Western Australia — August 2018

A message from the Western Australian (WA) Regional Committee Chair

Welcome to the latest edition of the WA eBulletin.

As Chair of the WA Regional Committee for the term 2016-2018, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Euan Thompson, Dr Ian Wilson, Dr Christina Bertilone, Dr Bhaskar Mandal and Dr Raghu Dharmapuri, for their time and expertise on the Committee, as they step down from their positions.

We are fortunate that Dr Angela Graves, Dr Tony Mylius, Dr Venkat Kodali, Dr Murali Nayaranan, Dr Lee Fairhead and Dr Kristen Lindsay will be continuing to sit on the Committee for the next two-year term. I am also delighted to welcome our new members, Dr PK Loh and Dr Helen Rhodes to the Committee.

The outcome of the elected and appointed positions on the WA Regional Committee is detailed on the College website.

The outgoing Committee has supported our WA-based members through their policy and advocacy work, particularly regarding e-cigarettes, end-of-life care, alcohol advertising and raising awareness of physician health and wellbeing. The Committee has also hosted a number of events for our members, including Basic and Advanced Training Forums and a range of workshops for our rural members.

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr Helen Thomas for her work in supporting the Supervisor Professional Development Program. Her efforts have laid an excellent foundation for the rollout of the Supervisor Teaching and Learning Framework during the tenure of the incoming Committee.

I warmly congratulate the Committee on its achievements and wish the new Committee well. If you have any items for the Western Australian Regional Committee to consider please email RACPWA@racp.edu.au.   

Dr Michael Lucas, FAFOEM
Chair, WA State Committee

Meet your new Regional Committee Members

Doctors Helen Rhodes, Angela Graves, Anthony Mylius, Murali Nayaranan, Venkat Kodali, P K Loh (AMD), Kristen Lindsay and Lee Fairhead are your Regional Committee members. 

The Committee welcomes its newest members.

Dr Helen Rhodes

Dr Rhodes is a Renal Physician at the Fiona Stanley Hospital, St John of God Bunbury Satellite Dialysis Unit and SW Health Campus. She is Director of Clinical Training at St John of God Hospital Murdoch.

Dr Rhodes has represented Adult Medicine on the RACP Board for the past six years. She was a member of the AMD Executive represented AMD on the College Fellowship Committee, which she also chaired.

Dr Rhodes has Chaired RACP working parties on sexual discrimination, bullying and harassment. She was involved in the AMC accreditation review of the RACP and has frequently attended WA Regional Committee in an ex-officio capacity 

Dr P K Loh

Dr Loh is a deputy chair of an ATC at RACP. Dr Loh was the RACP representative on patient electronic health records national committees and on the RACP national working group for Telehealth, which published several papers.

Dr Loh is also President-elect of the WA ANZSGM. He works at Royal Perth Group (RPG), which encompasses RPH and Bentley campus, and includes Mt Lawley restorative care unit. He has academic affiliations with ECU as adjunct Associate Professor. He teaches in his specialty at UWA and Notre Dame. He has a PhD in information and communication technology in Geriatric Medicine from UWA and his clinical interests include exercise, diet, technology applications and imaging modalities.

Funding available for Fellows in regional areas

Grants worth up to $10,000 are on offer to RACP Fellows who live and work in rural and remote Australia. SRSA logo

To help Fellows undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, the grants are being offered as part of the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Program funding round three.

Fellows who receive grants can take part in the CPD activity between 1 November 2018 and 31 December 2019.

Learn more about this opportunity and apply on the SRSA website.

New Fellows' Welcome

On Thursday, July 19 the WA Regional Committee hosted a New Fellows' Welcome at the University Club of Western Australia.

Lead by Dr Angela Graves, WA Regional Committee, the New Fellows' Welcome was delivered to a full house reflecting the interest in both learning from the experience of Fellows and opportunities to continue engagement with the College beyond life as a trainee.

A varied program delivered by guest speakers and Regional Committee members covered a range of topics including the realities of life as a new specialist, managing risk, alternative business models and finance for doctors.

A highlight of the evening was a presentation by Dr Helen Rhodes, which provided a checklist of things to do now as a new specialist. Attendees were delighted to be presented with a roadmap for the next few years as they set out on their career.

Following the formal program attendees were able to network with peers and discuss topics of particular interest with the speakers.

Dr Graves thanked the sponsors MDA National and our guest speakers Ms Gae Nuttall (MDA) and Mr Tinashe Kamangira, from Grant Thornton Australia, without whose support the evening would not be possible.

Confidential support for Physicians

The RACP’s Support Program, Converge International, is a professional and confidential counselling service, available to all RACP Members, 24 hours, seven days a week.  Converge Logo

This program provides members with access to confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues. You can arrange to speak directly with a Senior Converge International Consultant face-to-face, over the phone or via the internet.

To make an appointment, or to speak with a RACP Support Program consultant, call 1300 687 327.

Meet the Director of Physician Education at Perth Children's Hospital

Dr Divyesh Mehta at Perth Children's HospitalDirector of Physician Education for Paediatrics in WA, Dr Divyesh Mehta (pictured above) met with RACP representatives recently to discuss the relocation of Tertiary Paediatric Services from the Princess Margaret Hospital to the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH).

Dr Mehta oversees the training of more than 100 paediatric basic trainees at the PCH and various accredited secondment sites within WA.

The PCH is the only level three tertiary children’s hospital for basic paediatric physician training in Western Australia. Dr Mehta says he is very well supported in his role by his colleagues in the Directorate of Postgraduate Medical Education and PCH Executive.

