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President's Message October 2022
25 October, 2022
Tēnā koutou katoa-
(Hello to you all),
What’s been happening?
Welcome to the update for October. As I write this, the Second-Part Clinical Exam is getting underway, so I want to acknowledge the huge effort of the candidates, examiners, and staff. I especially wish to thank the ICU’s who make the hot-cases possible, as we could not deliver our exam without them.
If you received an email inviting you to complete your CPD for the 2021-22 year, you’re not alone. When I received my reminder, I felt a transient anxiety that I was too busy doing clinical and admin work to enter my CPD, followed by a resignation that (like death and taxes) it’s unavoidable. I suspect I’m not alone, and my reaction probably reflects the changes to CPD and the frameshift to its role in prospective learning that we all need to embed over time. Don’t fear, there’s still two-months to go. Log in to your
CPD diaries via Members Portal
to see what you need to do. If you need help,
please contact CPD
.If you had a chance to preview our Membership Digital Platform as the ASM, you will see that CPD entry will get much more user-friendly in 2023.
The College has been busy preparing for November Board, with valuable input from our various committees, who have provided feedback to our proposals on changes to the Medical Term.
In Australia we have submitted grant applications to the ‘Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings’ (FATES) funding for specific training and mentorship projects. These are competitive and time-pressured applications, so again my thanks to all who have worked hard to put together strong proposals. The issues of State training-coordination and mentorship are prominent in the feedback from members.
Also in October, we attended the AIDA conference, participating in the ‘growing our fellows’ and other clinical workshops. I enjoyed the opportunity to attend some of the State Committee meetings.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, the College continues to participate in the Critical Care Advisory Group [to Te Whatu Ora]. We have outlined the need to use some of the allocated government funds address the chronic lack of access to anaesthesia and transition year posts for our trainees. I’m heartened by the engagement and traction we seem to be getting in this space. Aotearoa New Zealand has ongoing specialist vacancies for FCICM’s in most major and metropolitan centres.
In both countries, it’s evident that the healthcare systems are under enormous strain. In addition to our ICU teams, our colleagues in Emergency and General Medicine as well as General Practice are especially doing it tough. We are collaborating with all of these groups via CPMC looking at ways in which we can advocate in the face of this crisis.
Closer to ANZICS:
I had the honour of attending my first ANZICS Board meeting as CICM President. This coincided with formalising the sale of a floor of our new building to ANZICS. This has been a massive effort, and I want to congratulate our CEO Daniel Angelico and Peter Batsakis especially for navigating CICM through this process. I also want to thank Mark Nicholls, Gian Sberna and the rest of the ANZICS Board for their hard work in getting this negotiation over the line. Although our organisations perform distinct and essential roles, being located under one roof and maintaining a strong relationship will be invaluable as we advocate together for our patients and healthcare teams.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading and I’ll look forward to updating you after the CICM Board Meeting in November. My very best wishes to you all.
Ngā mihi nui; Kia ora rawa atu
(Thank you very much)