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Five workshops will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Workshop 1: Echo (TTE) Simulation Workshop – Anatomy and Pathology

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This workshop will demonstrate the normal anatomy of the heart on the high fidelity VIMIDEX simulator. Participants will practice normal views in the first session, and are expected to diagnose a cardiac pathology cases in the second session. There will be 4-5 simulators for total 20-25 participants.


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Dr. Rajeev Hegde
Senior Staff Specialist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland

Dr. Rajeev Hegde has been a Senior Staff Specialist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital since 2005. He has had significant training and experience in echocardiography since 20003 with a focus being TTE in critically ill. He received his qualification, a Postgraduate Diploma in Perioperative and Critical Care Echocardiography, from the University of Melbourne in December, 2005.  He has performed and reported over 700 ICU TTEs in critically ill patients and has been involved in teaching echo in ICU at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Jonathan Field
Senior Intensivist, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland

Jon is a senior intensivist at the GCUH. He has been practicing echo as part of his practice for many years. Particular areas of interest include predicting fluid responsiveness.

Dr. George Pang
Senior Staff Specialist Anaesthetist and Intensivist
Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Queensland
Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Department of Critical Care Medicine
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland

Dr George Pang is a senior intensivist and anaesthetist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He has been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Echocardiography, and performs perioperative transoesphageal and critical care echocardiography. He instructs echocardiography in the Focused Ultrasound Simulation Education (FUSE) course run at the Centre for Excellence in Anaesthesia, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and  in the Mater Critical Care Echocardiography run at the Mater Education Practice Improvement Centre and Simulation Centre.
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Dr. Nathan Peters
Staff Specialist Anaesthetist
Senior lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Queensland
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Training Co-ordinator
Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Nathan undertook a provisional fellowship in vascular anaesthesia at the RBWH in 2015 where his interest in perioperative echocardiography first developed. He is now a fellow of ANZCA and has also been awarded a postgraduate diploma in clinical ultrasound from the University of Melbourne. Most recently he has been instrumental in introducing a simulation based Focused Cardiac Ultrasound training program into the RBWH. His ongoing interests focus on improving education in perioperative echocardiography and undertaking research on this topic.
Dr. Sean Newell
Senior Staff Specialist Intensivist and Anaesthetist
Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland

Sean Newell is a Senior Staff Specialist Intensivist and Anaesthetist at the Gold Coast University Hospital, having practiced in trans-thoracic and trans-oesophageal echocardiography for many years. Sean has Masters level qualifications in echocardiography, and is the critical care echocardiography lead for a busy tertiary intensive care.
Workshop 2: Allied Health – A Patient’s Journey through Septic Shock, the Contribution of the Allied Health Team

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This interactive workshop will be a case study of a patient with septic shock and prolonged ICU admission. Physiotherapists, a pharmacist, nutritionist, speech pathologist and social worker will talk participants through the various problems at each stage, the evidence available and how they would manage this.


Sonia Baker
Specialist Speech Pathologist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland

Sonia Baker has worked at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) since 1995, and is recognized as a Specialist Speech Pathologist in intensive care, tracheostomy management, and acute adult dysphagia, and is the speech pathologist on the RBWH Tracheostomy Management Team. She has been the Lead Speech Pathologist in the RBWH Intensive Care Unit for many years and has managed complex patients as part of the ICU Team, and has been able to progress the profile of Speech Pathology within the ICU. In 2013, she led a National Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) working party to revise the National Speech Pathology Tracheostomy Clinical Guidelines. She is the co-developer and Faculty Lead of the National Tracheostomy and Speech Pathology (TASP) Simulation Course held at the RBWH Clinical Skills Development Service. Sonia is the co-author of the Speech Pathology Management of the Adult Tracheostomised Patient: Clinical Guidelines for Queensland Health Speech Pathologists and developed the National Tracheostomy Workshop for Speech Pathologists held annually at the RBWH. She developed and leads the Competency Program for Speech Pathology Management of Tracheostomy Patients at the RBWH. Sonia provides high level consultation to speech pathologists across Queensland and Australia and has presented at numerous conferences and tracheostomy specialty days/workshops throughout Queensland and interstate.
Dr. Os Cotta
Deputy Chair, Executive Committee, Critical Care Community of Specialty Practice (COSP)
Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA)

Having completed his PhD in March 2016 in antimicrobial stewardship, Dr Cotta has recently commenced a post doctorate funded through a competitive fellowship granted to him by the University of Queensland (2017-19). His work will seek to optimise dosing of commonly used ?-lactam antibiotics in critically ill patients to maximise therapeutic efficacy and improve patient outcomes. As part of this fellowship, Dr Cotta will seek to gain necessary skills and expertise in developing study protocols for clinical PK investigations as well as conducting population PK/PD modelling and analysis. Dr Cotta is currently Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee of the Critical Care Community of Specialty Practice (COSP) for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and currently supervises 3 PhD students and 3 MPhil students.

Martha Druery

Martha Druery is currently enrolled in a Research Higher Degree at UQ, having previously worked as a Social Work Specialist in Intensive Care and Burns across adult and paediatric settings since 1997. She remains actively involved in the burns field with first author publications, private practice adjustment to injury counselling services and volunteer work nationally with the Julian Burton Burns Trust and locally with Burnslife, in Queensland. Her PhD is investigating the quantitative relationship between burns outcomes and domains such as injury, treatment, personal and social factors.

Claire Dux
Accrediting Practising Dietitian
Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland

Claire Dux is an Accrediting Practising Dietitian working in Intensive Care at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Claire graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) Honours.  Claire has worked in the primary care setting, rural and metropolitan hospitals and has found her passion in critical care and surgical dietetics. Currently completing translational research in feeding protocols in the acute setting, Claire is interested in further service development and research to improve clinical outcomes in critically ill patients.

Dr. Jennifer Paratz
Associate Professor Griffith University, Queensland

A/Professor Jennifer Paratz is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in clinical work, research and teaching. Currently she has a joint position with Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Griffith University. She is a specialist with the Australian College of Physiotherapists and has an MPhil and PhD. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences nationally and internationally and has published extensively. Research interests include haemodynamics in intensive care, early rehabilitation in intensive care, myocardial function, fluid resuscitation and sepsis in severe burns.
Dr. Peter Thomas
Specialist Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Dr. Peter Thomas is a Specialist Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist and leads the Physiotherapy Intensive Care and Surgical team as a Consultant Physiotherapist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Peter is an experienced, senior clinician and is committed to providing multi-professional education at state and national levels. He has authored a number of eLearning programs which are highly accessed throughout Australia and has embraced the use of simulation for cardiorespiratoy and intensive care physiotherapy education. His research interests include the management of surgical, trauma and intensive care patients and healthcare education. Peter is a reviewer for a number of journals, grant panels and ethics committees. In 2010, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Workshop 3: Simulation – Medical Emergency Team Training using Simulation


  • Using simulation for MET training – why and how?
  • Simulation technology, styles, logistics, barriers
  • Scenario writing
  • Debriefing styles
  • Expert panel discussion (Q&A)


Victoria Brazil
Emergency Physician, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland
Director, Simulation Service, Gold Coast University Hospital and Bond University

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator from the Gold Coast, Australia.She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care – through healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences.Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co-producer of Simulcast (
Dr. Tim Byrne
Intensivist, Alfred Health, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria
Adjunct Lecturer – School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University

Tim Byrne is an intensivist at the Alfred. He obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University. He trained in anaesthesia at Royal Melbourne Hospital before completing his fellowship of intensive care medicine. Along with critical care, Tim has a strong interest in education and simulation. He has completed a postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education. He is a committee member of the Victorian Primary Exam Course for CICM, the Intensive Care Medicine Network Victoria branch an teaches on numerous courses. Tim’s clinical interests include airway management, crisis resource management and long term ICU outcomes.

Dr. Christian Karcher
Intensive Care Specialist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
Medical Donation Specialist, Donate Life Victoria
Clinical Sub-Dean, Simulation, The University of Melbourne

Christian Karcher trained in Anaesthesia in Germany and Intensive Care Medicine in Australia. He works as an Intensive Care Specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he is the medical lead of the ICU education programme. He also has an interest in resuscitation after cardiac surgery and is on the steering committee for Cardiothoracic Advanced Life Support for Australia and New Zealand (CALS-ANZ). In his role as Clinical Sub-Dean for Simulation at the University of Melbourne, Christian  is actively involved in curriculum development and teaching of medical students.Christian has been involved in healthcare simulation for over 15years with a particular interest in teamwork and patient safety.Over the years, he developed and delivered many successful interprofessional courses for Intensive Care and Medical Emergency Teams.
Jen Keast
Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School, University of Melbourne, Victoria

Jen Keast has 20 years’ experience using simulation pedagogy in medical education. She is currently employed at the University of Melbourne teaching MD students at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School. She is a CHSE and has a Master’s Degree in Health Professional Education. Her current doctoral thesis is on the use of simulation to teach diagnostic reasoning skills in the MD curriculum.
Andi Thompson
Simulation Nurse Educator, Princess Alexandra Hospital
Simulation Program Coordinator, University of Queensland School of Medicine, Queensland

Andi Thompson is a Simulation Nurse Educator at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Simulation Program Coordinator of the Critical Care rotation for the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine. She has established simulation programs in the hospital and university sector, and is involved in the development and delivery of courses for health professionals of all disciplines and levels. Her interests include the use of simulation to enhance RRCD at the ward level, non-technical skills training, and the use of simulation to test systems. She is currently involved in researching the use of Peer Assisted Learning in the simulation context.
Dr. Sarah Yong
Intensivist, The Alfred Hospital, Victoria
CICM New Fellows’ Representative

Sarah Yong is an Intensivist at The Alfred Hospital. After graduating from The University of Melbourne, she completed physician training before obtaining her fellowship of intensive care medicine thereafter. Along with critical care, she has a strong interest in education, simulation and the FOAMed (free open-access medical education) revolution. She is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Education in non-technical skills in intensive care. Being a strong advocate for trainees and New Fellows, Sarah co-convenes the Victorian Primary Exam Course for CICM, chairs the Trainee Committee and is New Fellows’ Representative for CICM. She is a founding convenor of the Women in Intensive Care Medicine Network. Sarah’s clinical interests include cardiothoracic intensive care and crisis resource management.
Workshop 4: Organ Donation Conversation – Cutting Edge in Organ Donation and Transplantation

This workshop will present on recent advances in organ donation and transplantation. These include pushing the boundaries of marginal and extended criteria donors; end-of-life considerations, triggers and referral for donation; consent models; best practice in the family donation conversation and the latest innovations in transplantation including donation after circulatory death and machine perfusion.  The workshop will be relevant to intensive care doctors at all levels, nurses and allied health practitioners.


