What is a Surgical Network?
A Surgical Network is a collection of hospitals, including principal referral hospital(s), major metropolitan hospital(s) and major non-metropolitan/rural district hospital(s) designed to provide Junior Medical Officers (JMOs) wishing to apply to SET with a diverse range of surgical, critical care, and emergency medicine experiences. There are six training networks in NSW:
- Eastern and Greater Southern Surgical Skills Training Network
- Hunter New England Surgical Skills Training Network
- Northern Surgical Skills Training Network
- Southern Surgical Skills Training Network
- Sydney South West Surgical Skills Training Network
- Sydney West Surgical Skills Training Network
To support surgical education and training, each network has:
- a Network Director of Training (NDoT),
- an Education Support Officer (ESO) to assist the NDoT in the organisation and administration of the Network Training Program,
- a Site Director of Training (SDoT) at each hospital within the network; and
- infrastructure (including telecommunications infrastructure), office space and teaching resources to enable delivery of network services to all sites.
Am I a Surgical Skills Trainee?
You are a Surgical Skills Trainee if you have an interest in a career in surgery and are:
- an undergraduate medical student;
- an intern, or Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1);
- a resident, or PGY2;
- a member of the PGY3+ cohort who currently is a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ (RACS) registered basic surgical trainee, and has not been accepted onto a SET program; or
- a member of the PGY3+ cohort who currently is not a RACS’ registered basic surgical trainee, and has not been accepted onto a SET program
How do I apply to a Surgical Network?
Recruitment to the Surgical Networks is managed as part of the JMO recruitment process. All Surgical Skills Network jobs will be listed from late July on the NSW Health eRecruit website.
Expressions of Interest for the Clinical Surgical Training Council (CSTC) Trainee Sub-Committee (TSC)
Applications are open for pre-vocational trainees with an interest in Surgery and SRMOs to apply for membership to the CSTC Trainee Subcommittee.
The NSW CSTC Trainee Subcommittee provides a forum to raise issues affecting the education and training of surgical aspirants, and an avenue for these issues to be raised with the CSTC. Members of the Trainee Subcommittee will participate in education based projects according to priorities articulated at the Surgical Skills Training Network Planning Day (31.5.19) and approved by the CSTC.
The 2019 - 2020 priority projects are:
- The Golden Scalpel Games Student Edition
- Cross-Network Subspecialty Teaching
- Review of resources for the Surgical Science Intensive Course
The CSTC Trainee Subcommittee meets for 1.5 hours four times a year, held prior to the CSTC meetings. Meetings are held in the evenings from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at HETI, Building 12, Gladesville Hospital or via teleconference. Subcommittee members will also be expected to attend the Surgical Skills Training Network Planning Day on the 22nd May 2020 (TBC).
CSTC Trainee Subcommittee membership is a voluntary position appointed for a period of 2 years. To remain an active member of the subcommittee, members will be required to attend at least 60% of meetings (in person or by teleconference) each year.
Applicants should apply by email, attaching a cover letter addressed to A/Professor Kerin Fielding, Chair, Clinical Surgical Training Council, briefly outlining your interest and experience in Surgical Skills education, training and research. Please also attach a copy of your CV.
Please email your applications and any queries to Anne Ndaba, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Friday 31 January 2020.
Clinical Surgical State Training Council Members
A/Professor Kerin Fielding
HETI Chair Clinical Surgical Training Council (CSTC)
Dr Claire Blizard
HETI Medical Director
Ms Carla Brogden
Manager, Governance Development and Delivery - HETI
Professor John Morley
Western Sydney University Representative
Dr Lawrence Yuen
Network Director of Training - Sydney West SSTN
Dr Vincent Lam
Sydney West SSTN Representative
Dr Stephen Smith
Network Director of Training - Hunter New England SSTN
Dr Amanda Chung
Network Director of Training - Northern SSTN
Dr Melanie Webb
Network Director of Training - Southern SSTN
A/Prof David Storey
A/ Network Director of Training – Sydney South West SSTN
Dr Mark Muhlmann
Network Director of Training – Eastern & Greater Southern SSTN
Dr Scott MacKenzie
Site Director of Training - Liverpool Hospital
Dr Warren Hargreaves
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Representative
Dr Soni Bennett
Site Director of Training - Wollongong Hospital
Site Director of Training - RPA
Dr Nicola Ward
Director of Clinical Services Representative - CC LHN
Dr Carolyn Jameson
Director of Network Training - Sydney South West SSTN
Dr Michael Su
Dr Jessica Henegan
Co-Chair CSTC TSC
Dr Wendy Liu
Co-Chair CSTC TSC
Dr Aizat Drahman
Co-Chair CSTC TSC
Ms Lesley Innes
Sydney Local Health District Representative - CEWD
Ms Linda Bell
Education Support Officer - Sydney West SSTN
Ms Belinda Tuynman
Education Support Officer - Hunter New England SSTN
Ms Corinne Hayes
Education Support Officer - Southern SSTN
Ms Claire Kennedy
Education Support Officer - Northern SSTN
Ms Erin Matheson
Education Support Officer – Eastern & Greater Southern SSTN
Ms Helen Stavrou
Education Officer - Prince of Wales Hospital (ESO role vacant)
Ms Carolyn Marsh
JMO Manager - St Vincent's Network (ESO role vacant)