Help us fight sepsis!

Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection. Every year, 13,000 Australians die from sepsis – more than breast and prostate cancer combined. Half of those who survive severe sepsis will be left with long-term physical, psychological or cognitive disability.

While sepsis is a time-critical emergency, it is preventable. In order beat sepsis, hospitals need to recognise and treat it quickly with antibiotics. We also need to raise community awareness of the warning signs to watch to out for and the importance of seeking urgent medical care when symptoms occur.

While anyone can develop sepsis, certain groups of people are at a higher risk – including people with pre-existing medical conditions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the elderly, and the very young. Worldwide, more than 40% of all sepsis cases occur in children under the age of five.

Beating sepsis, saving lives

The George Institute for Global Health is leading the way in the fight against sepsis. We tackle the condition from every angle – from research, to treatment, to awareness raising and survivor support:

  • We host the Australian Sepsis Network (ASN), a national association working closely across jurisdictions, sepsis clinical champions and survivors
  • We help advocate for and develop national guidelines to improve Australia’s response to sepsis
  • We collaborate with hospitals and healthcare workers to improve the identification, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis
  • We work with communities to better understand how sepsis affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-indigenous adults admitted to hospital for the condition

Read more about our sepsis work here.

We need your help!

You can join the fight against sepsis and help save lives. Every donation – no matter how large or small - will make a difference.

With your help, we will:

  • support Australian hospitals to improve sepsis care in Australia by developing lifesaving clinical guidance to detect, diagnose and treat the condition; 
  • raise community awareness of sepsis symptoms and the importance of seeking immediate medical attention; and
  • establish a much-needed National Centre for Sepsis, which will play a key coordinating role in fighting the condition across the country.

Together we can improve early recognition, prevention and treatment of sepsis and save thousands of lives each year.


If you would like further information about how you can join the fight against sepsis and support the vital work of The George Institute, please contact us on +61 2 8052 4300 or