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!!
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.
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.
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.
Data, Quality & Research Team Leader PICU Honorary Research Fellow Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI)
I completed my general nursing in 1984, in 1987 paediatric certificate, 1990 Paediatric Intensive Care certificate, 2002 Bachelor Health Sciences- Nursing Bioscience, and 2009 Association Clinical Research Professional Clinical Research Coordinator accreditation achieved- and currently maintained. ANZICS Clinical Trials Group endorsement reviewer 2013- Ongoing. Executive committee member Paediatric Study Group since 2006. Deputy team leader MCRI PICU- clinical sciences theme.
Working in PICU at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne since 1986 and as research coordinator since 2001. Coordinator for many projects in PICU single site, multicentre and as coordinating investigator.
Allison has been an Intensive Care Research Coordinator at University Hospital Geelong since 2007. University Hospital Geelong is a mixed adult and paediatric unit which has 17 ICU beds, and is the only public hospital tertiary ICU in the Barwon South West region.
Allison’s strengths are; collaboration with others, being able to assist and encourage clinicians to integrate clinical research into their practice; her ability to ensure protocol adherence, and with that educating colleagues around standard research practices. She believes this is essential to a unit with a strong emphasis on research that provides evidence-based care aimed at improving patient outcomes.
Allison always respects the willingness of patients and families to consider and/or participate in clinical research, even though it may not directly help them in their critical illness. Without their participation, our intensive care community could not find the answers to important questions aimed at improving outcomes for patients.
Magdalena Butler from Auckland Hospital Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) has 4 years’ experience as a part-time RC in CVICU and also works part-time as a staff nurse in the ICU. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in critical care, a Master of Science from Red Cross University, Sweden, and is currently studying her Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research.