AFOEM Council End of Year Communiqué 2018

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 03-2018 and 04-2018 meeting, held on Friday 3 August and Thursday 29 November 2018.


The Council discussed the importance of building a culture of research. The Council will work on this by promoting opportunities, identifying resources, and establishing stronger links with research bodies. The Council will also encourage uptake of available AFOEM grants, including the AFOEM Research Development Scholarship. 

Supporting Fellows and Trainees

The Council is committed to engaging more efficiently with AFOEM members in regional and remote areas, nationally, over the Tasman Sea and across specialties with common interests.  The initial step in this area of focus will be to distribute a survey to determine the main needs and wants of members.

Collaborations and Projects

The Council is focusing on strengthening its ties with outside organisations.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANSZOM)

AFOEM Council agreed to work with ANZSOM in developing their 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.  This will allow for increased collaboration with other health professionals working in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC)

The Council discussed their support of the IOMSC. The IOMSC’s aim to improve workers’ health and workplace safety aligns with the Faculty. Supporting IOMSC will also put the Faculty on a global scale.

AFOEM Work Plan 2019-2020

The AFOEM Council provided further feedback on the AFOEM Work Plan. The Faculty Office will apply the suggested changes and align the document’s structure with the College goals, for approval by Council in the new year.

Value Proposition and Faculty Narrative

The AFOEM Council is in the process of finalising their Value Proposition and Narrative document. The final version of the document will be submitted to Council in the new year for final approval.

Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee (FPAC) Activities

Accelerated Silicosis

FPAC contributed to several Federal submissions and continues to be actively involved with Accelerated Silicosis.

Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW)

The Council was unanimous that HBGW is a core component for AFOEM. The HBGW Executive Group will be evaluating the impact of the campaign by gathering qualitative and quantitative data. The Council agreed that additional resourcing to support the College’s and AFOEM’s leadership role in the campaign is necessary, as HBGW continues to grow exponentially. The Council also acknowledged the success of the HBGW Forum held on 8 November 2018 in New Zealand.

Senate Inquiry into the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around Defence bases

An AFOEM-led submission on PFAS was submitted to the Senate inquiry.  The submission has now been published on the Senate Inquiry website.

Employment Poverty and Health (EPH) Project

The EPH Working Group will be producing a Statement of Principles on EPH and refine key messages with a focus on the role of doctors in addressing the social determinants of health including promoting the health benefits of good work. 

Faculty Education Committee (FEC) Update

Curricula renewal has commenced for the Advanced Training program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The AFOEM Council noted the importance of this review and the need to champion the unique nature of the AFOEM training program.

2019 College Congress & AFOEM ATM

The Faculty has been working in collaboration with the College on the Faculty stream for the 2019 College Congress, which will be held in Auckland from Monday, 6 to Wednesday, 8 May 2019. The focus for the overall Congress will be ‘Impacting health along the life course’.

The AFOEM Annual Training Meeting (ATM) will be held in Auckland from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May 2019.

2019 President’s Award Recipients

Prizes have been awarded to:

  • Dr Ilse-Marie Stockhoff (Education, Assessment and Training category)
  • Dr Graeme Edwards (Policy and Advocacy category)
  • Dr Rosemarie Knight (Trainee Commitment category).

Dr Beata Byok, President
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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