South Australia – November 2017

A message from the South Australian (SA) State Committee Chair

As we drift to Christmas and summer we have seen the opening of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the announcement of the completion of Transforming Health. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues to roll out, cannabis prescribing is becoming an option and whilst an assisted dying bill was unsuccessful in South Australia, there is proposed Victorian legislation which has undergone extensive consultation and might well be successful.

Soon we will be welcoming new Fellows. Basic Physician Trainees who passed their clinical examination have sought out advanced training posts and next year’s group of first year Basic Physician Trainees have been appointed.

Draft reports of the accreditation systems for COAG reveal the landscape in which the College seeks to maintain its and our role in the provision of training for future clinicians.

I welcome the new hospital and all the resources that it offers and also note that the services delivered are critically dependent on the commitment, competence and talent of the staff who are the beating heart of any healthcare service.

We are the privileged, and I hope proud, custodians of our profession and craft. We are fortunate that the RACP is proactive in ensuring there are rigorous formalised evidence-based processes of accreditation and supervision of training, to maintain RACP leadership in accreditation and maintenance of professional practice.

​Our College is us and our voice. Its strength comes from our support and engagement.

I encourage all who can to attend the South Australian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence presentations on Tuesday, 21 November.

Dr Rob van den Berg
SA State Committee Chair

Recent events

Advanced Trainee Research Workshop – Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Dr Catherine Gibb, Consultant Physician, Professor Jonathan Karnon, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide and Clementine Pham, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide, facilitated this interactive and enjoyable session on how to develop a research project.

The three hour session at the RACP SA office encompassed structure, comparisons, outcomes, searching literature, search strategies, study designs, referencing and formatting.

Feedback from the participants was very positive and indicated that the session provided them with the confidence and greater understanding to move forward with their research projects. 

Paediatric Clinical Exam Crash Course – Wednesday, 30 August and Wednesday, 13 September, 2017

The Trainee Medical Officers' Committee from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital invited Paediatric Basic Trainees to attend a clinical exam crash course workshop over two separate nights.

The aim was to introduce clinical short case examinations to pre-exam paediatric ​Basic Trainees with theory followed by small group practice. Subjects covered included endocrine short cases and neurodevelopmental short cases.

It was a successful event with 20 trainees attending both nights. Facilitators Dr Priya Augustine, Dr David Baulderstone and Dr Jackie Bellett delivered great workshops with useful and relevant information to assist and prepare trainees for upcoming clinical exams. 

Workshop facilitator Dr David Baulderstone with Trainee Medical Officers' Committee Co-President Dr Malithi Gamage. 

South Australia RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence – Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The South Australian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence will be held on Tuesday, 21 November, commencing at 6pm. There has been a great response in submission of abstracts which will ensure an informative and engaging event. 

We invite all members to attend to support those trainees presenting. 

To RSVP for catering purposes please email ​ by Tuesday, 14 November.

South Australian Trainees’ Committee – Expression of Interest

The SA Trainees’ Committee seeks enthusiastic and motivated paediatric, adult medicine, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and public health trainees to join the SA Trainees’ Committee.

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