Leo Nunnink
Dr. Leo Nunnink
Intensivist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland
Queensland Medical Director, Organ and Tissue Donation Service

Leo Nunnink is an intensivist at Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Queensland Medical Director for the Organ and Tissue Donation Service.   He has helped to steward the introduction of a best practice model for organ donation requesting in Queensland.  His other interests include education using simulation and other modalities.
Steve Philpot
Dr. Steve Philpot
Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine, The Alfred Hospital, Victoria

Steve Philpot is an Intensivist with a keen interest in improving the way we deliver end of life care in critical care environments and communication skills training for junior medical staff.  From 2012 until 2015, he was the medical lead for organ and tissue donation at the Alfred, one of Australia’s busiest donation hospitals, where he was involved in the successful introduction of a collaborative requesting model. He has conducted research into the impact of information delivery during donation conversations.  He is the convenor of the communications training for the College of Intensive Care Medicine and has been a LEAD trainer for the Family Donation Conversation Workshops since its roll out in Australia.
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Bernie Dwyer
National Training Coordinator, Organ and Tissue Authority

Bernie Dwyer has been working in the donation sector for over 10 years. She has been an Organ Donor Coordinator and Clinical Manager with DonateLife Victoria and is now the National Training Coordinator for the Organ and Tissue Authority. Her background is a 15 year history as an Intensive Care Nurse.  Bernie has been extensively involved in education in this sector and has a particular interest in examining and improving the way families are communicated with in grief. She has worked closely with hospitals, especially intensive care and emergency department staff to improve these discussions. Her current role involves assisting with the roll out of the new family donation conversation workshops throughout Australia and working closely with the 19 other Australian trainers who are co facilitators of these workshops.
Workshop 5: Which Paediatric Resus Programme for your Hospital? Recognising and Managing the Deteriorating Paediatric Patient

The developing language of resuscitation, recognition of deterioration and management for paediatric patients.

Aims of the Workshop

  • To outline the development of Paediatric Resuscitation education in Australia;
  • To explore the developing framework of resuscitation and recognition of deterioration courses and identify the essential components for developing effective clinical care;
  • To specifically identify a selection of current courses, their underpinning ideologies and teaching approaches; and
  • To demonstrate practical elements of these courses.


A/Prof. Bruce Lister
Dr. Ben Lawton
Dr. Andrea Christoff

Workshop Outline

Workshop 6: Intensive Care Foundation Workshop – Achieving optimal vascular access care: thinking outside the central line-CLABSI box

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8.30am – 12.00pm (complimentary coffee and muffins provided from 8.00am)

When treating a critically ill patient, an important goal is to secure and maintain vascular access. For many years, central lines have been the cornerstone of vascular access therapy in intensive care. We have also made significant headway in eliminating central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI). In relation to contemporary research and emerging technologies, however, central lines and CLABSI present a limited perspective. This workshop will challenge participants to critically examine how they make clinical decisions regarding vascular access care across the lifespan.

The workshop will be presented by AVATAR in collaboration with the Intensive Care Foundation and sponsorship will support the Foundation’s research grant program.


Professor Claire Rickard
National Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing

A Board member of the Intensive Care Foundation, Prof Rickard’s background is medical-surgical and critical care nursing. She established the AVATAR group in 2007, and has 20 years’ experience in vascular access research, leading to awards such as the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Australian Nursing Innovation of the Year and elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Prof Rickard’s work takes a life-cycle approach to improving vascular access – innovations are focused on device selection, the insertion procedure, post-insertion care, and timely, safe removal. Prof Rickard leads the Dressing & Securement pillar of AVATAR and coordinates the group from Griffith University. The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has funded her work on duration of infusion tubing use, dressings, device securement, and safe criteria for removing catheters.

Dr. Evan Alexandrou
Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Central Venous Access and Parenteral Nutrition, Liverpool Hospital

Evan is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University as well as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Central Venous Access and Parenteral Nutrition at Liverpool Hospital. Evan is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the AVATAR group and NSW coordinator. Notably, he is the chief investigator of the One Million Global Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Study the world’s largest study ever undertaken in vascular access with over 42,000 patient devices reviewed in some 50 countries.

Tricia Kleidon
Nurse Practitioner, Paediatric Vascular Access
Research fellow, Griffith University, Queensland
Paediatric Chapter Lead, AVATAR

Tricia is a nurse practitioner (NP) in paediatric vascular access, research fellow with Griffith University and the paediatric chapter lead for AVATAR. Tricia’s main clinical goal is to ensure the right device is inserted the first time, by the right practitioner via the right vessel and is sufficient to complete treatment.

Dr. Amanda Ullman
Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse, Nurse Researcher and Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland

Amanda is a Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse, Nurse Researcher and Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery based in Griffith University. She is also an Assistant Editor for the Cochrane Collaboration, and co-chair of the Australian Vascular Access Society Paediatric Special Interest Group. Her research focuses on the prevention of complications and the promotion of best practice in the paediatric vascular access domain.

Kaye Rolls
Sessional Academic, Sydney Nursing School, New South Wales
Knowledge Broker, AVATAR

Kaye is an adult intensive care nurse with more than 30 years’ experience as a clinician, educator and knowledge broker. At present she is a sessional academic with Sydney Nursing School and knowledge broker for AVATAR. Her research interests include essential patient care, guideline development, knowledge translation and social media.

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Thursday 12 October 2017
Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
12.15pm – 1.00pm
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee. Attendance must be nominated upon registration – places are limited.

Evidence is mounting that the intracavity electrocardiography (ECG) method may be a valid and cost-effective alternative to the standard radiological control of the location of the tip of any central venous access device (CVAD).

This session will explore, challenge and champion old, new & evolving technology to determine Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Tip Position. In this interactive session we will utilise your critical thinking skills to explore the consequences and risks of poorly positioned CVCs which will further inspire confidence when utilising technologies to determine tip position.


Dr Tim Jackson

Consultant Anaesthetist & Intensivist, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Tim Jackson is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at a busy acute NHS foundation trust. His clinical areas of interest beyond critical care medicine are anaesthesia for major vascular surgery, clinical lead for organ donation, clinical lead for vascular access and clinical lead for sepsis. He is also a board member of the national infusion and vascular access society (NIVAS) and the medical lead for the UK Vessel Health Preservation (VHP) working group of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS). He is passionate about improving patient experience through improved vascular access service provision.

Personalizing Ventilation Breath-by-Breath

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–       First lecture: “Adapting VT and driving pressure according to latest recommendations”
–       Second lecture: “The new trigger tool for pressure-support ventilation”

Friday 13 October 2017
Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
12.45 – 13.30
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee. Attendance must be nominated upon registration – places are limited.

While lung-protective ventilation has been shown to result in a lower mortality rate for all ventilated patients (ARDS, normal lung, during surgery), the correct tidal volume to be applied is still uncertain. Recent findings indicate that airway driving pressure (ΔPAW) may be more closely associated with survival and thus a key variable to optimize when applying a lung-protective strategy to reduce ventilator-induced lung injuries (VILI). In this session, we will look at the latest evidence on levels of driving pressure and patient outcomes, and the use of a fully closed loop ventilation mode to maintain safe driving pressures and tidal volumes for all patient conditions. We will also take a closer look at time synchronization and how to avoid asynchronies between patient and ventilator that may affect patient mortality. An analysis of waveforms allows detection of asynchronies and assists the clinician in optimizing trigger settings, however this is time-consuming and patient conditions can change frequently. A new tool developed for pressure-support ventilation continuously analyzes flow waveforms, detecting the beginning and end of inspiration and allowing real-time, in-breath adaptation to lung mechanics and patient efforts. We will explore this concept of continuous, real-time waveform analysis to guide trigger settings, and discuss its effect on patient-ventilator interaction.

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Dr. Aude Garnero
Consultant Intensivist and Anesthesiologist, Hospital Sainte Musse, Toulon, France

Aude Garnero has been a consultant in the 16-bed ICU at the Hospital Sainte Musse in Toulon since March 2015. Immediately prior to that, Aude spent 14 months in Melbourne as a visiting researcher at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. Her current research interests include mechanical ventilation, ARDS, and infectious diseases, and she has co-authored several research papers on the use of closed-loop ventilation. Regular teaching activities include instruction of residents and nursing staff within the hospital, as well as workshops for international participants.

Prof. John Fraser
Dr. Hayden White
Dr. Ashoke Banerjee



Targeted Temperature Management for the Critical Ill Patient

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Thursday 12 October 2017
Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
7.30am – 8.30am
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee. Attendance must be nominated upon registration – places are limited.

TTM and SCA; Adherence to Guidelines
Presented by Dr Dion Stub – Interventional Cardiologist, Melbourne
Dion has particular interest in treating the cardiac emergencies of myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest, and was awarded his PhD in 2013 developing Australia’s first treatment pathway for patients with refractory cardiac arrest, through combined research at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and The Alfred Hospital. Dion has published extensively and delivered multiple presentations in both cardiac emergencies and structural heart intervention, and has been internationally recognized for his research. He currently holds the prestigious combined National Health and Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship to support his clinical research. Dion will share insights into the current practice and recommendations for Targeted Temperature Management for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest patient, and discuss factors related to adherence to guidelines.

TTM for Inflammation and Sepsis
Presented by Paul Young – Intensivist at Wellington Hospital
Dr Paul Young is an Intensive Care Specialist at Wellington Hospital actively involved in clinical research designed to improve the outcomes of critically ill patients around the world. Over the past three years, while working full time as an intensive care specialist, Dr Paul Young has completed a PhD in clinical research. He has more than $25 million of current research funding, and is involved in research collaborations with colleagues from around the world. He was recently awarded he Health Research Council of NZ’s Lily Medal, recognising an outstanding contribution to health research. Paul has a research interest in Targeted Temperature Management for the management of Inflammation and Sepsis in the Critically Ill Patient. In this session, he will share information and current research in this area.

