Trainee Positions At Austin

Studley Rd, Heidelberg
VIC, 3084

Contact Details

Prof Richard Macdonell
Phone : (03)9496 2910
www :


Training Positions : Three
Elective Training Positions : Two
Fellowships :

Core Position Descriptions
The 3 advanced training registrars spend 4 month rotations with the Stroke, Comprehensive Epilepsy and General Neurology Units. The Stroke rotation is shared with a BPT registrar using early (8am-5pm) and late rosters (2pm-10pm). There are approx 8 inpatient beds per unit depending on demand. Each registrar attends 2 outpatient clinics per week and takes inpatient and Emergency Department consults. There is an after hours and on-call roster where coverage by one registrar is provided for all Neurology Units. This tends to be a 1 in 4 to 1 in 5 roster as Fellows involved in academic work and the BPT often wish to participate. EMG and EEG training reporting continues through the year on a weekly basis. Daily ward rounds are conducted by consultants attached to each unit.

Elective Position Descriptions
Varied-contact Depatment of Neurology, Austin Health for further details

Hospital Information

Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research in the northeast of Melbourne.

Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.

It is located 20 minutes drive north-east from Melbourne CBD in Heidelberg.

Austin Health comprises Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.

It has 750 inpatient beds and is a major teaching Hospital affiliated with the University of Melbourne.

It is associated with the Florey Neuroscience Institute and the Melbourne Brain Centre, a major facility for neurosciences research, opened at Austin Health in 2011.

Department Beds :

Department Clinics
One general neurology clinic/week

Department Specialty Clinics
Stroke, Epilepsy, Movement disorders, Neuroimmunology/MS, Dementia, Neurooncology, First Seizure.

Department Meetings
A number of clinical and teaching meetings are held weekly, eg - Clinical Presentations and discussion by registrars, Neuroradiology, Neuroopathology, Neuroscience seminar, Stroke neuroradiology, epilepsy meeting, EEG teaching, EMG teaching.

Department Staff
RAL Macdonell, Professor, Director, Neurology Department, V Thijs, Professor, Head of Stroke Medicine, SF Berkovic, Professor, Dept of Med, Head, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, AJ Hughes, Movement Disorders, GD Jackson Epilepsy & Imaging, J Archer, Epilepsy, BR Chambers Neuromuscular ultrasound, A Gilligan, Stroke, L Cher Neurooncology , M Newton Epilepsy, I Scheffer, Paediatric Neurology and Epilepsy, C Stark, Movement Disorders & Neurophysiology , A Brodtmann, Stroke & Dementia, N Crump, Neurophysiology/Neuroimmunology, S Mullen Epilepsy, P Carney Epilepsy, M Short Neurophysiology, H Gardner Gen Neuro, Neurophysiology, D Vaughan Gen Neuro, Epilepsy, M Simpson Stroke, Neuroimmunology, Neurophysiology, M Sethi Epilepsy

Junior Staff Positions In Neurology
3 Registrars (general neurology, stroke, epilepsy), 1 BPT (Stroke), 4 Residents (general neurology Y3, 2 stroke Y1, epilepsy Y3).

Trainee Responsibilities
Inpatient and ambulatory care responsibilities specific to rotation. Weekly attendance at EMG and EEG training. On call weeknights and weekends. A commitment to high quality patient care and ability to develop good rapport with nursing and allied health staff. Developing communication skills with patients and families and a strong working relationship with consultant and resident staff. Interest and enthusiasm in learning clinical skills in neurology and in research.

Selection Criteria
As specified by ANZAN

Philosophy Of Training
Broad exposure to all disciplines of neurology. Strongly supported by a heavy teaching program with an emphasis on developing broad clinical skills. Development of research interests and facilitation of further academic development.

Neurology Training In State
Weekly State based lecture series in Neurology run in 2 year cycles. Monthly lectures at the national Brain School

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