Dr Brett Abbenbroek


Program Manager, Australian Sepsis Network


Dr Brett Abbenbroek is the Program Manager of the Australian Sepsis Network (ASN) in the Critical Care Division at The George Institute.

The ASN is an advocacy and research program supported by the collaboration of individuals and organisations who are working to improve outcomes for Australian patients with sepsis and to provide information and support to the families and friends of people with sepsis. Brett manages all operational aspects of the ASN, projects, policy development, public engagement, professional collaborations and information management. Implementation of the Stopping Sepsis - National Sepsis Action Plan.

Brett is a Registered Nurse with extensive critical care clinical, education and management experience. His qualifications include intensive care, health management, a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Public Health. In May 2018 he completed his doctoral studies into the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational models in critical care and the impact on patient and nurse outcomes. Study findings aim to inform the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines for new and redeveloped ICU’s.

Early in his career Brett worked on several projects within developing nations including Nepal, Vanuatu and China to establish cardiac surgical and critical care programs. Concurrently, Brett gained experience in a range of health policy, planning, project management, digital health and clinical safety advisory roles. As the State-wide Coordinator for Critical Care Service Planning (NSW) across ICU, ED and medical retrieval services he worked closely with clinicians to enhance the development, integration and delivery of critical care services. This led to a successful Treasury bid for funding to build and implement the  electronic Record for Intensive Care (NSW) for which Brett was the Program Manager for Change and Adoption. A health service planning and management consultancy business followed leading to project management roles within the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on a series of national eHealth clinical safety programs,  electronic medication safety and the development of evidence based national clinical care standards.