CICM December 2016 Enewsletter
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December 2016  |  Enewsletter

Board Report

The most recent Board meeting was held at the College office from 25-26 November.
To read the full report from the November meeting please click here.
The schedule for the 2017 Board meetings can be found on our website.

Christmas Closing Dates 

The College will be closed from Friday 23 December - returning to work on Tuesday 3 January 2017.We wish all our Fellows and Trainees a safe and happy festive season.

New Professional Document:
Code of Conduct

The College has just released a new Professional Document titled IC-21 Code of Conduct. This guideline conveys the expectations of practice and behaviour of all Fellows of the College and is outlined in terms of knowledge, skills, values and relationships as applied to the practice of intensive care medicine.

Click here to view the document on the College website.

Survey of Recent CICM Graduates

This survey was conducted earlier in the year to determine whether new graduates had found employment as a specialist and to seek their opinion on whether the training program adequately prepared them for specialist practice.

At the time of the survey 12 of the 24 respondents were employed full time in intensive care medicine, five part time, five were working as Fellows (two overseas) and two were not working in intensive care medicine. Eighty three percent of respondents said that the training program prepared them either adequately or very well for specialist practice. The areas in which they felt poorly or inadequately prepared were: competently taking on management and administrative duties, contributing to quality improvement, contributing to research activities and contributing to the education of junior staff (medical and non-medical). Some free text comments mentioned insufficient paediatric and rural exposure in their training.
It should be noted that all these recent graduates were trained using the pre 2014 curriculum. The changes that were made to the new curriculum implemented on 1 January 2014 address all of these areas, mostly by the requirement for a transition year as outlined in Training Document T-26 Objectives of Training of the Transition Year.

Opportunities in Samoa


The purpose of this notice is to seek expressions of interest from well rounded intensivists who might be willing to spend some continuous time in Samoa to support the ongoing development of an intensive care service carefully established and targeted to identify and better manage infants children and others with acute reversible disease. In effect they would be the acting Head of Unit and help with supervision of some talented medical staff and contribute in a structured way to their ongoing education towards a post graduate Masters degree. 

You can download the full document here.

Communications Course

Wednesday 15 March 2017 | Brisbane

Click here to register

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,


Thursday 25 May - Sunday 28 May 2017

The ASM website recently launched! Click the following link to have a look at what is going on next year,

What you will find on the Website:

• • •  Registrations Open January 19 2017  • • •
Once registrations open on 19 January you will be able to register for the Inaugural Trainee Symposium, ICU Update  and the ASM via the ASM Registration page.
A B S T R A C T   S U B M I S S I O N S   O P E N  
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The CICM 2017 ASM Committee invites abstract submissions for consideration for oral presentation at our meeting in May.  Returning to the single organ theme, ‘ICU Gastroenterology: from beginning to end’; we encourage researchers to submit paper(s) either relating directly to the theme of ICU Gastroenterology or research in the field of intensive care medicine. 

2017 ASM Abstract Information
Submission Categories
  • Felicity Hawker Medal Presentations
  • Best Free Paper Session
  • Short Paper Session
Stay tuned for Abstract Submission Details on December 12.

T R A I N E E   S Y M P O S I U M
25 MAY 2017 | SYDNEY

The inaugural CICM Trainee Symposium is an exciting initiative aiming to provide an inspiring and educational day specifically for (and designed by) our trainees. It will run the day prior to the CICM ASM, in parallel to the ICU Update Day, thus facilitating ample networking opportunities with colleagues.

With a stellar line up of speakers, it promises to bring the latest research and best practice through high quality succinct “how I manage” sessions on key clinical topics. Clinical conundrums to be discussed include managing TBI, clearing the C-spine, obstetric emergencies, paediatrics for the general intensivist and renal replacement therapy troubleshooting.

Complementing this is a diverse range of non-clinical sessions of relevance to trainees at all stages, such as tips from trainees who have passed college exams, preparing for a job interview and how to build your non-clinical portfolio.  Finally, key papers from the critical care literature will be reviewed by Paul Young, before the day draws to a close and we move on to post-conference drinks.
Check out the Symposium program here
The College would like to thank Avant Mutual Group for their sponsorship of the Trainee Symposium
I C U   U P D A T E
25 MAY 2017 | SYDNEY 
We are planning a special ICU Update at the 2017 ASM.There will be a special seminar with interactive workshops devoted to one single, important topic: ‘Improving End-of-Life Decision-Making’
Over the last two decades, the practice of medicine and the way we live and die has changed. Therapeutic and technical advances have improved and extended the lives of many Australians, but at a significant cost. A now older generation is living with more complex disease and with a gradual decline in quality of life. 
The process of determining the appropriate level of medical treatment for critically ill and deteriorating patients toward the end of their lives and deciding whether to escalate or de-escalate treatment (palliate) in sick, deteriorating patients is very complex. Escalation is conceptually simpler and thus often more comfortable for doctors. But this may often not be the right or best choice for the patient. Intensive care doctors specialise in the provision of life-supporting treatment and are regularly required to participate in and lead decision-making processes around end-of-life management. This meeting is an important initiative that will address an important topic that regularly confronts Fellows.
The College would like to thank Ikaria Australia for their sponsorship of the ICU Update. Ikaria Australia is now part of  Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
The College would like to thank Baxter for being a platinum sponsor of the ASM.
W W W . C I C M - A S M . O R G . A U

CICM Management Skills Course

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

A limited numbers of places are left for Wellington
Registrations are now open for the Wellington Management Skills Course, 30 - 31 March 2017
The course is quickly filling up so if you are interested  

The 2 day course is specifically designed for Trainees who are close to completion of training and 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 please contact Steph,

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,
Registered Medical Officer - ICU - St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Brisbane  - Flyer
Applications close Friday 9 December 2016

Staff Specialist - Intensive Care (0.8FTE) - Bankstown/Lidcombe Hospital
Applications close Friday 23 December 2016

Senior ICU Registrar - Canberra Hospital
Applications close Saturday 31 December 2016

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

Paediatric BASIC Course
27 January 2017
Women’s and Children’s Hospital South Australia
For more information please click here 

Beyond BASIC Mechanical Ventilation
13 February 2017
Hawke's Bay Hospital, NZ
For more information please click here

Transition to Advanced Trainee Course
17 February 2017
Mater Hosptial Brisbane
For more information please click here

The Inaugural Perioperative Patient Blood Management Symposium 
18 February 2017
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
For more information please click here

IPAC- Introduction to Procedures in Acute Care
24 February 2017
Coffs Harbour Health Campus, NSW
For more information please click here 

ICISA 2017
8 November 2017
Tel Aviv-Yafo Isreal
For more information please click here
Communications Course
2017 ASM
• Website launch
• ICU Update
• Trainee Symposium
Management Skills Course 
Postions Vacant
Courses and Events
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