Rehabilitation Medicine
Society of
Australia and New Zealand

RMSANZ is the professional body for rehabilitation physicians and trainees in Australia & New Zealand and offers a stimulating, supportive and collegial environment of professional development, continuing education, policy review and encouragement of teaching and research.

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Encouraging Leadership in Rehabilitation Medicine: Recognise Your Potential

The RMSANZ annual scientific meeting in Sydney this year together with ISPRM was a massive success. Whether the preferred nomenclature was PM&R, physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, the meeting involved thought-leaders and changemakers in the field collaborating and contributing their amazing work and insights. With over 1500 delegates from all around the world in wide-ranging fields, there is no doubt the ripple effects of this meeting will be felt for many years to come.

The session on leadership in rehabilitation medicine reflected on the unique leadership qualities that rehabilitation professionals bring to the table. Despite being underrepresented in medical leadership positions worldwide, our skills and experiences equip us to excel in these roles. A distinguished panel including Australia’s own Professors Fary Khan, Andrew Cole and Dr Gaj Panagoda considered how we can lead both from within and from the front.

Read more insights from the Conference on Leadership in Rehabilitation Medicine here

#LeadershipInRehab #PhysiatryLeaders #MedicalLeadership #FutureLeaders


Image 1 - Dr Maria Paul with Dr Alex Ganora, collecting prize on behalf of Dr Jessica Smith (pictured in second photo)

Dr Alex Ganora Emerging Leadership Award

Congratulations to Dr Jessica Smith for winning the inaugural Dr Alex Ganora Emerging Leadership Award 2024.
There was an the exceptional field of nominees for the prize – namely - Dr Stephanie Lam (Private Practice SIG NSW), Dr Kavitha Muthukrishnan (Branch Chair, Victoria/Tasmania) and Dr Kelly Dungey (Board member from Qld).
RMSANZ are glad to announce that this award will now be awarded every year as part of the ASM, for more details watch for information in the RMSANZ newsletter!


Did you complete your specialty training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) between 1 April 2022 and 31 May 2023? If so, the RACP and RMSANZ want to hear about your experiences as an early career physician.

You are invited to participate in the 2024 New Fellow Survey so that the RACP can tailor resources and Continuing Professional Development towards your needs.

The anonymous survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and closes on Sunday, 14 July 2024 at 11.59PM AEST.

Further information can be found on the New Fellow Survey webpage.

Thank you to those who have already shared their transition to Fellowship experiences with the RACP. 


Following the RACP Education Governance Review (EGR) consultation in February to April 2024, please click here to view the EGR Consultation Summary Report for your noting. The Report outlines the consultation process undertaken by the Education Governance Working Group (EGWG) and the themes of feedback received from stakeholders.


The Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) offers condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, during the tragic events in Sydney’s east over the weekend. We also wish to show support for the injured or traumatised in the April 13th attacks in Bondi Junction Sydney.

As rehabilitation physicians who care for individuals affected by trauma and their loved ones we empathise with survivors and the families who lost loved ones to this horrific event. Many members of the community including those living with disabilities may have been traumatised by witnessing events or being potential targets of violence and the RMSANZ acknowledges their varied responses to this tragedy. As rehabilitation physicians treating trauma, we know that survivors of this tragedy will have a difficult few weeks or months ahead.

We encourage those survivors in need to seek assistance through medical options as well as

Many members of our society and the teams they lead, live and work in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and will be involved in rehabilitating those injured. We support your efforts and encourage you to reach out for any assistance if necessary.

We congratulate members of the medical community and first responders as well as members of the community for their collective response in protecting the lives of those at risk.

General Meeting of RMSANZ members

A general meeting of RMSANZ members will be held on Thursday, 4 April 2024 at 6 pm AEDT/8 pm NZDT. Please find attached:

  1. Chair covering letter;
  2. Notice of meeting;
  3. Constitution (with tracked changes); &
  4. Constitution (clean copy).

Medicare Compliance Activities

Correspondence was received from the Medicare Compliance team regarding claiming MBS services while overseas, please fee links to view letter of explanation from Dr Stephanie Lam, Private Practice SIG chair and also initial correspondence received.

AMA Colleges, Associations and Societies Meeting 2024 

The RMSANZ attended a significant meeting in Canberra on 18 March. Medical colleges, societies and associations were invited to discuss health system reform, scope of practice and workforce issues. The presence of federal health minister, Mark Butler, underscored the importance of this meeting, alongside the Australian Medical Association outlined their pre-budget submission.

