Ken Hambrecht, RN, ICU Cert., B.Sc, (Physiology and Biochem.), M.I.Biol, M.Ed., J.P. MACN, has extensive experience in the area of Critical Care practice and education. Ken has had more than 20 years of experience Co-ordinating and teaching in Critical Care Courses and involvement in Medical Education.

Ken is a past President of the Victorian Branch of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) and has also been a National Executive member of CACCN. Ken is a member of many state and national committees and has many publications to his credit in the areas of respiratory and cardiac medicine, pulse oximetry, professional development, and CPR. These include self-directed learning packages on; Care of the patient with a respiratory disorder: including the patient receiving mechanical ventilation; Asthma; and reading ECG rhythm strips. All of these publications were published by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia.

Ken has been a member of the Australian Resuscitation Council, including the Advanced Life Support Committee for the over 7 years and in this capacity has been a co-author of an article entitled “Adult Advanced Life Support – The Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines” which was published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Ken has also contributed to the writing of the Booklet, “A Manual of Skills for the use of Devices for Oxygen Administration and/or Ventilation of the Lungs in Emergencies; including competency statements and training guidelines.” which was published by the Australian Resuscitation Council. Another recent publication by the Australian Resuscitation Council in which Ken is given special acknowledgement for his contribution is “A Manual of Adult Advanced Life Support Skills”.

Ken was also a contributor to the article entitled “Paediatric Adult Advanced Life Support – The Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines” which was also published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Ken has been a member of many hospital Cardiac Arrest teams and was for three years the chairman of the CPR Committee at Austin Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Melbourne.

Ken is a past Secretary of the executive committee of the Australian Society of Post Anaesthesia and Anaesthesia Nurses – ASPAAN (now Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses – ACPAN) and is one of only two people to be awarded honorary life membership of that organisation. He was also the Foundation President of the Victorian Intravenous Nurses Society.

Ken currently teaches Pharmacology to the Masters in Nursing (Nurse Practitioners) course at the University of Technology, Sydney and has previously taught Pharmacology to the Masters Students enrolled in the Perioperative program at Latrobe University.

Ken was invited by the Australian Resuscitation Council to conduct the Advanced Life Support workshops in conjunction with the International Spark of Life Conference in 2002, and 2005.

Ken is widely sought for his expertise in consulting, lecturing and conducting short education programs, and has presented at national and international conferences.