Careers in paediatric intensive care

In November 2014, Queensland Children’s Hospital (formerly the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital) opened as the paediatric tertiary referral centre for Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The QCH Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is now one of the largest units in Australia and New Zealand with 36 beds and 2000 admissions annually. Our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) treats a full range of conditions including burns and trauma, oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac disease. The Children’s Health Queensland Retrieval Service (CHQRS) also operates out of the PICU and performs 760 retrievals a year, covering road, rotary and fixed wing retrievals.


The paediatric intensive care unit provides a structured teaching program, which consists of courses such as the Advanced Paediatric Intensive Care Simulation course, Extra Corporeal Life Support (ECLS) course and workshops for ventilation, renal replacement therapy and cardiac cases. In addition, a weekly protected four hour teaching session is provided that follows a succinct curriculum and provides comprehensive exam preparation for College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) exams. The unit has a busy and vibrant research program lead by internationally renowned researchers, covering respiratory physiology, infectious diseases, cardiac physiology, coagulation studies, epidemiology and risk stratification for PICU patients. Trainee participation in research activities is highly encouraged.

Our Unit is C24 accredited with the CICM, has a high rate of success with fellowship examinations and hosted the CICM fellowship exam in 2015. Intensive Care trainees in Queensland are supported by the Queensland Government ICU pathway for providing placements both in intensive care as well as the mandatory anaesthesia rotation for ICU trainees.

Register your interest

Applicants should have completed at least four years of postgraduate medical training and one primary exam. We encourage and invite applications from overseas candidates, in particular those who have finished their specialist training. Where possible we offer assistance with obtaining work visas and medical registration.

For further information please, contact PICU consultants Dr Adrian Mattke ( or Dr Greg Kelly (


We are currently recruiting PICU nurses. We are passionate about supporting staff to progress their careers and are focussed on a planned pathway for development from novice to experienced practitioner through a number of structured development plans including:

  • a 12 month paediatric intensive care program articulating into tertiary qualifications
  • specialist nursing positions in Extra Corporeal Life Support (ECLS) and the retrieval service
  • career opportunities in management, education and research

Register your interest

If you have current experience as a paediatric intensive care nurse, or a minimum of 12 months adult ICU experience, current eligibility for AHPRA registration and want to belong to a progressive and inclusive workplace, please contact Jane Tilbury, Nurse Unit Manager.

t: 0408 396 378 or 3068 1400


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