ANZICS CORE Critical Care Datathons

ANZICS 2024 Intensive Care Datathon 

We are excited to announce the next ANZICS Intensive Care Datathon will be held on Tuesday 9th April 2024, 8:30am to 5pm. Partnered with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the event will be held at The Gibson Room, on Level 10 of Z-Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane. Gardens Point Campus map


This is a great opportunity to explore large intensive care health datasets motivated by real-world questions with clinicians and data scientists working side-by-side.

Learn new skills and be mentored by the best in the field.

Registration is free!

What is a Datathon why is it important?

A datathon is an interactive event where participants work together in teams to solve a clinical question through applying data science tools and techniques to analyse large dataset(s). Clinicians and data scientists (including trainees) work together to generate insights and potential solutions to the clinical question.

Since 2017, ANZICS has hosted datathons to provide opportunities for intensive care clinicians and trainees, data scientists, biostatisticians and researchers to explore the large repository of data held in the ANZICS Clinical Registry to answer practical questions that may inform or improve patient care.

Partnering with the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Computer Science and Centre for Data Science, the ANZICS 2024 Intensive Care Datathon brings together clinical and data science enthusiasts and experts to explore the depths of the ANZICS Registry datasets which hold over 3 million episodes of care.        

We welcome students and trainees alike to get involved. Datathons are a great way to enhance your skills, refine a formal project idea and collaborate with diverse professionals, whilst being mentored along the way by the best experts in health and data science.

Dr Matt Maiden_Why a Critical Care Datathon is important

Why attend a Datathon? Ask the experts.

Datathon_How to ask answerable questions for publication_Prof Rinaldo Bellomo

Listen to our mentors as they explain how to prepare for the Datathon: Pre-Datathon Webinar

Register your interest by Friday 1st March. Click here (Program now closed)

About the Data:

The data provided will  be extracted from the ANZICS Registry and curated to preserve privacy, while providing enough information for meaningful analyses. Participants are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and if the work results in a publication, the ANZICS Publication Policy must be adhered to.  If there is scientific merit, we support and encourage teams to continue to work on their field of enquiry towards a formal publication beyond the day of the Datathon.

The datasets available to interrogate at the Dataton will be the ANZICS CORE Adult Database, the ANZICS CORE Critical Care Resources Dataset and a Queensland Health Dataset.

Who can attend the Datathon?

It is helpful if you are a:

– Clinician (or trainee) with real experience in the critical care environment

– Data Scientist (or trainee) with experience in

  • R/Python/Matlab or SQL queries
  • machine learning
  • statistical modelling or data visualisation.

How does it work?

Teams are each assigned a clinical question to interrogate one or more datasets with the aim of generating an insight or solution to the question. At the close of the day, each team will present their finding(s), providing the opportunity for participants to develop skills in showcasing the meaning and value behind the data and its application to the real world. The presentations will be judged by the Datathon mentors, with the top teams given the opportunity to present findings in a session at the 2024 ANZICS ACCCN Annual Scientific Meeting.

*Please note, some preparatory work may be required by participants prior to start of the Datathon.

What if we get stuck on a problem?

There is plenty of support for teams to navigate the challenge of the day, with Datathon mentors and experts in the field of Intensive Care Medicine and Data Science available to assist and mentor you every step of the way.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your own laptop (don’t forget the charger), be open to working with others and ready to jump in for the challenge. A rewarding and fun learning opportunity awaits!

What datasets will be available?

Teams may choose to use one or all the datasets on offer to answer their assigned clinical question.

The ANZICS Intensive Care Registry Datasets:
• The Adult Patient Database (FY 2018 – 2023)
• The Critical Care Resources Dataset (FY 2018 – 2023)
• The Socio-economic data by postcode

How are the Datathon presentations judged?

Abstract presentations are reviewed by the scientific mentors.  Judging is based on clinical relevance and impact – i.e. how your solution may influence or improve current practice, the novelty and impact of the proposed problem statement, the result presentation, and the Team’s plans for the study moving forward.

Find out more about the ANZICS CORE datasets:

APD and CCR Databases by David Pilcher_ANZICS CORE



The 2024 ANZICS Critical Care Datathon…come along and be a part of it!