Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Fellowships and Senior Registrar Positions

The Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG) Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine provides anaesthetic services for a broad range of surgical and medical services across:

  • 26 operating theatres
  • 7 endoscopy suites (including bronchoscopy and ERCP)
  • 2 interventional radiology suites
  • coronary catheter labs
  • acute and chronic pain clinics. 

Read more about our anaeasthesia and pain medicine services

The department has a number of subspecialty anaesthetic fellowship positions available each year which are open to local and international candidates at the end of their training program. These positions offer excellent opportunities for fellows to develop and refine skills in preparation for their consultant careers.

Full time senior registrars and fellows are rostered to work 80 to 88 hours per fortnight over 7 to 8 shifts. Annual leave allowance is 4 weeks per year and study leave is 2 weeks. Remuneration is as per WA Health salary scale.

Specialty fellowships are offered in 6-month terms and are linked to 6-month General Fellowships.

The structure of the fellowships allows 40 hours per fortnight allocated to specialty activity, with the remaining time allocated to other clinical duties.

Fellows are well supported with consultant supervision, a weekly registrar teaching program, weekly departmental meetings, regular morbidity and mortality meetings and a departmental social calendar.

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Email us for more information or to express interest in any of our fellowships. 

Airway Fellowship

This sought after fellowship focuses on advanced airway management skills and fellows are expected to assist in the running of our ANZCA approved airway rescue course run out of the veterinary hospital at Murdoch University. 

Allocated lists include major ear, nose and throat, maxillofacial and bronchoscopy. 

Fellows are expected to become proficient in awake fibreoptic intubation in addition to the use of other airway techniques and equipment.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Claire McTernan

Burns, Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

The centre for major burns care in Western Australia is based at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), fellows will become proficient with the management of acutely unwell patients with challenges in terms of airway management and multiple organ dysfunction. 

In addition to the management of burns patients, fellows will also be allocated to plastics trauma and reconstructive lists.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Kris Owen

Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Fellowship

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia (CTA) at FSH is a consultant-led service dealing with a wide range of adult heart and lung diseases.

The cardiac workload includes the surgical management of coronary, valvular, aortic and myocardial diseases and, in collaboration with the Advanced Heart Failure Service, ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation. CTA also closely supports interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and the FSH Structural Heart Program.

Thoracic workload includes the cardiothoracic surgical management of pleural, pulmonary and mediastinal diseases, bronchoscopy and lung transplantation in collaboration with respiratory medicine and the advanced lung failure service.

We are also involved in the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) service for respiratory and cardiac failure in conjunction with CT surgery, intensive care medicine and clinical perfusion.

CTA at FSH conducts clinical and preclinical research in partnership with the Heart and Lung Research Institute of WA Inc. 

The CTA fellowship is full time, cardiothoracic anaesthesia for 1 year commencing early February. CTA fellows are expected to become competent delivering anaesthesia with minimal supervision in all but the most difficult cardiothoracic cases. 

Fellows are on-call for out-of-hours cardiac/thoracic anaesthesia on a 1-in-3 basis. Non-clinical duties include contribution to ongoing clinical and pre-clinical research, audit, as well as to regular departmental meetings and teaching of anaesthesia trainees. Self-initiated research is also encouraged. 

There is extensive exposure to transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE).  Fellows are expected to train in TOE and attain a formal qualification at Diploma level or above from an Australian or NZ university or US National Board of Echocardiography (i.e. Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography or Examination of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography).

We welcome applications from local, interstate and international institutions, with a demonstrable interest in cardiothoracic anaesthesia.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Warren Pavey

General Fellowship

General fellows will receive 20 hours per fortnight of regular lists in their area of interest with the remainder of their clinical time allocated as service provision requires. In a large hospital group such as FSFHG, this translates to gaining a breadth of experience. 

There are also opportunities to become involved with teaching, audit and research.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Ben Greenwood

Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship

Fiona Stanley Hospital is a developing level 5 maternity service which receives approximately 3,500 deliveries per year. This includes a wide range of moderate-high risk obstetric cases. It is the only tertiary obstetric centre with on-site intensive care and interventional radiological services in Western Australia.