The Barriers to Implementing New Therapies into ICU and NAVA (Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist)

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Friday 13 October 2017
Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
7.30am – 8.30am
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee. Attendance must be nominated upon registration – places are limited.

Mr Andy Macey
Clinical Nurse Educator, Frankston ICU

Andy is a Victoria based Clinical Nurse Educator and Critical Care Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience across the clinical and corporate sectors. He holds post graduate qualifications in ICU nursing and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Educational Research.

Having worked extensively in the role out of new technologies in ICU’s, Andy has a great interest and level of insight into the challenges of introducing new ventilator interventions such as NAVA and Edi monitoring. Currently studying M.Ed (educational research), Andy combines his educational experience, research interests and knowledge of NAVA ventilation to explore the challenges, and potential solutions to successful implementation of this exciting technology in the Australian ICU.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Leanne Aitken
Professor of Nursing
City, University of London, United Kingdom
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland

Professor Leanne Aitken is Professor of Nursing at City University London. In this role she is responsible for leading research and scholarship in acute and critical care nursing as well as implementing her own programme of research that focuses on recovery after critical illness and injury and a range of clinical practice issues within critical care. Other responsibilities include teaching and supervision of research students.

Professor Aitken holds visiting appointments with Griffith University and Princess Alexandra Hospital, as well as the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee in the UK. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Australian College of Nursing as well as a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. She is also a Fulbright Alumnus after receiving a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to undertake research examining recovery after trauma at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Professor Aitken has published more than 100 original publications in peer reviewed journals and edits ACCCN’s Critical Care Nursing textbook.

Dr. Gareth Davies
Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Prehospital Care, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK
Medical Director, London’s Air Ambulance
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Centre for Neurosciences & Trauma

Gareth has over 20 years’ experience in delivering critical care in the prehospital environment. He has a specialist interest in the prehospital phase of injury, traumatic and medical cardiac arrest, mechanism of injury, and major incident management. He has published in over 50 peer reviewed journals. The service has a reputation for strong clinical governance and has introduced many innovative techniques and processes such as prehospital thoracotomy and REBOA. Gareth has a specific interest in impact brain apnoea and its role in major trauma survival. He has been the lead consultant at many of London’s major incidents, including the Paddington Rail Disaster and the 7th of July 2005 Bombings.

Professor John P.A. Ioannidis
Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics
Stanford University, California, USA

John Ioannidis holds the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention and is Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics; co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford; and Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford University.  He has delivered over 400 invited and honorary lectures and is the recipient of many awards (e.g. European Award for Excellence in Clinical Science [2007], Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College, Columbia University [2015], Chanchlani Award for Global Health). He has been inducted in the Association of American Physicians (2009), European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010), American Epidemiological Society (2015), and European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2015) and has received honorary titles from the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (2014) and University of Ioannina (2015) and honorary doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam (2015). The PLoS Medicine paper on “Why most published research findings are false” has been the most-accessed article in the history of Public Library of Science (~2 million hits). His is among the 50 most-cited scientists across all 20+ million authors publishing across science according to current citation rate (>2,000 new citations per month per Google Scholar, >1000 new citations per month per Scopus or Web of Knowledge).

Dr. Sarah Tabbutt
Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine
Benioff Children’s Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Dr. Tabbutt trained in Pediatric Cardiology and Critical Care at Children’s Hospital Boston, followed by 10 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she was director of the CICU for 6 years.  She has currently been at the University of California San Francisco for 8 years where she attends in the CICU, manages the Interstage Monitoring Program and heads up the Heart Center Data Team.   Her clinical areas of interest are critical heart disease, neonatal and preterm infants requiring newborn surgery (particularly HLHS), resuscitation and mechanical support.  Her research interests include randomized clinical trials (with a primary role in the NIH sponsored Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial) and national databases (specifically the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium); with goals to improve quality of care and best practices.  Dr. Tabbutt is also a member of the American Board of Pediatrics Critical Care Sub-board, the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society.

Dr. Lyvonne Tume
Associate Professor in Child Health
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Lyvonne has worked in the specialty of critical care (both adult and paediatric) since 1991 both in Australia and in the UK, attaining her doctorate in 2010. Currently, she is works in a clinical-academic, as an Associate Professor in Child Health (Critical Care Nursing) at the University of the West of England and Bristol Children’s Hospital (PICU). She continues to practice clinically a day a week on the PICU.

Her primary research theme is centres on evaluating care quality and preventing adverse events. Specific research interests involve endotracheal suctioning in high risk groups, nutrition and enteral feeding, reducing adverse events in post-operative cardiac children and pediatric early warning scores. Currently she is the nursing president elect of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC). She is also on the editorial board for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Journal.

Lyvonne is involved in 3 NIHR-funded national studies, PUMA (Pediatric Early Warning Utilisation and Mortality Avoidance), FEVER (A feasibility study of permissive temperature threshold for antipyretic intervention in critically ill children) and SANDWICH (A cluster stepped wedge trial of Sedation AND Ventilation Weaning in Children).

Kathleen Vollman
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Consultant

Ms. Vollman is a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant. She has published & lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of pulmonary, critical care, prevention of health care acquired injuries, work culture and sepsis recognition & management. From 1989 to 2003 she functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical ICU’s at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focused on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. Ms Vollman is a subject matter expert for prevention of CAUTI, CLABSI and HAPI as well as sepsis recognition/management and the culture of safety for HRET and the Michigan Hospital Association. In 2004, Kathleen was inducted into the College of Critical Care Medicine, in 2009 she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses. In 2012, Ms Vollman was appointed to serve as an honorary ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses.

Invited Speakers

Associate Professor Franz Babl
Director Emergency Research, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria
Vice-Chair PREDICT Emergency Research Network

Associate Professor Franz Babl is a paediatric emergency physician and director of research at the emergency department of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, head of emergency research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and an associate professor at the University of Melbourne.

He is the founding chair and current vice-chair of PREDICT, the paediatric emergency research network in Australia and New Zealand, and an executive committee member of PERN, the global collaboration of emergency research networks.

His research focus is on multi-centre randomised controlled trials and large observational studies in acute neurological conditions. He is a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, has sourced $10 million in grant funding over the last 5 years and has published 180 peer-reviewed papers.

Major Patrick Bates
Active Reserve Nursing Officer, Australian Defence Force
Officer-in-Command, 2nd Health Support Company

Patrick Bates has been a registered Nurse for 20 years and for the last 11 has been employed in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Patrick is also an Active Reserve Nursing Officer in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). As a Nursing Officer Patrick has deployed on humanitarian, stabilisation, war-like and non-warlike operations both as a ICU nurse and also as a general nurse. With over 24 years’ experience in the ADF Patrick is now the Officer-in-command of the 2nd Health Support Company which manages and trains over 100 Active Reserve medical, nursing and allied health defence personnel in NSW and Queensland. These personnel provide the ADF with its core specialist health capability.

Sean Birgan
Director of Nursing
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Sean Birgan has over 33 years nursing experience and is currently Director of Nursing and Co-Chair of Division of Surgery Princess Alexandra Hospital. This is a large clinical division of 300 beds and 1300 nursing staff. The division includes Specialist Surgical wards, Peri Operative Service and Critical Care Service. Sean also holds the position of and Deputy Surgical Stream Lead Metro South Health and is currently the Chair of the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Metro South Disaster Advisory Committees He also has a keen interest in disaster management and preparedness and is an accredited Senior Emergo Train instructor.

Sean holds post graduate qualifications in Critical Care and Health Management

Sean has provided extensive Leadership to the nursing profession in Queensland. Sean lead the expansion of Critical Care Services at PAH and influenced the model of Critical Care Nurse education and research within the Hospital.

One of Sean’s career highlights was living in Bali with his family for 12 months, working with the Balinese Nurses, Doctors and Administrative staff after the first Bali bombing, commissioning the Australian government funded Critical Care and Burns Unit located at the Sanglah Hospital Denpasar Bali Indonesia. This involved the educating of local nurses with new equipment, functional setup, and development of clinical / administrative policies and procedures. Sean provides ongoing support to Indonesian Nurses and Health Care staff.

Dr. Mark Blaskovich
Program Coordinator, Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery
Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Queensland

Dr. Mark Blaskovich is a Principal Investigator and Program Coordinator for the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery, and a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. He has extensive medicinal chemistry expertise and over 15 years of industrial drug development experience, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Mimetica (Australia), where he managed the drug discovery and development program for a first-in-class melanocortin-5 receptor antagonist that completed Phase 2b human testing for treatment of acne in 2016. In his previous role at CEPTYR (Seattle) he led a multidisciplinary team that developed a preclinical candidate targeting protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B, while at Molecumetics (Seattle) he headed collaborations on peptidomimetic compounds targeting proteases and GPCRs. Since starting at The University of Queensland in2010, Mark has been working on developing new antibiotics to treat drug resistant pathogens and the use of modified antibiotics to detect bacterial infections. He has published over fifty research articles, authored ‘The Handbook on Syntheses of Amino Acids’, and is an inventor on ten patent families with over 100 granted and pending applications.

Dr. Celia Bradford
Intensivist Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales

Celia Bradford is an intensivist at Royal North Shore and Sydney Adventist Hospitals. She has an interest in Neurointensive Care and Renal Medicine. Her research has been in these areas. In addition, she writes for ‘The Bottom Line’, an online blog that reviews and critiques critical care literature and is interested in converting research findings into clinical practice. She is an advocate for women in Intensive Care and provides mentorship for aspiring Intensivists.

Dr. Peter Bristow
Health Service Chief Executive
Townsville Hospital and Health Service, Queensland

Dr. Peter Bristow is the Chief Executive of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. He is the Chair of the Health Service Chief Executive Forum and the longest servicing Queensland Chief Executive.

