Tasmania – August 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 is also instrumental in delivering College policy, events, awards and programs to Fellows and trainees based in Tasmania.

A current focus for the Committee is advocating for the best possible healthcare and health outcomes for vulnerable patient groups in Tasmania. In particular these include people with developmental disability, people with intellectual disabilities and physical health problems such as chronic pain. 

The Tasmanian State Committee each year also hosts the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence. The TC Butler and FRT Stevens Prize for research addressing a medical or clinical condition or illness which impacts on a vulnerable group in society will also be held this year. 

I would like to encourage anyone who may be interested providing content, suggestions or feedback for this newsletter, to email us at tas@racp.edu.au

Associate Professor Robyn Wallace
Tasmanian State Committee Chair 

TC Butler and FRT Stevens Prize. Submissions close Friday, 11 August

The Tasmanian State Committee of the RACP is offering the TC Butler and FRT Stevens Prize.
 
There are three categories for this award (Basic Trainee, Advanced/Faculty/Chapter trainee, and Fellow) with a prize available in each category. The prizes will be presented along side the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence in Hobart as part of the 2017 IMANZ Annual Scientific Meeting

Vulnerable Populations Advocacy Update

In 2016, the Tasmanian State Committee undertook a drive to improve the health of vulnerable populations in Tasmania, for those Tasmanians who, by way of certain conditions or by way of their socioeconomic situations, are likely to be poorly served by our current health sector. 

The need for this service is not diminished by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but rather further enhanced as there becomes an ever increasing need to develop NDIS, disability and health sector engagement and promotion of positive discussions of disability values, and education in hospitals. 

A letter has been sent to the Minister of Health to initiate further discussions on this matter. 

Advocacy Activities Update 

The Tasmanian State Committee has been actively involved in various advocacy issues both internally and externally. Below are just some of the examples of the work our Committee has been doing.

Obesity Working Group 

Obesity in Tasmania is a major issue with our state considered the fattest state in Australia with 67.5 per cent of the population considered overweight/obese, and obesity is a major cofactor in so many diseases but tends to be the one factor that is most difficult to manage. 

The Committee provided feedback on the draft consultation document provided by the RACP Obesity Working Party.

Physicians Assisted Dying 

The Committee has been involved in providing feedback on the draft discussion paper on the medical assistance in dying developed by the RACP Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Dying Working Party. 

Sexual Health

The Committee has provided advice on matters relating to undergraduate teaching and specialty promotion for Sexual Health Medicine. 

State Committee By-Laws 

The College is encouraging greater consistency in the by-laws of the various State Committees of the College. As such the Tasmanian State Committee has provided feedback on draft changes to its by-laws. We will provide a further update on this in the future.

RACP Victoria/Tasmania New Fellows' Forum – Saturday, 21 October

This free New Fellows’ Forum is designed to assist Advanced Trainees and New Fellows with the transition from trainee to Fellow.

Find out more.

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) Alert Kit Information 

With the help of a grant the Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) Alert Kit has finally been printed and distribution of the Kits is currently being organised. Packages have now been sent to the hospitals with PWS Clinics in all States and Territories. A three-year project is coming to an end and the hope is that it will help in a tiny way to increase average life expectancy in Australia to above 32 years for people with PWS.

The PWS Medical Alert Kit is designed as a resource to increase awareness and provide information for medical professionals who are caring for people who have PWS.

Please contact Kate de Josselin at training@pws.asn.au if you would like a printed copy of the RWS Medical Alert Kit.

Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

 news-tra-2017Apply now. Submissions close Friday, 11 August 2017

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition is held to select State, Territory and New Zealand representatives to present their research work in Sydney in May 2018. 

Two trainees, one presenting in the field of adult medicine and one presenting in the field of paediatric medicine, will be selected to represent Tasmania. 

Representatives of each region (State/Territory/New Zealand) will be given the opportunity to present their research in Sydney in May 2018 and will receive the following benefits:

  • return economy class airfares from the place of nomination
  • accommodation for three nights (including breakfast) 
  • complimentary registration including Trainees' Day (if still a trainee)
  • Congress Gala Dinner or Paediatrics & Child Health Division Dinner.

Trainees from all RACP Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are eligible to apply. Abstracts should be submitted to tas@racp.edu.au using the abstract template.

This is an excellent opportunity for trainee representatives to present their ideas and research in a professional and public setting.

The Tasmanian competition will be held in Hobart as part of the 2017 IMANZ Annual Scientific Meeting.

Date: Friday, 15 September 2017
Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart
Registration: To register your attendance please email tas@racp.edu.au

If you would like more information, please visit the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence page.
 

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