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Discipline of Intensive Care Medicine

A highly distinctive teaching environment
We are committed to enriching students in an experiential teaching environment. We are focused on producing intensivists with excellent patient care and the ability to promote positive multidisciplinary team interactions.

About the discipline

Intensive care medicine developed as an independent medical specialty in the latter part of the 20th century.

This evolution at a specialist level has further defined the practice boundaries of the specialty and emphasised the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the more complex and unwell patients found in hospitals. The management of such patients requires coordination and closely involves nursing and paramedical healthcare professionals.

Additionally, intensive care is intertwined with the complexities of ethics and interpersonal relationships in everyday practice.

Study options

These innovative degrees have been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.

Coursework includes basic sciences, retrieval medicine and pain management, teaching in simulation and clinical communication and decision making relevant to the practice of critical care. You will gain insights and understanding of how research informs practice and undertake a critical appraisal of the evidence guiding practice in an area of critical care medicine.

*Requires a medical degree

The University offers a range of research opportunities to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, visit our postgraduate research page.

Some critical care units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the course coordinator.

View available units of study.

Please note that CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care is not available for non-award study.

Meet Dr Holly Martin, an Intensive Care Registrar and one of the first graduates of the Master of Medicine (Critical Care).

Our research

Although evidence-based medicine is regularly applied in the practice of intensive care medicine, the reality is for many pathological conditions there is an absence of meaningful information on the best treatment in that specific situation. As a consequence, research is a regular part of most major intensive care units in Australia.

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