The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre (ANZIC-RC) is the bi-national centre for the development, coordination and execution of pivotal multicentre randomised controlled trials in critically ill patients. The outcomes of its research have changed medical care in Australia and internationally, improved patient outcomes and lowered health care costs. The parallel role of the ANZIC-RC is a national teaching centre for doctoral, postdoctoral and international clinician researchers in critical care medicine.
It was established in February 2006, with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Monash University. It is located within the University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, based in the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) in Melbourne.
The ANZIC-RC offers a range of services, from research advice to complete project management. Advice and assistance is available from experienced intensive care unit researchers, data management / biostatistical consultants, project managers, epidemiologists and health economists. The Centre coordinates and conducts comprehensive research programs including observational studies; feasibility projects; and large multi-centred, interventional, randomised controlled trials. It has the ability to support small, medium and large clinical trials.
The principal aims of the ANZIC-RC are to:
- Conduct high impact, large-scale, investigator-initiated clinical trials designed to determine best and most cost-effective practice in Intensive Care Medicine (ICM)
- Increase the quality of clinical trial design and biostatistical analysis in this field
- Be readily accessible to all Australian and New Zealand clinician-researchers in critical care
- Expand the national and international reach of large Australian and New Zealand led trials
- Introduce systems to integrate research results into clinical practice by promulgating research-based practice guidelines
- Develop integrated clinical research programs that provide the training ground for future clinical trialists in the field of ICM
- Encourage and support clinician researchers in research theory, study design, study conduct, data analysis and scientific writing