The last year has been a very exciting, if not, extremely busy time for AIE. Some changes and reviews have been implemented to reflect the growth, expectations and future of AIE. As we continue to grow as the industry’s premier embalming organisation in Australia and South East Asia, we are committed to the promotion, education and resourcefulness of our organisation and to welcome all Members to utilise these services.
The introduction of a new category of membership ‘Mortuary Associate Member’ reflects the need to include the many Mortuary Assistants within the funeral industry who have no affiliation to an organisation providing them with invaluable information pertaining to their work practices.
Another recent initiative was the change in the requirements for practising membership. Full practising members are no longer required to submit five embalming cases per year however in order to qualify for practising membership they must still meet the CPD requirement. The current CPD points will change to an hour based system with a carryover of excess hours for the following year.
The last few years have seen Members of the Board working on the criteria and structure of the Master Embalmer Award. The Master Embalmer Award is one of the most prestigious awards the AIE can bestow upon a Member. The purpose of the Master Embalmers Award is to honor a Member of the Australian Institute of embalming who has provided outstanding leadership and made a distinguished contribution to the profession and the Institute.
The 2017 Conference will be held in Melbourne 12-15 October and promises to be another great educational and social event with this year marking the 21st conference AIE has held with a fitting theme for our Chairman’s Ball being “Coming of Age’.
I look forward to seeing you all there catching up with old friends and meeting many new ones.
Best wishes and regards,
Chairman, Australian Institute of Embalming