Professor Richard Page
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12 months (6 months considered)


Deakin University
St John of God Hospital Geelong
Geelong Private Hospital
University Hospital, Geelong





The Fellowship is a clinically based research Fellowship with a focus on shoulder and upper limb surgery covering arthroscopy, reconstruction and arthroplasty.  This includes a significant level of sports related injuries and orthopaedic trauma.

The setting is blended between public and private hospitals with full clinical and surgical exposure in each environment. There is an expectation to participate in clinical research during the Fellowship period, which is fully supported by the Barwon Orthopaedic Research Unit.

Post-Fellowship or equivalent level

How to apply
Applications and expressions of interest should be sent with an up-to-date curriculum vitae and names, addresses and phone numbers of three referees to:

Professor Richard Page,
Professor of Orthopaedics
Fellowship Co-ordinator
Suite 7, Level 2, St. John of God Hospital,
83 Myers Street, Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia







Geelong is a large regional centre servicing a population of over 350,000 people, which is serviced by ten practicing orthopaedic surgeons. Barwon Health, which manages over 1000 beds with more than 400 at The University Hospital Geelong is the major regional teaching hospital.  The area of orthopaedic referral covers a population of over 500,000 people when including the more tertiary referral work in reconstructive surgery.  
Of these surgeons, nine are members of the Orthopaedic Unit at University Hospital Geelong and actively participate in a blend of public and private orthopaedics. Among this group there is united support for the orthopaedic fellowship.
Fellowship Setting

The Geelong Shoulder and Upper Limb Orthopaedic Fellowship position commenced in July 2006. The aim is to provide advanced orthopaedic training in arthroplasty, sports, shoulder and upper limb surgery.

The Fellowship is based in Geelong, which is a regional referral centre, including tertiary referral for some more complex arthroplasty, paediatric, orthopaedic oncology and upper limb reconstructive conditions.
Geelong itself is a blend of industrial, professional and rural demographics.  The setting is predominantly rural coastal, being the commencement of the Great Ocean Road and the gateway to extensive coastal, surfing and recreational playgrounds.  It is a one-hour drive from Melbourne, serviced by an excellent freeway as well as a regular train service that takes a little under an hour.
The lifestyle is relaxed and casual with a wide range of social, cultural and sporting opportunities available.  Geelong is the home of the successful Geelong “Cats” Australian Rules Football team, the largest regional side in the national competition.
Fellowship Outline

The Fellowship is clinically based with a linked research component.  The clinical component is supported by the active orthopaedic surgeons in Geelong and co-ordinated by Professor Richard Page. It is a mixture of public and private orthopaedics, to provide the full spectrum of clinical and surgical experience.
There are four key clinical and surgical opportunities that Fellows can participate in within the programme.  These are arthroplasty, arthroscopy and sports orthopaedics, reconstructive orthopaedics and orthopaedic trauma.  

The arthroplasty experience includes a full range of upper limb arthroplasty exposure. The arthroscopy and sports orthopaedics includes exposure to shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand surgery and potential for experience in knee surgery if interested.
Trauma surgery experience can be provided in association with University Hospital Geelong, the major regional trauma referral centre and largest regional hospital in Victoria. There is an orthopaedic on-call roster that involves both registrars and consultant orthopaedic surgeons with close, direct supervision by the orthopaedic consultant surgeon on call. Trauma is serviced by daily trauma lists, as well as emergency “out of hours” operating theatres. There is potential for a Fellow with the appropriate experience and interest to participate in this.
The Barwon Orthopaedic Research Unit of which Prof Richard Page is Director supports the research component. There is opportunity to both initiate, and complete research projects that are currently under various stages of investigation.  Time is dedicated in the weekly programme for research, with an expectation that at least one major paper will be completed in each six-month period.
Associations and Links

The Fellowship is constructed around the three major hospitals in Geelong, the University Hospital Geelong, Geelong Private Hospital and St. John of God Hospital. The Geelong Hospital is a Clinical School and the primary University Hospital of Deakin University, which commenced student intake in 2008. The Barwon Orthopaedic Research Unit, a growing orthopaedic research institution, is a component of this and currently employees a research co-ordinator and a data manager, with access to statistical expertise to assist in a wide variety of current orthopaedic research activities.
There is potential for collaboration with the Institute for Frontier Materials and The School of Medicine, both at Deakin University, which have extensive materials and basic science research laboratories respectively in Geelong. Currently there is shared supervision of higher degree students within the Faculty of Health.

Fellowship Conditions

The preferred duration of the Fellowship is for twelve months and would require the successful candidate to live locally in the Geelong region, although depending on demand and interest, shorter periods will be considered.  The salary is funded up to Aus$70,000 per annum, supported by De Puy Synthes Australia (Johnson & Johnson). It may include a travel stipend to a national conference to present research generated within the period in Geelong.
Preference is given to post-fellowship candidates, looking at sub-speciality interest and experience.   Assistance may be provided in identifying accommodation. Leave is four weeks annual leave and two weeks conference leave per annum. The Fellow would need to be registrable as a medical practitioner in the State of Victoria.
Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in the private surgical setting, participating in orthopaedic clinics at Geelong Hospital as well as running orthopaedic research clinical review clinics, and participating in all the Unit clinical and academic meetings.  Opportunities may exist for periodic public operating lists as part of the surgical experience.
Professor Richard Page
Chair of Orthopaedics, Deakin University
St John of God Hospital & University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health
BMedSci, MB,BS, FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA
Orthopaedic Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgeon
Director of Orthopaedics and Barwon Orthopaedic Research Unit


 Orthopaedic Fellow Timetable (Indicative)


0730Unit meeting
0830TheatreTheatreOutpatient GeelongTheatreTheatre/Research
1230research/audit meeting
1330Outpatients GeelongTheatreResearchTheatreTheatre/Research