Support us

Transforming intensive care

"We are asking questions every day." - Professor Rinaldo Bellomo

"Research offers a chance to be part of improving care for every patient." - Prof. Rinaldo Bellomo

For 25 years, Prof. Rinaldo Bellomo, Director, Intensive Care Research Unit, has been asking questions to help the Austin Health ICU team pursue the very best care for critically ill patients. He has led or been involved in more than 1,300 research projects that have improved care for thousands of patients at Austin Health and around the world.

Why is research so important? It gives medical teams and researchers insights and breakthroughs into the treatments, therapies and medications that can be used to fight life-threatening conditions.

 

We need your help to transform intensive care

Prof. Bellomo and the ICU team have undertaken extensive research work in almost every aspect of intensive care. In fluid rescuscitation, antibiotic care, kidney replacement therapy, liver support therapy, glucose or sugar control therapy, to name a few.

Right now, we need your help to fund three projects:

Transforming Sedation

Nearly half of the 2,500 patients admitted into intensive care each year need to be ventilated

Nearly half of the 2,500 patients admitted into intensive care each year need to be ventilated. Because this is an invasive and unpleasant procedure, they are first sedated and kept sedated for the duration of the time they are ventilated.

Currently there is no accurate way of measuring the level of sedation a patient is at. Too much sedation can cause agitation, confusion or delirium upon waking up.  This can potentially result in longer term cognitive difficulties in patients' ability to talk, walk, socialise and be pain-free.

You can help buy one new state-of-the-art EEG monitoring unit.
Cost: $25,000

Electroencephalography (EEG) helps to measure a patient's brain waves while under sedation to providing better monitoring of the brain. 

You will be transforming intensive care by helping the ICU team better understand the effects of sedation on the brain, allowing them to bring patients out of sedation better, minimising any effects.

Oxygen in the Brain

Learning about oxygen levels in the brain after surgery will have life-changing effects for patients

During cardiac surgery, research has shown that oxygen levels in the brain can drop significantly. During their recovery, patients are asked to complete simple tasks - such as to put a peg in a hole or draw a clock face - and they are unable to.

Prof. Bellomo and his team are the first in the world to research oxygen levels in the brain after cardiac surgery - seeking to understand why patients' cognitive skills are affected and impaired.

 

You can help buy one new state-of-the-art EEG monitoring unit. 
Cost: $25,000

This will help measure brain oxygen data from patients during their recovery from cardiac surgery, allowing the research team to collect vital data which will help patients recover well, get home sooner and have fewer longer-term effects.

Sepsis

The ICU at Austin Health is leading the world with the volume of research being produced

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by your body's response to an infection. 

One of the biggest natural defences against sepsis could be Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to grow and repair tissues in all parts of our body.  Early research shows that if patients are given extremely high doses of Vitamin C each day it can potentially make a huge difference to their ability to survive serious infection.

You can help Prof. Bellomo and his team continue this critical research.

Your gift will help fund the provision of mega-dose Vitamin C and the research time to analyse data to help benfit patients with sepsis in the future.

Diagnosed with sepsis, Walter was critically ill when he was admitted to the ICU. 

Read Walter's story