CICM October 2016 Enewsletter
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Specialist Training Program (STP) funding:
Expressions of Interest open October 12

The Australian government is planning for its expression of interest (EOI) online portal for Specialist Training Program (STP) funding to go live on October 12.

The announcement means that training sites can express an interest in being considered for STP funding for 2017 and beyond. Training sites will have four weeks from October 12 to submit their EOI.
Currently the Department of Health funds a total of 900 training positions through the STP program. CICM has 17 of these, which includes three positions reserved for the anaesthetic component of intensive care training.

There are no additional training positions available for 2017, so training settings that lodge an EOI and are assessed by the colleges and jurisdictions to be potential suitable STP posts will be placed on the reserve list to be managed by the relevant specialist medical college. Posts on the reserve list may be funded in the event that a currently funded position is unfilled or does not go ahead for some reason. The colleges will be responsible for managing the reserve list in consultation with the department.

 The Department have indicated that assessment of potential STP training sites will take into account (but not be limited to) consideration of:

  • Accreditation for vocational training by the relevant college
  • Rural/Regional location
  • Local workforce distribution needs and educational imperatives

Further information will be available via the Department of Health website from October 12. 

If you would like to speak to someone at the College about this, please contact Phil Hart, 

Are You Working in a Rural or Regional Area?

The College is keen to collect information on our Fellows and trainees working in rural and regional areas and how we can assist you.
If you consider yourself to be working in such an area, can you please take 5 minutes to complete the following survey?

Click here to complete the survey

Survey: Ultrasound Training and Practice among CICM Fellows

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Ultrasound Special Interest Group I would like to ask you to complete the “Survey of the Ultrasound Training and Practice among CICM Fellows”. The completion of this short survey should only take several minutes, but will be invaluable for our future planning. Thank you for your participation and time.

A/Prof Stan Yastrebov, FCICM
Click here to complete the survey

Survey For Trainees

From: Andrew Udy

A Survey of Intensive Care Specialists’ Opinion and Self-Reported Practice Concerning the Management of Raised Intracranial Pressure (ICP) in Critically Ill Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Researcher Details 
A/Professor Andrew Udy, The Alfred ICU & Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne VIC 3181, Australia.
Survey Information
We are conducting an online survey of ICU Specialists to learn more about the management of raised intracranial pressure (ICP) in adult patients with severe TBI.
If you are currently working as an ICU Specialist routinely caring for traumatically brain injured adult patients, we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey, it should take less than 5 minutes.  Please follow the link below.
Click here to complete the survey

Trainee Symposium

25 May 2017 | Sydney

We are excited to be one of the first conferences to be held at the new ICC Sydney. Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney will be Australia’s premier convention centre, with a striking contemporary design, state-of-the art technology, and outstanding meeting and exhibition spaces. This provides the ideal platform for the College Inaugural Trainee Symposium, in conjunction with the ICU Update and the 2017 ASM.
You can have your say on the Trainee Symposium by clicking here and completing a short, one page survey.

The College would like to thank Avant Mutual Group for their sponsorship of the Trainee Symposium

Regional Committee Events

Upcoming Trainee Presentation Evenings 2016

VIC and TAS Trainee Presentation Evening
4 November 2016 | Melbourne
Palate Restaurant, Prahran
Fellows please click here to register
NSW Trainee Presentation Evening
5 December 2016 | Sydney
Royal North Shore Hospital ICU conference room 4 - 9 pm
Trainees - please complete the registration form and forward to Kayla Hargood,
Fellows please click here to register
Congratulations Kyle White who won best presentation at the Queensland Trainee Presentation Evening in September.

Communications Course

This course is designed to provide CICM trainees with the skills required to communicate effectively with patients and families in the ICU setting. The program includes planning and conducting family meetings, verbal skills, breaking bad and catastrophic news and also includes interactive role plays with professional actors. 

For any queries regarding this course please contact Sarah McArthur,

Fellow Education Workshops

  • Queensland: November 4, 2016
  • New South Wales: December 1, 2016
Further details will be available soon. Please contact Sarah McArthur with any queries,

2017 ASM

Make note of these dates in your diary!
ICU Update 25 May
ASM 26 – 28 May 

In 2017 we return to the single organ theme:  ‘ICU Gastroenterology: from beginning to end’.

An exceptional line-up of leading international and national experts will update you on the latest evidence, theories and practice, involving the GI system and its evolving importance in critically ill patients. Along with the plenary sessions, there will be breakfast sessions, rapid-fire topics and guideline challenging sessions to stir up debate and discussion.

The ASM website will open late October and will update you on all elements of the event, including speakers, scientific programme and social events.
Dates to remember:
  • 13 December - Abstract Submissions Open
  • January 2017 - Early Bird Registrations Open 
The College would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support. Baxter, Avant Mutual and Ikaria Australia (now part of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals).

