The Intensive Care Network (ICN) has been developed to educate, link and stimulate healthcare professionals involved in critical care, based on what we believe to be one of the key characteristics of Intensive Care: the teamwork and collegiality that occurs when like-minded professionals share a common purpose. It is currently run by Matthew MacPartlin and Oli Flower and contains content from a host of other critical care specialists who are committed to providing high quality, free medical education.

ICN has its beginnings in the Sydney Intensive Care Network (SIN), established in 2008 by Liz Steel and Hergen Buscher. This initaitive sought to link the Sydney critical care trainees together through bi-monthly educational meetings. ICN has extended this concept throughout Australia and New Zealand with a yearly Trainee Day where the opportunity for face to face networking is a reality and now has expanded to include the Brisbane Intensive Care Network and the Melbourne Intensive Care Network.

The ICN website contains a large library of original material to help prepare for intensive care, anaesthetic and emergency exams, a lively discussion board and general information about training and working in critical care in Australia and New Zealand. There is a regular Case of the Month and a growing library of podcasts on ICU topics. We have broadcast the bi-monthly meetings of the Sydney Intensive Care Network live online and soon the brisbane and melbourne intensive care networks' meetings will also be broadcast. In addition, there is advice, hints and tips on training, research and, for new Fellows, aspects outside of clinical duties to consider when starting off, from individuals who have been through these processes. For an overview of the contents of this site, browse through the search menu or the site map.

Along with the growing library of original content, we also aim to highlight other useful resources for trainees and new specialists. There are conference and course calendars and a list of other useful websites, which we try as much as possible to review and rate.

If you want to get involved, you can do so through the discussion forum, submitting comments on published articles or even sending in articles of your own for publication. If you know of a resource that you think might be useful for other ICU trainees or Fellows, or you host a site that you think critical care practitioners would find helpful, let us know and we'll review it and notify the rest of the community.

If you are currently working in intensive care or other critical care specialties, or are thinking of doing so, we would encourage you to Register Now for free to become part of the community and gain access to all areas of the site. You can keep in touch with updates through our TwitterFacebook or Google Plus sites and our RSS feed and we will be sending out a regular Newsletter to all registered users who have subscribed to this.

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The ICN network of today's trainees and tomorrow's consultant's aims to strengthen your specialty, improve patient care whilst providing a network of support, resources and enthusiasm. By support we mean genuine interest and focus on trainee welfare and professional growth with a promise to interact with our members with ongoing site development and growth as the result of feedback and perceived need. We want the network to feel ownership of the site and we are always looking for new ideas, new contributors and suggestions for future development and direction.

Sydney

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The original Intensive Care Network with bi-monthly educational meetings for critical care trainees in New South Wales, Australia. Currently organised by Tim Southwood and Oli Flower. This year we've got another stream of high quality speakers in the pipeline, and as usual we'll provide a complimentary meal and drinks as an added enticement.

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Brisbane

The Brisbane Intensive Care Network started with a bang in August 2011... Dr John Morgan from the Mater talked to a great first audience, including some 15 trainees and a few Fellows, about 'The Truth about Buffers' at The Coro in Milton. I clearly understood  buffers and SID for the duration of the evening, but fear the subsequent wine and merriment wiped it all from my memory.  It was a promising start and the feedback was very encouraging.

Two months later, 30 Brisbane trainees and Fellows gathered at the Norman Hotel, for a whistlestop tour of Antibiotics - from Bench to Bedside by our local world expert Prof Lipman from RBWH.  There was standing room only, as numbers were swelled by some of our recently appointed ICU pathway registrars - keen beans given they are only starting their first ICM post as you read this.  Apart from the educational value, the newbies appreciated the opportunity to meet advanced trainees and 'scary' specialists from both sides of the river in a social setting.  Apparently the vegetarian option was surprisingly edible given the venue's reputation.

In December the trio of Ben Margetts, Hamish Pollock and Tim Warhurst from Redcliffe ICU puzzled a booked out room with their trickier cases - and proved that the smaller metropolitan ICUs treat amazing pathology regularly!  Apart from the recurrent cries of 'withdraw treatment' from the crowd from the Royal Brisbane and Women's, three teams ooh'd over weird findings and battled it out for honour.  The courses fitted between questions - and the Australian degustation menu from the award winning mod-OzAustralia restaurant Tukka, featuring smoked possum and other cured native meats, Crocodile Carpaccio and roo fillet climaxed with a local blossom sorbet.

We have lots more exciting speakers locally, many of whom have already expressed support for these meetings so stay tuned for more meetings.  We're also exploring the possibility of a practical session - Given the military expertise now based at RBWH, we may try for something action related...

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Melbourne

It is with great pleasure that we announced the commencement of the Victorian Intensive Care Network (VIN) on 8 August 2012. The aim of this regular paid-for event is to create an opportunity for intensive care trainees and specialists to attend an educational event over a meal. Its purpose is to showcase the talent that is supported by the Intensive Care community in Victoria and to act as a complement to other ongoing and outstanding educational events and programs that occur in Victoria. VIN stands for a collaborative community develop that that promotes ongoing unity and collegiality within our profession.

V.I.N. is a self-governing part of the not-for-profit Intensive Care Network (ICN) run by Dr Oli Flower and Dr Mat Macpartlin. This is the Victorian extension of the networking model commenced by Dr Liz Steel and Dr Hergen Buscher in Sydney in 2008.

Each V.I.N. event will have recurring motifs which we hope will facilitate the above aims . All V.I.N. events will be events where trainees and fellows can mingle and get to know each other. The events will be held on the first or second weeks of the calendar months. The day of the event will cycle between Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is designed to allow difference trainees to attend according to their differing rosters across units. Events will be held in a rotating venue (restaurant, hospital or other) somewhere in Melbourne between 1900 to 2200 hours to enable adequate time to arrive and settle in.

The events will be sponsored to facilitate as large an attendance as possible. We would like to thanks our sponsors Edwards Life Science and CSL Laboratories who aim to provide educational grants to support these events. Our sponsors allow us to develop our own educational content unfettered. They also help us organise each evening, so please give us feedback about how it is going. Any ideas are welcomed – please address them to the V.I.N. segment of the ICN websites or to us on the night.

The VOIN evening will start with a short presentation from ANZICS and CICM representatives along with the sponsor. This will be followed by a single topic presentation from a Victorian Intensivist. Intensivists will be from all parts of Victoria and have varying practice, interest and expertise. The ‘broad church’ of intensive care will be on display. As the meal continues during and after the presentation, there will be a ‘Speakers’ Corner’ an open floor for those wanting to advertise upcoming events or request assistance for projects that they may have on the go. Please feel free to send information beforehand for this if you can’ make it. As the evening winds up, there will be an opportunity to progress to another venue for ongoing socialisation or to meander home.

Ideas, suggestions and volunteers for the speaking roster are warmly welcomed.

Over time we‘ll aim to develop media features for the evening so that those who miss out can hear or see the event online. This will take some time and we invite anyone for their expertise and assistance to make it work.

We have volunteered to do this on our own free will. We want VIN to be vibrant and collegial and to be owned by eth Victorian Intensive Care Community. We will seek feedback at the conclusion of the evening and act on this for the following events. Feedback is welcome and anytime.

Then you for considering supporting this with your engagement at an attendance. We extend a warm invitations to join us for the adventure and to help us grow!

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