We express our condolences to those who have been impacted by these devastating extreme weather events, and extend our support to all members and trainees, and affected communities.

We recognise the tireless work of members, trainees and the wider acute healthcare workforce who have continued to provide care for flood affected communities in the face of many ongoing challenges.

Many colleagues will also have faced their own worries for loved ones, while also confronting loss and damage to their own homes and property. We extend our sympathies to all affected.

At this challenging time we would like to emphasise the importance of looking out for each other and taking care of yourselves and one another. We would like to remind members and trainees of the ACEM Assist service which is free, confidential and offers counselling across a spectrum of personal and work-related issues. Additionally, ACEM encourages affected members and trainees to contact [email protected] or [email protected] if there are specific situations where the College may be able to offer support.

We stand with all who have been impacted, and will get through this challenging time together.

Thank you for all of your efforts, and please take care.

Kia kaha

Dr Clare Skinner                                   Dr Kate Allan
ACEM President                                    ACEM Aotearoa New Zealand Faculty Chair