The Curriculum Advisory Group was established to support current and upcoming reviews of the RACP Training Program curricula. The Curriculum Advisory Group's key responsibilities are to:
- develop draft graduate outcomes for RACP training and conduct broad consultation
- act as a review panel for revised curricula
- plan and if appropriate develop assessment tools and learning resources focused on professionalism
- plan strategies for improving the culture of learning in training settings
- make recommendations on the plans for prioritisation and evaluation of RACP curricula
Read the Curriculum Advisory Group Terms of Reference.
Dr David Thomas FRACP, Chair
David is a general paediatrician and the Head of General Medicine at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. He has completed a Master in Education. David has been involved extensively in College committees, most recently as Co-Chair of the working group reviewing the Basic Training Curricula, Chair of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee and as a member of the College Education Committee. He has 15 years’ experience as a Director of Paediatric Education and is a senior examiner for the RACP Clinical Examination. David is currently working as Assistant Professor in Paediatrics at the Fiji National University in Lautoka, Fiji (July – November 2019).
Dr Raffaela Armiento FRACP
Raffaela is a general paediatrician at Werribee Mercy Hospital, Melbourne. In her quality improvement role of After Hours Project Fellow at the Royal Children's Hospital, Raffaela is working to improve hospital systems out-of-hours, particularly for Junior Medical Staff. Raffaela has an interest in medical education, having completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education in 2018 and was a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the University of Melbourne in 2019. She is passionate about supervision, education and mentorship of trainees. Raffaela coordinated trainee lecture series and the RACP Paediatric Clinical Examination at Sunshine Hospital as an Advanced Trainee.
Dr Jon Ho Chan FAFRM
Jon Ho is a rehabilitation medicine physician at Fiona Stanley Hospital. He has been involved in medical education at undergraduate and prevocational levels and is an Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer at Curtin University. Jon Ho is a member of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Council and AFRM Training Committee, and is the Chair of the AFRM WA Regional Committee. He has a particular interest in workplace-based assessment, accreditation and the assessment of professionalism.
Dr Terry Donald PSM, FRACP
Terry is an Adelaide-based community paediatrician specialising in child protection. He will soon finish his time as Chair of the College’s Advanced Training Committee in Community Child Health and his membership of the Chapter of Community Child Health Committee. He is a member of the Paediatric and Child Health Division Education Committee and the Developmental and Psychosocial Training Lead on the committee. Terry is committed to the standardisation of child protection training across paediatrics.
Dr Melanie Fentoullis FRACP
Melanie is a consultant general paediatrician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has completed a Master of Medical Education and is a senior lecturer (Clinical Education Fellow) with the University of New South Wales. Melanie has been a member of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Education Committee and Paediatrics & Child Health Division Council.
She has a range of educational interest areas including exploring innovative teaching practices that evaluate and effectively utilise evidence-based and digital resources and the teaching and assessment of professionalism and professional skills.
Associate Professor N. Deborah Friedman FRACP
Deb is an infectious diseases physician, an RACP Director of Physician Education, researcher at Barwon Health and senior lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine. She has been involved in the development of curricula at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also a trained facilitator of the College’s Supervisor Professional Development Program. Deb has a particular interest in the development of curricula, the assessment of trainees, and defining the outcomes of physician training.
Associate Professor Michael Gabbett FRACP
Michael is a clinical geneticist and academic. He coordinates postgraduate teaching in diagnostic genomics at Queensland University of Technology and is the medical advisor for the Genomics Research Centre, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT. He also holds adjunct academic appointments as Associate Professor at the Griffith University School of Medicine and as a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. He runs his own private practice – The Mendel Institute. Michael is President of the Australasian Association of Clinical Geneticists and Treasurer of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia. He is a former member of the RACP Advanced Training Committee in Clinical Genetics and former Lead Fellow of College Congress.
Professor Nicholas Glasgow FAChPM
Nicholas is a general practitioner, palliative medicine specialist, and was the Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU). He has experience in curriculum development, medical education and training through his work at the ANU and other positions he has held at the University of Sydney, the University of Auckland, and the University of the United Arab Emirates. Nicholas has held national leadership roles on several Australian Government advisory councils, and he is a former President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc, which is the peak body representing professional entity-level medical education, training and research.
Professor Matthew Links FRACP
Matthew is a medical oncologist and educator at Gold Coast University Hospital and is the Professor of Medicine at Griffith University. He has an interest in utilising education to improve patient care.
Dr Mick O’Keeffe FRACP
Mick began consultant life in 2002 as a community and general paediatrician. Since 2005, he has been working full time in developmental and behavioural paediatrics in both public and private practice in metropolitan Brisbane. He is a member of the Advanced Training Committee in Community Child Health and was the Lead Fellow for the pilot of Entrustable Professional Activities in Community Child Health Advanced Training. Mick has a particular interest in medical education and postgraduate specialty training, including competency-based training and tailored, novel assessment methods. He completed a Master in Medical Education in 2011.
Professor Stephen Opat FRACP FRCPA
Stephen is the Director of Clinical Haematology at Monash Health and Clinical Professor at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University. His interests include clinical management of lymphoma and CLL and lymphoma genomics. He heads the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Lymphoma Flagship, is the founder and chair of the Lymphoma and Related Diseases Registry (LaRDR) and is a Principal Investigator on many trials in lymphoid cancers. Stephen is immediate ex-president of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand and was formerly coordinator of Advanced Training on the Joint Specialist Advisory Committee in Haematology.
Dr Benjamin Rogers MBBS PhD FRACP
Ben is an infectious disease physician and clinical researcher at Monash Health and the Monash University School of Clinical Sciences. He supervises Basic Physician Trainees and Advanced Trainees in Infectious Diseases. Ben has been an active member of the RACP Curriculum Advisory Group since its inception in 2014.
Dr Paul Timmings FRACP
Paul is a Waikato based neurologist (Hamilton, New Zealand) and senior lecturer at Auckland University, Waikato Clinical Campus. He plays active roles in undergraduate, postgraduate year 1 and 2, registrar and GP teaching. He maintains research interests and in 2013 completed his MD doctoral thesis on photosensitivity in epilepsy. Paul is a member of the Neurological Subcommittee of the NZ Pharmaceutical Management Agency, the PHARMAC NPPA committee, the MOH epilepsy TAG, the RACP Research Projects Working Group, and the RACP Research Projects online resource project.
Professor Tim Wilkinson FRACP
Tim is director of the MBChB program and is the Professor in Medicine at the University of Otago. He has completed a Master of Clinical Education, a PhD on the educational impact of a change to standards-based assessment in a medical course, and an MD on programmatic assessment. He is a deputy editor of Medical Education and section editor of BMC Medical Education. He also works as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine. Tim’s research interests are assessment of clinical competence and performance, workplace learning, selection into medical school, and professionalism.
Dr Grace Leo, Trainee Representative
Grace is a Paediatric Registrar at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She has a special interest in innovative medical education and is a keen advocate for improving the learning opportunities and experiences of trainees both locally and nationally. Grace is an Executive Team Member for the non-profit, independent paediatric acute care educational group, Don’t Forget the Bubbles. She has previously served for over 5 years on the organising committee for the Social Media and Critical Care conferences as well as on the inaugural team of the Australian Medical Student Journal; a student-led journal which provides opportunities for students to showcase research, and develop skills in academic writing.