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CICM 2021 ASM: Respiratory
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Sponsors Speakers

Meet our sponsor session speakers

Professor Anil Hormis - Device Technologies

Professor Anil Hormis is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2000. He has had specialist training in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine in Sheffield and London.
He is an Honorary Professor at Sheffield Hallam University and is heavily involved in medical education at a regional and national level. He has conducted extensive research in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine and has published his work in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented work at national and international conferences on a variety of topics in anaesthesia and critical care medicine. In addition, he has written book chapters for textbooks in anaesthesia.

Dr Matteo Bassetti: Pfizer Australia

Dr Bassetti, Infectious Diseases Specialist, San Martino-IST University Hospital Genoa, Italy discusses the growing rate of antimicrobial resistance in Europe and globally.  What is the current epidemiology and what is forecast for the future.  Dr Bassetti identifies the carbapenem resistant species as a group that are likely to be a challenge clinically.  Noting that the majority of these infections occur in critically ill patients, Dr Bassetti also discusses the impact of multi-drug resistant bacteria on patient outcomes and what should be taken into out for choice of empiric therapy.

Ruanne Brell - Avant Mutual


Presenter: Ruanne Brell - Senior Legal Advisor – Advocacy, Education and Research Senior Solicitor – Medico-legal Advisory Service.

Ruanne creates and delivers medico legal education for members and doctors. She also provides telephone and written advice to members on a wide variety of medical and health law areas. 

Ruanne is a lawyer with almost 20 years’ experience in health law. She regularly presents and writes on topical medico-legal areas for internal and external organisations and publications. Ruanne previously worked as a civil litigation lawyer, first in private practice and then at Avant having joined over ten years’ ago.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Presenter: Therese Sheedy. (Smiling Minds)
Therese Sheedy is a nationally registered psychologist. She also holds a Master inApplied Positive Psychology, and Certificates in Positive Psychology Coaching and Positive Psychology in Education, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness- based Emotional Balance, Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. For over 25yrs Therese has worked and continues to work across both the education and corporate sectors focusing on wellbeing, mental health and mindfulness. Therese currently works as Workplace Wellbeing Facilitator with Smiling Mind focusing on their Principal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program in schools. She also has her own private practice as a psychologist working with the Mind Body Program for Fertility and is a trainer to workplaces, schools and sporting and community groups where she delivers her Live Well™ series of workshops. As a Senior Psychologist with CommunicorpGroup she has worked with clients such as the Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office and organisations within the financial industry. Also providing psychological assessments to the Australian Antarctic Division. Therese has presented many times at conferences in Australia and internationally, she is passionate about the power of mindfulness in building personal and community wellbeing and connectedness. 

CICM Welfare Special Interest Group

Dr Francesco G. De Rosa: Pfizer Australia

Associate Professor of Infectious Disease, Francesco De Rosa from the University of Turin and the Cardinal Hospital, Asti Italy, discusses the clinical risk factors that may indicate a patient has a resistant Gram-negative infection allowing for early diagnosis and implementation of effective treatment leasing to better outcomes.

Prof. Dr. Detlef Kindgen-Milles: Fresenius Medical

Presenter: Prof. Dr. Detlef Kindgen-Milles

Prof. Dr. Detlef Kindgen-Milles is Lead Consultant of a 40-bed multi-disciplinary surgical ICU at the university hospital of Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf. The unit is a closed-format ICU with 34 physicians and 130 full time certified critical nurses. The number of admissions is approx. 3.000 per year and the majority of patients derive from cardiac surgery, general and abdominal surgery, vascular surgery, and trauma and accident. In the unit, all types of extracorporeal organ support is available, including ECMO and ECLS (approx. 140 cases/y), CRRT (approx 3.000 days/y), and intermittent haemodialysis or SLEDD (approx. 1300/y).

Dr Federico Pappalardo - Abiomed


Dr Federico Pappalardo has graduated at Catania Medical School in 1995; therefore, has spent his residency program in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. 
He has been Associate Professor at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, where he worked as Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and the mechanical Circulatory Support Program of San Raffaele Scientific Institute. 
He is currently Attending at the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at ISMETT (Mediterranean Institute for transplantation and Advanced Therapies) in Palermo.
 His major fields of interest are mechanical circulatory support, coagulation, biocompatibility and bioengineering. He has published numerous papers and original research on innovative concepts in the field of short and long term MCS.

Positive Psychology

Presenter: Professor Dianne Vella Brodrick

Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the University of Melbourne. She is the inaugural Director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (2013 – 2015) and is a registered psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Health Psychologists. She founded the Positive Psychology Network in Australia and was awarded a Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) in 2019.  Dianne was an inaugural Editor in Chief of the Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice journal (2011-2016) and has Co-Directed three positive psychology and well-being conferences. Dianne’s research interests include the evaluation of well-being programs, performance optimization, indicators of success and more recently on the wellbeing effects of nature. She specialises in innovative mixed method designs which utilise the latest technology, co-design and biological indices of well-being. Dianne has been involved in the development of numerous well-being measures and programs including the Wuzzup app, MoodPrism, BIO-DASH and the Wellbeing Profiler. Her ultimate aim is to help individuals and communities to develop wellbeing skills so they can thrive.

Associate Professor Ryan Shields: Pfizer Australia

Professor of Medicine, Ryan Shields, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre shares the real world experience of new antibiotics to treat multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections.  How does the real world data fill the gap between clinical trials needed for registration and where these agents want to be used by clinicians?  How do they perform, which mechanisms are they useful against and what lessons can be learnt from the available real world data.