Trainee Positions At Westmead Hospital

Westmead Hospital
Hawkesbury Road
NSW, NSW 2145

Contact Details

Dr Victor Fung
Phone : 02 9845 6793
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Training Positions : Two
Elective Training Positions : Three; Movement Disorder Registrar (1), Neurophysiology Registrar (1) and Epilepsy Registrar (1)
Fellowships : as for elective positions

Core Position Descriptions
Management of 15-20 inpatients
Ward consultations
Running of weekly Neurology meeting
General Neurology Outpatients
Grand Rounds
Weekly Stroke meeting
Parkinson's/Movement Disorder Clinic
Monthly neuromuscular clinic
Epilepsy Clinic
Clinical research projects

Elective Position Descriptions
Half-time Registrar position with the Huntington Disease (HD) Service, based at St Joseph’s Auburn and Westmead Hospitals:
Duties include twice weekly ward rounds with consultants at St Joseph’s Hospital, and an HD outpatient clinic.
This position will provide training in:
-Assessment and inpatient care of people with HD in a hospital setting, including basic cognitive assessment
-Management of behavioural problems among people with HD
-Assessment and care of people with HD in a residential care setting
-Counselling of people with HD and their families, including genetic aspects
The registrar will be working collaboratively with rehabilitation, psychiatry and palliative care colleagues, as well as being part of a multidisciplinary HD Outreach team. Time permitting, it may be possible to participate in research activities as part of the HD Service.

Movement Disorders Fellow:
Assist in care of movement disorder inpatients
Monday Movement Disorder Meeting (3 cases presented)
Huntington's disease (HD) Clinic
Weekly round at HD Unit at Lottie Stewart Hospital
Parkinson's Disease/Movement Disorder Clinic
Botulinum toxin clinics
Movement Disorder Neurophysiology (Neurophysiological Assessment of Tremor, Myoclonus etc)
EMG/NCS (optional)
Clinical research projects including clinical trials
Presentation at Sydney MDSA meetings

Neurophysiology Fellow:
Supervised training in EMG/NCS
Supervised training in Clinical EEG and short term VEEG/AEEG (Suitable for ANZAN Level 2)
Optional involvement in long term VEEG in Epilepsy Unit
Neuroimmunology Clinics, weekly (Peripheral Neuropathy, MS)
Botulinum toxin clinics
Clinical research projects

Epilepsy Fellow:
Supervised training in Clinical EEG and VEEG (ANZAN EEG Level 2)
Responsible for diagnostic and pre-surgical VEEG patients in ward
Supervised reporting of VEEG studies, scalp and intracranial
Presentation of cases to Epilepsy Surgery meeting weekly
Experience in Epilepsy Surgery and Electrocorticography
Epilepsy Clinics, weekly (New assessment and follow-up)
Complex Epilepsy out reach Clinics
Clinical research projects

Stroke Fellow:
Acute stroke management including thrombolysis
Weekly neurovascular clinic supervised by stroke physicians
Presentation of cases at the weekly stroke meeting
Management of patients in the Westmead stroke unit
Involvement in research.

Hospital Information

Westmead Hospital lies outside Parramatta in the western suburbs of Sydney and comprises 800-900 beds with all the major medical, surgical and obstetric disciplines represented. Children are seen at the Children's Hospital on the same campus.

The Hospital serves, with Blacktown/Mt Druitt, Auburn District Hospital and Nepean Hospital, the population of the Sydney West Area and, as a tertiary referral centre, the population of NSW.
It is one of the four Sydney University Teaching Hospitals.
Westmead Hospital opened in 1978 and within a decade had established itself as one of the major centres of excellence for clinical medicine and research in Australia. This is reflected in the number of NH&MRC grants which its staff has been awarded and in the numbers of successful candidates in passing the FRACP examination and in being awarded PhDs.

Department Beds :
10 general Neurology beds, 4 Video-EEG Telemetry beds for patients with Epilepsy, 8 Stroke Unit beds (shared with the Dept of Geriatric Medicine)

Department Clinics
Routinely attended by Advanced Trainee General Neurology (weekly in the University Clinic) Parkinson's Disease/Movement Disorder Clinic EMG/NCS Clinic EEG reporting session Epilepsy Clinic Neuro-immunology Clinic Also available Huntington's disease Clinic Botulinum Toxin Clinics

Department Specialty Clinics
Parkinson's Disease/Movement Disorder Clinic, Stroke Unit (with Geriatrics), Epilepsy Clinic, Neuro-immunology Clinic, Huntington's disease Clinic, Botulinum Toxin Clinics

Department Meetings
Weekly Neurology Meeting (presented by the Advanced Trainee)
Neuroradiology Meeting
Hospital Grand Rounds
Movement Disorder meeting
Epilepsy Surgery Meeting
Stroke meeting

Department Staff
Dr Grant Walker FRACP (Muscle disease and Stroke)
Dr Andrew Bleasel PhD FRACP (Epilepsy and Neurophysiology)
Dr Elizabeth McCusker FRACP (Headache, Huntington's disease and Cognitive disorders)
Dr Victor Fung PhD FRACP (Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders, Neurophysiology)
Dr Neil Mahant PhD FRACP (Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders, Deep brain stimulation, Neurophysiology)
Dr Mariese Hely FRACP (Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders)
Dr Robert Heard PhD FRACP (Neuro-immunology)
Dr Andrew Duggins FRACP (Stroke and Cognitive disorders)
Dr Steve Vucic PhD FRACP (Neuromuscular disorders and Clinical Neurophysiology)
Dr Clement Loy (Neurogenetics, Huntington's disease and Cognitive disorders)
Dr Chong Wong (Epilepsy and Neurophysiology)

Junior Staff Positions In Neurology
One Advanced Trainee, two Basic Trainees, one Resident. 3 monthly rotation to provide exposure to all neurologists.

Trainee Responsibilities
as for Description of core/elective positions

Selection Criteria
FRACP written and clinical examinations

Philosophy Of Training
This a strong clinical department where the emphasis is on the acquisition of clinical skills and experience. Advanced Trainees are encouraged to become involved in clinical research projects and to present at local and national meetings. A number of our Trainees have gone on to do higher degrees within the Department

Neurology Training In State
Monthly Brain School (3 hours)
Special Society Meetings:
Movement Disorders
NorthWest Neurological Society
Registrars Weekend (annual)

Other Information