Pushing the frontiers of medical care and patient outcomes for critically ill patients

BTCCRC As Queensland's major quaternary and tertiary referral teaching hospital, the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) is the place where some of our most seriously sick and injured patients will come for critical care. Whether injured through car accidents, assaults, burns, or critically ill with disease or infection, patients can depend on care from a team of medical experts that are leaders in their various fields. 

The Intensive Care Unit at RBWH treats 2,000 patients each year with a 92 per cent survival rate, making it one of the top three Intensive Care Units in Australia for positive outcomes.

Many of the burns patients that are first treated and stabilised in Intensive Care are referred to the Burns Unit for more specialised, ongoing treatment. The Burns Unit at RBWH is, in fact, internationally recognised in medical publications as having the best burns outcomes in the world with just a two per cent mortality rate.

Through the Burns, Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre, critical care experts at the RBWH participate in world-leading research and education in a quest to keep pushing the frontiers of medical care for critically ill patients. 

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Our establishment

In 2002, the tragedy of the Bali bombings focused national attention on burns victims and emphasised there was a critical need to improve the treatment and outcomes of patients who are burned and/or critically ill. The outstanding response from the critical care, burns, emergency medicine and anaesthetics teams of the RBWH and UQ highlighted the skill and expertise we possess in this area. The BTCCRC was established in 2004 in response to the Bali bombings. It began as a collaborative venture between the RBWH Burns and Intensive Care Units and UQ Medicine and has since incorporated the Departments of Anaesthesia & Peri-operative Medicine.

Our structure

BTCCRC structure


Our mission and aims

Our Mission

To further advance the treatment and level of care given to burns and critically ill patients through world-class research-based clinical practice.

Our Aims

  • Improving both the survival and outcome of patients by conducting high quality research in the area of burns, trauma, critical care, anaesthesia and emergency medicine in general.
  • Providing a research-driven evidence base for clinical practice in burns, trauma, critical care, anaesthesia and emergency medicine.
  • Instituting national and international collaboration in burns, trauma, critical care, anaesthesia and emergency medicine.
  • Increasing opportunities for research and promoting the research training of postgraduate students and staff in the above mentioned areas.