Dr. Bristow trained as an intensive care physician working at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney before moving to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

In 2000, he accepted the position as Director of Intensive Care at Toowoomba Hospital, progressing to Executive Director of Medical Services, acting Chief Executive and then Chief Executive, for the Darling Downs HHS from its
establishment in July 2012.

Dr. Bristow is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine, Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Medical Administrators and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Management.

SQNLDR Cameron Brockel
Specialist Recruiting Team – Health, Defence Force Recruiting
Royal Australian Air Force

SQNLDR Brockel completed his Bachelor of Nursing at Central Queensland University in 1994. He spent a couple of years in the private sector then started with Queensland Health in 1996 working in various Intensive Care Units in South East Queensland. He progressed to become Nurse Unit Manager of Caboolture Hospitals Critical Care Unit and then as an ICU Nurse Educator for Metro North Health Service District. In 2007 he joined the Royal Australian Air Force initially as a Reserve Nursing Officer and in 2008 transferred to the Permanent Air Force to commence his full-time Defence career.

SQNLDR Brockel has extensive Military Aeromedical Evacuation (AME) Experience with over 400 flying hours on various military and civilian platforms in addition to 200 hours as an AME instructor. He was part of the RAAF AME teams that evacuated Cairns Base and Private Hospitals in the lead up to Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and coordinated AME teams deployed in support of Vanuatu, Fiji and Nepal in the wake of disasters in those areas. SQNLDR Brockel has deployed on OPERATION SLIPPER in Afghanistan as the Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Officer, on OPERATION HAWICK as part of the AME team supporting the MH17 Crash Investigation team in Ukraine and on OPERATION ACCORDION as the Officer in Charge of the Australian Role 1 Enhanced Medical Centre.

SQNLDR Brockel is currently posted to Defence Force Recruiting as part of the Specialist Recruiting Team for all ADF Health roles.

Associate Professor Tom Buckley
Director of Postgraduate Research
University of Sydney, New South Wales

Tom Buckley is an Associate Professor in the Critical/ Acute Care teaching and research team as well as Director of Postgraduate Research at the faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney.

Tom has been a registered nurse since 1991 and has practised in senior nursing positions in the UK, USA and Australia. Tom is currently Chair of ANMAC Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Committee and co-lead the revision of the Australian Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice in 2014 and was investigator on the recent revision of the Registered Nurse Standards of practice.

Tom’s primary clinical research activity is in the study of psychological and physical stressors, and their impact on cardiovascular health risk. Additionally, he is an active researcher in aspects of both nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurses scope of practice.

Tom his currently Editor Australian Critical Care.

Dr. Jane Canestra

Dr Jane Canestra has an extensive background in emergency management. Qualified as an Emergency Physician, her most recent clinical appointment was as Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at Peninsula Health. More recently Jane has worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of public health and emergency management. Her main expertise is in health sector emergency preparedness, especially for chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) hazards. Jane has contributed to many Victorian and Australian chemical, biological and radiological committees over nearly two decades, including membership of the CBRNe Technical Panel of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee; the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council; and as Chair of the national writing group for the Australian Clinical Guidelines for Radiological Emergencies.

Professor David Coman
Metabolic Physician and Clinical Geneticist
The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and UnitingCare Health, Queensland

David graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. Under the supervision of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, David completed his General Paediatric Training in 2005 and sub-specialty training in 2006. David has an active interest in research and was awarded a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2007. David is currently involved in multiple research projects aimed at novel disease discovery, improved diagnostic testing and treatments for children with Inherited Genetic Disorders.

David is the Academic Lead for Paediatrics for the UnitingCare Clinical School, and is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and paediatric trainees and currently holds academic appointments at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Bond University, and QUT.

David is a past Board Member of Rare Voices Australia, and holds a passion for rare diseases. David runs philanthropic Paediatric Outreach Clinics in conjunction with UnitingCare Health to the Helena Goldie Hospital in the Western Provence of the Solomon Islands.

Professor Alain Combes
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Sorbonne University, Paris
Head, ICU Department, Institut de Cardiologie, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris, France

Professor Alain Combes, MD, PhD is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Sorbonne University of Paris, and head of the ICU department at the “Institut de Cardiologie”, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris, France. His main research interests are care of the critically ill cardiac patient (cardiogenic shock, acute myocardial infarction, complicated heart surgery and heart transplantation), mechanical circulatory assistance and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, rescue therapies for severe respiratory failure, including ECMO and ECCO2R, and infections in critically patients, such as pulmonary infections in mechanically ventilated ICU patients and endocarditis.

Professor Combes is Member of The Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF), The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), The American Thoracic Society (ATS), The European Society of Cardiology (ESC), The Extra Corporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and The International ECMO network (ECMONet).

Dr. David A Cook
Intensivist, Princess Alexandra Hospital and DonateLife, Brisbane, Queensland

David A. Cook is a specialist in critical care and anaesthesia, and specialist working with the Organ and Tissue Donation Authority, based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. He is associate professor with University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine, and adjunct professor with Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Science and Engineering. His doctorate was in computer science and statistics, combining machine learning and sequential statistical analysis 15 years ago. He has published 40 papers across statistics, modelling and machine learning, epidemiology, clinical trials, meta-analyses, operations research, quality and safety, pharmacology, envenomation, organ donation and infection control, with occasional editorials for Critical Care Medicine. His research interest is in evidence in data and its analyses, with regard to information and structure, uncertainty and utility.

Liz Crowe
Advanced Social Worker, PICU
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Liz Crowe is an advanced clinician paediatric social worker with expertise in critical care in paediatric tertiary hospitals who currently works in PICU at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Liz is currently also a PhD student examining staff wellbeing of risk and protective factors in the PICU with a view to inform interventions to build resilience and capacity for all health care staff. Liz is a passionate and humorous educator who regularly speaks internationally. She is the successful author of ‘ The Little Book of Loss and Grief You Can Read While You Cry” and is a proud member of the St Emlyn’s educators on #FOAMed and can be found on Twitter @LizCrowe2.

Toni Cunningham
Senior Director, Healthcare Purchasing and Funding
Queensland Health

Toni’s work over the past 20 years has been in public healthcare costing, funding analysis and performance. Toni leads the costing, purchasing models and funding teams in the Department of Health, working through the nuances of the National Classification systems, data collections and pricing mechanisms for implementation in Queensland.

Dr. Cameron Curley
Acting Deputy Director Haematology & Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
Cancer Care Services, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Queensland

Dr. Curley is a clinical haematologist and the acting deputy director of the Department of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. His areas of special interest include the management of acute leukaemia and allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and he has publications in a number of peer reviewed journals on the topic. He is committed to medical education and is a continued supporter of educational activites both at specialist and undergraduate levels. He is a member of the National Immunoglobulin Governance Advisory Committee (NIGAC) and chair of the Specialist Working Group for Haematology, providing guidance to the National Blood Authority regarding the optimal use of immunoglobulin therapy.

Associate Professor Adam Deane
Head of ICU Research, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria

Adam Deane is an Intensive Care Physician, Head of ICU Research and Deputy Director at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, and Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne. As someone with a weakness for gelato and chocolate he has considerable interest in evaluating whether allowing more liberal blood glucose control is as safe as more parsimonious life-style.

Dr. Matthew Durie
Intensive Care Registrar and Anaesthesia Provisional Fellow
Western Health, Melbourne, Victoria

Matthew is an intensive care registrar and anaesthesia provisional fellow at Western Health, Melbourne. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy). Matthew believes that participation in research helps trainees become better clinicians. He is completing postgraduate study in clinical informatics at the University of Melbourne and research into how technology can improve the safety of patients referred to ICU.

Dr. Marino Festa
Clinical Program Director, Critical Care Services
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales

Marino trained as a paediatrician and paediatric intensive care specialist in the UK and Australia and was first appointed as a paediatric intensive care consultant at Evelina Children’s Hospital, London in 2002. He began work at Children’s Hospital at Westmead in 2006, where he is now Clinical Program Director for Critical Care Services in Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

Marino is co-editor and author of the DETECT Junior manual and has contributed to the advisory, education and evaluation committees of the Between The Flags deteriorating child project at the Clinical Excellence Committee, NSW Health. Marino has helped oversee the development of the nurse practitioner rapid response team which has proved effective in improving patient outcomes as part of the implementation of Between the Flags at CHW. He is currently Chair of the Pediatric Study Group at ANZICS, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for International Health where he is the Chief Investigator for the SAFE-EPIC international point prevalence study on fluid resuscitation in critically ill children. Other ongoing research interests include sepsis, the role of the red cell in critical care oxygen delivery and human factors.

Dr. Jenny Firman
Principal Medical Adviser
Office of Health Protection
Australian Government Department of Health
Rear Admiral
Royal Australian Navy Reserves
Surgeon General Australian Defence Force – Reserves

RADM Jenny Firman completed her medical degree from University of Melbourne in 1981.  While a student she joined the Royal Australian Navy and over a 22 year full time career was posted to a range of positions in Navy and the ADF including sea time, involvement in underwater medicine and, in the tri-Service environment, developing strategic and operational health policy.

In 2008 she was appointed as Director General – Navy Health Reserve and performed that role until 2012. In February 2015 she was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Surgeon General Australia Defence Force Reserve.

In her civilian working life she is the Principal Medical Adviser in the Office of Health Protection in the Department of Health. In this role she is responsible for the provision of medical and scientific advice to assist in the work of the Department and the Australian Government in communicable disease control and health emergencies.

A/Prof. Craig French
Director of Intensive Care at Western Health, Melbourne, Victoria
Clinical Associate Professor of The University of Melbourne

Craig is the Director of Intensive Care at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia and a Clinical Associate Professor of The University of Melbourne. He is Chair of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group, the current ANZICS representative to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines, Co-Chair NBA Patient Blood Management Expert Working Group, and member of the Blood Service Advisory Committee. His principle areas of research interest are transfusion practice in the critically ill, Epoetin alfa in critical illness and the development of robust evidence based guidelines. Craig is a chief investigator of current NHMRC project and centre for research excellence grants in excess of $7million dollars and has over fifty publications in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Paul Fulbrook
Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland
Nursing Director Research & Practice Development, The Prince Charles Hospital, Metro North Health Service District, Brisbane, Queensland
President, World Federation of Critical Care Nurses
Honorary Fellow, European Federation of Critical Care Nursing Associations

Paul has worked in critical care nursing since 1986 in various clinical, educational, research, and professional roles. He qualified as an intensive care nurse in the UK and emigrated to Australia in late 2004. His current role is a joint appointment as Professor of Nursing with the Australian Catholic University and Nursing Director Research at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane (a 630-bed tertiary hospital specialising in cardiothoracic care), where he leads the Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre.
Within the critical care context, he has published widely, has spoken at many international and national conferences, and is currently involved with several research projects in intensive care and emergency care.

