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Guest Speaker

Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Bob Brown was born and educated in rural NSW and worked as a doctor before becoming the face of the campaign to save the Franklin River in 1982.

He was elected to the Tasmanian state parliament in 1982 and during his ten-year tenure most notably achieved gun law reform, gay law reform and the expansion of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area.

In 1996 Bob was elected to the Senate, where he led the national debate for 16 years on issues including climate change, water, preventative healthcare, conservation, and human rights.

Bob resigned from the Senate in June 2012 to establish the Bob Brown Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting environmental campaigns and green causes in Australia and our region. He is a published author and acclaimed photographer.

International Keynote Speakers

Bronagh Blackwood

Bronagh Blackwood RN, PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Vice President, European Federation of Critical Care Nursing Associations
Advisor on Critical Care, German Nursing Federation (DGF - Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Fachkrankenpflege und Functionsdienste)

Dr. Bronagh Blackwood is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She holds the position of Vice President of the European federation of Critical Care Nursing associations and is an Advisor on critical care to the German Nursing Federation (DGF - Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Fachkrankenpflege und Functionsdienste. Dr. Blackwood is a regular international conference speaker on mechanical ventilation and interventions that impact its duration in the critically ill, and has published widely in this area. She is an Editor for the Cochrane Anaesthesia Review Group and has authored a number of systematic reviews evaluating the evidence for protocolised weaning, automated systems and contextual factors that impact on the duration of mechanical ventilation in adults and children. She is currently involved in a multi-centre trial of non-invasive ventilation as a weaning strategy in UK ICUs.

Daniel Brodie

Dr Daniel Brodie
Associate Professor of Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, USA

Daniel Brodie is Director of the Medical ICUs and the Medical Critical Care Service at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Acute Respiratory Failure, the Director of the Medical ECMO Program and the Associate Chief in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Brodie runs one of the largest ECMO programs in the world for adult respiratory failure. His research interests include the use of ECMO and extracorporeal CO2 removal for various forms of adult respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension.

Patrick Kochanek

Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM
Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, is Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and Professor and Vice Chairman of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science. He has a long track-record of investigation in traumatic and ischemic brain injury and neurointensive care and is funded by the US Army, NINDS/NIH, NICHD/NIH, and Laerdal Foundation. His research has focused on targeting the secondary brain injury response in traumatic brain injury and cardiac arrest and the development of novel therapies. He is PI of a T-32 titled "Pediatric Neurointensive Care and Resuscitation Research" and has mentored numerous trainees. He is Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and is Associate Director of the Clinical Translational Research Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kochanek received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2007, the Critical Care Distinguished Career Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2008, gave the Baaken Lecture at the Cleveland Clinic in 2008, and gave the Integra Lecture at the College of Neurological Surgeons Conference in 2009 and he was named Master of Critical Care Medicine by the American College of Critical Care Medicine in its inaugural year. Many of Dr. Kochanek's trainees have gone on to receive independent funding from NIH and careers of national prominence.

Leslie Mancuso

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jhpiego, An affiliate of Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Leslie Mancuso is the President and CEO of Jhpiego, an NGO affiliate of Johns Hopkins University that for 40 years has worked with front-line health workers to design and implement low-cost, innovative solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services to vulnerable women and their families. Since Dr. Mancuso's arrival at Jhpiego in 2002, the organization's budget has grown from $5 to $230 million and the number of programs has expanded from 4 to 100. Jhpiego’s global staff now numbers over 1,600.

Dr. Mancuso, a nurse by training, is a recognized international business leader with a track record of success in bringing accountability and navigating changes in the international nonprofit world. Dr. Mancuso has over 25 years of experience in developing public/private partnerships with organizations such as ExxonMobil, Laerdal Medical, GE Foundation, USAID, Chevron, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Mancuso serves on many boards including the US-ASEAN Business Council, Inc., where she is acting Chair of the Health and Life Science Working Group and the Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF) of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Organization (APEC).

Dr. Mancuso received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Graeme MacLaren

Dr Graeme MacLaren
Associate Professor and Director of Cardiothoracic ICU, National University Health System, Singapore
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Victoria
Physician, Paediatric ICU, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Graeme MacLaren is an adult and paediatric intensivist. He is Associate Professor and Director of Cardiothoracic Intensive Care at the National University Hospital of Singapore, Clinical Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, and a visiting intensivist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

His principal professional interests include extracorporeal life support and cardiac intensive care in all ages. He serves on the editorial boards of 4 critical care journals. He is the Inaugural Chair of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), Vice President (Asia-Pacific) of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, and a member of the main ELSO Steering Committee.

Mervyn Singer

Mervyn Singer MB BS MD FRCP(Lon) FRCP(Edin) FFICM
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine
University College London
Head, Research Department of Clinical Physiology, Division of Medicine
Director, Bloomsbury Institute of Intensive Care Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, Intensive Care Medicine experimental (ICMx)
NIHR Senior Investigator 2009-2017

Mervyn Singer is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London and a UK National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. His research interests focus predominantly on the pathophysiology, monitoring and management of sepsis and other shock states, that spans from bench to bedside and back again. Books include the Oxford Handbook of Critical care and the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care (available in all good bookshops!). He has an ongoing love affair with the mitochondrion and a major interest in puncturing balloons, dogma and brain-stem driven treatment protocols.

Invited Speakers

Leanne Aitken

Prof Leanne Aitken
Professor of Critical Care Nursing,Princess Alexandra Hospital and Griffith University, Queensland
Professor of Nursing, City University London, UK

Prof. Leanne Aitken is the Chair in Critical Care Nursing at Griffith University and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. She concurrently holds an appointment as Professor of Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at City University, London. These roles incorporate the conduct and implementation of a range of clinical research and practice improvement projects, as well as teaching and research supervision. Mentoring academic and clinical staff through the research process is an important component of the roles. Leanne's research focuses on recovery after critical illness and injury, decision making practices of critical care nurses and a range of clinical practice issues within critical care.

Vicki Anderson

Prof Vicki Anderson
Director Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Head, Psychology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Prof Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist of some 30 years experience. She is Professor/Director of Psychology at the Royal Children's Hospital and Theme Director of Clinical Sciences Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her interests are in disorders of childhood that impact on the central nervous system, including both developmental and acquired disorders. Her research group, the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies (CNS), is best known for its work in long-term follow-up of children with traumatic brain injury.

Prof Anderson has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and authored/edited 5 books in the field. She and her team have obtained competitive research grants totalling over $20,000,000 (AUS).

Simon Augustin

Mr Simon Augustin
Paediatric Perfusionist, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Simon has worked as a paediatric perfusionist for over ten years and has performed in a variety of roles and functions during this time. He is an authority within ICU regarding ECLS and Long term VAD management as well as being an active member of the national ECMO transport team. Simon obtained his Bachelors Degree co-majoring in physiology and Biomedical electronics prior to undertaking a Post Graduate qualification in Perfusion. His professional interests lie in the research, development and introduction of long term, centrifugal and transport ECLS circuits. Simon has also been a primary contributor to the development and implementation of related anticoagulation guidelines.

Jonathan Barrett

Dr Jonathan Barrett
Deputy Director ICU, Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Dr Jonathan Barrett is the Deputy Director of Intensive Care at Cabrini Hospital, a 414 bed private not-for-profit hospital in Melbourne. He also continues to practise as a physician in acute general medicine and completed a Master of Public Health at Monash University in 2013. He has an interest in quality and safety, care of the elderly and the measurement of patient outcomes other than death.

Frances Bass

Ms Frances Bass
ICU Research Manager, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW
Clinical Research Associate, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW

Frances is a registered nurse with over 17 years of ICU clinical and research experience both in Australia and the United Kingdom. She now splits her time between being an Intensive Care Research Manager at Royal North Shore Hospital & a Clinical Research Associate for the ADRENAL study at The George Institute for Global Health. Frances has extensive experience managing and coordinating a broad range of ICU research projects from ANZICS CTG, ESICM, Industry, and investigator initiated studies. She is currently completing a Masters of Research.

John Beca

Dr John Beca
Clinical Director, PICU, Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

Dr John Beca is a paediatric intensivist and is Clinical Director of the PICU at Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland. He is also Director of the ECMO programme at Starship. His research interest is in acute brain injury, especially injury related to cardiac surgery, trauma and hypoxic ischaemic injury. Other research projects are investigating the contribution of MRI, continuous EEG and NIRS in children with acute brain injury.

Rinaldo Bellomo

Prof Rinaldo Bellomo
Director of Intensive Care Research, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Rinaldo Bellomo is Professor of Medicine with the University of Melbourne, Honorary Professor of Medicine with Monash University, Honorary Professor of Medicine with the University of Sydney and Concurrent Professor with the University of Nanjing, NHRMC Practitioner Fellow, Principal Research Fellow, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne, Director of Intensive Care Research and Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne. He is the Founding Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group and the current Co-chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. He has received >60 national and international awards, co-managed NHMRC grants for a total of >$35 million, has delivered lectures at >150 national and international conferences and has authored more than 800 PubMed cited papers. He is editor in chief of Critical Care and Resuscitation, the official journal of the ANZ College of Intensive Care Medicine.

Assoc Prof Steve Bernard
Intensive Care Physician, The Alfred Hospital
Director of Intensive Care, Knox Private Hospital
Medical Advisor, Ambulance Victoria, Victoria

Andrew Bersten

Prof Andrew Bersten
Head of Department ICU, Flinders Medical Centre
Professor and Head in Department of Critical Care Medicine, Flinders University, South Australia

Professor Andrew Bersten finished his medical training (MBBS) in 1978 and MD in 1994. He undertook fellowship in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine (FANZCA and FCICM). He is the Head of Department, ICCU at Flinders Medical Centre and Professor and Director, Department of Critical Care Medicine at Flinders University. He is also a visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota USA.

He is a world known researcher in the field of lung injury and has received over 2 million dollars including NHMRC 1.5 million dollars as research grants. He has supervised 7 PhD students and multiple Honours and graduate students including 3 Matt Spence medalists (top research projects ANZICS) and one Ralph Reader medallists (top research project CSANZ). He has over 90 peer reviewed publications including CPAP in NEJM with International Guidelines, discovery of surfactant proteins as lung biomarkers and is an editor of a the major ICU textbook. He has delivered multiple invited presentations including 33 International keynote addresses. He has extensive undergraduate and graduate teaching experience including Inaugural convenor, Respiratory System, GEMP, 12 years as an Examiner for CICM.

