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Coffs Harbour Hospital

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Why Coffs Harbour Hospital?

Coffs Harbour is the hub of the spectacular Mid North Coast, geographically located midway between Sydney and Brisbane with a population in excess of 73,000. The area is flanked to the west by World Heritage rain forests and National Parks of the Dorrigo plateau and the Bellinger Valley. To the north and south of Coffs Harbour are endless beaches and the Solitary Islands Marine Park lies adjacent to the harbour. The town is well connected with flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle.  The town is known for its' relaxed lifestyle, surfing beaches, hiking, camping and wonderful local produce.
The Coffs Harbour Health Campus (CHHC) is a 100 bed busy regional referral centre built in 2008 which offers critical care (10 bed ICU), interventional radiology, general medical and surgical, interventional cardiology, obstetric, paediatric and mental health services. CHHC is part of the Mid North Coast Local Health District and is the receiving hospital for the smaller Macksville Hospital, Bellingen Hospital and Dorrigo Hospital.
The Emergency Department is the largest between Newcastle and the Tweed Coast with an annual census in excess of 38,000 presentations (25% of which are Paediatrics). The Department has a 34% admission rate with 9.0 FTE FACEMs. Coffs Harbour Health Campus is the busiest regional trauma centre in NSW and its ED boasts supportive FACEM supervision 16 hours per day, 7 days a week. We have access to onsite MRI, 24h CT and ultrasound services including PoCUS.  The ED has a 10 bed EMU and a purpose built Fast Track area.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus offers Australasian College of Emergency Medicine Training opportunities which include:

  • 12 months ACEM accredited advanced training
  • Rotations through Anaesthetics, ICU, Cardiology,Psychiatry and a Rural
    Special Skills Term
  • Weekly protected teaching time with SIM, Primary and Fellowship Exam Preparation
  • Well established, high quality Simulation centre
  • Rural Salary Loading and Housing Allowance for rotating trainees
  • 1 return flight to Sydney every 3 months
  • Associated with UNSW Medical School which has an onsite campus.

For further information, please contact:
Dr Alan Tankel    
Director of Emergency Medicine              
Ph: (02) 6656 7428 | alan.tankel@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au