Courses and programs

Surgical Skills

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.

Clinical Surgical Training Council (CSTC) Trainee Sub-Committee

The NSW CSTC Trainee Sub Committee 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. A major project for this group will be coordination of the annual Golden Scalpel Games competition, including supervision and assessment of medical students.

The Committee meets for 1.5 hours four times a year (once a month until November). Meetings are held in the evenings from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at HETI in the Medical Portfolio, Building 12, Gladesville Hospital or via teleconference.

This is a voluntary position appointed for a period of 2 years. To remain an active member of the sub-committee, members or their delegates will be required to attend at least 60% of meetings (in person or by teleconference) each year.

Clinical Surgical State Training Council Members

Representative                                                       Position

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

Vacant

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

Trainee Representative

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

(temporary)

Education Officer - Prince of Wales Hospital (ESO role vacant)

Ms Carolyn Marsh

(temporary)

JMO Manager - St Vincent's Network (ESO role vacant)