Paul is a past President of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN), and served on its National Board for over 10 years. He helped to establish the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) and is Emeritus Editor of its journal Connect: The World of Critical Care Nursing. He was the lead convenor and co-chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2016 WFCCN/ACCCN joint international conference, which was held in Brisbane, Australia.
Paul’s contribution to critical care nursing has been recognised formally via fellowships from the British Association of Critical Care Nurses and the European Federation of Critical Care Nursing Associations, and as a WFCCN Honorary Ambassador. He is the current President of the WFCCN.

Dr. Fenella Gill
Nurse Researcher Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
Senior Research Fellow Curtin University

Fenella is a Nurse Researcher and Senior Research Fellow at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Curtin University. She has been a Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse since 1991 and taught in postgraduate nurse education for 10 years. Subsequently Fenella undertook her PhD which resulted in national standards for critical care nurse education incorporating the views of health consumers. To ensure this work is disseminated, Fenella is leading the revision of the ACCCN position statement on the provision of postgraduate education for critical care nurses.

Fenella’s research also encompasses partnering with parents in the care of their child in hospital. She leads research on families’ role in early recognition of otherwise undetected clinical deterioration. Her work has been successful in attracting grants from leading national research foundations focused on improving care in our hospitals for some of their most vulnerable clients.

Fenella is passionate about influencing how health professionals deliver care, engage with families and the patient care experience. She was honoured for her national and international contribution to nursing by being awarded a life member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses in 2016.

Dr. John Gerrard
Director of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland

Dr. John Gerrard is the Director of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

He trained in Sydney and London before moving to the Gold Coast in 1994. There he served as the Director of Medicine for eight years.

He has a long-standing interest in emerging infectious diseases having reported Australia’s earliest case of AIDS from 1981. He has published on diverse areas of clinical infectious diseases including pandemic influenza.

Heterorhaditis gerrardi is an emerging pathogen in Australia and the United States. It was discovered by and subsequently named after John.

In November 2014 John was selected to join a small Australian team which travelled to Sierra Leone to set up an Ebola Treatment Centre as part of the international epidemic response.

Dr. Kimberley Haines
Senior Critical Care Physiotherapist & Allied Health Research Lead, Western Health, Victoria
ANZICS-Research Centre, Monash University
Victorian Vice Chair, ANZICS

Kimberley is a Senior Critical Care Physiotherapist and Allied Health Research Lead at Western Health. She is an NHMRC Scholar and completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2016, titled Recovery Following Critical Illness. Kimberley has significant experience in the co-ordination and implementation of patient and family-centred research in the ICU and is currently leading some of the first observational and interventional Australian studies to improve ICU survivorship. Her research interests and publication history include outcomes of ICU survivors and their caregivers, peer support, consumer engagement, early rehabilitation, prediction of outcomes, clinical decision-making in the ICU and the deteriorating patient.

Associate Professor Ed Heffernan
Director, Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service

Ed Heffernan is the Director of Queensland Forensic Mental Health Services and an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Queensland. He has had a leadership role in the development of mental health programs to support those with mental health problems in contact with police, courts, watch houses and prisons. He has been the principal investigator for a number of significant mental health and criminal justice research projects. As a clinician he has worked in general adult and forensic psychiatry in both public and private sector settings for over 20 years. As a service leader he has had key roles within the Queensland mental health system including being the delegate of the Chief Psychiatrist and the mental health representative for health planning committees involved in major events such as the G20 and the Commonwealth Games.

Cheryl Hiddleson
Director Emory eICU Centre
Emory Healthcare Inc.

Cheryl is the Director of the Emory eICU Center. Cheryl completed her Masters degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership from The University of Alabama in 2013. She is a member of The Society of Critical Care Medicine, The American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Georgia Nurses Association, American Telemedicine Association, and the Georgia Association of Nurse Leaders. She is also an active a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and a member of the Tele ICU steering committee for SCCM.

Cheryl joined Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in 1991 and has held various positions including 18 years in the Medical Surgical ICU as the daily charge nurse, critical care resource nurse and Administrative Supervisor/Flow Coordinator before her current position. She has extensive experience related to critical care, patient logistics, and patient flow/throughput. Cheryl was directly responsible for the development of the Emory eICU Center and continues to have clinical and operational oversight of the program.

Cheryl has lead the implementation of an international program involving intercontinental delivery of tele critical care services for Emory eICU patients. She is committed to advancing innovative care delivery methods related to tele-ICU and telehealth nationally and internationally, to promote quality care for all patients regardless of location.

Dr. Anthony Holley
Senior Staff Intensivist
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland
Commander, Royal Australian Navy Reserve

Anthony is an intensivist and emergency physician working at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland Australia as a senior staff specialist. He is a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland Medical School.
Anthony serves on the Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society National Executive as the Honorary Treasurer, following on three and a half years as the Queensland ANZICS Chairman. He is also an examiner for the fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony has authored six book chapters and 30 peer reviewed publications. He is the supervisor of intensive care training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is an instructor for BASIC and EMST (ATLS). Anthony serves as a representative for the National Blood Authority Critical Care Group in developing the Australian Patient Blood Management Guidelines. Anthony is a Commander in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve and has deployed on numerous occasions, including to Afghanistan in 2012 and then again in 2013. He served in Taji, Iraq at the ANZAC Role 2E hospital in 2016.

Dr. Andrew Jones
Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist
VMO Gold Coast University Hospital, Pindara, Gold Coast Private and John Flynn Hospitals, Queensland
Professor John Kinsella
Professor of Anaesthesia Pain and Critical Care
University of Glasgow, Scotland

John Kinsella has been Professor of Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care at the University of Glasgow Scotland since 2007. His clinical interests include critical care and burn care. He leads a research group focusing on critical care outcomes, trials, big data and acute pathophysiology. He was the lead Clinician for Burn Care in Scotland from 2010 to 2017. He has been the Chair of the Scottish National Guideline Network (SIGN) since 2014.

Professor Ruth Kleinpell
Director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship, Rush University Medical Center
Professor, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2017 President, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Ruth Kleinpell is currently the Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center and a Professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago Illinois. She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and maintains active practice. She is an experienced researcher, clinician and educator in the areas of acute and subacute care and advanced practice nursing roles. She presents and publishes widely and is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine, and Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner. She is a Council Board member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a Board member of Critical Care Medicine Subspecialty, American Board of Internal Medicine; the Institute of Medicine of Chicago; and the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education. She is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, the American Academy of Nursing, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She recently completing serving a second 2-year term as President of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, an international organization with over 40 country members representing over 500,000 critical care nurses worldwide. She is currently the 2017 President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the 3rd nurse to serve as president in the 46 year history of the international multiprofessional organization.

Associate Professor Peter Kruger
Deputy Director ICU, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Peter Kruger is Deputy Director of Intensive Care at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and an Associate Professor at both the University of Queensland and Monash University, Melbourne.

He holds specialist qualifications in both Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and has considerable experience in both laboratory and clinical research. He is the immediate past chair and a senior examiner for the first part examination of the College of Intensive care medicine of Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to his clinical and teaching roles his active research interests include clinical trial design, weaning patients from mechanical ventilation and the management of severe sepsis.

Dr. Frances Lin
Senior Lecturer, Griffith University, Queensland

Dr Frances Lin is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Critical Care Postgraduate Nursing programs at Griffith University, Australia. Her research interest is on translating research into clinical practice, with a focus on improving organisational processes, designing interventions that improve clinical practice and patient safety, and improving teamwork and communication in critical care clinical settings. Dr Frances Lin is a member of ACCCN’s Education panel and Quality Advisory panel. She is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Queensland, Australia.

Professor Jeffrey Lipman
Director Intensive Care Services, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland
Professor and Head, Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Queensland
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology
Adjunct Professor, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales
Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor Jeffrey Lipman received his medical degree (MBBCh) from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and has specialist qualifications in anaesthesia (DA, FFA) and intensive care (FFA Crit Care, FCICM).

Currently he is Director of the Intensive Care Services, Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital, Professor and Head of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Queensland. He also is the Executive Director of the Burns, Trauma, Critical Care Research Centre at this University.

Professor Lipman is a career Intensivist, having worked full-time in Intensive Care Units since 1979. His research interests include all aspects of infection management in intensive care. He has a special interest in the pharmacokinetics of antibiotics, an area in which he completed his MD through the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He has published over 30 book chapters and over 450 peer-reviewed articles including in high impact journals like NEJM, JAMA and Lancet Infectious Diseases.

He currently holds dozens of peer-reviewed grants including 3 from NHMRC. Over the recent past the accumulated worth of these grants is over $10 million.

He has been an invited speaker to over 100 Congresses Nationally and Internationally, being a Keynote speaker in many countries around the world.

He has been the recipient of a number of National and International awards for his service to Intensive Care Medicine.

Dr. Deborough Macbeth
Assistant Director of Nursing, Infection Control
Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Queensland

An Infection Control Professional since 1993, Deborough has augmented her experience with formal study and research, completing the APIC Basic Infection Control Course in Chicago in 1995. Her PhD awarded in 2005 was based on ethnographic research into the influence of clinical culture on infection control practice. Deborough’s ongoing contribution to the profession includes knowledge generation through research and publication, building clinician capacity through mentoring, and service, most recently to the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control on the Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee and as one of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Shona Mair
Advanced Trainee in Intensive Care Medicine
Senior Registrar, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Shona is an advanced trainee in intensive care medicine and a paediatrician who is currently based at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital PICU, Brisbane. She is passionate about caring for critically ill children and their families and is interested in the human experience of intensive care, from the perspective of both patients and their families, as well as clinicians and other staff. In addition, she has a keen focus on teaching and learning and the broader aspects of medical training. She holds a Master degree in Public Health which she hopes to put to use in furthering these interests.

