Novice Investigator Group (NovIG)

Are you relatively new to the world of ICU research? Do you know anyone who is? Please let them know about the Novice Investigator Group.

What is the Novice Investigator Group (NovIG)?

Established in 2019, the NovIG is an ANZICS Clinical Trials Group endorsed working group that aims to:

  • Provide a peer support network for ICU novice investigators from all clinical backgrounds.
  • Provide a forum for discussion of issues affecting ICU novice investigators.
  • Advocate on issues affecting ICU novice investigators.
  • Facilitate collaborative research.

Download the NovIG Terms of Reference (Jan 2019)

Who are your NovIG Committee?

Elections for the inaugural NovIG Committee were held electronically on the 29 April 2019. The following members were elected for a two-year tenure. Please visit the NovIG Committee Page for more information.

Chair A/Prof Kimberley Haines
ICU Physiotherapist and Research Lead, Western Health, NHMRC Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Victoria
Vice-chair Dr Lisa Higgins
Senior Research Fellow at the ANZIC-RC, Monash University, Victoria
CTG Trainee Rep
Dr Emily See
Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Intensive Care Fellow, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Victoria
Secretary Dr Neil Glassford
Senior Registrar, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
Medical Representative Dr Antony Attokaran
Staff Specialist – ICU, Rockhampton Hospital. Director of Clinical Training , Rockhampton Hospital. Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Allied Health Representative Dr Lee-anne Chapple
Dietitian & NHMRC Research Fellow, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA
Nursing Representative Vacant

Who can be a member?

Membership is open to all health professionals:

  • Currently working within, or associated with, intensive care units of private or public hospitals within Australia and New Zealand. This includes those with university appointments or students actively engaged, or seeking to be engaged, in ICU-related research activities;
  • That do not hold an academic title higher than senior lecturer/senior research fellow; and
  • Who either have not completed a PhD, or completed a PhD less than 5 years earlier.

There is provision for individuals who do not meet these criteria to be admitted as members of NovIG at the discretion of the NovIG Executive Committee, either by invitation or on application. If you don’t meet the above criteria but still want to be involved, we very much encourage you to detail your reasons on the application form.

Membership is free.

How do I get involved?

Membership of the Novice Investigator Group (NovIG) is now open for applications

Membership Form

What do we do?

The NovIG currently provides professional development and networking opportunities for the NovIG community alongside the ANZICS CTG Annual Meeting and Winter forums and ANZICS Annual Scientific Meeting on a range of topics and formats.

We are here to support your needs so we want you to tell us what you need! If you have suggestions for topics or speakers you would like to hear from please get in touch.


How do I get in touch?




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