Victoria - August 2016

A message from the outgoing Victorian State Committee Chair

After six years on the Victorian State Committee of the RACP, with the last four as Chair, it has come time for me move on.

The Victorian State Committee advocates in a number of areas for Victorian members of the RACP and for the best possible healthcare for all Victorians. 

During my time on the committee we have been able to deliver on some key areas such as the establishment of the Victorian Dual Training Program (read more below), the continuation of long running educational events for Victorian members such as the Physician Education Program lectures and the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence (read more below), and advocacy work done by the committee on behalf of members in important areas like the introduction of medicinal cannabis.

I would like to acknowledge the Victorian State Committee members along with the Victorian members in general for their support during my time as Chair of the Committee. I have enjoyed my time on the Committee and will continue to be involved with the College as part of the Adult Medicine Division Council and through the College Exams.

I encourage anyone who may be interested, to get involved in the College at a local level by joining one of our committees, or by letting the State Committee know of any thoughts or ideas you may have. If you have suggestions for the Victorian State Committee please email us at 

The Victorian State Committee will meet next on Wednesday, 5 October 2016.
Associate Professor Ian Fraser
Outgoing State Committee Chair

Register for the Victorian Telehealth Workshop – Wednesday, 2 November

At this workshop find out about:

  • what telehealth is
  • what is telehealth used for
  • guidelines and processes for telehealth
  • doctor and patient experiences using telehealth
  • setting up telehealth services and funding.

Attendance via videoconference is also available.

Venue: RACP Victoria, Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Cost: This is a free event.
Registration: To register email

Attendance at this workshop qualifies for CPD credits under MyCPD Category 2: Group Learning Activities (one credit per hour up to the cap of 50 credits).

Find out more about telehealth and access resources.

news-trainee-research-awardsVictorian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence – abstracts closing soon

The annual RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence identifies and acknowledges the best trainee research presentations in the fields of adult medicine and paediatric medicine.

Two representatives, one in the field of adult medicine and one in the field of paediatric medicine, will be selected to present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. 

Abstracts for the Victoria regional competition close Thursday, 1 September. Trainees from all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are eligible to apply. Abstracts should be submitted to 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 RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are funded from donations received from Fellows and trainees.

All members are invited to attend the Victorian competition which will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: RACP Victoria, Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Registration: To register to attend email

Go to the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence page for more information, including abstract submission information.

Victorian Minister for Health announces RACP Dual Training Program funding

On Friday, 15 July the Victorian Health Minister, the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, announced a funding boost of an extra $1.1 million to the RACP Dual Training Program  which will see the funding of four positions to begin in 2017.

The Victorian Dual Training Program is the result of collaboration between the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the RACP.

Trainees in the program receive training in General and Acute Care Medicine and another specialty. The purpose of the program is to address regional areas of need and encourage trainees to build careers in rural Victoria.

The positions are supported by structured, accredited four-year training pathways as indicated in the table below:

Dual Training Program  Year 1
General and Acute Care Medicine
Year 2
Additional Speciality
Year 3
Additional Speciality
Year 4
General and Acute Care Medicine
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine

View the position description and application details.
Bendigo Health Austin Health Austin Health Bendigo Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Endocrinology

View the position description and application details.
Goulburn Valley Health Austin Health Austin Health Goulburn Valley Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine

View the position description and application details.
Ballarat Health Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Melbourne Hospital Ballarat Health
General and Acute Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine

View the position description and application details.
Latrobe Regional Health Monash Medical Centre Monash Medical Centre Latrobe Regional Health

The positions suit trainees who are keen to build careers in regional Victoria and expand their skills and expertise to manage a wide range of challenging clinical scenarios.

For further information on the program, please contact Fiona Hilton, Dual Training Project Manager on +61 3 9927 7708 or email

Update from 2016 Bendigo dual trainee, Dr Chris Mills

Regional Advanced Training in General Medicine and Gastroenterology

The dual training position at Bendigo fits perfectly with my career goals and aspirations. It recognises the need for training rural specialists, particularly rural general specialists. In an era of increasing sub specialisation, regional centres such as Bendigo provide one of the best opportunities for advanced training in General and Acute Care Medicine.

Beginning the rotation in Intensive Care enabled me to hone my skills in caring for acutely unwell patients and foster a collaborative bridge between Intensive Care and Acute Care Medicine departments. The Intensive Care training gave me the opportunity to appreciate the quality of care that can be offered in a regional setting when diverse specialists are available.

Furthermore, the position at Bendigo has given me the opportunity to become engrossed in the local community, developing friendships and community partnerships to a degree not possible in metropolitan centres.

Dr Chris Mills, Advanced Trainee, General and Acute Care Medicine and Gastroenterology Medicine
Bendigo Health

Expression of Interest: Better Care Victoria – Emerging Leaders' Clinical Advisory Committee, closes 29 August

Better Care Victoria (BCV) is seeking expressions of interest for membership of ​thier Emerging Leaders' Clinical Advisory Committee. 

BCV has been established to deliver and sustain the highest quality of care for Victorian patients through the identification, scaling and embedding of innovation across the Victorian health system. 

While innovation is already an essential part of everyday business for service providers, the investment in BCV will provide the sector with much greater support to take innovation to the next level and deliver even greater improvement to patient care and hospital capacity in Victoria. 

The Emerging Leaders’ Clinical Advisory Committee will comprise of next generation clinical leaders who will advise the BCV Board on innovation and improvement capability priorities, as well as embedding cultural change in the health sector. 

The Committee will provide clinical representation from across the sector and will support engagement with the clinical workforce. The Committee will include 8–12 clinical representatives appointed for a two year term.
Applications are sought from nursing and allied health clinicians with a minimum of five years' professional experience and from medical practitioners (third year registrar at a minimum) interested in supporting innovation and improvement locally and at a system level.
Membership will include: 

  • a minimum of two medical practitioners (third Year Registrar or above) 
  • a minimum of two allied health practitioners (at least five years post graduate experience) 
  • a minimum of two nurses or midwives (at least five years post graduate experience) 
  • a minimum of two representatives with regional or rural experience 
  • clinicians with experience in acute, primary and community care, and mental health settings 
  • clinicians who have demonstrated leadership in innovation and improvement projects 
  • clinicians who have participated in the Clinicians in Redesign program will be highly regarded. 

Further details including the Terms of Reference and instructions for applying are available on the Victorian Government's Get on Board website

Applications close 5pm Monday, 29th August 2016. 

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