Obstetric anaesthesia fellows will have the opportunity to work with a core group of subspecialised obstetric anaesthetists during their 6 month placement. Obstetric exposure will include elective/emergency obstetric and gynaecological lists, birth suite and high risk obstetric anaesthesia clinic.

Obstetric anaesthesia fellows will be expected to partake in the after-hours on-site obstetric anaesthesia roster.

Fellows will be expected to conduct original research and/or audit projects as well as participating in ongoing projects.

Fellows will also be expected to be involved in teaching and supervising anaesthesia trainees and anaesthetic technicians during their placement.

Selection criteria

  1. Eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  2. Completion of fellowship exams to the standard of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) fellowship examination.
  3. Demonstrated high level skills in all aspects of the CanMEDS physician competency framework
  4. Significant obstetric anaesthesia experience (labour epidural, emergency caesarean section, management of PPH, high risk case exposure) during the anaesthesia training period.

To apply, please forward via email:

  • your current CV
  • contact details of 3 referees
  • letter of introduction including the reason for applying.

Obstetric Anaesthesia leads: Dr David Hoppe, Dr Surbhi Malhorta

Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship supervisor: Dr Yayoi Ohashi

Fellowship Coordinator: Dr Ben Greenwood

Perioperative Medicine Fellowship

Perioperative fellows will be exposed to a range of medical and anaesthesia sub-specialties, gaining valuable experience in the full perioperative journey of high risk patients undergoing major surgery.

There will be regular opportunities to risk assess and optimise high risk patients within the Preadmission Clinic. Fellows will be able to follow these patients through their perioperative journey, providing anaesthesia for high risk patients particularly those on the enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway.

Regular cardiopulmonary exercise testing sessions will be undertaken by perioperative fellows under the supervision of the respiratory physicians.

Fellows will be able to undertake post-operative ward rounds of select high risk patients with the Acute Pain Team. This round will provide an opportunity to implement ERAS principles while detecting and preventing early complications in complex medical patients having major surgery.

There is the opportunity to be involved in the ongoing development/evolution of a variety of perioperative initiatives while also playing a key role in perioperative medicine education to medical and nursing staff.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Michela Salvadore

Regional Anaesthesia Fellowships

There is a strong focus on regional anaesthesia across Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. Two Regional Anaesthesia Fellowships are offered every 6 months.

Fellows will have a chance to learn and enhance regional anaesthesia techniques with the majority of experience in orthopaedic surgery, hand trauma, breast and plastic surgery as well as with general surgery, vascular surgery and ophthalmology. 

Fellows will have teaching responsibilities to pass on their skills to other trainees as well as opportunities for audit and research and presenting at cross-hospital regional anaesthesia meetings.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Alan Ch’ng

Research Fellowship

The research fellowship is designed to give fellows an introduction to all aspects of the conduct of local and international clinical trials in anaesthesia. 

Ongoing ANZCA clinical trial network research projects run out of FSFHG include the Perioperative Administration of Dexamethasone and Infection trial with future involvement in the IV iron for Treatment of Anaemia before Cardiac Surgery trial. 

Fellows wishing to conduct their own research projects will be fully supported by the research team.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Ed O’Loughlin

Simulation Fellowship

The Simulation Fellowship at FSFHG takes a practical and hands-on approach to simulation-based education with 2 full days a week dedicated to running sessions across the Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hopsitals sites.

We specialise in running in-situ simulations using high fidelity manikins in real clinical environments in theatres and throughout the hospitals. Fellows will have the opportunity to coordinate with the emergency department and other departments to run large multi-disciplinary process-testing scenarios, as well as becoming involved in ongoing and new educational research. Our experienced simulation faculty provide ongoing training in scenario planning, manikin operation and debriefing.

We offer 2 positions every 6 months and welcome expressions of interest from candidates with a passion for education.

Fellowship supervisor: Dr Andy Lamb