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Medical staff are rostered to the ICU 24hrs, 7 days per week.

We have approximately 20 registrar and 13 senior registrar positions. The majority of these positions are filled through the ICU training pathway and via RBWH rotations (including from anaesthesia, surgery and DEM).


The registrar roster is based on an 8-hr shift system (day/evening/night) on weekdays and a 12-hr shift (day/night) on weekends.  Start and finish times for these shifts can vary to ensure the total hours worked per week do not exceed 38 (76-hour fortnight).  Registrars are generally rostered to work 1 in 3 weekends.

On each shift, registrars will be rostered to one of four clinical areas (Pod 1, Pod 2, Pod 3, or Pod 4), each comprising 9-beds.  Pod 1 is the elective surgical high dependency unit (ES-HDU).  There is no distinction between Pod 2, Pod 3 or Pod 4 in terms of clinical case-mix.   Registrars are expected to undertake any specific imaging, blood work, referrals, clinical review or additional investigations as directed by the consultant or senior registrar.  Completion of admission and discharge paperwork is also their responsibility.  Opportunities for central venous and intra-arterial line insertion, endotracheal intubation, and transport of mechanically ventilated patients are routinely available.  On night shifts, registrars review each patient, following the management plan determined by the day team.  Each morning patients are then presented to the day staff in terms of their clinical progress.

Senior Registrars

The senior registrar roster is based on 12-hr shift system (day/night), with the expectation of working 1 in 3 weekends.  Total hours worked will not exceed 76 per fortnight.  In addition to being assigned to Pods, senior registrars are also rostered to MERT shifts, where they attend ward emergencies as required.  A higher level of decision-making and clinical management is expected of senior registrars, in addition to close supervision of junior staff.  Two senior registrars are rostered overnight, where coordination of admissions and discharges is a key responsibility.  Opportunities to gain experience in advanced airway techniques, bronchoscopy, echocardiography, percutaneous tracheostomy and advanced ventilation are available.

ICU training pathway

The ICU training pathway provides centralised recruitment, selection and allocation of intensive care medicine trainees to accredited adult and paediatric intensive care units across Queensland. Trainees are appointed to a pathway training hospital for 6 to 12 months. The pathway supports and promotes education and training programs and courses (PDF, 224 KB) for trainees.

Trainees remain on the pathway for the duration of their intensive care training, subject to satisfactory performance.

To apply – Australian residents

All Australian residents must apply through the RMO campaign – this includes applications to the ICU training pathway.

Official Website

RMO campaign

ICU training pathway and How to apply (key selection criteria and how to submit an application).

We also suggest that you email us your CV to express your interest.

To apply – overseas doctors

We have a number of positions available for overseas doctors wishing to spend some time working in Australia.  Please email us with your current CV including 2 referees for more information.

Please also visit Working in Australia for more information about how to obtain visa and a medical license.