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Anaesthetic Registrar and Provisional Fellows - The Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program (TATP)

Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH), Launceston General Hospital (LGH), North West Regional Hospital (NWRH)

Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program (TATP) – Important information 2022

The Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program Committee (TATPC) is a sub-committee representing the 3 participating hospitals in the Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program and under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health, Tasmania and the ANZCA Tasmanian Regional Committee. The TATP is a comprehensive anaesthetic training program compliant with ANZCA’s guidelines and curriculum. It meets all ANZCA’s training requirements

It has between 30-35 positions each year including 4-6 provisional fellowship positions, with a variable number of vacancies. Training positions within the TATP may be either rotational positions or hospital-based positions with opportunities for extended contracts. Provisional fellowship positions are available at all 3 sites.

The TATP is an established anaesthetic training program with consistently strong academic results, high quality training and trainee satisfaction. It offers many advantages:

  • rich clinical experience and ongoing exposure to multiple fields of anaesthetic practice throughout training
  • comprehensive weekly education program for all trainees including a fortnightly state-wide primary teaching session which basic trainees are expected to attend via videoconference
  • excellent recent examination results including Cecil Grey prize winners in the fellowship examination in 2012 and 2016 and Renton prize winners in the primary examination in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
  • growing culture of research and clinical audit
  • opportunities to actively pursue clinical and non-clinical interest
  • diverse trainee backgrounds and interests
  • identification of trainees with a rural interest and development of rural anaesthesia training
  • established overseas anaesthesia links and opportunities
  • collegial, supportive and respectful departments and hospitals
  • diverse and high-quality lifestyle opportunities and experiences for trainees and their families

Please note that successful candidates need to be able to start work on 31st January 2022. This means all travel, documentation and any quarantine or isolation requirements need to be completed by this date. Successful SIMG candidates are required to confirm their AHPRA and Visa status and ability to complete their term of employment by 29th November 2021.

Positions available:

Apply here for Anaesthetic Registrar positions

Rotational positions

There are 16 TATP rotational positions state-wide. Trainees appointed to these positions will be offered a commitment of structured training within Tasmania (BTY1-ATY2) over the 4 years. They will be provided with the appropriate clinical opportunities required to complete all of their training during this time.

In return for this commitment, trainees will be expected to rotate between the 3 participating THS hospitals including the RHH, the LGH, and NWRH.  Rotational trainees spend 50% or more of the 4 years of training time at the RHH.

Criteria to remain in a rotational position:

  1. Trainees must continue to achieve satisfactory clinical performance as assessed in accordance with the ANZCA training program
  2. Introductory Trainees (IT) must be deemed satisfactory in an additional ANZCA assessment after 4 months to maintain a rotational position.  Failure to achieve this will result in the trainee having to re-apply for a job position for the following year, in competition with other applicants
  3. Basic Trainees (BT) are expected to pass the Primary examination during the training period
  4. Advanced Trainees (AT) are expected the pass the Final examination during the training period

If these criteria are met registrar contracts of employment are offered annually without the need to re-apply through the selection process.

Hospital-based positions

Non-Rotational positions on the TATP are Hospital-based positions. It must be emphasised that Hospital-based positions are still accredited by ANZCA for Anaesthesia training. During their appointment hospital-based trainees accumulate VOP, clinical experience and have access to examination opportunities and scholar role activities.

A Hospital-based position is a fixed-term position usually for 12 months. The TATP does not offer a structured 4 years of training and will not require this trainee to rotate to the various hospitals in the state. Hospital-based trainees need to re-apply every year for ongoing training positions.

Hospital-based positions may be occupied by Provisional Fellows, trainees who are unsuccessful in achieving a Rotational position, non-Anaesthesia Specialty Trainees (i.e. DEM/ICU Registrars on rotation), International Medical Graduate Specialists and GP Anaesthetic trainees through JCCA. Trainees in extended training time (BTY2E and ATY2E) may apply for Hospital positions but their applications will be in competition with other eligible applicants.

Eligible Hospital-based Trainees may apply for Rotational positions as they become available.

Extended contract opportunities

For Hospital-based trainees on fixed term contracts, contract extension for up to 2 years continuous employment is available for satisfactory performance. This is available for BTY1 and ATY1 Hospital-based trainees and would allow the successful trainee to complete their basic or advanced training without needing to re-apply to the TATP. The conditions to be eligible for contract extension include satisfactory performance and progression as assessed by Supervisors of Training and Directors of Anaesthesia and meeting all training requirements as per ANZCA.


