South Australia - August 2016

A message from the outgoing South Australian State Committee Chair

In June I stepped down as Chair of the South Australian (SA) State Committee after six years, the last four as Chair. I joined the committee as a co-opted member, as a Board member and President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. I admit that I was very surprised when I was elected Chair two years later. 

When I started I had little (no) involvement with the other Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. I was a typical Fellow of my little bit who was very happy to remain in his silo and peer occasionally, and not without some fear and trepidation at the other silos. 

Being on the Board opened my eyes to the RACP as a whole and made me realise what a huge and impressive organisation it is. Our education is second to none in the world and this is due to the work of Fellows who give their time for no remuneration, and by the hard working staff of the College, who are committed, and frankly wonderful, professional people. 

The RACP has been through some hard times in the last few years too. It has been a hard, long road to at last drag ourselves into the twenty-first century. I really believe that the contentious times are behind us and we can at last pay attention to the real issues – education, policy and advocacy, innovation and governance.

I have been genuinely honoured to be a member and Chair of the SA State Committee. We have had to find our place in the College and we still have to battle the disengagement of the broader membership. We have to make ourselves relevant but I have no doubt this is happening. 

The College Council (of which I remain a member) has recently clarified the roles of the State Committees and specifically delineated that we have a place, especially in education, and policy and advocacy. I am pleased that my very last job as Chair was to meet with the Minister for Disabilities, the Hon Leesa Vlahos MP, to lobby against the closure of the Centre for Disability Health. 

I remain on various College and Faculty committees. It is fun, even if the pay is poor. But I keep seeing the same faces and as is so often the case the same people keep volunteering. 

I want to thank everyone who has served on the Committee in my time, and I want to give very special thanks to the staff members both here in Adelaide and back in ‘College Central’.
I urge you all – become active in the RACP. It is your College. It is worth contributing to, and there is no question that you will get more out of it than you put in.

Dr Robin Chase

Introducing the new South Australian State Committee

The election of representatives on the South Australian (SA) State Committee for the 2016–2018 term has concluded and the members are:

  • Dr Rabin Bhandari
  • Dr Holly Bills
  • Dr Terence Donald
  • Dr Louise Flood
  • Dr Marianne Gillam
  • Dr Charmaine Gray
  • Dr Anupam Datta Gupta
  • Dr Peter Jezukaitis
  • Dr Usman Mushtaq
  • Dr Liza Phillips
  • Dr Robert van den Berg

The SA State Committee can be contacted at

news-trainee-research-awardsSouth Australia 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 South Australia regional competition close Friday, 9 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 South Australia competition which will be held on:

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: RACP South Australia, Suite 7, Level 2, 257 Melbourne Street, Adelaide

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

Notification of Rheumatic Fever (RF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are preventable diseases associated with poverty and disadvantaged populations, and in South Australia, occur mostly among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

RF and RHD are notifiable conditions under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. Medical practitioners must notify RF and RHD to the Communicable Disease Control Branch within three days of suspecting or confirming a diagnosis on 1300 232 272 during business hours or by using the notification form.

All people with RF or RHD should continue secondary prophylaxis every three to four weeks with intramuscular long acting penicillin (benzathine penicillin G) for a minimum of ten years after the last episode of RF, or until the age of 21 years (whichever is longer); and those with moderate or severe RHD should continue secondary prophylaxis up to the age of 35–40 years. (See the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease).

The consent based SA RHD Register assists with monitoring patient movements, identifying individuals with poor adherence to secondary prophylaxis and providing education and training for patients, health professionals and health services. 

For further information visit the see SA Health website

SA Trainee Committee hosts Basic Trainee Lecture Seminar

The SA Trainee Committee hosted a Basic Training Lecture Seminar on Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 July.  

The event was designed to focus on key topics which can be difficult to learn about and are often overlooked by trainees, but make up a significant proportion of the RACP written exam. The topics included:

  • pharmacology
  • statistics/epidemiology
  • immunology
  • genetics
  • vaccinations and antibiotics. 

The sessions were designed to be an introduction to these topics and set trainees up for when they begin more focused study later in the year. The emphasis was on basic sciences so the seminar was suitable for both Adult Medicine Division and Paediatrics & Child Health Division trainees.

Thirty-eight eager trainees attended the sessions over the weekend with a healthy representation from both Divisions. Feedback from the trainees was overwhelmingly positive with requests to run the session again closer to the written examination. 

The sessions were made possible due to the continued support from our facilitators.  Despite their busy schedule, they took time out from a free weekend to support trainees and share their knowledge in their areas of expertise. 

apli-logoRACP South Australia hosts Australasian Palliative Link International Forum

Over 30 national and international participants from a variety of professions attended the Australasian Palliative Link International (APLI) Annual Forum hosted at RACP South Australia on Wednesday, 22 June 2016. 

It was the first APLI Forum held outside of Melbourne and was enthusiastically received.

 “I liked the positive energy surrounding an informative day of important sharing of experiences”.

A variety of speakers captivated the audience with topics ranging from global issues in palliative care, palliative care in humanitarian aid settings, the Indian Cooperative Oncology Network, and mentors’ volunteer experiences in a variety of Indian palliative care services. The ensuing discussions were rich.

APLI has members across Australia and New Zealand. It aims to assist with palliative care capacity-building in areas of the Asia-Pacific region where palliative care is either non-existent or in its infancy. APLI seeks to develop and foster links with palliative care providers and organisations in these areas, including through sponsorships of volunteer mentors.
In 2015, APLI was awarded the Palliative Care Australia Inaugural Award for Innovation in Palliative care for Project Hamrahi, an ongoing initiative focused on the support and development of palliative care in India. 

APLI welcomes any healthcare professionals with an interest in the development and support of palliative care in the Asia Pacific. Visit the APLI website for more information.

2016 Hood Sweeney Royal Colleges Golf Day

Venue: The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, 328 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton
Date: Friday, 4 November 2016 
Time: 12pm for 1.30pm shotgun start

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