Professor Danny McAuley
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
Queen’s University of Belfast and Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Ireland

Danny McAuley is a Consultant and Professor in Intensive Care Medicine at the Regional Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Queen’s University of Belfast. He undertook his training in Belfast, Birmingham, London and San Francisco. He is Co-Director of Research for the UK Intensive Care Society.

Dr. Steve McGloughlin
Director, Intensive Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Infectious Diseases Physician
Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Steve completed diverse clinical training in intensive care, training in units in the United Kingdom, Queensland and the Northern Territory. He has completed a paediatric intensive care fellowship at the Mater Children’s Hospital, in Brisbane. He has also worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Northern Queensland. In addition to intensive care he is an infectious diseases specialist and continues to work in this capacity at the Alfred and has completed a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Steve’s specific research and clinical interests include infections in critically ill patients and sepsis. He is the lead author for the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines chapter on Severe Sepsis. His other interests include intensive care workforce planning, staff stress and patient engagement. He leads a collaboration between the Alfred ICU and Colonial War Memorial Hospital ICU in Fiji to assist in providing educational medical and nursing teams to Fiji. He is currently completing a Masters of International Health Leadership at McGill University. Steve was appointed Director of Intensive Care in 2017.

At home he is fortunate to have three great kids, an amazing wife, a dog and a semi-reliable Kombi.

Dr. Jonathan Millar
Doctoral Fellow
Critical Care Research Group, University of Queensland, Queensland

Jonathan completed undergraduate training at the Royal Free & University College Medical School London in 2009. Alongside clinical training in intensive care medicine, he has held academic appointments at Queen’s University Belfast and at the University of Glasgow. He is currently a doctoral fellow at the Critical Care Research Group, University of Queensland. He is fortunate to be supported by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cardiorespiratory Therapies Improving Organ Support. Under the supervision of Prof John Fraser and Prof Danny McAuley, his work explores the interaction between stem cell therapy and ECMO in pre-clinical models of ARDS. He is a recipient of the UK Intensive Care Society New Investigator award, as well as grants from the Queensland Government, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, and the Wesley Foundation. Presently he is an investigator on several ongoing clinical trials including OXYBAR, a randomised controlled trial of high flow nasal oxygen after bariatric surgery.

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Dr. Johnny Millar
Head of Cardiac ICU & Deputy Director PICU
Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Johnny Millar is Head of Cardiac ICU and Deputy Director of PICU at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He is chair of the ANZICS Paediatric Committee and Medical Director of the Australia and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care Registry. His research interests are in cardiopulmonary bypass and short and long-term extracorporeal support, as well as use of registry data to frame and answer clinically relevant questions.

Professor Marion Mitchell
Professor of Critical Care
Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Professor Marion Mitchell is the Chair of Critical Care at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery in Brisbane. She holds an Honorary Fellowship at the School of Health in Social Science – The University of Edinburgh in the UK. Her research focuses on improving ICU patient and family centred outcomes and enhancing education both in the clinical area and tertiary sector. She is a previous President, Treasurer, Vice-President and current Fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN). She was awarded Life Membership in 2012. She is ACCCN’s representative and Company Secretary for the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority. Professor Mitchell is on the Editorial Board of Australian Critical Care and has more than 70 original publications in peer reviewed journals.She contributes more broadly to the profession as the inaugural and current treasurer of the Sigma Theta Tau International Phi Delta chapter; the Vice-President of the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses; she is the co-chair of the International Family Nurses Association Nominating Committee and assessor of BN programs for Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Accreditation Council.

Vineet Nayyar
Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School
Senior Staff Specialist & Director ICU Research
Westmead Hospital, New South Wales

Vineet Nayyar is a Senior Specialist in Intensive Care and Director of ICU Research at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Sydney Medical School and holds the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) as well as the Foundation Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (FCICM).

He was, until recently, the Head of Department of ICU at Westmead Hospital, a role in which he developed an interest in health services research and quality improvement activities. He has an avid interest in clinical research and has published on a number of topics and contributed to several chapters in Critical Care Textbooks all over the world.

He has served as a member of the NSW regional committee of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and remains an examiner of the Final Fellowship examination.

Dr. Mark Nicholls
Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. NSW
Senior Lecturer, The University of Notre Dame Australia
Senior Conjoint Lecturer, The University of New South Wales
Chair, Practice and Economics Committee, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society

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. Senior Lecturer at The University of Notre Dame Australia and Senior Conjoint Lecturer at the University of NSW.

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

He is Chair of the Practice and Economics Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society.

Dr. Chris Nickson
Intensivist, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria

Chris is an Intensivist and Emergency Physician at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He has a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving patient care by enabling the performance of individuals and collectives working in clinical environments. After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has since completed further training in clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology and health professional education. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE . He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of, the RAGE podcast and the SMACC conference. His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children. On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

Lionel Page
Professor of Economics, Queensland University of Technology

Lionel Page received his PhD from the Paris School of Economics (Paris 1 – Sorbonne) in 2007. Lionel’s research focuses on individual and group behaviour, with a specific emphasis on choice under risk and uncertainty, behaviour in competition, political choices and educational choices. His research has appeared in top economic journals, such as the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review and the American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), Games and Economic Behavior and science journals such as PNAS. His research has attracted media attention both in Australia and overseas including coverage by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Australian Financial Review and the Australia. In addition to his academic research, Lionel has made contributions to live policy issues including on gambling and education. He has been awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship, a Queensland government Smart Future Fellowship and the 2016 Young Economist Prize from the Economic Society of Australia.

Dr. Jennifer Paratz
Associate Professor Griffith University, Queensland

A/Professor Jennifer Paratz is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in clinical work, research and teaching. Currently she has a joint position with Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Griffith University. She is a specialist with the Australian College of Physiotherapists and has an MPhil and PhD. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences nationally and internationally and has published extensively. Research interests include haemodynamics in intensive care, early rehabilitation in intensive care, myocardial function, fluid resuscitation and sepsis in severe burns.

Dr. Tara Quasim
Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
The University of Glasgow/Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Scotland

In 2009, Dr. Tara Quasim was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Honorary NHS Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at The University of Glasgow/Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Scotland. Tara works in a busy University teaching hospital which is a tertiary referral centre for plastics and burns, pancreatic, upper GI and sarcoma surgery. Glasgow Royal Infirmary is located in an area of high socioeconomic deprivation where in some areas, the life expectancy of men is 57!

As a new consultant Tara undertook a Masters degree in Public Health and her dissertation looked at return to work and social dependency after ICU. It exposed many gaps in the service currently being provided and identified issues for patients of which she had been unaware. Tara has an interest in outcomes after ICU and is part of a collaborative group examining long term outcomes for patients with cancer who survive ICU. Tara’s main interest currently is the InS:PIRE (Intensive Care Syndrome:Promoting Independence and Return to Employment) programme which she helped set-up and run. This has recently received a £500K ‘Scaling Up’ grant from the Health Foundation and are now running InS:PIRE in another 4 units in Scotland.

Dr. Stephen Rashford
Medical Director, Queensland Ambulance Service

Dr. Stephen Rashford is a specialist emergency physician and medical director for the Queensland Ambulance Service since 2005. He has been involved in prehospital care for greater than 25 years. His main interests are out of hospital trauma care, airway management, prehospital ultrasound and the use of blood products in urban ambulance operations. He has been involved numerous multi-casualty incidents over his career, as both a provider and leader.

Professor Bruce Robinson
Chair of the MBS Review Taskforce

Professor Bruce Robinson is an endocrinologist. He is Chair of the Australian Government’s Taskforce of expert clinicians charged with reviewing the Medicare Benefits Schedule and in 2015 was appointed as Chair of Australia’s peak advisory and funding body for medical research, National Health and Medical Research Council.

Professor Robinson’s research has focused on identifying genetic changes which either predispose or directly cause endocrine tumours. Other highlights include the formation of an international consortium of families from around the world to study medullary thyroid carcinoma and phaeochromocytoma. He has been head of the Cancer Genetics Unit at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, since 1989. He continues to practice at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
Professor Robinson was the Dean of Sydney Medical School from 2007 until 2016. Since 2001, he has been Chairman of Hoc Mai Foundation, a major program in medical and health education and exchange with Vietnam. Professor Robinson is on the boards of publicly listed companies Mayne Pharma and Cochlear.

Professor Robinson has supervised 37 PhD students and has more than 300 research publications.

Dr. Manoj K Saxena
Senior Staff Specialist, St. George Hospital
Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales

Dr. Saxena’s main area of research interest is the effect of induced changes in body temperature on the outcomes of acute brain injury and systemic inflammation/sepsis; this work is supported by a NHMRC Fellowship and grants from ANZCA, ICF and his Hospital Foundation/University. The work has been possible because of help from the CTG Community.

Dr. Saxena’s PhD focused on traumatic brain injury and involved a series of observational studies, surveys and interventional studies with the aim of understanding the feasibility of conducting an international clinical trial of pyrexia control, and informing the design of such a study. Through parallel avenues of research Dr. Saxena’s group has collaborated with international colleagues in clinical trials evaluating temperature control in cardiac arrest (Niklas Nielsen, Sweden) and in critically ill patients with infections (Paul Young, New Zealand). Other research interests include fluid management, early mobilization and long-term outcomes after critical illness.

Dr. Saxena is the current Treasurer for the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group and an Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine.

Dr. Saxena believes that the ANZICS CTG generates important knowledge that improves how we manage our patients and he feels privileged to be part of that collaborative and collegiate community.

