Trainee Positions At Northern Hospital

Northern Hospital
185 Cooper Street, Epping
VIC, 3076

Contact Details

A/Prof Doug Crompton
Phone : 84052335
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Training Positions : 2
Elective Training Positions : 0
Fellowships : 0

Core Position Descriptions
The Northern Neurology registrars have a busy and varied clinical role including inpatient care of neurology and stroke patients, general and subspecialty neurology clinics, assessing ED and ward referrals, EEG reporting, and EMG clinics, all with close support and guidance from the Consultant team.

The Neurology team also includes an advanced trainee in General Medicine, 2 neurology/stroke residents and neurology/stroke Intern.

Clinics attended by the core trainees are general neurology (weekly) in addition to a specialty clinic once or twice weekly (including movement disorders, epilepsy, stroke prevention, MS, and motor neurone disease). Attendance at neurosurgery and paediatric neurology clinics will also be available.

The Neurology Registrar rostered to Stroke attends all code stroke emergencies when on site, helping to inform the decision to thrombolyze / clot retrieve (or not) patients presenting with acute stroke symptoms. In addition they will assess patients referred from ED, ICU, medicine, surgery, obstetrics and psychiatry services, with full support from the duty Consultant.

In addition the Registrars attend and present cases at several meetings including stroke, general neurology and neuro-radiology meetings at the Northern. The Registrars will also participate in some of the excellent training opportunities at the Austin hospital, including neurophysiology lectures (EEG and EMG), movement disorders clinic, neurology clinical meetings, neuroradiology, and neuropathology meetings.

The Registrars will be supported to enable full attendance at the state-wide training in addition to national Brain School.

In addition the Trainees will be encouraged to offer help and guidance to the Neurology residents and intern, and to support medical student learning. Diverse opportunities to participate in clinical audit and clinical research will be offered.

Out of hours on call commitments will be 1-2 nights per week (non-resident), in addition to 1 in 4 weekends. A neurology consultant will always be on call together with the Registrar. Code stroke calls out of hours go directly to the consultants in order to optimise door to needle times.

Elective Position Descriptions
Two core training positions are currently offered. The elective position in general neurology would be available only in the unlikely event that the position is not filled with a core trainee. In that event the Elective (with a general neurology focus) would be as for the Core Position except that off site training exposure would be optional.

Hospital Information

The Northern Hospital, the acute clinical site of Northern Health, is a busy, energetic, friendly and rapidly expanding hospital currently with 500 beds. A new hospital tower is currently under construction, and neurology inpatients are located in a new ward opened in 2016. A state of the art 34 bed Neurology and Stroke ward is part of the ongoing construction and due to come online in May 2021. The new teaching, training and research building opened in September 2014.

The hospital serves a population of around 750,000 people in Melbourne's northern suburbs and we have the busiest emergency department in Victoria. Our population is culturally diverse and many languages are spoken. Clinical staff are very ably supported by our excellent trans-cultural and language service (TALS). All this contributes to the neurology Registrar having a very wide exposure to a diverse range of general and subspecialty neurology problems.

Department Beds :
Flexible- typically 10-25 inpatients between neurology and stroke

Department Clinics
Multiple general neurology clinics

Department Specialty Clinics
Movement disorder, stroke prevention, epilepsy, first seizure, headache (including botox), MS, EMG/NCS, motor neurone disease (twice monthly, at Bundoora Extended Care Centre).

Department Meetings
Departmental academic meeting weekly.
Neuro-radiology meeting weekly.

Trainee will also be encouraged to participate in weekly clinical neurology meetings at Austin Hospital where possible.
Weekly medical grand rounds.
Weekly medical journal club (optional).

Department Staff
A/Prof Doug Crompton (Head of Neurology, Special interest: Epilepsy, Neurogenetics)
Dr Matthew Lee-Archer (Special interests: Movement Disorders, Headache)
Dr Matthew Ligtermoet (Special interests: MS, MND)
Dr Helen Gardner (Special interest: Neurophysiology)
Dr Moksh Sethi (Special interest Epilepsy, EEG)
Dr Geraldine Ng (Ward consult rounds)
Dr Kurien Koshy (General Neurology Clinics)

Drs Steven Ng and Marco Fedi also contribute to out of hours on call for Neurology.

Junior Staff Positions In Neurology
Two Neurology registrar core trainees One Neurology / Stroke Registrar (Advanced trainee in General Medicine) Two Neurology/Stroke HMOs One Neurology / Stroke Intern

Trainee Responsibilities
Please see Description of Core Position.

Selection Criteria
As per ANZAN guidelines, available at:

Philosophy Of Training
We aim to provide an inspiring apprenticeship in Neurology, in a friendly, energetic and supportive environment.

Neurology Training In State
Weekly state-based advanced trainee lectures and monthly National Brain School lectures.

Other Information