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The Quarterly 2011


The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges has just announced its funding allocations from Round Two of RHCE Stream One. Of the 38 individual CPD grant applications received, 20 applications supported by five Specialist Medical Colleges were approved. The total amount of funds allocated was $69,736.

Of the†ten applications for project grants,†seven were supported from six Specialist Medical Colleges,†one of these being collaborative projects with other Colleges. The total amount of funds committed was $1,009,577.

RACMA funded project

RACMA was successful in funding their program entitled Enhancing performance through Self Audit and Peer Review. This was motivated from the results of a pilot program conducted with Dr. David Rankin in New Zealand.

This project complements the Round 1 funded project "A National Management and Leadership Peer Review Group for medical managers" by adding a Self Audit and Peer Review tool for the use of clinical leaders and managers to utilise in support of their own professional development and performance enhancement. It will further build the network of managers and leaders throughout Australia who come together to support their peers with professional input leading to best practice solutions.

This program will be open to specialist medical managers (Fellows of the RACMA) and specialists from other colleges who occupy management or leadership roles.

The Self Audit and Peer Review tool will be developed collaboratively with participating colleges and piloted in the first year of the project, then four further rounds will be conducted in the second year.

Each Self Audit and Peer Review round will involve a participant nominating a mentor and 15 reviewers. The mentor and participant will attend a Giving and Receiving of Feedback workshop. The participant will initially appraise themselves via the Self Audit and Peer Review tool. This same survey tool will then be circulated to the reviewers for completion. The results will be de-identified, collated, reported and communicated to the participant by the trained nominated mentor. An evaluative web conference and survey with all participants, mentors and reviewers will be held after each round. Participants will also be surveyed at least six months after their involvement in the program to track their progress and development.

If you are interested in being involved in this project then please contact Michelle Barrett at RACMA on 9824 4699 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Other CPD projects supported

The other successful project applications from Round Two of funding by RHCE Stream One are:

  • The Royal Australian College of Surgeons - Acute Neurotrauma
  • College of Intensive Care Medicine - The Occasional Intensivist
  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists - Rural CPD web portal
  • Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists - Indigenous Health Modules: Rural Specialist Resources
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists - Perinatal mortality and morbidity: learning from adverse events to improve care
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists - Practice visits: reviewing specialist practice to improve the safety and quality of care


Most of these projects are multi-disciplinary and open to members of other specialty medical colleges to participate in. Further information on the successful project applications and project coordinator contact details, can been found by clicking on the  project tab on this website www.ruralspecialist.org.au.

Next funding round

There will be a new final funding round for RHCE Projects later this year. The funding round three will close at the end of September and the opening will be announced soon on the RACMA website.

RHCE newsletter

The RHCE Stream One has just launched their RHCE Newsletter. This will keep†rural specialists up to date with CPD activities and events funded by the program. It will also include articles and information of interest to rural and remote specialists. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter please go to the RHCE website www.ruralspecialist.org.au and click the Subscribe Now button or contact the RHCE Program Management Unit at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02 9256 5419.

See www.ruralspecialist.org.au for more information about any of the RHCE Stream One Programs.

The Rural Health and Continuing Education sub-program (RHCE) - Stream One, is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing and managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC).

Ms Michelle Barrett
RACMA Curriculum and Training Coordinator

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