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President's message August 2023
21 August, 2023
Tēnā koutou katoa / Wominjeka umarkoo-
(Hello to you all),
to the latest edition of the College e-news. I cannot believe how quickly the year is flying past.
I want to start this message to you by sending a huge congratulations for three of our Fellows who were deservedly recognised for the incredible and ongoing contribution they have made to ICU in our region: Forbes McGain received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), George Skowronski and Matthew Crawford each received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and finally Chris Nickson was the recipient of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Award for Achievement in Education. Tremendous achievements.
The July Board meeting saw several important issues considered. As part of the requirement of CICMs ongoing accreditation as a CPD Home, the College’s monitoring submission to the Australian Medical Council was discussed and submitted on 1 August. As part of the submission, the College reviewed
IC-18 Policy for Compliance with the CPD Program.
Proposed changes were presented and endorsed by the Board. This updated policy can be found on the
In terms of our ICM training and assessment function, we have approved the previously discussed changes to
T-40 Paediatric exposure for trainees
, and updated
T-20 Guidelines for Appointment, Training and Duties of Examiners
The T-40 changes come into effect in February 2024, with further information being provided closer to this date.
For advocacy in training, we continue to be heavily involved with the CPMC and AMC in advocating for improvements in process, whilst maintaining high standards for the accreditation of training sites.
The College Board discussed at length whether to adopt an official position on the Australian Voice to Parliament. After careful consideration, the CICM board believes that in our advocacy for addressing health inequality and to provide a platform for self-determination, we support the Australian Voice to Parliament. A College statement on this will come out shortly.
The College made a submission to the Australian Climate Change National Health Strategy and was a signatory to a multi-college statement, which can be found
. The distressing scenes coming out of Hawaii recently, highlight the need for us to do what we can to address this issue.
In Aotearoa, we remain engaged with Te Whatu Ora and CMC as we provide ongoing advice for delivering an ICU national strategy, and work on building our Cultural safety curriculum resources.
So that’s all from me for now. My best wishes to you all.