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President's Message September 2022
26 September, 2022
Tēnā koutou katoa-
(Hello to you all),
Welcome to the September update, on what has felt like a momentous month in world history. As I write this, I read that Hong Kong is lifting their travel restrictions, which is a huge boost for an important group of our College Trainees and Fellows. We hope to see you soon.
An in-person ASM at long last:
The 2022 ASM was held in Wellington from 8-11 September. The theme was Chronic Disease and Cancer- Impossible Mission, with the program ranging broadly from patients to our teams and to where we sit in the wider health service in our two countries. The venue at the National Museum was excellent for what was effectively a sell-out of over 320 registrations. Initial feedback has been very positive, and my congratulations to all who were involved in making the scientific and social programs a success, including our overseas speakers who travelled to Aotearoa New Zealand from Canada and the UK.
A highlight of the ASM was the opportunity to congratulate 80 graduands (and some of their children) across the stage at the CICM dinner. It’s difficult to convey how incredible it felt to be able to congratulate them in-person on behalf of us all.
The CICM Medal was awarded to Dr Ross Freebairn for his enormous and ongoing contribution to our speciality- specifically in promoting and delivering ICM Education across the globe. His oration was inspiring and included a deserved standing ovation for Dr Mary Pinder when he acknowledged her leadership as CICM President over the last two difficult years. The night was rounded off by a fabulous band that ensured the dance floor remained packed from the first song to the last.
The 2023 ASM has been confirmed to take place from 24-27 May in Perth, and I look forward to seeing you in WA!
CICM continues to collaborate with representatives from ANZICS and government health agencies on both sides of the Tasman to address Covid-related critical care issues across all jurisdictions.
CICM continues to collaborate with other specialist colleges through CPMC on topics of shared interest, with an agreed strategic plan shoring up an important route of advocacy for us in Australia. At present, practice standards, climate change and workforce feature strongly.
Culture and Wellbeing:
The Culture and Wellbeing model for Intensive Care Units project in partnership with the Nous Group is progressing. This project aims to develop a model that proactively helps Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand ICUs embed a positive workplace culture throughout their Units. Stage 2 of the project with the Nous Group, which is characterised by a document and literature review, significant stakeholder engagement, and the development of a draft practical culture and wellbeing model is nearing completion.
After 10 years at the College, we say goodbye to Frieda Keo, Assessments and Innovations Manager. Frieda has looked after approximately FIFTY exams over her tenure, and has supported so many of us, at what is one of the most stressful times of our careers. Getting our exams to function through the pandemic was a huge effort from all involved in assessments, not least Frieda. We were able to thank her in person in Wellington with an emotional speech from Jeremy Cohen. I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Frieda all the best for the next exciting chapter.
We have just celebrated Māori Language Week in Aotearoa New Zealand, and I recently attended an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce event on behalf of the College. All of these, together with the ASM and culture work are an opportunity to reflect on the fact that we can as a College choose to forge a more inclusive and sustainable specialty that nurtures and values our Trainees and Fellows, and strives for the best outcomes for all our patients.
Ngā mihi nui; Kia ora rawa atu
(Thank you very much)