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The Quarterly 2012

Dr Bernie Street On behalf of the RACMA National Scientific Committee I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who attended the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting.

RACMA 2012 was the major Australasian scientific event for Fellows, Associate Fellows, clinician managers and doctors with an interest in medical management and administration. The conference was a fantastic success, with many prominent speakers, from both Australia and overseas addressing engaging topics that focused around the conference theme of "Benefitting from the boom – Challenges for the healthcare system".

I would like to thank all speakers and presenters for their valuable contributions to RACMA 2012. I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to this successful event, in particular:
  • The National Scientific Program Committee
  • The RACMA Board
  • The RACMA CEO and National office, in particular Michelle Barrett
  • Paula Leishman and Leishman Associates, the conference managers
The program put together by all of the above was outstanding and resulted in a truly engaging conference. I believe that RACMA 2012 provided all who attended with a motivational experience, and that all information gained from RACMA 2012 will play a pivotal role in helping attendees reach new heights as leaders in the field of medical management.

Dr Bernie Street
Chair, National Scientific Program Committee
Chair, Continuing Education Progam Committee

Snapshot of some of the Keynote Speakers

In total the 2012 RACMA Conference featured 45 speakers. Our thanks to everyone for your contribution.

Dr Graham Dickson is Founding Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research at Royal Roads University. He is also Professor Emeritus of Leadership in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Royal Roads University.

Dr Dickson presented in Master Class Session 2 with a presentation titled "Clinician, or Leader? Or Both? How do you Become the Leader You Want to Be?". Graham presented a highly insightful master class, addressing many key questions surrounding doctor's transition from clinical practice to system leadership and what is required of doctors who wish to make this transition.

Dr Christine Bennett is Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. Dr Bennett is a specialist paediatrician and has over 25 years experience in the health industry in clinical care, strategic planning and senior management across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Dr Bennett presented an engaging session titled "Are we there yet?" which focused strongly on the current state of Australia's health reform. Dr Bennett explored in depth the strengths and weaknesses of the current reform and presented an engaging discussion into the importance of future reforms to ensure the sustainability of Australia's health care system.

Professor Christine Kilpatrick is Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Christine graduated from Medical School at the University of Melbourne and went on to pursue a career in neurology specialising in epilepsy. She worked in both public and private practice as well as pursuing an academic career at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she established and led the Epilepsy Program before moving on to hospital administration in the early 2000's. Christine is a fellow of RACMA.

In her keynote session titled "The New RCH—Project planning and implementation" Professor Kilpatrick provided insightful discussion into the six year development project of the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Professor Kilpatrick discussed the multiple phases of development that were involved as well as the principles that were used to guide the integral project.

Delegates were granted insight into the internal and external communication strategies used in the project and the extensive change program that was implemented by the hospital to ensure that the transition to the new facility was as smooth as possible.

Welcome Reception

The RACMA Conference Welcome Reception took place on the opening night of the conference, with over half of registered delegates attending this opening event.

The Welcome Reception was the first opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues, old and new. A combination of great wine, great food, entertainment from the duo of Spanish guitarists and great networking made this social function the perfect starting point for the RACMA Conference in 2012.

Conference Dinner

The RACMA Conference Dinner was held at the C Restaurant in the Sky, Perth's only revolving restaurant. This location, with it's incredible views over the city of Perth provided a sensational venue for the sold out Conference Dinner.

The dinner theme of "Top of the Town-Top Hats & Tiara's" was very fitting to the location, and del-egates enjoyed quality entertainment from a roving magician, a floorshow from an Earl Cole singer and a performance from Sonic the band.

The Langford Oration

As always the Langford Oration and Conferment ceremony is a vital part of any RACMA conference and 2012 was no different. The ceremony started with the official handing over of the presidential chains from Dr Roger Boyd to Dr Lee Gruner, this was then followed by a variety of speeches and presentations culminating in the conferment of 17 new Fellows, 19 Associate Fellows and an honorary Fellow.

After the official presentations the evening moved onto the Langford Oration. This year's Langford Oration was delivered by Rear Admiral Robyn Walker. A sometimes humorous, highly informative and motivational presentation ensued with the audience getting a small insight into the challenges that our military personal face every day.

The ceremony closed to rousing applause and the official procession allowing the New Fellows and Associate Fellows to celebrate with family members and friends.

RACMA Award winners

Margaret Tobin Challenge Award
Dr Leah Barrett-Beck
Right Doctor, Right Time, Right Pathology Result: Implementing Online Pathology Verification in the Tertiary Setting

Bernard Nicholson Award 2012
Dr Margaret Wilsher

College Medallion
Dr Lee Gruner

To quote a well known contributor to the RACMA Quarterly, "Champions need to be genuine people with a track record of motivation in their jobs, good people skills, good analytical skills and a willingness to perform over and above their normal positions".

Even Champions grow and mature, becoming more authoritative as their experience is synthesized and reflected towards a broader and deeper understanding of their own role and the part they can (and should) play in collaboration with others. Their influence extends beyond personal interaction.

RACMA has benefited from the passion and persistence of the recipient of this year's College Medallion. In the Quarterly we have followed her journey of quality, covering accreditation, credentialing, education, training, leadership and health system performance.

Her record of service to the College is substantial. She was recruited to RACMA service immediately after she passed her final oral examination by the late Dr Bill Walsh and has been involved in RACMA activities ever since. She has for almost 20 years convened the Victorian Management for Clinicians Workshop and chaired the Victorian State Committee for 3 years making substantial contributions to State policy and College candidate training. At the Federal level she has served on the Board, been Censor in Chief and chaired the Education and Training Committee, contributing extensively to the development of the RACMA training programme. In her numerous workshops and quality related activities, Lee Gruner has been an outstanding ambassador and champion for the College and a worthy recipient of the 2012 College Medallion.

National Scientific Program Committee

Thank you to the National Scientific Program Committee who contributed to this successful event
  • Dr Bernie Street
  • Dr Gavin Frost
  • Dr Sally Tideman
  • Dr Antony Sara
  • Dr Erwin Loh
  • Dr Andrew Johnson
  • Dr Helen Tinsley
  • Dr Stewart Jessamine
  • Dr John Gallichio
  • Dr Andrew Robertson
  • Dr Alison Dwyer
  • Dr Donna O’Sullivan
  • Dr Daniel Herreda

Ms Paula Leishman
Managing Director, Leishman Associates