Admission, discharge and return transfer process for paediatric intensive care units

Published October 2022

This document describes the role of the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in supporting the principle that children receive the right care at the right place and at the right time, as close to home as possible. This process includes:

  • transfer to the hospital of origin or transfer of care closer to home, when medically appropriate
  • transfers of care closer to home that is planned in collaboration with the child’s family and local clinical teams
  • transfers generally will be undertaken by the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS).

When a child or neonate requires transfer, NETS and retrieval services use the statewide bed availability platform as a matrix to view available PICU beds in the state. In collaboration with the receiving site, NETS or the retrieval service will decide on the most appropriate PICU bed based on:

  • location
  • capability
  • capacity, including the need for cross border transfer.

Admission discharge and return transfer process for paediatric intensive care units PDF Document - 328KB


The information on this page is general in nature and cannot reflect individual patient variation. It reflects Australian intensive care practice, which may differ from that in other countries. It is intended as a supplement to the more specific information provided by the doctors and nurses caring for your loved one. ICNSW attests to the accuracy of the information contained here but takes no responsibility for how it may apply to an individual patient. Please refer to the full disclaimer.