South Australia – April 2017

A message from the South Australian State Committee Chair

This year 2017 is likely to be year of many changes and challenges.  It will be interesting to look back in years to come to see how many of the pundits accurately predicted what actually evolved. To quote Kierkegaard:

“It is quite true what philosophy says; that life must be understood backwards. 
But then one forgets the other principle, that it must be lived forwards. So we are obliged to act in advance of our understanding”.

Whilst most of us have a strong alignment with our subspecialty society, Faculty or Chapter, the College give us the training and accreditation base and has a voice which can influence.

As a State Committee we are seeking to focus on supporting training. I would again recommend the Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops to those who have not had the opportunity to attend. 

Trainees will have the opportunity to present research or project at a meeting later in the year through the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence. I encourage all trainees and supervisors to start planning to submit a presentation and for us to make this the focus of a wider South Australian College meeting where we can come together.

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 to speak to staff in this area. 

The South Australian 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. eLeaning 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.

I would also like to congratulate the RACP Fellows who have been awarded 2017 Australia Day Honours, this is a fantastic achievement and I thank you for your service. 

I welcome any advice on how we can better support the South Australian membership through local activities in 2017.

Dr Rob van den Berg
Chair, SA State Committee

Talking about training at the South Australia Basic Physician Training Orientation Session

Over 50 first year trainees attended a Basic Physician Training Orientation Session at the RACP Adelaide office on Thursday, 16 February. For many, it was their first introduction to the College and an opportunity to meet other Basic Trainees. For others it was a less stressful return to the College office having previously attended interviews for training positions here. 

The audience had the opportunity to listen to a range of guest speakers including RACP South Australian State Committee Chair, Dr Rob van den Berg and Dr Holly Bills, Co-Chair of the South Australian Trainee Committee.

Following a tutorial on the Physician Readiness for Expert Practise (PREP) program, an insightful presentation was provided by Advanced Trainees Dr Lucy Crawford and Dr Matt O’Connor and members of the SA Trainee Committee.  Matt did his utmost to try to convince Adult Medicine Basic Trainees “to see the light” and come across to Paediatrics & Child Health.  

We were most fortunate to have a number of Directors of Physician Education attend and participate in an extremely informative group question and answer session, and the feedback from the trainees indicated this was highly regarded.

At the end of the presentations, trainees were able to stay and chat, and collect a number of resources provided by the College.

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Dr Holly Bills, Co-Chair (Adult Medicine) SA Trainee Committee   Dr Lucy Crawford and Dr Matt O’Connor, Members SA Trainee Committee

The Royal Colleges South Australian Careers Expo

The South Australian Royal Medical Colleges came together on Wednesday, 1 March 2017 to hold a careers event providing over 100 medical students, interns and registrars vital information on career pathways as they continue their medical journey.

A robust partnership between the Colleges and key stakeholders saw Australian Medical Placements taking the lead with event organisation, promotion and responsibility for registration.

I would like to thank rehabilitation medicine specialist and SA State Committee Deputy Chair Dr Rabin Bhandari, paediatric trainee Dr Sharon Tay, and Advanced Trainee Dr Lucy Crawford who were exceptional at providing guidance to questions from enthusiastic attendees.  

Feedback from the event has been very positive. 

Organisations present at the event:

  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Australian Medical Association 
  • Australian Medical Placements.

Dr Rabin Bhandari Deputy Chair, SA State Committee/AFRM (far left) and 
Dr Sharon Tay, Paediatric trainee (near left)



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