills and network with colleagues across Australia. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Trainees’ Committee please contact the Queensland office at racpqld@racp.edu.au.

Queensland State Committee taking the lead on evidence based practice to address workforce shortages in remote regions

The provision of adequate specialist physician and paediatrician services to remote Queensland is a chronic problem and one which is echoed across Australasia. 

In 2011, the Queensland State Office (QSO) embarked on a project examining ways to address the problem. The success of this work has led to the establishment of a national collaboration which is positioning itself for a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council grant to execute a long-term project to implement evidence-based solutions.

In 2010, the QSO was approached by the incumbent Queensland government to execute a project to support a Ministerial Taskforce to help solve problems with medical staffing, education and training. With generous financial support from successive Queensland Governments, the QSO partnered with the Centre of Military and Veterinary Affairs at the University of Queensland to undertake both a comprehensive literature review and survey of our membership. 

The results have piqued the interest of number of parties, and the QSO is leading the push for a prospective evidence based project, partnering with the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, Department of Health Queensland; and Human Services Victoria.

Associate Professor Michael T Gabbett
Immediate Past Chair

Upcoming events

The following events will all be held at the RACP Queensland State Office, Unit 20/17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston.

Basic Training Orientation

Date: Thursday, 14 April
Time: 6pm for networking and refreshments, presentations 7pm – 9pm.
Registration: RSVP to hannah.parker@racp.edu.au

AFOEM Trainee/CPD meetings

Date:  Wednesday, 19 April
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Date: Wednesday, 4 May 
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Date: Thursday, 19 May 
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

AFPHM Trainee meeting

Date: Thursday, 20 April 
Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

AFPHM Regional meeting

Date: Thursday, 20 April 
Time: 5.30 – 6.30pm
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