To apply for the Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program:

Provisional Fellowship positions

The TATP offers excellent provisional fellowship positions in all 3 centres (Royal Hobart Hospital, Launceston General Hospital and Northwest Regional Hospital), with up to 4 positions available at RHH. These positions are approved by ANZCA for provisional fellowship training and can consider 6-month, 12-month or longer appointments.

Provisional Fellowship positions in Tasmania provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to develop broad skills and be ready for successful independent specialist practice on completion of their FANZCA. They support the fellow to develop the necessary management and communication skills to compliment clinical competence. These appointments are highly rewarding positions in a friendly supportive department that promotes excellence in practice, collaboration, education and research.

General fellowships

Tasmania offers excellent general provisional fellowships with a range and diversity of ongoing clinical experience not matched by many interstate centres. Tasmanian hospitals offer a comprehensive and ongoing exposure to trauma, obstetrics, paediatrics and tertiary level services including neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery. The range of exposure, opportunities to develop leadership skills, collaboration and mentorship from collegial departments and strong teaching leads to highly competent and confident anaesthetists who are work ready for specialist practice on completion of their FANZCA.

Subspecialty fellowships

Sub-specialty fellowships are available in Tasmania. The Royal Hobart Hospital offers the following provisional fellowship opportunities:

  • Cardiac/general fellowship – clinical experience in cardiac anaesthesia and opportunities to develop echocardiography skills including transesophageal echocardiography and to pursue additional and relevant qualifications
  • Regional anaesthesia fellowship – clinical experience in upper limb, lower limb and truncal blocks with development of ultrasound skills from a substantial group of dedicated and skilled specialists
  • Global outreach fellowship – involvement in our Global Outreach Program. Opportunities include the Real World Anaesthesia Course, participation in real global outreach programs and excellent mentorship from leaders in the field.

In addition, Tasmania provides a responsive and individualised approach to provisional fellowship and can support interests in many fields of clinical and professional practice including perioperative medicine; learning, teaching and simulation; welfare; and environment and sustainability. Candidates can discuss their specific needs and interests with the TATP for consideration.

Provisional Fellowship at Launceston General Hospital (LGH)

LGH has a provisional fellowship position that allows the successful applicant to pursue interests in rural anaesthesia, major adult anaesthesia or upper GI anaesthesia. It is great opportunity for a senior trainee to develop skills and professional relationships in a large regional centre.

Rural Provisional Fellowship at Northwest Regional Hospital (NWRH)

Through its hospitals, demographics and geography also Tasmania offers unique opportunities for rural medicine. The TATP has a strong focus in rural anaesthesia with opportunities to pursue a provisional fellowship focused on the skills and demands of specialist practice in a rural or regional setting.

A rural training opportunity exists for the successful applicant. This position focuses on areas and skills specific to rural practice. NWRH is a busy rural centre with a strong focus on rural practice needs and a supportive department.

Pain Fellowship

In addition, provisional fellowship in pain medicine and post-fellowship positions in pain medicine are available. These positions provide a great opportunity to develop relevant skills in dedicated specialty units and opportunities to attain further qualifications.

Provisional Fellow/Registrar in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

In 2020, Royal Hobart Hospital commissioned its brand new, state of the art Hyperbaric treatment facility which also has hypobaric/altitude capability. This unique facility is the only one in the Southern hemisphere and provides valuable clinical, research and training opportunities. The Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine is fully accredited for the ANZCA Diploma of Advanced Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, Special Skills training with ACEM, ACRRM and the SPUMS Dip DHM. Our facility is the State referral centre for diving emergencies, servicing very active occupational and recreational industries. Diving emergency patients can be received directly from the newly constructed RHH helipad.

Opportunities exist to combine a registrar position in anaesthesia with a 6-month term in diving and hyperbaric medicine. Note that a full fellowship year in diving and hyperbaric medicine at RHH l is also available, which satisfies the time requirements for the ANZCA DipAdvDHM. To be eligible for this position, applications must apply to both Anaesthesia and Hyperbaric positions.

For enquiries regarding Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine training, please contact Supervisor of Training Clinical Professor David Smart david.smart@ths.tas.gov.au,

To apply for Senior Anaesthetic Registrar/Provisional Fellow:

Apply here

If you are applying for provisional fellowship positions, please refer to the specific information provided.  To be eligible for any areas of specific interest, the applicant must refer to it within their application.

