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Hunter New England Surgical Skills Training Network

The Hunter New England Surgical Skills Training Network is part of the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD).

We aim to offer a comprehensive surgical education and training program for our:

  • Pre-SETs (Unaccredited Registrars and SRMOs)
  • PGY1s and PGY2s interested in pursuing surgical careers

For any additional information please contact:

Conjoint Associate Professor Stephen Smith
HNE Network Director for Pre-SET Surgical Training

Ms Belinda Tuynman
Education Support Officer
Telephone: 4985 5568

Surgical Training Contacts

HNELHD Network Director for Surgical Skills Training Network:

Conjoint Assoc Prof Stephen Smith


Profile https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/stephen-smith

Education Support Officer:

Ms Belinda Tuynman


Medical Administration and Recruitment Managers for Surgery for Hunter New England

Cardiothoracic's, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Urology and Vascular

Ms Angela Keers



Ms Nicole Sazdanoff



Site Directors of Training for Pre-SETs (Unaccredited Registrars/SRMOs and career advice for PGY1s and PGY2s)

Armidale – Dr Graham Stewart

Belmont – Dr Bill Regalo

Calvary Mater Newcastle – Dr Melanie Webb

John Hunter/Royal Newcastle (General Surgery - Assoc Prof Stephen Smith and Orthopaedics - Dr Ben East)

Maitland – Dr Kerrie Lewis

Manning (Taree) – Dr Moheb Ghaly

Tamworth – Dr Frank Sardelic


Conjoint Associate Professor Stephen Smith, Director for the Hunter Surgical Clinical Research Unit


Ms Rosemary Carroll – Surgical Research CNC


Network Hospitals

Hospitals included in HNLHD surgical network include:-

Armidale General Surgery
Belmont General Surgery or Orthopaedics
Calvary Mater General Surgery
John Hunter/ Royal Newcastle Centre Cardiothoracics, Head and Neck, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, or OMF, Orthopaedics and Urology
Maitland General Surgery or Orthopaedics
Manning (Taree)General Surgery or Orthopaedics
TamworthGeneral Surgery or Orthopaedics

The following hospitals are not part of the HNELHD network but unaccredited and accredited RACS SET Trainees are rotated to these hospitals

Coffs Harbour      Orthopaedics
Gosford General Surgery and Orthopaedics
Port Macquarie General Surgery and Orthopaedics                    
Wyong General Surgery

John Hunter Hospital

John Hunter Hospital is a 796 bed tertiary referral hospital.
Principle referral centre for Northern NSW and a community hospital for Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Incorporates John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
The busiest emergency department in the state.
The only trauma centre in New South Wales outside the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
John Hunter is the busiest trauma hospital in the State and the second busiest in the Country.
The only hospital in New South Wales to have all surgical subspecialties on site.

Term Assessments

Term assessments are distributed each term for the unaccredited Senior Resident Medical Officers and Registrars.  These are for feedback for the doctors from their supervisors.  These forms are reviewed by the Network Director for Surgical Training and the Clinical Superintendent for Surgical Services.


Research requirements are a valuable component of applications for RACS SET positions.

Our current Network Director Conjoint Assoc Prof Stephen Smith is also Director for the Hunter Surgical Clinical Research Unit.

There are weekly face to face and zoom meetings.

Please refer to research website for extensive information.



Conjoint Associate Professor Stephen Smith


Ms Rosemary Carroll – Research CNC