RACP Resources

Telehealth Technology Workshops

In 2015, a consortium of specialist medical colleges, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and including the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD), delivered workshops at Port Macquarie and Hobart on telehealth.

Each workshop provided ‘hands on’ opportunities for specialists to explore telehealth technologies and to learn from their peers. The workshops were delivered in two parts:
1. Presentations from specialists on how they use telehealth
2. A demonstration of the various technologies and an opportunity to experiment with them.

The featured technologies included videoconferencing setups, imaging software, cameras, 3D printers and more.

Experimenting with these technologies was deemed to be an important step in increasing specialists’ confidence and excitement about telehealth.

Video presentations and links to resources can be found here.



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Smoking Cessation

Course Overview

The cases represented in this module introduce you to the complexities involved in helping some smokers quit in today’s strong anti-smoking environment where there are inevitably “hard-core smokers” who smoke despite their own medical circumstances and continue to smoke when it is evidently not in their best interest.  Each of the five cases are typical of the type of smokers who might present to a medical service or to a smokers’ clinic. Though based on evidence, there is less of a “one-size-fits all” approach in this module and interventions are tailored to the individual. As you progress through the cases you will notice that each individual has their own strategy devised for them.

Format: There are five cases in this module, each addressing a different complexity in relation to smoking cessation. Each case consists of statistics, expert feedback, multiple-choice, true/false and short answer questions to assist with your learning.

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Indigenous Cardiovascular Health

Course Overview

There are numerous factors that contribute to continued poor health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. One example of these is Cardiovascular Health. This resource aims to help practitioners develop strategies that may be implemented to overcome barriers and provide effective care to Indigenous Australians.

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Health Management in Rural Settings

Course Overview

The Rural Outcomes Measurement Enhancement Project produced a series of modules on the topic of Health Management in Rural Settings. These topics focus on areas of Indigenous health, geriatric health and sepsis management.

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The Critically Obstructed Airway Course

Course Overview

The Critically Obstructed Airway is an important clinical problem that requires immediate management. This resource provides facilitators with everything they need to run the workshop series Managing the Critically Obstructed Airway. Specialists including but not limited to anaesthesiologists, emergency medicine practitioners and physicians interested in delivering workshops on the important clinical issue of the critically obstructed airway should utilise this resource. Read more.



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Indigenous Adult and Child Health

Course Overview

Culture and determinants of health underpin numerous barriers to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This series of modules begins by exploring the concept of cultural competence and the unique determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Two modules then refer specifically to aboriginal child health, reviewing developmental problems and common diseases of poverty and illnesses. The final two modules take on an adult medicine focus and examine lifestyle factors and prevention and management of chronic diseases such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. Read more.



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RACP has suggested the following resources may also be of interest to Fellows

E-dgy Issues Program

Course Overview

In 2014 and 2015, RACMA delivered eight e-debates and discussions to doctors, based on contemporary and ‘edgy issues’ that are current to health services, medical and clinical administration. The EIP was delivered online via a Learning Management System in a webinar format, and podcasts of the sessions and associated reading material are available here. The program provides doctors in medical and clinical management positions in rural and remote areas opportunities to enhance their CPD and sustain best practices in medical leadership and management. The EIP also improves networking and collegiality, provides a resource, encourages interaction and reduces the impact of professional isolation.

Each podcast runs for 1 to 1.5 hours and comprises a presentation, debate, and discussion between the presenter and other participants. Read more.



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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health

Course Overview

Supporting health professionals in improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care to achieve better outcomes.

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Intercultural Learning

Course Overview

Cultural competency and safety eLearning activities provide professional development in intercultural skills using examples from a range of cultures within Australia. The modules provide information on recognising one’s own and other people’s cultural expectations; intercultural communication; the links among values, beliefs and behaviours; and strategic skills for cultural adaptation. There is also a range of activities to promote self-reflection regarding the impact of cultural issues on medical practice. Read more.



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Indigenous Health

Course Overview

This series of podcasts focuses on providing resources to Australian rural and regional Fellows, trainees and international medical graduate specialists, though the principles discussed also would usually apply in urban practice. The underlying importance of respect applies to all cross-cultural interactions. For further information please visit the College website .

This project has been funded by the Department of Health under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One, which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges.

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists is solely responsible for the content of, and views expressed in any material associated with this project.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Learning

Course Overview

The series of eLearning modules aims to promote a multi-disciplinary approach of particular benefit to surgeons in rural and remote locations who care for Indigenous patients. The modules focus on Indigenous-specific health issues and developing a support network to assist in resolving current and future specialist medical issues.

It is important that clinicians connect with their local community as customs vary across the country.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Learning Course is made up of three modules, interactive tools and a resource learning centre.

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Management Essentials

Course Overview

This course was designed and developed as a result of grant provided by the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One.

The course was originally developed as a means for continuing professional development of rural specialist medical practitioners. However, it was recognised early on as an important educational resource for trainees of the College, as well as for the continuing professional development of non-rural fellows and educational affiliates. As a result, the course was made available to all College members, on the Learning Management System (LMS) of the RANZCR Learning Portal.

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Navigating Communication

Communication and Consent Issues with Aboriginal Patients

Course Overview

‘Navigating Communication’ is designed to assist cultural awareness and understanding within Aboriginal health delivery through offering practical advice and suggestions from experts in the field and members of the Aboriginal community. ‘Navigating Communication’ is designed to encourage and enable medical practitioners to understand and communicate more successfully with Aboriginal patients and their families. Read more.



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Professionals’ Essentials

Course Overview

This course was designed and developed as a result of grant provided by the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One.

The course was originally developed as a means for continuing professional development of rural specialist medical practitioners. However, it was recognised early on as an important educational resource for trainees of the College, as well as for the continuing professional development of non-rural fellows and educational affiliates. As a result, the course was made available to all College members, on the Learning Management System (LMS) of the RANZCR Learning Portal.

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Communications Essentials

Course Overview

This course was designed and developed as a result of grant provided by the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One.

The course was originally developed as a means for continuing professional development of rural specialist medical practitioners. However, it was recognised early on as an important educational resource for trainees of the College, as well as for the continuing professional development of non-rural fellows and educational affiliates. As a result, the course was made available to all College members, on the Learning Management System (LMS) of the RANZCR Learning Portal.

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