Issue 1 • 2021

Join us at Australasia’s premier specialist event as we launch the next evolution in the RACP Congress experience.
RACP Congress 2021 officially commenced in Brisbane on 29 April 2021. Congress 2021 is the first time it has been presented over both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand for the same event. Taking place across six days and in six cities, augmented with a series of online webinars and events, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Wellington each play host to their local region creating a great opportunity to come together with colleagues and peers.
What’s happening in your city? RACP Congress 2021 has assembled a diverse program with over 50 hours of sessions, orations, workshops and updates. Bringing together leading voices from around the world, each day will focus on different aspects of the theme, Transformation: Adapting for the future. Over six days, RACP Congress will delve into these ideas and how they relate to the practice of medicine, both now and in the future. Each city will bring together an assortment of voices and experiences as they attempt to answer your questions and challenge your beliefs.
Look beyond your specialties For those wishing to broaden their awareness of what is happening in other specialities, when you register for RACP Congress 2021, whether attending in person or as a virtual experience, you will receive six months access to all of the recorded sessions. No matter what your speciality or focus, you can access all the event content including the engaging Q&A sessions. Attending in person or joining in via live streamed sessions, the ability to engage with the topics has never been easier. Q&A sessions will be open to all, and both individual speakers and panel discussions have been created to delve deeper into topics of interest.
Six months of exclusive access Regardless of whether you register to attend in person or experience RACP Congress 2021 virtually, registration includes access to all sessions online. For six months, only those who registered, will be able to watch live or revisit sessions at their leisure.
A program packed with clinical updates and workshops One of the highlights of any RACP Congress is the clinical updates and workshops and RACP Congress 2021 will be no exception. With a program packed with the latest updates and information, attending Congress is the best way to ensure that you have the most up to date information. Societies presenting topics for 2021 include: • Australian and New Zealand Bone Mineral Society • Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology • Australian Diabetes Society • Endocrine Society of Australia • Gastroenterological Society of Australia • Medical Oncology Group of Australia • Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand • The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand.
To find out more about the topics view the full program on the event website.
Hear from renowned speakers across a range of topics No matter the city from which you choose to attend RACP Congress 2021, or even if you can only join us virtually, each days program brings together a range of fascinating speakers. Amongst this year’s speakers, you will hear from:
  • Dr Michael Ryan – Dr Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 25 years. He first joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1996, with the newly established unit to respond to emerging and epidemic disease threats. He has worked in conflict affected countries and led many responses to high impact epidemics. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), and served as Coordinator of Epidemic Response, Operational Coordinator of WHO’s response to the SARS outbreak, and as WHO’s Director of Global Alert and Response.
  • Professor Sharon Lewin AO, FRACP, PhD, FAHMS is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. On top of her work as a Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Melbourne, she is a consultant infectious diseases physician and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow.
  • Professor Anne Chang, a Professor of Child Health and Head of Child Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research Darwin and Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Professor Chang is recognised for her research contributions to evidence-based management and clinical care in the areas of paediatric cough, asthma, bronchiectasis and Indigenous child lung health. Her original works include the world’s first description of protracted bacterial bronchitis and international multicentre trials involving children with bronchiectasis.
  • Professor John Olver AM, MB, BS, M.D(Melb), FAFRM is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine and a Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. A past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) and of the Asia-Oceanian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (AOSPRM), Professor Olver's main research interests and a focus of publications includes traumatic brain injury, concussion, spasticity management and stroke rehabilitation.
Not enough hours in the day? Sometimes it can be hard to find the time to get to Congress. Whether it is through a packed schedule or just not being practical to leave town for a few days, attending Congress is not always possible. The flexibility of a single day event being held locally provides a great opportunity to make connections beyond your day to day and the ability to watch talks, updates and webinars online at your leisure. In 2021 you can make Congress work for you.
Express your creativity Does your creative expression improve your practice or is it simply a way to unwind after a long day? Art in Medicine was created to showcase the way we look after ourselves, our mental health and sometimes create space for insight. Does your art reflect you? Can it help others? We encourage all who wish to share their passions, experience, and art, to join us for the RACP Congress 2021 Art in Medicine showcase. No matter how unusual, we want to hear from you. Find out how you can become part of the in-person and virtual experience by visiting the Art in Medicine event webpage.
Plan your Congress experience The best way to stay up to date with all that is happening at RACP Congress 2021 is to visit the RACP Congress 2021 website. Find out about the latest speakers, sessions and events and to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
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