Canberra Hospital

ACT Emergency Departments at Canberra Hospital will operate as normal over the Christmas and New Year period.

Visiting hours at Canberra Hospital are from 6.00AM to 9.00PM daily.

For further information about service availability during the Christmas and New Year period please contact the Canberra Hospital switchboard: 6244 2222

 

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Canberra Hospital is a 672 bed teaching hospital and a major trauma centre providing tertiary referral services for the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding areas.

The Canberra Hospital is also affiliated with the Australian National University and has a strong commitment to high quality education for all its trainees – from medical student’s right through to vocational training.

Postgraduate medical education and training at Canberra Hospital is a vital part of its commitment to you as a junior medical officer. We provide a wide range of postgraduate educational activities which are delivered by highly skilled senior medical staff.

Alcohol and Drug Services
Anaesthetic and Pain Management
Cardiology
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Emergency Medicine
ENT/Dental/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
General Surgery
Geriatric Medicine
Haematology
Hospital In The Home (HITH)
Infectious Diseases
Intensive Care Unit
Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU)
Medical Oncology
Mental Health
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Ophthalmology
Paediatric Medicine
Plastic Surgery
Paediatric Surgery
Radiation Oncology
Rehabilitation Medicine
Renal Medicine
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Rheumatology, Immunology and Dermatology
Urology
Vascular Surgery
Women's and Babies

Alcohol and Drug Services

  • Inpatient Detox Unit - 10 bed unit
  • Opportunity to participate in community based Drug & Alcohol services
  • Drug & Alcohol hospital liaison service
  • Opioid substitution (Methadone and Buprenorphine) treatment program

Anaesthetic and Pain Management

  • Unit provides anaesthesia and pain management services in and out of operating theatres
  • Exposure to pre-anaesthetic assessment of patients on emergency and elective surgical lists
  • Participating in resuscitation team in hospital wide emergencies
  • Exposure to airway management
  • Weekly JMO teaching sessions
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Cardiology

  • 24 hour emergency cardiology cover
  • 16 bed inpatient Coronary Care Unit with both acute and subacute areas
  • Inpatient cardiology ward patients
  • Echocardiogram services
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Elective and emergency angiograms and angioplasties
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion exposure
  • Pacemaker insertion (temporary and permanent cardiac pacing) and follow up clinics
  • Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services
  • Extensive research opportunities on cardiovascular diseases
  • Weekly cardiology clinical meetings, cardiac catheter meetings and ECG interpretation tutorials
  • Daily outpatient sessions

Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • 24 hour cardiothoracic cover for ACT and regional NSW
  • Daily theatre lists
  • Weekly meetings with cardiology teams
  • Weekly audit meetings
  • Regular outpatient sessions including preadmission clinics
  • Exposure to procedures such as tube thoracostomy, central venous catheterisation, management of intercostal catheters and management of perioperative cardiothoracic patient
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Emergency Medicine

  • 24 hour emergency cover – supervision provided at all times by emergency medicine physicians. After hours supervision provided by registrars. Interns are not expected to do nights in emergency
  • Management trauma centre in Canberra region
  • Annually 53,000 patients managed with admission rate of around 30%
  • In any one term up to 24 junior medical staff rostered to do emergency
  • Exposure to wide range of procedures including basic and advanced life support, plaster cast application, suturing, intubation and many others
  • Daily unit tutorials and daily teaching ward rounds
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research
  • Department has a paediatrician working full time in emergency to ensure all JMOs have support when assessing and managing paediatric patients

ENT/Dental/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Unit provides oral and maxillofacial inpatient care, outpatient clinics and consultation services for both paediatric and adult patients
  • Extensive involvement in the management of head and neck tumours liaising with radiation oncology and medical oncology units – weekly head and neck clinics
  • Exposure to rhinology, otology and laryngology
  • Exposure to basic ENT skills such as use of ENT examination equipment and nasal packing
  • Weekly operating theatres
  • Weekly outpatient clinics
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Inpatient and outpatient management of diseases involving the liver and gastrointestinal tract
  • Exposure to various endoscopic procedures eg colonoscopy, polypectomy, ERCP, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, ultrasound guided liver biopsy, ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of masses, small bowel series and barium enemas
  • Weekly pathology meetings
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Daily outpatient clinics
  • Weekly unit teaching meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

General Surgery

There are several general surgical terms available at Canberra Hospital, Calvary Hospital, Bega District Hospital and Goulburn Base Hospital.

