At this time last year our news was dominated by hospital cut backs, fire, floods and a looming Federal election year. And now we are waiting to hear about the Federal Governments May budget and what it will mean for us all, including the College training program.
Last year the College secured funding for training posts in Tasmania as well as an annual CPD program for doctors in Tasmania. The official launch of this new program will be June 2014. Thanks to effective advocacy by the NZ Committee, funding has been promised for training posts in New Zealand. NSW is seeing growth in training in medical administration and in Queensland our Fellows are negotiating employment contracts.
The 2013 RACMA Workforce Census report will shortly be released.
The World Federation of Medical Managers (WFMM) will hold conference events including its fifth International Medical Leaders Forum across Brighton and London between 4 and 6 June 2014. This year the WFMM is working in association with the NHS to bring these events to participants.
This year with the publishing support of Emerald Publishing the WFMM will edit a special issue of the Leadership in Health Services journal. Twenty one papers about medical leadership and management have been received from authors around the world. Many of these papers will be sent for review and the top seven selected for publication later this year. I have been privileged to read some of these early draft papers and I have been impressed by the collection while simultaneously having it confirmed this is a new field for publication. I have my fingers crossed now that the independent reviewers will select some Australian authors!
In this issue we help promote the 2014 RACMA Annual Conference in Sydney in early September. It will be a three day event with pre-conference workshops and a two day scientific meeting. We hope to see you there.
The RACMA Board has commenced to look at College governance this year and there are plans to hold a consultation program with jurisdictions to discuss proposals to strengthen Board Jurisdiction relationships, strategic input from Committees and continuous improvement in services for members.
Very shortly you will receive advice about the College’s latest Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) funded program called ‘Edgy Debates’. This promises to be an interesting series of four webinars about more difficult topics with high level speakers. I suspect registration will be necessary to manage the interest.
Dr Karen Owen
The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
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