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Nurse named Australia’s leading critical care researcher

Dr Naomi Hammond has been named Australia’s leading critical care researcher in The Australian’s 2024 Research magazine.

Naomi was recently recognised in the national publication for her extensive and collaborative research into intravenous fluids.

The registered nurse, holding a doctorate and two Masters, feels particularly humbled by her recognition in critical care — a traditionally medically dominated field.

“I think this recognition for me as a nurse actually just goes to show the collaborative nature of critical care,” she said.

Naomi has been working with the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society clinical trials group, a collegial and multi disciplinary community, since 2004.

After discovering that intravenous fluids have different outcomes for different patients, the group has globally influenced how clinicians use critical care fluids and what types.

Passionate about sepsis research, Naomi has also been immersed in a long-term study, which found significant long-term burdens for survivors of this severe infection.

It has led her to establish a dedicated follow up clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital for sepsis survivors, and other critically ill patients and their families.

Naomi wears a lot of hats — she is the intensive care clinical research manager at the RNSH, the head of the critical care program at the George Institute for Global Health and conjoint associate professor at UNSW’s faculty of medicine.

How does she find the time? “I think with critical care we’re used to doing everything immediately, so we just get on with it,” she said.

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