A year of impact: Advancing Intensive Care in Australia and New Zealand

A year of impact: Advancing Intensive Care in Australia and New Zealand

A message from Co-Chair Vanessa Baic

As we reach the end of another dynamic and impactful six months, I am delighted to share some important updates and achievements from the Foundation.

Firstly, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Professor Claire Rickard, who, as of 28 November 2023, has stepped down as Co-Chair. Claire’s remarkable dedication over the last 15 months as Co-Chair, and her invaluable contributions during her 9-year tenure as a Director, have been pivotal to the Foundation’s success. Her unwavering commitment and exceptional leadership have left an indelible mark, and she will be greatly missed.

In the same breath, it gives me great pleasure to welcome back A/Professor David Gattas as Co-Chair. With his previous experience in this role and eight years as a Director, David’s return is a significant boon for our Foundation. His deep understanding of our mission and his proven leadership will undoubtedly steer us towards new heights. As for myself, I am thrilled to continue serving alongside David as Co-Chair, and I look forward to the journey ahead with great anticipation.

Reflecting on the past six months, we have much to celebrate. Our collaboration with Musica Viva for the event on 24 October 2023 was a resounding success, where we premiered “I See You” by Sam Wu. Additionally, our partnership with 25 Tilba Street Espresso Bar in Aberfeldie on 18 November 2023 was a heartwarming initiative, with the café donating $1 to our cause for every coffee sold.  I would also like to thank our Victorian Intensive Care Foundation Fundraising Committee who work tirelessly for the benefit of the Foundation and have brought many of these wonderful initiatives to fruition. 

The Foundation’s hard work has culminated into the award of 5 research grants, 2 education grants and 4 professional development grants.  We are thrilled to be able to support so many wonderful research, education and professional development initiatives this year.

Looking ahead to 2024, we are excited about the opportunities that lie before us, including further café collaborations and other innovative ventures with the help of our wonderful Victorian Intensive Care Foundation Fundraising Committee. These endeavours, along with your unwavering support, are crucial in driving our mission forward – to enhance intensive care research and improve patient care.

Together, we are making a difference, and I am deeply grateful for your continued support and belief in our cause.

Warm regards,

Vanessa Baic
Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care Foundation.