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Keynote Speakers

Guest Speaker

Warwick AndersonProfessor Warwick Anderson
Chief Executive Officer

Professor Warwick Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHMRC, Australia's major governmental funding body for health and medical research. Previously, he was Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Baker Medical Research Institute, following research fellowships at the University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School. Professor Anderson obtained his PhD from the University of Adelaide. His research has focused on renal causes of hypertension, including the roles of renal vascular remodeling, renal innervation and the renin-angiotensin system. He has published over 170 peer review articles. Professor Anderson is a member of the Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Council, a Board member of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, a member of Heads of International (Biomedical) Research Organizations and of the National Lead Clinicians Group. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and an International Fellow of the American Heart Foundation. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.

International Speakers

Mary Kay BaderMary Kay Bader
Neuroscience/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, California, USA

Mary Kay Bader has been a nurse for 34 years with an emphasis in neuroscience/critical care nurse for 31 years. She has been CCRN certified since 1982 and CNRN since 1983 and received her CCNS in 2006. She has published in the following journals: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, AACN Clinical Issues, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart and Lung, Critical Care Nurse, Dimensions in Critical care, Journal of Trauma, and Neurocritical Care. Ms. Bader is the co-editor for the 2010 and 2004 AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing. She is the only nursing member of the editorial board for the journal Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management. She also sits on the editorial board of the American Journal of Critical Care and is a reviewer for Critical Care Nurse and the American Heart Association. Ms. Bader serves on the Neurocritical care Society Board of directors and was recently elected as President Elect AANN (term begins 1 May 2012). She is co-editor of 2008 AACN AANN Protocols for Practice in Neuro Critical Care. Ms. Bader is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Brain Trauma Foundation and on the Neurocritical Care Society Board of Directors. She was elected President-Elect for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (term begins May 2012). She has received the following awards: 2009 AACN Flame of Excellence Award, 2008 AACN Circle of Excellence Award – CNS, 2005 AACN Circle of Excellence Award – Mentor, 2004 Bayada Technology in Nursing Award, 2001 AACN Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse, 1999 Excellence Core Value Award at Mission Hospital, and 1996 Excellence in Interdisciplinary Collaboration from Georgetown University Hospital. She has been a member of the team receiving the following awards: 2001 AACN Innovision Award, 2000 AACN Multidisciplinary Team Award, and 2000 and 2008 Ernest Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital/Organizations. In 2008, she was appointed as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA).

J Geoff ChaseProfessor J Geoff Chase
Professorial Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury,
New Zealand

Professor J. Geoffrey Chase received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1986 in Mechanical Engineering. His M.S. and PhD were obtained at Stanford University in 1991 and 1996 in the departments of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, respectively. He spent 6 years working for General Motors between various degrees and a further 5 years consulting and doing research in Silicon Valley, including positions at Xerox PARC, GN ReSound, Hughes Space and Communications and Infineon Technologies, before going to the University of Canterbury in 2000. His fundamental research area is at the intersection of engineering, clinical medicine and physiology, called model-based therapeutics. These areas have been primarily applied in his research to biomedical and clinical medical systems and devices focusing on creating efficient delivery and optimized, patient-specific health care.

J Randall CurtisProfessor J Randall Curtis MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine,
Section Head, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Dr Curtis is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and Section Head for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. His research focuses on improving palliative and end-of-life care for patients with critical illness and their families and improving communication about end-of-life care for patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses including COPD, heart failure, AIDS, and cancer. He has had over 15 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and is currently Principal Investigator for 3 grants from the National Institutes of Health including two R01 Awards and a K24 Award. The majority of his research funding has been from the National Institute of Nursing Research. He has been a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (2006 -2010). He has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed research articles and more than 100 editorials and chapters. He has been the recipient of several awards in this area including the Roger C. Bone Award for Advances End-of-life Care from the American College of Chest Physicians and the Grenvik Family Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He also received the 2012 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care. He served as the President of the American Thoracic Society in 2009-2010.

