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Why an anaesthesia fellowship at St. Vincent’s?



St. Vincent’s Hospital is a University of Melbourne affiliated tertiary referral centre performing over 12,000 cases per year. All adult subspecialties are represented, with the exception of obstetrics/gynaecology.

We offer 4-5 fellowships each year. These include general fellowship positions and also those with a subspecialty focus or ‘stream’, including regional, airway and cardiothoracics/echocardiography. Fellows can expect to be involved with their subspecialty interest on average, 2 days per week. The rest of their time will be spent rotating through the other surgical areas and a dedicated half day per week of nonclinical time to facilitate interest in research and educational activities. It is expected that fellows will be involved and lead a research project through to completion. In additional, fellows will also have exposure in training medical students and anaesthesia residents/registrars.

The Department of Anaesthesia has a strong focus on perioperative ultrasound, with world class faculty expert in ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and perioperative echocardiography (both transthoracic and transoesophageal). There is ready access to multifunctional ultrasound machines, which are used routinely to facilitate vascular access, nerve blockade and cardiovascular monitoring. There are weekly ultrasound guided teaching sessions and a weekly echocardiography review meeting.

The department have a strong emphasis on research, with dozens of publications in peer reviewed journals, with particular emphasis on

  • Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia
  • Anaesthesia and cognitive function
  • Perioperative echocardiography
  • Fluid optimisation

Staff are also strongly represented with senior roles in administration, education/training and quality/safety with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthestists (ANZCA).

All positions are 12 month positions commencing at the start of the academic year in late Jan/Feb. On occasion, a midyear July/August start can be accommodated.

We have a strong history of taking suitably qualified and experienced international fellows and have recently had fellows from North America, Asia and Western Europe.

In general, fellows are involved in a 1 in 12 call schedule that they share with other accredited ANZCA trainees. There are 5 weeks of annual leave and an additional week of conference/professional development leave. For those with young families, there is onsite childcare that can be funded with pre tax dollars.

Being mindful that it can take the best part of a year to work through the various paperwork and regulatory requirements, particularly for international fellows, so prospective fellows should be planning on applying at least a year before their potential appointment.

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest and most multicultural city and positioned on the edge of Port Phillip Bay. It has a mild seasonal climate and is well known for its thriving restaurant, coffee and café culture. There is a well-established theatre, arts and music scene. Without doubt the city is one of the sporting capitals of the world as home to the Australian Open tennis, Formula One Grand Prix, Australian Rules Football (AFL) and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). On the edge of downtown Melbourne, St. Vincent’s is well positioned to take advantage of all the exceptional facilities Melbourne has to offer, with adjacent bars, eateries and the world’s best sports stadium a short walk across the park.




For further information please contact:

Dr. Vaughan Bertram (Fellowship Co-ordinator)
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Ms Dee Henriss
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