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Royal Perth Hospital is the only Level 1 Adult Major Trauma Centre in Western Australia. It has achieved Level 1 Trauma Service verification (three times) by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In 2016 there were 642 Major Trauma (ISS>15) admissions to the service (or 874 ISS>12).  The hospital is a 450 bed tertiary hospital (No paediatrics or obstetrics) The Trauma Service is a well developed entity in the hospital with Trauma consultants, Trauma fellow, 4 Trauma surgery registrars, 4 residents,2 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 invasive monitoring capability.  Royal Perth Hospital is also 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 current study of Prophylactic use of IVC filters by Dr K M Ho The Radiology department conducts research into imaging and interventional techniques Outcomes from Injury Prevention programmes - by Dr K M Ho

Fellowship Program

Clinical Responsibilities

Clinical Leadership of the trauma team (together with the Consultants) from 0700 to 1700 hrs Monday to Friday as well as adhoc attendance for surgery or complex trauma resuscitations. 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 consultant 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. Lead the ward team's Trauma Quality performance measurement process through clinical incident reporting and reviewing, mortality and morbidity review participation, and working with the Trauma Programme Manager and Registry in reviewing the management of cases. Assist with organisation of appropriate rehabilitation.

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. Take part in education provided to country and regional hospitals through the State Trauma Education Centre


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.
This is NOT an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship.

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

Apr 24, 2017