Queensland – August 2017

A message from the Queensland State Committee Chair

The State Office is seeing a change of staff over the coming weeks. We recently said farewell to Julian Page, Senior Executive Officer and Deborah Arnaud, Administrative Assistant. Tracey Handley, former Member Support Officer in the Queensland State office has re-joined us as the new Senior Executive Officer and Phillipa Byrne has joined the Queensland Office in a new position of Executive Officer. I would like to extend the thanks of the State Committee to both Julian and Deborah and extend a welcome to our new staff.

Saturday, 8 July saw our annual meeting in a new format, with an emphasis on welcoming new Fellows. The Queensland Annual Scientific Meeting has evolved over recent years in an attempt to meet the needs of a wide audience of physicians with differing educational needs. As we all get busier it has become difficult to attract registrants to a two day meeting.

This year we held a Saturday afternoon meeting. The topics and level of discussion indicated a successful formula might have been found. 

Psychiatrist Professor Jane Turner from the University of Queensland discussed communication challenges. Her insights into interacting with more difficult people were highly enlightening. Dr Margaret Kay addressed doctors’ health followed by barrister Ms Susan Gardiner from the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal who discussed assessing patients’ capacity to make decisions. Avant Mutual Group sponsored the afternoon and registered nurse, Ms Annabel Heron from their Brisbane Office provided insights into risk management strategies.  

Applications for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health are now being accepted. I’d encourage all trainees to consider applying for a research award. The Jameson Award is also open to new Fellows.

Associate Professor Peter Davoren
Chair, Queensland State Committee 

Queensland New Fellows' Forum and Annual Meeting

On Saturday, 8 July, the Queensland State Committee held the first New Fellows' Forum for Queensland. Four guest speakers spoke on topics relevant to final year Advanced Trainees and New Fellows.

This was a great opportunity for New Fellows and Advanced Trainees to expand their knowledge on wellbeing, communication, decision making and risk management. 

After the session a number of attendees shared their thoughts of the event:

Dr Marc Galbo thought that all of the topics were relevant, engaging and the sessions were short and concise. He suggested that Advanced Trainees nearing the end of their training should try to attend more College events and workshops, including supervisor workshops.
Dr Josephine Stringer said that the communication session increased her awareness of the biases in how people communicate. She mentioned that the College could continue to support New Fellows throughout their careers by providing ongoing professional development as well as sessions on clinical skills. Dr Stringer recommends that Advanced Trainees should talk to both new and senior consultants about their experiences, as they have been through the same ​process to receive their Fellowship. 

Dr Chamica Gunawardena found the information on how to become engaged and involved with the College very useful. She now understands how Committees function and how she can become a member. Dr Gunawardena also thought the risk management session was “eye opening”, and made her aware of potential risks and what strategies she can implement when moving into private practice.

Dr Mehr Shaikh enjoyed the interactive component of the Capacity session and thought it was well presented, particularly with the use of just one case study. Dr Shaikh advises Advanced Trainees nearing the end of their training to look at the College’s eLearning resources and also make themselves familiar with the College’s Continuing Professional Development program, MyCPD.

Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues

Apply today. Submissions close Friday, 22 September 2017

The Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues is awarded to the best oral research presentation made at the Queensland State Committee Research Presentation evening, to be held on Thursday, 1 November.

To apply and for more information go to the Jameson Investigator Award for Research Related to Indigenous Health Issues page

Upcoming event

Breakfast seminar: Climate change and human health: Tracking the transition from threat to opportunity
Thursday, 17 August

Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the facilitators of the eight Supervisor Workshops hosted in Queensland so far this year, as well as those in the planning phase. 

To date 104 Fellows and 25 Advanced Trainees have attended these workshops. The participation and response to the workshops in Queensland is always extremely engaging and positive.

Ten newly trained facilitators recently spent one and a half days in Sydney learning the art of facilitating an RACP Supervisor Workshop. 

Twelve current facilitators also spent one day participating in Advanced Facilitator Training for these workshops. 

If you would like to become a facilitator of these workshops please contact supervisor@racp.edu.au 

All Queensland workshops are open to Fellows and Advanced Trainees.The following face-to-face Supervisor Workshops are organised. You do not have to attend the workshops in sequential order.

 Workshop  Location   Date   Time
 SPDP 1  Bundaberg Hospital  Saturday, 12 August  11am to 2pm 
 SPDP 1  Tweed Hospital  Friday, 25 August  9am to 12pm
 SPDP 2  Gold Coast University Hospital  Friday, 22 September  3pm to 6pm
 SPDP 3  Robina Hospital  Thursday, 19 October  4pm to 7pm

Go to the supervisor workshop page for more information on workshop content, details on online workshops and further face-to-face workshops organised later in the year.

Please contact Hannah Parker, Member Services Officer, at racpqld@racp.edu.au for further information.

Queensland RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

news-tra-2017Apply today. Submissions close Friday, 22 September 2017

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition is held to select State, Territory and New Zealand representatives to present their research work in Sydney in May 2018. 

Two trainees, one presenting in the field of adult medicine and one presenting in the field of paediatric medicine, will be selected to represent Queensland.

Representatives will be given the opportunity to present their research in Sydney in May 2018 and will receive the following benefits:

  • return economy class airfares from the place of nomination
  • accommodation for three nights (including breakfast) 
  • complimentary registration including Trainees' Day (if still a trainee)
  • Congress Gala Dinner or Paediatrics & Child Health Division Dinner.

Trainees from all RACP Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are eligible to apply.

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

Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Time: 6pm 
Cost: Free
RACP Queensland
Level 3
17 Bowen Bridge Road
Registration: To register your attendance email racpqld@racp.edu.au

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

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