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St Vincent's Hospital

Emergency Network 3

St Vincent’s Hospital is a major public hospital and a principal referral hospital situated in the city of Sydney. It has a long-standing reputation for treating the highest acuity and complex patient loads and attracts referrals from across the state as well as nationally. St Vincent’s is a teaching hospital for the University of New South Wales & the University of Notre Dame, and also has academic associations with the Australian Catholic University, Sydney University and the University of Technology, Sydney, amongst others.

The Emergency Department sees upward of 42,000 presentations per year with an admission rate of approximately 30%. In addition to the Acute Care and Consultation Room areas, there is a 10-bed Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) and a 6-bed secure Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC). Emergency Physicians also participate in staffing the Don Harrison Simulation Centre at the Hospital.
Emergency Physicians provide on-the-floor cover for 16 hours per day / on-call for 8 hours per day, 7 days a week. The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has accredited the Department for the maximum 2 years of Emergency training. Accredited rotations include:

  • Intensive Care (up to 6 months)
  • Anaesthetics (3 months)
  • Paediatric Emergency (3 months at both Sydney and Westmead Children’s Hospitals)

Formal links are in place with Sutherland Hospital for non-tertiary ED rotations. Some of the trainees at St Vincent’s Hospital also choose to rotate to Retrieval Medicine and the Emergency Department at Alice Springs Hospital. Non-ED rotations available to trainees include Drug & Alcohol, Psychiatry and Palliative Care.

There is an education programme that is tailored to trainees at all stages of their training. There is a 4-hour paid protected teaching session each week which involves radiology tutorials, ECG workshops, procedural skills workshops, sub-specialty consultant presentations, reviews of topical journal articles and Simulation scenarios. In addition to this, there are several other education sessions available:

  • A Primary Examination programme which is tailored to the individual trainee needs
  • Emergency Physicians who are key educators in each subject
  • A Fellowship Examination preparation programme which involves practice questions done to examination time followed by feedback and relevant mini-lectures
  • A 1.5-hour fortnightly session targeted at the Senior Resident/Junior Registrar level focused on core knowledge acquisition and the development of essential emergency skills

St Vincent’s Hospital also has an active research programme and support is given to any trainees embarking on this College requirement.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Nikki Woods
Director of Emergency Medicine Training