Gold Coast University Hospital presents an exciting opportunity to be part of a fit-for-purpose multi-disciplinary service for patients suffering from vaginal mesh complications, as well as being exposed to a wide range of general urogynaecology. The successful applicant will have day to day clinical responsibilities to the patients within both the urogynaecology unit and mesh clinic, with primary emphasis on duties within the Queensland Pelvic Mesh service (QPMS).
The QPMS was established by the Queensland government in response to a recommendation from the Senate enquiry into the use of vaginal mesh. It is a multidisciplinary service involving physiotherapy, urogynaecology subspecialists, clinical nurse consultants, psychology, social work and pharmacy disciplines. Outpatient and day surgery services are primarily based at Varsity Lakes Hospital on the Gold Coast with major surgery based at nearby Robina Hospital, a 400 bed acute care facility. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain productive and mutually respectful relationships with other health professionals involved in the work of the unit, including urogynaecology nurses, physiotherapists, urologists and colorectal staff. Preference will be given to applicants who have been accepted onto the RANZCOG CU subspeciality training program. Given the complexity of its client base, the QPMS fellowship is likely to best suit a second or third year trainee.
It is expected that a strong interest will be taken in matters of research relevant to mesh complications as well as general urogynaecology, and ample opportunities will be available for the Fellow to pursue such interests. Teaching nurses, training registrars and medical students in various aspects of urogynaecology will be expected and encouraged. The Fellow will take training opportunities in urogynaecology and also attend clinical meetings, local, national and international, as they arise.
An amount of on call in general gynaecology and obstetrics may possibly be required, but will not be excessive, nor will it adversely impact upon the training in urogynaecology. This will be determined by negotiation between the Fellow and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology based at the Gold Coast University Hospital as and when required. The Fellow will report to the appropriate specialist gynaecologist/urogynaecologist in charge of individual patients. Issues of training and RANZCOG administrative matters will be dealt with by the clinical lead in urogynaecology, Associate Professor Malcolm Frazer. The position is offered part time with exact hours to be negotiated with the successful applicant and salary is pro rata to the part time hours.