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The Quarterly 2011

RACMA WA hosted the Meet the Future Leaders Program on the evening of 19th May 2011 at Hollywood Private Hospital which was attended by a number of Fellows, existing and new Candidates and RACMA Young Doctors. Western Australia currently has 9 Candidates formally in RACMA training and 13 medical students and junior doctors enrolled in the RACMA Young Doctors Program. This event also had a strong presence of medical practitioners and medical students with an interest in a career in medical administration and health management.

Dr Andrew Robertson formally welcomed attendees on behalf of the College and the State WA RACMA Committee and this was followed by a presentation from Dr Robyn Lawrence. Dr Lawrence discussed her role as the WA Chair of Board of Studies and outlined the standard and accelerated pathways to gaining Fellowship with the College. Dr Lawrence also spoke about the various Masters Programs available both locally and interstate which satisfy the College training requirements. It was noted that the WA training program provides a rich variety of training opportunities and rotations through the Department of Health, tertiary hospitals and leading private hospitals.

The guest speakers for the evening were Dr David Russell-Weisz (Chief Executive, North Metropolitan Area Health Service) and Dr Simon Towler (Chief Medical Officer, WA Department of Health). Dr Russell-Weisz provided a very personal insight into his journey as a clinician, medical administrator and healthcare leader, and discussed the need to balance strategic and operational management. Dr Russell-Weisz highlighted the need for all medical administrators to gain possible rural and remote medical administration experience at some stage in their careers. The past and future synergies between private and public hospitals in WA were also pointed out. Dr Simon Towler explored some of the challenges currently being faced in healthcare in Australia, and emphasised the importance of medical leaders to the healthcare system and Western Australia in particular.

New and prospective Candidates and RACMA Young Doctors highly appreciated the great opportunities of professional networking and scope of future mentoring by Senior Fellows that this event provided. Future training opportunities both in public and private healthcare were discussed. Positive feedback was received from all guests during the evening and it is hoped that this event will become a regular fixture on the RACMA WA calendar.

Dr Daniel Heredia
RACMA Candidate

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