Why Wollongong Hospital?
Wollongong is 1 hour south of Sydney, Wollongong Hospital is the Major Referral Hospital of the Illawarra region, part of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
Wollongong Hospital has:
500 inpatient beds ; ICU, HDU, All medical specialties including 24/7 Cardiac intervention, aged care, Paediatrics, Mental Health, all surgical except cardio-thoracic surgery Recently expanded ED that sees 55,000 patients per year, 21% paediatric, 21% > 70 years, 21% admission rate to inpatient: 3 resuscitation bays 17 fully monitored Acute Assessment beds 10 Fast Track treatment bays 8 paediatric beds 12 short stay (for identified discharges)
Expanding Medical Staff: 6.75 FTE emergency physicians (staff specialists) 0.4 visiting specialist (VMO) 1 FTE Paediatrician for our new Paediatric Area (staff specialist) 4 FTE career medical staff (non-specialist but experienced) 10 FTE Emergency Trainees 18 FTE Emergency Residents 10 FTE Interns
Strong links to University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine – new school, new opportunities with education plus research.
Our short term goals are:
To increase our Specialist numbers to 12 FTE To increase our trainee numbers to 15 FTE To expand our resuscitation area to 4 Adult bays and 1 Paediatric bay (funding available, planning starting) Developing a $5 million simulation centre to facilitate training of ED trainees, residents and UOW medical students To network FACEMS to our peripheral hospitals (weekdays only for education and supervision) of Shellharbour Hospital (near Kiama) and Shoalhaven Hospital (near Jervis bay).
Registrar rotations would be welcomed, part of the package includes subsidised rental for the first 3 months, plus for those interested, on the field supervised training in sports emergency medicine with the local NRL team, the St George Illawarra Dragons.
The Illawarra region has pristine beaches, minimal traffic, an excellent beach-side cycling track, and easy access to the National Parks (Royal National Park, Jervis Bay Maritime Park), the Southern Highlands, and the sailing havens of the Pacific Ocean, Lake Illawarra, Sydney Harbour, and the best musical and theatrical events at the Sydney Opera House.
Dr Serena Ayers