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’ of 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-principle 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.