He has received multiple awards: Matt Spence Medal (1986), DuPont Critical Research Award: American College of Chest Physicians (1988), Young Investigator Travel Award American College of Chest Physicians (1988), The Harry Daly Research Fellowship ANZCA (1990 and 1999), Young Tall Poppy (1999), Vice-Chancellor's Awards for outstanding contribution to Flinders University (2009).

Shailesh Bihari

Dr Shailesh Bihari
ICU Consultant, Flinders Medical Centre
Lecturer, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Flinders University, South Australia

Dr Shailesh Bihari finished his medical training (MBBS) in 2002 and MD in 2006. He undertook further training in Intensive Care Unit at Flinders Medical Centre and was awarded Fellowship in Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM) in 2011. He is presently finishing his Ph.D. (NHMRC Post Graduate Scholarship) on the "Contribution of fluid and electrolyte management to lung injury" under Prof Andrew Bersten at Flinders University.

He has been awarded multiple scholarships, grants and awards. Notable ones are (i) European Respiratory Society (ERS) Gold Sponsorship: for his MD thesis (ii) World Health Organization (WHO) sponsorship to present his MD work at Vancouver, BC, Canada- 2007 (iii) Tub Worthley scholarship (2010) - Australia (iv) Intensive Care Foundation grant as Chief Investigator (v) NHMRC postgraduate scholarship. (vi) Flinders Centre for Clinical Change & Health Care Research : PhD Top-up Scholarship (vii) Clinician's Special Purpose Fund Prize for Clinical Research in Medicine 2012; (viii) ANZCA research grant for ARDS research; in addition to student conference travel scholarships. He has 25 peer reviewed publications and has presented at multiple national and international scientific meetings.

Dr Bihari is an ICU consultant at Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia, and appointed lecturer in Critical Care Medicine at Flinders University. His research focus is lung injury and intravenous fluids.

Allison Bone

Ms Allison Bone
Clinical Research Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Barwon Health, Victoria

Allison gained her Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) at Australian Catholic University and went on to post graduate studies in Critical Care Nursing at the University of Melbourne. She has subsequently worked in intensive care nursing for the past 17 years as a clinician, clinical nurse educator and clinical research nurse. She currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at Barwon Health.

Matt Brain

Dr Matt Brain
Intensive Care Staff Specialist, Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania

Matt completed his intensive care fellowship at The Alfred ICU and is now a full time Intensivist at the Launceston General Hospital in Northern Tasmania and is an adjunct clinical lecturer at Monash University and the University of Tasmania. In 2012 he completed the ASUM Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (Critical Care) while working as The Alfred ICU Echocardiography Fellow and continues to utilise ultrasound extensively in day to day practice. Matt has taught at the Alfred ICU post graduate courses since 2011 and has a wide interest in echocardiography, extra-corporeal support and renal replacement therapy. He has ongoing research involvement with The Alfred ICU through a PhD candidature with Monash University.

Kirsty Buising

Assoc Prof Kirsty Buising
Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Research Physician
Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital & St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Associate Professor Kirsty Buising is an Infectious Diseases Physician at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. She has a longstanding interest in Antimicrobial Stewardship, and has a research team funded by a NHMRC Partnership grant examining Antimicrobial stewardship in Australian hospitals. She is also a clinician developer for Guidance, a decision support program for antimicrobial prescribing owned by Melbourne Health which is currently implemented in over 50 hospitals.

Gabrielle Callea

Mrs Gabrielle Callea (neè Carroll)
Clinical Nurse Consultant - VAD (VAD Coordinator) Cardiology Department
Clinical Nurse Educator PICU, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Gabrielle Callea has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne for 19 years. Her current roles include Clinical Nurse Consultant - VAD (VAD Coordinator) and Clinical Nurse Educator in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. As VAD Coordinator, Gabrielle coordinates the national Paediatric VAD Program. This program strives to provide excellent family-centered care to patients on long-term ventricular support as bridge- to-transplant or bridge-to-recovery. She has a passion for PICU Cardiac surgical nursing, incorporating education, quality and safety, medication safety, and resuscitation training through simulation. Gabrielle's other interests and experience includes cardiac transplantation, and implementing new technology and guidelines. She has facilitated international PICU cardiac nursing training programs, and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of PICU nursing guidelines and clinical documentation in India and Vietnam.

Bruce Campbell

Dr Bruce Campbell
Consultant Neurologist and Head of Hyperacute Stroke, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria

Dr Bruce Campbell is a consultant neurologist and head of hyperacute stroke in the Department of Neurology, Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has completed a PhD investigating the role of advanced imaging in the selection of patients for acute stroke therapies with Prof Stephen Davis which was awarded the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for excellence in the PhD thesis. Bruce is now a post-doctoral research fellow in the Melbourne Brain Centre @ RMH, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and is co-principle investigator and medical co-ordinator of the EXTEND-IA multi-centre randomised trial of mechanical clot retrieval following standard intravenous thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke. Bruce also has an active research collaboration with the Stanford University Stroke Center to improve automated perfusion imaging analysis software. His research is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Early Career Fellowship, an NHMRC Project Grant, the National Heart Foundation, the National Stroke Foundation, a Royal Melbourne Hospital Home Lottery Grant and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Fellows Contribution Fellowship. Bruce received the 2013 Leonard Cox award of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) for excellence in neuroscience research, the 2012 Bethlehem Griffiths Foundation young investigator award, the National Heart Foundation of Australia award for the top-ranked post-doctoral fellow and an American Heart/Stroke Association Travel Award. He has also been an inaugural member of the Victorian stroke telemedicine project and is the co-ordinator of the National Brainschool run by the RACP and ANZAN. Bruce is also a member of the National Stroke Foundation of Australia Clinical Council and the World Stroke Organization Young Stroke Professionals Committee.

Michael Cheung

Assoc Prof Michael Cheung
Director of Cardiology, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Heart Research Group Leader, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Michael Cheung trained at the leading Congenital Cardiac centres in the world including Great Ormond St (London), Royal Brompton Hospital (London), Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He is currently Director of Paediatric Cardiology in Melbourne and Leader of the Heart Research Group at MCRI. Besides his period of research supported by the Canadian Heart Foundation (2002-2004) for his MD thesis, and the period supported part-time by a Heart Foundation Fellowship (2008-10), he has been a fulltime clinician.

His research focus has been in areas of cardiology that have direct clinical relevance and applicability, or the potential for rapid transition to clinical care and include:

  • Remote ischaemic preconditioning for the induction of organ protection.
  • Novel indices of ventricular function.
  • Novel assessment techniques for blood flow.
  • Vascular function in congenital and acquired heart disease.
  • Functional outcomes following treatment of congenital heart disease.
Roberto Chiletti

Dr Roberto Chiletti
Paediatric Intensive Care Specialist
Intensive Care Unit, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Dr. Roberto Chiletti is a consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

A native Italian, he undertook his initial training in paediatrics and neonatology through the University of Padova before relocating to Melbourne, Australia in 2006.

Since arriving in Australia he has held a variety of roles across both Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units at the Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne and the Royal Children's Hospital.

After obtaining the fellowship with the College of Intensive Care Medicine in Australia, he has been working at the Royal Children's Hospital where he is the Director of the ECMO program. His interests and research is focused on cardiac ICU and ECLS.

He also works as locum consultant at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Starship Hospital, Auckland.

Assoc Prof Paul Coughlin
Clinical Haematologist, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases
Head of Haemostasis/Thrombosis Unit, Box Hill Hospital
Consultant Haematologist, Monash Medical Centre, Victoria

Evelyn Culnane

Ms Evelyn Culnane
Manager, Transition Support Service, Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Melbourne, Victoria

As an educator with 25 years of experience working with young people within the health, education and community welfare sectors in Melbourne and internationally, Evelyn has developed many initiatives which have resulted in positive outcomes for children and adolescents. Her commitment in ensuring an integrated and solutions-focussed approach to addressing the needs of vulnerable young people, including those with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities, underpins her achievements across sectors.

As Manager of the Transition Support Service at the RCH, Evelyn has created a hospital-wide, sustainable model of care which has attracted much interest and recognition locally and globally. This includes the current implementation of a transition model of care for all Fontan and congenital heart disease patients in Australia and New Zealand as part of a significant NHMRC Fontan partnership grant. The Transition Support Service is unique and provides holistic support and education for adolescents, their parents/carers and clinicians during the process of transition to adult health care, in collaboration with numerous specialties, adult health services and other key stakeholders. Integral to this service is the continual development of optimal transition and transition processes and pathways, advocacy and research.

Judy Currey

Assoc Prof Judy Currey
Director of Postgraduate Studies
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Victoria

Judy is the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University, Melbourne. Judy is an award winning teacher with national recognition by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2011 through a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. In 2010 Judy was awarded four teaching and innovation awards including the Deakin University Teacher of the Year. Judy has a clinical research program in nurses' decisions that impact patient safety and quality of care. She also researches educational methods to improve skills, knowledge and attributes in critical care nurses.

Adam Deane

Assoc Prof Adam Deane
Consultant Intensivist, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia

Adam spent his childhood in Wodonga, Victoria, and wanted to be a country GP when he grew up. On realising that his personality wasn't particularly suited to providing consultative medicine to ambulatory patients he completed clinical training in Intensive Care Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Following his clinical training he moved to the University of Adelaide to undertake a PhD programme. Adam is fortunate enough to be supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and NHMRC Project Grant funding. This allows him to split his time between research and clinical work at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has established an emerging track record for challenging orthodoxy and publishing innovative studies. Adam will give what he hopes to be both an educational and entertaining presentation: 'Do Nutrition Based Interventions Improve Patient Centred Outcomes?'

Andrea Driscoll

Assoc Prof Andrea Driscoll
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University
Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner, Austin Health, Victoria

Associate Professor Andrea Driscoll is associated with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University and a heart failure nurse practitioner at Austin Health. She has over 20 years' experience in critical care nursing. Andrea is a member of several national committees including the National Heart Foundation. Andrea is also a past board member of the Victorian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. She is a member of the research advisory panel, workforce advisory panel, Chair of Cardiovascular special interest group and an editorial board member of Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. She has a strong background in cardiovascular research. Andrea has received several national and international awards for her research and is currently an international fellow of American Heart Association and fellow of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in recognition of her contributions to cardiovascular nursing through practice, research, and education.

