Introducing the Department of Critical Care

The Department of Critical Care was formally established on January 1st 2021.

Professor Rinaldo Bellomo

Message from Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, Acting Head of Department:

"We are excited to announce the creation of a department focused on developing a research, teaching and clinical care improvement agenda in the key areas of Emergency Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Toxicology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. In what is a first for Australia, the University of Melbourne has supported this development, which creates 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 of Critical Care (DoCC)  is poised to provide national and international leadership in one of the fastest evolving and expanding areas of medicine."

Message from Professor John Prins, Head of the Melbourne Medical School:

"The Centre for Integrated Critical Care was formally May 2018, bringing together three key disciplines that manage high-risk and critically-ill adults and children: anaesthesia, emergency medicine and intensive care. Since this time the Centre has worked to integrate critical care research, education and training across its various networks within the Melbourne Medical School and beyond to a point where positioning as a department was the next step to expand the reach of its partnerships and activities.

The new Department of Critical Care will focus on developing evidence-based, patient-focused integrated models of care, based on demonstrated clinical and cost effectiveness, for a range of disciplines including: critical care outreach; transition between hospital and community care; toxicology and pharmacological intervention; perioperative medicine; pain medicine; technology (telemedicine, eHealth, advanced clinical ultrasound); major disaster management, intervention and prevention."

2021 will be a busy year for critical care at The University of Melbourne and we look forward to involving you in our activities.
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