The HNE Simulation Centre and John Hunter Hospital Department of Anaesthesia offer a range of opportunities for enthusiastic and committed provisional fellows who want to join a team of people who are passionate about patient safety and education. At any one time we have four fellows (2 simulation fellows, 1 post graduate education fellow and 1 human factors fellow) working with us for 12 months at a time. 

Simulation / Anaesthesia Fellow

There are two positions available. The purpose of these positions is two-fold:

  1. To provide an opportunity for ANZCA or equivalent provisional fellows to develop sub-speciality expertise in education, training and research using simulation-based methodologies (0.53 FTE). This position suits trainees with an interest in human factors and patient safety as well as those with an interest in education.
  2. To provide an outstanding opportunity (0.47 FTE) to develop and consolidate clinical skills by contributing to the delivery of high quality anaesthesia services for the patients of the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Together these opportunities enable a trainee to work towards obtaining Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. View the position overview to find out more about the role.

Why trainees should consider this role

This a great opportunity to develop your skills as an educator and/or researcher.

Dr Rebecca Scott was the Simulation/Anaesthesia Fellow prior to taking up a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist position. Here's what Rebecca had to say about the role:

"The simulation fellow job provided excellent exposure to the non-clinical aspects of anaesthesia, coupled with the experience provided by a busy tertiary referral centre.

"The training in education and non-technical skills was a great boost to my clinical leadership abilities.

"I particularly appreciated the opportunity to integrate simulation and research, and the support and resources provided to undertake my own simulation-based research study."


Applications for the 2020 clinical year are open

Lodge your application here

Don't delay - applications close 22 July!

Post-Graduate Education Fellow

The Post Graduate Education Fellow works closely with the Simulation and Human Factors fellows. This role has particular  responsibility for the undergraduate components of the anaesthesia education program, including:

  • coordinating and supervising Year 5 medical students during their Critical Care term
  • mentoring medical students during their simulation elective
  • developing skills as a simulation instructor
  • balance of time spent in clincial anaesthesia

Dr Candice Peters was the previous Post-Graduate Education Fellow. Here's what she had to say about the role:

"I undertook a second Provisional Fellowship year by completing the Post-Graduate Education Fellow role due to my interest in medical education, and would highly recommend it to anyone with similar interests. The year gave me a unique opportunity to balance clinical anaesthesia at a junior consultant level, whilst overseeing the Critical Care rotation for final year medical students from the University of Newcastle and those in the Joint Medical Program. From leading simulation-based training such as the Novice Airway Management & Communication course on the students' first day of anaesthetics, to writing and examining their Critical Care OSCE at the end of the semester, the role gave me a close connection with the students and a continuity that is not often experienced by clinicians. I recently met some of these same students, who are now JMOs, at a careers night and we all looked back fondly on that time. I have greater confidence supervising junior anaesthetic trainees having had the formal educational role and have since become a Supervisor of Training with ANZCA."

Human Factors Fellow​

The Human Factors Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about the application of human factors principles to core challenges in health care. This 0.5 FTE position suits an anaesthetist interested in quality improvement and/or research focused on improving patient safety. 

Dr Rhys Thomas is the current Human Factors Fellow. Here's what he had to say about the role:

"No one goes to work to do a bad job. My role is to apply Human Factors thinking to issues such as variations in equipment safety checks, near-misses, and useability of new clinical equipment, and to develop new processes and improvements that make it easier for people to do a good job safely."