Associate Professor Dr. Andreas Schibler
Paediatric Intensive Care Staff Specialist FCICM – Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
Director of Paediatric Critical Care Research Group (PCCRG)
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and The University of Queensland, Queensland

Trained in Europe and Australia, Andreas Schibler is working since 2002 in Brisbane and has been appointed as an eminent Paediatric Intensive Care Specialist with a research interest in respiratory, cardiac and neuro intensive care in PICU. Andreas is leading the Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Critical Care Research Group (PCCRG), which has the greatest number of peer reviewed publications among all PICUs in Australia and New Zealand. With a long list of successful grant applications and publications in significant peer-reviewed journals, Andreas’ research work has been presented at numerous national and international conferences, both as a presenter and as an invited speaker. Andreas also holds academic appointments with the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology, supervising a number of postgraduate research students and continues to encourage and inspire the next generation of keen clinical researchers. Andreas has been awarded the Queensland Medical Research Fellowship.

Associate Professor Luregn Schlapbach
Staff Specialist PICU, Lady Cilento Children`s Hospital Brisbane, Queensland

Luregn Schlapbach is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and Staff Specialist in the PICU at Lady Cilento Children`s Hospital in Brisbane. He is the theme leader on Sepsis, Infection and Inflammation for the Paediatric Critical Care Research Group (PCCRG), Mater Research Institute. His research is focusing on severe infections in critically ill patients, including epidemiology, genomics and interventional research, and Luregn has been leading several studies of the ANZPIC registry. He is involved in several national and international trials, and has received funding from NHMRC, SNF, and H2020 for studies on severe respiratory and invasive infections in children.

Dr. Christian Stocker

Director, Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Born and trained in Switzerland, Christian has been working in eminent Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) in Australia as a trainee, research fellow, senior medical officer and in leadership roles since 2001. More recently he was appointed Medical Director of the PICU at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. His passion and area of research has been the care for children after heart surgery and extracorporeal life support treatment, including their long-term functional health outcomes.

Petra Strube
Nurse Educator, Intensive Care Unit
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Petra has worked in Intensive Care for the last 15 years both in Australia and the UK. Her current role as Nurse Educator at the Princess Alexandra Hospital with 220 nurses provides many opportunities to use innovative ways to support the training and development of critical care nurses at all levels. Her professional interest includes the development of effective clinical teams to ensure safe quality patient care. Specifically, through the use of simulation to build team communication and clinical skills whilst ensuring a psychologically safe working environment to manage compassion fatigue and burn out.

Dr. Kathleen Thomas
CICM Advanced Trainee, Wollongong Hospital. NSW
Médecins Sans Frontières

Kathleen is an advanced trainee with the College of Intensive Care Medicine currently based at The Wollongong Hospital. In 2015 she joined Médecins Sans Frontières, and was sent to work as the ICU/ED supervisor of the Kunduz Trauma Centre in northern Afghanistan, a hospital which provided impartial emergency surgical care for victims of violent and accident trauma. Unfortunately this field placement ended prematurely on October 3 when the US Military bombed the hospital, killing 42 people including 14 of the hospital staff. Kathleen was inside the hospital at the time. After returning home from Afghanistan, Kathleen has been devastated by the growing trend of hospital attacks in conflict zones around the world. She now uses her own story to draw attention to, and advocate against, attacks on medical facilities worldwide.

Elizabeth Rushbrook
Executive Director Medical Services & Director Patient Access and Business Continuity
Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Queensland

Liz is a Specialist Medical Administrator with a wide range of hospital and military experience. Graduating Medicine from University of Queensland in 1994, she spent her formative residency years at Logan Hospital before embarking on a full time Military Medical Career that was to span almost 25 years. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Liz rose steadily through the Navy ranks to Commodore. She served in a variety of junior Medical Officer roles ashore and afloat – working initially in General Practice and Emergency Medicine then moving to Medical Administration. Her medical sub-specialty interests include Disaster medicine; Medical HR, training and education; and Clinical Governance. Her last permanent role in the Defence Force was as the Director General Health Capability and Director Navy Health Service from 2011-2015.

Liz transitioned to Queensland Health in Feb 2016, working at the Prince Charles Hospital in Medical Administration where her interests expanded into patient flow, business continuity and emergency preparedness. She is currently the Executive Director Medical Services for Metro North Hospital and Health Service in Brisbane.

Liz is an avid supporter of Rugby Union, and held the positions of Vice President and President of the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union between 2009-2015. Her commitment to the sport saw advancements in health support roles and strengthening of grass roots participation in both men’s and women’s Rugby. She is commonly found on or near the halfway line at local rugby events. Liz continues to serve in the Navy as an active reservist in the roles of independent member on the Fleet Command Board and specialist health advisor. She is also a board member of Team Rubicon Australia and Disability Sports Australia.

Liz is married to Andrew. They have three sons – Jordan 15, William 13 and Thomas 11.

Angela Tonge
Social Worker Advanced, Intensive Care Unit
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

Angela Tonge is a Clinical Team Leader and Advanced Social Work Practitioner at the Intensive Care Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia where she has worked for 20 years. Ms Tonge has practised Social Work in both adult and paediatric health care settings in Australia and Ireland and has published in the areas of social work clinical ethics and the needs of rural and remote families involved in inter-hospital transfers to tertiary ICUs. She specialises in grief and loss, bereavement care and support, crisis intervention, trauma informed practice, psychological first aid and disaster management. She has developed an interest in communication skills training and also provides strategic and clinical leadership in her Hospital and Health Service district’s response to domestic and family violence, which this year saw her receive a Certificate of Achievement in the Australia Day Awards.

Dr. Shane Townsend
Director, Complex-wide Adult Intensive Care
Mater Health Services, Brisbane, Queensland

Dr. Townsend is Director of Adult Intensive Care at Mater Health Services in Brisbane, Australia. He leads a 26 bed public and private facility accredited for advanced training in Intensive Care by the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM).

Dr. Townsend qualified in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, commencing as a Consultant Intensivist in 1999 at The Prince Charles Hospital (Australia’s largest cardiothoracic centre). He was actively involved in the critical care of cardiac and pulmonary transplant patients and developed an interest in Intra-aortic Balloon Counter-pulsation and Ventricular Assist Devices. Subsequently he accepted a position as staff specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2001. He returned to Brisbane in 2004 as Deputy Director and became Head of Department in 2010.

Recently, Dr. Townsend has completed an Executive MBA and is pursuing interests in medical administration and teaching. He is an Examiner for the CICM Primary and a member of the Queensland Intensive Care Training Program Oversight Committee.

Professor David Tuxen
Senior Intensivist, The Alfred and Albury Base Hospitals

Professor David Tuxen is the Senior Intensivist at Alfred & Albury Base Hospitals and has been in ICU for 35 years. He is a past Director of Intensive Care at the Alfred Hospital, a past President of ANZICS & a past Chairman of the Intensive Care Foundation. Professor Tuxen has received the ANZICS Medal, given the ANZICS Oration and been placed on the ANZICS Honour roll. He started and runs the Alfred Advanced Mechanical Ventilation Conferences and the Mechanical Ventilation Waveform Workshops. He is most recognised for his work on the mechanical ventilation especially related to asthma, ARDS and Ventilator Waveforms.

A/Prof. Andrew Udy
Deputy Director, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care – Research Centre, Monash University and NHMRC Early Career Fellow

Andrew is a full-time intensive care clinician and researcher at The Alfred ICU, Melbourne.  He completed his undergraduate medical education at the University of Auckland, followed by ICU training in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia.  After award of Fellowship, Andrew worked as a consultant for many years in Queensland, while also completing a PhD in antibiotic pharmacokinetics.  His major academic interests include optimised drug prescribing in the critically ill, haemodynamic management in severe sepsis, acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy, management of SAH and TBI, and critical care nutrition.  Andrew is involved in critical care research nationally as the Victorian representative on the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group (CTG) Committee.  He also a keen educator; instructing on BASIC, ALS, ECMO and EMST courses, and is Deputy Chair of the Victorian Regional Committee (VRC), College of Intensive Care Medicine.  Andrew is the acting Head of Trauma ICU at The Alfred, and Co-Deputy Director, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care – Research Centre, Monash University.  He currently holds a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship.

Professor Bala Venkatesh
Director, Intensive Care, Wesley Hospital, Queensland
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, The University of Queensland
Pre-Eminent Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital
Honorary Professor, University of New South Wales

Bala Venkatesh is Director of Intensive Care at the Wesley Hospital. Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Queensland, Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales, and a Pre-Eminent specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He served as the President for the College of Intensive Care Medicine (ANZ) between 2014-2016. He is the Principal Investigator of the NHMRC funded multi-center international ADRENAL trial which is nearing completion and will be the world’s largest septic shock trial to date. His research interests include glucocorticoid physiology in critical illness including the development of the idea of the “sick euadrenal state”, sepsis and vitamin D in critical illness.. He has published more than 180 papers, a book entitled “Data Interpretation in Critical Care Medicine”, 40 book chapters and has supervised 4 PhD students.

Dr. Robert Wise
Head Clinical Unit Critical Care, Edendale Hospital
University of Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Dr Rob Wise graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and worked both locally and abroad where he gained experience in a variety of disciplines. He specialised in Anaesthesiology, where he was also awarded a Masters in Medicine (Anaesthesiology, University of Kwazulu Natal). He then subspecialised in Critical Care Medicine and is currently completing a PhD. Working as the Head of Clinical Unit for Critical Care at Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), he is also the current president of the Kwazulu Natal branch of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa. Dr Wise currently sits as one of the executive members on the South African Peri-Operative Research Group and is also an ambassador for the World Society of Abdominal Compartment in South Africa. He has particular interests in intraabdominal hypertension, intravenous fluids, acute kidney injury, data collection/ systems management, professionalism in the workplace, and innovation in resource-poor areas. He has also led the “Saving Blood, Saving Lives Project” that has won both national and international awards. Other projects include establishing a South African national critical care database system, and broadening the exposure of a non-clinical professional skills development programme for young doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Dr Paul Young
Intensive Care Specialist
Wellington Hospital, New Zealand

Paul Young is an Intensive Care Specialist at Wellington Hospital and is actively involved in lots of clinical research. Despite only six years of clinical research experience Dr Young has established himself as a highly recognised figure in the field of clinical ICU research internationally. He has more than $25M of current research funding, and is involved in research collaborations with investigators from Australia, the UK, Canada, the USA, Italy, Scandinavia, and Brazil. He has more than 80 publications, including first author publications in the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. He an Associate Editor for Critical Care and Resuscitation.

