As we arrive at the summer holiday season amid another COVID surge affecting staffing in our hospitals, the Victorian State Committee wishes you peace, rest, enjoyment, time with family and friends, and a chance to prepare for 2023.
Below is a slide deck of the VSC’s Year in Review for 2022. Thank you to everyone who has helped in pushing Intensive Care Medicine in a new direction this year through their collaborative efforts.
To find out who is representing you at VSC, please view the VSC page on the CICM website. There are casual vacancies for the Committee in 2023. Please consider representing your Victorian CICM Trainees and Fellows by nominating for these vacancies.
Contact the Committee
VSC Portfolio & VIC activities for CICM
Victorian Intensive Care Training Pathway (VICTP)
Whole committee in 2023
Well-being and Culture
Trainee Research Development
Wisam Al Bassam
Invited VICEN leaders
Chair, Deputy Chair and Board members
Hospital Accreditation for VIC ICUs
Available VSC members
and VIC FCICMs and Trainees
Review of CICM Professional documents for VIC perspective
As directed by Board, CICM Professional Affairs and Censor
Rural and Regional Victorian ICU
Portfolio vacant at VSC and Bi-National level
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
New Portfolio 2023 - vacant
Other CICM duties
Cara Moore – Board/New Fellows’ Representative
Steve McGloughlin – Board
Neil Orford – Board / Culture
Shyamala Sriram – CICM Welfare SIG
The Victorian State Committee will formally meet at least five times in 2023. Please discuss any Training or Fellowship issue with one of the members before one of these meetings so it can be represented.
The Annual Victorian Trainee Presentation session was held on the evening of Tuesday 29th November 2022 as a return to face-to-face VIC meetings. Hosted by Dr Adam Deane (VIC Fellow, RMH) and Dr Rob Short-Burchell (VIC Trainee Representative), this opportunity allowed Trainees to present their formal project at an approved forum.
This event is planned to occur as a hybrid event in November 2023 – please plan for Victorian Trainees and their mentors and collaborators to present their Formal Projects at this forum.
A Victorian Trainee Think Tank was held online as a Trainee-led event on Friday 2 December 2022, supported by VSC members and CICM staff. The event was well coordinated and Chaired by a group of Victorian Trainees and ran successfully for the morning with over 20 people attending during their pre-summer schedules.
Constructive and illuminating discussion was held around the topics important to Victorian Trainees, such as the current and future state of Victorian Intensive Care training, EBA-compliant training rotations; part-time and flexible training; limitations of current College policies; roadblocks progression through training; new models of educational delivery at Victorian level; supervision and feedback; diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Victorian Trainees are continuing to work on their representation of these issues to the Victorian State Committee at the 2nd February 2023 meeting.
As a Victorian Trainee, if you wish to contribute to the Victorian Trainee collaborative document for the VSC meeting, please go to: https://discord.gg/dyHgqSDZQD
A hybrid Victorian Rural and Regional ICU meeting was held at Shepparton and online on 12 December 2022, with thanks to Prof Charlie Corke (Goulburn Velley Health ICU Director) and the Regional Specialist Training Hubs. Discussion centred around Trainee and Fellowship issues related to regional and rural critical care service provision, training, professional development, workforce sustainability, and CICM accreditation for Rural and Regional Intensive Care Medicine in Victoria.
Attended by Directors, Supervisors of Training, VSC and CICM Board members, plans for a 2023 Victorian meeting were devised, along with ideas on how to support more Trainees gaining access to the Rural Term from 2023 onward.
The Rural/Regional portfolio is vacant on the VSC in 2023. There is no current representation of Victoria at the bi-national CICM Rural/Regional Committee. Rural and Regional Fellows and Trainees are invited to nominate for these positions –
Nominate now (to Emma Stonham)
Skilled and engaged Supervisors of Training (SoT) are the backbone of our vocational training system. Information on how to become an SoT or developing your skills as a CICM SoT exists on the CICM website.
Thank you to Dr Manisa Ghani (VIC Fellow & CICM Professional Affairs) and Dr Bruce Lister (CICM Professional Affairs) for running Supervisor of Training Think Tanks to help develop ideas for the College for supporting the SoT role in each CICM-accredited training site.
Quality supervision relationships under-pinned by ‘feedback literacy’ for Fellows, Supervisors and Trainees are a focus for 2023, along with building a network of Victorian Supervisors of Training.
The Victorian Specialists and Doctors in Training Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA) for Victoria for 2022-2026 have been recently ratified via the Fair Work Australia process.
They can be found here: https://amavic.com.au/assistance-for-doctors/Enterprise-Agreement
Please review the EBA and work with your employer (if eligible) to commence implementation at your place.
As the Victorian election is now over and the caretake period has now completed, Victorian Department of Health are recommencing activities for 2023 and beyond.
There will be a subsequent round of consultation with Victorian healthcare individuals and institutions about the state-wide Workforce Strategy. VSC has made a joint representation with Victorian ANZICS and ACCCN regarding this in October 2022.
Download a copy now (PDF)
For those interested in contributing their voice or work to the next phase, please consider joining in with Victorian CICM or ANZICS to do this.
The Health Legislation Amendment (Quality and Safety) Act 2022 came into effect on 30 November 2022 in Victoria. Many Intensive Care teams are adjusting to this new way of managing patient safety risks. Safer Care Victoria is providing educational content for Victorian clinicians in readiness for this change.
Pandemic workforce advocacy by Victorian Fellows has recently resulted in an increased number of funded, staffed ICU bed-stock in Victoria. As part of this expansion, workforce planning and distribution of ICU staff will become more of a focus in the coming months. This coincides with CICM Curriculum renewal (due in Feb 2024) and government agencies expecting Colleges to support increasingly equitable healthcare for the needs of rural, regional and metropolitan patients.
The classification of ‘rurality’ or ‘remoteness’ Intensive Care Units is evolving alongside the requirements for increased time in Rural/Regional CICM training (in effect from 6 Feb 2023). This will be incorporated into Victorian Intensive Care Training Pathway considerations. Explore general regional Victorian training information and plan your next training step in the meantime.
There is ongoing background stakeholder engagement from VSC for a state-wide Victorian Intensive Care Training Pathway, which continues to have broad in-principal support from serial surveys of Victorian ICU departments and Supervisors of Training since at least 2015. The 2022-23 Committee VSC is continuing the work of liaising with state and federal government funding and industrial bodies for the preferred model of delivering this pathway.
The preferred model will aim to align with elements of the original and long-standing Queensland CICM pathway, newly emerging WA and NSW CICM pathways, and other medical training Colleges’ pathway programs that have been adapted to the Victorian healthcare system. The pandemic has slowed this process.
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