President, Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS)
Director at Large Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC)
Tim Spencer is an independent consultant specialising in Vascular Access. Prior to this he was the Clinical Nurse Consultant in Vascular Access at The Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia for almost 20 years. His nursing background and qualifications are in Intensive Care and has placed over 5200 central venous access devices. He established the Central Venous Access & Parenteral Nutrition Service in 1996 and to date it has placed over 7300 catheters. After completing his Advanced Clinical Nutrition Certificate through a scholarship with ESPEN in 2001, Tim has advanced changes in parenteral nutrition practice and is actively involved with clinical nutrition. He established a Parenteral Nutrition Team in 2001 and the service manages over 100-200 patients each year. It has consistently demonstrated a reduction catheter-related and nutritional complications. He is trained in Ultrasound techniques and has facilitated the development of role of ultrasound guidance for vascular access procedures. Tim has helped pioneer and foster the role of the advanced vascular access nurse specialists in Australia and helped develop similar nurse specialist roles nationally. He presents regularly and is seen as a clinical expert in his field.
He is actively involved with local and international vascular access organisations and companies on current clinically related issues. He has previously been an AuSPEN Council member and was also the Convenor for the 2006 AuSPEN Convention. He is a Conjoint Lecturer, University of New South Wales and South Sydney Western Area Clinical School and is on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of the Association of Vascular Access (USA). He is on the Global Strategic Committee to World Congress for Vascular Access (WoCoVA) and the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) as well as Board Member for the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC). Tim is also a Flight Lieutenant with the RAAF Specialist Reserve, as an Intensive Care Nurse, posted to 3AMES (Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron), located at RAAF Base Richmond. He is part of the MCAT Team, which specialises in the evacuation, transport and care of critically ill personnel.