Most New Zealanders have never heard of sepsis.

Unlike patients with major heart, lung, brain (stroke) or cancer diagnoses, “a little bit of sepsis is managed by everyone”.

This means that no one person, department or health discipline is responsible for sepsis or its outcome. This has led to a lack of research, awareness and advocacy which leaves sepsis patients and survivors with no natural advocate in the healthcare system.

It's hard to describe and it can be difficult to detect in its early stages, but if you can recognise the signs and symptoms early it could save a life.

The New Zealand Sepsis Trust aims to take up this role by promoting clinical tools, providing education and fundraising to build awareness and sepsis research capability.

People have often heard of blood poisoning (toto pirau) and septicaemia but sepsis is the accepted term for an overwhelming immune response to infection that damages the body’s tissues and vital organs. The New Zealand Sepsis Trust was formed when we found that no national organisation existed to bring sepsis into the public eye or to facilitate sepsis care and education.

Our Mission

Increasing awareness, saving lives

Our Vision

No preventable deaths from sepsis in New Zealand

Our Values

Our Team


Ashvindev Singh


A Project, Programme & Portfolio Management professional with over 7 years of experience in healthcare, including Auckland DHB & the Health Quality & Safety Commission. Managed and delivered projects ranging from large scale change pieces, process improvement projects at a whole of DHB and individual business unit level & NZ wide project delivery implementations across all 20 DHBs and for higher government. Ashvindev’s particular focus is in systems engineering whereby using the principles of project management, service design, and customer experience to leverage against technology as an enabler to deliver on better patient outcomes. Ashvindev is also experienced in the ‘whole of organisation’ governance & strategy space.

Dr Paul Huggan

Dr Paul Huggan


Paul is an acute medicine and infectious disease specialist at Waikato Hospital. He has a long-standing interest in the epidemiology and clinical outcomes of sepsis.


Dr Dan Dobbins


Dan is an emergency medicine physician with an interest in the acute management of patients with infection and sepsis. Dan is at the heart of efforts to improve sepsis recognition and resuscitation in his emergency department.


Dr Robert Martynoga


Robert is an anaesthetist and intensive care physician with an interest in maternal and perinatal sepsis. 

Together we can make a difference.

Our 2023 #Stepforsepsis fundraising campaign is all about raising awareness and saving lives. By signing up and participating, you will be helping sepsis survivors throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. Will you step up?