We are truly fortunate that Australia stands at the forefront of global achievements in Intensive Care. This isn’t an exaggeration but testament to our leadership in standards, research and survival rate. At the Intensive Care Foundation, our focus is research to enable the highest standards of ICU care across the country.
A message from Vanessa Baic and Claire Rickard (Co- Chairs ICU Foundation)
Covid really brought the Intensive Care setting to the forefront of our mind. Every night our lounge rooms were filled with pictures and statistics of health experts right across the world talking about the number and fate of patients in Intensive Care Units.
As Chair of the Board of the ANZ Intensive Care Foundation and through my involvement with the organisation...
In 2020 Dr Jessica Schults completed her research training and in 2021 the Intensive Care Foundation awarded her a $40,000 research grant. She described this funding as “life changing” and pivotal to her growth as a nurse and researcher.
Dr Schults, a children’s intensive care nurse, and early career researcher with a PhD was the key note speaker at an ICU Foundation fundraising dinner in Melbourne recently and she said the grant she was given supported her to employ other nurses interested in research and investigate serious clinical issues such as the prevention of lung infection and strengthening processes to keep children and their families safe in ICU.
Nina Leggett is a senior clinician Physiotherapist and PhD Candidate with the Department of Critical Care at the University of Melbourne. In 2022, she was awarded an Intensive Care Foundation grant. Her research looked at the follow up and care post ICU because in Australia, ICU survivors return home with little or no follow-up.
International and local research indicates that Intensive Care Unit (ICU) survivors (patients and families) often experience adverse outcomes.