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Departments

Training in Infectious Diseases

Information for Prospective Advanced Trainees

Austin Health

Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research in north-eastern Melbourne. Austin Health is renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health, rehabilitation, infectious diseases and infection control. Austin Health operates 980 beds across acute, sub-acute and mental health facilities, comprising Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.

Infectious Diseases Department

The Department of Infectious Diseases is led by Professor Lindsay Grayson, and is staffed by fulltime and sessional consultant physicians. We provide inpatient infectious diseases care as well as a consultative service to all units across Austin Health. Annually, the department provides 1100-1200 formal inpatient consults and cares for 150-200 infectious diseases inpatients. We currently have 5 advanced trainees, and a third year resident. Almost all consultants hold or are enrolled in higher research degrees (PhD/MD) and a number of our consultants are dual-trained in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. The Infectious Diseases Department has close links to the Departments of Microbiology and Infection Control, and the 3 groups operate within Austin Health as a coordinated team. We have a strong emphasis on clinical excellence and research relating to infection control, public health, microbiology and clinical infectious diseases.


Infectious Diseases & Microbiology Registrars

Advanced Training Positions Available

Our program is accredited with the RACP Infectious Diseases SAC for core Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and with the RCPA Microbiology Committee for core training in Clinical Microbiology.

Registrar Roles

There are two Infectious Diseases Registrar and one Microbiology Registrar positions, divided into 6-month rotations. In addition, a 4th registrar is seconded to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

  • General ID Registrar – responsible for ID inpatients, general ID consults, and supervision of the ID resident (3rd year BPT2 HMO)
  • ICU/Immunocompromised Host/HITH Registrar – responsible for ICU, liver transplant, haematology and oncology consults, antimicrobial management of Hospital in the Home (HITH) patients, and antimicrobial approvals
  • Austin Microbiology Registrar – responsible for laboratory liaison, attendance at infection control meetings, hospital outbreak investigation, providing advice to clinicians, and daily running of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory
  • Public Health registrar – this position is based in the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Unit of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Responsibilities include participating and leading outbreak investigations, drafting public health guidelines, and providing clinical advice to public health officers.
Outpatient Clinics

Infectious Diseases physicians attend a number of general and specialist infectious diseases clinics, including:

  • General ID & tuberculosis clinic
  • General ID & HIV clinic
  • Hepatitis clinic
  • Travel Medicine clinic
  • Hospital in the Home clinic
  • Antibiotic Allergy clinic

Registrars are expected to participate in a number of these clinics for both service provision and advanced training. In addition, registrars have the opportunity to attend a clinic at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Carlton.

In general, registrars are encouraged to maintain continuity of care of their own patients in clinic, with close consultant supervision. 

Out of hours on-call/re-call

Austin Health provides 24/7 on-call support for Infectious Diseases. Registrars share the on-call duties, usually covering one night during the working week, and 1 in 4 weekends, depending on holiday/conference staffing. Registrars are remunerated for all rostered on-call and if required, additional re-call. It is generally expected that during rostered weekends on-call, registrars come in on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but re-call is otherwise variable.

Registrar Projects

In accordance with RACP and RCPA requirements, each registrar is expected to select and complete a project each year. Registrars will be assisted and supervised with their projects, with the aim of presenting findings at a local and/or international conference, and publishing results in a peer reviewed journal.


Meetings and Conferences

Local Meetings

Melbourne Infectious Diseases Group meets at Epworth Hospital in Richmond alternate Tuesday mornings. Consultants and registrars from Austin attend and actively participate in the presentation roster. In addition, registrars are encouraged to attend other local meetings such as the Immunocompromised Host meetings every three months.

National Meetings

Consultants and registrars generally attend one of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), the Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA), or the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) annual conferences each year and are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation. Registrars who have abstracts accepted will receive support from the department to attend and present their work.

International Meetings

Consultants and registrars generally attend one of ECCMID, ICAAC, or ID week (IDSA) and are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation. Registrars who have abstracts accepted will receive support from the department to attend and present their work.

 

Application Process for Registrars

To apply for an advanced training position in Infectious Diseases / Microbiology, you must be registered as a Medical Practitioner in Australia, and have passed the FRACP written and clinical exams. 

There are 3 steps in the application process:

  1. Notify us of your intention to apply (infectious.diseases@austin.org.au)
  2. Apply via RACP (+RCPA for dual trainees) advanced training selection and matching website
  3. Apply via Austin Health employment website (http://www.austindoctors.org.au)

NB. Applicants MUST apply via both RACP and Austin Health to be considered.