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The Intensivist: June 2018

August 28, 2018





The Intensivist


June Edition





In This Issue




  • Rinaldo Bellomo
  • ANZICS House Update
  • Meet The Experts Podcast: Dr Gareth Davies
  • S&Q Conference Update
  • Reflecting on 2018 SG-ANZICS 
  • Critical Care Pearls




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ANZICS House is currently relocating to a new address. Office phones will be down from Wednesday 20th June – Monday 25th June. Please contact with any queries, email access will be intermittent during this time. The website will be down until Wednesday 27th June. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



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It is with great pleasure that we recently learnt that Professor Rinaldo Bellomo has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to intensive care medicine as a biomedical scientist, researcher, author, and developer of infrastructure/systems to manage the critically ill.




Within ANZICS, one of Professor Bellomo’s most notable contributions has been as the founding chair of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group (CTG).  The CTG has gone on to become one of the world’s largest and most successful critical care research networks, incorporating 70 Adult and Paediatric Intensive Care Units and more than 650 clinicians and researchers.  As a founder and leader of the CTG, Professor Bellomo has dedicated an extraordinary amount of his own time and energy to create a research program that has saved thousands of lives through improvements in patient care and made Australian research some of the most highly regarded at a global level. The impact of Professor Bellomo is such that he has created entirely new systems of practice that influence critical care delivery in all parts of the world and improve the health of millions of critically ill patients.

Rinaldo’s contributions to advancing acute care medicine have impacted on the lives of people around the world. Through his leadership, research, publications and clinical care, he has made healthcare more effective, much safer and more patient focussed. As a role model, mentor and teacher, he has been instrumental in the professional development of countless critical care clinicians both here in Australia and overseas.

Please join with ANZICS in applauding and celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of Professor Bellomo.









We are pleased to announce that the Society has now confirmed the location of the new office at Suite 1.01, Level 1, 277 Camberwell Road, Camberwell VIC 3124. This is an exciting time for all of those involved in the sale of ANZICS House at Ievers Terrace and the staff to move into a modern, leased office for the next few years. This coincides with a series of transformational changes for the Society, including of a refresh to the existing logo, a new website and an app under development. 









Dr Anthony Holley interviews Dr Gareth Davies at the 2017 ANZICS/ACCCN ASM on the Gold Coast. Gareth has a specialist interest in the prehospital phase of injury, traumatic and medical cardiac arrest, mechanism of injury, and major incident management. He has published in over 50 peer reviewed journals. The service has a reputation for strong clinical governance and has introduced many innovative techniques and processes such as prehospital thoracotomy and REBOA. Gareth has a specific interest in impact brain apnoea and its role in major trauma survival. He has been the lead consultant at many of London’s major incidents, including the Paddington Rail Disaster and the 7th of July 2005 Bombings.





2018 ANZICS Safety & Quality Conference 




Come and join your colleagues at the 2018 ANZICS Safety and Quality Conference, July 30 – 31 2018 at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

The internationally recognised faculty will deliver and inspiring and thought provoking 2 days. This year, the program will contain equal amounts of ICU general safety and quality, as well as topics surrounding deteriorating patients. The program includes the prevention and management of the deteriorating patient, the popular Rapid Response Team Training sessions, burnout in the ICU, end-of-life Care, sepsis, delirium, governance and outcome measures of safety and quality and rapid response systems, paediatric S&Q and paediatric deterioration and the perspective of Doug Wright from to speak on ‘Consumer communication and why relative matter’.

On Tuesday morning Philips will present a breakfast session and a Lululemon instructor will take a free yogalates session.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, Dr Tony Burrell, Dr Graeme Duke, Professor Simon Finfer, Dr John Gowardman, Mr Malcolm Green, Associate Professor Nerina Harley, Professor Imogen Mitchell, Dr Chris Nickson, Professor Yahya Shehabi, Professor Karin Thursky and Professor Andrew Udy,

Nursing Speakers
Andrea Doric, Mel Heland, Malcolm Green, Sharyn Milnes, Jo Pickford, Sue Shadbolt, Michelle Spence

Allied Health Speakers
Carol Hodgson, Bianca Levkovich, Peter Thomas, Natasha Truloff





Reflecting on 2018 SG-ANZICS

Dr David Ku, 2018 SG-ANZICS Convenor




In collaboration with our colleagues from Society of Intensive Care Medicine – Singapore (SICM), the 5th SG-ANZICS took place with record numbers of delegates, workshops and trade.  The warm hospitality of our Singaporean hosts were in abundance with a vibrant lion dance at the opening, an unforgettable 1-Michelin star faculty dinner at the Flower Dome, and a gala at the highest rooftop bar in the world at sunset.  SICM, ANZICS, and over 80% of our generous, high-calibre international faculty, contributed to 30 SG-ANZICS LMIC (Lower Middle Income Country) Education Awards that gave colleagues unique opportunities they otherwise would never have experienced.

I would like to thank our generous faculty and the organising committee for their efforts to make this unparallel event an resounding success, in particular Hon Liang Tan (SG Convenor), Wee Kim Fong (SG Scientific Convenor) and Ed Litton (ANZICS Scientific Convenor).  With diversity and a voice for the region as primary goals, I look forward to the continued development of SG-ANZICS to engage the Asia Pacific region in 2019.






All of the presentations from the ANZICS/ACCCN ASM and ANZICS Safety & Quality Conference can be found HERE










The ANZICS New South Wales Regional Committee Education Representative and Education Vice-Chair, Dr Swapnil Pawar has been leading a series of Educational Events. The Critical Care Pearls events have been well received by those attended and have featured some outstanding presenters. Recent events have seen presentations on the Ecology of ICU, Fluid Re-Appraisal and the next event in the series will be held on Ethical Research in ICU.

Check out presentations from previous Pearls below:

Ecology in ICU – Can we get it Right? Prof John Iredell

Re-appraisal of Fluid Therapy in ICU – Prof John Myburgh

Organ Donation – Past, Present and Future – Prof Michael O’Leary

NSW ANZICS Members don’t forget to RSVP to the next event on the 28th June. 






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