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The anaesthesia department of Alice Springs hospital is a fully accredited department by The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) until 2021 for vocational training in Anaesthesia.
Training positions in this department provide a range of experience that is incredibly diverse and challenging, providing extraordinary exposure to unique surgical conditions and the culture of Indigenous people.
Alice Springs, because of its unique location, manages all kinds of general surgical and orthopaedic trauma, including neurosurgical and vascular surgical emergencies.
Approximately 8000 cases are done a year in six operating theatres. Paediatric cases make up around 15 percent of the case load through ENT, Dental and General Surgery.
Elective surgery encompassing all general specialties including General surgery, Orthopaedics, Dental, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gastro Enterology, ENT and Ophthalmology.
Visiting Medical Specialists support Elective Vascular surgery, Urology and Plastic surgery as well Oral and Maxillo facial surgery. We also provide Anaesthetic services to Radiology for CT and MRI.
The hospital has a six-bed ICU and four-bed HDU which is currently undergoing an expansion with three full time intensivists.
Alice Springs hospital has the largest single-standing dialysis unit in the southern hemisphere with 360 patients on dialysis.
Vascular access for haemodialysis is managed by the general surgical team. Vascular access issues are also dealt with by the renal physicians (Angiographically ) and the visiting vascular surgeon.
Obstetric Anaesthesia makes up a fair percentage of our work and many patients tend to be complicated with rheumatic valvular heart disease.
Training in Acute Pain Management is also provided through the Pain service. There is a chronic pain service as well and interested trainees can be given necessary training in this field.
The department has links with the retrieval service and intensive care unit and can facilitate training and clinical exposure to these areas for suitably experienced doctors.
Trainees are well supervised and will have ample opportunities to have a lot of hands-on experience. Ultrasound is widely used for regional anaesthesia as well as vascular access and consultants are always happy to teach trainees this skill.
The Anaesthesia department of Alice Springs Hospital is a fully accredited department by Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists until 2021 for Vocational training in Anaesthesia.
The site remains an optional post for trainees on the South Australian / Northern Territory Rotational Anaesthesia Training Scheme (SANTRATS).
We have been a training site for the RACGP advanced rural skills posts training to be GP Anaesthetists (JCCA) and have so far trained around 10 GP Anaesthetists.
We have one FACEM registrar who rotates from the emergency department every six months.
The Alice Springs department can also directly appoint senior registrars and Provisional fellows who fulfil the required criteria.
Weekly Anaesthetic teaching sessions take place apart from in theatre informal teaching as well.
Trainees are well supervised with Anaesthetic consultants on call and readily available.
There are anaesthetic RMO positions which are for three month terms. Residents are closely supervised and supported in theatre, always being paired with a consultant or senior registrar.
The Anaesthetic department is affiliated with Flinders University and NT medical school for medical students training.
For further information email Dr Jacob Koshy, Director of Anaesthetics, Alice Springs Hospital at HospitalDoctors.THS@nt.gov.au.