Working closely with the RACP WA Regional Office, Dr Mehta is involved in the delivery of training and professional development opportunities for RACP Members in WA. The relocation of paediatric services, to a state of the art facility with specialist infrastructure, is a fantastic opportunity to improve support for members in WA.

During his meeting with RACP representatives, Dr Mehta demonstrated the capabilities of the extensive suite of teaching and educational resources, including several configurable meeting and seminar rooms equipped with teleconference and videoconference systems.

Paediatric trainees on secondment in non-Metropolitan sites can now participate fully in the extensive teaching program delivered at PCH.

Dr Mehta also highlighted the capabilities of the state-of-the-art simulation suite which allows trainees to be viewed in real time and record their performance in teaching scenarios.

While it is fantastic having such high-tech capabilities and resources, Dr Mehta emphasised a lesson learned early in his medical career – that handwashing remains the biggest factor in improving patient outcomes and is as relevant as ever.

Dr Mehta is working closely with the WA Regional Office on arrangements for the next RACP Supervisor Professional Development Program workshop which is scheduled to be held at the PCH in August 2018.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards competition will be hosted by Dr Mehta on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 in the main Auditorium at the PCH as part of the Annual Paediatric Research Symposium week.

College Learning Series offers support

The free College Learning Series (CLS) is an interactive e-learning platform, which provides a range of Accessing the CLS lectures and resources mapped to the Adult Medicine Division Basic Training curriculum. 

With three lecture topics added to the CLS  every week, basic trainees can access these educational resources on any device at any time, making the CLS a convenient tool for busy trainees.  

Since the CLS launched in February, more than 2,300 basic trainees across Australia and New Zealand have enrolled.

Check out the CLS and let us know if you have any feedback or if you would like to make any contributions to this e-learning platform by emailing CLS@racp.edu.au . 

Special focus on paediatric medicine in WA

The Perth Children’s Hospital opened just in time to hold the Inaugural Grand Round on Thursday, 14 June 2018. Howard Williams Medal winner for 2018, Professor David Forbes AM FRACP, delivered a fascinating overview of the development of Paediatric medicine in Australia and looked at the significant contribution of specialists from WA.

Professor Forbes also highlighted the importance of research to improve the health of the population and the significant role the RACP plays in fostering research and excellence.
Professor David Forbes FRACP
Above: Professor David Forbes FRACP.

After completing training in Australia and in Canada in paediatrics and gastroenterology, Professor Forbes spent most of his professional time working between many interfaces, including medicine and education, policy development and service delivery, physical and mental health, as well as medicine and socio-environmental influences.

Combining his roles as a Gastroenterologist interested in enteric infections and functional gastrointestinal disorders, and a Paediatrician working with disadvantaged children, he has been involved in the roll out of an eating disorders program and also as an educator and health service administrator. Professor Forbes enjoys working in teams, particularly to facilitate the development of services and child health policies that focus on improving outcomes for children and adolescents.

 PCH Grand Round

Above: Attendees at the inaugural Grand Round at PCH.

Attendees included previous winner of the Howard Williams Medal, Professor Lou Landau, and a diverse group of professionals from all disciplines.

Make the most of RACP Foundation support 
Members are encouraged to contact the RACP Foundation which proudly provides financial support to Fellows and trainees pursuing careers in medical research. More than $2 million funding is offered annually through fellowships, scholarships, grants, and prizes. Further details can be found on the Foundation web pages.

Invitation to an Advanced Trainees Information Evening

­­­An Advance Trainee Information Evening will be held in October to provide information for trainees looking to enter advanced training and those approaching Fellowship.

Early/prospective Advanced Trainees will have an opportunity to find out about career path opportunities, overseas training, research, portfolio development and work life balance.

Trainees approaching Fellowship will have an opportunity to discuss medico-legal issues for new specialists, developing a referral base, Medicare processes and career options in public or private practice.

The event is on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at the Perth Children’s Hospital Main Auditorium on level five. 

Email the RACP WA Regional office to confirm your attendance.

Take part in the Trainee Research Awards

Trainees are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentation. Winning abstracts will be published in the Internal Medicine Journal or Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Winners are also invited to attend RACP Congress 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The competition for submissions in the field of Adult Medicine will be held at the RACP Regional Office, 24 Lera Street, Nedlands, on Wednesday, 10 October from 6pm to 8pm.

The competition for submissions in the field of Paediatric Medicine will be held at the Perth Children’s Hospital main auditorium on level 5 on Wednesday, 7 November from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Visit the Awards web page for more information about Trainee Research Awards.

Rural Physicians Workshop invite

The seventh annual Rural Physician's Workshop will be held at St Catherine’s College in Nedlands on 3 and 4 November. This annual event presents an opportunity for physicians working in rural settings to get updates on areas of specific interest to rural practitioners, such as pain management, antibiotic stewardship and many more.

There is also a networking event following the academic sessions. For more information or to register your attendance, email Angela at the RACP WA Regional Office.

Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting opportunity

Join colleagues from across Australia for a critical look at health care and vulnerable populations at the 2018 Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)

Featuring a keynote address from Young Australian of the Year in the UK, Dr Geordan Shannon, the ASM brings together experts from Australia and abroad to share ideas, acquire new knowledge and develop unique insights that will help improve your practice.

Visit the NT ASM event website for more informationNT ASM

Need a hire car for work or holiday?

Book your passenger vehicle through your new RACP Member Advantage benefits website to access discounted rentals from popular car hire companies. Member Advantage

Compare the great offers available* and select the one that best suits your vehicle needs. Choose between set rates all year round with a reduced excess^ or a specially negotiated discount off the daily price.

Visit the RACP Member Advantage website to find out more about this offer and get an online quote.

*Terms and conditions apply.
^Offer not available on prestige car vehicles including Audi.

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