Key achievements and initiatives: 2017-2018

Here are a few of the Faculty's key achievements from 2017 and some of the initiatives we are embarking on in 2018.
 

Key achievements in 2017

  • Over the year, we met with Australian and New Zealand health ministers to discuss a wide range of issues including the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions, Medical Research Future Fund, safety and quality in pain medicine practice and drug related issues including medical cannabis, opioids, and real-time prescription monitoring.

  • We advocated strongly, both independently and collaboratively, at state and federal level for upscheduling of codeine-containing medicines to prescription only.

  • In October we hosted consultative forums for internal and external stakeholders on medical cannabis and procedures in pain medicine.

  • In May, we launched an expanded, more accessible, Better Pain Management program.

  • We conducted the inaugural FPM Fellowship Survey, which included questions on bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

  • In consultation with internal and external stakeholders, we developed our 2018-2022 strategic plan.

  • We created a New Fellow position on the FPM Board. Dr Harold Eeman was elected to the position and has taken office.

  • We delivered a range of continuing medical events, including the annual Refresher Course Day and ASM pain program in Brisbane and Spring Meeting in Torquay.

 

Key initiatives for 2018

  • Hosting consultative forums on opioids and other key strategic topics. 

  • Reviewing our position statements on opioids and medical cannabis, and work collaboratively with consumer groups to develop public information on these topics.

  • Collaborating in a review of the National Pain Strategy (2010) and developing a new “National Pain Plan” for presentation to government for endorsement.

  • Advocating for greater flexibility under the revised Specialist Training Program (STP) guidelines to facilitate training under a "hub and spoke" model with a focus on outreach and rural/regional service delivery.

  • Introducing consumer representation on the FPM Training and Assessment Executive Committee and Professional Affairs Executive Committee.

  • Exploring the development of educational offerings in paediatric pain, interventional pain training and six-month course for medical practitioners in multidisciplinary pain medicine.

  • Exploring Australian and international collaborative research opportunities to add to existing knowledge on medicinal cannabinoids and to develop resources relevant to the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions.

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