Austin Hospital entrance

About Us

Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, and health professional education and research in the northeast of Melbourne.

Austin Health comprises the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital (HRH) and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre (RTRC).

Austin Health operates 980 beds across acute, sub-acute and mental health with a 2011-12 annual operating budget of more than $700 million.

Austin Health is an internationally recognised leader in clinical teaching and training, affiliated with eight universities. In addition, it is the largest Victorian provider of training for specialist physicians and surgeons.

Statewide services

Austin Health is renowned for its specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation including a number of state-wide services:

  • Victorian Spinal Cord Service
  • Victorian Respiratory Support Services
  • Victorian Liver Transplant Unit
  • Acquired Brain Injury Unit
  • Child Mental Health Inpatient Unit
  • Austin Toxicology Service
  • Victorian Poisons Information Centre

What we do

In 2011-12 over 8,000 staff attended to over:

  • 99,552 inpatient admissions
  • 2,009 admissions to our Hospital in the Home program
  • 24,200 operations
  • 186,485 attendances to 360 specialist outpatient clinics
  • 80,100 attendances to a range of allied health outpatient clinics
  • 68,168 emergency department attendances.

Austin LifeSciences

Austin LifeSciences brings together internationally-renowned research institutes and over 800 Austin Health researchers, with a focus on cancer, diabetes, respiratory disease, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, epilepsy and psychiatry.

The Austin Health research institutions include:

  • The Florey Neuroscience Institutes
  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
  • Institute for Breathing and Sleep
  • Austin Medical Research Foundation
  • Parent-Infant Research Institute
  • Spinal Research Institute

External research funding to Austin Health is over $20 million per annum.

Our facilities

Austin Hospital

The Austin Hospital features:

  • Over 560 acute beds
  • A 20 bed Intensive Care Unit
  • A 42 cubicle adult emergency department containing a specialist six-bed unit for children
  • A purpose-built, 26-bed high-tech spinal unit to serve all of Victoria and Tasmania
  • An expanded mental health precinct with 55 adult mental health beds
  • A unique teaching, training and research precinct including a teaching space and laboratory on each level of the Austin Hospital Tower.

Austin Hospital is also home to a number of state-wide services.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre opened in July 2013.

Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital

The Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital has a proud history of caring for veterans and war widows. Originally built in 1941, the hospital became part of Austin Health in 1995.

Today the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital continues to treat veterans and war widows and the wider community with day surgery, palliative care, mental health services, aged care, and a range of outpatient services.

With the opening of four additional operating theatres at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in 2013, it now fills a substantial elective surgery role.

Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital

The Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre is a specialist provider of intensive rehabilitation programs, providing a comprehensive and coordinated range of medical, nursing, therapy and support services to people with a wide range of disabilities.

Areas of specialty include acquired brain injury rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, orthopaedic rehabilitation and orthotic and prosthetic services.

Services are provided on an inpatient and day patient basis.


Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, and health professional education and research in the northeast of Melbourne.


Our values guide our behaviour.

Integrity - we exercise honesty, candour and sincerity.

Accountability - we are transparent, responsible and answerable.

Respect - we treat others with dignity, consideration, equality and value.

Excellence - we continually strive for excellence.