Key points relevant to rehabilitation included:

  • Different funding models to complement current fee-for-service arrangements.
  • The development of frameworks for interprofessional competencies.
  • Increasing incentives and reducing barriers for team-based care in the community

We voiced the need for a mindset shift, urging a move from viewing health system constraints as stemming from poor hospital access towards recognising barriers at the point of discharge. Acute care clinicians, including the FACEM president, supported this idea and stated that current acute care services are sufficient but cannot be used effectively due to system blockage. The solution we proposed was a subacute rehabilitation directorate at the federal level. This initiative acknowledges rehabilitation’s crucial role in hospital-community transition, where effectively unlock the “back door” of hospitals. We also emphasised the importance of partnerships with non-health systems, recognising multifaceted needs of our patients.

Despite the challenges of a crowded room, our opinions were heard more frequently than many of the large colleges. We are also proud to have offered solutions that went beyond simply asking for funding.

Implementation plans were notably absent from most of the presentations, leaving a gap between proposals and execution. As we await the health budget announcement, we hope to secure subsequent meetings to discuss the role of rehabilitation in continuous enhancement of the health system.

Congratulations to Prof Steven Faux, awarded AM for service to Rehabilitation Medicine and to medical research

For Professor Steven Faux, Rehabilitation Medicine has been his passion for many years and working with people living with disabilities has certainly seemed to be much more of a joy than a job. Professor Faux seeks to advance the field of rehabilitation medicine through innovative research, state-of-the-art service delivery and multidisciplinary collaboration.
This year, his decades of remarkable contributions to Rehabilitation Medicine and medical research have been recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
In a recent interview, Professor Faux says, “This honour is much more for rehabilitation medicine and the dedicated work of rehabilitation teams that care for people living with disabilities. It’s important recognition and acknowledgement for a part of medicine and hospital care that is often overlooked and for me personally it draws attention to working with the most inspired and inspiring people you will ever meet – those among us that live with disabilities.”
Heartfelt congratulations to Professor Faux and we look forward to seeing the continued positive impact of his innovative research and compassionate care.
Professor Steven Faux is the President of RMSANZ and the scientific lead for this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney, held in conjunction with the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM.

International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day held on 3 December each year.

Message from Prof Steven Faux, President, RMSANZ

A disability action plan for an hospital. How does it work?

For more information on the Day and it's origins please click here

Report published: Inquiry into long COVID and repeated COVID infections

In April 2023  RMSANZ together with individual rehabilitation physicians were recognised for their submission on the role of rehabilitation in the treatment of long COVID to Dr Mike Freedlander MP who was the chair of the parliamentary committee on Long Covid. Our submission was noted many times in the report and assisted in the recommendation of early multidisciplinary rehabilitation as a treatment to be commenced as soon as the diagnosis of long COVID is considered. Linked below is a section of the report, the full report can be found here.

The board would like to thanks those rehabilitation physicians that made submission both as part of the RMSANZ submission or on their own or representing their department in their institution’s report.
Particular thanks goes to Prof Maria Crotty, AROC, Dr Gardiner, and  Dr Tuan-Anh Nguyen for their substantial contribution in advancing the importance of rehabilitation for long COVID.
Their work has driven another success in advocacy for Rehabilitation Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

Partial Long COVID report

Position Statement on the Role of Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians in the management of COVID-19 patients

New Position Statement produced by a working group put together by the board of Directors.

Please click here to view the Position Statement

RMSANZ submission to Parliamentary enquiry into Long COVID

WHO publication of the integrations of rehab and acute care for COVID

RMSANZ wins concessions to protect the clinical independence of all doctors

Following the negotiations with buying group Honeysuckle Health ((HH) – a joint venture between Cigna, a USA health insurer, and nib, an Australian private health insurer) and nib health funds to secure stronger protection for clinical autonomy and patient care.

Please see below to read a letter from RMSANZ President Dr Zoe Adey-Wakeling explaining the process.

Letter from Dr Adey-Wakeling

Link to full determination on Australian Competition Tribunal website

Join the RMSANZ

We look forward to welcoming you as a new member of RMSANZ to participate in a stimulating, supportive and collegial society that is dedicated to promote the growth and welfare of Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians in Australia and New Zealand.  The membership fee for AFRM Fellows is $462, $121 for AFRM Trainees and $220 for Associate Memberships. (Retired Fellows join for free)





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