Christina JonesDr Christina Jones
Nurse Consultant Critical Care Rehabilitation & Honorary Reader, Intensive Care Whiston Hospital and Institute of Aging & Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool, UK

Having trained originally as a biochemist I retrained as a nurse. Initially I worked in acute medicine and then after two years moved into general ICU and then cardiothoracic critical care. In 1990 I became a research nurse with the remit of setting up a follow-up programme at Whiston Hospital on Merseyside, UK, to examine long term recovery from critical illness. Following research examining the problems ICU patients face during recovery, I designed and tested a rehabilitation package for ICU patients for my PhD, completed in 2000. This programme is now part of our standard discharge package. I became a Nurse Consultant in Critical Care Rehabilitation in October 2003 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2004. I now run the counselling service for ICU patients as well as the follow-up clinic and seeing patients in ICU, on the wards and at home. My most recent completed research project was a multi-national study of the impact of ICU diaries on the development of post traumatic stress disorder. I was awarded an honorary readership from the University of Liverpool in 2011 in recognition of my research contribution.

Daren HeylandDr Daren Heyland
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Dr Daren Heyland is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology. He currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at the Kingston General Hospital which functions as a methods center for multicenter clinical research (See He has a variety of research interests which include 3 CIHR-funded programs of research in nutrition (see, infection (see, and end of life care (see Overall, Dr. Heyland has published approximately 200 peer-reviewed papers, raised more than $26 million in external grant support including more than $16 million from CIHR, and given > 200 international presentations.

Brian KavanaghDr Brian Kavanagh MD
Staff Physician, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children Chair, Department of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Medicine,University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Kavanagh graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 1985. Following residency in Internal Medicine in Dublin and in Anaesthesia (residency and fellowship) in Toronto, he trained in Critical Care Medicine in Stanford. He returned to the Toronto General Hospital in 1994 and in 1999 moved to the Hospital for Sick Children where he is a clinician-scientist and holds the Dr. Geoffrey Barker Chair in Critical Care Medicine. He is a professor of anesthesia, medicine and physiology, and in 2006 was appointed chair of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. His laboratory investigates molecular and physiological mechanisms of ventilator-induced lung injury and the mechanisms of action of CO2 on the lung, and is supported by two operating grants and previous career awards from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and from the Ontario Government. Dr. Kavanagh regularly presents at international meetings. He chairs the executive committee for the Critical Care Canada-Forum and is past program chair for the critical care assembly at the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Kavanagh is the physician lead for the Organ Donation Program and chairs the Organ & Tissue Donation committee at the Hospital for Sick Children. He serves or has served on the editorial advisory boards of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, and is an associate editor of Anesthesiology.

Kathryn MaitlandProfessor Kathryn Maitland
Professor of Paediatric Tropical Infectious Diseases and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease, Imperial College, London, UK
Honorary Fellow, MRC Clinical Trials Unit, London, UK

Prof Maitland specialises in paediatric infectious disease, critical care and international child health. She leads a research group whose major research portfolio includes severe malaria, bacterial sepsis and severe malnutrition. Her work focuses upon understanding the pathophysiology of severe malaria and severe malnutrition and includes clinical trials of emergency interventions to improve outcome. The research group has recently completed the largest trial of critically children ever undertaken in Africa (FEAST trial: - examining fluid resuscitation strategies in children with severe febrile illness (including malaria and bacterial sepsis) which is likely to lead to major changes in health policy in children with severe illness in sub-Saharan Africa. Prof Maitland work has contributed to the development of national and international guidelines. Prof Maitland is also the lead investigator of a programme of prospective studies of severe malnutrition in Kilifi and working with the WHO Special Advisory Committee on severe malnutrition working to produce improved evidenced-based guidelines for the management of Severe Malnutrition. Her group have identified common factors associated with poor outcome and criteria for identifying high risk patients. She has undertaken and published pharmacokinetic studies and a clinical trial examining the best fluid resuscitation strategies.

Gordon D RubenfeldProfessor Gordon D Rubenfeld MD MSc
Chief, Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine Program; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada;
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada; Affiliate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, USA

Gordon Rubenfeld is the inaugural Chief of the Program in Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Rubenfeld received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature at Johns Hopkins University; his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College; his internal medicine training at Duke University; and his Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He has served on numerous professional society committees for the American Thoracic Society including the Bioethics, Critical Care Long Range Planning, Health Policy, and Critical Care Program committees. He is the director of the Advanced Clinical Research section of the Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research course administered by the ATS. He is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of Respiratory Care, the Journal of Critical Care, and Critical Care. Dr. Rubenfeld’s research focuses on the clinical epidemiology and outcomes of critical illness syndromes, the transfer of evidence into clinical practice, and end-of-life care issues in the ICU. His research is funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health. He has served on numerous advisory panels and consensus groups in critical care including the American European Consensus Conference on Acute Lung Injury and the Surviving Sepsis guideline committee. He has served on study sections for the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Ongoing projects include a cluster randomized trial of interventions to increase use of lung protective ventilation in patients with acute lung injury and a randomized trial to improve long-term outcomes in survivors of prolonged mechanical ventilation.

