Austin Hospital Melbourne

Duration: 
12 months
Start month: 
February
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Hospital details

The Austin Hospital is located in Heidelberg, 20 minutes north-east of Melbourne's city centre. The new hospital building was re-opened in 2005 after a major redevelopment. It is housed in one of two new hospital towers, the other tower occupied by Mercy Hospital for Women.

The redeveloped Austin Tower now features:

  • 400 acute beds
  • a 30-bed intensive care unit
  • one of the state's largest adult emergency units and a specialist six-bed unit for children
  • a purpose-built, 26-bed high-tech spinal unit to serve all of Victoria and Tasmania
  • infectious diseases isolation rooms in each ward
  • almost a quarter of rooms as single-bed rooms
  • en suite facilities in all rooms
  • additional and refurbished operating theatres
  • a unique teaching, training and research precinct including a teaching space and laboratory on each level of the Austin Hospital Tower
  • home of the Olivia Newton John Cancer centre
  • tertiary referral for complex spinal disorders serving the States of Victoria and Tasmania (approximately 6,000,000 people)

Fellowship details

The fellowship is 12 months duration and usually commences in February.  The Fellowship began in 2002 and Fellows have come from all over the world.  The fellowship exist between the Departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery and application is open to qualified Orthopaedic and Neurosurgeons.  Both departments serve as training hospitals for the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Neurosurgical Society of Australia training programs. Fellows will have the support of the training registrars from both these departments as well as the medical staff from the Victorian Spinal Cord Service.

There are three active spine orthopaedic surgeons (Drs Peter Wilde, Lu Ton and Gerald Quan) and two neurosurgeons (Drs Myron Rogers, Gus Gonsalves).  The fellow spends time working in both departments and also has the opportunity to participate in scoliosis surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Children's Hospital.  The workload includes a wide range of surgery including trauma, tumour, degenerative disease and complex deformity correction.  

Fellows attend two outpatient sessions weekly namely orthopaedic spinal clinic and neurosurgery clinic.  Our newly established spine research facility through the University of Melbourne should commence basic scientific research in 2012.

Accreditation with the newly created Spine Society of Australia and Australian Orthopaedic Association PFET (post fellowship education and training program) is being sought.

How to apply

Contact:

Faye Beg
Personal Assistant to the Director of Speciatly Services CSU
Level 6, Austin Tower
Austin Health
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg ,Victoria, Australia, 3084
Tel: 0394965832
Email: faye.beg@austin.org.au


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