• Brent Richards

    Brent Richards

    Dr Brent Richards is Medical Director of Innovation and Director of Critical Care Research at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, and Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. He was previously also director of ICU for 15 years, executive director of Surgery, and chair of the state Intensive Care network, and has sat on the Health Director General advisory group, and Information Strategy Board for Queensland Health. He was project executive for the introduction of the ICU Clinical Information System in Queensland (Metavision). Additionally he also has a long involvement in many areas of Critical Care research.

    He is working on ways to expand, understand and interrogate the growing static and streaming Healthcare data for continuously growing clinical understanding, business KPIs and research discovery. Particularly focussing on AI-enabled technologies, he is working collaboratively with Universities, Government and Industry to unlock the positive disruptive potential that AI can bring to Healthcare, iteratively improving both patient and system outcomes. To this end he is helping establish a large multi-centre ICU-centric clinical and medical IoT data platform for research discovery and algorithm development.

  • Marc Ziegenfuss

    Marc Ziegenfuss

    A/Prof Marc Ziegenfuss is a Senior Intensivist and past ICU Director at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. He is also a Past-President of ANZICS and the current Chair of the Queensland State wide Intensive Care Network. As Network Chair the onus of an efficient, appropriate and effective Intensive Care response to COVID-19 rested on his Shoulders. Queensland was the first State to assemble an Emergency Response to COVID-19 in January of 2020. Co-ordinating a threefold increase in Intensive Care capacity in Queensland involving resource expansion and optimisation; workforce allocation and re-allocation, training and protection; and potentially resource rationing were all rapidly achieved through centralised inventory accounting and purchasing and extensive planning and communication with the Intensive Care Community. Expansion and sustainable Staffing of COVID-19 Pandemic-specific Telemedicine and retrieval Services to support remote areas was achieved. The Queensland Intensive Care response reflected a great Team effort. Marc also assumed national and international roles in the COVID-19 Pandemic response which are ongoing.

  • Nai An Lai

    Nai An Lai

    Dr Lai is the Director of Intensive Care Services at Mater Health. He is also the Director of Clinical Stream Governance for Surgical, Neurosurgery, Acute Care and Cancer Services at the Mater. His other commitments include working with the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) to establish standards for critical care mechanical ventilators and being an active committee member of the Queensland Statewide Intensive Care Clinical Network (SICCN).

    A graduate of Monash University Medical School, Dr Lai holds the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand and the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a holder of the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Echocardiography and Clinical Ultrasound from the University of Melbourne.

    Dr Lai is an Associate Professor at Griffith University and has been the founder, convenor and faculty member of a number of courses including the Basic Intensive Care Medicine (BICMed) course, A-B-C critical skills for ICU, the Australian Short Course in Intensive Care, Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC), Antimicrobial Masterclass for Acute Care Practitioners, Short Course in Critical Infections and the Advanced Diagnostic and Physiological Monitoring in Critical Care (ADP-MoCC) Symposium.

    Dr Lai has authored and co-authored a number of publications in the fields of critical care medicine, central venous catheter related blood stream infections, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and sepsis. His work contributed to research on sepsis and evolution of sepsis definition. He is passionate about perioperative critical care, advanced diagnostic modalities in medicine, innovative physiological monitoring in enhancing safety and quality in healthcare and detection as well as prevention of acute deterioration in hospitalised patients.

  • Paul Lane

    Paul Lane

    Dr Paul Lane, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Clinical Co Lead, Queensland Sepsis Program

    Dr Paul Lane is currently the Co-Chair of Queensland Sepsis Program and the Clinical Lead for the Queensland Digital Sepsis project. He is also the Director Medical Services, Governance, Rural Health Service Group & Indigenous Health Service Division at the Townsville Hospital. His previous roles included but not limited to, Clinical Director of the Townsville Clinical Simulation Centre, Medical Director Health & Wellbeing Service Group. His previous clinical roles have included Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care and General Medicine. He enjoys reading and talking about leadership in complexity, negotiation styles and volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).


Workshop Facilitators

  • Andras Nyikovics

    Andras Nyikovics
    Consultant Intensivist and Co-Supervisor of Intensive Care Medicine Training, Mater Health

    Dr Nyikovics is a Consultant Intensivist and Co-Supervisor of Intensive Care Medicine Training at Mater Health.

    Dr Nyikovics completed his MD degree at the Medical University of Pecs in Hungary and attained specialist qualification in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care with Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest. He worked as a Specialist Anaesthetist in Hungary. After 2 years of UK work experience, he relocated to Australia, and completed his Intensive Care Medicine Fellowship in Australia. He is a Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) of Australia and New Zealand and has a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Echocardiography from the University of Queensland.

    Dr Nyikovics leads the Mater Critical Care Echocardiography Fellowship Program which is jointly administered by the ICU and the Cardiology Department. He is also the unit’s lead in simulation education and journal club. In addition, he spearheads a number of audits and quality improvement projects for the department.

    Dr Nyikovics is the founder and convener of the Mater Critical Care Echocardiography Course (CICM training course), and convener of the Mater Critical Care Ultrasound Course. He is a regular faculty member of the Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) Course.

  • Hansel Addae

    Hansel Addae

    Dr Hansel Addae MBBS, FACEM
    Hansel is a staff specialist at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital Emergency department in Brisbane.

    He is Co Lead Faculty of the Pocket Simulation Centre at the QEII Hospital and a Term Supervisor for the ACEM special Skills post in Simulation which he helped found in 2015.

    Holding a Graduate Certificate in Simulation and has Completed the Comprehensive Instructor Training Course at IMS in Boston. He has a special interest in Simulation in virtual environments and has Co-Founded a Virtual Reality Training Hospital called Valley General Hospital. His other interests include Clinical Ultrasound and Echocardiography. He has co-published a book on ‘Communication with RESPECT for Health Care Professionals’. He has also presented in Educational Conferences.

    Grad Cert Health Care Simulation, Grad Diploma, Clinical Ultrasound, Emergency Physician. QE II Jubilee Hospital, Brisbane. Term Supervisor ACEM Special Skills in Medical Simulation Senior Lecturer, UQ Clinical School, Metro South

  • Jannien Senekal

    Jannien Senekal

    Dr Jannien Senekal is a fellow in Intensive Care at Mater Health. She is currently doing a simulation fellowship through Mater Education and a graduate certificate in clinical education through Flinders University.

    Dr Senekal completed her medical degree at the University of the Free State, South Africa. She relocated to Australia and pursued a career in Intensive Care Medicine. She is a fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand. She recently returned to Australia after doing research, followed by a period working in a COVID-19 intensive care unit, in the Netherland.

Session Chair

  • Loki Johnk

    Loki Johnk

    Dr Johnk is a Consultant Intensivist at Mater Health. In addition to his clinical commitments, Dr Johnk is in charge of clinical incident review and junior doctor mentorship program. He coordinates the Mater ICU Education Program and is one of the unit’s designated officers for DonateLife Australia.

    Dr Johnk completed his medical training at Flinders University in Adelaide. He is a Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) of Australia and New Zealand and is in the process of completing a Post-graduate Fellowship in Echocardiography and Clinical Ultrasound.

    Dr Johnk is the convener of the Care of the Critically Ill Obstetric Patient Symposium and he is a faculty member for a number of courses including the Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) course and Antimicrobial Masterclass (AIM) for Acute Care Practitioners.