Paediatric Training Network
What rotations are available in Hunter New England?
Paediatric Physician Basic Trainee rotations during the first year include but are not limited to:
John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Gosford/Wyong, Maitland
Basic / Advanced Trainee (Registrar) rotations:
John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Gosford/Wyong, Tamworth, Taree, Lismore, Tweed Heads, Maitland, Port
Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Community Health Services
Where will I be rotated to?
During your employment, you will be required to work at different locations and clinical departments within NSW Health. In order to comply with the college training program requirements you will be required to work within other facilities. Every employee is given the opportunity to place preferences for rotations. Preferences will be called for around October each year. All term allocations are considered by a panel including the Director of Physician Training, the current and incumbent Chief RMO. This process is complicated and all efforts are made to be as fair as possible. Priority is based on outstanding college training requirements and time left in training. Consideration is also given to previous terms, experience, and personal preferences. As part of a Network, it is our priority to get everyone through their training in the least possible time therefore this will be taken into account when rotation allocations are made.
Rotations to other network sites
There is opportunity to rotate to another Network's site/hospital. This should be written on your preference form & discussed with your Director of Physician Training and the Chief Resident Medical Officer. (E.g. if you are working in Northern Network and you would like to rotate to Orange Base Hospital). There are limited places available for this to occur and these are based on training requirements as well as years of experience.
Education Program and Training
Each network has the following:
- Clinical training across a number of site
- Trainees undertake training in a range of terms across the hospitals within the Network. Trainees can therefore utilise the strengths and opportunities provided at each site.
- Formal exam preparation
- Exam preparation can be supra-regional, state wide or national if through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The networks make use of technology to deliver training to all sites in the network. There is an established teaching program directed at the FRACP written and clinical exam.
- Professional development program
- The networks all provide the following programs: Teaching on the Run, Communication Skills, Leadership and Management programs.
Do I have to commit to Paediatric Training?
Network positions are specifically for Paediatric Trainees. Other non-network positions are available in Paediatrics and also include positions at the same hospitals. It is important to confirm with local contacts whether positions are accredited for training.
For more information please contact:
Eliza Birleson, Medical Education Support Officer