Tasmania – December 2016

A message from the Tasmanian State Committee Chair

The main focus areas of the Tasmanian State Committee in 2016 have been to advocate for the best possible healthcare and health outcomes for Tasmanians. We have been working to strengthen relationships with key Tasmanian medical stakeholders, including the Tasmanian Minister for Health and the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services to represent the RACP and members on many levels.

The Committee has been actively engaged in delivering College policy, events, awards and programs for Fellows and trainees based in Tasmania. In September, The Tasmanian Physicians’ Conference was held to encourage Tasmanian Fellows and trainees to get together with their colleagues to discuss issues relevant to Tasmanian members, and present papers with a local clinical flavour. The Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the inaugural T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize were also held as part of the conference.
 
This year, our Committee has focused on ensuring equitable access to Registrar funding opportunities across the state through improved information sharing strategies, looking at means to advocate for specialist health services for vulnerable populations, responding to requests for consultation with RACP members, meeting with various stakeholders on matters of common interest (e.g. inaugural combined state Colleges meeting, Australian Medical Board on revalidation, medical graduate education), some of our members are involved in national RACP working groups, and responding to State Government requests for submissions (e.g. anti-smoking measures).  

I would like to thank the Committee members for their hard work and support throughout the year and I look forward to continuing the great progress the Committee has already made.

The Committee would also like to thank very much Mr Aaron Thompson and Ms Pavitra Gurumurthi from the College who have greatly assisted us in our College activities. 

The Committee is keen to hear any suggestions or issues you may have or if you would like to get involved with the RACP at a local level by joining one of our committees, please email us at tas@racp.edu.au

I would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to a productive 2017.

Associate Professor Robyn Wallace 
Tasmanian State Committee Chair


Introducing your Tasmanian State Committee

As advised previously, an election process for the Tasmanian State Committee was held during 2016. Elected and appointed Fellows of the Tasmanian State Committee for the 2016–2018 term are: 

 Dr Neil Atherton  Launceston 
 Dr Evelyn Bowles-Funk  La Trobe
 Professor John Burgess  Hobart
 Dr Mark Campbell  Hobart
 Dr Barry Gilbert  George Town
 Dr Nicole Hancock   Hobart
 Dr Gopan Hariharan   Hobart 
 Dr Anthony Htin  Burnie
 Dr Dolly Marope  Burnie
 Dr Rajesh Raj   Launceston
 Associate Professor Robyn Wallace   Hobart (Calvary)
 Dr Heinrich Weber   Burnie

Associate Professor Wallace was voted by the Committee to continue in the position of Chair.

The 2016–2018 term of the Tasmanian State Committee commenced on Friday, 1 July 2016. The Committee last met on Monday, 21 November 2016. 

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

If you have any suggestions or issues that you would like to raise for the Committee to consider please email us at tas@racp.edu.au

Tasmanian Physicians’ Conference 2016

The Tasmanian Physicians’ Conference 2016 was held in Hobart on 10 September 2016 at the University of Tasmania Medical Sciences Precinct. The event was well attended by Tasmanian Fellows, trainees and supervisors. 

The event included a number of informative presentations by presenters from across Tasmania as well as presentations for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and the inaugural T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize.

Announcing the Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence representatives

The annual RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence identifies and acknowledges the best trainee research in the fields of adult medicine and paediatric medicine. It is funded from donations received from members. 

Eight finalists presented in the competition, held as part of the Tasmanian Physicians’ Conference 2016. The competition was very strong and Dr Yi Foong (in the field adult medicine) and Dr Gopan Hariharan (in the field of paediatric medicine) were awarded best research presentation. 

Dr Foong and Dr Hariharan will represent Tasmania and present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. 

Entrants in the 2016 Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence
Tasmanian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence entrants at the Tasmanian Physicians’ Conference 2016

T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize recipients announced

Paediatrics ​& Child Health ​Advanced Trainee Dr Gopan Hariharan and Paediatrics ​& Child Health Basic Trainee Dr York Leong were announced as the recipients of the inaugural T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize at the Tasmanian Physicians’ Conference 2016.

Dr Hariharan was awarded Best Submission in Advanced Training for his essay titled ‘Child and family centres – A collaborative model for improving community health and wellbeing’.

Dr York Leong was awarded Best Submission in Basic Training for his essay titled ‘Childhood non-accidental injuries and the many societal factors in Tasmania that continue to perpetuate it’. 

Read Dr Hariharan and Dr Leong’s essays (PDF 280KB).

The T C Butler and F R T Stevens Prize is possible due to two generous bequests from RACP Fellows based in Tasmania. Dr T C Butler was a distinguished physician who was attached to the Royal Hobart Hospital. Dr F R T Stevens was a physician at the Launceston General Hospital, who was involved in the founding of the medical school at the University of Tasmania. He was also an active member of a number of committees associated with the RACP, the University of Tasmania and other bodies. 

The prize is awarded for a written submission (approximately 1,500 words) on the applicant’s perspective on a medical or clinical condition or illness which impacts upon a vulnerable group in society. 

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Dr Gopan Hariharan, receiving his certificates from Tasmanian State Committee member Dr Heinrich Weber as recipient of the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence in the field paediatric medicine and T C Butler and F R T Stevens Award in Advanced Training.
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