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Facilitator RACMA Peer Support Group Pilot Program

Professional isolation in the workplace is a well-recognised risk factor to professional well-being.  This can occur irrespective of workplace location and size of the organisation and is specifically mentioned in the Medical Board of Australia’s Professional Performance Framework.[1]

This is important to us as a college, and to all our members, irrespective of location. In order to support our colleagues a Peer Support Group (PSG) has been proposed by the Medical Workforce Planning Working Group (MWPWG) under the sponsorship of the Policy and Advisory Committee (PAC) as a six-month pilot program within each jurisdiction to facilitate support for RACMA Members who are professionally isolated.

The Hong Kong College of Community Medicine – Administrative Medicine (HKCCM) will be invited to jointly participate in the PSG.

Would you be interested in giving up 60 minutes of your time, once a month, to lead a Peer Support Group targeted at supporting these professionally isolated colleagues?

The objective of the PSG is to provide structured peer support to RACMA colleagues of all jurisdictions who are professionally isolated. Meetings will be conducted monthly for approximately an hour over the six months of the pilot with support from the Secretariat.

The objective of the meetings is to provide a forum in which its participants can discuss topics with their peers but due to their professional isolation are not able to do via other means and would include but are not limited to:

Role and Expectations of PSG Facilitators: (Click here to access the Role & Expectations document)

Eligibility criteria:

Click here to view the Terms of Reference.

PSG activities will be recognised as a CPD activity by RACMA under the Category Peer Learning. Documentation of PSG activities as CPD, and the required reflections, is the responsibility of individual participants.

This is a great opportunity to support our professionally isolated colleagues, in particular those in regional rural or remote locations.

Please send your expressions of interest, addressing the eligibility criteria above and the reasons why you wish to act as a Facilitator for the PSGs.


[1]https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Professional-Performance-Framework.aspx

Click HERE to complete the EOI application for Facilitators.

Participant RACMA Peer Support Group Pilot Program

Professional isolation in the workplace is a well-recognised risk factor to professional well-being.  This can occur irrespective of workplace location and size of the organization and is specifically mentioned in the Medical Board of Australia’s Professional Performance Framework. [1]

This is important to us as a college, and to all our members, irrespective of location. In order to support our colleagues a Peer Support Group (PSG) has been proposed by the Medical Workforce Planning Working Group (MWPWG) under the sponsorship of the Policy and Advisory Committee (PAC) as a six-month pilot program within each jurisdiction to facilitate support for RACMA Members who are professionally isolated.

The Hong Kong College of Community Medicine – Administrative Medicine (HKCCM) will be invited to jointly participate in the PSG.

The objective of the PSG is to provide a structured peer support to RACMA colleagues of all jurisdictions who are professionally isolated. Meetings will be conducted monthly for approximately an hour over the six months of the pilot with support from the Secretariat.

The objective of the meetings is to provide a forum in which its participants can discuss topics with their peers but due to their professional isolation are not able to do via other means and would include but are not limited to:

Role and Responsibilities of PSG Participants: (Click here to access the Role & Expectations document)

  1. Participants will be expected to declare any conflicts of interest at the start of each session and actively contribute to the PSG.
  2. Participants are expected to commit to attending a one-hour meeting monthly on the day and time as determined between the facilitator and assigned participants. 
  3. Participants are expected to act in a professional and respectful manner at all times, to support and assist their peers in the group and observe strict confidentiality in relation to any matters discussed – Chatham House Rule apply.
  4. Participants will be expected to contribute to an evaluation of the PSG group at the end of the pilot program and otherwise as required.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. All RACMA Fellows, Associate Fellows, and Candidates are eligible to be participants of the PSG in their respective jurisdiction, irrespective of the remoteness or otherwise of their workplace.
  2. Priority will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate their professional isolation and in particular those in regional remote and rural locations or working as sole practitioners in their organisations.

Click here to view the Terms of Reference document.

PSG activities shall be recognised as a CPD activity by RACMA under the Category Peer Learning. Documentation of PSG activities as CPD, and the required reflections, is the responsibility of individual participants.

Please send your expressions of interest, addressing the eligibility criteria above and the reasons why you wish to join as a participant with the PSGs.


[1]https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Professional-Performance-Framework.aspx

Click HERE to complete the EOI application Participants.

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