GEELONG ARTHROPLASTY AND TRAUMA 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 Mr. Simon Williams. It is primarily based at the public hospital, but some exposure to private orthopaedics is possible to provide a full spectrum of clinical and surgical experience.
There are two key clinical and surgical opportunities that Fellows can participate in within the programme. These are primary and revision lower limb arthroplasty, and orthopaedic trauma surgery.
The arthroplasty experience may include exposure to both primary and revision procedures of the lower limb. There are 7 surgeons in the unit who perform a wide range of arthroplasty procedures, including the use of new technology such as navigation and patient specific instrumentation. Revision arthroplasty surgery is regularly undertaken in the unit, both for implant loosening and periprosthetic fracture.
The Geelong Hospital is a major regional referral centre, the largest in Victoria, for both adult and paediatric orthopaedic trauma. 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. This is serviced by daily trauma lists, as well as emergency “out of hours” operating theatres. A fellow with the appropriate experience and training would be expected to participate in this.
The Barwon Orthopaedic Research Unit of which Prof Richard Page is the Director will support 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.
The approximate number of hours spent per week in each of the following would be:
Surgery: 16 hours
Consultation/Clinics: 8 hours
Laboratory and/or clinical research: 4 hours
Teaching: 2 hours
Meetings: 2 hours
Audit and self-directed learning: 2 hours
Geelong is a large regional centre with a population of over 240,000 people. The area of orthopaedic support covers a population of over 500,000 people. Our surgeons are members of the Orthopaedic Department at University Hospital Geelong within Barwon Health and actively participate in a blend of public and private orthopaedics.
The Geelong Arthroplasty and Trauma Fellowship began in 2013. The aim is to provide advanced orthopaedic training in lower limb arthroplasty and trauma orthopaedics.
The Fellowship is based in Geelong, which is a regional referral centre, including tertiary referral for some more complex arthroplasty and trauma cases.
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.
Associations and Links
The Fellowship is based at University Hospital Geelong, which is a Clinical School and primary University Hospital of Deakin University, with student intake commencing 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 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 Waurn Ponds, 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.
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 by Barwon Health at a Senior Registrar Level, with additional payment for out of hours on call.
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 able to register as a medical practitioner in the State of Victoria.
Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in public hospital lists, participating in orthopaedic clinics at University Hospital Geelong, and participating in all the Department clinical and academic meetings. Opportunities will exist for candidates to run public elective and trauma operating lists in parallel to a fellowship supervisor as part of the surgical experience. It is expected the Fellow will contribute to both medical student and Registrar teaching on a regular basis.
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;
Mr. Andrew Thomson
Suite 7, Level 2
83 Myers St