Queensland — April 2018

A message from the Queensland  State Committee Chair

Colleagues,

The failure of the written exam process will not have escaped your attention. At the time of reading candidates will have had their second attempt at the written exam and have received their results. I, like most of us have observed the events from the sidelines. Also like most of us who have negotiated the examination process it is easy to understand the frustration and anger of trainees caught up in the debacle. I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the investigations into this event. Hopefully the progress of our trainees will not be too much impacted by their experience. The staff of the Queensland State Office have been the first point of contact for many trainees during this period and have performed commendably during a difficult time when not all the interactions they have had have been pleasant.

2018 has seen an election cycle for the College Committees and the Regional Committee nominations for elected positions closed recently. I look forward to seeing the results of this. The new Committee will commence from 1 July 2018. I would like to thank Carol Douglas for her contribution to the Queensland State Committee over the last six years. Positions on the Committee are time limited and Carol has served her ‘quota’. If you would like to contact the Queensland Committee members please visit the RACP Queensland Committee web page or email racpqld@racp.edu.au 

In 2017, the State Committee introduced an afternoon Queensland New Fellows Forum and Annual Scientific Meeting in place of the previously held annual scientific meetings, which were suffering from dwindling attendance. Topics such as doctors’ health and dealing with difficult patients were aimed at new Fellows but would have been of interest to all Fellows. This year’s meeting will follow a similar pattern and is to be held at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane on Saturday, 16 June 2018.  There will also be a Supervisor Professional Development Workshop (SPDP) 3 held in the morning, open to all Advanced Trainees’ and Fellows, with a networking lunch prior to the afternoons program.  Please email racpqld@racp.edu.au to register your interest for this event including the SPDP 3 Workshop.

Finally, the Trainee Research Awards and Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues will be held again this year with presentations in November. Trainees might like to consider now abstracts they might submit for the awards, watch out in the next bulletin and the RACP website for further details. 

Associate Professor Peter Davoren 
Chair, Queensland State Committee

Regional medicine influencing research focus

Dr Luke Conway is the latest recipient of the Jameson Investigator Award for his winning abstract — Weekly exenatide reduces HBA1C, weight and insulin requirements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Dr Luke Conway

Dr Conway (pictured, right) began his training in his home city of Cairns. After graduating from James Cook University in 2008, he completed his three years of Basic Training at Cairns Hospital.

While studying, Dr Conway travelled to remote communities including Thursday Island, Bamiga, Atherton Tablelands, Innisfail, Cooktown, Aurukun and Kowanyama. This exposure to northern communities fuelled Dr Conway’s strong interest in indigenous health and diabetes care. 

After continuing training as an Advanced Trainee in Endocrinology, Dr Conway began working at Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. He worked in the adolescent diabetes clinic, after cancer care endocrinology clinic and metabolic clinic. Patients with diseases involving the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands were also treated by Dr Conway. Experiences like this enabled Dr Conway to develop a range of expertise in endocrine patients.

Dr Conway moved back to Cairns after finishing his training. He is​ using his expertise to meet the long-term needs of patients in Far North Queensland. 

Basic ​Training orientations

On Saturday, 4 November 2017, the Queensland Trainees’ Committee hosted a Basic Physician Training Orientation for doctors interested in becoming trainees. Twenty-three prospective trainees attended.

The Paediatric Training Network's Medical Director and the Physician Training Network’s Medical Director​ spoke about Queensland Health Networks and how to join. A group of Advanced Trainee's shared their experience with the College’s Basic Training program and explained why they chose to train with RACP. 

The RACP Queensland Member Support Officer (MSO) detailed training requirements, resources and support available to RACP trainees.

QLD Trainees Committee representatives

Queensland Trainees’ Committee representatives at the Basic Training Orientation November 2017. From left to right; Dr Emi Khoo (Secretary), Dr Hervey Lau (Co-Chair), Dr Rebecca Kriukelis (Co-Chair), Dr Hashim Abdeen and Dr Claudia Wong).

Hannah Parker, the RACP Queensland MSO, is attending hospital lunchtime sessions in 2018 to reach out to as many new trainees as possible and run through the College’s Basic Training programs. Please contact Hannah Parker via email at racpqld@racp.edu.au if you have any questions regarding Basic Training. 