Graeme Duke

Dr Graeme Duke
Senior Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Department, Box Hill Hospital, Eastern Health, Melbourne, Victoria

Graeme Duke trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Victoria and South Australia. He has worked in Intensive Care for 25 years, and was the Intensive Care Clinical Director at Northern Health for 18 years. In the past 2 years he has taken up a full-time clinical position at Eastern Health. He also spends 1 month every year in Vanuatu supporting a voluntary primary healthcare project. His research interests include outcome prediction models, long-term outcomes, respiratory weaning, education, and development of the mobile phone app for ICU trainees (IC@N). He has authored clinical practice guidelines for management of tracheotomy complications. His experience of tracheostomies spans the history of bedside percutaneous over the past 25 years.

Janine Evans

Ms Janine Evans
PICU Nurse Educator, International Children's Heart Foundation
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Janine has worked in Paediatric Intensive Care for over 20 years. She currently divides her time between International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF) and PICU at Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne. In her role as nurse educator & coordinator for ICHF Janine has taught paediatric cardiac ICU nursing skills in a variety of international settings, with the current focus being Benghazi, Libya. In her role as clinical nurse consultant for PICU at RCH, Janine aims to improve clinical practice with a focus on guidelines, quality and safety and research. Janine has previously held roles of clinical nurse educator in PICU at RCH, as well as lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Janine was lead nurse for the transition of PICU RCH from a multi bed unit to a new hospital with a single room PICU. Janine's areas of interests include cardiac surgery, resuscitation, education, quality & safety.

Nigel Fealy

Assoc Prof Nigel Fealy
Clinical Nurse Educator, Department of Intensive Care, Austin Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria

Nigel is the Clinical Nurse Educator for the Intensive Care Unit and Post Graduate Intensive care course at Austin Health in Melbourne. He has been working in Intensive Care since 1992 having completed Graduate Diploma’s in both Critical Care Nursing and Education. Nigel has undertaken many research and quality activities in Intensive Care, and has presented as a key note speaker at multiple scientific meetings in Australia, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Nigel has completed a Masters by research and is currently undertaking his PhD candidacy in association with Griffith University concentrating on circuit life in CRRT. Nigel has over 50 publications devoted to the application of renal replacement therapies, blood purification techniques, liver support therapies, quality and education activities in the ICU.

CMDR Ailene Fitzgerald
Consultant General Surgeon, The Canberra Hospital, ACT

CMDR Fitzgerald joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1991 as an undergraduate medical student. She served in a number of establishments and ships and completed a number of deployments prior to transferring to the Reserves in 2000 to pursue surgical training. Having obtained her FRACS in 2010, she has completed Fellowship years in Trauma Surgery most recently working alongside the late Dr Damian McMahon. She is currently employed as Director Shock Trauma Service at Canberra Hospital, Chairs the ACT Trauma Committee and is the regional representative for ACT on the RACS Trauma SubCommittee. Dr Fitzgerald is also a Committee member of the Australasian Trauma Society as well as RACS ACT. She remains active in the Navy Health Reserves as the Professional Liaison Officer for Navy Surgeons and participates regularly in Defence training forums.

Michelle Foster

Mrs Michelle Foster
Nurse Unit Manager, Intensive Care Unit, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland

Michelle Foster is the Nurse Unit Manager of ICU at the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH). Michelle has worked in ICU for many years and has a research interest in workforce and the ICU patient transition to the ward setting.

Michelle is an active member of the Australian College of Critical Care and was proudly awarded Life Membership in 2011.

For the last 5 years Michelle has been involved in the designing and commissioning of a new 50 bed ICU at the GCUH. More recently she also planned the complex patient and staff relocation from the ICU at the Gold Coast Hospital to the new GCUH.

Jonathan Gatward

Dr Jonathan Gatward
Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Unit
Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW

Jonathan is a dual trained Anaesthetist / Intensivist from the UK but now works full time as an Intensive Care Specialist in Sydney. He has special interests and qualifications in medical education, simulation and human factors training. He likes to take simulation out of the Sim centre - running interdisciplinary scenarios in-situ in the ICU. He has helped to set up two such programs, and is working on a third at Royal North Shore Hospital. He has been developing an approach to team role training using simulation in recent months - with special emphasis on early role allocation and task completion during crisis management. Jon is also interested in patient safety and quality, sits on the Council at the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and the Intensive Care Services Network Best Practice Working Group at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. He is a regular contributor to and has a simulation website at

Nic Gini

Ms Nic Gini
Nurse Manager, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
Starship Children's Health, Auckland

Nic completed her nursing diploma in Auckland in 1992 and went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice (Critical Care) and BHSc (Nursing) in 1995. From 1993 - 2003 she worked in the ICU at Green Lane Hospital as a staff nurse and then a Clinical Charge Nurse. In 2003 following the move of Green Lane Hospital to the Grafton site she took up a Clinical Charge Nurse post in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Starship Children's Health. She completed her MN in 2005 with a focus on ECMO. Nic currently works as the Nurse Manager of the PICU at Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland. Nic has had a passion for ECMO since being apart of the first ECMO nursing training programme in 1995 and has co-ordinated the Auckland District Health Board ECMO programme since 1998. In her spare time she is a volunteer Paramedic with St John Ambulance.

Shaun Greene

Dr Shaun Greene
Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Medicine Physician, Austin Health
Medical Director, Victorian Poisons Information Centre, Victoria

Shaun is a fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine. He trained as a clinical toxicologist in London, United Kingdom. He is currently medical director of the Victorian Poisons Information Centre. Shaun has a professional interest in recreational drugs and novel psychoactive substances.

Kimberley Haines

Miss Kimberley Haines
Senior ICU Physiotherapist and NHMRC Dora Lush Doctoral Scholar
St Vincent's Health and Austin Health, Victoria

Kimberley is a NHMRC Dora Lush Doctoral Scholar and is undertaking her PhD investigating long-term psychosocial outcomes of ICU survivors and their caregivers and prediction of outcome by ICU teams. Kimberley was a key member of the ICU-EXERCISE trial; a NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of exercise rehabilitation on physical function and quality of life in ICU survivors; and also worked on the Post-Operative Surveillance Team evaluation at Austin Health. Kimberley's current research interests and publication history include exercise rehabilitation in ICU, physical function and quality of life outcomes for ICU patients and caregivers and early mobilisation in high risk upper abdominal surgery patients.

Glenys Harrington

Ms Glenys Harrington
Consultant, Infection Control Consultancy (ICC)

Glenys is an experienced Infection Control Consultant with an extensive background in managing and developing healthcare organisation infection control programs in developed and developing countries. Glenys has post graduate qualifications in Critical Care, Midwifery and Infectious Diseases. She has published widely and has a specific interest in improving patient safety through introducing quality improvement initiatives to reduce health care associated infection.

Glenys started her Infection Control career with the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Unit at Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia in 1989. Alfred Health provides services for tertiary referral acute, rehabilitation, long-term care, community health and state wide programs for burns, heart and heart lung transplantation and trauma. Between 2000 and 2009, she held the Infection Control Program Coordinator position and in 2010 she established her own business called Infection Control Consultancy (ICC).

Glenys' experience in the Asia Pacific region includes a World Health Organization (WHO) Consultancy to a SARS Outbreak Team, infection control program reviews, and tutorial attachments along with being an Honorary Advisor on the Hong Kong Infection Control Nurses Association (HKICNA) Research Review Panel. Glenys is currently the Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC).

Kym Harrison

Ms Kym Harrison
Clinical Midwife Consultant, Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Victoria

Kym is a Clinical Midwife Consultant responsible for midwifery practice development, clinical service planning and driving clinical change within a tertiary maternity setting. Kym has led multiple projects including the development of a midwifery prescribing list for eligible midwives in conjunction with the Department of Health, Victoria. She has extensive experience as both a clinician and educator and is committed to encouraging and enabling midwives to work to their full scope of practice. Kym has been instrumental in the development and establishment of the Maternity Group Practice (MGP) model of care at Mercy Hospital for Women. This has included ongoing mentorship of the MGP midwives and evaluation of the program's outcomes. Kym has completed a Masters of Midwifery and had the pleasure of presenting at the International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress in Prague earlier this year.

Nicky Hewitt

Ms Nicky Hewitt
Research Fellow, Deakin Alfred Health Nursing Research Centre, Alfred Health
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Critical Care Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Nicky is a Research Fellow for the Deakin Alfred Health Nursing Research Centre, Alfred Health, and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. She has worked for 23 years in Intensive Care, in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Previous roles include clinical nurse educator and lecturer. Currently, she enjoys working as a clinical nurse part-time, while working as a researcher for the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Deakin University. Nicky has recently completed a Cochrane Review on lateral positioning for critically ill adult patients. Her areas of interest include patient positioning, evidence-based practice and trial design.

Kwok-Ming Ho

Dr Kwok-Ming Ho
Intensive Care Specialist, Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia

Dr Ho is a full-time intensive care specialist with an adjunct Clinical Associate Professor appointment with the School of Population Health at University of Western Australia. He has a Masters degree in Public Health (majoring in epidemiology & biostatistics), and his PhD thesis was on "Use of prognostic models to predict outcomes of critically ill patients". Dr Ho is an Editor in Intensive Care for Anaesthesia & Intensive Care and an Academic Editor for Medicine. He is also a reviewer for NHMRC, National Heart Foundation, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and >30 journals including the Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine and Circulation.

Carol Hodgson

Dr Carol Hodgson
Senior Research Fellow, ANZIC-RC, Monash University
Senior ICU Physiotherapist, ICU, The Alfred, Victoria

Dr Carol Hodgson is the Senior Research Fellow at the ANZIC-RC, Melbourne, Australia. She is a NHMRC post-doctoral Early Career Research Fellow (2012-16). Dr. Hodgson is Chair of the TEAM program of research (Early Mobilisation in ICU) and the PHARLAP study (open lung ventilation study). She is on the American Thoracic Society Critical Care Assembly committee to develop best practice guidelines for mechanical ventilation in ARDS. She was awarded Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (FACP) in 2009 and is a past national chair of Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia (Australian Physiotherapy Association). Dr. Hodgson completed her PhD on ventilation in ICU in 2010 at Monash University. Following her PhD in ICU patients she has completed 25 publications, has research grants of >$1m and several travel scholarships to present her work on ARDS, early mobilization, long-term outcomes and recovery internationally.

