About Us

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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.

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Our vision

“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.
CICC Directors: Bellomo, Story, Braitberg

Our people

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.

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