​​​​Meet the IRCIG Executive...

Office Bearers

​Dr Glenn Eastwood

CCRN, BN, BN(Hons), Grad DipNsg(Crit Care), PhD

Chair, IRCIG Executive

Glenn Eastwood is the Intensive Care Research Manager at the Austin Hospital. He commenced this current role at the Austin Hospital in January, 2009 and has quickly become one of Australia’s most experienced and successful Intensive Care nurse researchers. He has had considerable exposure to the conduct and publication of ICU clinical trials by working at the Austin Hospital ICU and helping to conduct multiple CTG studies.

In 2013 Glenn completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Deakin University with a thesis titled ‘Oxygen therapy management for patients at risk of respiratory dysfunction’. Glenn’s post-doctoral research interest is aimed at improving the quality and safety of respiratory care for hospitalised patients.

Glenn is a member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) and provides peer review for the Australian Critical Care, the Journal of Clinical Nursing and Critical Care & Resuscitation.

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​Vice-Chair, IRCIG Executive

​Dr Rachael Parke


Immediate Past Chair, IRCIG Executive

Rachael Parke is a Nurse Senior Research Fellow in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit at Auckland City Hospital, NZ. Rachael is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Coordinator Interest Group (IRCIG) and Secretary of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group Committee. Rachael has recently been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and was a Health Research Council (HRC) Clinical Research training fellow during that time. She is lead investigator for a programme of research investigating the effects of fluid management following cardiac surgery and holds an HRC feasibility grant for this work. She is on the management committee of several studies including the RELIEF, PHARLAP (alveolar recruitment strategies in patients with ARDS) and Supplemental PN studies. Rachael has published more than 28 articles and been Principal or Co-investigator on peer reviewed research grants exceeding NZ$1.872 million including 5 Health Research Council of New Zealand grants. Her research interests include oxygen therapy, noninvasive ventilation and cardiac surgery associated acute kidney injury.​

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Ms Miranda Hardie

​Secretary, IRCIG Executive​

Miranda Hardie is a Clinical Nurse Specialist working in the Intensive Care Unit, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.  Since 2004, Miranda has played an integral role in the ongoing co-ordination of research at John Hunter Hospital.  During this time, Miranda has had a leading responsibility for the coordination of over 30 studies in the Intensive Care Unit and more recently direct involvement in the development and implementation of single and multi-centred research.  Miranda has been an active member of IRCIG since 2005, elected to Secretary in 2013 being re-elected to the position in 2015.  Miranda is expected to complete her Masters in clinical epidemiology at the end of 2015.​

​Mrs Christina Whitehead

Email List Moderator​

Christina Whitehead is the Research Coordinator at Westmead ICU (since 2009). IRCIG ACT/NSW representative 2012-2014. Bachelor of Nursing, RN, (2007​) Master of Bioethics (2011), both from the University of Sydney. Member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law, (since 2014).​

For queries related to the IRCIG Mailing List please email Christina Whitehead.
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Ms Claire Sherring

​PSG Representative, IRCIG Executive​

Claire Sherring has been ​Research Coordinator for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Starship Children’s Hospital NZ for the last 5 years. Originally from the UK Claire has worked within ICU in NZ since 2001, mainly in adult ICU as a nurse educator until moving into the world of Paediatrics and research. Claire has been study coordinator for a large US led trial and local investigator led studies, also site co-ordinator for numerous other studies, with a focus on traumatic brain injury outcomes, and developmental outcomes following cardiac surgery. Claire is an ANZICS Paediatric study group (PSG) committee member and ANZICS Clinical Trials Group (CTG) endorsement reviewer as well as an active member of NZ research groups.

Regional Representatives​​

ACT and NSW Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

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Mr Paul Jarrett

QLD Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

Paul Jarrett has been Research Coordinator at the RBWH for over 6 years. He has been involved in numerous trials on a national and international level. He is currently studying for a Masters of applied Science (Research) and hopes to articulate to PhD at the end of 2016. His current research interests include; Drug administration errors, ethical & legal issues in critical care research, and he is developing a keen interest in statistical analysis of large data sets in ICU.

Ms Patricia Williams

RGN BNP (Int Care)

SA and TAS Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

Tricia Williams is the Clinical Practice Consultant-Research/Blood Gas Laboratory Manager, Department of Intensive Care Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), South Australia. She is an Affiliate Lecturer in the Discipline of Acute Care, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Science at the University of Adelaide and an Adjunct Research Fellow, School Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University. Tricia has been an Investigator and/or Management Committee Member on several ANZIC-RC studies including the ARISE randomised controlled trial, the ARISE health economic evaluation, and the The Augmented versus Routine approach to Giving Energy Trial: A randomised controlled trial (TARGET) which will commence in 2016. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing Practice and several advanced courses in critical care nursing, and she is also a Registered Nurse. She has been involved in clinical research in intensive care at TQEH since 1997, during that time she has been an Investigator on 47 research studies and an author/investigator on a number of publications including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. Tricia is an Executive Committee Member of the Intensive Care Research Coordinators Interest Group (IRCIG).
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Ms Samantha Bates            

VIC Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

Samantha Bates is the current Research Manager for the Department of Intensive Care, Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine at Western Health.  Samantha manages all research trials for both the Footscray & Sunshine Hospital ICU’s, as well as all Anaesthesia research trials that recruit across any of the four Western Health Hospitals.  Samantha manages three other part-time research coordinators, and a full-time research intern student.  The extension of Samantha's job role into Anaesthesia research has been an interesting and rewarding journey (consenting “healthier” pre-operative patients is hugely different to ICU patients!!!).  Juggling cross campuses and cross disciplines is certainly challenging and every day at work is never the same… With over 28 trials currently “on the books” Samantha would describe herself as very busy!!​​

Ms Annemarie Palermo

WA and NT Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

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Ms Eileen Gilder 

NZ Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

Eileen Gilder works in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care, Auckland City Hospital. This is a tertiary referral centre and provides the NZ ECMO and transplant service.

Eileen has worked ​in CVICU for 6 years and has a background in Critical Care and Cardiac Rehabilitation in the UK. Currently Eileen works as a Research Nurse & Staff Nurse on the CVICU and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research at Victoria University, Wellington.​