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Career Opportunities - Anaesthesia & Pain Management

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Consultants

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PMH is the only tertiary referral centre for paediatrics in Western Australia. The Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management delivers anaesthetics for approximately 11,000 cases per year for most surgical disciplines, including:

  • Cardiac surgery
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Urological surgery, including renal transplantation
  • Major orthopaedic surgery
  • ENT, dental and ophthalmic surgery
  • Acute pain management service
  • Medical Imaging

Consultants are also responsible for the supervision and training of third-year registrars and Post-Fellowship registrars that rotate through the department every four to six months.

Positions are advertised in The Weekend Australian.

Senior Registrars

The Department offers four six-month rotations per year, commencing January and July. We can also help coordinate a further six months with the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

The positions are advertised on www.anaesthesiawa.org in April of the preceding year and the interviews are conducted in May.

Interested applicants can email the Supervisor of Training, Elaine Christiansen, or the Head of Department, Dr Neil Chambers.

Technicians

Anaesthetic technicians are the first line assistants to anaesthetists, assisting with the administration of general and regional anaesthesia to all patient groups across the whole range of surgical disciplines.

The current minimum qualification to practice as an anaesthetic technician in WA is the Certificate 4 in Anaesthetic Technology (http://www.rph.wa.gov.au/anaesth/tech.html) or overseas equivalent. In the rest of the country, the minimum qualification is set at Diploma level. WA technicians will soon be able to take extra units to achieve Diploma status. Eventually the Diploma course will be countrywide. These qualifications are recognised by the College of Anaesthetists of Australia and New Zealand and are incorporated into their Code of Practice.

Anaesthetic technicians prepare all the equipment required by anaesthetists for safe airway management, intravenous therapies, advanced invasive physiological monitoring, environmental temperature control and monitoring. Anaesthetic technicians are able to assist during emergency procedures and resuscitation. Postgraduate courses are available in these areas.

Education is also an important role, with the anaesthetic technician having the opportunity to assist with the professional development of other health care groups.

To be an anaesthetic technician requires practical ability, common sense, the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, a non-judgemental attitude to people and society, good communication skills and a desire to help others.

It is a rewarding career with opportunities to work interstate and overseas in a range of clinical areas. Positions at PMH are advertised in The West Australian on Saturdays.

Teaching

PMH provides educational services to all health care professionals to ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide the best possible care. To further their own education, the anaesthetists hold weekly meetings in which consultants prepare and deliver a presentation on a topic of interest, resulting in a wide range of topics being covered. The registrars hold their own weekly tutorials, which are supervised by a consultant anaesthetist. Every few months, the anaesthetists meet at Journal Club and review current literature and research, while sampling some fine Western Australian wines.

Funding has been arranged for monthly paediatric simulator sessions, which have been attended by almost all PMH theatre staff. The staff are also encouraged to attend Grand Round on Thursdays, which are non-anaesthetic seminars available to all staff, as well as anaesthesia and pain management conferences - interstate and overseas. The Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management have been involved in organising the SPANZA and ANZCA conferences.

The department provides talks around the hospital on a variety of anaesthesia-based subjects, mainly to medical students, nursing staff, registrars and specialists from other disciplines. Anaesthetists also regularly travel to rural areas to update GP anaesthetists with their paediatric skills. These GPs can organise to be trained at PMH, in the theatre.

 
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