The Intensive Care NSW has been established to promote the delivery of quality intensive care through sharing knowledge and ideas and provides a foundation for IC clinicians to partner with key stakeholders to:

  • support and lead innovation;
  • ensure  adequate  and efficient IC capacity in NSW;
  • assist NSW IC clinicians in achieving outcomes important to patients and their families;
  • advocate on behalf of NSW consumers and clinicians.

The Intensive Care NSW is as part of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI  ).


Over 1 million people are treated as in-patients each year in NSW hospitals. More than 50,000 adult patients are treated in intensive care annually. Intensive Care Services provide an important function, supporting the critical needs of NSW hospitals and communities. The capabilities of these services determine the acuity of patients that can be safely cared for, the complexity of surgery and procedures that can be undertaken at facility. A broad range of patients with a critical illness rely on access to intensive care, including patients with complex medical and surgical problems, planned major surgery, trauma, organ transplant and burns.

There are over 45 adult intensive care and critical care services in NSW public hospitals. In 2003 the Intensive Care Implementation Group (now known as NSW Critical Care Taskforce) recognised the need for a structured overview of intensive care services, which resulted in the formation of an Adult Intensive Care Coordination and Monitoring Unit (ICCMU). ICCMU’s original role included:

  • monitoring intensive care activity and ability of system to meet demand;
  • researching into patterns of intensive care demand and staffing;
  • developing and maintain a central data repository for Local Health District benchmarking and other quality activities’ related to intensive and critical care.

In 2012 ICCMU came under the umbrella of the Agency for Clinical Innovations (ACI) as part of the Surgery, Anaesthetics and Critical Care Portfolio (SACC). The following year the ACI Intensive Care Service Network (ICSN) was established to support staff & organisations in the delivery of high quality patient care in IC services through coordination, networking and research. The network included clinician working and advisory groups. These groups were responsible for designing, supporting and leading priority pieces of work identified by the ICSN executive requiring a state-wide approach. ICCMU’s role was to support the work and function of the ICSN.

Intensive Care Service Network Executive

The formation of Intensive Care NSW

November 2016, representatives of the Intensive Care Service Network, the Intensive Care Coordination and Monitoring Unit and other key stakeholders attended an Intensive care planning workshop to reassess the future purpose and function of the ICSN and ICCMU, including reviewing the networks work priorities.

Recommendations from the workshop included:

  1. the ICSN and ICCMU amalgamate into one entity;
  2. the new entity be known as Intensive Care NSW to better reflect its the role and function.
  3. the need to develop  a  5 year strategic plan that incorporates six key priority areas for Intensive Care NSW:
    • Build and maintain effective partnerships
    • Ensure operational agility
    • Monitor value outcomes
    • Inform demand and capacity planning
    • Research
    • Building leadership capability
  4. May 2017, the ICSN and ICCMU joined together to form the Intensive Care NSW under the umbrella of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).


The people of NSW have timely access to quality Intensive care, close to where they live.