VIC Chair's Report
This is the final Victorian Newsletter for the year and it has certainly been a busy one. Once again the Victorian Regional Committee and Regional Office have worked hard to ensure that Victorian Fellows are well represented. We’ve held many successful events over the year and continued to engage with key stakeholders to advocate on behalf of RACS. Key issues have included violence against health-workers, credentialing and scope of practice, duty of candour and clinician engagement. We look forward to continuing this work in 2018.
The College has remained committed to implementing its Building Respect program and I’d encourage those Fellows who have not yet completed the online module or registered for the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators Course to do so as soon as possible.
In the next few months there will once again be an opportunity for members to volunteer for the Victorian Regional Committee via the election process. This is a chance for members to have an active role in the future of the College. I would encourage everyone, particularly our female Fellows, to consider nominating for a position on this Committee to ensure that we can continue representing our Fellows interests into the future.
I hope that everyone can set time aside for themselves, family and friends this holiday period. Christmas can be a stressful time for many so it’s important to take time to rest, relax and recharge (both physically and mentally) and also to check in on friends, colleagues or neighbours who might be struggling.
Finally I’d like to encourage you all to approach the New Year as an opportunity to set a new challenge for yourself. Whether it is clinical, professional, administrative or something completely out of the box it’s an opportunity to think about new challenges and opportunities that we can all embrace.
I wish everyone a safe, restful and happy Christmas and New Year.