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The Victorian Network - VIN

Gerard Fennessy

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Welcome to the 2014 programme for the Intensive Care Network (ICN) Victoria.

Following the successful launch in 2012, and a booked-out programme in 2013 with talks from Charlie Corke, Chris Nickson, Ben Thomson, Joanne Grindlay, Jamie Cooper and Steve Philpot amongst others, we again present a further year of educational talks relevant to the critical care community.

First up this year we had Associate Professor Craig French talking on Old vs New Blood - the TRANSFUSE trial.

Further talks for 2014 include:

  • Is there a doctor on the plane? - What to do during an in-flight emergency!
  • How to be really really REALLY useful at the scene of a crash.
  • Looking for a job? Here's why we will (or won't) employ you in our ICU.
  • ECMO and other new extra-corporeal supports
  • Echocardiography - Is this a mandatory skill?

Remember - all ICN Victoria events are free, and include dinner and drinks. All trainees and fellows are welcome!


Upcoming Meeting

Date Topic Speaker Venue




 30th April


 The Problem With Acute Renal Failure

 Aiming High - CO2 in Critical Care


 Prof John Botha

 A/Prof Ravi Tiruvoipati 


 Hellenic Republic, Kew

 (old St Katherines)


If you have suggestions, ideas for speakers or you would like to speak, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

What Happens On The Night?

VIN evenings start with a short welcome from a VIN representative along with the sponsor. This is followed, during the entree and dinner, by the topic of the night delivered by one or two speakers. We welcome active informal discussion during the evening, and also those wanting to advertise upcoming events or request assistance with projects. Please feel free to send information beforehand for this if you can’t make it. 

After each evening we will make the slides and podcasts freely available right here, so if you miss the session, you can catch up at some other stage. Finally, we hope to get some Pecha Kutcha (PK) talks going - volunteers for a PK are welcome. What's a PK, you say? Well click here...

About VIN

VIN was founded in 2012 with an aim to meet 6 times per year, for a free (paid-for) dinner and educational session for intensive care specialists and trainees.

We aim to showcase the talent and knowledge in the Victorian Intensive Care community, and to complement other ongoing and outstanding educational events that occur in Victoria. VIN represents a collaborative community that promotes ongoing unity and collegiality within our profession, where trainees and fellows can mingle and get to know each other.

We would like to thank our current sponsors, CSL Behring and Pfizer for providing educational grants to support these events. They allow us to develop our own educational content unfettered, and also help us organise each evening. All VIN members are volunteers and want VIN to be vibrant and collegial and to be owned by the Victorian Intensive Care community. We will seek feedback at the conclusion of the evening and act on this for the following events. VIN is self-governing, under the umbrella of the not-for-profit ICN run by Dr Oliver Flower and Dr Mattew Mac Partlin, and is the Victorian extension of the networking model.

Thank you for supporting this with your attendance at the next VIN event. We extend a warm invitation to join us for the adventure and to help us grow!

For more information, or to get involved with VIN, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Current VIN Committee Members

Dr Tom Rozen - FCICM, Senior Registrar, Royal Children's Hospital

Dr John Dyett - Medical Senior Registrar, Austin Hospital

Dr Gerard Fennessy - Intensive Care Fellow, Austin Hospital

Dr Ashwin Subramaniam, Intensivist, Frankston Hospital

Dr Cameron Knott - Intensivist, Austin ICU

Dr Irma Bilgrami - Intensivist, Alfred ICU

Dr Ksenia Chamula - Medical Registrar, Northern Hospital


Previous Events 2013

Date Topic Speaker Slides  ICN Podcast

30th January

Hepatic failure management & hepatic transplantation

Stephen Warrillow (Austin)




Tuesday 19 March

Family donation conversations

Dr Rohit D'Costa (RMH)

Dr Steve Philpot (Alfred)



Thursday 9th May

The cutting edge of ICU research

Jamie Cooper (Alfred)


Dashiell Gantner (ANZIC RC)



Thursday 18th July

Critical resource management and debriefing:

Note - please contact Dr Radford on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
should anyone wish to debrief following the simulation session from the night. 

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Julian Van Djyk (St Vincent's)








VIN Founding Members 2012

Dr Cameron Knott

Dr John Dyett

Dr Tom Rozen

Dr Miles Beeny

Dr Irma Bilgrami

Dr Gerard Fennessy

   Display #  
# Article Title Author
1 VIN 6: The cutting edge of ICU research Matthew Mac Partlin
2 VIN 3: ICU Obstetrics. 13 November 2013 OF
3 VIN 2: Antony Tobin on HFOV Part 2 OF
4 VIN 2: Antony Tobin on Respiratory Failure Part 1 OF
5 VIN 1: Meeting September 17th Matthew Mac Partlin

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