Colorectal/Head and Neck/Breast Surgery

  • Unit provides general surgical services to ACT and surrounding areas in NSW
  • Exposure to principles of wound management, management of drains and suturing
  • Daily operating theatres
  • Weekly surgical teaching sessions
  • Management of chest drains
  • Exposure to abdominal paracentesis and pleurocentesis
  • Early management of severe trauma course (EMST)
  • Wound management skills workshop
  • Participate in regular audits
  • Daily outpatient sessions
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Surgical Assessment and Planning Unit (SAPU)

  • An innovative unit set up in December 2010 to expedite the assessment and management of patients in the ACT and surrounding NSW regions presenting with acute surgical conditions
  • Daily consultant ward rounds to ensure all patients have been appropriately assessed
  • Three times a day handover to ensure optimal patient care
  • Daily theatre lists
  • Weekly outpatient clinics
  • Weekly surgical registrar teaching sessions
  • Weekly surgical RMO teaching sessions
  • Participate in multidisciplinary assessment of patients
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research
  • Early management of severe trauma course (EMST)
  • Participate in regular audits

Trauma/General Surgery

  • Exposure to general surgery, multiple trauma management and complex wound management
  • Includes primary, secondary and tertiary injury services
  • Nutritional management including total parentral nutrition
  • Management of intercostal catheters
  • Management of tracheostomy
  • Developing counselling skills
  • Wound debridement and closure techniques
  • Insertion of central lines, tube thoracostomy, lumbar puncture and abdominal paracentesis
  • Involvement in regular audits
  • Early management and severe trauma course (EMST)
  • Daily operation theatres
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Weekly JMO teaching sessions
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Upper Gastrointestinal

  • Unit provides general surgery services to ACT and surrounding areas of NSW
  • Exposure to principles of wound management, management of drains and suturing
  • Daily operating theatres
  • Weekly surgical teaching sessions
  • Management of chest drains
  • Exposure to abdominal paracentesis and pleurocentesis
  • Wound management skills workshop
  • Participate in regular audits
  • Daily outpatient sessions
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research
  • Early management of severe trauma course (EMST)

Geriatric Medicine

  • 26 bed inpatient unit
  • Multidisciplinary care of elderly patients with complex, multi-system medical issues
  • Unit provides a wide range of experience in acute general medical, surgical and psychogeriatric management and geriatric rehabilitation
  • Weekly falls clinics
  • Daily outpatient clinics – exposure to comprehensive geriatric assessment and cognitive assessment
  • Exposure to geriatrics syndromes – dementia, delirium, falls, osteoporosis, incontinence, mood disorders, capacity assessments and guardianship legislation
  • Exposure to procedures – nasogastric tube insertions, pleural taps and abdominal paracentesis
  • Weekly unit education meetings – enables JMOs to practice public speaking and presentation skills
  • Regular journal clubs
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research
  • Three monthly morbidity and mortality meetings

Haematology

  • A dynamic department that runs both an inpatient and outpatient unit to deal with various haematological malignancies and other haematological disorders
  • Exposure to autologous stem cell transplantation for malignant disorders
  • Opportunities to perform procedures such as lumbar punctures with intrathecal chemotherapy administration, paracentesis, thoracocentesis, central line insertions, PICC line insertions and bone marrow biopsies
  • Unit has regular haematology laboratory meetings to ensure JMOs get exposure to the pathology of haematological disorders
  • Daily outpatient clinics fully supervised by haematologists
  • Exposure to a busy day clinic that manages the administration of chemotherapeutic agents and exposure to facilities for plasmapheresis
  • Exposure to patients referred to the Hospital in the Home program
  • A weekly clinical haematology meeting allows JMOs the opportunity to practice presentation skills
  • Opportunities to be involved in clinical research in haematology

Hospital In The Home (HITH)

  • Innovative unit is run by infectious diseases consultant
  • Unit provides hospital level care to patients living at home
  • Involves the care of both long stay inpatients being treated at home and day only patients who require regular infusions
  • Exposure to complex medical conditions including inflammatory bowel disease and vasculitides
  • Education by term supervisors in the management of adverse drug reactions
  • Extensive exposure to procedures including PICC line insertion, lumbar punctures and abdominal paracentesis
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Ability to attend weekly infectious diseases meetings
  • JMOs can organise to attend sexual health clinics if interested

Infectious Diseases

  • A unit run by supervisors with extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate education
  • Provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with a wide range of infectious diseases
  • Opportunities to attend outpatient clinics
  • Extensive involvement with patients discharged to Hospital in the Home which provides hospital level care to patients living at home
  • Weekly face to face appointments with term supervisor to discuss long cases if requested by JMO
  • Exposure to performing various procedures such as lumbar punctures
  • Opportunities to be involved in research not just in infectious diseases but also in medical education
  • Weekly infectious diseases meetings give JMOs the opportunity to present interesting cases
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Opportunity to be involved in the management of patients with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS
  • For those interested in microbiology, special laboratory sessions can be organised
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Intensive Care Unit

