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Australian Sepsis Network

The Australian Sepsis Network (ASN) is a collaborative 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.

The Network (ASN) is not designed to duplicate the efforts of its member organisations but to provide an avenue through which members can collaborate to better disseminate information about sepsis to healthcare workers and the general community.

Vision and mission

To reduce the Australian burden of disease (death and disability) due to sepsis by:

  • Increasing awareness of sepsis in the general community and by politicians, policy makers and healthcare workers
  • Coordinating a national approach to World Sepsis Day on 13 September
  • In partnership with our collaborating organisations, we will support all state and territory health services, professional societies and colleges, and clinicians by promulgating best practice such as the NSW CEC “Sepsis Kills” program and other local initiatives to tackle sepsis across the entire health care spectrum
  • Working to ensure a high national standard of sepsis awareness, prevention, clinical care, post sepsis care and support through the development and dissemination of comprehensive clinical care standards
  • Developing education resources and building sepsis research capacity

To support patients with sepsis and their families and friends by:

  • Developing a public awareness campaign to ensure that the signs of sepsis become well known in the community so that patients with sepsis seek appropriate treatment without delay
  • Providing information about sepsis and its consequences
  • Providing an avenue for the development of patient/carer led support groups
  • Providing a platform for community engagement

How Australian Sepsis Network can help

Sepsis is a condition that is responsible for or contributes to up to half of all deaths occurring in hospital. It’s estimated that there are 55,000 cases of sepsis resulting in least 8700 deaths in Australia each year, yet few people have heard of sepsis.

Sepsis already causes a significant but unappreciated burden of disease but as the population ages, this burden will increase substantially.

Unlike conditions such as heart disease or breast or prostate cancer, sepsis affects people of all ages and patients cared for by almost all hospital doctors. As a result there has, until now, been no group specifically dedicated to reducing the burden of sepsis. ASN provides information and support to the families and friends of people with sepsis.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Australian Sepsis Network.

Last reviewed: July 2021

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