The Emergency Department provides high level acute care in a multidisciplinary setting.

It is a Level 1 adult trauma and tertiary referral centre. It is one of two adult major trauma services in Victoria and is served by a roof-top helipad with an average of more than one helicopter arrival per day. More than 60,000 adults present at the department annually with a large proportion of high acuity. Almost two thirds of patients presenting have Australasian Triage Scale categories of 1, 2 and 3 and nearly 50% of patients require admission to hospital.

The department provides services for:

  • critical care
  • major trauma
  • mental health
  • infectious diseases
  • toxicology
  • chest pain evaluation
  • neurosciences
  • oncology
  • interventional angiography
  • management of pregnant trauma patients
  • emergency ambulatory care (same day emergency care)

Research is highly valued within the department. Several articles are published in peer reviewed journals and presentations are given at national and international meetings each year.

The department has a highly successful teaching program and examination success rates for registrars of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. This program includes multdisciplinary simulation team training. The department also has an extensive teaching involvement for University of Melbourne medical students and postgraduate nursing programs.

Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department

Nurse Practitioners (NP) are registered nurses with an advanced scope of practice and are now part of the emergency care team at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department . Read more about nurse practitioners in Emergency.


To refer a patient or to ask for advice, contact the Duty Consultant.

Fax the referral letter to Emergency on (03) 9342 7166

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