Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Glaucoma Fellowships
This full-time clinical fellowship provides subspecialty training in glaucoma and is aimed at candidates intending to pursue a career as a glaucoma sub specialist. The Glaucoma Unit provides tertiary referral care for glaucoma patients in Victoria. There are three subspecialty glaucoma clinics and two glaucoma operating sessions per week. Fellows will participate actively in the medical and surgical management of patients, glaucoma teaching and the supervision of trainees. Fellows also have dedicated research time and are expected to participate in clinical research projects.
Contact: Dr Catherine Green, Head of Glaucoma Unit – Catherine.Green@eyeandear.org.au
A Fellowship position is offered Westmead Hospital each year, with the aim to develop clinical and research skills pertinent to glaucoma management. Westmead Hospital is a large 975 bed tertiary referral hospital and directly serves a population of 1.85m people in metropolitan Western Sydney plus referrals from outside its direct catchment. The region has one of the most racially diverse patient populations in the country. Westmead Hospital is located on one of the largest health and hospital campuses in Australia with The Westmead Millenium Institute and Children’s Medical Research Institute forming the core of the Westmead Research Hub. Each year, there are around 14,000 medical operations in 20 operating theatres, in excess of 4,600 births, more than 55,000 presentations to emergency department of which nearly one-third are admitted to hospital. It is a major trauma referral centre and much major eye trauma is seen.
The Eye Department has 22 ophthalmologists on staff and covers the full range of subspeciaties with significant interaction with the Department of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead (CHW) on the same campus. There is also interaction with the glaucoma unit at Sydney Eye Hospital. The Westmead Eye Dept has 50000 outpatient visits per year and is one of the busiest in the country. 3000 glaucoma patients are seen per year. There is a full range of diagnostic equipment (OCT, HRT, HVF, UBM). Laser treatments such as SLT, ALT, YAG and iridoplasty are offered. There is significant opportunity for cataract, complex anterior segment and glaucoma surgery such as trabeculectomy, angle surgery and drainage tubes. Much of the patient population has complex and advanced glaucoma as well as systemic disease.
Fellows work closely with A/Prof Healey and Dr White of the Glaucoma Unit in the Outpatients Clinic as well as in the operating suite which is dedicated to day surgery eye cases. In the management of patients with complex glaucomas, Fellows also interact collaboratively with other sub-specialty units such as vitreo-retinal, uveitis, corneal, cataract and oculoplastic. This clinical experience is enhanced by being available with some flexibility at nights and on weekends for access to urgent clinical situations as needed. Observerships with the paediatric glaucoma unit at CHW can be arranged should the applicant express an interest.
Westmead Hospital funds this position with a salary. The position is for 3 days clinical workload per week under direct supervision with availability on call. The remainder of the week can be devoted to research or clinical interest. Teaching of junior medical staff and para-medical staff is expected from the Fellow. Clinical and/or laboratory based research is encouraged, and is an integral part of the positions. Recruitment of patients for clinical trial is ongoing as are clinical innovation projects for new models of patient care for which Westmead is the flagship centre. Research is conducted jointly with the Discipline of Ophthalmology and the Centre for Vision Research, Westmead Millenium Institute, University of Sydney. The Centre for Vision Research is the home of the landmark Blue Mountains Eye Study which is still ongoing. A/Prof Healey is responsible for managing glaucoma studies as part of this project. As part of the Westmead Millenium Institute, a newly opened laboratory headed by Dr White is undertaking research into neuroprotective agents in glaucoma and the mechanisms behind glaucoma pathogenesis. Technical support is available for interested candidates. There is significant interaction with other research institutes locally and overseas. With the corneal unit, projects are also under way looking at wound healing relevant to glaucoma through this laboratory.
Applicants need to have met all the requirements to be registered as specialist ophthalmologists in their countries of residency. In order to obtain medical registration from the Australian Medical Board (for medical indemnity insurance), applicants for Fellowship need to have passed the International English Language Test at a minimum level of 7 in each of the four sections. Documentary evidence of a successful pass is an absolute.
Contact Andrew White at email@example.com
Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital Glaucoma Fellowship
A Fellowship position is offered at the SH and SEH each year, with the aim to develop clinical skills across the range of glaucoma management. Such skills include access to a range of diagnostic equipment (OCT, HRT, UBM, SAP and SWAP), laser techniques and surgical exposure to penetrating and non-penetrating drainage surgery, glaucoma drainage devices and trans-scleral cyclophotocoagulation.
Fellows work closely with the eight members of the Glaucoma Unit both in the Outpatients Department and wards, and in the operating suite. In their work with vocational trainee registrars, Fellows teach and provide a consultation service. Teaching of para-medical staff is included. Clinical research is encouraged, and is an integral part of the positions. The research is conducted jointly with the Discipline of Ophthalmology and the Save Sight Institute University of Sydney. In the management of patients with complex glaucomas, Fellows also interact collaboratively with other sub-specialty units such as vitreo-retinal, corneal, cataract and refractive and oculoplastic. This clinical experience is enhanced by being available with some flexibility at nights and on weekends for access to urgent clinical situations.
The Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation provides a stipend, details of which will be provided to eligible applicants.
Applicants need to have met all the requirements to be registered as specialist ophthalmologists in their countries of residency. In order to obtain medical registration from the Australian Medical Board (for medical indemnity insurance), applicants for Fellowship need to have passed the International English Language Test at a minimum level of 7 in each of the four sections. Documentary evidence of a successful pass is an absolute prerequisite for eligibility for an interview.
Previous Fellows are happy to discuss the posts with prospective applicants confidentially.
Last updated: February 10, 2022