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Speciality Trauma Surgery & Critical Care

Westmead Hospital, Sydney

Country Australia
Length (years) 1
Number of posts 1-2
Trauma Director Dr Valerie Malka
The Unit
Full time faculty  
Description Westmead Hospital is one of the largest Australasian Level 1 Trauma Centres. It is a Sydney University Teaching Hospital and a 750 bed tertiary referral centre. We serve a population of 2 million people and average over 2500 trauma admissions per year. One of two well-established Helicopter Retrieval Services is on Campus. We run 6 EMST/ATLS courses per year and can also provide, if requested, paediatric trauma experience since the Westmead campus is joined by Sydney's largest Paediatric Hospital and Trauma Centre.
Research activities
A number of papers have been published from this unit ( Journal of Trauma, ANZ Journal of Surgery, Journal of Clinical Neurosciences, British Journal of Surgery, British Journal of Neurosurgery, Injury, The Medical Journal of Australia) involving Head Injuries, particularly looking at outcomes, Sternal Fractures, Helicopter Retrieval Services, Trauma Teams, Responses and Triage, Cervical Spine Injuries, Hepatic Trauma and its Management, Hollow Viscus Injury and Thoracic Aortic Trauma. At present a number of projects are in progress including a large prospective multicentre study examining Lower Extremity Fracture Outcomes, a prospective research project evaluating the use of Ultrasound in Trauma and a review of the management of Extremity Vascular Trauma.
Fellowship Program
Clinical responsibilities The successful applicant will be able to prioritise and coordinate the acute resuscitation and treatment of the multiply injured based on EMST/ATLS principles, coordinate acute care between multiple services, be familiar with the operative and nonoperative management of life and limb-threatening injuries, be responsible for the ongoing care of the trauma patients in the ICU/HDU units, the wards, as well as involvement in the organisation of appropriate rehabilitation and be able to participate in the on-call acute surgical roster. There is also scope to regularly participate in any elective surgical operating list of particular interest such as vascular, gastrointestinal, plastics, orthopoedics, cardiothoracic or neurosurgery.
Research opportunities

Excellent opportunities exist for involvement in clinical research with experienced staff and the use of a our well-established and well-recognised database of over 40,000 patients. Involvment in the revision and/or development of trauma management protocols, as well as participation in regular auditing is mandatory.

Teaching resposibilities
The trauma fellow will be actively involved in the conduct of weekly education programmes for medical and paramedical services, responsible for the supervision of registrars, residents and interns clinical trauma activities and be able to take a leadership role in all phases of patient care. Participation in our Trauma Conferences, Education Days and EMST/ATLS courses is also desirable.
Salary Fellowship / Senior Registrar Level subject to NSW award and applicant qualifications
Applicant requirements

Essential requirements - FRACS (equivalent) in General Surgery, Orthopedics or Neurosurgery and recent completion of EMST/ATLS course.

The Trauma Fellow must have a genuine interest in maintaining the highest standards in trauma care, demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communicative skills, have the ability to work as a team member as well as take on leadership and supervisory roles in all facets of trauma management.

Contact Name Dr Valerie Malka MBBS,FRACS
Address Trauma Unit
Westmead Hospital
Darcy Rd, Westmead
City Sydney
Postcode 2145
Telephone +61 2 9845 7072
Fax +61 2 9845 8321
Updated 24.07.2005 (9:7)