About Us

The Australian Sepsis Network (ASN) is the only dedicated national body working to reduce the burden of sepsis in Australia, through research and advocacy. The ASN is a network of organisations and individuals with the common aim to improve outcomes for Australian patients with sepsis, and to provide information and support to the families and friends of people with sepsis. The ASN is hosted by The George Institute for Global Health.

ADRENAL study: evidence for steroids in treating septic shock

Treating sepsis patients with steroids leads to quicker recovery and reduces the number of blood transfusions needed, according to ADRENAL – the largest ever international clinical trial on septic shock. A team of researchers from The George Institute for Global Health – including Professor Simon Finfer of the Australian Sepsis…

Highlighting post-sepsis syndrome

In its latest issue, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlights the long-term health impacts and recovery faced by patients who have survived sepsis. Around one-third of survivors will require additional hospitalisation within 3 months of their initial sepsis treatment. These patients have weakened immune systems and are…

Examining genetic markers in sepsis

Septic shock is a serious complication of sepsis, affecting 15 thousand Australians annually, with a global mortality rate of up to 50%. Occurring when blood pressure is dangerously low, septic shock starves organs and can rapidly lead to multiple organ failure or death. Adding to the severity of the condition…

Sepsis Explained in 3 Minutes

To mark World Sepsis Day, the Global Sepsis Alliance has produced a short video explaining what sepsis is, and how to identify and treat it. Please share this video with friends, family, and colleagues. It may one day save their lives.

WSC Spotlight

The Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization have joined forces to host the World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis on September 12th, 2017. The WSC Spotlight is a free online congress in which 25 renowned experts from all around the world will give presentations on…

Sepsis training in action

On Friday 11 August, the Australian Sepsis Network (ASN) took part in a sepsis quality improvement workshop at Manly Hospital, led by Dr Matt Morgan, an Intensive Care specialist. Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Morgan’s work includes a focus on simulation and education to guide improved clinical care.  …

QLD Statewide Paediatric Sepsis Forum

Registration is now open for the Queensland Statewide Paediatric Sepsis Forum, to be held in Brisbane on Monday 21 August. Sepsis is a global threat to children and adults and is a main contributor to global morbidity and mortality. Infants and children are most vulnerable, and have the highest incidence…

Nurses and patients in a hospital corridor

Survey reveals the common killer most Australians have never heard of

It kills more people than prostate and breast cancer, but six out of ten Australians have never heard of sepsis.

Young mum loses her arms and legs to a killer illness that’s slaying 6,400 Aussie a year

It’s the little recognised disease that cost new mum Korina Valentine two arms, two legs and a nose when a timely dose of antibiotics could have stopped it fast.

Saving patients from sepsis is a race against time

Sepsis is caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection and requires rapid intervention. It begins outside of the hospital for nearly 80 percent of patients.