Neil Orford

Director of Intensive Car...
University Hospital Geelong

Neil is the Director of Intensive Care at University Hospital Geelong, a 24-bed adult and paediatric tertiary ICU that cares for over 1700 critically adults and children from South-Western Victoria every year. He is interested in clinical leadership, communication, end-of-life care, philanthropy, online education, and most recently writing.

Neils’ interest in clinical leadership arose when he became Direcotr of ICU in his late 30’sm, with no formal leadership training. He has undergone training throughout his career, including the STEPS program, Cognitive Institute, Monash University, and the Burlington Group. He has recently undergone extensive communication training as part of the i-validate project.

Neil is the clinical lead for i-validate (identifying values, listening, and advising high-risk patients in acute care) program. This collaboration between Barwon Health and Deakin University aims to improve patient-centred end-of-life care through training in clinical communication. The team developed a communication course by bringing together expets, and attending Cambridge, Harvard, and local workshops. In 2015 i-validate trained its first cohort of ICU doctors and nurses, leading to better communication and better outcomes for critically ill patients with a life-limiting illness. The program is ongoing, training doctors form ICU, Emergency, General Medicine, and Senior ICU Nurses.

Over the last two years Neil has contributed to the public conversation about health issues with pieces published in The Age newspaper (“Give death it’s due in a system focused on life”, “mothers: respect the strong selfless women in your life”), the ABC Drum, and participating in a Lateline program about end of life conversations.

He is actively involved in research, and is currently completing a PhD on long-term outcomes of critical illness through the ANZIC-RC, Monash University, running the i-validate research program, and actively involved in the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group.

Finally he is a founding member and Director of the educational website Crit-IQ, and Clinical Associate Professor at Deakin University School of Medicine.

Neil has strong philanthropic interests including as a Board Director for the Intensive Care Foundation, an Intensive Care Specialist for Open Heart International Fiji, a volunteer program that provides cardiac surgery for rheumatic heart disease, and through the free access to developing countried for Crit-IQ.