Professor Rinaldo Bellomo AO
Professor of Intensive Care, The University of Melbourne
Professor of Medicine, Monash University
Honorary Professor of Critical Care Medicine, University of New South Wales
Honorary Fellow, Howard Florey Institute of Physiology
NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and Co-director ANZ Intensive Care Research Centre
Editor-in-Chief, Critical Care & Resuscitation
Director of Intensive Care Research, Austin Hospital
Director of Data Analytics Research and Evaluation (DARE) Centre
Co-director of Centre for Integrated Critical Care, Melbourne University
Senior Research Advisor, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Austin Hospital & Royal Melbourne Hospital
& Warringal Private Hospital

Prof Rinaldo Bellomo is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine with the University of Melbourne, Honorary Professor of Medicine with Monash University, Principal Research Fellow, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne, Director of Intensive Care Research and Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne. He is the Co-chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. He is Editor in Chief of Critical Care and Resuscitation. He has authored > 1100 PubMed cited papers. For the last 3 years he has been in the list of most cited investigators in clinical medicine in the world (Thomson-Reuters). In 2014, he was selected as one of the most outstanding scientific minds in the world for the previous decade (Thomson-Reuters).

A/Prof Sue Berney
Physiotherapy Manager, Austin Health

Associate Professor Sue Berney is a Clinical and Research Physiotherapist who has been involved with the care of critically ill patients for over 30 years.  She has worked both nationally and internationally and currently is the Manager of Physiotherapy at Austin Health in Melbourne and an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.   Her research interests include the physiological effects of physiotherapy interventions in ICU, airway management in trauma, clinical decision making and rehabilitation and the longer term outcomes of survivors of critical illness. She has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally regarding the role of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in intensive care.  Sue has been awarded two Research Fellowships and three nationally and one international competitive grants all as chief investigator.

Her current research interests include the role of exercise and rehabilitation in the critical care setting and the functional, cognitive and psychological outcomes of survivors of ICU and decision support to translate evidence into practice.

A/Prof Michael Brenner
MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
University of Michigan School of Medicine, Michigan, USA

Tanis Cameron MA SLP
Manager, TRAMS, Senior Clinician, Austin Health


Caroline Chao
Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist, Austin Health

Caroline Chao is a senior respiratory physiotherapist at Austin Health working for the Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS) and the Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS). Caroline completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2000 followed by a Master of Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Caroline has an interest in the implementation of ventilation in patients requiring long-term ventilation, rehabilitation and weaning of long term ventilated patients and management of patients with tracheostomy and chronic respiratory illness. Caroline has experience as an intervention therapist and outcome assessor in several clinical trials.

Ms Christine Knee Chong
TRAMS Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC), Austin Health

Christine has worked as one of the TRAMS Clinical Nurse Consultants since April 2018.

Christine came into this role having achieved 10 years of experience in critical care nursing in South Africa and Australia. She has a post graduate certificate in Critical Care Nursing as well as a Masters in Public Health.  Christine is a member of the GTC Patient and Family Committee.

Her passion is to provide optimal tracheostomy patient care and improvement of patient outcomes on an international level through multi-disciplinary involvement, a focus on the patient and family experience and a dedication to implementing evidence based practice.

Dr Karen Detering
Respiratory Physician and Clinical Ethicist, Austin Health

Dr Karen Detering is the Medical Director of Advance Care Planning Australia. Karen is a Respiratory Physician and Clinical Ethicist, and has extensive experience in the management of people with complex respiratory disorders, including those requiring tracheostomies. Karen has a long standing interest in improving care including end of life care, and in advance care planning.

Lucy Fritze
Senior Speech Pathologist, Austin Health

Lucy is a Senior Speech Pathologist at Austin Health. With a special interest in tracheotomy management, she is a member of the TRAMS team and works in the Ventilator Weaning, Respiratory and ICU units. She has completed her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at University of Melbourne. She is particularly interested in how people thrive when living with a tracheostomy, and how health care systems can support this.

