Short course in critical infection

SCCI2018 8-9 November

The Sydney short course in critical infection will be held in November this year at Westmead Hospital. We'll be welcoming critical care and infection specialists in medicine, nursing and pharmacy to be part of case discussions and updates of all things relevant to severe and life-threatening infection. Click on the image below to download a draft program.
The course will be held in the Cabaret Room level 1, Westmead Education and Conference Centre at Westmead Hospital, corner of Hawkesbury and Darcy Roads Westmead.
The Hospital is a 5 minute walk from Westmead train station, parking is available at a cost of $19.90 for the day please see Website for further details.
Registration will be open from 8.15 to pick up your name badge and there will be tea and coffee on arrival.

Program and Registration

draft program

Program Booklet

Click image to the left for program booklet
Please note program can change at any time without notice
Registration cost
$210 for students/trainees*, nursing and allied health professionals
$260 for all other attendees
Register now

Confirmed speakers

emily blyth

Dr Emily Blyth Haematologist, Westmead Hospital, NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director of the Sydney Cellular Therapies Laboratory

Lou cooley

Dr Lou Cooley Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Hobart Hospital

Presentation Biologicals and Infections: An Update

rebecca davis

Dr Rebecca Davis Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Presentation Can we do better in preventing infection in liver transplant patients?

Tom solano

Dr Tom Solano VMO at Westmead NSW, Orange Health Service. Private Practice at Calvary Wakefield and Calvary North Adelaide

Presentation Duration of antimicrobial therapy in ICU related infections

Indy Sandaradura

Dr Indy Sandaradura ID Physician & Clinical Microbiologist at Westmead Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney

Presentation TDM for beta lactams – state of the art

sebastian van hal

A/Prof Sebastian van HalSenior Staff Specialist Department Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Presentation The emergence and spread of vanA VRE in Australia

Germaine Wong

A/Prof. Germaine Wong Transplant nephrologist, Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research

Presentation Update on simultaneous kidney pancreas transplant and the long-term complications

SCCI2017 28-29 September

Dates: Thursday 28th - Friday 29th September
Times: Registration open from 8.15am Day 1: 8.55am-5.30pm and Day 2: 9.30am-3.00pm
Venue: Cabaret Theatre level 1, Westmead Education and Conference Centre, Westmead Hospital Cnr Hawkesbury and Darcy roads Westmead. Enter through main entrance, follow the corridor straight ahead then turn right and go down the stairs, then through the glass sliding doors, follow short course signage.
Registration cost: $200 for students/trainees*, nursing and allied health professionals *e.g. CICM, ANZCA, ACEM, RACP, RCPA $250 for all other attendees. Registrations closed.
Getting there: Westmead train station is a 5 min walk to the hospital. Parking is available at a cost of $19.50 per day in P1 and P3,


Day 1
Session1: Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship
ID perspective-Matthew Watts
ED perspective-Naren Gunja
Pharmacy perspective-Tony Lai
Antibiotics in the ICU-Sanjay Swaminathan
Infection Mimicry-Gregory Siller
Session 2: Opportunistic Infection and the Immunocompromised Host
Transplant infections-Nicky Gilroy
Monoclonal antibodies-Lou Cooley
Profiling cancer patients and their risk of infection-Monica Slavin
Session 3: Top 9 Papers in ID and Critical Care
ED papers-Jon Iredell
Top 3 ICU Papers-Pierre Janin
ID Papers-Nicky Gilroy
Session 4: Soft Tissue Infections in the ICU
Necrotising soft tissue infection-Nai An Lai

Day 2
Session 5: The Big Picture
Global view-Marc Ziegenfuss
Biomarkers in sepsis-Benjamin Tang
Session 6: On The Horizon
FMT-Sharon Chen
Phage therapy, stalin's cure-Jon Iredell
Session 7: Cases
Severe community acquired pneumonia-Tasnim Hasan
Complicated pancreatitis in the ICU-Jaslyn Doshi
Management challenges in device related infection-Chris Robson

SESSION 3: Top 9 Papers in ID and Critical Care

Emergency Department
Sepsis 3.0
Use of administrative versus clinical data to characterize disease definitions
Fluid administration in sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock

Intensive Care Unit
Antibiotic timing
Sepsis Mortality
State Sepsis Initiative
State Sepsis Mandates

Infectious Diseases
Diagnostics: Procalcitonin- systematic review
Emerging diseases threat: Candida auris- an emerging ID threat
Therapeutics: The yes and no arguments for inhaled antibiotics