Belinda Howe

Ms Belinda Howe
Research Fellow, ANZIC-Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria

Belinda has a background in critical care nursing and has worked as a research co-ordinator in ICU for over 10 years. Belinda is currently a Research Fellow and Senior Project Manager at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre at Monash University. She is the Project Manager for several large research studies funded by the NHMRC which are being conducted across ANZ, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including the ARISE study and the SPICE study. Previously she was the Project Manager for the STATINS in Sepsis study, as well as the Project Manager for the INFINITE Registry, a register of Influenza A and pandemic H1N109 cases in intensive care units (ICUs) for Australia and New Zealand.

Amy Johansen

Mrs Amy Johansen
ECLS Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Victoria

Amy completed her nurse training in the UK, working in Leeds and Edinburgh and gaining a post-grad in PICU, prior to joining the PICU team at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, in 2005. In 2007 Amy completed her ECMO nurse specialist training and her interest and passion in all things ECLS began. Continuing to work clinically and as an associate unit manager, Amy was appointed into her role as Extracorporeal Life support (ECLS) Clinical Nurse Consultant in 2009. She has an enthusiastic approach to the delivery of evidence based education and clinical practice as she coordinates the ECLS program at RCH. Her specific interests include anticoagulation, simulation training and research.

Over the past few years she has completed her Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice focusing on ECLS anticoagulation management and presented her thesis results at the Hobart ASM in 2013. She has previously presented posters at the 6th World Congress on Paediatric Critical Care, Sydney 2011, Euro- ELSO (Extracorporeal Life Support organisation) Rome, 2012 and Euro- ELSO Paris 2014.

Amy is a member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses and is the Paediatric Nursing Convenor for this year's ASM.

Rox Johnston

Ms Rox Johnston
Cardiology Nurse Coordinator, Austin Health, Victoria

Rox has completed a Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing - Cardiothoracic, has 19 years of clinical experience working in coronary care, cardiothoracic intensive care and cardiac catheter labs in Victoria, NSW and United Kingdom. Majority of the experience (14 years) was spent at Alfred Health working in coronary care and cardiac and thoracic centre as clinical support and educator, before moving across to cardiac research nursing. This provided the opportunity to take on the primary role for the initial set-up and coordinating the transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) clinical trial registry program at Alfred Health, before moving to Austin Health as Cardiology Coordinator and work on the set up and coordination of a TAVI program at the Austin. Rox recently completed an Honours Thesis in 2013 (Deakin University), mapping the trajectory of recovery of patients following TAVI. Care of the TAVI patient is a relatively new and exciting area for cardiac nursing for both research nursing and patient care initiatives.

Daryl Jones

Assoc Prof Daryl Jones
Consultant Intensive Care specialist, Austin Health, Victoria

Daryl is an intensive care specialist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He is also an adjunct research fellow at Monash University and an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He has completed a doctor of medicine in aspects of the Medical Emergency Team at the Austin Hospital since its introduction in 2000. The MD focused on the effects of MET introduction on the long term incidence of cardiac arrests and deaths in hospital ward patients. It also demonstrated a circadian variation of MET activation and cardiac arrest detection suggesting that detection of the deteriorating patient is much less frequent overnight.

He is now undertaking a PhD on the MET that will assess the characteristics and outcomes of the MET patient, predictors of requirement for MET review, and details of resource utilization of the MET in ICU-equipped hospitals throughout Australia.

Lisa Kuhn

Dr Lisa Kuhn
Research Fellow
Eastern Health Nursing and Midwifery Research Unit, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Deakin University, Victoria

Dr Lisa Kuhn is an emergency nurse with more than 20 years of experience in clinical, academic and research nursing. She is a Research Fellow in the Deakin University - Eastern Health Partnership in Melbourne, where she is involved in clinical research around cardiovascular diseases, particularly acute coronary syndromes (ACSs). Lisa has recently completed her PhD, examining the early assessment, management and outcomes of ACS for men and women in Victorian hospitals from emergency department arrival to hospital discharge. It uncovered a number of important evidence-practice gaps influencing equity in ACS care. Women are disadvantaged in the early stages of ACS management and their outcomes are likely compromised as a result. Lisa's future professional interests are to improve the cardiovascular health of Australians at risk of under-assessment and under-treatment through a program of interventional research designed to reduce the identified evidence-practice gaps.

Gavin Leslie

Prof Gavin Leslie
Editor in Chief - Australian Critical Care
Professor Critical Care Nursing - Curtin University and Royal Perth Hospital
Director Research & Development - School of Nursing & Midwifery Curtin University, Western Australia

Prof Leslie has worked in critical care for over 30 years in Sydney and Perth. He was founding national president of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses (now Australian College of Critical Care Nurses) and is a life member of ACCCN. Prof Leslie is current editor-in-chief of Australian Critical Care (since 2000) and reviews for numerous journals including Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Critical Care and Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine. Over the last 5 years he has been involved in research grants investigating adverse events after ICU discharge, renal replacement therapies, pressure area prevention, wound management, rehabilitation of survivors of critical illness, ventriculitis prevention and enteral feeding.

Prof Leslie joined Edith Cowan University (in 2000) as the inaugural joint appointment in Critical Care Nursing after working in education, clinical practice, and administration and research roles at Royal Perth Hospital. He developed the Master of Clinical Nursing at both ECU and Curtin. He joined the staff of Curtin University in 2007 and has since been appointed as Professor of Critical Care Nursing and Director of Research and Development whilst continuing his appointment and clinical research with RPH. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and journal editorials.

Dr Bruce Lister
Paediatric Intensive Care Specialist
Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Allison van Lint

Dr Allison van Lint
Senior Project Officer
ANZICS CORE (Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation)

Allison completed her PhD in immunology at the University of Melbourne and then spent 4 years at The Harvard Medical School as a post-doctoral fellow. She joined CORE in 2009, working on the Adult Patient Database data audit program. Since then Allison has developed a keen interest in developing strategies that can improve the quality of CORE data, and increase the utilisation of this data for improving quality of care. She has been heavily involved in both the development of the new CORE Enterprise Reporting System, and in increasing the use of CORE data in data linkage projects.

Jenny Lumsden

Group Captain Jenny Lumsden CSC
Clinical Director, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care
Royal Australian Air Force

Group Captain Jenny Lumsden joined the Air Force Reserve more than 25 years ago. Since that time, she has been on numerous deployments both in Australia and overseas, most notably in active service to East Timor and Iraq. She has completed numerous aeromedical evacuations with patients from around the world, including from Bali after the second bombing in 2005 and from Iraq and Afghanistan. In the 2013 Australia Day Honours she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for her work that included the development of the Military Critical Care Aeromedical capability and remains heavily involved in the ongoing training of personnel in this area. She is currently posted as the Air Force Health Reserves Clinical Director of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care. In her civilian capacity she is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Intensive Care Unit of The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Wirginia Maixner

Ms Wirginia Maixner
Director of Neurosurgery, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Victoria

Wirginia Maixner is the director of neurosurgery at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, appointed in 2001, becoming one of the youngest neurosurgery department heads in Australia and the first female head of neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital.

From October 2001 until July 2004 Wirginia served on the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council, a special purpose council established in 2001 by the then-Minister of Health, John Thwaites, which reports to the Minister for Health and analyses, studies and reports on potentially preventable surgical deaths in Victoria, with the aim of improving the safety and quality of surgery in Victoria.

In 2006, Wirginia was credited with performing ground-breaking surgery when she operated on a three-year-old girl to successfully stop seizures caused by a rare genetic condition. In 2007, Wirginia worked with Rob Briggs, the medical director at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital's Cochlear Implant Clinic and using "pioneering technology" they performed the first auditory brainstem implant on a child in Australasia.

In 2009, Wirginia led a team of 16 neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, and other specialist medical staff at the Royal Children's Hospital in the 32-hour surgery to successfully separate three-year-old Bangladeshi conjoined twins, Trishna and Krishna. The twins were found in 2007 by two Australian Aid volunteers in Mother Teresa's orphanage in Dhaka and brought to Australia by Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation for life saving medical treatment, which involved a series of operations in January, February, March, May, October, and November 2008 and January and August 2009, in preparation for the final separation in November 2009. Wirginia had performed four major operations on the twins to separate and close shared blood vessels and insert tissue expanders and prior to the final surgery, she gave the twins a 25 percent chance of surviving the operation, a 25 percent chance of dying and a 50 percent chance of suffering "catastrophic" brain damage, but without surgical intervention, both children would die. On 19 November 2009, Trishna woke from the medically induced coma; Krishna began to wake up on 20 November 2009. On 21 December 2009, five weeks after the surgery to separate the twins, they were released from the hospital.

Andrea Marshall

Prof Andrea Marshall
Professor of Acute and Complex Care Nursing,
Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University, Queensland

Andrea Marshall is currently Professor of Acute and Complex Care Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University. Andrea's program of research focuses on improving nutritional outcomes for acute and critically ill patients. She is currently the lead investigator on an international study aimed at developing the capability of families of critically ill patients to advocate for best nutrition practice. Other nutrition research is being conducted in the areas of determining nutritional requirements using indirect calorimetry, the best methods for recording protein calorie intake in hospitalised patients receiving oral nutrition and screening for malnutrition in acute care settings. She is also conducting research into outcomes following critical illness with a particular focus on critically ill elderly patients.

Professionally, Andrea remains active with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses and is an Editor for Australian Critical Care and Deputy Chair of the ACCCN Research Advisory Panel. Andrea has published over 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to critical care nursing textbooks in Australia and overseas.

Forbes McGain

Dr Forbes McGain
Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Physician, Western Health Footscray, Victoria

Forbes McGain is an anaesthetist and ICU physician at Western Health, Melbourne, Victoria. He is also undertaking a part-time PhD through the University of Melbourne, studying hospital sustainability, particularly the effects of daily activity within the ICU and operating suite.

Jo McKittrick

Ms Jo McKittrick
Clinical Nurse Educator, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Victoria

Joanne McKittrick was appointed as a Clinical Nurse Educator in PICU at the RCH in 2011, and has been a member of the education team in PICU since 2008. Joanne is also a member of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) nursing team and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (PETS) team, which provide specialist services at the RCH. Over the last few years Joanne has been involved in the development and support of nursing and interprofessional simulation training programs both in PICU as well as The RCH. Joanne contributed a poster at the 4th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops in Toulouse France in October 2011, presented at ACCN ICE in Melbourne in 2012, and most recently presented in Istanbul, Turkey, at the 7th World Congress on Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care. Joanne recently completed her Master in Advanced Nursing Practice and has been a member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses since 2008.