Social Program

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will be held in the Exhibition Hall of the Gold Coast 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.

Wednesday 11 October 2017
Halls 1 & 2, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
17.30 – 19.00
Cost: Included in full meeting 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. Please indicate your intention to attend when registering for the ASM.

Thursday Party Night

After the day’s scientific program has finished join with friends and colleagues in enjoying a fabulous night at Movie World.  Become lost in a world of fantasy and fun, meet your favourite super-heroes and experience the exhilaration of world-class adventure rides and attractions. Get ready for the most exhilarating battle of your life on Justice League 3D – The Ride, or for the thrill seekers, ride the Superman Escape! All of this whilst enjoying fabulous food, beverages and entertainment.

Thursday 12 October 2017
Venue: Warner Bros. Movie World
Pacific Motorway, Oxenford
19.30 – 24.00
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee
Additional tickets: $140 per person
Dress: Come as Your Favourite Superhero

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket. Please indicate your intention to attend when registering for the ASM.

Note: Buses will depart the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (Porte Cochere – front driveway) at 18.30, and will return to this location, departing Movie World at 22.30, 23.00, 23.30, 24.00 and 24.15.

Gala Dinner

The social highlight and perfect end to the ASM. Enjoy some of Queensland’s finest food and beverages, while being entertained throughout the night!

Friday 13 October 2017
Arena 2, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
19.00 – 24.00
Cost: Included in full 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. Please indicate your intention to attend when registering for the ASM.

The Gala Dinner will be pre-seated. Table plans will be available from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday afternoon tea time for you to allocate yourself to a table. Failure to do so within in this time means that you will be assigned a table by the Conference Secretariat.

Optional Activities



One of the Gold Coast’s must-do attractions, Dreamworld offers hectares of thrill rides, variety shows and animal attractions. The theme park also encompasses Wiggles World, Tiger Island, Flow Rider, an Australian Wildlife Experience, AVPX Alien v Predator v YOU combat zone and the V8 Supercars Redline.

Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Gold Coast
Tel: +61 7 5588 1111

Paradise Country – Stockmen Show

Paradise Country is an Australian farm experience for all the family located on the Gold Coast right behind the theme parks Wet’n’Wild Water World and Warner Brothers Movie World. Watch the sheep shearing or the stock horses and sheep dog shows. Feed the chickens in the farmyard or get up close to the kangaroos and other wildlife. Enjoy a billy tea & damper and then sit down to an Aussie BBQ lunch. You can experience the Australian outback way of life all just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast.

Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86

Sea World

A marine wildlife extravaganza, Sea World allows you to get up close and personal with polar bears, seals, dolphins and even sharks. Rides and attractions include Polar Beach Shores, Waterski Wipeout show, Sesame Street Beach, Cartoon Network Beach and the 4D animated Planet SOS environmental experience.

Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86

Warner Brothers Movie World

Renowned as Hollywood on the Gold Coast, Warner Bros. Movie World is an experience like no other offering a thrilling range of rides and attractions from all of your favourite movies. Whether it’s the high speed Superman Escape, DreamWorks Shrek 4D Adventure, Lethal Weapon, Wild West Falls or Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster there’s a fun and exciting adventure just for you.

Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86 

Wet n Wild Water World

Australia’s premier water park, Wet n Wild Water World is a splashtacular day of slip and slide fun. Attractions range from the relaxing Calypso Beach and children’s Buccaneer Bay to the Giant Wave Pool, one of the first wet roller coasters in the world and the high speed Whirlpool all patrolled by lifeguards.

Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86

WhiteWater World

The world’s most advanced water park, WhiteWater World adjoins Dreamworld and offers some of the most cutting edge water based attractions. Fun for all ages Wiggle Bay offers an Aussie beach haven while The Wedgie offers a power slide and plenty of adrenaline pumping thrills, spills and extreme slides.

Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Gold Coast
Tel: 1800 073 300

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Amazing Australian wildlife, you can cuddle a koala; feed a friendly kangaroo, experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird show and Australiana sheep shearing. Witness Aboriginal presenters perform didgeridoo and dancers shows, test your physical ability on the Adventure Parc High Ropes Course, an exhilarating 80 challenge tree-tops ropes course, let the kids loose on Wild Island, the fun-filled outdoor adventure playground and see their wonderful vets in action within the Wildlife Hospital precinct.

There is nothing like holding a koala and feeding the kangaroos at the Gold Coast’s first and most loved major tourist attraction!

Gold Coast Highway, Corner of Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Gold Coast
Tel: +61 7 5534 1266



Tree Top Walkway

O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines whilst you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops.

The Tree Top Walk, was the first of its kind in Australia, is 180 metres in length and is made up of nine suspension bridges, with much of the walkway being 15 metres above the ground. Profiles depicting the rainforest flora close by have been placed along the walkway to assist visitors in identifying the plants in the immediate vicinity. Two observation decks have been constructed in a Strangler Fig above the walk way, the highest one being 30 metres (approximately 110 feet) above the ground.

The Tree Top Walk is a unique and innovative structure that gives visitors what can only be described as an exhilarating experience – a chance to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range for the first time in their lives.

Free of charge and there is no age or height restrictions for this activity. However, parental guidance of young children during the climbing aspect of the activity is recommended.

Lamington National Park
Green Mountains Section, Canungra

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which inlcudes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40 metre Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor.

Accessible directly from the Eco centre, the walk showcases the pristine beauty of the lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way. The whole experience takes approximately 45 minutes at a leisurely pace and begins and ends at the main centre. The main centre includes, the Eco Centre, bus parking, gift shop, cafe and toilets.

Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, the Skywalk is 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 60 minutes from Brisbane International Airport.

333 Geissmann Drive, Tamborine Mountain Road, North Tamborine, Gold Coast
Tel:  +61 7 5545 2222

Burleigh Heads National Park

A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia’s most famous surfing point breaks.

Walk the Ocean view walk around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Explore the Rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants, and watch for humpback whales from Tumgun lookout in winter and spring. See Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. Picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach.

Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular man-made caves!

The caves consist of two large chambers interlinked by tunnels. The first chamber is the “presentation cave”, where you will be shown an audiovisual display on glow-worms and the construction of the caves. This chamber is complete with very realistic formations (speleothems), such as stalagmites and stalactites, water features and flow stone. From this stunning cave, you will be guided through the magical “glow-worm cave”, filled with thousands of glowing glow-worms! The experience is one you have to see to believe!

104 – 144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine, Gold Coast
Tel: +61 7 5545 1666


Whales in Paradise – Gold Coast Whale Watching Pty Ltd

Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.

The crew have a combined whale watch experience of over 15 years and are dedicated to providing their guests the closest Gold Coast Whale Watching encounter possible. The vessels are purpose built and specifically selected for whale watching. They are modern, large and spacious with Whale and Dolphin friendly design features. This provides guests with the ultimate uncrowded Gold Coast Whale Watching experience.

Whales in Paradise boats a 100 per cent Daily Sightings Record (Guaranteed Whale Sightings or Free Return Cruise). Enjoy the small groups and personalised services that they have to offer. Included is a scenic route through the Gold Coast Waterways, valued at AUD45.00, where you can see the homes of the rich and the famous with commentary.

The water level viewing deck provides the closest whale watching experience. Walk around the decks, where there is a guaranteed railside position – perfect for photos.

23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Tel: +61 7 5538 2111

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

Don’t miss out and book well in advance this is Australia’s most popular balloon ride with a delicious champagne breakfast at O’Reilly’s Vineyard Grand Homestead and free wine tasting at Canungra Valley Vineyard plus included in each ticket are door to door transfers from anywhere in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach, that’s hundreds of Gold Coast accommodation meeting spots.

Watch the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast Hinterland; enjoy sweeping views of Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park. To the east see the shimmering tall towers of Gold Coast city, impressive spires against the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean.

Balloon pack up games then afterwards, enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the gracious ambience of O’Reilly s Vineyard’s historic Grand Homestead with its high ceilings and wide relaxing verandas, with a full selection of hot and cold breakfast choices with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling wine. Stroll the gardens or wander the Vineyard and enjoy a visit and free wine tasting at the Canungra Valley Vineyard Cellar Door.

23 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Tel: 1300 766 887

Australian Sunset Safaris

Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island’s beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak? Or maybe picture yourself stepping off a beautiful coral cay into turquoise water, snorkelling through mazes of brightly coloured coral, seeing big sea turtles swimming slowly by as you laze in the beautiful warm water of a coral lagoon.

Australian Sunset Safaris operate from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. They offer adventure tours to some of the most prestigious natural attractions in Queensland, ranging from one to six day adventure package tours.

101 Eurong Resort, Fraser Island
Tel: 1300 553 606

Southern Cross Day Tours Gold Coast

Southern Cross Day Tours offers small group luxury tours from Gold Coast to various destinations including Mount Tamborine, Springbrook, Lamington National Park. Experience the Tamborine Skywalk, Glow Worm Caves, Waterfalls, Breweries, Cheese factories, Wild Bird feeding, Wineries, Nocturnal Wildlife and more.

All tours are in maximum group size of 16 passengers and offer hotel pick up, free on board wifi, full commentary with a local guide. Their tours are suited for all ages. They carry all permits to National Parks and can customise for small to large family groups.

5a/3078 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Tel:  1300 762 665

IFly Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever dreamt of flying? Whether you’re three or 103, iFLY Indoor Skydiving makes the dream of flight a reality.

iFLY is not just a thrill ride, but is the latest thing in action sports. Simply lean forward inside their glass tunnel into a column of air and float effortlessly into flight guided by their fully qualified instructors.

Indoor Skydiving is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. At a fraction of the cost of an outdoor skydive, and their all-round glass flight chamber, Indoor Skydiving is the perfect activity for the whole family!

Based in the heart of Surfers Paradise, iFLY Gold Coast is walking distance from all major accommodation, bars and restaurants. They are open seven days all year round Sunday through Thursday 9am to 10.30pm and Friday through Saturday 9am to 11.30pm. They have a free viewing gallery so come and check them out. Bookings are recommended so you don’t miss out as they get super busy!

3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Tel: 1300 366 364