Ken Hambrecht

1Ken Hambrecht, RN, ICU Cert., B.Sc, (Physiology & Biochem.), M.I.Biol, M.Ed., J.P. MACN, has extensive experience in the area of Critical Care practice & education. Ken has had more than 20 years of experience Co-ordinating & teaching in Critical Care Courses & involvement in Medical Education.

Ken is a past President of the Victorian Branch of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), & has also been a National Executive member of CACCN. Ken is a member of many state & national committees, & has many publications to his credit in the areas of respiratory & cardiac medicine, pulse oximetry, professional development, & CPR.

These include self directed learning packages on; Care of the patient with a respiratory disorder: including the patient receiving mechanical ventilation; Asthma; & 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 & 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 &/or Ventilation of the Lungs in Emergencies; including competency statements & 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, & 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 & Anaesthesia Nurses – ASPAAN (now Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses – ACPAN) & 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 & 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 & conducting short education programs, and has presented at national & international conferences.