Cabrini’s Alan, Ada and Eva Selwyn Emergency Department is a vital part of Cabrini Health offering a 24 hours, 7 days a week service to adults and children who require urgent medical attention.
Phone: (03) 9508 1500
GP Referral Phone: (03) 9508 8607
24 hours, 7 days a week
This service does not require a referral.
Estimated wait time to
see a doctor:
Cabrini’s Alan, Ada and Eva Selwyn Emergency Department (ED) is a well-resourced unit supported by specialist emergency physicians and highly skilled nursing staff 24 hours, 7 days a week. The ED offers treatment of all emergency conditions, supported by rapid access to Cabrini specialists including cardiology, cardiothoracic, intensive care, neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, and paediatrics; and a full range of diagnostics services including CT and MRI.
We welcome all patients, whether they are ‘walk in’, referred to us by their GP, or arrive via ambulance. Our wait time to see a doctor is visible both on the Cabrini website and in our waiting area, and updated every few minutes. We treat over 24,000 adults, infants, children and adolescents every year with a 50% admission rate to our hospital services.
Our focus is to provide our patients and their families with high quality and compassionate care. Our follow up phone call program after each patient is discharged from the ED reflects our dedication to providing high quality care and enhancing patient experience.
We have an active teaching program and are accredited by the Australian College for Emergency Medicine for emergency specialist training. We are also active in Emergency Medicine research, leading in the area of Medical scribes to improve patient outcomes.
We offer a full range of care for acute emergency conditions (except major trauma) including medical, surgical, obstetric and paediatric cases. We also provide:
Your total emergency account will vary depending upon the treatment(s) you receive on the day. The emergency attendance fee is a fixed out-of-pocket cost and applies to all patients including Medicare card and private health insurance holders. Unfortunately, this fee is not covered by the government or health funds however, it is necessary for us to be able to continue to offer high quality emergency service to the community. In case you require pathology or medical imaging services, some out-of-pocket charges may apply in addition to the emergency attendance fees.
The below fee estimates are for eligible Medicare-card holders.
Weekdays 8am – 6pm
All other times
Maximum out-of-pocket cost for Medicare claimable outpatient pathology services if applicable
Maximum out-of-pocket cost for Medicare claimable outpatient medical imaging services if applicable
Non-Medicare claimable items such as specialist pathology tests, MRI, take home items and prescription based pharmacy items if applicable
Your out-of-pocket costs will contribute to your Medical Safety Net. Notes:
Payment of accounts:
We offer a 50% discount of our emergency attendance fee to students of registered schools and pre-schools and junior members, aged 17 years and under, of registered sporting clubs. The 50% discount applies to the attendance fee only and does not include any further out-of-pocket expenses such as x-rays and blood tests.
If you attend the Cabrini Emergency Department as a result of a sporting incident, your club insurance may cover some of your medical costs. Please take your receipts to the club once they have been paid for possible re-imbursement.
Cabrini Emergency Department proudly supports:
We have prepared an extensive series of patient information sheets that relate to many of the common injuries and ailments of people presenting to our ED. The following sheets detail the typical treatments, what to expect, follow up information and how to seek help if symptoms or conditions don't improve.
Adult information sheets
Bleeding in early pregnancy
Epistaxis - nose bleeds
Fainting and Collapse
Fractures and Plaster Care
Intravenous Regional Anaesthesia (IVRA)
|Kidney StonesKnee Injuries
Medications for pain relief
Otitis externa - Swimmer’s ear
Procedural Sedation for adults
Soft Tissue Injuries
Child information sheets
|Abdominal pain in children
Asthma in children
Constipation in children
Crutches for children
|Ear Infections in children
Fever in Children
Gastro in children
When your child is in pain
Education and clinical research are important elements of what we do. Cabrini Emergency Department is part of Monash Partners, an innovative partnership program connecting researchers, clinicians and community to innovate for better health for Victorians.
Our emergency physicians and staff are involved with several leading research initiatives. Click here to find out more about our Researchers, Scribe program and Academic Publications.
If you are interested in conducting research with us, whether as a collaborator or trainee, please contact Dr Walker via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9508 1550.
We welcome support from our valued donors who fund our research projects. If you are interested in learning more about making a tax-deductible donation to our emergency department programs, please get in touch with Cabrini Foundation on (03) 9508 1380.
We are honoured to be naming the Cabrini Emergency Department. It is a testimony and legacy to Alan Selwyn.
We are very proud that Alan’s legacy will be part of the new, expanded Emergency Department located in the Gandel Wing of the hospital, building on a tradition of world-class, specialist medical care.
Alan was a man who was gracious and humble, kind and had a heart of gold. He considered himself blessed in every way. He adored his wife Ada for each and every day of their 66 years of marriage and treasured his daughter.
Alan attended The University of Leeds, where he studied textile engineering. As a businessman and multi-linguist, Alan pioneered Australian-Japanese economic ties, was a founding member of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce and was twice a delegate to the International Economic Conference.
He had a long history of philanthropic endeavours and supported hospitals, universities, medical research, museums and the arts, including as a patron of the Melbourne Arts Centre. He was a governor of Tel Aviv University, by which he was also bestowed an Honorary Fellowship. He and Ada also established a Chair in Clinical Infertility Research and Molecular Medicine. In his spare time he was a keen bridge player and twice represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games as captain of the bridge team.
To know Alan was to realise he was a great man, an optimist who lived life to the fullest, a man of integrity and respected by all. He is missed more than we can say.
- Ada and Eva Selwyn
You don’t need a referral to see an Emergency Physician.
However, in urgent cases your GP may provide you with a referral letter if it is best for you to come to our Emergency Department for further examination.
Patients don’t require a referral letter to visit the Cabrini Emergency Department.
If you have an urgent case and you need to speak to us, please call us on (03) 9508 8607.