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President's Message December
22 December, 2022
Tēnā koutou katoa-
(Hello to you all),
As we approach the end of 2022, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all who have contributed to our College over the year
: Whilst the wave of COVID respiratory illness may have receded from our ICU’s, the logistics of facing the tsunami of acute illness, alongside the backlog of ‘planned care’ has at times been exhausting.
For those in Australia, a year of political change and healthcare demand have been compounded by extreme weather events -especially the fatal flooding in NSW and QLD.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, the promise of investment in ICU services was tempered by the uncertainty of a ‘healthcare system overhaul’. Our friends in Hong Kong have endured ongoing COVID uncertainty. For all countries, we have been expected to suddenly expand services despite staffing shortages and policy uncertainty. Please remember that our College Member Assistance Program with
can be accessed anytime if you need to reach out.
Despite all of the above,
I think we can be proud of what has been achieved this year by our Committees, Examiners, Board and incredible College staff:
The board were delighted to announce Daniel Angelico as our CEO, we achieved re-accreditation with the AMC/MCNZ for the maximum term, navigated the new-build of our own home, visited and accredited a backlog of ICU’s, came together for trainee, SOT and fellow education. We held an in-person ASM and acknowledged Ross Freebairn with the College Medal.
We’ve developed strong relationships externally; with other Colleges via CMC/CPMC, ANZCA on Dual training, FICM in the UK, and actively contributed to the AMA forum on Climate Change and Sustainability.
Special mention goes to our work with ANZICS to effectively advocate for our patients through policy submissions, political/media advocacy and global health initiatives. The year saw the culmination of negotiations to sell a floor of the new building to ANZICS, which was a big deal for both organisations: I want to thank Gian, Mark and all of the ANZICS team for their efforts to build relationships and make this a reality.
The many achievements in 2022 have only been possible with the contribution from so many of you
-giving your time and energy on top of busy clinical and other life roles. We are hugely grateful.
2023 will also have opportunities and challenges. We look forward to re-locating into our new home in a way which acknowledges our past, present and future in an inclusive and culturally safe way. We will develop digital and CPD resources and continue to develop as a world-class ICU training and accreditation organisation in an evolving world.
For now however, we shall pause and re-charge. For those who are off over Christmas, I hope you get to enjoy time with friends and family. For those who are working clinically over the festive period- I hope that your patients are stable, and your unit tearoom is a place of treats and good will.
My heartfelt thanks and best wishes and
Meri Kirihimete (Merry Christmas)
to you all,