Queensland – April 2017

A message from the Queensland State Committee Chair 

Welcome to the first State Newsletter for 2017.

One of the tasks of the State Committee is to administer the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues each year.

There are prizes for the best adult medicine and paediatric medicine research presentation in the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence which are open to both Basic and Advanced Trainees. In November each year those ​trainees selected by the judging panel present their research and are questioned by the audience as the final process in selecting the best trainee research project each year. Applications usually open mid-year. Whilst it is early in the year trainees should consider entering the research awards. Not only are there generous prizes for the winners but those selected to present get the opportunity to present their work and be questioned about their work in a public but friendly environment.

For 2016 the winners of the two awards were Dr Samuel Chan in the adult medicine competition for his work on Temporal Changes in Deceased Kidney Donor Characteristics in Australia and Dr Chris Richmond in the paediatric competition for his presentation on Feeding Interventions Because of Respiratory Events in Preterm Infants.

I would like to thank Dr Nitin Kapur and Dr Gail Robinson for volunteering to act as judges in 2016.

The Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues, made possible due to the generosity of a bequest from Mrs Elsie Jameson, is awarded for the best research promoting Indigenous health. Fellows and trainees are eligible to apply for this Award. In some years the Prize is not awarded either because no application have been received or the entries are judged to not be of sufficient quality to award the Prize. The Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues is advertised at the same time as the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence.

The Queensland Annual Scientific Meeting has not been held for a few years now due to falling attendances. This year the State Committee is considering resurrecting the State meeting with the aim of providing a broad range of topics on interest to all physicians and of particular relevance to new physicians. We are looking to mid-July and will advertise more details once finalised.

Important work has been achieved by the College regarding physician wellness and I would like to bring your attention to the number of College resources available to address the health of physicians. The RACP support helpline via Converge International has been developed to provide members with access to confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are a number of other support services for health professionals available.

The Training Support Unit coordinates support for trainees who are experiencing training difficulties and assists supervisors of these trainees. For any queries or concerns please contact TrainingSupport@racp.edu.au to speak to staff in this area. 

The Queensland State Committee is committed to supporting our physicians in their training journey and beyond. I urge all members to use these services and share this with your colleagues and trainees. 

The RACP eLearning library offers a wealth of free online educational resources for Fellows and trainees. eLearning courses cover a range of topics including Communication, Leadership and Management, Supervision and Research. Completing RACP eLearning modules is also an activity eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits in MyCPD.

Associate Professor Peter Davoren
Chair, Queensland State Committee 


Medicinal Cannabis Legislation in Queensland

The regulations for the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill 2016 came into effect in Queensland on Wednesday, 1 March 2017. This legislation was enacted to create a new regulatory framework under which medicinal cannabis products may be prescribed and dispensed to patients in Queensland while also preventing their unauthorised use.

The RACP participated in the consultation process leading up to the finalisation of the legislative regulations. The College noted that there were a limited number of medical conditions for which there was sufficient evidence on the use of medicinal cannabis and therefore a trial was warranted. It did, however, raise concerns about the risk of prescription for conditions for which evidence is not yet available, and suggested that limiting cannabis use to clinical trials would allow a rigorous evidence base to be established prior to any broader approval for given therapeutic uses.

The Queensland Government has established the Queensland Medicinal Cannabis Expert Panel to provide informed advice and recommendations to the Chief Executive to assist in their decision making process. The main purpose of the Panel is to consider applications for medicinal cannabis made by individuals and provide advice and recommendations to the Chief Executive about the appropriateness of the treatment and any other considerations that may affect the decision to approve or refuse the application.

The College is assisting the Queensland Government in identifying specialists in the fields of palliative care, medical oncology and neurology to participate in the Expert Panel. Participation would be independent of College engagement and recommendations in support of the Expert Panel would not be made as representative of the College, nor would they obligate the College in any way.

Download the Terms of reference (PDF 212KB) for the Expert Panel.

Interested parties should respond to racpqld@racp.edu.au and their interest will be referred to the Queensland Department of Health who will contact them directly about participation.

An update from your Queensland Member Support Officer

As the Queensland Member Support Officer I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new trainees to the College. I have begun to meet many of you as you start your training journey with the College and many of you have attended the Basic Training Orientation Sessions in Cairns, Townsville, Nambour and Logan. I hope to have the opportunity to meet more of you as I do more sessions around Queensland. Please feel free to contact me at hannah.parker@racp.edu.au or on 07 3872 7007.

There has already been four successful Supervisor Workshops held this year and the Queensland facilitators for the supervisor workshops have the following face-to-face workshops organised. 

Workshop  Location  Date  Time 
 SPDP 1 Townsville Hospital  Friday, 7 April  4pm to 7pm
 SPDP 2 Townsville Hospital  Saturday, 8 April  9am to 12pm
 SPDP 3 Townsville Hospital  Saturday, 8 April  1pm to 4pm
 SPDP 1
(Paediatrics)
Lady Cilneto Children’s
Hospital
 Thursday, 1 June  9am to 12pm
 SPDP 2
(Paediatrics)
Lady Cilneto Children’s
Hospital
Friday, 1 September  1pm to 4pm
 
All Queensland workshops are open to Fellows and final year Advanced Trainees. Further workshops will be announced throughout the year.

For online workshop information and more details about all the workshop content go to the Supervisor Professional Development Program page.
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