Anaesthetic Trainee

Main Purpose of Position

Provide anaesthetic services including pre-admission clinic, operating theatre, post anaesthetic care and pain management, consultation services and epidural service for birth unit. Attend advanced life support and cardiac arrest calls.

Detailed Job Description:

  • Work in the Department of Anaesthesia as an anaesthetic trainee (well supervised and ANZCA accredited for 12 months).
  • Participate in night and weekend anaesthetic on-call roster (excellent consultant support and supervision) on a 1 in 5 basis.
  • Participate in assessment, investigation and preparation of patients for anaesthesia/surgery in the pre-admission clinic, emergency department and other areas of the hospital as required.
  • Participate in the cardiac arrest call and other emergency calls as required. Produce and maintain appropriate clinical records, both paper based and electronic, and participate in clinical audit.
  • Participate in the educational, teaching, quality assurance, and occupational health and safety programmes and meetings within the Department and the Hospital.
  • Comply with NSW Health, Western Sydney Health, Auburn Hospital and Anaesthetic Department policies and procedures.
  • Participate in regular processes of performance appraisal.
  • Maintain good communication and working relationships with supervising consultants, colleagues, nursing and paramedical staff

Position Requirement

Qualifications: Minimum 3 years post-graduate experience and must be registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Clinical: Trainees will be involved in all aspects of anaesthesia management, including pre-admission clinic assessment and obstetric anaesthesia service. The positions are suitable for trainees preparing for the FANZCA Part 1 exam. Study leave is available and participation in courses is encouraged. Trainees would be involved in the anaesthetic management of a diverse range of patients and procedures in a considerable variety of ethnic groups (some requiring interpreter services). Anaesthetic management would include children aged 2 years and up, mainly for ENT procedures. A neonatal resuscitation course is provided. Competence in cannulation, basic airway management, interpretation of and blood gas results, ECG, CXR would be expected. Basic life support skills would be expected, and advanced life support skills advantageous. Recent experience in anaesthetics, critical care, HDU, ICU would also be advantageous.

Research and Teaching: Participation in research would be encouraged, as would the teaching of junior staff, nursing staff, paramedics and medical students. Auburn is accredited by ANZCA for a Fellowship Year.

Key Internal and External Relationships

Each anaesthetic Trainee is one of 5 Trainees. Three are non-rotational and may be on the independent scheme and one (usually more senior) rotates 6-monthly from Westmead. An A&E trainee also rotates from Westmead 3-monthly for an accredited term of anaesthetic training. The Trainees report to the supervising anaesthetist of the day in-hours, and the on call anaesthetist out of hours. They participate in departmental meetings and clinical review, present papers and talks at departmental meetings, attend tutorials and seminars, and are subject to regular assessment and guidance by senior members of the department. Trainees are further assessed for satisfactory progress by the supervisor of training. The rotational Trainees are given assessments which are returned to their departments at Westmead. The Head of Department, Supervisor of Training, and WBA Assessors are approved by the ANZ College of Anaesthetists in those positions.

Selection Criteria

  • MBBS or equivalent, currently registered with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Minimum 3 years post-graduate experience with at least 2 years in Australia.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Recent Australian experience in anaesthetics, critical care, HDU or ICU.
  • Competence in cannulation, basic airway management, interpretation of blood and blood gas results.
  • Basic life support skills expected. Advanced life support skills and EMST attendance advantageous.
  • Ability to participate in a 1 in 5 out of hours “on call” roster involving nights and weekends.
  • Must live within 20-30 minutes of hospital, as the after-hours on-calls are off-site.
  • Registration or intended registration with ANZCA as a Basic Trainee.
  • Research activity or interest.


Supervisor of Training – Dr Lisa Dayman

Head of Department – Dr Alpha Tung