The College would like to thank the following speakers for thier contribution to the 2019 ICU Update.
Rob is an Intensivist and General Physician, working full time in the Critical Care Complex at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. He is also the Education Officer and Treasurer of the College, having previously served as the New Fellows Representative and involved with both the RACP and CICM for over 15 years. Experience co-organising the New Fellows Conference, Fellow Education Workshops, CICM Management Skills Course and leading Hospital Accreditation visits have helped develop an interest in how the process of feedback can set the tone of a trainee relationship, reflect the culture of the ICU and even the wider hospital as we all try and grapple with what 'professionalism' really is.
Dr Angela Chiew is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist.
She works at Prince of Wales Hospital and for the NSW Poisons Information Centre.
She has a keen interest in research and is completing her PhD, in paracetamol overdose.
She is the lead author of the Australian and NZ paracetamol guidelines and has published research investigating massive paracetamol overdose, modified-release paracetamol overdose and new biomarkers.
She is an investigator in the Australian Toxicology Monitoring (ATOM) Study that looks at various drugs in overdose from calls to the NSW and QLD PIC.
Rohit D’Costa is an intensive care specialist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital with an interest in end of life care and organ donation. He is the Medical Director of Donatelife in Victoria, and sits on the ANZICS Death and Organ Donation Committee as its Victorian representative.
Jason is the clinical director of the Bendigo ICU and also the joint Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at Bendigo Health and a lecturer at Monash University. He has major interests in clinical escalation systems, optimisation of end-of-life care and improving hospital systems to enhance clinician effectiveness. He is currently working on the implementation of an electronic patient record at Bendigo and the development of a paediatric ICU within the adult ICU.
He is hoping against hope for a St. Kilda premiership during his lifetime but is resigned to eternal disappointment.
Katherine is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist based in Brisbane. She is the Acting Medical Director of the Queensland Poisons Information Centre as well as the Princess Alexandra Hospital Clinical Toxicology Unit. She also holds a VMO appointment at the NSW Poisons Information Centre.
Her research interests include the management of patients with recreational drug intoxication and toxicological antidotes. She is an investigator for the Australian Toxicology Monitoring Study (ATOM) that looks at the effects of various drugs in overdose. She also runs the Toxicology Teaching Program at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and is a tutor for the Post Graduate Masters in Toxicology through the University of Colombo.
Peter Kruger is Deputy Director of Intensive Care at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and an Associate Professor at both the University of Queensland and Monash University, Melbourne.
He holds specialist qualifications in both Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and has experience in both laboratory and clinical research. He is the immediate past chair and a senior examiner for the first part examination of the College of Intensive care medicine of Australia and New Zealand and a primary examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He is a board member of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and of The Intensive Care Foundation.
In addition to his clinical and teaching roles his active research interests include clinical trial design, utilising clinical information systems to facilitate research, weaning patients from mechanical ventilation and the management of severe sepsis.
Kylie McArdle is dual trained in Intensive Care and Clinical Toxicology, working is an Intensivist at Gosford Hospital, and a Clinical Toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Information Centre and Calvary Mater Newcastle.
Her clinical and research interests include the presentation and management of patients with severe poisoning, with particular interests in drug induced metabolic acidosis and severe toxicity secondary to illicit substance use. She is a principal investigator in the Australian Toxicology Monitoring (ATOM) Study and the Emerging Drug Network of Australia (EDNA) project. She is also currently undertaking a PhD in Hyperlactatemia and Metabolic Acidosis following overdose.
As one of only a few people practicing in both Intensive Care and Clinical Toxicology in Australia Kylie is keen to strengthen the links between these specialties through development of joint research and education programs, and promotion of Clinical Toxicology training within the Intensive Care community.
Steve Morgan is currently working as an ICU and ECMO retrieval specialist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He completed a fellowship in severe respiratory failure at St. Thomas’ hospital, London. He has an interest in advanced ventilation, critical care basic sciences and extra-corporeal life support. Steve co-founded the Basic Science Clinic CICM primary education program (basicsienceclinic.com) and the ECLS training organisation learnECMO (learnECMO.com).
Dr Leo Nunnink is a senior staff specialist at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He has been teaching procedural skills including pacing to undergraduates and trainees using simulation for over a decade.
Dr George Pang is an intensivist and anaesthetist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
He is a passionate teacher of airway skills, resuscitation and echocardiography. His interests include trauma, airway, resuscitation, echocardiography and perioperative care.
He is a member of the ANZCA airway special interest group and has published in the field of airway anaesthesia. He is an airway instructor on the Mater Transition Course.
He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Echocardiography, and performs perioperative transoesphageal and critical care echocardiography. He instructs echocardiography on the Focused Ultrasound Simulation Education (FUSE) course, run at the Centre for Excellence in Anaesthesia, RBWH.
David is the Deputy Director of Intensive Care at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is also the Medical co-Director of the Queensland Intensive Care Training Pathway.
David's specialist interests are centred upon trainee and colleague welfare with an emphasis on improving work life balance for all. With this in mind, he is pleased to see that the College has coordinated the ASM with the Cairns Ironman Event.
Darren Roberts is a physician subspecialising in both nephrology and clinical pharmacology. Other training includes a PhD in clinical toxicology/pharmacology, a clinical toxicology fellowship (NSW) and a 2 year clinical research fellowship in nephrology (Cambridge, UK). He is currently a clinical toxicologist/pharmacologist and nephrologist at St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney), VMO clinical toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Information Centre and Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW. His research interests are in the broader fields of clinical toxicology, pharmacokinetics, therapeutics, nephrology and evidence based medicine. He is co-chair of the Extracorporeal Treatments in Poisoning (EXTRIP) workgroup.
Michelle has been supporting families after sudden and unexpected death for fifteen years. In 2010, she joined DonateLife Victoria in the role of Donor Family Support Coordinator supporting the families of organ and tissue donors. This role also involves supporting staff involved in organ and tissue donation.
Prior to this she worked in variety of roles including child protection and drug and alcohol support in the criminal justice system. In 2003 she moved to the Victorian Coroner’s Court to support families involved in the coronial process. She is also a member of the Victorian Institute Forensic Medicine ethics committee.
Michelle has been a co-facilitator for the ADAPT/IDAT and practical Family Donation Conversation workshop for several years and contributed to a variety of other education sessions for our nursing and medical staff.
Melita works as an Intensivist at The Townsville Hospital (TTH). Born, raised and trained in Queensland, she loves to promote living and working in the regions. She has difficulty saying no to taking on new tasks therefore dabbles in organ donation, various teaching and training roles, with guest appearances in paediatric intensive care. Her claim to fame locally is wandering into the PICU in time to deliver a successful precordial thump without disturbing the sterile field.
Dr Brad Wibrow is an Intensivist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in far-away Perth. He co-ordinates echo and ultrasound teaching as well as research at ‘Charlies’ and enjoys working in a Neuro and Cardiac centre with a great crew.
Current research interests include sleep and management of delirium (nearing the finishline in a large-ish RCT), ECMO and finding its place, ways of saving money and random interesting questions.
He has a Masters in Research Studies and DDU in critical care ultrasound.
He is the WA ANZICS chair which gets him over to the east coast at times.
He is not a toxicologist but is also an Emergency Physician at a smaller WA hospital which seems to specialise in its fair share of toxicology and substance use.