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President's Message January 2023
30 January, 2023
Tēnā koutou katoa-
(Hello to you all),
Welcome to the first College eNews of 2023.
I hope you manged to get some time off with family and friends over the holiday period. A big thankyou to those who worked clinically over the holiday period. One of our Board members mentioned to me that it was the “sudden emergence of emails and the lack of Christmas cake at breakfast time” which meant we must be getting back into it. I felt this was too good not to share.
Although the College traditionally experiences a ‘slow news’ month over the Christmas period, the same can’t be said of 2022/23. On behalf of the College, I wish to congratulate Professor Geoff Dobb who was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his services to Intensive Care Medicine, and to professional associations.
Photo courtesy of Geoff Dobb
The new year has bought new beginnings to our College, with staff working incredibly hard to re-locate to our brand-new building. They have been sorting, packing, unpacking and navigating a whole new workspace all whilst ensuring the College continues to function. I want to acknowledge this and convey a huge thankyou to all who have worked hard to make this happen. We are working on a fitting way to officially open the first permanent home of our bi-national organisation.
Our College is also undergoing a digital, as well as a physical, transformation.
We will soon be providing more regular updates on the upcoming digital portal, including the 2023 CPD diary. In the meantime please keep a record of your 2023 activities to upload when the new portal is live. You will find further details on the digital portal further down this eNews.
Our 2023 ASM is going to be held in Perth 25
May, with the organising committee working hard on an exciting and inclusive program. Please book your leave and I hope to see you there.
The upcoming year is going to be a busy time- there are going to be opportunities for you to become involved with College activities. Several important projects are being worked on: ICU Culture, provision of SOT resource, improvements to curriculum and assessment. We remain heavily engaged in advocacy for ICU on both sides of the Tasman, both as a College and via the CPMC/CMC.
The year so far has not been plain sailing. As I write this, my home city of Auckland is under a state of emergency, with devastating floods, fatal landslides, and a breakdown in so many things we usually take for granted. I nearly missed the deadline for submitting this due to the need to queue for water amongst the mud and debris. Whilst these events seem to be affecting our two countries with increasing frequency, the impact on our daily lives and psychological wellbeing doesn’t seem to lessen. Please reach out to friends and colleagues-the messages of support we’ve received in Aotearoa NZ really do make a difference.