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Senior Surgical Registrar Dept. of Paediatric Surgery The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

The overseas paediatric surgery fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne is a fantastic experience for any senior trainee/fellow

Kate BurnandST7, Great Ormond Street
Read more about Kate’s OOPT experience in Melbourne below

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne is a leading provider of specialist public health services for children and adolescents and is the major specialist Paediatric hospital in the state of Victoria, caring for children from Tasmania and southern New South Wales as well as other states around Australia and overseas. RCH has an international reputation as a center of clinical excellence and is a state-wide teaching, training and research hospital providing tertiary child and adolescent health services.

Applications are now open for international applicants for the two positions of senior surgical registrar in the Department of Paediatric Surgery. These positions have the opportunity to be involved in a range of paediatric surgical specialities including trauma, burns, urology, oncology, hepatobiliary, thoracic and transplant surgery. There is also involvement in general paediatric surgical care including all neonatal surgical conditions. Working within one of the busiest paediatric surgical services in Australasia, the role of senior surgical registrar is a demanding one but provides great exposure to a wide variety of paediatric surgical conditions and an opportunity to greatly enhance one’s surgical training. This is a great platform for future paediatric surgeons and urologists.

The positions run from August 2019 to July 2020. They are most suitable for a senior trainee, ideally in the year prior or immediately after Fellowship examination. They are not suitable for established consultants or junior trainees.

Applications will only be received through the RCH careers website

Applications close on Friday May 4th 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be subsequently interviewed by video conference.

Information on the Department may be found at .

If any further information is required on the nature of the position, please contact

Mr Michael Nightingale
Paediatric Surgeon
Head Of Surgical Training
Department Of Paediatric Surgery
The Royal Children’s Hospital
Telephone +61 3 9345 5801
Email [email protected]

Kate Burnand’s experiences of Melbourne

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go as a UK trainee in the build up to my FRCS exam. It offers an invaluable experience of a different healthcare system.
The case load is heavy with a good mix of daycase and index cases. As a tertiary and quaternary centre, it has a large neonatal unit, PICU and cardiac centre. It is the designated trauma centre in Melbourne and offers the full range of surgical services including surgical oncology, thoracics, HPB and complex urology.
The teaching programme is second to none, there is a dedicated weekly neonatal grilling session and an hour of spot diagnoses from clinical photographs given by the legendary Professor John Hutson. The children’s hospital is very close to the centre of Melbourne and during the year we made the most of opportunities to see the Australian Open Tennis, F1 racing, head to the inner city beaches, become coffee connoisseurs and even try and understand AFL as well as explore the rest of Australasia.
Above all the team was great and is used to welcoming foreign trainees on a regular basis. I have hopefully formed some life-long friends and mentors which I will get the chance to catch up with at various meetings and conferences for the rest of my career.

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