Marion Mitchell

Assoc Prof Marion Mitchell
Principal Research Fellow - NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing
Centre for Health Practice Innovation, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University
Intensive Care Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Associate Professor Marion Mitchell holds a joint research appointment with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and the Intensive Care Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. The role involves both the support and conduct of clinical critical care research and post-graduate teaching. Supporting clinical staff in implementing evidence based practice and clinical projects are a key element of the role. Marion's research areas include the psychosocial care of the critically ill, family-centred care and research to improve educational outcomes. Her research involves multidisciplinary teams, patients, families and community representatives in the development and evaluation of interventions directed to improve the care of critically ill patients and families.

Marion is a previous President of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses and was awarded in 2012, Life Membership in recognition of her contributions to ACCCN and critical care nursing. She is ACCCN's representative on the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and the national Organ and Tissue Authority. Marion is on the editorial board for Australian Critical Care and reviews for a number of other journals. Marion is the Treasurer for Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi-Delta-at-Large Chapter in Queensland and Vice-President of Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses which supports nursing scholarship.

Peter Morley

Assoc Prof Peter Morley
Senior Specialist, Intensive Care, Director of Medical Education
Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School
The University of Melbourne, Victoria

Peter is the Director of Medical Education and Senior Specialist, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is an Associate Professor and Clinical Dean at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School, The University of Melbourne.

Peter has been a board member of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine since 2002 (and now College of Intensive Care Medicine since 2010). He is Chair of the Assessment Committee, and previous Chair of the Education Committee and Chair of Examinations.

Peter is an ANZICS representative on the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC). He is also Deputy Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC), chair of Advanced Life Support Committee, and representative on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. He has been actively involved, since 1998, in the development of the international evidence based guidelines. Peter was an Editorial Board member and Evidence Evaluation Expert for the ILCOR international consensus process for resuscitation science in 2005 and 2010, and will be in 2015.

Kevin Morris

Dr Kevin Morris
Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care, Birmingham Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Kevin Morris is a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at Birmingham Children's Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He trained in PICU in Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Australia before taking up his consultant post in Birmingham in 1997.

He has been Director of PICU in Birmingham (2004-2007) and is currently Training Director and Research Director. He has held national roles in PICU training and has recently completed a term as President of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society UK (PICS UK). He leads a group looking at HDU provision, publishing recommendations through the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (High Dependency Care – time to move on). Other roles include the commissioning of PIC services in the UK, with involvement in setting definitions, currency and payment systems, service specifications and quality measures.

He has research interests in acquired brain injury, in particular traumatic brain injury, as well as glucose homeostasis, ventilation and acute kidney injury, and is actively involved in co-ordinating PICU research across the UK.

Dan Mullany

Dr Dan Mullany
Senior Staff Specialist, Intensive Care, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland
Visiting Medical Officer, Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Dr Mullany completed specialty training in Anaesthetics and Intensive care in Brisbane. He then undertook a critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he worked with some of the pioneers in Quality and Safety in the ICU. He was the Director of the ICU at The Prince Charles Hospital from 2003 to 2009. He has been heavily involved in outcome measurement in the ICU, chairs the Queensland Statewide Intensive Care Clinical Network data review committee and is a member of the ANZICS CORE outlier review committee. Current research interests include the influence of organisational factors and new technology on risk adjusted outcomes and determining long term outcomes in critically ill patients.

Priya Nair

Dr Priya Nair
Specialist in Intensive Care, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW

Priya Nair is a senior specialist in Intensive Care at St Vincent's Hospital and St Vincent's Private Hospital in Sydney, a Conjoint Senior Lecturer and PhD scholar at the University of New South Wales. Her interests include cardiothoracic intensive care, critical care and perioperative echocardiography and clinical research. Her research areas include vitamin D in critical illness, extracorporeal therapies and coagulation. She is a member of the NSW regional committee and on the panel of fellowship examiners for the College of Intensive Care Medicine.

Mark Nicholls

Dr Mark Nicholls
Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales

Dr Nicholls is dual-specialised in Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine. He works as a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Nicholls has subspecialty interests in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Heart and Lung Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices.

Dr Nicholls has a keen interest in leadership and management. He is studying an executive MBA at AGSM, University of NSW. He is Chair of the Practice and Economics Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society. He has been selected to participate in the 2014 UNSW Business School/AGSM LEAD Business Leadership Program.

Suzi Nou

Dr Suzi Nou
Specialist Anaesthetist, The Northern Hospital, Victoria
Medical Practitioner, Cambodia

Suzi undertook her anaesthesia training with a paediatric anaesthesia fellowship here in Melbourne. She then worked in Fiji as a Senior Lecturer at the Fiji School of Medicine and became the Director of the Department of Anaesthesia and ICU at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Fiji's main teaching hospital. With a love of the tropics, she continued on to Cambodia where she became a reluctant paediatric intensivist. She has been fortunate to have travelled throughout the Asia-Pacific region teaching on courses such as EMST, PTC, PFCCS, ALS and Paediatric BASIC, to name a few. She is currently part of the ANZCA Welfare SIG Executive, the ASA Victorian Committee of Management, an AusMAT team member and a Reserve member of the RAAF. She has now returned to Melbourne via Darwin and continues to be involved with a number of projects in Cambodia whilst chairing a not-for-profit NGO which delivers medical and nursing education to low and middle income countries. In her spare time she hopes to finish her Masters of Public Health and enjoys learning foreign languages.

Dr Gerry O´Callaghan

Dr Gerry O'Callaghan
Director, Intensive Care Services, Central Adelaide Local Health Network (Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals), Adelaide, South Australia
Chair, South Australian Clinical Senate
Chair, Education Committee, ANZICS

Dr O'Callaghan completed his undergraduate studies in Dublin Ireland, and postgraduate studies in anaesthesia and intensive care in Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom. He is currently Director of Intensive Care Services for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals), Chair of the South Australian Clinical Senate, and Chair of the Education Committee, ANZICS. His long term interests include organ and tissue donation, transplantation, clinical practice improvement and health reform specifically the use of educational, interdisciplinary and team based strategies to improve patient centred outcomes. Dr O'Callaghan has local and national experience in the development of policy and clinical guidelines and subsequent implementation.

Neil Orford

Dr Neil Orford
Director, Intensive Care, University Hopital Geelong, Victoria
Clinical Associate Professor, Deakin School of Medicine, Victoria
Head of Research, Intensive Care PhD Scholar, ANZIC RC, Monash University, Victoria

Neil is the Director of Intensive Care at University Hospital Geelong. His interests include research, education and leadership. He is undertaking a PhD on long-term outcomes of critical illness through the ANZIC-RC, supervising a research program into unmet palliative care burden in the acute hospital setting, and the Victorian representative of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group. He is a founding member and director of the educational website Crit-IQ, and a clinical associate professor for the Deakin University School of Medicine. He is undertaking leadership development through participation in group and individual leadership sessions, and leadership courses. He provides ongoing intensive care support to the Operation Open Heart Pacific cardiac surgery program. He is a passionate Cats supporter, father of 3 teenagers, and a keen skier and swimmer.

Vijayanand Palaniswamy

Dr Vijayanand Palaniswamy
Paediatric and Adult Intensive Care Unit Consultant
G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore, India

Dr Palaniswamy is a Paediatric and Adult Intensive Care Unit Consultant at the G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, India, which has 10 PICU beds and 27 adult ICU beds. Dr Palaniswamy has 8 registrars working with him, 4 of which are undergoing the ICU fellowship training in India. Dr Palaniswamy runs an extensive education program throughout the year, as well as quality assurance projects and audits in the current unit. The Unit uses Aortic software through ANZICS, the first hospital in the country. Dr Palaniswamy's unit is recognised by the Australian and New Zealand College of Intensive Care Medicine for foundation and elective training. The hospital is one of only three hospitals recognised for training by the College. Currently Dr Palaniswamy runs the unit single handedly and is in the process of building a team for the future.

Sandra Peake

Assoc Prof Sandra Peake
Senior Consultant, Department of Critical Care Medicine, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, South Australia
Associate Professor, Acute Care Medicine Discipline, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, South Australia
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria

Assoc Prof Peake is a senior intensive care clinician in the Department of Intensive Care Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is Chair of the Research Committee for the Acute Care Medicine Discipline at the University of Adelaide and the Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG) Executive Committee. She has been an examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine for the past 11 years and has previously held positions as Chair of ANZICS (SA), Chair of the CICM (SA), Chair of the ANZICS Abstract Review Committee and Chair of the Intensive Care Foundation Scientific Committee.

She undertook her PhD at the University of Adelaide in the field of sepsis. Her main research interest now is large-scale, randomised clinical trials in critical care. She is currently Chair of the Management Committee for the NHMRC-funded, ANZICS CTG-endorsed Australasian Resuscitation In Sepsis Evaluation (ARISE) multi-centre trial of early resuscitation in sepsis. She is also a member of the Management Committee for the NHMRC-funded, CTG-endorsed multi-centre SMARRT (Sampling antibiotics in renal replacement therapy) trial and co-Chair of the CTG-endorsed multi-centre TARGET trial of energy goals for enteral nutrition.

Vincent Pellegrino

Dr Vincent Pellegrino
Senior Intensive Care Specialist & Head of the ECMO Clinical Service, The Alfred Hospital, Victoria

Vince completed undergraduate training from Monash University in 1990 and completed training as a Physician and Intensive Care Specialist in 1999. He was awarded the Matt Spence Prize for research. Vince is currently employed as a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred Hospital, is Head of the ECMO Clinical Service and holds a Senior Lecturer appointment in the Monash University Department of Surgery. He has had a lead role in the development of ECMO services at The Alfred since 2003 and has provided ECMO training programs nationally and internationally. He is on the Executive Committee for ECMOnet, the Education Committee of APELSO and is Adult Section Editor for the ELSO Guidelines Project. He is active in clinical and animal research in ECMO, circulatory physiology and control of the circulation.

David Pilcher

Dr David Pilcher
Intensivist, ANZICS CORE & The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

David Pilcher trained in respiratory and general medicine in the UK before coming to Australia in 2002 to undertake further training in Intensive Care Medicine. He has worked as a specialist in Intensive Care at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne since 2006. His interests include organ donation, lung transplantation, ECMO and the epidemiology of Intensive Care medicine. He is presently the Director of the ANZICS Adult Patient Database and Chair of the ANZICS Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation. He is a medical advisor to DonateLife in Victoria. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. A few years ago he learnt how to press one button on a stats package and has now been hitting the same button like a crazed lab monkey ever since, without ever really understanding what it means.

