Hi I’m Rachel, a Gold Coast-based CICM Trainee.
I started working in ICU when I was a fresh-faced JHO and was instantly hooked. I’ve been completing my training in SE QLD over the past 6 years and have enjoyed getting to meet so many brilliant colleagues and fellow Trainees during that time.
I think we have the best job in the hospital, but there’s no denying that ICU training is a tough slog and can be incredibly challenging to get through. There are some important issues to address from the Trainee group, and some positive changes that can be made over the next 24 months. I am eager to bring my passion, dedication, and leadership skills to the position of QLD ICU Trainee Representative. I have experience as one of the 2023 QLD Pathway Trainee Reps and previously was a Rep on the QLD ICU Education Committee ,I’m keen to continue to contribute positively to the ICU Trainee group in QLD. I love a good list, so here is one I made earlier about some of the ideas the future QLD Rep could bring to the role:
Feedback and advocacy
- Protected time once a month for a short Trainee meeting at the end of the weekly online Junior
and Registrar teaching. This will provide a regular and direct pathway to confidentially bring up
issues that can then be appropriately forwarded on and addressed by the Trainee Rep.
- Allocation of an ICU Rep for each of the units on the Pathway. Preferably a senior reg completing
their core training on a 12-month rotation. They will provide feedback from each of the units and
help create an unofficial guide to each of the rotation hospitals prior to the 2025 Trainee mapping
- Increased transparency and communication from relevant meetings and senior colleagues about
topics that Trainees regularly cite as being issues of concern;
Thank you for reading my TED talk on what I hope to bring to the role of the QLD CICM Trainee Rep.
Whoever becomes the next Trainee Rep, we have a fantastic ICU Trainee community, and I hope that we continue to build on the amazing platform that we have here in QLD.