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Acute Care Medicine

The Discipline of Acute Care Medicine brings together teaching and research activities in the specialties of anaesthesia, intensive care, pain medicine, hyperbaric medicine and emergency medicine.

Acute care medicine

Acute care medicine encompasses all aspects of perioperative medical care. Accordingly, the Discipline of Acute Care Medicine at Adelaide Medical School provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research activities in such fields as:

  • intensive care medicine
  • perioperative medicine
  • postoperative pain management
  • acute and chronic pain
  • hyperbaric medicine
  • emergency medicine
  • obstetric and gynaecological anaesthesia
  • paediatric anaesthetic
  • paediatric critical care
  • paediatric emergency medicine.

The discipline has a presence within the Royal Adelaide, Queen Elizabeth and Women's and Children's Hospitals, Lyell McEwin Health Service and Modbury Public Hospital.

Extensive undergraduate teaching

The Discipline of Acute Care Medicine provides undergraduate teaching to medical students in anaesthesia, acute and chronic pain medicine, and intensive care medicine. This primarily takes place in fifth and sixth years, but with Medical and Scientific Attachments (MSAs) also provided in fourth year.

Direct, dedicated clinician teaching is provided across three hospitals—the Royal Adelaide (RAH), The Queen Elizabeth (TQEH), and Lyell McEwin (LMH)—and a considerable amount of traditional ward, theatre and recovery-room-based teaching is also delivered.

Rotations in Emergency Medicine across Modbury Hospital, LMH, TQEH and RAH involve teaching time, clinical exposure, logs of case studies and presentations and simulation. Internships are also provided in these hospitals for all sixth-year students.  

Teaching on sixth-year Common and Core Skills programs includes dedicated teaching on acute-care-medicine-related topics. Fellows provide tutorials on preparation for internship, applied physiology, and pharmacology of acute medical issues, while overseas elective students continue to be supported by clinical titleholders.

Wide-ranging research

The Discipline of Acute Care Medicine contributes to four core Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences research areas: pregnancy and birth; child and adolescent health; surgical and health systems innovation; and translational health outcomes.

A number of postgraduate students and clinical titleholders are involved in a variety of research projects, including a broad range of clinical trials across the discipline’s sub-specialties. These projects and trials are investigating such areas as:

  • health care delivery (pre- and postoperative care, hospital medical emergency response systems)
  • perioperative medicine – through the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Clinical Trials Network.
  • intensive care medicine 
  • nutrition and metabolism in the critically ill
  • sepsis in intensive care patients
  • pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of anaesthetic and analgesic agents
  • acute and chronic pain 
  • postoperative pain management
  • clinical audits 
  • hyperbaric medicine 
  • emergency medicine 
  • obstetric and gynaecological anaesthesia 
  • paediatric anaesthetic 
  • paediatric critical care 
  • paediatric emergency medicine.

The discipline is also involved in multi-centre clinical trials in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, internationally and nationally.

PARC Clinical Research (PARC)

PARC is a specialised clinical facility established within the Discipline of Acute Care Medicine to undertake contract clinical research for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. It provides a safe and suitable environment for the conduct of academic clinical studies.
 

Contact us

Head of Discipline

Professor Guy Ludbrook
Ph: +61 8 8222 5472
Email: guy.ludbrook@adelaide.edu.au

Research Staff and Postgraduate Coordinator

Dr Jennifer Ong
Level 8, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, North Terrace
(Corner of North Terrace and George Street Adelaide)
Ph: +61 8 8313 5163
Email: jennifer.ong@adelaide.edu.au

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