  • A 22 bed unit staffed by specialists and senior registrars 24 hours a day
  • Only offered to PGY3+ JMOs
  • An extensive week long orientation program to ensure all JMOs adequately educated prior to commencing on the unit
  • Exposure to a myriad of procedures such as central line insertions, arterial line insertions, lumbar puncture, intubation, non-invasive ventilation, insertion of chest drains, abdominal paracentesis and multiple other procedures
  • ACT Health also offers the Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) course free of charge to JMOs during their year of training
  • Twice daily teaching sessions
  • Extensive support for primary and secondary examinations
  • Simulated sessions for crisis team practice scenarios
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU)

  • 16 bed general medical unit providing care for patients with undifferentiated medical conditions
  • 10 bed short stay surgical care for patiients with undifferentiated surgical conditions
  • Unit is staffed by supervisors with an interest in general medicine
  • Supervisors also have special interests in geriatric medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, respiratory medicine and gastroenterology
  • Exposure to multidisciplinary assessments
  • Term emphasises the importance of safe handover to ensure safe transition of patient care to other ward medical teams
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Weekly geriatric unit meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Medical Oncology

  • Expanding unit providing expert medical care for inpatients and outpatients (including rural outreach clinics) with various oncological disorders
  • Exposure to common malignancies such as breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and gynaecological cancers
  • Opportunity to train in chemotherapy write ups and managing patients with complications arising from therapy
  • Exposure to management of emergencies such as febrile neutropenia, spinal cord compression, superior vena cava obstruction, hypercalcaemia
  • Exposure to a wide range of procedures including pleural taps and insertion of intercostal drains, abdominal paracentesis, lumbar puncture and PICC line insertion
  • Daily outpatient clinics
  • Extensive multidisciplinary and multi-team (palliative care, radiation oncology) involvement
  • Weekly journal clubs and academic meetings
  • Weekly combined radiology and pathology meetings to ensure holistic approach to patient care
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Mental Health

  • Department runs two units – one at Canberra Hospital and another at Calvary Hospital
  • Opportunity to be involved in the care of patients with mental health disorders in the outpatient setting and inpatient setting
  • Exposure to the Mental Health Act
  • Ability to participate in tribunal meetings
  • Involvement in the Crisis and Assessment Treatment Team which provides emergency assessment and management of patients in the community
  • Weekly journal clubs

Neurology

  • Expanding unit providing expert care for patients with neurological disorders
  • Includes inpatient stroke unit
  • Daily outpatients clinics
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Supervisors are extensively involved in teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate trainees
  • Exposure to a clinical neurophysiology service which provides JMOs with the opportunity to learn EEG and EMG interpretation
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Neurosurgery

  • Unit provides exposure to the management of various neurosurgical conditions
  • Neurosurgical high dependency unit that provides high dependency care for patient in the perioperative period
  • Regular outpatient clinics
  • Daily theatre lists
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Weekly neuroradiology meetings
  • Weekly neuropathology meetings
  • Exposure to clinical neurophysiology
  • Exposure to shunt function studies at the radiology department
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Two inpatient units at Canberra Hospital and one inpatient unit at Calvary Hospital providing expert orthopaedic management
  • Daily Orthogeriatrics consultant cover for elderly patients with multiple co-morbidities
  • Exposure to the management of fractures, dislocations, soft tissue injuries, compartment syndromes, septic joints etc
  • Exposure to elective procedures
  • Procedural exposure to application of casts, tying surgical knots and suturing
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Daily fracture clinics
  • Daily elective and emergency trauma theatre lists
  • Weekly Orthogeriatric teaching rounds
  • Weekly face to face teaching sessions with term supervisor
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Ophthalmology

  • This term available to PGY2+ graduates
  • Unit provides extensive outpatient clinics both at Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital
  • Sub-speciality ophthalmological services including retinal and corneal surgery provided
  • Emergency ophthalmological care
  • Daily outpatient clinics
  • Exposure to basic ophthalmological techniques including slit lamp examination and ophthalmoscope use
  • Exposure to simple procedures such as removal of corneal foreign bodies and surgery of chalazion
  • Observation of more advanced techniques such as intravitreal injection and retinal angiography
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Paediatric Medicine

