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Royal Brisbane & Womens Hospital

Number of Fellows: 1/year. One year fellowship.

Minimum requirements: FRACS or equivalent. Post accredited by ANZHPBA for post-fellowship training in HPB Surgery.

Unit structure: 4 supervising surgeons – Richard Bryant, George Hopkins, Les Nathanson, Nick O’Rourke.

4 supervising surgeons – Richard Bryant, George Hopkins, Les Nathanson, Nick O’Rourke.

Unit Activity: Average of 5.25 half-day operating sessions spread over a 4-week cycle; Average of 2 half-day outpatient sessions per week.

On-call: Acute surgery unit admitting all general surgery patients. One 24 hour period/week and one weekend (48 hours)/month. Often required to assist other surgical teams with Upper GI/HPB emergencies during working hours, especially difficult cholecystectomy and bile duct stones.

Team structure: One fellows. Two registrars – 1 Senior (SET 5) and one junior (SET 1). 3-4 interns/residents.

Operative case-load in 12 month:

  • 400 major cases (96% as primary operator or supervisor).
  • Liver resections: 35
  • Open liver resection: 20
  • Laparoscopic liver resection: 15
  • Pancreatic operations: 20
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy: 10
  • Other pancreatic operations (distal pancreatectomy, necrosectomy): 10
  • Complex biliary cases: 10

Areas of interest: Laparoscopic surgery exposure particularly laparoscopic liver and pancreas resection, laparoscopic hiatus hernia surgery, laparoscopic bile duct surgery and revisional bariatric surgery (including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass).

Training not offered: No transplant experience. No ERCP experience.

Employment arrangement: Employed by Queensland health as 1 year temporary full-time employee. Benefits include superannuation, payment for overtime, paid recreational and professional development leave.

Brisbane: Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third largest city in Australia with a population of around 2 million. The city is  cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and sophisticated. To the North and South are pristine beaches. The Royal Brisbane hospital has 950 beds and serves as a tertiary referral for areas as far as Cairns (1800km North). The Hospital is recently renovated with modern laparoscopic operating suites and a fantastic working environment.

Further information contacts: Nick O’Rourke (Supervising surgeon) nickoadmin@wesley.com.au; Jerome Laurence (Fellow 2012) jm_laurence@yahoo.co.uk).

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