Victoria – December 2016

A message from Victorian State Committee Chair 

2016 has been a big year for the Victorian State Committee. 

Throughout the year the first trainee in the Victorian Dual Training program has started; long running educational events for Victorian members (such as the Physician Education Program (PEP) lecture series) have continued; the Victorian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence and RACP Victoria Telehealth Workshop were held in 2016 – these are some of the key deliverables that the committee has achieved this year. A large amount of advocacy work has also been done by the committee on behalf of members including around the introduction of medicinal cannabis legislation and representing the RACP on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Bullying and Harassment Advisory Group that is working towards some practical solutions to reduce bullying in the sector. 

As the new chair of the Victorian State Committee I look forward to continuing to build on the achievements the Victorian State Committee has already made. In addition, we, as a committee, are looking to bring a greater focus to supporting education and training for Victorian members by overseeing even more useful Victoria-based educational events and workshops conducted to assist the education and training of Victorian members for 2017. 

I would like to encourage anyone who may be interested in getting involved with the College at a local level, by joining one of our committees or providing suggestions or feedback, to email us at

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

Professor Judy Savige
Victorian State Committee Chair

Announcing the Victorian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence representatives

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. It is funded from donations received from members. 

The Victorian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence were held on 5 October at the RACP Melbourne office with six finalists presenting. The event was well attended by members of the Victorian State Committee, Fellows and trainees from Victoria. 

While all of the presentations were of a very high standard, after some extensive deliberation by our judging panel Dr Mastura Monif (in the field of adult medicine) and Dr Rosie Clark (in the field of paediatric medicine) were awarded best research presentation. 

Dr Monif and Dr Clark will represent Victoria and present their research in Melbourne in May 2017. 

Victorian members talk about telehealth

A telehealth workshop was held in Victoria on 2 November. The workshop addressed the following:

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

Speakers included Dr Barton Jennings a respiratory and sleep medicine specialist, Ms Penelope Watson from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and Dr Andy Lovett, a paediatrician in rural Victoria. Excellent examples of online consultations were provided during the workshop. We would like to thank the speakers for presenting and those who attended in person and online.

Find out more about telehealth and access resources on the RACP Telehealth site

Medicinal cannabis survey summary report

Medicinal Cannabis is an important issue to our members, especially in Victoria. 

The Victorian State Committee has been focusing on advocacy around medicinal cannabis this year. A survey was conducted in early 2016 to obtain Victorian members' views on the issue. ​Those views are being used as the basis for our advocacy work on this issue.

Following the survey, a report was compiled to summarise the results of the findings. Key points from the survey responses have been communicated in previous emails. The summary report is now available online (PDF 211KB)

Expression of Interest: Victorian Tasmanian Education Committee, closes 6 January 2016

The Victorian Tasmanian Education Committee (VTEC) is seeking expressions of interest for a rural representative.

VTEC was established to, in conjunction with other College bodies and staff, support the connection with education, training and assessment of trainees and provision of continuing professional development opportunities to members. 

It primarily does this through oversight of the various educational events run ​in Victoria, including, but not limited to, the Physician Education Program Lecture Series (PEP), Physician Education Program Clinical Exam Series (PEP Clinical) and VicFEAT Paediatric Lectures. 

If you are passionate about education and interested in getting involved with the Victorian Tasmanian Education Committee, please email

Victorian Government calls for clinicians to boost patient safety

Doctors, nurses and other health clinicians are being urged to play their part in an overhaul of Victoria's hospital quality and safety system with expressions of interest for the new Victorian Clinical Council now open.

The establishment of the new Victorian Clinical Council is part of the Labor Government's reforms to strengthen quality and safety and drive down avoidable harm in Victorian hospitals.

The Council will put clinicians front and centre in providing clinical expertise to the Victorian Government, the Department of Health and Human Services, and health services on how to improve quality and safety, and provide better, safer care to all Victorians.

For more information please see the associated media release.
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