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About Us

Welcome to the Surgical Clinical Service Unit

The Surgical Clinical Service Unit (CSU) is one of four CSUs within the Acute Operations Directorate. The Surgical CSU is responsible for the high quality provision of service and efficient management of resources for a broad range of surgical and procedural services within Austin Health.

The services of the CSU are provided in many wards and departments of Austin Health including: theatres, specialist clinics and the surgical wards. The CSU covers both Austin Hospital and Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

With over 700 staff, the Surgical CSU conducts approximately 25,000 elective and non-elective procedures per year.

CSU Director

Ms Melodie Heland

Surgical CSU Medical Director & Professor of Surgery

Professor Chris Christophi

The surgical wards are located on Level 8 of the Austin Tower.

Units governed by the Surgical CSU


The Surgical CSU is recognised for providing evidence based, customer focused care and support in a professional manner.

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Austin Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.