AFOEM NZ Committee Communiqué October 2017

Welcome to the first communiqué for AFOEM NZ. This communiqué is made available to keep you updated on AFOEM NZ activities. The key functions of AFOEM NZ are:
  • provide advice to Faculty Council in relation to AFOEM matters within New Zealand
  • promote the specialty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at local careers expos and provide advice to interested candidates about training opportunities within the region
  • provide advice to the Regional Director of Training on educational issues relating to regional trainees
  • develop and deliver local educational activities and resources to meet the needs of local trainees and clinical supervisors in accordance with the Training Program
  • develop and deliver local educational activities to meet the needs of local Fellows in accordance with the CPD Program.
Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the meeting, held on Thursday 19 October 2017.


Current membership of AFOEM NZ Committee:

  • Dr Ben Cheesman, Chair
  • Dr David Beaumont, Deputy Chair and Faculty Policy & Advocacy Committee member
  • Dr Alexandra Muthu, AFOEM Council New Zealand representative
  • Dr Michael Austen, AFOEM NZ Trainee representative
  • Dr Geraint Emrys, Member
  • Dr Michael Kahan, Member
  • Dr Rod Nicholson, Member
  • Dr Rod Douglas, NZ Director of Training

AFOEM NZ would like to welcome Dr Geraint Emrys, and Dr Michael Kahan, who are new members to this committee.


The OEM CPD Group which is chaired by Dr Mary Obele, via six weekly teleconferences, is now available to all New Zealand AFOEM Fellows and trainees. A notice regarding the opportunity will be included in the next AFOEM eBulletin, with Fellows and trainees wishing to join contacting the RACP.

Taking on Trainees, and Accreditation

A new process is in place to ensure that a training site is approved to provide training to a trainee. A site needs to submit an accreditation assessment form (DOC 342KB), which is then processed by the Site Accreditation Unit and reviewed by the Faculty Training Committee. Some flexibility will be afforded by the College as Occupational and Environmental Medicine training transitions to this new process.


The Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW) NZ Signatories’ Steering Group (SSG) has developed a framework of strategic aims which, once finalised and approved by the Group, will be disseminated to current signatory group members. The SSG continues to work to increase its signatory base.

A flyer developed by the Australian HBGW Group has been modified for New Zealand and will be a useful tool to inform potential signatory organisations about the work of the Group.

More information and resources are available on the RACP website.

Dr Raymond Fabius CPD meeting

The RACP is partnering with the Irish Faculty of Occupational Medicine, ACC, and the Australian and NZ Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) to host an evening presentation by Dr Raymond J.Fabius in February 2018.

Dr Fabius MD, CPE, Distinguished FACPE is a physician executive who has served in academics, private practice, managed care, the health insurance industry, eHealth, corporate health, workplace health, the pharmaceutical industry and health informatics and analytics.

Dr Fabius is co-founder of HealthNEXT – the emerging leader in building Cultures of Health. Previously he has held physician executive positions at Cigna, US Healthcare, Aetna, GE, iTRAX, Walgreens, Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics (now part of IBM Watson Health). He has authored four books on quality management and population health – the latest one is a graduate/medical school textbook entitled Population Health: Creating Cultures of Wellness.

His free talk will be "Building a Culture of Health: Integrating Health Protection and Health Promotion" at 6pm, 26 February at the University of Otago Centre, Queen Street, Auckland, followed by dinner (optional).

Please send your indicative RSVP for the lecture and/or dinner to Rob Griffiths at for resource planning and bookings.

Dr Ben Cheesman, Chair
AFOEM NZ Committee
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