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.

Sepsis Stories: Sarah

Sarah was no stranger to hospitals when she developed sepsis in October 2017. At only 18, she was battling a pituitary tumour and two inoperable optic gliomas (a type a tumour on the nerve that connects the eye to the brain) that had caused blindness in her right eye, and…

Stopping Sepsis – a National Action Plan

It’s known as the silent killer and takes more lives than the annual road toll. Today the Australian Sepsis Network and The George Institute for Global Health have launched a national action plan to reduce the number of people who lose their lives each year to sepsis – a life…

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…