The Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS) at The Alfred hospital is the statewide provider of burns care for all adults with complex major burn injuries in Victoria, as well as many people with less severe burns.
Clinical service overview
We also provide clinical leadership and training for professionals across the state, and undertake research.
The Victorian Adult Burns Service (incorporating The Helen Macpherson Smith Burns Unit on 6 West) provides:
- Acute care for all severely injured adult burns patients in Victoria
- Secondary reconstructive surgery for burns patients in association with the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit
- Post-Operative rehabilitation and scar management services
- Advice, assessment and treatment of outpatients with minor burns
The Victorian State Burns Management Guidelines
Each year, over 5,000 patients present to Emergency Departments throughout Victoria with burn injuries. Approximately 400 of these injuries are transferred to the states' two specialist burns services at the Alfred and Royal Children's Hospital for specialist care.
As the majority of these injuries are managed by clinicians outside of the states two specialist burns services, the two services have developed the Victorian State Burns Management Guidelines that provide rapid, user friendly access to information to direct health care professionals caring for people with burn injuries in the primary care setting in Victoria.
They aim to provide a consistent standard of burns management, particularly in the early stages post injury, in order to improve outcomes for those who are injured.
The target audience of the guidelines includes:
- emergency medical responders
- emergency department staff
- general practitioners & physicians
- general surgeons
Find out more about our service and the Burns Management Guidelines.
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.
All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency.
Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent to the Emergency & Trauma Centre.
If a patient requires surgery, they will be placed on a surgical waiting list. The patient may also need to attend a Pre-Admission Clinic prior to surgery.
To refer your patient, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the service Registrar to discuss the case.
To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.
If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the service Registrar on call on (03) 9076 2000.
- Referral enquiries (03) 9076 2025
- Referral fax (03) 9076 6938
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Burns Management Guidelines
Outlines burns assessment, management, first aid and downloadable resources
Australian & New Zealand Burn Association
The peak body for health professionals responsible for the care of the burn injured in Australia and New Zealand.
Australasian Trauma Society
Education, research and grants, employment, meetings and contacts
Major Trauma Guidelines and Education
Skin Tissue Culture Laboratory
A Monash University website which outlines the skin tissue culture laboratory