Fellow in Gynaecological Oncology, Lifehouse/RPAH Sydney 2021

  • Lifehouse Hospital
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW, Australia
Full time Subspec Trainee (Accredited)

Job Description

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA


Statement of Duties

Position:                                             Fellow Gynaecological Oncology

 Hours:                                                 Full Time

 Responsible to:                                 Dr Rhonda Farrell, Gynaecological Oncologist

Please send your application,  which should include an up to date CV and a one page (maximum) introductory letter stating why you would like to train at Lifehouse/RPAH as a fellow in gynaecological oncology, to Dr Rhonda Farrell at the email address [email protected] 




The Gynaecological Oncology Group at The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has 2 Fellow positions available for 2021. The positions are for 12 months.

The Fellow will be responsible for the the management and wholistic care of in-patients and outpatients attending for assessment and treatment in the unit. 

Selection Criteria

  1. Pursuing a future career in gynaecological oncology
  2. NSW Medical Board Registration or eligible for registration
  3. Completion of ITP training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (to at least completed 5th year level)
  4. Previous clinical and research experience, preferably with gynaecological cancer patients
  5. Advanced knowledge and skills in Gynaecological Oncology, including the ability to perform more complex gynaecological cancer surgery under supervision
  6. Track record in initiating and developing new research protocols, write research grants, co-ordinate the research process, and publish and present research findings at national and international scientific meetings in a timely manner
  7. Good verbal and written communication skills
  8. Good organisational skills
  9. Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  10. Focused on providing patient-centred wholistic evidence-based care
  11. Ability to mentor and teach more junior members of the team
  12. Commitment to patient safety and completion of mandatory training
  13. Pass English proficiency test if English not native language

NOTE: Overseas applicants may apply but will only be successful for this position if an Australian trainee of equal standing/ training level comensurate to this position is not available

Abilities necessary to position:

  1. Take a comprehensive medical history and perform a general physical examination in addition to a specific gynaecological history and examination
  2. Select the appropriate diagnostic techniques to establish gynaecological oncology diagnoses; establish the extent of disease; and evaluate co-existing disease which may have an impact on treatment
  3. Be able to stage cancer according to current FIGO classification system
  4. Understand the genesis of malignant tumours, the biologic behavior of premalignant and malignant tumours, and important characteristics and prognostic features
  5. Should have a sufficient knowledge of normal physiology and pathophysiology
  6. Should understand the current known effect of environmental factors on carcinogenesis and the risk of gynaecological cancer
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of genetic factors in the development of malignancy
  8. Have sufficient familiarity with statistical methods to permit critical analysis of current literature and of experimental design
  9. Should have an understanding of major drugs used in human tumour chemotherapy, side effects of these drugs, and management of the side effects, particularly in the acutely unwell patient.
  10. Be familiar with the principles and practices of radiation therapy. This knowledge should be of sufficient depth so that active participation with the Radiation Oncologist in treatment planning can be undertaken.
  11. Have sufficient knowledge of general medical and therapeutic principles to permit adequate preoperative evaluation and preparation of the oncology patient and to allow appropriate selection of consultants when indicated. 

Description of position:

  1. Be responsible for the day to day medical and surgical care of patients of the Sydney Gynaecological Group. This includes in and outpatients and outreach patients. This may include out of hours care.
  2. Participate in the teaching of registrars, residents and medical students
  3. Take part in or initiate research and or quality assurance projects within the Unit and Hospital
  4. Be involved in the continuing development of the hospital as a tertiary referral centre


Other responsibilities: 

  1. Quality Improvement

To implement quality activities to guide service delivery and continued improvement in line with the EQuIP standards contained within the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Guidelines for Accreditation

       2. Training

To attend annual training in the following:  Orientation (on appointment to position); Fire Safety (annually)

       3. Corruption Prevention

To report any suspected fraud in the workplace; To minimise the incidence of corruption and fraud within the workplace

      4. Policies and Procedures

To ensure familiarity with and adherence to, relevant Department of Health, CSAHS and Facility / Service policies and procedures that are relevant to the performance of the duties specified in this Job Description

      5. Code of Conduct

To abide by the LH Code of Conduct

      6. Occupational Health & Safety Responsibilities

To ensure all accidents and incidents are recorded and reported to the Rehabilitation Co-ordinator and staff participate in Workplace Rehabilitation if required

     7. EEO and Affirmative Action

To abide by EEO principles

     8. Performance Management

To participate in the CSAHS Performance Management Programme.

      9. Electronic Messaging Policy

To abide by the CSAHS Electronic Messaging Policy

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