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ICU Research and Administration Staff


Research Co-ordinator

Jodie Prendergast holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University and a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from Deakin University.

Jodie remains an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, and after working as a clinical Dietitian for a number of years is now working mainly with Melbourne University’s Physiotherapy Department in research. Jodie, however, has spent the majority of the last 18 years working as a Research Co-ordinator. Her areas of experience include endocrinology and metabolic disorders, renal, cardiology and oncology.

Jodie has recently been appointed by Peninsula Health as Research Co-ordinator for the Intensive Care Unit of Frankston Hospital, where she oversees the day-to-day running of the research projects the department undertakes. 

Email: JPrendergast@phcn.vic.gov.au
Tel: (03) 9784 8567


karen_2ICU Personal Assistant

The ICU Personal Assistant – Karen Bean, provides standard secretarial services and all secretarial support to the departments five Consultants and the ICU Nurse Unit Manager.

This all-encompassing role includes Registrar rostering, diary management and appointment making, CME, Private Patient billing, website content management and budget/purchase management. Additionally Karen co-ordinates the internationally renowned ‘BASIC’ Course four times a year along with the annual ‘Beyond BASIC’ Course.


AORTIC Database Manager

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Adult Patient Data Base (APD) collects quarterly data submissions from local Intensive Care Unit data bases throughout Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The information Frankston ICU and other ICU units gather in these databases provides information about the individual episodes of care in the ICU. The customised software Frankston ICU uses is AORTIC.

This information is used to calculate the length of the episode in ICU; physiological data of the patient in the first 24hrs in ICU; the risk of death in hospital using Apache and SAPS scoring systems; and the outcome of hospitalisation.

This data is used to benchmark standards of care against comparable units and international standards. It is also used for research and provides accurate data for key performance indicators required by Peninsula Health, The Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and the Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (CORE). The latter two are both arms of ANZICS.

Frankston ICU has a dedicated Data Manager, Laurel Walker, who has been trained in data collection and is solely responsible for the collection of patient data, data submissions, research requests, data base training, audit processes, data cleaning and overall maintenance of the data base.

Any patient data forwarded in electronic submissions to the central body, ANZICS is de-identified in accordance with Privacy legislation.


ICU Ward Clerk

Our Ward Clerks will be the first faces you see when visiting ICU.

Our experienced Ward Clerks form an integral part of the Intensive Care Team here at Frankston Hospital. Their role is to support families and facilitate communication between the families and the Health Care Team, perform hospital administration duties, and to assist in the day to day operation of the ICU department.