At the Intensive Care Foundation we are dedicated to improving the care of critically ill patients, through funding vital research. Our overall aim is to improve the number of lives saved and the quality of those lives, for those who find themselves in intensive care.

  • Cowdroy Education Grant for Nurses – deadline extended!

    Cowdroy Education Grant for Nurses – deadline extended!

    The deadline for Applications for the 2016 Mike Cowdroy and Intensive Care Foundation Education Grant has been further extended to Friday, 15 July! This extension results from recent advice indicating that several key communications channels were unable to deliver our message within the required time-frame. The Foundation is keen to ensure that all eligible nurses are aware of this Grant …
  • Research Grant Update

    Research Grant Update

    The 2016 Foundation Grants process has now moved on to the next stage. Invited Applications have been received and are currently being prepared for blind review by our large team of volunteer researchers. Once again, the Foundation is impressed by the range and quality of the projects put forward for funding. Following a comprehensive assessment process, the Foundation's Scientific Review …
  • Discussing ‘Death over Dinner’

    Discussing ‘Death over Dinner’

    'Death over Dinner' is a global movement that is creating conversations about end of life issues and what it means to have a 'good death'. Foundation Board member and intensive care specialist, A/Prof Neil Orford, took part in this thought-provoking discussion which aired recently on ABC TV's Lateline program. Click on the heading for the link.
  • Foundation funds world-first research

    Foundation funds world-first research

    World-first research funded by the Intensive Care Foundation and the Health Research Council of New Zealand has found paracetamol is safe for treating patients in intensive care and may even help them recover and leave hospital more quickly.

Did you know?

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165,000 people, including 10,000 babies and children, are admitted to Intensive Care Units every year.
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Over 90% survive life threatening accidents or illnesses with the help of intensive care.
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Since 2000 the ICF has supported more than 100 ANZ research projects, providing more than $3m in funding.
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There are more than 10,790 nurses and more than 1,000 doctors working in ICUs in Australia and New Zealand.

Inspiring stories

Clive Mathieson

Clive Mathieson

Editor, The Australian
"One way you can support these great people is through the Intensive Care Foundation which funds the research needed to maintain and improve the world leading standard of intensive care here."
Costanza and friends

Costanza and friends

New mothers in ICU
“I never thought I would end up in ICU on a breathing machine struggling to survive. It makes you realise it can happen to anyone whether you are young or old.”
John Mullen

John Mullen

Chief Executive Officer, Asciano Ltd
"...the experience was literally life changing and they will never know the level of gratitude and admiration that I will retain as long as I live for the teams who work in intensive care."