Key messages

  • The Critical Care Clinical Network (CCCN) works with intensive care clinicians to improve the quality of care and patient experiences in Victorian critical care units.
  • The CCCN operates across organisational boundaries to facilitate and support quality improvement activities to improve emergency care.
  • The network promotes sharing of innovation, knowledge and information with emergency clinicians to spread local innovations and encourage continuous learning. 

The Critical Care Clinical Network (CCCN) consists of 40 public and private critical care units across regional and metropolitan Victoria. 

The network is governed by a multidisciplinary steering committee led by Clinical Advisors Associate Professor Nerina Harley and Associate Professor Graeme Hart. The steering committee held its inaugural meeting in September 2015.

The CCCN is supported by a program manager, Monica Holdsworth.

Associate Professor Nerina Harley - Clinical Advisor

Nerina has extensive experience in senior roles in both public and private ICUs and is our key representative for private sector ICUs. Nerina has been involved in various professional committees and in an advisory capacity to the department through a number of major initiatives. Currently the director of the critical care unit at Epworth Hospital, Nerina adds value to the network by bringing clinically relevant and current issues that matter to all ICUs.

Associate Professor Graeme Keith Hart MBBS, FANZCA, FCICM, FACHI - Clinical Advisor

Graeme HartSenior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care, The Austin Hospital, Heidelberg
Associate Professor, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Graeme has a long-standing interest in quality improvement activities, having been Chair of ANZICS CORE for many years, ANZICS Safety and Quality Committee member, and clinical lead of the department's IHI Intensive Care Collaborative. As Director of Austin Health Intensive Care until October 2016, he advocated for a high-performance team culture and increased consumer representation within the ICU quality framework. His strong interest in clinical informatics relates to the belief that increasing efficiency, safety, quality improvement and person-focussed care will be facilitated through the use of electronic health records.

Monica Holdsworth - Program Manager

Monica has more than 20 years’ nursing experience in both clinical and senior management roles. Monica’s strength is quality improvement and building capability to support teams to achieve strategic priorities. Monica has completed a Master of Nursing and a Professional Certificate in Operational Excellence and Health Systems Management through the University of Melbourne, and is a qualified Improvement Advisor through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.