Professor Lynn Gillam
Bioethicist, Royal Children’s Hospital

Dr Dionne Graham
Director, CAPQA, Boston Children’s Hospital 

Dr.Cilla Haywood
Geriatric Consultant, Austin Health

A/Prof Mark Howard
MBBS FRACP GDEB PhD, Director Victorian Respiratory Support Service, Austin Health

Associate Professor Mark Howard has been the director of the Victorian Respiratory Support Service and the Victorian Weaning Unit at the Austin Hospital for over ten years, which provides state-wide services for domiciliary ventilation in Victoria. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne and is currently a board member for the Institute for Breathing and Sleep. He has overseen development of an ambulatory model for implementing ventilation, community housing for ventilator dependent patients and a diaphragm pacing service in conjunction with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service. His current research interests include trials of different modes of ventilation, assessing the utility of nocturnal monitoring for implementing ventilation and evaluation of assisted cough techniques.

Associate Professor Mark Howard is director of the Victorian Respiratory Support Service and board member of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep at Austin Health. This state-wide services for home ventilation has developed ambulatory models for implementing ventilation, community housing, diaphragm pacing and telehealth services for people requiring ventilation in Victoria.

Ms Sue Ellan Jones
Respiratory Nurse Consultant, Department Respiratory Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital

Sue-Ellan Jones is part of a vibrant and dedicated team at the Royal Children’s Hospital who supports and cares for Children with a tracheostomy together with their families/carer givers. Sue-Ellan is a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Consultant and she has worked in this role providing clinical excellence, care and support for children and young adults with a tracheostomy for more than 20 years.

Sue-Ellan came into this role having achieved post graduate education and experience in Midwifery and Paediatric Intensive care. She has a Bachelor of Education and Degree in Child, Family and Community Health.

Currently the Royal Children’s Hospital KATs team supports around 50 children with a tracheostomy  tube and Sue-Ellan has a strong desire and commitment in improving clinical outcomes for this complex group of children.

Dr Danielle Ko
Clinical Ethics Lead, Clinician Engagement Lead- Quality and Patient Safety, Austin Health, Palliative Care Physician

Dr Danielle Ko trained as a lawyer and GP in Australia before completing fellowships in both medical ethics and palliative medicine at Harvard Medical School. Danielle is now a palliative care consultant at Austin Health and the Clinical Ethics Lead for the institution. Danielle’s area of expertise is in the intersection of medicine, law and clinical ethics as it relates to everyday clinical practice as well as at the end of life. Her current research interests are in informed consent and voluntary assisted dying.

Mr James Lynch
ACCP, BSc Hons, MSc, Wythenshawe Hospital, UK

James has over ten year’s experience as a critical care nurse in Manchester. He has worked with the National Tracheostomy Safety Project on two major national Quality Improvement projects as project manager. He recently qualified as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner.

Dr Christina Miller
Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology & Crit Care Med,
John Hopkins University School of Medicine

A/Prof Linda Morris
PhD, APN, CCNS, FCCM, Associate Professor Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation & Anaesthesiology,
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine   

Dr Brendan McGrath

Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Manchester University Hospital
National Clinical Advisor for Tracheostomy, NHS England
Chair, UK National Tracheostomy Safety Project

Brendan spent 18 months living and working in Melbourne in the late 1990ís, but now lives and works in Manchester, UK. Brendan has attached significant grant funding to explore problems around airway and tracheostomy care and to develop, test and implement education and resources to improve care. He set up and leads the National Tracheostomy Safety Project and his research into improving airway and tracheostomy care has led to appointments as National Clinical Advisor for NHS England and as European Lead for the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative. Outside of medicine, Brendan is entertained by a young(ish) family and tries to ride his road bike when it isnít raining (too hard!)

