Queensland - August 2016

A message from the Queensland State Committee Chair

Welcome to the latest edition of the Queensland eNewsletter. 

The new State Committee will hold its first meeting of the new term this month. A number of Committee members stood down recently having completed their time on the Committee. Associate Professor Michael Gabbett, Dr David Levitt, Dr Chris Cunneen, Dr Nicola Murdock, Dr Christine Sammartino and Dr Kevin Lee have all been valuable members of the Committee with Michael and Chris serving as Chair and Deputy Chair respectively. 

We will be welcoming Dr Fahid Hashem, Dr Gail Robinson, Dr Patricia Lee-Apostol, Dr Joseph  Lee and Dr Nitin Kapur as new members following the recent elections.

We recently provided feedback to Queensland Health on their draft Sexual Health and Reproductive ​Health Strategy. Dr Graham Neilsen, the Committee and sexual health physicians in particular provided a rigorous review of the document. Read more about the strategy below

Various Committee Members continue to provide feedback to Queensland Health on their workforce review. Contributions have also been made to the RACP reviews into Selection into Training and Capacity to Train.

Associate Professor Peter Davoren
Chair, Queensland State Committee

news-trainee-research-awardsQueensland RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence – Submit your abstract today

The annual RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence identifies and acknowledges the best trainee research presentations in the fields of adult medicine and paediatric medicine.

Two representatives, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine, will be selected to present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. 

Abstracts for the Queensland regional competition close Friday, 23 September. Trainees from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are eligible to apply.

This is an excellent opportunity for trainee representatives to present their ideas and research in a professional and public setting.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are funded from donations received from Fellows and trainees.

All members are invited to attend the Queensland competition which will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Venue: RACP Queensland, Level 3, Unit 20, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston

Go to the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence page for more information, including abstract submission information.

Apply today – Jameson Investigator Award for Research related to Indigenous Health Issues

The Jameson Investigator Award for Research related to Indigenous Health Issues is presented to the best oral research presentation on research related to Indigenous Health. The award is open to trainees or Fellows who have been admitted within the past three years. 

The recipient of the Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues will receive A$1000 and a certificate.

To apply submit your abstract using the Jameson Investigator Award Abstract template to racpqld@qld.edu.au. Applications close Friday, 23 September.

The presentations will be held in conjunction with the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence:

Venue: RACP Queensland, Level 3, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston
Date: Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Time: 6pm to 9pm

All Fellows, Supervisors, Directors of Physician Education and trainees are encouraged to attend the awards evening and to support the trainees in their presentation of their research. To register to attend please email racpqld@qld.edu.au including any dietary requirements.

Queensland Government Sexual Health Strategy

In 2015, the Queensland Government, led by the Queensland Department of Health began the process for the development of a comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy. 

This was informed by an extensive consultation process with key stakeholders and a mapping survey of service providers across the state. 

Subsequently, the Steering Committee met a number of times to review the findings of these consultations to issue a draft Strategy for public comment. The final public consultation process concluded on 25 June 2016 and the finalised Strategy is expected to be released within the next month.

Queensland is unique in the scope of its Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy. The Commonwealth, other states and territories have generally responded at the policy-level with disease-focused strategies for HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections and hepatitis. 

In contrast, the Queensland Strategy has a far-reaching vision with six strategic outcomes that cut across a number of sectors and departments including health, education, the Department of Communities and a variety of non-government organisations. The strategic outcomes include:

  • improving community awareness and information
  • supporting healthy ageing
  • improving education and support for children and young people
  • responding to the needs of specific populations groups including:
    • children and young people
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • culturally and linguistically diverse people
    • people with disability and or impaired capacity
    • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
    • occupation or location groups (e.g. sex workers and people in custody)
  • prioritising prevention
  • providing quality care at the right time and place.

The RACP Queensland State Committee gave a written response to the request for feedback and was very supportive of the Strategy. 

Paediatrician receives Queensland State Committee Educational Development Grant

The 2016 Queensland State Committee Educational Development Grant was awarded to Dr Peter Snelling for his project ‘Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) at the Hospital for Sick Children, Canada’.

The Grant assists trainees to implement or undertake educational projects or activities. 
POCUS is the simplification of ultrasound technology to a portable machine that can be used at the patient bedside.  

Described as the visual stethoscope of the twenty-first century, POCUS is staging the next revolution in paediatric emergency medicine (PEM).  

It holds great promise in paediatrics given that it is non-invasive, does not emit ionising radiation, and that children are ideal for imaging, given their generally thin body habitus. Furthermore, its use in augmenting the paediatric examination has gained traction due to the rapid acquisition of important findings that can assist in critical decision-making or alternatively safeguard needle-guided procedures at the bedside.