Sasha HerringSasha Herring
Retrieval Nurse Practitioner
Evelina Children’s Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Sasha Herring works as a Retrieval Nurse Practitioner at the Evelina Children's Hospital in London. Her nurse training was at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, and after a brief flirtation with adult nursing, she fell into paediatrics and never left. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1998 to work in PICU at Guy's Hospital after working at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane. Sasha began working independently as an RNP in 2006 in the first programme of its kind in Europe. As part of her MSc (Children's Advanced Nurse Practitioner) she has qualified as an Independent Prescriber and studied the management of pain in children. Alongside the RNP role, Sasha holds a position as a Sister in the Evelina's 20 bed PICU. It is a busy unit with approximately 1200 admissions per year, a large number of which come through the cardiac surgical programme. The PICU operates an integrated retrieval service transferring 750 - 800 children per year within the South Thames Region. Approximately half of these retrievals are performed by Retrieval Nurse Practitioners.

Sasha HerringDr Moritoki Egi
Chief Physician
Department of Anesthesiology And Intensive Care Medicine, National Cancer Research Center - Central Hospital

Dr. Egi graduated from Okayama University (Okayama) in 1999. Following residency and trainee in anesthesiology and intensive care, he was clinical research fellow in department of intensive care, Austin hospital (Melbourne). He returned to Okayama university hospital in 2005 and in 2012 moved to the National cancer research center-Central hospital (Tokyo). He is a chief of physician in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine. Dr. Egi received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Okayama University. His research focuses on the clinical epidemiology and outcomes of critical illness, especially in blood glucose and body temperature control in critically ill patients. He has published over 50 peer review articles. His research is funded primarily by grants-in-aid for scientific research from the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture of Japan. He has served as principal investigator of Japan-Korea Intensive Care Study group (JAKOICS). He has served also on numerous society committees for Japanese society of intensive care medicine including Clinical Trial Group committee and international communication committee and Japanese society of respiratory care medicine including multicenter clinical trial committee.

Invited Speakers - Adult Program

Mr. Brett Abbenbroek - Statewide Intensive Care Clinical Information System (ICCIS) Program Manager, NSW Ministry of Health, NSW

Professor Leanne Aitken - Professor of Critical Care Nursing, Princess Alexandra Hospital & Griffith University, QLD

Dr. Mike Anderson - Director, Intensive Care Services, Launceston General Hospital, TAS

Mr. Duncan Bamford - Clinical Practice Consultant, MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval, SA Ambulance Service, SA

Professor Rinaldo Bellomo - Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne, VIC; Honorary Professor of Medicine, Monash University, VIC; Honorary Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney, NSW; Concurrent Professor, University of Nanjing, China; Principal Research Fellow, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne, VIC; Director of Intensive Care Research and Staff Specialist in Intensive Care, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC

Professor Andrew Bersten - Professor and Head, Critical Care Unit, Flinders University, SA; Director of Intensive and Critical Care Unit, Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Professor Alex Brown - Theme Leader, Indigenous Health Research, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, SA

Mr. Rand Butcher - Clinical Nurse Consultant, Critical Care, Tweed Byron Network, NSW

Ms. Yael Cass - Chief Executive Officer, Organ and Tissue Authority, ACT

Dr. Diane Chamberlain Senior - Lecturer Critical Care Nursing, Coordinator Critical Care Studies, Flinders University, SA

Associate Professor Marianne Chapman - Associate Professor, Discipline of Acute Care Medicine, University of Adelaide, SA; Consultant Intensivist, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Ms. Wendy Corkill - Clinical Nurse Specialist/Cardiac Nurse Coordinator, Alice Springs Hospital, NT

