Message from the Victorian Chapter President

 

Hello All,

I think we can all agree that there is nothing normal in respect to what we are currently faced with.

These are unprecedented times. These are uncertain times. The evolution of the virus and our global response has been nothing short of confusing.

However, what has become evident in a very short period of time, is that now more than ever we are going to be heavily reliant upon each other. Leaning in is going to become the new normal and I would like to encourage you more than ever to please lean in and reach out.

The Institute has been working tirelessly to assess how we can best support our members under these circumstances. At a national and state level we are hearing your very real concerns and working to find ways to address them.

In addition to this, we have prepared a national push with direct messaging to our state premiers advocating for, among a number of items, mechanisms to be put in place to allow the construction industry to continue moving, supporting the implementation of ‘Buy Local’ polices and highlighting that any proposed Design Competitions avoid placing unnecessary financial burden on competing practices. We are also advocating for the very real need for additional industry support through stimulus packages. 

Over the past couple of weeks we have seen the initiatives of Medium Practice Forum establishing an online forum where information and guidance is being provided and shared between members generating a great space for peer support. This model is now being adopted by the Small Practice Forum and Regional Practice Forum and similar portals have been established for our other forums, SONA, EmAGN and committees moving forward.

At a state level we are acutely conscious of the stress and impact that this pandemic is having on so many of our members and families. We are trying to find ways to balance our ability to provide immediate and useful services for our members while seeking opportunities where we are able to adapt quickly to a new way of working.

We are also acutely aware that despite our best efforts we might not always get it right. However, the intent is to try and find ways to navigate the daily changes while considering the broad implications it has for all.

Over the coming months we will be able to provide you with more updates in regard to how we will be providing additional support at a state and national level through CPD and education. Please refer to our dedicated page on our website which is being regularly updated with links to resources and recorded Webinars. The Institute is keen to hear from our members as to what you need right now, so please keep the feedback flowing as we are here to assist.

As our lives have adjusted dramatically over the past month, we cannot forget about those who have been impacted by the summer fires and that this is simply a second blow for 2020. Reaching out and reminding people that you are there is imperative. Together we will be able to weather the storm.

Wishing you and your families all the very best during these uncertain times. Please stay safe.

Amy Muir

Victorian President