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Canberra Intensive Care Unit

Inspiring Excellence, Uncompromising Care

Canberra ICU is a centre of excellence for critical care in Australia. We attract some of the nation’s leading medical professionals to our team by offering world-class training, research, education and technology.

About Canberra ICU

Canberra ICU cares for patients who require highly specialised one-to-one treatment. Most typically after undergoing major surgery, following an accident or whilst suffering a serious illness. Our 31 bed unit includes adult and paedeatric intensive care and high dependency beds – with dedicated cardiothroacic and paedeatric bays and four fully vented positive/negative pressure isolation rooms.


The ICU is part of Canberra Hospital, the major public tertiary teaching hospital for ACT and Southern NSW. Our ICU is home to some of the leading critical care health professionals in Australia.

We care for patients requiring attention for

  • Cardiac surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Major trauma
  • Complex respiratory management
  • Sepsis
  • Oncology
  • Renal failure
  • Infectious diseases
  • Multiple organ dysfunction
  • Organ donation

31

Beds

2200

ICU patients admits per year

230

Medical and nursing staff

Critically Ill Children

Canberra ICU cares for critically ill children with an established referral pathway to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.

Major Tertiary Referral

Canberra Hospital is the major tertiary referral hospital servicing Southern NSW, with ACT Health providing the medical flight crew for the Capital Region Retrieval Service.

Research and Education

Canberra Hospital has a strong national and international reputation for its medical research and teaching program. The hospital also has many positive affiliations with pre-eminent research institutions, including the internationally acclaimed John Curtin School of Medical Research.

A Multifaceted Team

Canberra ICU is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals, working together to deliver the best standard of care to our patients.

Our Role in Critical Care

We understand that being admitted to an ICU unit is a traumatic time for both patients and their loved ones.To make the experience less daunting, we strive to provide a nurturing, as well as medically advanced, environment.


Our specialist team are provided with continuous professional development and training opportunities to drive excellence in all aspects of patient care.

Canberra ICU is regarded as one of the leading providers of critical care medicine in Australia and is noted for its adoption of the latest medical research, insights, techniques and technology.


Consequently, we are able to attract the brightest and most ambitious minds to drive forward advances in critical care medicine.

Constant Innovation

Planning is currently underway for a new acute care facility, provisionally called the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre. We want to ensure that we remain at the forefront of critical care in Australia and continue to support our growing population. The new intensive care and high dependency unit will comprise of 48 adult beds and 12 co-located paediatric beds.

Our talented team