Wendy Pollock

Dr Wendy Pollock
Research Fellow
La Trobe University / Mercy Hospital for Women Midwifery Professorial Unit
Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Victoria

Dr Wendy Pollock is a critical care nurse and midwife who examined the characteristics, severity of illness and provision of acute health services to critically ill pregnant and postnatal women for her PhD thesis. Wendy was part of the Haemostasis Registry Obstetric Committee that examined the use of recombinant Factor VIIa for obstetric haemorrhage, contributed the Obstetric Chapter for the Emergency Triage Education Kit, the chapter on pregnancy and postpartum considerations in the 2nd edition of 'ACCCN Critical Care Nursing', and the chapter on nursing and midwifery considerations in the book 'Maternal Critical Care'. Presently, Wendy sits on the National Board of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses, and is the Australian College of Midwives representative on the National Blood Authority Patient Blood Management Guidelines Module 5 - Obstetrics and Maternity. She sits on the Victorian CCOPMM Maternal Mortality and Morbidity sub-committee, is an Associate Investigator on the Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System and is conducting research on a number of areas related to severe maternal morbidity in her role as a Research Fellow, La Trobe University/Mercy Hospital for Women.

Michael Reade

Prof Michael C Reade
ADF Professor of Military Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland
Lieutenant Colonel, Joint Health Command, Australian Defence Force
Staff Specialist Intensivist, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Queensland

Professor Reade trained in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital, the Austin Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has a doctorate in applied molecular biology from the University of Oxford and a Masters in clinical trials from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011, after 22 years in the Army Reserve including deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan, he was appointed to a full-time Defence position as the inaugural Chair in Military Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland. In this role, in addition to a part-time intensivist appointment at RBWH, he contributes to Defence health policy and training, and led an Australian specialist team to Afghanistan in 2013. He directs a research program at the interface of civilian and military trauma medicine, including the provision of blood products in austere environments, treatment of traumatic coagulopathy, trauma systems design, and the management of acute cognitive impairment such as that which occurs with traumatic brain injury and other critical illness. In 2014, he completed the DahLIA trial of dexmedetomidine vs. placebo for the treatment of ICU delirium.

Manoj Saxena

Dr Manoj Saxena
Intensive Care Physician, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St. George Hospital Clinical School, University of New South Wales
Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, New South Wales

Dr Manoj Saxena graduated in Medicine in England (Universities of London/Cambridge) and is currently working at St. George Hospital (University of New South Wales), Sydney, Australia as an Intensive Care Physician.

Dr Saxena also has an appointment as a Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and his main area of research interest is focused on whether normothermia reduces death and disability after acute brain injuries. He is completing a PhD on Normothermia for acute brain injury and is involved in a series of observational studies, surveys and interventional studies with the aims of understanding whether a definitive RCT is feasible, and informing the design of such a study.

Dr Saxena is also the Australian Principle Investigator of the HEAT study and is involved in research including the areas of hypothermia, fluid resuscitation/management and early mobility.

He is an Executive Member of the Australia and New Zealand Clinical trials Group, an examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine and Chair of the scientific program for the St. George and Sutherland Medical Research Symposium.

Luregn Schlapbach

Dr Luregn Schlapbach
Staff Specialist, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Paediatric Critical Care Research Group, Mater Research

Luregn Schlapbach is working as a consultant intensivist at Mater PICU in Brisbane, and is Deputy Director of Children`s Critical Care Services at Gold Coast University Hospital. Originally from Switzerland, where he completed his PICU training, Luregn moved with his family to Australia in 2011 and received FCICM in 2012. He has conducted a number of research projects on invasive infections and is a member of the EUCLIDS consortium, a large European network investigating the genetic basis of severe childhood infections. He is leading several studies on novel modes of respiratory support in severe infections, and on epidemiology and genomics of severe infections in the Paediatric Critical Care Research Group at Mater Research.

Together with Andreas Schibler, Luregn is a Principal Investigator in the RCT on early High-Flow in infants with bronchiolitis.

Ross Shackleton

Lieutenant Ross Shackleton RAN
Staff Officer - Global Health, Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Ross has been a full-time serving member of the Royal Australian Navy since 1998 and critical care nursing from 2008. During his career he has deployed on Australian and United States Ships and Australian Submarines. Ross has served on humanitarian and operational missions with highlights including assuming the role of Lead Nurse All Nations (Philippines), and in Afghanistan as an intensive care nurse within the NATO Role 3 Hospital (Kandahar).

He has been a proud member of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners since 2010. His duty as Staff Officer is to review, plan and action current and future international health capability and support arrangements for deployed Australians.

Frank Shann

Prof Frank Shann AM
Staff Specialist in Intensive Care, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
Professorial Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne

Frank Shann is a Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, and Professorial Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of The Lancet. He trained as an adult physician and paediatrician. Frank worked in Papua New Guinea for seven years, in Kenya, with the International Committee of Red Cross in East Timor, and he helped establish the WHO acute respiratory infections (ARI) programme. He was Director of Intensive Care at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne for 20 years, and developed the PIM model that is widely used to monitor the quality of paediatric intensive care. Frank was awarded the Eric Susman Prize for medical research in 1986, the inaugural Howard Williams Medal for child health in 1989, the European Drager Award for research in 1998, and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He takes a keen interest in the non-specific effects of vaccines in children in high-mortality countries. He has published 230 articles, six books and 17 book chapters.

Yahya Shehabi

Dr Yahya Shehabi
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria
Medical Director, Acute Care Program and Critical Care Research, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales

Dr Shehabi is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University New South Wales in Sydney and an Adjunct Professor Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Professor Shehabi is current Medical Director Acute Care Program and Critical Care Research at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

Professor Shehabi research interest focus on ICU sedation, delirium. He is the Chief Investigator and architect of the Sedation Practice in Intensive Care Evaluation (SPICE) Program, funded by a Project grant from the NHMRC, focusing on changing sedation to improve patients' centered outcomes. Dr Shehabi's other interests focus on the utility of biomarkers in critical illness, in particular in sepsis and acute kidney injury, and on the role of alpha 2 agonists in perioperative medicine in particular after cardiovascular surgery.

Jayne Sheldrake

Ms Jayne Sheldrake
ECLS/Cardiac Clinical Nurse Consultant, Intensive Care Unit, Alfred Hospital Melbourne, Victoria

Jayne completed her nursing studies in 1996 at the University of Hull in the UK, and post graduate study at the University of Nottingham. Jayne is currently the ECLS/Cardiac Clinical Nurse Consultant at The Alfred Hospital. Jayne has over 15 years experience in cardiac, trauma and paediatric ICUs in Australia and overseas, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Jayne is still practicing as a clinical nurse and also facilitates numerous ECMO education and simulation courses in Hong Kong, as well as at The Alfred in Melbourne.

Gregory Snell

Prof Gregory Snell OAM
Service Head, Lung Transplant Service, Alfred Hospital, Victoria

Professor Gregory Snell has internationally recognized expertise in advanced lung diseases and human lung transplantation, and is the past Chairman of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Pulmonary Transplantation Council. He has pioneered the Donation after Cardiac Death program in Australia and has an active interest in the prevention of ischaemia reperfusion injury that frequently leads to early graft dysfunction and Bronchiolitis Obliterans.

Kellie Sosnowski

Ms Kellie Sosnowski
Nurse Unit Manager, Intensive Care Unit, Logan Hospital, Queensland

Kellie began her nursing career as a hospital trained nurse at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1981. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in various hospital settings throughout Australia before moving into critical care in 1992. Kellie has held the Nurse Unit Manager position at Logan Hospital for the past 9 years.

Kellie is an active member of the ACCCN and has enjoyed co-convening the last two ICE conferences in Brisbane.

Kellie is committed to ensuring she maintains and promotes a happy and productive critical care nursing workforce. From a patient perspective Kellie's areas of interest focus on early nutrition evidenced recently by Logan Hospital ICU placing 7th in the International Nutrition Survey 2013, and identifying and managing the deteriorating patient.

Kellie is keen to promote best functional and cognitive outcomes for the ICU patient on their discharge from both ICU and hospital. Kellie is currently undertaking her Master's thesis and is examining early rehabilitation protocols in the ICU.

Dr David Tingay
Neonatal Research
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Victoria

Stephen Tong

Prof Stephen Tong
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Specialist Obstetrician
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Mercy Hospital for Women, Victoria

Professor Tong is a clinician-scientist at Mercy Hospital for Women and The University of Melbourne.

He heads The Translational Obstetrics Group, a team of 10-12 scientists and clinician-scientists. The group’s work is strongly focused on clinical translation: identifying new discoveries in the laboratory that can be moved to the bedside to improve patient care.

His team is developing molecularly targeted therapeutics to treat ectopic pregnancies, developing therapeutics for preeclampsia, and maternal blood tests as biomarkers for pregnancy complications. Two concepts conceived in the laboratory by his team have progressed to international multi-centre studies.

He has published 75 papers, with most publications in leading specialist and interdisciplinary journals. He is currently a chief investigator on five NHMRC Project Grants and also holds a Clinical Career Development Fellowship (level II). He has been awarded two NHMRC Achievement Awards for the top ranked Clinical Career Development Fellowships (2007, 2012).

Rebecca Tracey

Ms Rebecca Tracey
Clinical Nurse Consultant - PICU Outreach
ECLS and PETS Specialist - PICU
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Rebecca has 14 years PICU nursing experience and is currently working as a clinical nurse consultant in the PICU Outreach Program. She has undertaken further studies in paediatrics and paediatric critical care and has also completed a Masters of Public Health. Her specific interests include recognition and response to the deteriorating patient, Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) and Paediatric Emergency Transport (PETS).

Craig Walker

Dr Craig Walker
Director of Intensive Care, Monash Medical Centre, Victoria

Craig Walker graduated from Monash University in 1981, and went on to obtain his FRACP in paediatrics before undertaking further training in Intensive care medicine at the Royal Children's and Alfred Hospitals in Melbourne, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. In the late 1980's he was Fellow in Respiratory Physiology at the University of Toronto working on acute lung injury models and high frequency oscillatory ventilation. In 1992 he established the first paediatric ICU facility at Monash Medical Centre.

Since then he has been practicing as an Adult & Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant and is currently director of Intensive Care Services at Monash Medical Centre. He is an examiner for Royal College of Physicians in both Adult & Paediatric Medicine and a member of the Consultative Council on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality. His interests include all aspects of physiology, the ethics and philosophy of medicine, and palliative care.

