In this edition: Intern and PGY2+ (RMO) application update, Prevocational General Practice Placement Program (PGPPP), Rough Medicine: Life & Death in the Age of Sail and more...
SA MET - South Australian Medical Education & Training
SA MET Newsletter
Issue 23 | July 2014

2014 Intern and PGY2+ (RMO) applications

Applications for intern positions in South Australia closed Friday 6 June 2014. First offers commence Monday 14 July 2014 and all offers will be made by email. Applicants are encouraged to monitor their email regularly, as they will have 48 hours to respond to an offer. Allocation is an ongoing process and applicants may receive offers on different days. Applicants can check the status of their application by logging into their account.

Applications for PGY2+/RMO positions in South Australia closed on Monday 30 June 2014. Each Local Health Network (LHN) is responsible for selection of applicants and any interviews that may be undertaken. Queries regarding the selection process and interview schedules are to be directed to the appropriate training program coordinator. Offers commence Monday 12 September 2014.

Prevocational General Practice Placement Program

One of the measures in the 2014 Federal budget was the abolition of the Prevocational General Practice Placement Program (PGPPP). This program provided funding for prevocational doctors to undertake placements in general practice settings.
In 2014 the PGPPP funded 23 intern positions in South Australia for a total of 278 intern positions, plus 16 PGY2+ positions. With the loss of this funding, the number of intern positions in South Australia for 2015 will be reduced proportionately. 

Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail

Rough Medicine: Life & Death in the Age of Sail is a new exhibition at the South Australian Maritime Museum.
The exhibition investigates health on the first British voyages of exploration, convict ships and the early migrant vessels to Australia’s colonies.
The exhibition will run from 30 May – 30 November 2014 and explores the fascinating history of how illness and disease shaped early sea voyages. For more information, visit the South Australian Maritime Museum website.

Professional Development Program for Registrars

How do you manage multiple conflicting time demands and your stress levels?

The Professional Development Program for Registrars (PDPR) is a course designed explicitly for Registrars. Its a highly interactive two day workshop, covering conflict resolution, team building, supervision and more. Past participants found the course provided them with skills, knowledge and enjoyed working with other Registrars, facing similar issues. There is no cost to attend the PDPR program! 
Limited places available for:

  • 17-18 July 2014
  • 23-24 October 2014

Register your interest now.

Cultural Safety Training for Doctors

"We may not live in the past, but the past is in us" Ulrich Phillips

SA MET, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing are facilitating Cultural Safety Training for Doctors. Training will be held at TQEH on 11 September 2014 from 5pm-8.30pm.   

Cultural awareness training raises health professionals knowledge and understanding, about Aboriginal social and cultural considerations in Aboriginal health. The concept of Cultural safety is gaining increasing traction in health professional development.

Health professionals are asked to reflect on their values and worldviews in interactions with Aboriginal patients and clients. They are asked to consider patient-centred care, power differentials, and the development of regardful and reflective practice.

Cultural safety considers the ongoing impacts of colonisation and ways in which health professionals may “decolonise” their practice.

To register, contact Melanie on 8222 7921 or

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Coming Up

Next Step
In October 2013, beyondblue released their findings from a study examining the mental health and well-being of medical practitioners. The study found doctors report substantially higher rates of psychological distress and attempted suicide, compared to other Australian professionals. It was found the psychological distress of doctors aged less than 30 years of age was more than double the Australian population of the same age. 
Next Step is a workshop aimed at Registrars. It focuses on improving mental well-being and stress management through mindfulness. It also focuses on how to manage conflict situations through the use of assertive communication techniques. This workshop is highly interactive and will be led by experienced consultants, skilled in mindfulness and conflict management. 

Course details:
- 15 September 2014

Register here.

Australian & New Zealand Medical Education & Training (ANZMET) Forum
ANZMET 2014 will incorporate the 2014 National Prevocational Medical Education Forum and bring in speakers and participants from generalist and specialist medical training areas. Prevocational training matters will remain at the heart of the focus, as we explore our Forum theme of Outcomes: Recipes for Success.

For more information, click here.

AMSA National Convention
The AMSA National Convention is the largest student-run event in the world. In 2014 it will bring over 1,500 of Australia and New Zealand’s brightest young minds and future doctors to Adelaide. AMSA National Convention will be held from 6-13 July 2014.

For more information click here.

Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL)

MABEL is Australia's national longitudinal survey of doctors. Research undertaken by MABEL will improve understanding of the determinants of decisions made by doctors. Decisions include where to work, geographic location and specialty. These decisions are a key influence on access to health care by the population, health care cost and population health.

SA MET Unit Staff

A/Prof Alison Jones: Manager SA MET
Ronda Bain: Training Manager
Kate Morefield: Education and Evaluation
Colleen Cryans: Medical Workforce
Natasha Stabile: TMO Coordinator
Amanda Lawless: EA/Project Officer
Lana Poser: Admin Officer
Libby Davidson: Accreditation
Reece Johnson: Accreditation
David Peterson: Online Services Manager
Carmen Crawford: eLearning Development Coordinator
Jenny Wilckens: TMO Coordinator
SA MET farewells two of its staff this month. David Peterson has accepted a position as Training Manager for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital transition and commissioning team. Jess Kandulu is taking 6 months leave to spend time with family in Malawi. We wish them all the best.

We welcome back Vanessa Heading from Maternity leave. Vanessa has returned to her position as Manager of Accreditation. Jenny Wilckens has also returned from Maternity leave, to her position, TMO Coordinator.
SA MET staff can be contacted by phone on 08 8226 7231 or by email.