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College of Intensive Care Medicine

of Australia and New Zealand

CICM e-news

11 December 2015

College Christmas Closure
The college will be closed from Friday 25 December and will be re-opening on Monday 4 January 2016.

Fellow Profile
The Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice
Imogen Mitchell FCICM
As an intensive care specialist and even more so as a director, one is able to get a bird’s eye view of hospital systems in all their glory. We have the luxury of being present in the hospital at times when many are tucked up in bed or lounging in front of the television. This provides us with the privilege of seeing the healthcare system at its very best but equally at its very worst. This undoubtedly fired my enthusiasm for patient safety and the desire to fix the healthcare system. Little did I know that I could use my passion in patient safety to explore the wider world.
Weary of the cold and windy days spent in Brussels in March, I opted for the warmer (just) days in Paris in April 2012. My reason for visiting being the British Medical Journal-Institute of Healthcare Improvement Institute International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care. I had not been to a patient safety conference before and it was mind blowing to see what other healthcare organisations were managing to achieve around the world, including the United States. A chance meeting with Dr Brian Robson, Executive Clinical Director, Healthcare Improvement Scotland pointed me in the direction of a Harkness Fellowship. “A what?” you may ask.
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Hospital Accreditation
Expressions of Interest  for Trainee Representatives 
The College is seeking expressions of interest from senior registrars who wish to be involved in hospital accreditation inspections. Being part of an accreditation team provides a great learning opportunity for trainees and provides insight into how other units and hospitals operate. 
To register your interest, please contact Natasha Wilson, natashaw@cicm.org.au.
CICM Website Nomination
At this years Australian Website Awards, the colleges new website, which was launched in January 2015, was nominated in the education category. Although we didn't win, we still feel we have suceeded in providing quality resources to our members which continues to be a win-win for everyone.

In early 2016 we we will be conducting a review of our new website. We would like to know how the new website and resources are working out for you, so please feel free to send us your feedback to communications@cicm.org.au

Get to know our 2016 deadlines
Online Course Update
We encourage all trainees and Fellows to log on to the members portal and click on the Education Tab and view the online courses available. These courses are mandatory for the trainees who registered after 1st January 2014.

We are excited to announce our most recent addition to the suite of online courses. The ‘Safe Patient Transport’ course is now available. This project has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Rural Health Continuing Education (Sub-)program (RHCE). 

For those trainees on the current curriculum, please email a copy of your completion certificate to assessments@cicm.org.au.
CICM Events
CICM Management Skills Course
2-3 March 2016

The 2 day course is specifically designed for trainees who are close to completion of training and our new Fellows. 

Participants will increase their knowledge and develop skills in various non-clinical aspects of consultant practice:
- Management skills (Performance and Conflict resolution skills)
- Negotiation
- Economics and challenges to ICU
- Risk Management and Patient Safety
- Quality and Benchmarking

ASM Abstract Submissions Now Open! - click here
This conference promises to be informative and provocative and should not be missed. We would like to invite researchers to submit abstracts either relating directly to the theme of Minds and Machines, or those of high quality papers with more general interest.

Felicity Hawker Medal Presentations 
CICM trainees are invited to submit an abstract related to their Formal Project. The best  four submissions will be invited to present their project at the Felicity Hawker Session of the ASM.

Best Free Paper Session 
We invite researchers to submit their project for presentation at this important session of the ASM. Projects relating to the theme of Mind and Machines will be well suited to this session.

Short Paper Session 
Researchers are invited to submit for the Short Paper Session.  This session will be held concurrently with the Best Free Paper Session on Saturday 4 June 2016.
2 June 2016

The program is now available on the ASM website
Workshop information will be available online soon.
Visit the ASM website for further details www.cicm-asm.org.au

Positions Vacant
Courses and Events
To advertise a course or event in future newsletters please complete this this form and email our Communications Department, communications@cicm.org.au.

To view all courses and events visit our website, 

Advanced Life Support (ALS2) Provider Course
Multiple Dates
The Alfred Centre, VIC
For more information please visit www.alfredicu.org.au/courses

5th New Zealand Anaesthesia Part 0 Course
15 December 2015
Auckland, NZ
For more informaiton please click here

6th Annual Winter Symposium in Intensive Care, Anaesthesia & Emergency Medicine
10 - 15 January 2015
Four Seasons Resort, Vail, Colorado USA
For more information please visit www.colloquium.com.au

ECHO Brisbane
22 January 2016
Sunland Village, Brisbane
For more information please click here

Obstetric Intensive Care Symposium
26-27 February 2016
Adelaide Oval, SA
For more information please click here

South Australian Intensive Care Fellowship Exam 'Tubs' Course​
10 February 2016
South Australian Intensive Care Association (SAICA), SA
For more information please click here.

Toxicology (Simtox 2016)
9 March 2016
Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW
For more information please click here

ELSO-SWAC 2016 – First Time in the Middle East
March 16-19, 2016
Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
For more information please visit, http://elso-swac2016.org/

Lightbox Radiology Education - Various Courses
Multiple Dates and Locations
For more information please visit, 

The SA CICM Primary Course
Various Dates
For more information please visit,

ABC for Critical Skills Workshop
Various Date in 2016
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Cardiac Skills Australia - Focused Cardiac/Echo Workshop
Multiple Dates and Locations
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ETM Course 
Multiple Dates and Locations
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VPECC Training Stream Review
By KJ Farley, CICM Fellow

The VPECC primary Exam course is the first Victorian course designed specifically for candidates sitting the CICM primary exam.  

As a junior Intensivist at Western Health, trainees may come to me with questions about their training pathways and the CICM training requirements. The 'teaching stream' of this course was extremely valuable in increasing my knowledge of the CICM primary exam - which I (like most current Intensivists) did not sit - and will hopefully assist me to better advise and teach trainees facing this exam. 

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