Associate Professor Andrew Davies - Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, VIC; Consultant Intensivist, The Alfred Intensive Care Unit, VIC

Mr. Nigel Fealy - Nurse Educator, Intensive Care, Austin Health, VIC

Associate Professor Arthas Flabouris - Clinical Associate Professor, Acute Care Medicine Discipline, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Mrs. Michelle Foster - Nurse Unit Manager, Intensive Care, Gold Coast Hospital, QLD

Mrs. Anna Green - Manager Intensive Care Liaison Department, Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Western Health, VIC

Ms. Deb Herewane - Clinical Service Coordinator, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Professor Michael Horowitz - Professor, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide, SA; Director, Endocrine and Metabolic Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Dr. Farida Khawaja - Registrar Emergency Medicine, Royal Hobart Hospital, TAS

Associate Professor Peter Kruger - Associate Professor of Anaethesia and Critical Care, University of Queensland, QLD; Deputy Director, Intensive Care Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD

Mr. Chris McCaskill - Clinical Service Coordinator, Emergency Department, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA

Ms. Briony Mitchell - ICU Burns Liaison Nurse, Burns Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Associate Professor Marion Mitchell - Principal Research Fellow, Griffith University, QLD; Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, LD

Professor John Myburgh - Professor of Critical Care, University of New South Wales; Director of Critical Care and Trauma at George Institute for Global Health; Senior Intensive Care Physician, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, The St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW; President, College of Intensive Care Medicine

Associate Professor Michael O'Leary - Associate Professor, Intensive Care Medicine, University of New South Wales; Consultant Intensivist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW; Immediate Past President, ANZICS

Dr. Helen Opdam - Consultant Intensivist, The Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC; Medical Director of Organ and Tissue Donation, DonateLife, VIC

Ms. Dorethy Pannell - Nurse Education Facilitator, Intensive Care Unit, Lyell McEwin Hospital, SA

Dr. Jennifer Paratz - Chair and Research Fellow, Burns, Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre, University of Queensland, QLD

Associate Professor Sandra Peake - Associate Professor, Discipline of Acute Care Medicine, University of Adelaide, SA, Consultant Intensivist, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, SA

Dr. Peter Prager - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA

Professor Michael Reade - Defence Professor of Military Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland; Lieutenant Colonel, Australian Defence Force; Consultant Intensivist, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, QLD

Professor Peter Reilly - Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Adelaide, SA

Ms. Erica Rosenzweig - Clinical Service Coordinator, Spinal Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Associate Professor John Santamaria - Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, VIC; Director, Intensive Care Unit, St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne, VIC

Dr. Paul Secombe - Registrar, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Mr. Ben Stanton - Clinical Practice Consultant, MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, SA

Dr. Penny Stewart - Director, Intensive Care Unit, Alice Springs Hospital, NT

Dr. Stephen Streat - Consultant Intensivist, Auckland City Hospital, NZ; Clinical Director Organ Donation New Zealand

Dr. Antony Tobin - Deputy Director, Intensive Care Unit, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC

Mr. Jason Watterson - Lecturer Practitioner – ICU Post Graduate Coordinator, Master of Nursing (Intensive Care), The Alfred/La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC

Ms. Carla Zampatti - Squadron Leader, Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve; Acting Clinical Practice Consultant, Emergency Department, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA


Invited Speakers - Paediatric Program

Dr. Jane Cocks - Clinical Director, Paediatric and Neonatal Retrieval, MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, SA

Dr. Simon Erickson - Staff Specialist, Intensive Care, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, WA

Dr. Rose Fahy - Director, Paediatric Services, Alice Springs Hospital, NT

Dr. Marino Festa - Department of Paediatric Intensive Care, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW

Dr. Subodh Ganu - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA

Ms. Nicola Gini - Nurse Manager, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Starship Children's Health, Auckland District Health Board, NZ

Dr. Peter Harrigan - Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management, John Hunter Hospital, NSW

Dr. Steve Keeley - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Women’s and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, SA

Dr. Michael Stark - Post Doctoral Researcher Clinical Neonatologist, The University of Adelaide, SA

Dr. Christopher JC Williams - Staff Specialist Paediatrician/Intensivist, NPICU, Royal Hobart Hospital, TAS

Associate Professor David Winlaw - Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon Head, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW

Dr. Michael Yung - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Women’s and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, SA

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