Emergency Medicine Network 4
Why Tamworth Hospital?
Tamworth is the regional referral centre for the New South Wales North West—an area geographically the same size as Tasmania, and serving a population well in excess of 200,000. The cost of rent and house prices, the cache of good schools, cafes and restaurants, together with an enthusiastic local sporting community makes Tamworth incredibly affordable and a great place to live. The virtues of country life are matched with World-Class Critical Care delivery at the new hospital, overseen by FACEMs involved in the ED, the ICU and the Retrieval Service. Registrars can work on a rotating basis in all of these Critical Care Areas, with the possibility of a 6 month anaesthetic rotation for those staying beyond 12 months in the ED. There are consultants on shift between 8.00am - 12.00am every day, with a pro-active and highly supportive on-call service overnight. The case-mix includes hideous rural trauma, snake envenomations and late-presenting illness (country people are tough) - as well as the usual run-of-the-mill stuff. The Emergency Department sees in excess of 43,000 presentations per annum; 25% admitted; 27% Paediatrics.
We have a comprehensive education program with protected non-clinical days, and a 'focused finishing school' for exam candidates. Our pass rate is excellent (100% for the past two years) for both primary and fellowship exams. Currently we are ACEM accredited for 12 months ED time, and 18 months non-ED (ICU, Anaesthetics, O&G, Paediatrics, Medicine) as well as the paediatric logbook.
Be sure to ask people who have worked in Tamworth how they found it.
For more information please contact:
Dr Matt Shepherd
Director of Emergency Medicine Training
Consultant in Emergency Medicine