Prince of Wales Hospital
High Street Randwick NSW
Prof James Colebatch
Phone : (02) 9382 2414
Training Positions : One
Elective Training Positions : Two
Core Position Descriptions
The (senior) neurology registrar is responsible for inpatients for his/her team, attending one outpatient clinic per week and for presenting at the clinical and radiological meetings.
Elective Position Descriptions
Clinical Neurophysiology registrar - responsible for inpatient and outpatient clinical neurophysiological investigations, including EMG/NCS, EP, EEG and ENG/caloric. Some specialised investigations.
Epilepsy fellow - is attached to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Unit (A/Prof Somerville) with responsibility for inpatient and outpatient care, EEG and monitoring reporting.
The hospital is situated in Randwick in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and has a total of approximately 530 general medical and surgical beds. It is co-located with the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children's Hospital and Prince of Wales Private Hospital. It is one of the principal hospitals of the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service and is a teaching hospital of the University of New South Wales. The Department, founded in 1961, was the first academic department of neurology in Australia. The Department has been amalgamated with the Department of Neurosurgery to form the Institute of Neurological Sciences. The Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (for research into the neurosciences) and the James Lance GSK Unit (for phase 1 clinical trials) are also on site.
Department Beds :
Twenty general Neurology and four high acuity beds (shared with Neurosurgery) Ten dedicated Stroke Unit beds Two video-EEG telemetry beds
General Neurology outpatients, EEG and EMG/NCS clinics
Department Specialty Clinics
Epilepsy, Balance Disorders, Headache, Neuromuscular disorders, Motor Neurone Disease, NeuroOncology, Botulinum toxin
Weekly clinical meeting (presented by advanced trainee)
Hospital grand rounds
Clinical Neurophysiology meeting (presented by Clinical Neurophysiology registrar)
EEG meeting (presented by Clinical Neurophysiology registrar)
There are 4 full time neurologists and 6 VMOs.
The fulltime staff members are:
Prof James Colebatch (Head of Department, Movement disorders, Clinical Neurophysiology)
A/Prof Matthew Kiernan (Neuromuscular Diseases, Clinical Neurophysiology)
A/Prof Ernest Somerville (Epilepsy)
A/Prof Alessandro Zagami (Stroke, Headache)
A/Prof Paul Spira (Headache)
Dr. Daniel Ghoughassian (Epilepsy)
Dr. Ross Mellick (Multiple Sclerosis, Vascular disease)
Dr. Dan Milder (Neuro-ophthalmology, Multiple Sclerosis)
Dr David Sharpe (Vascular disease)
Dr. Shaun Watson (Balance and Vestibular disorders)
Dr. Jonathan Wood (Neuro-oncology)
Junior Staff Positions In Neurology
One general medical registrar (Basic trainee). One intern, one RMO.
There are two neurology firms which alternate on take. The second firm is staffed by a basic trainee. The senior registrar changes firms after 6 months. There are two junior medical staff, an RMO and an Intern, and these are based either on the Neurology ward or in the Stroke Unit. The Advanced trainee is strongly encouraged to attend and present at the various neurological meetings held throughout the year.
Part 1 of FRACP is generally required, except in exceptional circumstances.
Positions are selected through the ANZAN interview process, based inter alia upon clinical skills and expertise, previous relevant clinical experience and research experience. (Full Position Descriptions are available from the hospital HR department).
Philosophy Of Training
There is a strong tradition of combining high quality clinical care with research, both clinical and basic, in this department. Some research is undertaken in conjunction with the POW Medical Research Institute. The department currently receives support from NHMRC and other external granting bodies.
Current research areas include:
Neurology Training In State
Brain School monthly meetings.
Prospecitve candidates are encouraged to visit the department prior to their application, if possible.
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