The President's Message

The President's message - 13 September
Your College is very much part of the international medical community. Over the past month I have spent time meeting with peer colleges and organisations, both regionally and globally. We share many of the same challenges and can learn from international experience.

The President's message - 12 August
We’re now approaching a further milestone in our Next Generation Learning with a focus on renewing the way we educate future medical specialists.

Later this month some of the College’s most experienced medical educators will take a critical look at how we assess and accredit the learning environment for advanced training.

The President's message - 15 July

Think of your own post-graduate medical training, and the environment you learned in – or may still be learning in if you are a trainee.

This month we all have an important chance to help shape how future specialists train.

The President's message - 21 June 2016

In the past few days, your College leaders have taken an important first step towards charting our future direction over the next two years.

The President's message - 2​0 May 2016

I am delighted to send this first monthly message to you as the new President of the RACP.

The President's message - 6 May 2016

With only ​10 days to go until RACP Congress in Adelaide, this is my final eBulletin to you as RACP President, and it has been a great privilege to lead the College over the last two years.

The President's message - 22 April 2016

Many Fellows and trainees may not be entirely aware of the role and the work of our College’s Board, but this week we’re informing you of a change we’re seeking to make to its structure.

The President's Message - 22 March 2016

Now is the time to vote in the College elections – with less than 14 days to go until voting closes – and with new information about candidates now online.

The President's Message - 11 March 2016

In the next three weeks you can cast your vote for candidates nominated for President-Elect of the College, Presidents-Elect of our two divisions, and one of our faculty President-Elect positions.

The President's Message - 26 February 2016

Our second College Council meeting in Sydney last week demonstrated the value of your new representative body as an advisory group to the Board.

The President's Message - 12 February 2016

Nominations for RACP President-Elect closed on Monday, 1 February, and I am pleased to announce we have a strong field of four candidates for this prestigious position.

The President's Message - 29 January 2016

We begin 2016 with congratulating 16 of our esteemed Fellows who have been recognised in the New Year and Australia Day honours. Our EVOLVE initiative continues to gain momentum, with a dedicated website going live today. 

The President's Message - 18 December 2015

We have closed out 2015 with two great events. In Paris, we’ve presented our consensus statement on climate change, and here at the College, heard a fascinating presentation by a leading international healthcare policy expert.

The President's Message - 4 December 2015

Next week, the process that allows the next generation of College leaders to step up and shape the agenda and future of the RACP with the College election cycle beginning.

The President's Message - 20 November 2015

There’s been important progress in our EVOLVE initiative, in which physicians highlight medical interventions that offer little or no benefit to patients.  

The President's Message - 6 November 2015

I want to recognise fellow Physicians and Paediatricians who succeeded in mobilising over a thousand of their colleagues across Australia last week.

The President’s Message - 23 October 2015

One of the world’s most prestigious international medical journals has publically endorsed our Doctors for Climate Action campaign. 

The President's Message - 9 October 2015

A highlight of this week was the launch in Sydney of our global `Doctors for Climate Action’ campaign by the Editor of the Lancet, Dr Richard Horton.

The President's Message – 25 September 2015

This week is notable for two exciting and important occasions for our College; a highly successful inaugural meeting of our College Council - which took place on Thursday, 24 September - and our first regional convocation ceremony. 

The President's Message - 11 September 2015

This week many of us will have seen the statement made by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) regarding the unacceptability of discrimination, bullying and harassment in the surgical profession. We commend the strong stand RACS has taken on these issues.


The President's Message - 31 August 2015

As part of my commitment to make the College a more transparent and open body, Fellows and trainees are invited to meet the Board and take part in a special Q&A session in Melbourne at 5pm on Wednesday, 23 September.

The President's Message - 14 August 2015

The College Board met last month and discussed the establishment of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Working Party, and launch of a new RACP International Medal.

The President's Message - 30 July 2015

I bring you sad news of the passing of our esteemed former President Priscilla Kincaid-Smith, who gave the College many years of service and made a vast contribution to medicine in Australasia.

The President's Message - 17 July 2015

Our busy and vibrant College continues with its daily business as usual. Committees are actively working on a range of issues and initiatives and making weekly progress.

The President's Message - 9 July 2015

Thank you to all Fellows and Trainee Members who voted and engaged in discussions around the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).

The President's Message - 2 July 2015

There is less than one week to cast your vote on the constitutional changes proposed by a small group of College members. 

The President's Message - 29 June 2015

The most important member of this College is YOU, whether you are a Fellow or trainee, whether you have been a member for one or 40 years.

The President's Message - 25 June 2015

Yesterday, the College hosted the launch of the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change’s 2015 Report. 

The President's Message - 19 June 2015

I was pleased to meet with the NSW Minister for Medical Research, the Hon Pru Goward on Monday, 15 June to receive an update on the medicinal marijuana clinical trials. The NSW Government has committed to clinical trials to learn more about the efficacy of cannabis and cannabis products in offering relief from a range of illnesses.

The President's Message - 12 June 2015

At its meeting before the Cairns Congress your Board approved plans to establish a new College Council to help meet the challenges of a fast-changing medical and educational environment. 

The President's Message - 3 June 2015

I am immensely pleased to report that RACP Congress 2015, held from Sunday, 24 May to Wednesday, 27 May, was a resounding success.

The President's Message - 22 May 2015 

Congress 2015 Breaking Boundaries Creating Connections is just a few days away and is sure to be an informative and inspiring event. 

The President's Message - 14 May 2015

On Tuesday evening, Treasurer Joe Hockey delivered the 2015-16 Australian Federal Budget. Health did not feature strongly in the government’s public focus, with a large number of the health related measures having been released earlier by the Minister for Health; although there is a frustrating lack of detail regarding the specifics.

The President's Message - 6 May 2015

The College Policy and Advocacy Committee (CPAC), comprising nine Fellows has oversight of numerous complex and sometimes sensitive matters. Since the start of the year.

The President's Message - 29 April 2015

The College received extensive media coverage this week about the important work we are doing on the EVOLVE initiative. EVOLVE is a peer-led initiative to create a list of the 'Top 5' low value practices in clinical practice and reflects the RACP's commitment to a high quality, safe and sustainable health care system. 

The President's Message - 24 April 2015

RACP Congress 2015 is fast approaching and I look forward to seeing many of you as we discuss, debate and chart a path forward on the five key topics: end of life care, the health of indigenous people, the treatment of children in detention, supporting the ageing physician and gender identity.

The President's Message - 9 April 2015

Throughout 2014 the College’s specialist medical programs and continuing professional development programs underwent an accreditation assessment by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

The President's Message - 27 March 2015

Last week, representatives from our College and I participated in the Tripartite Alliance meeting and International Medical Symposium.

The Presidents Message - 11 March 2015

Last week, was an exciting week for the College, with members, specialty societies and industry stakeholders coming together to participate in the RACP led EVOLVE Forum, held on Wednesday, 4 March 2015.

The President's Message - 27 February 2015

The changes to a smaller 11 member skill-based Board will increase its relevance and effectiveness for members and the broader community, by simplifying and improving the way the College is run. 

The President's Message - 10 February 2015

Welcome back to all of our members for what I am sure will be a productive 2015. The year starts with a clear focus on progressing College Reform. The Board is listening to you and will shortly send out more information.

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