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The Quarterly 2014


During 2014 RACMA delivered the E-dgy Issues Program (EIP), a series of four, 1.5 hour e-debates and discussions to doctors and health professionals on contemporary and ‘edgy issues’ current to health services, medical and clinical administration. The E-dgy Issues Program was delivered with Rural Health and Continuing Education (RHCE) Program funding. The RHCE program is a joint initiative of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges and Department of Health and is funded by the Australian Government. EIP was targeted to doctors and health professionals in rural and remote areas providing opportunities for professional development ‘from the desk’. RACMA has received positive responses to the series which has made resources available including web links to articles, transcripts, and podcasts detailing the EIP presentations and presenter information.

The E-dgy Issues Program focussed on the following issues:

Revalidation (56 Participants)

This webinar looked at the issues concerning the integrity of maintaining a skilled workforce whilst ensuring consistent decision making and thresholds for interventions. Although in Australia Clinical Governance system exists, other regions including the UK experience of revalidation was discussed. Issues included the importance of aligning policies and programs in place to integrate and standardise remediation.

End of life (59 Participants)

The End of Life webinar discussed complexities of diagnosing end of life. When does death come? When is death likely to come? Public perception of death is really quite inescapable now; through media the medical profession have said that we can now defeat death, by evening television programs showing the latest cure. Legal aspects were discussed including arguments concerning inappropriate treatment and negligence.

Health workforce (51 Participants)

This webinar discussed the ongoing shortage of doctors and medical staff in rural and remote areas when compared to cities like Melbourne. Doctors in remote and rural area can actually have a life and can get a break by offering enhanced life choices not just being on-call for 24 hour rotations, but giving graduates a career path that is meaningful, respected and well remunerated.

Rural work life balance (30 Participants)

The Rural Work Life Balance webinar discussed issues facing rural doctors - the importance of everyone having a good GP that we trust and can talk to and of taking generous holidays through the terms of our life, and of the health benefits of exercise, both physically and mentally. It is much better to monitor ourselves to ensure that we do not burn out in the first place rather than trying to address a much more difficult problem. Enabling work delegation or the ability to lessen ones workload is important.

The E-dgy Issues Program focused on important and challenging questions. It encouraged discussion about best practice approaches to contemporary challenges while enabling health professionals across the sectors to come together and share ideas and question the status quo and harder issues. Participants from multiple and dispersed locations were able to link through this education series and overcome the vagaries of time and professional isolation.

The program has also generated significant resources which all College members can access. These include edited webinar transcripts, reading and resources lists and podcasts. To access this educational resources visit http://racma.edu.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=678

The EIP was developed and delivered with the guidance of the RACMA EIP Steering Committee comprised of Professor Gavin Frost (Chair), Dr Meredith Arcus, Dr Jean Collie and Dr Robert Grogan to whom the College extends its gratitude.


Professor Gavin Frost
Chair E-dgy Issues Program Steering Committee

Ms Carmel O’Hea
Ms Valerie Ramsperger
RACMA National Office