Tasmania – April 2017

A message from the Tasmanian State Committee Chair

The Tasmanian State Committee is an important contact point for you our local Fellows and trainees to engage with and receive support from the College. It also plays a vital role as part of the College. The Committee is instrumental in delivering College policy, events, awards and programs to Fellows and trainees based in Tasmania.

Some of the recent local projects of the Committee include advocacy for better physical health services for vulnerable populations in Tasmania, a response to the Tasmanian Health Service ‘Building a state-wide clinical service delivery structure’ consultation paper, and supporting optimal standards for physician and paediatrician trainees in Tasmania. Our Committee members are also involved in a number of College bodies including College Policy and Advocacy Committee, College Council and the College Capacity to Train reference group to name a few. 

I would like to encourage anyone who may be interested in getting involved with the College at a local level to do so by joining one of our committees (see the EOI section below) or by providing suggestions or feedback to us to email us at tas@racp.edu.au

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 TrainingSupport@racp.edu.au to speak to staff in this area. 

The Tasmanian 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. eLearning 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.

Tasmanian RACP Fellows and trainees are also encouraged to attend RACP Congress 2017 from 8 to 10 May in Melbourne. The program includes a number of ‘big issues’ that are relevant to all physicians including disability, obesity, ageing and end of life issues. View the RACP Congress 2017 program.

Associate Professor Robyn Wallace
Tasmanian State Committee Chair 

RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the TC Butler and FRT Stevens Prize

The Tasmanian State Committee hosts the Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence each year. The TC Butler and FRT Stevens Prize for Basic and Advanced Trainees and early Fellows in research, or a case study, addressing a medical or clinical condition or illness which impacts on a vulnerable group in society will also be held again in 2017. These awards will be held at the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting to be held 14 to 16 September in Hobart. The local Committee members will be judges of the awards of both prizes.

Further information on how to enter these awards and the date of these award presentations will be released soon and submission dates will likely be before our next edition of this newsletter in August. If you would like to receive a reminder email when that information becomes available please let us know by emailing tas@racp.edu.au

Welcoming our new Tasmanian trainees

Medical interns, new and current RACP trainees in Tasmania, recently networked with their colleagues and learnt about training with the RACP and the requirements relevant to them as part of the RACP Basic Training Orientation sessions.  

Member Support Officer, Sharne Westblade, met with a number of new Basic Trainees in Hobart, Launceston and North West Regional/Latrobe providing them with information on their College requirements, online tools for completion and discussing Basic Training assessments and policies.  

For those seeking further information regarding the changes to Examination attempts, Basic Training Requirements and Policies you may view the 2017 Handbook relevant to your area of study. 

Sharne is available to speak to Supervisors, Trainees and hospital staff should you have any queries regarding the RACP Training Programs and Pathways, and Portal navigation. 

Contact details: 
Sharne Westblade, Member Support Officer VIC/TAS
E: sharne.westblade@racp.edu.au M: 0488 466 955

Obituary – Dr John Morris AO MBE FRACP (1926 – 2017)

Read an obituary for RACP Fellow Dr John Morris AO MBE.

Expressions of Interest 

We have introduced a new way of advertising Expressions of Interest.

You can now check the Expressions of Interest page at any time, to find out if there are any opportunities that are of benefit to you. 

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