Tasmania - August 2016

A message from Tasmanian State Committee Chair

This state newsletter has been tailored especially for you, the members in Tasmania, covering our issues and our events. I encourage you to get involved in the RACP at a local level by joining one of our committees, or if you have suggestions for the Tasmanian State Committee please email us at tas@racp.edu.au 

The current focus for the committee continues to be in advocating for the best possible healthcare and health outcomes for Tasmanians. An example of this is the recent work done by the committee around advocacy on raising the Minimum Legal Smoking Age (MLSA) as outlined in the Policy and Advocacy section below.

The committee is also essential to the delivery of RACP policy, events, awards and programs for Fellows and trainees based in Tasmania. 

The Tasmanian Physicians Conference will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2016 and will include a number of informative presentations. In addition, the Tasmanian competition for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the inaugural TC Butler and F R T Stevens Prize for research, addressing a medical or clinical condition or illness which impacts on a vulnerable group in society will be held as part of the event. 

The closing date for submissions of abstracts for the Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize has been extended until COB Wednesday, 24 August.

Registrations to attend the conference are now open, or email tas@racp.edu.au for more information. 

Clinical Associate Professor
Tasmania State Committee Chair


Tasmanian Physicians’ Conference

Venue: Medical Science Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Date: Saturday, 10 September 2016
Registration: Register online

The RACP Tasmanian State Committee encourages all trainees, Fellows and supervisors in Tasmania to attend this one day conference.

The program will include a number of informative presentations from presenters from all parts of Tasmania as well as presentations for the Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence. The inaugural T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize will also be presented at the event.

The Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence is a competition open to trainees of all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters of the College. It is held to select representatives to present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. Two Tasmanian trainees, one presenting in the field of adult medicine and one presenting in the field of paediatric medicine will be selected to represent Tasmania by the Tasmanian State Committee.

Find out more about the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence.  

The T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize is due to two generous bequests from RACP Fellows based in Tasmania. There are three awards available with two prizes each. Find out more about the prizes, eligibility criteria and application process.
 
The closing date for submissions of abstracts for the Tasmanian Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the T C Butler and F R T. Stevens awards has been extended until COB Wednesday, 24 August.

Register for the Tasmanian Physicians' Conference online or email tas@racp.edu.au for more information. 

Policy and Advocacy

The Tasmanian State Committee has a large role to play in local health policy and advocacy within the state. 

The State Committee has recently been very active in advocacy around raising the Minimum Legal Smoking Age (MLSA) and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This advocacy has involved having meetings with both the Tasmanian Minister for Health, the Hon Michael Ferguson MP, and the Shadow Minister for Health, Rebecca White MP.

As part of the advocacy work done by the State Committee a written response to the Minister for Health was developed with consultation from a number of areas within the RACP. The response noted among other things that in the absence of the implementation of the proposed Tobacco Free Generation (TFG) proposal, which is seen as superior in its design compared to the raising of the MLSA, the RACP supports raising the MLSA to 21, but continues to advocate for a commitment by the Government to take further steps to a tobacco-free society by raising the MLSA to 25 and then progressing the TFG amendments.

The committee is also consulted internally within the RACP and externally on a large number of topics. The Committee has recently been consulted on climate change and health position statements, a discussion paper on telehealth, the RACP accreditation review, and the National Digital Health Strategy.

New Tasmanian State Committee term

The Tasmanian State Committee met for the last time for the 2014–2016 term on Monday, 20 June 2016. The 2014–2016 term officially ended on 30 June 2016.

The 2016–2018 term of the Tasmanian State Committee commenced on 1 July 2016. The Committee will meet next on Monday, 17 October 2016. 

The Chair would like to thank outgoing committee members for their dedication and contribution over the last term and would like to welcome the new members of the State Committee and looks forward to their knowledge, expertise and input.

Find out more about the composition of the Tasmanian State Committee, by-laws, election process and committee membership.
 
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