Trainee Positions At Gosford Hospital

Gosford Hospital
PO Box 361
NSW, 2250

Contact Details

Karlie Waterson (Neurology Administration Officer)
Phone : 02 43 20 2404
www :


Training Positions : Three
Elective Training Positions :
Fellowships :

Core Position Descriptions
Gosford Hospital has a very busy inpatient service with more than 32 inpatients at times, and general Neurology care is divided under 2 teams, consisting of a BPT registrar and two JMOs each. One Advanced Trainee takes overall responsiblity for the ward teams, another for the 8 bed acute stroke unit (supported by 1 JMO)while the third Advanced Trainee will be responsible for ward consults and outpatient clinics. These positions rotate every 4 months.
There is a strong focus on neurophysiology with over 1500 EEGs being performed in Gosford Hospital every year. Weekly supervised EEG reading sessions as well as a dedicated weekly NCS/EMG, consultant supervised clinic is run for the benefit of the ATs
Gosford also has a very pro-active Stroke service, supported by three Stroke physicians, offering 24h CTA, CT perfusion, Thrombolysis and regional referral for Neuroradiology Intervention (Clot Retrieval)
Advanced trainees are expected to participate in after hours stroke on call roster (1 in 4 weekends) along with the BPTs.
The department has a well developed movement disorders/Parkinson's service, MS Clninc, Acute neurovascular clinics,offering experience in clinical management as well as research/publication opportunities.
The five VMOs participating in the acute roster, also provide an opportunity for exposure to neurological conditions usually managed in the community, in their rooms

Elective Position Descriptions

Hospital Information

Gosford Hospital is a 500+ bed hospital,situated in the beautiful NSW Central Coast region, servicing a population of approximately 300 000.The area is known for pristine beaches and numerous scenic walking trails.
It is located one hour drive north of Sydney, with excellent rail links to both Sydney and Newcastle.
It is a teaching hospital for the University of Newcastle.
The hospital has a collegial atmosphere, with a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of Junior doctors. Several social events occur throughout the year, including the annual Junior vs Senior sporting competitions.

Department Beds :
1 ward of 32 beds; 8 bed dedicated Stroke Unit

Department Clinics
General Neurology, Stroke/TIA, EMG/NCS

Department Specialty Clinics
Movement Disorders, Parkinsons, Botox

Department Meetings
Weekly Clinical Neurology Meeting
Weekly Neuroradiology Meeting
Weekly Medical Grand Rounds
Weekly Neurology tutorials in EEG, NCS/EMG
Monthly tertiary EEG teaching by Dr Chong Wong (Westmead)
Monthly M&M meetings
Weekly Journal club

Department Staff
Staff Specialists
A/Prof Scott Whyte PhD FRACP (Parkinson's, Movement disorders, Dementia)
Dr Bill O'Brien FRACP (Stroke)
Dr James Evans FRACP (Stroke)

Dr Dennis Crimmins FRACP (General neurology, Dementia, Stroke, Headache)
A/Prof Robert Heard PhD FRACP (MS, Neuro immunology, Neurophysiology)
Dr Elizabeth Reyneke FRACP (General Neurology, Epilepsy)
A/Prof Jonathon Sturm PhD FRACP (General Neurology, Dementia, Clinical trials, Stroke research, Migraine)
Dr Anna Schutz FRACP (Neurophysiology, MND, Functional Neurology)

Junior Staff Positions In Neurology
Two Neurology ward teams: Advanced Trainee (overall responsibility) Basic Physician Trainee + 1 RMO and 1 intern Basic Physician Trainee + 1RMO and 1 intern Acute stroke team: Advanced trainee +1 JMO/Intern Advanced Trainee - consults and outpatient clinics

Trainee Responsibilities
Advanced Trainees are encouraged to attend Outpatient clinics: TIA (Neurovascular), Parkinson's and Movement disorders within the Hospital.
There is also an opportunity to attend private VMO rooms, for gaining experience in disorders usually managed in the community.
They are also expected to take part in the stroke thrombolysis on-call roster.
Organisation of the annual Neurology short case day for RACP candidates, held in May
Organisation of weekly Neuroradiology and clinical Neurology meetings
Presentation at annual nursing stroke course

Selection Criteria

Philosophy Of Training
Gosford Hospital has a busy neurology unit and offers the opportunity for trainees to hone clinical skills and obtain a wide breadth of experience. Even so, the main focus remains on training and not purely service provision. Advanced Trainees are encouraged to participate in clinical research, and to present at local, national (and international) meetings. The Neurology department is actively involved in acute stroke research and in outpatient-based research in stroke prevention and genetics, dementia, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.
The Department has strong links to several tertiary hospitals in Sydney:
Royal North Shore (shared BPT rotations, neuromuscular clinics, neurosurgery), Westmead (tertiary Epilepsy), RPA(Endovascular service), as well as Newcastle:JHH (Endovascular service)

Neurology Training In State

Other Information
Attendance at the ANZAN arranged training weekends and meetings are strongly encouraged and supported by the consultants.

Monthly Brain School is considered protected teaching time and available through webcast.