Stephen Warrillow

Dr Stephen Warrillow
Deputy Director of Intensive Care, Austin Health
Co-Director of Intensive Care, Epworth Eastern Private Hospital
Medical Donation Specialist
Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne, Victoria

Stephen is strongly engaged with medical education, critical care research, clinical governance and organ donation. In his role as the Victorian Regional Chair of ANZICS, he actively advocates for critical care practice. In 2014, he was awarded fellowship of the Academy of Clinical Teachers at the University of Melbourne and examines for both the RACP and CICM. His main research interests relate to ICU survivor outcomes and critical care hepatology.

Julian White

Assoc Prof Julian White
Head of Toxinology, Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia

Assoc Prof White, a graduate of the University of Adelaide Medical School, has been involved in treating cases of envenoming for nearly 40 years, and since 1990 has been Head of Toxinology at the Women's & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. He is the author of around 200 publications, nearly all in toxinology, including both basic venom research and clinical toxinology. In 1997 he cofounded the Clinical Toxinology Short Course which has run regularly ever since, under his directorship, attracting faculty and registrants from around the world. It remains the only comprehensive course of this type offered anywhere. In 2002 he established the website to provide global information on toxinology medical issues. Assoc Prof White has acted as a consultant to WHO, on an occasional basis, since 1989, and has been an invited speaker on clinical toxinology at many international meetings. He is currently Secretary of the International Society on Toxinology and Chair of the Board of Clinical Toxinology.

Ian Young

Commander Ian Young
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Maritime Operational Health Unit, Royal Australian Navy

Commander Ian Young is an Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Maritime Operational Health Unit of the Royal Australian Navy while working at Frankston Hospital in Victoria. He also serves as the Deputy Clinical Director of Surgery for Peninsula Health and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with Monash University Peninsula Clinical School. His areas of interest are general orthopaedics, trauma management and medical education. He is a qualified EMST Instructor and also serves as faculty on the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) Course.

Commander Young received his Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan with the Canadian Forces. He then gained his qualifications in Family Medicine and served with the Canadian Navy until transferring to the Royal Australian Navy in 1998. He initially worked in military general practice in Victoria and subsequently in diving and hyperbaric medicine in Sydney. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2001 and then completed Orthopaedic Surgery training and received is Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2008. He has deployed on numerous exercises and operations to areas including Afghanistan, Indonesia, the Indian Ocean and Papua New Guinea.

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Sean Bagshaw

A/Prof Sean Bagshaw
Associate Professor, Critical Care Medicine Division, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Dr Bagshaw is an Associate Professor in the Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He acquired training at the University of Calgary (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Masters of Science in Epidemiology) prior to completing a Critical Care Nephrology fellowship in the Department of Intensive Care Medicine, at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Bagshaw is supported by a Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Nephrology and an Independent Investigator Award from the Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions. His research interests are broad and focus not only on the clinical, epidemiological and translational issues related to acute kidney injury and the application of extracorporeal blood purification in critically ill patients, but also health outcomes and services delivery in critical care medicine. Dr Bagshaw's current projects include evaluating frailtiy in critical care and understanding the optimal time to start renal support in critically ill patients. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, numerous book chapters, and peer-reviewed for over 30 medical journals.

Gerard Curley

Assos Prof Gerard F. Curley
Associate Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St Michael's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto
Staff Anesthesiologist, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Gerard Curley completed clinical training in anesthesia and intensive care in Ireland, and a PhD as a Molecular Medicine Ireland Clinician Scientist Fellow under the supervision of John Laffey at NUI, Galway. His doctoral thesis focused on the development of stem cell therapies for repair of the injured lung. He has completed post-doctoral studies with Michael Matthay's group at University of California, San Francisco and in the Departments of Experimental Physiology and Anesthesia at University of Toronto, where he has examined ways to optimize cell therapy for use in patients with ARDS and sepsis. He completed a clinical fellowship in Critical Care in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care, University of Toronto, and is currently Assistant Professor/Staff Anesthesiologist/Intensivist at St Michael's Hospital Department of Anesthesia and University of Toronto. The focus of his current research is on clinical translation of effective cell-based therapies for patients with ARDS and sepsis.

Sean Bagshaw

Assistant Prof Zudin Puthucheary
Consultant and Assistant Professor, National University Health Systems, Singapore

Zudin graduated from Nottingham University in 1997, and moved to London post MRCP in 2000. Following a 3-year stint in Sydney, he started his Respiratory training in Bristol, before completing his critical care training in London. His PhD was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, and his research interests are in clinical and laboratory muscle physiology. He conceived and designed the multi-centre MUSCLE study on acute sarcopaenia. He has won awards from the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the European Society Anesthesia, the British Thoracic Society and the Intensive Care Society. He is a Consultant and Assistant Professor at National University Health Systems, Singapore.


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Resuscitation and stabilisation of the critically ill child; a hands-on update for adult clinicians

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014
Time: 8.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Level 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

A 4 hour workshop conducted by paediatric critical care experts, comprising skill stations and simulation aiming to refresh and refamiliarise non-paediatric clinicians with the initial management of a critically unwell child. The program is primarily focused on senior medical skills, but a small number of places are also available for senior nurses. Numbers will be strictly limited to ensure participants can participate in all elements of the workshop.

Cost: $220 (Medical) / $50 (Registered Nurse)

Dealing with the Difficult Airway

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Level 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

These 2 hour workshops provide an update on advanced skills for difficult airway management in the ICU and are aimed at senior trainees and practising intensivists. A faculty of experts will guide participants through practical learning with a range of devices and techniques. Participant numbers will be limited to ensure high quality learning and engagement with hands-on activities.

Cost: $110

Rehabilitation and mobilisation in critical care: a multidisciplinary workshop

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014
Time: 8.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: Level 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

This 3.5 hour workshop will provide an overview of mobilisation and rehabilitation strategies for conscious and unconscious, ventilated and non-ventilated patients. It will include current evidence, and practical skills training for nursing, medical and allied health staff. There will also be an opportunity to begin drafting or review an early mobilisation/rehabilitation protocol for your own unit. No experience is required but discussion and sharing of ideas is the goal!

Cost: $50

Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Management

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014
Time: 8.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Level 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

This 1hr workshop will provide a highly focused, hands-on opportunity to deal with common IABP management issues under the guidance of experienced educators. It is suitable for critical care nursing and medical staff with an interest in cardiac support. Numbers will be limited to ensure participants can optimally benefit from small group teaching.

Cost: $110 (Medical) / $50 (Registered Nurse)

Sponsored by Teleflex

Advance Care Planning and Care at the End of Life. What are the Fundamentals?

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014
Time: 8.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Level 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Members of the ANZICS End-of-Life Working Group have developed educational and training resources for healthcare professionals regarding patient-centred care at the end of life (EOL). This workshop will provide ICU medical and nursing staff with guidance on end-of-life care, including:

  • an understanding of the relevant ethical and legal framework for good clinical practice
  • practical strategies for assisting patients and families navigate crucial EOL decision-making
  • an effective approach to important advance care planning and end-of-life-care discussions
  • how to deal with conflict around care at end of life

Cost: $50



Friday 10 October 2014, 07.20 - 08.15

Use of NAVA in the Management of Patients with Acute Neuromuscular Conditions


Dr Luregn Schlapbach
Staff Specialist, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Paediatric Critical Care Research Group, Mater Research

NAVA has been established as a powerful tool to optimize synchronization for invasive and non-invasive ventilation. At the same time, continuous measurement of the electric activity of the diaphragm (Edi) opens up new perspectives for the monitoring of diaphragmatic and respiratory function.

Optimal management and prognostication of patients with acute neuromuscular diseases requiring invasive ventilation remains a challenge. We have used NAVA probes to monitor for recovery of diaphragmatic functions in a series of children with acute neuromuscular conditions, including tick paralysis, botulism, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Our experience suggests that NAVA is a useful adjunct to the management of these patients, and recovery of Edi associated with extubation readiness.

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Total Solutions in Citrate Anticoagulation

Fresenius Medical Care

Dr Torsten Slowinski
Senior Physician, Department of Nephrology, University Hospital Charite, Germany

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) is applied in the Intensive Care setting for the management of critically-ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI). Efficient anticoagulation of the extracorporeal blood circuit is essential to accomplish a smooth-running renal replacement procedure. In recent years, anticoagulation with citrate has become a widely accepted therapeutic option for achieving efficient regional anticoagulation in CRRT. Since 2012, the KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Kidney Injury suggests using regional citrate anticoagulation rather than heparin. Dr. Slowinski will share his citrate anticoagulation protocol as well as the clinical and medical aspects for a safe and effective treatment.

Choosing the Best PEEP for Every Breath - A European Perspective

Mayo Healthcare

Prof F Javier Belda
Head of Department, University Hospital, Valencia, Spain

Many ICU patients with Respiratory Failure have complex pathologies. The use of respiratory monitoring plays a key role in the management & evolution of their care. Clinical interventions such as respiratory manoeuvres are often used but are they always necessary & are they safe? It's easy to determine Compliance (Crs) and Resistance (Raw) of the respiratory system by using the simple signals of Pressure, Flow and Volume (VT) that are measured by the ventilator. In this session we will revisit respiratory monitoring and explore the use of lung recruitment manoeuvres safely to promote best PEEP - every breath.

Hospital in the Home


Mr Patrik Hutzel
Critical Care Nurse
Director, Intensive Care at Home Pty. Ltd.

HOSPITAL IN THE HOME requirements for long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy as a genuine alternative to a long-term stay in Intensive Care.

Based on evidence and research gathered from nearly two decades of practice in Germany, long-term ventilated Adults & Children with Tracheostomy have a much better Quality of life with improved outcomes in their own homes when looked after by specialised Intensive Home Care Nursing services.

Those services not only provide an improved Quality of life for long-term ventilated Adults & Children with Tracheostomy and their Families, they also provide Intensive Care Units the opportunity to free up their expensive and precious ICU beds.

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Saturday 11 October 2014, 07.50 - 08.45

Streamlining PICC Placement in the ICU


Hailey Carpen - Nepean Hospital
Fiona Stewart - Westmead Hospital

Critically ill patients within the ICU have complex vascular needs. Advancements in ECG technology has made it possible to place PICCs efficiently and safely In the ICU which can dramatically improve the vascular access options available in the ICU.

  • The place for PICCs in ICU
  • Saving money, improving efficiency and optimal patient outcomes with a Nurse Led PICC Team
  • ECG Tip Confirmation - The GOLD standard for PICC Placement

PN in Critically ill Patients: Where and How does it Fit in?

