Trainee Positions At Toowoomba



Contact Details

Dr Ronald Siu, Head of Department
Phone : 07 4616 6000
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Training Positions : One
Elective Training Positions : Zero
Fellowships : Zero

Core Position Descriptions
The Neurology Advanced Trainee will rotate the Ward Service and Clinic Service with the BPT.

Ward service:
Management of five inpatients (wards and ICU)
Assessment of ED patients with neurological presentations
Ward consultations
General Neurology (inpatient follow up and rapid access clinic) x 1 per week
Lumbar Puncture Clinic (lead by RMO and supervised by AT)

General Neurology Outpatient Clinics x 2 per week
Subspecialty clinics (Epilepsy, Young Stroke/TIA, Multiple Sclerosis, Movement Disease, Botulinum injection)
Neurophysiology Clinics
Protected EEG Report time

Education and other activities:
Neuroradiology weekly meetings (Alternate between Toowoomba Hospital with General Radiologist and Princess Alexandra Hospital with Neuroradiologist remotely)
Weekly Neurology clinical meeting
Contribution to M&M meetings every three months

Stroke imaging meeting with other stroke physician (Geriatricians and General Physicians)
Journal Club
Toowoomba Hospital Medical Grand Rounds
Clinical Reasoning Sessions (run by General Medicine)
Complex Case Sessions (Neurology AT is expected to present with Neurologist support three to four times a year)
Clinical research
JMO, BPT and Medical student teaching

Elective Position Descriptions

Hospital Information

Toowoomba Hospital, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) covers a population of more than 240 000 people spread across more than 90 000 square kilometres. Toowoomba Hospital is the referral centre for DDHHS, providing outpatient and inpatient care to people residing in the region. Neurology Department received more than 1000 outpatient, 600 EEG and 300 Nerve Conduction Study referrals in 2022 and the numbers are increasing.
The Neurology Trainee will have exposure to General Neurology in a regional hospital, including broad exposure to subspecialties in Neurology which will cover most of the learning objectives. The trainee will be supervised by five neurologists (three full time and two part time) with different special interests such as Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Movement Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Botulinum injection, Headache and Stroke. There will be nursing support in the Movement Disorder and Multiple Sclerosis clinics for multi-disciplinary model care.
The advanced neurology trainee will work alongside with the basic physician trainee, rotating between the ward service block and outpatient block. Neurology inpatient and neurology consultation service are the primary responsibilities for the trainee in the ward service block. As for the outpatient block, the primary responsibility is attending clinics (about 6 clinics a week) and taking outside calls from doctors in the region. The trainee will be on the stroke roster for thrombolysis with a Neurologist being the second call for supervision.
The Neurology advanced trainee will be responsible to organise the educational sessions and lead the handover meeting in the department.

Department Beds :

Department Clinics
General Neurology, Neurophysiology, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Young Stroke / TIA, Botulinum injection, Movement Disorder

Department Specialty Clinics

Department Meetings
Weekly Neuroradiology clinic (Alternating between Toowoomba and Princess Alexandra Hospital)
Stroke Imaging Meeting with Geriatricians and General Physicians
Hospital Grand Rounds
Weekly Neurology Clinical Meetings

Department Staff
Dr Grant Kleinschmidt (General Neurology & Epilepsy)
Dr Neha Nandal (General Neurology & Multiple Sclerosis)
Dr Ehsan Shandiz (General Neurology & Neurophysiology)
Dr Ronald Siu (General Neurology & Headache & Botulinum injection)
Dr Rita Starling (General Neurology & Stroke & Movement Disorder)

Junior Staff Positions In Neurology
One Advanced Trainee, One Basic Trainee, One Resident

Trainee Responsibilities
Ward rotation

1. Manage Neurology inpatient
2. Review Neurology patients referred for Neurology admission in ED and liaise with the Neurologist on call.
3. Review Neurology consults and liaise with the Neurologist on call.
4. Round with the Ward Neurologist reviewing all inpatients and consultations.
5. Organise neurological investigations and procedures for the inpatients.
6. Review urgent EEGs done on site and discuss with Neurologist.
7. Provide supervision for juniors in procedures such as lumbar puncture.

Neurophysiology/Clinics rotation

1. Attend multiple weekly general neurology and specialised clinics.
2. Attend outpatient Neurophysiology clinics
3. Report EEG reports – will be validated by Neurologist.
4. Arrange investigations and treatment for outpatients

Selection Criteria
Pass in FRACP written and clinical examinations
Acceptance into Neurology Advanced training via ANZAN

Philosophy Of Training

Neurology Training In State

Other Information