ICU Update Program

The ICU Update is a mixture of plenary and workshop sessions that will address important clinical issues for the practicing ICU Specialist.  


Registrations Open
08:55 - 09:00
Welcome to the 2019 ICU Update
A/Prof Peter Kruger, Dr Priya Nair
Meeting Rooms 1&2
09:00 - 10:30
Chairs: A/Prof Peter Kruger, Dr Priya Nair
MR 1&2
09:00 - 09:20
Paracetamol- Old dog new tricks.
Dr Angela Chiew

09:20 - 09:40
Shocking Tox 1.
Dr Katherine Isoardi

09:40 - 10:00
Pharmacological restraint of the agitated drug affected patient.
Dr Jason Fletcher

10:00 - 10:20
Recreational/Illicit Drugs Update.
Dr David Pearson

10:20 - 10:30
Q & A
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
Chairs: A/Prof Peter Kruger, Dr Priya Nair
MR 1&2
11:00 - 11:20
Drug induced metabolic acidosis.
Dr Kylie McArdle

11:20 - 11:40
Extracorporeal therapies for toxin ingestion.
Dr Darren Roberts

11:40 - 12:00
Shocking tox-2 (vasodilators) or Hot Tox.
Dr Katherine Isoardi

12:00 - 12:20

12:20 - 12:30
Q & A
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:25
13:30 - 14:25
Workshop 1
PercutaneousTracheostomy hands on.
A/Prof Peter Kruger
Dr George PangMeeting Room 9
Workshop 2
What families have taught us about organ donation.
Dr Rohit D'Costa
Ms Michelle SkinnerMeeting Room 2
Workshop 3
Extracorporeal treatments in poisoning: starting, stopping and assessing if it helped.
Dr Darren RobertsMeeting Room 3
Workshop 4
Severe respiratory failure-Prone Ventilation logistics & Ventilator waveforms.
Dr Steve MorganMeeting Room 4

13:35 - 14:25
Workshop 5
Paediatric resuscitation - For the adult intensivist.
Dr Melita TroutMeeting Room 7
Workshop 6
Providing constructive feedback to trainees.
Dr Rob BevanMeeting Room 1
Workshop 7
Cardiac Pacing.
Dr Leo NunninkMeeting Room 8

14:30 - 15:25
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:55
17:00 - 18:30
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ICU Update Workshops - Thursday 6th June

With a number of afternoon workshops running concurrently, delegates will be asked to indicate their 3 preferences when registering. 

These workshops have strict limits on numbers to allow for maximum discussion and involvement so please register your attendance early to avoid missing out on what is going to be an exceptional day for our College Fellows.  
Delegates will be allocated specifc times to attend their selected workshops, this information will be provide onsite.   We ask people to adhere to the timings to allow for small numbers in each workshop. 
A number of workshops times have booked out, please select different timeslots or email should you wsh to be placed on a waitlist

Workshop 1 - PercutaneousTracheostomy hands on

A workshop covering various aspects of tracheostomy in the ICU. We plan to have simulation set ups for both Bronchoscopy and Percutaneous Insertion so all participants get “hands on” experience. The workshop will cover topics such as: Using ultrasound in tracheostomy insertion, , Using a laryngeal mask for the procedure,  The morbidly obese patient, Equipment advances and Managing Complications. Facilitators:  Dr George Pang and Associate Professor Peter Kruger.

Workshop 2 - What families have taught us about Organ Donation

The workshop will consider challenges faced by Intensive Care clinicians when providing care to potential organ donors and their families. Using a combination of real life patient stories and hypothetical cases, the participants will be asked to consider their responses to common scenarios in group discussion. We will then discuss what the very families in these stories have taught us through working with them in the ICU as well as in longitudinal follow up over many years.

Facilitators: Dr Rohit D'Costa & Ms Michelle Skinner

Workshop 3 - Extracorporeal treatments in poisoning: starting, stopping and assessing if it helped.

Evidence supporting the efficacy of renal replacement therapies for the treatment of poisonings are fairly low quality based on usual criteria (eg. RCTs). Nevertheless, there are data which provide strong support for the use of renal replacement therapies in some poisonings and against its use in others. In other circumstances the decision is made on a case-by-case basis depending on various factors. This workshop will take a case-based approach to discussing the existing evidence and data informing decision-making for the use of renal replacement therapies in clinical toxicology. Further, it will explore which data are useful for evaluating the effect of a renal replacement therapy, whether for self-reflection or for publication purposes.

Facilitator: Dr Darren Roberts

Workshop 5 - Paediatric resuscitation for the adult Intensivist

This session is designed to equip adult intensivists working in general/mixed units with the skills to perform initial resuscitation of a child in their hospital environment.  The workshop aims to answer the following questions: 

  • what’s different in paediatric ALS and how can I make it easier for my team?
  • can I still use my ultrasound/echo probe?
  • what about the weird stuff (a smidge on metabolic and cardiac conditions)?

Facilitators: Dr Adam Holyoak, Dr April Win, Dr Anil Gautam, Dr Melita Trout


The ICU Update committee reserve the right to make changes to the program if necessary.


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2018 Hobart

2017 Sydney

2016 Adelaide

2015 Darwin