The Department of Critical Care promotes multi-centre research with the Departments of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine at the 20 hospitals affiliated with the University. We engage in collaborative and translational research with other clinical and biomedicine departments, Clinical Trials Networks, government and industry.
Our research priorities are grouped within several key themes, encompassing elements of all critical care disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach aims to increase the opportunities for researchers to collaborate and develop evidence-based, patient-focussed integrated models of care, based on demonstrated clinical and cost effectiveness, where a clear need has been identified.View
An overview of current research activity across our network, ranging from audits and observational studies to large clinical trials and our multidisciplinary program to increase research equity for culturally and linguistically diverse patients.View
Our post-graduate coursework degrees are tailored to the workforce needs of the critical care community.VIEW
Graduate Research Degrees
The graduate research degrees offered by the Melbourne Medical School are the perfect way to begin or progress your career. Current PhD students are conducting research on diverse topics, from frailty to meta analyses and publication outcomes; environmental costs of critical care to non anaemic iron deficiency.VIEW
The Department of Critical Care offers a range of short courses and workshops to support workforce development in critical care.VIEW
We welcome applications for honorary appointments from individuals who make a significant, sustained contribution to the Department of Critical Care in at least two of the three following areas: Learning and Teaching; Research; Leadership.Contact us
Our alumni community brings together health professionals from around the world. Stay connected with this global network and access alumni benefits, news, exclusive events and more.View
There are many ways to support the work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, including donations that support students and academics, or gifts of valuable memorabilia that enrich our museums. We are grateful to our donors for their help creating scholarships, supporting ground-breaking research, building important partnerships and assisting community engagement.View
In what is a first for Australia, the Department of Critical Care (DoCC) provides an integrated academic and clinical approach to the care of the sickest patients in hospitals and in the community. By fostering such integration and connection across multiple affiliated hospitals and disciplines, the Department is poised to provide national and international leadership in one of the fastest evolving and expanding areas of medicine
Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, Acting Head of Department
The Department of Critical Care brings together the three key disciplines that manage high risk and critically ill adults and children: anaesthesia; emergency medicine; and intensive care.
The department also aims to extend the reach of these three key disciplines in both practice and research by fostering collaboration between medical, nursing and and allied health clinicians in critical care. Each of our disciplines works in high performing teams, working closely with our allied health, pharmacy and technical specialist colleagues.
We strive to lead in policy and practice to improve the safety and quality of clinical care across the patient journey through internationally recognised, integrated academic research, education and engagement in the care of high risk and critically ill patients before, during and after their hospital stay.
“Integrating acute care to improve patient outcomes globally”
The Department of Critical Care will improve the health and wellbeing of critically ill and high-risk patients by:
- integrating critical care practice, research and education
- providing evidence-based care for the acute patient from the beginning to the end of the patient journey
- informing health policy in the provision of critical care on a national and global scale
- leading critical care innovation and practice globally.
The leadership team of Professor Rinaldo Bellomo (Professor of Intensive Care and Acting Head of Department), Professor David Story (Professor and Chair of Anaesthesia) and Professor George Braitberg (Professor of Emergency Medicine) oversee the three, integrated research streams, harnessing the expertise of a large network of critical care specialists undertaking clinical care, research and education at more than 20 University-affiliated hospitals.