New Fellows Forum

A Queensland New Fellows’ Forum, Annual Scientific Meeting and Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) Workshop will be held in South Brisbane on Saturday, 16 June.

This event will include a free networking lunch and is open to Advanced Trainees about to become Fellows, as well current RACP Fellows.

Visit the event web page for full details

$10,000 funding opportunity

Are you thinking of doing some further training and getting more technical experience? Do you need funding to develop educational initiatives or present your research at a conference?

Applications are now open for the Queensland State Committee Educational Development Grant  for 2018, which helps Queensland Fellows or trainees implement or undertake educational initiatives.

Applications close on Monday, 28 May 2018. Visit the RACP Foundation webpage for full details of other Awards. For information about the eligibility criteria or application process, please contact  RACP Foundation  or phone +61 (02) 9256 9639.

Inside internal medicine — pathways and perspectives

IntoMed, Griffith University’s physicians’ interest society, recently invited RACP trainees and staff to speak to medical students on Wednesday, 7 March 2018. Trainees and staff offered insights into training programs and this is the second year this group has invited Queensland members to share experiences and knowledge.

Intomed 2018

IntoMed members and invited speakers, pictured above from left to right: Nicholas Newton (Social Media Director), Zhong Goh (Event Support Officer), Nick Spyrou (Treasurer), Sabrina Chan (Secretary), RACP Queensland Tracey Handley SEO, Dr Tim Pont, Hannah Parker MSO, Dr Hervey Lau, Michael Holland (President), Gerard Young (Co-Director Medical Education), Carissa Holland (Editor).

Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) Workshops 

More than 100 Fellows and Advanced Trainees have attended six SPDP Workshops in Queensland in 2018. Dates and locations of upcoming SPDP Workshops ​are listed in the table below.

Workshop

Location

Date

Time

Confirmed/Unconfirmed
Facilitators

SPDP 3

Logan Hospital
(open to all)

Thursday, 3 May

4pm to 7pm

Confirmed

SPDP 3

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
(Paediatric ONLY)

Thursday, 7 June

8am to 11am

Confirmed

SPDP 3

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
(open to all)

Saturday, 16 June

9pm to 12pm

Confirmed
Part of New Fellows Forum & Queensland ASM

SPDP 3

RACP Brisbane Office
(open to all)

Wednesday, 27 June

2pm to 5pm

Confirmed

SPDP 2

Logan Hospital
(open to all)

Thursday, 19 July

4pm to 7pm

Unconfirmed
(dependant on volunteer facilitator/s; details may change)

SPDP 1

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
(Paediatric ONLY)

Friday, 10 August

12pm to 3pm

Confirmed

SPDP 2

RACP Brisbane Office
(open to all)

Thursday, 30 August

2pm to 5pm

Confirmed

SPDP 1

Logan Hospital
(open to all)

Tuesday, 4 September

4pm to 7pm

Unconfirmed
(dependant on volunteer facilitator/s; details may change)

SPDP 1

Sunshine Coast University Hospital
(open to all)

Thursday, 27 September

1.30pm to 4.30pm

Confirmed

SPDP 3

RACP Brisbane Office
(open to all)

Thursday, 15 November

9am to 12pm

Confirmed


If you would like details about the upcoming SPDP Workshops, or want to book at workshop, please ​email Hannah Parker — racpqld@racp.edu.au. ​To become an SPDP Facilitator please email supervisor@racp.edu.au.

Please note that:

For those who may not be able to attend in person the College has developed online SPDP Workshops.  More details and workshop content are on the​ RACP website.

Junior Doctor Conference 

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland is inviting RACP Members to their fifth annual Junior Doctor conference on Saturday, 23 June and Sunday, 24 June 2018.

Visit the event website for speaker information and further details.

Health and wellbeing resources

The RACP recognise​s the importance of supporting the health and wellbeing of medical practitioners. Maintaining healthy mental, physical and social wellbeing ensures specialists can practice effectively throughout their careers, including during training.

In collaboration with partners across the sector, the RACP developed a range of resources to support the health and wellbeing of ​physicians. You can view the health and wellbeing resources on the RACP website

 
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