  • Unit provides inpatient and outpatient care for paediatric patients
  • Exposure to general paediatrics as well as sub-speciality area
  • Unit also has a paediatrician working full time in the Emergency Department which allows for exposure to a wide range of emergency paediatric conditions
  • Follow up and management of neonatal patients
  • Experience in paediatric venepuncture/cannulation, suprapubic bladder aspiration, paediatric lumbar puncture
  • Weekly paediatric grand rounds
  • Weekly paediatric clinical meetings
  • Weekly paediatric journal club and FRACP lecture program
  • Weekly neonatal journal clubs
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Plastic Surgery

  • The plastic and reconstructive unit provides service to the ACT and surrounding NSW region
  • Exposure to hand microsurgery
  • Exposure to complex maxillofacial surgery and acute soft tissue reconstruction
  • Exposure the microsurgical reconstruction
  • Extensive head and neck cancer services with involvement from radiation oncology department as well
  • Initial assessment and management of burns
  • Daily registrar review outpatient clinics
  • Daily consultant review outpatient clinics
  • Daily elective and emergency operating lists
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Paediatric Surgery

  • Unit provides general paediatric surgical services for ACT and regional NSW
  • Experience in paediatric venepuncture/cannulation, suprapubic catheter
  • Opportunity to participate in surgical audits and other quality assurance activities
  • Daily theatre lists
  • Weekly outpatient clinical teaching sessions
  • Weekly unit meetings/journal clubs
  • Weekly paediatric clinical meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Radiation Oncology

  • Unit provides care for inpatients and outpatients in ACT and regional NSW
  • Exposure to procedures including pleural taps and insertion of intercostal drains, abdominal paracentesis, lumbar puncture and seroma aspirations
  • Exposure to different radiation modalities including brachytherapy
  • Weekly audit meetings
  • Weekly multidisciplinary meetings with other units including plastics, urology and respiratory medicine
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Weekly radiation pathology meetings
  • Weekly outpatient clinics
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Rehabilitation Medicine

  • A 20 bed unit at Canberra Hospital and a 28 bed unit at Calvary Hospital provide rehabilitation needs for inpatients and outpatients in ACT
  • Rehabilitation Independent Living Unit (RILU) provides outpatient rehabilitation
  • Exposure to neurovascular rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation, multi-trauma, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord medicine, traumatic brain injury and geriatric rehabilitation
  • Weekly journal club meetings
  • Weekly neurology and neurosurgical meetings
  • Weekly multidisciplinary meetings
  • Opportunity to attend unit meetings throughout the hospital

Renal Medicine

  • A dynamic unit providing inpatient and outpatient care for patients with renal diseases
  • Extensive exposure to inpatient dialysis and satellite dialysis units
  • Management of patients on renal replacement therapy
  • Exposure to renal transplantation and management of patients on immunosuppressive therapy
  • Renal transplant surgeries conducted in Sydney but are transferred to Canberra for the immediate postoperative period
  • Combined kidney/pancreas transplants also performed in a similar manner
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Monthly pathology meetings
  • Daily outpatient clinics including hypertension clinics
  • Exposure to renal biopsies
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

  • Unit provides comprehensive investigative and therapeutic services for inpatients and outpatients
  • Inpatient sleep laboratory allows for opportunities to interpret complex sleep studies
  • Exposure to procedures like pleurocentesis and bronchoscopy
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Weekly multidisciplinary meetings with oncology/radiation oncology department.
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Daily outpatient clinics
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Rheumatology, Immunology and Dermatology

  • Unit provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with rheumatological, immunological and dermatological conditions
  • Exposure to procedures such as knee/shoulder joint aspirations, skin biopsies, skin allergy testing and cryotherapy
  • Daily outpatient clinics in rheumatology, immunology (adult and paediatric), dermatology
  • Weekly teaching sessions
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Urology

  • Unit provides urological services for the ACT and regional NSW
  • Exposure to procedures such as urethral catheterisation and management of irrigation catheters
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality meetings
  • Daily theatre lists
  • Fortnightly combined uro-oncology multidisciplinary meetings
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Vascular Surgery

  • Unit provides emergency and elective vascular surgical care for patients in the ACT and regional NSW
  • Extensive exposure to angiograms and balloon angioplasties
  • Exposure to carotid endarterectomies
  • Weekly radiology meetings
  • Weekly surgical audit meetings
  • Vascular surgeon runs a “wet lab” in the hospital which can be used as a resource tool for those interested in surgical training
  • Weekly outpatient clinics
  • Daily elective and emergency theatre lists
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

Women's and Babies

  • Expanding department providing antenatal care, postnatal assessment, inpatient and outpatient gynaecological management
  • Weekly teaching sessions
  • Weekly audit meetings
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Daily theatre lists both emergency and elective surgery
  • Extensive opportunities for involvement in research

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