CICM Management Skills Course

Course dates and locations for 2017:
Wellington NZ | 30-31 March
Brisbane |  7-8 September

Registrations are now open for the Wellington Management Skills Course – 30-31 March 2017

The course is filling up so if you are interested please REGISTER TODAY!

The 2 day course is specifically designed for trainees who are close to completion of training and college 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
With the guidance and knowledge of our leading international and national experts, join us for what promises to be an exceptional course, designed to improve your management skills.

To be placed on the registration list for Brisbane 7 & 8 Sept please contact Steph,


Need a Formal Project? Want to know more about critical care data and are too scared to open up an Excel spreadsheet?

If you are like this, ANZICS Critical Care Datathon to be held on March 3-5, 2017 in Melbourne is for you – so save the date!
When: 3-5 March, 2017
Where: The Carlton Connect Initiative, The University of Melbourne  | LAB-14, 700 Swanston Street, Carlton, Melbourne
How much: Free to CICM trainees and ANZICS members!

ANZICS is bringing interprofessional critical care trainees and clinicians (anyone from data novice to data guru), statisticians, data scientists and administrators together in the same room to tackle clinical problems with large datasets.

This ‘datathon’ or ‘hackathon’ will generate patient-centred or service-centred projects and research which can be published, presented at the CICM Annual Scientific Meeting and ultimately make a real difference to our patients.

Up to 150 people will share in this novel event from Friday afternoon to Sunday. This diverse group collaborate and synergise to tackle clinical questions with data and present their findings to the group on Sunday afternoon. This catered event will be peppered with informative sessions, lectures and break-outs which will help you to construct your project and network for future projects.
Previous Datathons held in Boston (, London and Paris have been hugely popular, tackling topics such as:
the relationship between lactic acidosis and mortality, the association between supranormal oxygen levels in the blood and survival after subarachnoid haemorrhage, and visualization of outcomes among obese patients in the ICU.

A variety of de-identified datasets will be available to be utilised. These included the ANZICS Adult Patient Database (over 1.5 million admissions to adult ICUs in Australia and New Zealand, since 2000); MIMIC and eICU databases (from Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and other US based hospitals running the Philips eICU system); and The Global Open Source Illness Severity Score Project (a global common dataset from critical care registries in the US, Belgium, Brazil and ANZ).
Start thinking of potential research questions to ask of the data now - we can also help you come up with questions too! Save the date and look out for the upcoming program and registration details. This event is being organised in collaboration with Philips Healthcare and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  and Harvard University.

Product Safety Information:
Volulyte 6% Hydroxyethyl Starch

Fresenius Kabi Australia would like to inform you about a further safety information update for hydroxyethyl starch-containing solutions, which are currently used for the treatment and prophylaxis of hypovolemia. This safety information update is a result of the re-evaluation undertaken by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which is mainly based on the publication of the VISEP, 6S and CHEST studies comparing the effects of HES solutions with crystalloids in critically ill (mainly septic) patients.1•2•3. 
To read the full letter please click here.
You may also refer to the web statement published on the
TGA website.

Positions Vacant 

To advertise a position in future enewsletters, or on our website, please complete this form. Email all forms or queries to our Communications Department

View the full list of Positions Vacant on our website,
Staff Specialist - Intensivist:
North West Regional Hospital, Tasmanian Health Service - North West Region

Application closing date Friday 14 October 2016

Intensive Care Registrar:
Mater Hospital Sydney

Applications close Thursday 20 October 2016

Consultant, Department of Paediatric Critical Care Medicine:
Women's and Children's Hospital

Applications close Friday 21 October 2016

Senior Staff Specialist or Staff Specialist or Senior Medical Officer (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit):
The Townsville Hospital

Applications close Sunday 30 October 2016

Critical Care/ICU Career Medical Officer:
St John of God Bendigo Hospital

Applications close Monday 31 October 2016

Director of Eastern Health Intensive Care Services (EHICS) - Box Hill, Maroondah and Angliss Hospitals 

Critical Care Fellowship - Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Courses and Events

To advertise a course or event in future newsletters please complete this this form. Email all forms or queries to our Communications department

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

Training for Supervisors of Interns
Multiple dates and locations in 2016
For more informtion please click here 

2016 Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Conference 
12 - 15 October 2016
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, QLD
For more information please click here

2016 Short Course in Critical Infection
19-20 October 2016
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
For more information please click here

ANZICS/ACCCN Intensive Care Annual Scientific Meeting
20 - 22 October 2016
Perth, WA
For more information please click here 

Health Business Excellence Program
22-23 October 2016
Hilton Hotel, Sydney, NSW
For more information please click here

Royal Children’s Hospital ICU Education Day
8 November 2016
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Parkville
For more information please click here 

Plan4Surgery: Advanced Care Planning (ACP)
for the Perioperative Physician

11 November 2016
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
For more information please click here
Are you working in a rural or regional area?
Survey for Trainees
Trainee Symposium
Regional Committee Events
Communications Course
Fellow Education Workshops
2017 ASM 
Management Skills Course 
Postions Vacant
Courses and Events
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