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Royal Perth Hospital is the only Adult Major Trauma Centre for Perth in Western Australia. It has acheived Level 1 Trauma Service verification (twice) by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In 2013 there were 650 Major Trauma (ISS>15) admissions to the unit.  The hospital is a 760 bed tertiary hospital (No paediatrics or obstetrics) The Trauma Service is a well developed entity in the hospital with Trauma consultants, Trauma fellows, 5 residents,1 intern, Trauma Programme Manager, Trauma Case Manager, and dedicated allied health members. The Trauma Fellow also manages a 30 bed Trauma Unit with 4 to 6 high acuity beds with monitors.  Royal Perth Hospital is also the State Burns Centre and the State Spinal Centre. The Trauma Service also runs Injury Prevention Programmes such as the P A R T Y programme.

Research Activities

Research activities arising from the extensive trauma registry database, prospective research into Post Traumatic stress, bone healing rate in head injury, and other clinical audit. The Radiology department conducts research into imaging and interventional techniques Outcomes from Injury Prevention programmes.

Fellowship Program

Clinical Responsibilities

The two positions allow clinical presence by the trauma team from 0730 to 2300 hrs Monday to Friday and for half the day on weekends. The General Surgical Registrars work closely to provide the trauma response after 2300hs. Act as Surgical Trauma Team Leader and assist the Emergency Department Team in the prioritisation and coordination of acute resuscitation and treatment of the multi-trauma patient according to EMST/ATLS principles. Assist the Trauma Director in the coordination of acute care between multiple clinical specialties in the management of trauma patients in the State Major Trauma Unit (SMTU), ICU and other wards. Ensure Tertiary Surveys are performed on all trauma patients admitted to ICU/SMTU/wards within 24 hours. Involvement in discharge planning and follow-up management of selected patients with complex injuries in the out-patient clinic. Assist with organisation of appropriate rehabilitation. The Senior Trauma Fellow has access to a monthly elective all day operating list.

Research Opportunities

Engage in either ongoing or new clinically based research that is relevant to trauma care, using the available resources of the department, in particular the well-established Trauma Registry. The fellow is expected to plan, perform and complete at least one dedicated project, as main investigator, by the end of the fellowship with a view to publication in a professional peer reviewed journal. Initiate and participate in quality improvement activities such as clinical audits, mortality audits and missed injuries audits.

Teaching Responsibilities

Supervise junior surgical registrars in trauma assessment and surgery. Organise Trauma Grand rounds and other hospital/inter-hospital education programmes for multidisciplinary staff.


Qualified General Surgeon. Fellowship of the RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), or equivalent.  The candidate’s basic medical qualifications and a recognised Surgical Fellowship must be registrable within the State of Western Australia.


Remuneration is dependant on level and experience and in accordance with the current AMA Medical Practitioner’s Award, including on-call, recall, and after hours/weekend work as appropriate

Applicant Requirements

This position is suitable for Fellows with interest in Trauma, Military or Rural Surgery, or Humanitarian Aid.

CLOSING DATE IS August 31st 2014 (SUNDAY)
EMAIL APPLICATION with CV and 3 Referees to
sudhakar.rao@health.wa.gov.au   AND TO rphtraumasurgeons@gmail.com


Dr Sudhakar Rao - Director of Trauma

Trauma Service; Royal Perth Hospital
Perth, Western Australia 6000

Phone: 61-08-92242551
Fax: 61-08-92248031

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URL: www.rph.wa.gov.au/traumaservices.html

Aug 11, 2014