​​​​Meet the IRCIG Executive...

Office Bearers

A/Prof 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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Dr Naomi Hammond

RN, BN, MN (Crit. Care), MPH (with Merit), PhD

​Vice-Chair, IRCIG Executive

Naomi is the Critical Care and Trauma Divisional Research Manager and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, and the Intensive Care Clinical Research Manager at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. She is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a member of the Research Advisory Panel of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN).

Naomi has extensive clinical trials operational experience as well as having a strong academic record that includes numerous scholarships and awards. These include an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) post-graduate scholarship to undertake a PhD in knowledge translation of fluid resuscitation research into critical care practice, the 2010 ACCCN best nursing review paper, and best poster prize at the 2011 Singaporean, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) inaugural critical care conference.

Naomi has published research in a few key areas of critical care with more than 40 papers published in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Critical Care, Australian Critical Care, and Critical Care and Resuscitation, plus 2 chapters in international critical care textbooks specifically on fluid resuscitation. Naomi has been invited to present her research and has actively submitted research for presentation at more than 15 national and international conferences over the past 5 years. She is a reviewer for 10 journals including British Medical Journal, PLOS one, Critical Care, Australian Critical Care, and Critical Care and Resuscitation. Naomi sits on more than 10 national and international study scientific management committees and her research funding totals over $6 million AUD. 

​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 Elizabeth Yarad

​Secretary, IRCIG Executive​

 ​Elizabeth Yarad is a Research Coordinator in the Intensive Care Clinical Research Unit of Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) and a member of the NSW Branch Committee of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN). 

Elizabeth is an experienced ICU nurse who has worked for 20 years in intensive care, specialising in neurosurgical intensive care, completing her Masters in Nursing (Major: education) in 2011. Prior to commencing with the Clinical Research Unit, Elizabeth gained experience in a variety of roles such as an Intensive Care clinical nurse educator and Quality Coordinator. 

 ‘Intravenous magnesium therapy in adult patients with an aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage: A systematic review and meta-analysis’ was published in Australian Critical Care and won the ACCCN Best Nursing Review Paper Prize in 2012. Currently Elizabeth is responsible for the coordination of a broad range of nursing & medical projects, is on the management committees for TTM-TBI & Cognitive Impairment post ICU and is the Principal Investigator for ICU-ROX TRIPS at RNSH. 

​Ms Therese Starr

Email List Moderator​ (Acting), IRCIG Executive​

For queries related to the IRCIG Mailing List please e​mail Therese Starr​.

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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

​​Position vacant.

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Mr Jason Meyer

QLD Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

​Jason started as a graduate RN in ICU in 2011 after completing his Bachelor in Nursing at QUT. Since then he has taken over the Research Coordinator role at the Princess Alexandra Hospital ICU. He has been in the role for over 3 years and has also worked part-time as a CRA for The George Institute for over 2 years and filled in for the Email List Moderator role for IRCIG in 2016.

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 Rima Song

NZ Regional Representative, IRCIG Executive

Rima Song is a research coordinator for intensive care unit at Middlemore hospital. Originally from China, Rima joined Middlemore team in 2001 and completed post-graduate diploma (specializing in ICU nursing) in 2011. Rima has been in the research role for 5 years, and has been the site coordinator for many US led pharmaceutical and CTG studies.​