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada is the world leader in the clinical application of POCUS in PEM. Given that there is no current training pathway or Fellowship in Australasia, Dr Snelling undertook a four week PEM POCUS Trainership in Toronto.  

This highly regarded program involved mentoring and credentialing in common applications, including cardiac, lung, soft tissue and extended focused assessment with sonography in trauma (EFAST). 

Dr Snelling’s goal is to now train others in the application of PEM POCUS, be involved in research, and to assist in the development of paediatric specific credentialing in Australasia.

Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service launched

The Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service (QSIS) was officially launched at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in July 2016. 

The service has been initiated with the support of the Communicable Diseases Branch, Prevention Division, Queensland Department of Health as part of a strategic plan to ensure children in Queensland with complex immunisation needs are immunised in line with national recommendations. 

The main aim of QSIS is to provide an immunisation service to children with complex medical problems, complex immunisation needs and those who have previously experienced a significant adverse event following immunisation.  

The Specialist Immunisation Clinic uses an outpatient and telehealth model and is co-ordinated by a Senior Medical Officer and Nurse Practitioner. A medical referral is required to be seen in the Specialist Immunisation Clinic or via telehealth. All consultations are bulk billed for Medicare card holders.

Children referred to the Specialist Immunisation Clinic may include those who:

  • previously had an adverse event following immunisation or are at risk of a significant adverse event 
  • have an underlying complex medical condition 
  • require post immunisation supervision in a hospital setting.

The Specialist Immunisation Clinic provides:

  • comprehensive consultation and development of individual immunisation recommendations, including counselling for patients with complex immunisation needs
  • immunisation within an inpatient and outpatient setting
  • follow up of immunisation issues and ongoing needs 
  • access to funded vaccines available through the National Immunisation Program. 

For more information about the Specialist Immunisation Clinic please visit the Children’s Health Queensland website

Upcoming events

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians publishes notices of events and courses as a service to members. Such publication does not constitute endorsement or mandating of any such events or courses.

Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops

SPDP workshops continue to run from at the RACP Queensland office and hospitals across the state.
If you would like a workshop in your area contact Hannah Parker, Member Support Officer at racpqld@racp.edu.au

SPDP workshops for the remainder of 2016

SPDP 1: Practical skills for supervisors

Venue: RACP Queensland, Level 3, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston
Date: Thursday, 8 September 
Time: 4pm to 7pm

Venue: Logan Hospital
Date: Wednesday, 19 October
Time: 4pm to 7pm

SPDP 2: Teaching and learning in healthcare settings

Venue: Logan Hospital
Date: Wednesday, 12 October
Time: 6pm to 9pm 

SPDP 3: Workplace-based learning and assessment

Venue: Logan Hospital
Date: Wednesday, 24 August
Time: 4pm to 7pm 

Venue: RACP Queensland, Level 3, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston
Date: Wednesday, 16 November
Time: 4pm to 7pm 

Facilitator Training – SPDP 2: Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings Workshop

Facilitator Training for SPDP 2: Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings is open to all RACP supervisors and Fellows interested in medical education and facilitating skill-based workshops.

The objectives of the one and half day Facilitator Training Workshop are to gain experience in: 

  • presenting the SPDP 2: Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Settings Workshop 
  • discussing and evaluating approaches to teaching and learning 
  • facilitating discussion and workshop activities 
  • practising workshop facilitation skills
  • preparing and evaluating workshops. 

To be a SPDP 2 Facilitator, Fellows must complete the SPDP 2 Facilitator Training Workshop and then run a minimum of two workshops, either in a local setting or at an Annual Scientific Meeting.

Workshop Facilitators are eligible to claim MyCPD credits under Category 4: Assessed Learning at the rate of three credits per hour up to the cap.

Venue: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Date:  Thursday, 15 and Friday, 16 September 2016
Time: (Thursday) 10am to 4pm, (Friday) 9.30am to 1pm
Cost: This is a free event for RACP Fellows
Facilitator: Associate Professor Victoria Brazil
Registration: Email supervisor@racp.edu.au or contact Hannah Parker, Member Support Officer at racpqld@racp.edu.au 
RSVP: Monday, 29 August 

Queensland RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and Jameson Investigator Award for Research related to Indigenous Health Issues presentation evening

Venue: RACP Queensland, Level 3, 17 Bowen Bridge Road, Herston
Date: Wednesday, 9 November
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Registration: Email racpqld@racp.edu.au including any dietary requirements 

Abstract submissions close Friday, 23 September 2016.

Public lecture – Australian Centre for Law Health Research

This public lecture will be on the topic 'Conscientious objection and value pluralism in medicine' and will be delivered by philosopher and bioethicist Professor Julian Savulescu from Oxford University.

Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane
Date: Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Registration: visit the event website.

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