Victoria – April 2017

A message from Victorian State Committee Chair 

The Victorian State Committee plays a vital role as part of the College. The Committee is instrumental in the state based delivery of College policy, events, awards and programs to Fellows and trainees in Victoria. 

One of the high-profile areas that the committee is involved in at the moment is the organisation of RACP Congress 2017 that will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8 to 10 May. The program for the event is shaping to be very informative and will contain a large number of our local experts presenting across the various streams as well as many other anticipated events like the College Ceremony and Trainees’ Day. Registration for Congress is now open so go online to register now.

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 Victorian 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.

I would also like to congratulate the RACP Fellows who have been awarded 2017 Australia Day Honours, this is a fantastic achievement and I thank you for your service. 

As always we are eager to receive suggestions for content or feedback on our newsletter so if you would like to give us suggestions then please email us at racpvic@racp.edu.au. The next edition is due for publication in early August.

Professor Judith Savige
Victorian State Committee Chair 

One, two or three days, earn CPD credits at RACP Congress 2017 in Melbourne in May

Join us at RACP Congress for all three days, or take advantage of day registrations and social event tickets.

With RACP Congress 2017 being held in Melbourne, this is the perfect opportunity for Victorian members to be part of the College’s flagship event.

Day registrations are ideal for members who may not be able to attend for the full three days of RACP Congress, but would like to make the most the sessions on offer. Tickets to social events including the Congress Gala Dinner can also be purchased separately. 

RACP Congress 2017 program highlights include:

  • Monday, 8 May 

    Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration: The challenges of managing the health care of a nation and the role physicians play in meeting those challenges. Insights from Australia’s new Chief Medical Officer
    Professor Brendan Murphy

    Obesity panel session
    Professor Louise Baur, Dr Armand Casolin, Ms Jane Martin and Professor Boyd Swinburn
  • Tuesday, 9 May

    AFRM President’s Oration: Evolution of the National Disability Insurance Scheme – putting disability on the map
    Mr John Walsh AM

    What were you thinking? Cognitive bias and diagnosis 
    Associate Professor Ian Scott and Dr David Heslop

    The human rights and moral obligations of physicians in the contemporary political environment
    Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs
  • Wednesday, 10 May

    Howard-Williams Medal: A journey in search of child health: from Dien Bien Phu to Fitzroy Crossing and Christmas Island
    Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM

    Cottrell Memorial Lecture: Has reversing atherosclerosis become the new gold
    standard in the treatment of cardiovascular disease
    Professor Stephen Nicholls

Day registration costs:

  • Monday, 8 and Tuesday, 9 May: $500 – $770
  • Wednesday, 10 May: $360 – $460

To register visit the RACP Congress 2017 website.

Attendance at RACP Congress 2017 is eligible for CPD credits through MyCPD.

2017 Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Careers Expo

As in previous years the College will be exhibiting at the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) careers expo, this year to be held on Saturday 29 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

Our representation at this event gives interested medical trainees the opportunity to speak directly with RACP members and staff regarding the RACP Training Pathways. The trainees find it very useful to be able to speak to members of our College to seek answers to questions and gather valuable information on what it is like to be a physician and what will be required of them if they join physician training. It is useful to have members from across the various Divisions, Faculties and Chapters of the College available to speak to prospective physician trainees and provide them with useful resources, and we are always looking for Fellows and trainees to assist with operating our booth on the day. 

If you would be interested in representing the College and speaking to the next generation of physicians at this event, even if just for an hour or so, please let us know via email racpvic@racp.edu.au

Victorian Continuing Professional Development opportunities

The Victorian State Committee has a long history of supporting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events and workshops to assist our Victorian members to meet their CPD requirements and continually increase their personal development. 

Below are some of the events overseen by the Committee.

These events are FREE for Fellows and trainees to attend at the Melbourne office and attendance is eligible for CPD credits in MyCPD.

Other Professional Development events and workshops

The RACP also hosts a number of other events and workshops available to members. Below are some events that members can attend in person at our RACP Victorian office. To register for any of these events, or for more information please contact RACP Events at events@racp.edu.au or on 03 9927 7777.

Consultation: Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 

The Victorian Regulatory Impact Statement Proposed Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017 and the proposed Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017 are available for public comment.  

Both documents and information about making a submission can be accessed from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website or by telephoning Drugs and Poisons Regulation on 1300 364 545. 

The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 20 April 2017. 

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. 

Conferences and events

View upcoming events in Victoria. 

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