Senior Registrar / Provisional Fellow Important Dates 2021

Applications open

29 April 2021

Applications close

30 May 2021

Shortlisting meeting

Week ending 11 June 2021

Interviews

24 June 2021

First round offers

Week ending 25 June 2021

Anaesthetic Registrar Important Dates 2021

Applications open

24 May 2021

Applications close

24 June 2021

Shortlisting meeting

Week ending 30 July 2021

Interviews

25 and 26 August 2021

First round offers

Week ending 30 August 2021


Application and Selection Process

The Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program selection process provides an objective, fair and equitable assessment on applicants based on multiple criteria including their application, curriculum vitae, employment history, relevant experience, referee reports and interview.  Please provide comprehensive but relevant information in your application.  Please provide a clear indication of your training year and any specific areas of interest including provisional fellowship opportunities if appropriate.

A prospective scoring system is used to rank eligible applicants for interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a standardised interview which can be by telephone or in person.

Interviews and recommendations for job appointment will be determined by the Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program Committee, comprising members from each of the Tasmanian hospitals.

Successful applicants will be notified by email or telephone.  Some applicants will go on a reserve list in case offered positions are not accepted. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email and an opportunity will be provided to discuss their application

Application to the Tasmanian Anaesthetic Training Program is through a single online application form coordinated by the TATP.

Checklist

  1. CV
  2. Selection Criteria (please note a 250 word limit for each statement)
  3. Referee Contacts x3
  4. Covering letter
  5. Qualification certificates

Contacts

03 6166 8567

belinda.connolly@ths.tas.gov.au

For enquiries about any of the Anaesthetic Registrar or Provisional Fellowship positions please contact Dr Ranjita Sharma ranjita.sharma@ths.tas.gov.au or Dr Agata Young agata.young@ths.tas.gov.au


Testimonials

  • “Tasmania has many unique features, which create a stimulating, valuable and favourable anaesthetic training program. Unlike many training programs in mainland Australia, Tassie has a small number of trainees and three core hospitals, which you rotate through.  Training in each hospital for a year at a time gives you exposure to paediatric and obstetric anaesthesia throughout the entirety of the training program, which is far more valuable than isolated 3-month blocks. There is a strong culture of exam preparation, study groups, consultant support and general camaraderie which helps Tassie trainees achieve superior exam performance and long-lasting friendships”. - (Nat Jackson, Specialist Anaesthetist and TATP graduate RHH)
  • “As an ATY2 who came to the Tasmania from interstate the TATP has surpassed all my expectations.  There is excellent exposure to all sub-specialty areas throughout my four years of training. There is a great mix of high-intensity exposure during specialty terms and a consistent highly varied case-load throughout BT and AT. Exam preparation and study is extremely well supported with weekly high-quality protected teaching, a statewide mentoring program and access to exam practice from a large cohort of enthusiastic senior colleagues. The TATP also encourages and allows you to pursue your non-clinical interests. I've had opportunities to become actively involved in teaching, simulation, helping to organise conferences and positions on a variety of local and national committees”.  - (Jana Vitesnikova, ATY2 RHH)
  • “Moving to the north west of Tasmania after practicing anaesthesia in a number of different hospitals (and countries) has been, without doubt, the single best career decision I’ve ever made.  At the North West we are a small and friendly department. Consequently, we get to spend a lot of time with our trainees and so get to know each of them well, ensuring they don’t become just another anonymous face in the crowd. The work here is varied and at times challenging – I couldn’t imagine a better place to learn the essential skills of anaesthesia for basic training: Obstetrics, regional, pain, pre assessment clinics, a bit of paediatrics and the usual variety of emergency work. Our department are keen on teaching, and letting our registrars take on enough responsibility to develop their own practice, whilst remaining very supportive to ensure no one feels out of their depth. We have consultants closely involved with the part one exam, and a comprehensive and protected teaching time-table, so help with the primary is never far away. Outside of work, the North West offers such an awesome lifestyle – hiking and mountain biking, access to some spectacular coastal scenery as well as a thriving whisky scene. With extra-curricular activities abound, and Melbourne a 1 hour flight away, what’s not to love?" - (Greg Bulman, SOT NWRH)
  • "As a first-year anaesthetics reg the experience I've had in one of Tasmania’s more regional hospitals has managed to balance a new department, new skills and the primary. For me it’s meant meeting a team of warm and welcoming anaesthetists from a breadth of backgrounds all of whom seem to share a passion for teaching. The anaesthetics team in Tasmania seems to have found that right groove of balancing hands on learning with an exam focused teaching program of a high standard. I feel very fortunate and supported. I have the privilege of being surrounded by the types of anaesthetists I hope one day to become." - (Lisa Allen, BTY1 NWRH)