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The Quarterly 2011

Office Bearers

Dr Peter Trye
CEP Coordinator
Dr Alison Dwyer
Honorary Secretary
Dr Susannah Ahern
Associate Fellows Representative
Dr Michael Ward
Honorary Treasurer
Dr Mark Garwood
Country Representative
Dr Peter O'Brien
Board of Studies Chair
Dr Erwin Loh
Candidates Representatives
Dr Anjali Dhulia and Dr Russell De Souza

Highlights for 2010-11

The College has continued to grow and develop its services in 2010-11 and the Victorian State Committee has been on a similar path. The training program continues to grow with increasing interest in the programme both through the candidate and accelerated pathways. There has been substantial interest in the accelerated pathway by a range of very senior and experienced doctors in Victoria. Combined with a greater awareness by young doctors of Medical Administration we seem to have a strong growth trajectory in Victoria.

Training Programme

The Candidate Training Program has continued through 2010-11 under the stewardship of Dr Erwin Loh, Chair of the Board of Studies. The training program is a major strategic priority for the future success of RACMA.

The Victorian RACMA Registrar Training Program has been active in 2011. There are 8 formal registrar rotation training positions (6 State-funded positions in public hospitals, and 2 Commonwealth-funded positions in private hospitals). 6 of these 8 positions have been filled, with a 7th to be filled later this year. 4 of these positions are filled by 1st year RACMA trainees, with the other 3 filled by 3rd or 4th years. Once the number of positions for 2012 are finalised (with new hospitals applying for funding) the current trainees will be asked to nominate their preferences, and they will be matched according to preference and training requirements to hospitals for the coming year.

There are 10 other RACMA candidates in the Victorian program who are in substantive positions, and not part of the formal registrar rotation program or the accelerated pathway program. All trainees have had preceptors allocated. There have been regular monthly meetings at the RACMA College headquarters which have been attended by most Candidates, where topics relevant to training are discussed and practice exams questions reviewed.

RACMA Examinations

Dr Saji Damodaran achieved Fellowship in 2010. There will be 5 Victorian candidates sitting the final oral exam this year. All 5 (plus another candidate from South Australia) will be undertaking the Victorian trial exams to be held at Southern Health on Saturday 6 August with the help of 8 Victorian Fellows who will be trial examiners.

Educational and CEP events

The 2011 Conference is being held in Melbourne at the Sofitel Hotel from October 12-14 2011. This will be a joint conference in conjunction with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care (AAQHC).

The Management for Clinicians Workshop was held in July 2011 and convened by Dr Lee Gruner. This has historically been a Victorian initiative although the focus is now at a National level. This year the themes were Leadership, Communication, Managing Teams and Managing Change. There were 22 participants and the feedback was excellent.

CEP Program

Dr Bernie Street (Chair CEP Committee) and Dr Alison Dwyer are active participants on the National RACMA CEP Committee, assisting with the development of peer review activities. Victoria has contributed to the development of the new RACMA CPD standard which will provide compliance with the AHPRA/MBA requirements for specialist registration. With this being an essential requirement for Fellows, any questions on CEP or the tools available can be directed to Alison who will be happy to assist.

Focus on Medical Students and Young Doctors

We participated in the Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation (VMPF) Careers Advice Day held on Saturday 14 May 2011. There continues to be strong interest in the work of the College and the RACMA Specialist Medical Administration qualification.

Relationships with the Victorian Department of Health

RACMA has been a partner in the consultancy for “Partnering for Performance” and has been involved in rolling out the performance management training program across Victoria. This is a Department of Health initiative in Clinical Leadership, Engagement and Performance Development.

Networking and Links

On 12 April 2011, 17 Associate CEOs/Chief Doctors from 17 Beijing Hospitals visited the RACMA Head office. This was organised by the Beijing Health Bureau and Monash Universities China Research Programme. Dr Lee Gruner presented to the contingent who showed a high level of interest and curiosity. Thanks to Dr Erwin Loh for helping to coordinate the visit.

In my capacity as Chair of the Victorian State Committee, I represent RACMA at the meeting of the Victorian Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges and am also the RACMA nominee to the Victorian AMA Council.


I would like to thank all the members and Office Bearers of the State Committee for their enthusiasm and hard work. It has been a pleasure working with you and I would like to extend a special thanks to Dr Bernie Street who has worked tirelessly for the College at both the National and the State Level, being Victorian Chair for the last 5 years.

I would also like to thank our RACMA Chief Executive Dr Karen Owen, for her leadership of the College over this time of great growth and development, and her capable staff including Stephanie Bull, Elaine Halley, Michelle Barrett, Dino De Fazio and all at the National Office for their support over the past 12 months.

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