Mr Tony Narula
Chair GTC, Consultant ENT Surgeon London UK 

Dr. Vinciya Pandian, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Vinciya Pandian is an internationally known tracheostomy nurse practitioner. Dr. Pandian received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Christian Medical College at Vellore, India, and her master’s and doctorate in philosophy degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has served as a director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program that includes the Tracheostomy and the Difficult Airway Response Programs. Dr. Pandian is passionate about caring for patients with airway issues and teaching care providers the best multidisciplinary approaches to improving patient outcomes. Her research is aimed at improving quality of life of critically ill mechanically ventilated patients, specifically those who are mechanically ventilated via a tracheostomy.  Pandian is currently working on a large NIH-funded study evaluating the signs and symptoms of laryngeal injury post extubation.  Pandian is president of JHSON’s Nu Beta chapter-at-large of Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Honor Society, and Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society.  She is also the Vice-President of Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses.

Mr Damien Phillips
Head and Neck Surgeon, Austin Health

Mr Damien Phillips is a consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon from Austin Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in 2010. Following this he undertook subspecialty clinical fellowships in Head & Neck Surgery and in Paediatric Otolaryngology in London.

He has interests in Adult Head &Neck Oncology Surgery and Paediatric Airway Surgery so has a unique surgeon’s perspective of tracheostomy issues. He is a regular collaborator with the Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS) of Austin Hospital on complex problem solving issues surrounding management of patients with tracheostomy.

Dr Sam Radford
Staff Specialist Physician Intensivist
Austin Hospital and Warringal Private Hospital

Dr Sam Radford is a Staff Specialist Physician Intensivist at Austin Hospital, Melbourne and Warringal Private Hospital.

Sam completed his training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in 2007. He has had the pleasure to work as a Consultant in many Intensive Care teams around Melbourne including, Royal Melbourne, The Northern and Box Hill Hospitals.

Sam’s particular area of interest is multi-disciplinary clinical education, especially regarding the care of deteriorating and critically unwell patients and the use of Simulation. He has undertaken further study in these areas at Monash University and Harvard University respectively.

Sam has had an active involvement in Organ Donation since 2009 with roles as Medical Donation Specialist and site 2015, as Deputy State Medical Director, DonateLife Victoria.

Sam is a CICM Supervisor of training and former Chair of the ANZICS Education Committee.

A/Prof David Roberson
Otolaryngologist, President GTC

Dr Adam Schiavi
Intensivist and Ethicist Johns Hopkins US

Dr Jeanette Tamplin
Music Therapist, Austin Health
Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr Jeanette Tamplin PhD, M.Mus, B.Mus (Hons), RMT, holds an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship at the University of Melbourne and works as a music therapist at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre – Austin Health. Jeanette has worked as a music therapist in neurorehabilitation over the past 20 years and her research in this area focuses on the therapeutic effects of singing, speech and language rehabilitation, therapeutic songwriting, and coping and adjustment following neurological injury or illness. She coordinates and collaborates with several different research teams, and thus far has generated AUD$2.5 million in grant funding. Jeanette is regularly invited to present at national and international fora. She publishes regularly in international and interdisciplinary refereed journals, has contributed chapters to several edited books on music therapy and co-authored a book with Prof Felicity Baker: ‘Music Therapy Methods in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician’s Manual’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

Ms Erin Ward
MS.Ed., CAS, Parent, GTC BOD and Patient & Family Committee Chair

Erin is the mother of a young adult with a tracheostomy, serves as on the GTC Board of Directors and is the GTC Patient and Family Committee Chair.  She is also the Family Liaison for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Multidisciplinary Tracheostomy Team .  Erin is a founding member of TrachCare, Inc., a Massachusetts-based, non-profit organization for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers of children who have a tracheostomy. Erin serves as President of MTM-CNM Family Connection, a non-profit dedicated for her son’s rare disease community.   Erin’s interests include promoting parent-professional partnerships, improving the transition of care process from the hospital to home, and supporting inclusion of individuals with tracheostomies in schools and communities


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