Baxter Healthcare

Dr Paul E Wischmeyer
Professor of Anesthesiology, Director of Nutrition Support Service, University of Colorado, USA

Non-invasive cardiac output and blood pressure wave monitoring - a game changer?

Edwards Lifesciences

Prof Rinaldo Bellomo
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Austin Hospital, Melbourne

A key component of hemodynamic monitoring is to obtain an estimate of cardiac output and a high fidelity assessment of arterial blood pressure. Both have so far required the insertion of an arterial line. Such insertion is time consuming and potentially uncomfortable and unnecessary if the information can obtained by other means. Blood pressure monitoring without waveform display can provide a reasonable assessment of blood pressure status but may be quite inaccurate in hypotensive patients. In such patients a more accurate method would be desirable. No method is currently being applied to patient care which can provide an estimate of cardiac output non-invasively. A new device which represents the evolution of the pulse contour technology has now been FDA approved for such monitoring: the ClearSight. The ClearSight offers an estimate of cardiac output, accurate blood pressure and blood pressure wave monitoring and derived calculations of stroke volume and an estimate of systemic vascular resistance. Such technology has the potential to be a game changer in many clinical situations.

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Airway Management, Tracheal Intubation & Suctioning: The Good, the Bad & the Stubborn

Kimberly Clark

Prof John Fraser, Dr Matt Mayden, Dr Andreas Schibler & Assoc Prof David Tuxen

While patients receiving mechanical ventilation through a closed suction system and endotracheal tube require adequate treatment to reduce the risk of pneumonia and prevent mechanical injury, there have been very few lively discussions on what the good, the bad and the ugly look like and methods to ensure optimal patient outcome. This interactive and lively session will include sharing of ideas on the latest clinical evidence in airway management, tracheal intubation and suctioning, the current fashion, what we should really be doing, offer personal biases and a whole pile of unanswered questions for the audience to actively participate, discuss and learn.

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Social Program

Welcome Reception

Delegates and exhibitors are invited to the Welcome Reception to be held in the Exhibition Hall of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is an opportunity for us to welcome you to the Conference and for you to meet and mingle with other participants or rekindle past friendships. An evening of fine food and wine not to be missed!

Thursday 9 October 2014
Exhibition Bays 11, 12 & 13, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Cost: Included in registration fee
Additional tickets: $85 per person
Dress: Smart Casual

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket.

Paediatric Dinner

Directly after the Welcome Reception, paediatric delegates can enjoy an evening of fine food and wine at one of Melbourne’s unique venues. It will be a night to remember!

Thursday 9 October 2014
Showtime, 61 South Wharf Promenade
7.30pm - 11.00pm
Cost: Included in paediatric and full meeting registration fee
Additional tickets: $130 per person
Dress: Smart Casual

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket.

Wine Tasting

Friday 10 October 2014
Exhibition Hall - adjacent to booth 53
12.00pm - 4.00pm

Brown Brothers will be conducting wine tasting at the ASM. Visit them in the exhibition hall to sample a selection of fine wines.

Brown Brothers

Friday Party Night

After the day's scientific program has finished join with friends and colleagues in enjoying a fabulous night at the infamous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Take a tour of the ground, visit the Melbourne Sports Museum and enjoy a night of fine food, wine and entertainment, whilst overlooking one of Melbourne's sporting icons.

Friday 10 October 2014
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
7.00pm - 12.00am
Cost: Included in full and adult meeting registration fee
Additional tickets: $130 per person
Dress: Smart Casual (Brighten up the Night in your Favourite Sporting Team's Colours)

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket.

Please note: A tour of the MCG and access to the Sports Museum is included - please indicate your interest in participating upon registration.

Conference Dinner

The social highlight and perfect end to the ASM - enjoy Melbourne's finest food and wine, and take in the city views from the Melbourne Room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. A night not to be missed!

Saturday 11 October 2014
Melbourne Room, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
7.00pm - 12.00am
Cost: Included in full and adult meeting registration fee
Additional tickets: $165 per person
Dress: Black Tie or Lounge Suit

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket.

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Optional Activities

Penguin Parade

So completely Australian - unique in the world. Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves - across the beach - to the sand dunes - the Little Penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthral you as you observe from the beach and the exclusive, elevated boardwalk of Penguins Plus premium viewing area. Koalas - totally Australian - peering down from the gum trees where they live. Fat and furry, wet noses and a gentle smile of contented living on Phillip Island.


  • Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island
  • San Remo - maritime fishing village
  • Visit Churchill Island for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Look for bird life at the island wetlands (seasonal)
  • Opportunity to meet wallabies/kangaroos
  • Phillip Island Nature Park - a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
  • Koala Conservation Centre - look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalk
  • The Nobbies - a rocky outcrop
  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from the exclusive Penguins
  • Plus premium viewing area for the best views of the Penguins (souvenir gift and drink included for tour 384 only)
  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
  • Inspect the Visitor's Information Centre - an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin as you walk through the "Penguin Experience"
  • A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on season)

Tour Number:
Tour Number:

9.00pm approx
384 Penguins Plus
$153 Adult / $76.50 Child
324 VIP Tour & Penguins Plus
$173 Adult/Child

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Great Ocean Road Adventure

Dramatic - powerful - dangerous and majestic. How can words describe some of the world's most impressive coastline? Your day with Gray Line extends from golden sandy beaches to the stark brutality of wave-torn cliffs backed by mountain ranges reaching skywards from the sea. This is primeval country where man pales into insignificance... The power and the majesty of nature reigns supreme in this awe-inspiring ocean landscape.


  • Views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from West Gate Bridge
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Great Ocean Road's Surf Coast
  • Enjoy an Aussie style Bush Billy tea with lamingtons, vegemite and crackers - old fashioned hospitality in delightful surrounds... what a treat!
  • Surf beach resort of Lorne
  • Precipitous coastal cliffs, long sandy beaches and rolling surf
  • River inlets and fern gullies
  • Stop at picturesque Apollo Bay - a popular holiday destination
  • Enjoy a delicious premium two course lunch at Apollo Bay Hotel (included on Tour 396L). For those who have not pre-booked lunch, there are numerous eateries located along the main street
  • Otway National Park - fern gullies and eucalypts make up this beautiful Australian rainforest
  • Port Campbell National Park's rugged coastline, "The Shipwreck Coast" with many stops including
  • Gibson's Steps - gain a unique perspective of the stunning Twelve Apostles from the water's edge
  • Huge stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles from the boardwalk lookout
  • Perhaps take a breathtaking helicopter flight over the shipwreck coast (own expense)
  • Island Arch and Razorback - grand architecture carved by surf
  • Loch Ard Gorge - site of the tragic shipwreck of the "Loch Ard"
  • Port Campbell - holiday resort and fishing village
  • This powerful coastline provides scope for stunning photography
  • See the spectacular evening lights of Melbourne from West Gate Bridge

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7.30pm approx
396L - Premium Lunch
$195 Adult / $97.50 Child
$165 Adult / $82.50 Child
(lunch at own expense)

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Melbourne City Tour

Heart of Australia's classic south. Melbourne has compelling appeal in its gardens, its history, its character and its charm. Arcades, laneways, Chinatown, gardens and lifestyle form the richness of this most dynamic and vibrant city.


  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Lygon Street - café culture & 'Little Italy'
  • Prestigious Melbourne University
  • Royal Exhibition Buildings & Museum
  • Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral (photo stop)
  • Visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense) & Fitzroy Gardens
  • East Melbourne - ornate Victorian terraced homes
  • Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways - Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place & Degraves Street
  • Perhaps enjoy a coffee from a local barista (own expense)
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Federation Square
  • Collins Street - Paris End
  • Visit Queen Victoria Market - look for a bargain, wander around the fresh produce and take in the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere
  • Travel through Chinatown and take in the character of this colourful area

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Daily, except Mondays and Wednesdays
$60 Adult / $30 Child

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Puffing Billy

Ride on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges with Bellbirds and Kookaburras echoing the steam train's whistle. Take in the beauty of Sherbrooke Forest and visit the quaint mountain village of Sassafras.


  • Melbourne's eastern suburbs
  • Dandenong Ranges National Park - home of the lyrebird, superb traditional gardens and towering mountain ash forests
  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
  • Meet the locals at Grants Picnic Ground... colourful Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots! (opportunity to hand feed at own expense)
  • Enjoy an Aussie style Bush Billy tea with lamingtons, vegemite and crackers - old fashioned hospitality in delightful surrounds... what a treat!
  • Ride through the forest from Belgrave on Puffing Billy steam train - an original steam locomotive
  • Pass through quaint villages noted for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Visit the village of Sassafras known for its local craft and antiques
  • Views of Melbourne's skyline, Silvan Dam and the rolling hills

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Daily, except Wednesdays and Fridays
$90 Adult / $45 Child

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Sovereign Hill

Gold - 1850 - The world focussed on Ballarat as the cry 'Gold' echoed around the globe. People from all nations poured into Ballarat to seek a fortune, many found the real Australia and decided to make this great land their home. Today, you too can capture the excitement of these bawdy times as you visit the scene of revolt, rebellion and the emergence of democracy at Eureka and Sovereign Hill - Ballarat.


  • Travel the Western Highway - stagecoach route of the 1850's
  • Bacchus Marsh - a landscape of orchards - once a resting place for the Cobb & Co stagecoach
  • Ballarat - enjoy a complete town tour of this gracious city with its exquisite gardens and noble statues
  • Eureka Stockade - site of the 1854 Miner's Rebellion
  • Visit Sovereign Hill - an authentic recreation of an 1850's gold mining town. See & experience...
  • Gold panning in Red Gully Creek
  • Join the "Journey through the Labyrinth of Gold" guided tour on an inclined tramway deep underground
  • Witness original working conditions and demonstrations of early mining equipment
  • Explore the many original shops...
  • Blacksmiths and traditional craftsmen
  • Visit the Gold Museum
  • Perhaps try some homemade boiled lollies! Maybe a Devonshire Tea at the New York Bakery?
  • The Chinese Village - highlighting Chinese involvement in the goldfields
  • Why not ride a stagecoach!
  • Take in the atmosphere of Main St.
  • Watch the Giant Crushing Battery
  • Treat yourself to lunch at the United States Hotel (at own expense)

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Daily, except Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
$144 Adult / $72 Child
Entrance fees to Sovereign Hill & Gold Museum and Red Hill Mine tour

Further information:

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