Victoria – November 2017

A message from the Victorian State Committee Chair

2017 has been a busy year for our Committee. On top of a lot of internal and external advocacy work, the Committee has also overseen a number of events for our members. From the Physician Education Program aimed at trainees through to the Continuing Education Workshops and Victorian Further Education & Training program for our paediatric medicine Fellows.

Our member events for 2017 will be capped off by the Professional Development Day on ‘How our health system works’ and the RACP Victoria Family Christmas Lecture, both of which will be held in November. I encourage all members to come along to one or both of these events, or one of the many other events that the College conducts for members. 

I would like to sign off by wishing a happy and enjoyable festive season and new year to all of our RACP Victoria members from the RACP Victorian State Committee.

Professor Judy Savige
Chair, Victorian State Committee

Upcoming events


Running a Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) Workshop for the first time

Dr Barbara Hannon attended facilitator training for the SPDP Workshop 2 in 2014 and Advanced Facilitator Training this year, which prompted her to run a workshop for the first time. Dr Hannon was matched with an experienced co-facilitator, Dr David Goddard, and together they ran SPDP Workshop 2 on Saturday, 19 August. Here Dr Hannon shares a few of the highlights from her first experience of running the SPDP 2 workshop.

One challenge of preparing for a SPDP workshop was preparation anxiety. I was wondering how to present to people who most likely have a great deal more experience in both training and facilitation than myself (and they did).

The benefits of combining people from varied backgrounds, different disciplines and senior levels of experience, meant there was no shortage of ideas, robust discussions, and valuable contributions, including hidden acting skills during role play activities.

Provided materials, particularly videos, were extremely helpful. As a learner, facilitating a workshop was a helpful tool for improving my own skills.

Working with a co-facilitator meant there was a buffer of time during the workshop, to check direction, timing and flow, as well as to review material.

Announcing the Victorian representatives for the RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence 

The Victorian RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence were held on 11 October 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 the Victorian representatives were announced as:

In the field of adult medicine
Dr Jasmine Singh for her abstract 'Correlation between a 10-Colour Flow Cytometric Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Analysis and Molecular MRD in Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) (PDF 147KB)'

In the field of paediatric medicine
Dr Katrina Hannan for her abstract 'Sleep Help@Home. Targeted Behavioural Interventions to Improve Sleep Problems in Children and Reduce Tertiary Outpatient Waitlists: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial (PDF 156KB)'

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Dr Hannan (left) and Dr Singh (right) have been invited to attend the RACP Congress 2018 to be held in Sydney in May 2018.

New Fellows’ Forum 

On Saturday, 21 October, the Victorian State Committee offered the New Fellows’ Forum to Advanced Trainees and Fellows who had received their Fellowship within the last five years.

This event was well received, by those who attended in person as well as members who joined the event via videoconference ​from the Royal Hobart Hospital and other regional Victorian locations.

The day was well attended with 33 attendees present in person at the RACP Office in Melbourne and online.

The forum program was developed around capabilities and skills essential for new and experienced specialists alike, and included discussions on communication, risk assessment, becoming a supervisor, public and private practice, and information to help members determine whether it is worth pursuing a PhD.

Avant Group sponsored the event and delivered an insightful presentation on Medical Legal Aspects.

We would like to thank all those who presented and attended the event in person and online and Professor Judy Savige who helped source the presenters for the day.

Keep an eye out in this and future editions of the RACP Victoria eNewsletter, President's Message and Division and Faculty Newsletters for details on future RACP member events. You can also check the events list at any time.

We also have a number of resources for new Fellows.

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