The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides sophisticated care and life support for seriously ill or injured patients. More than 2,000 patients are admitted each year to ICU.

The unit has both Intensive Care and High Dependency beds. It provides a full range of Level 3 adult intensive care services catering for patients from within the hospital, from the Emergency Department and transfers from other hospitals.

In May 2016, a new state-of-the art 42-bed capacity Intensive Care Unit opened at the hospital as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) project. It is one of the biggest Intensive Care Units in Australia.

ICU sees the following types of patients needing care for:

  • cardiac surgery
  • neurosurgery
  • major trauma
  • complex respiratory management
  • sepsis
  • oncology
  • renal failure
  • infectious diseases
  • multiple organ dysfunction


“The Intensive Care Unit has highly successful teaching program for intensive care training under the College of Intensive Care Medicine for Australia and New Zealand (CICM) as well as University of Melbourne postgraduate nursing programs.

We offer elective terms for final year medical students, organised through the RMH Clinical School.


The Intensive Care unit runs a large number of nationally and internationally recognized courses for doctors and nurses working in critical care medicine. These include:

Find out more about our RMH ICU Courses and bookings.


The Royal Melbourne Hospital ICU has a strong commitment to research. Our Consultant group includes several who have completed or are studying towards a higher degree. We have a team of dedicated and knowledgeable Research Co-ordinators and access to biostatistical support.

We are also very fortunate to have Prof Rinaldo Bellomo, who is probably the world’s pre-eminent researcher in our field of intensive care medicine, as an adviser to our research program.

Accordingly, we are well placed to support trainees undertake their CICM Formal Project and / or novice researchers participate in research. A/Prof Adam Deane is the Head of ICU Research prior to, or after, starting with the Royal Melbourne Hospital to discuss potential involvement / projects.