Intensive care research at Murdoch

Intensive care medicine physicians care for some of the sickest patients in hospital. Patients in intensive care units (ICU) either need intensive monitoring to protect them from further deterioration, have a life-threatening illness or are treated for serious injuries following an accident. 
Our research focuses on providing supportive care, which is not specific to a condition but aims to aid general recovery by supporting organ systems of our body. This includes providing adequate pain relief as well as nutrition and hydration. Some patients may require help breathing, heart medicines, kidney support with dialysis or many other treatments.
  • Traditionally, medical research is focused on different treatment options for specific conditions and less on what type of supportive care is the best for our patients.
  • Many treatment options for diseases are well examined in the general population but intensive care patients are sicker and more vulnerable. Small differences in their care can make large differences in their outcome.
  • Public awareness of the role of intensive care is small.


We are part of a Australia and New Zealand network of ICUs which work together to answer clinical questions that focus directly on patient care and best treatment.

Our current research focuses on:

  • types of fluids used for rehydration therapy
  • types of nutritional therapy
  • management of blood transfusions
  • supportive drugs in severe infections
  • drugs to counteract delirium.

A/Prof Adrian Regli, Head of Research, Intensive Care Unit

A/Prof Bart DeKeulenaer, Researcher, Head of Department, Intensive Care Unit

Annemarie Palermo, Research Coordinator, Intensive Care Unit