Sepsis Post Covid: Opportunities & Challenges

In this session we bring together opinions from the front-line of healthcare, from government and non-government organisations to identify what are the barriers to and levers for change and what lessons on collaboration, research, vaccination and healthcare education and policy/politics can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Simon Finfer

Simon Finfer is an intensive care clinician and researcher in Sydney, a Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of Intensive Care at the Sydney Adventist Hospital. Simon was a founding member and is a past-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Clinical Trials Group, past chair of the Council of the International Sepsis Forum, and current Vice President of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Simon was appointed an Officer (AO) in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List June 2020 for “distinguished service to intensive care medicine, to medical research and education, and to global health institutes”.

Naomi Hammond

Naomi (RN, BN, MN (Crit Care), MPH, PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow and Operational Lead of the Critical Care Division at The George Institute for Global Health and the (part-time) Intensive Care Clinical Research Manager at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Naomi is a passionate advocate for intensive care research both from an operational and academic excellence perspective. She believes that when robust research evidence is implemented into clinical practice, we give our patients the best chance for improved outcomes. Naomi is pleased to be able to contribute to CODA from an executive position and help drive much needed change in healthcare through CODA’s commitments and call for action.

Outside of work, Naomi keeps busy caring for her three beautiful children with her electric-bike loving, ‘Rock Doctor’ husband, Alex.


Khairil Musa

Khairil Musa is a Senior Intensive Care Registrar from Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney with interests in Trauma, Cardiac ICU and Humanitarian Medicine. In 2020 Khairil joined Médecins Sans Frontierès (MSF) and was deployed to Yemen to help open MSF’s first COVID-19 ICU and also worked in MSF’s Trauma Hospital in Aden treating severe trauma and war-wounded patients. Khairil was then deployed to Iraq to manage MSF’s COVID-19 ICU in Baghdad. Outside of work Khairil is a lifelong enthusiast of the performing arts and is a classically trained dancer and choreographer. He was the Creative Lead of the last two SMACC opening ceremonies and continues in this role for Coda.


Nick Coatsworth

Nick Coatsworth is an outstanding communicator and one of Australia’s favourite doctors.  Nick held a key national role in the Australian response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Bringing together his skills as an infectious disease physician, a respiratory physician, a practitioner of disaster and humanitarian medicine, and high level experience in health administration, Nick became one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic, engaging the Australian community through a variety of media platforms.


Carrie Marr

Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), Carrie Marr has a passionate focus on quality improvement and patient safety. She has held a number of executive and consultancy roles within the National Health Service, Scotland. Before joining the CEC, Carrie worked at Western Sydney Local Health District as Executive Director Organisation Effectiveness. Carrie continues to proactively collaborate and learn with health colleagues from across the globe. These experiences inform her leadership of continuous improvement in the work of NSW Health to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care.


Vera Sistenich

Dr Vera Sistenich is an emergency medicine specialist in Australia, where her areas of interest include Aboriginal health, medical education and the development of physician training in the field of international emergency medicine. She gained her medical degree at the University of Oxford, and a masters of public health at Harvard University. Outside Australia, she has clinical experience in China, DRCongo, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Vietnam and the UK. She has also worked with asylum seekers both at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre in the Australian Indian Ocean territories, and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. In 2013-2014, she was Health Policy Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.