Pain Medicine Fellow
Applications close 26 June 2017
Pain medicine training at Alfred Health offers a high standard of training in all areas of pain medicine, covering acute pain, complex pain (in-patients), chronic pain in a multidisciplinary practice and cancer pain management.
The training is accredited by the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) of the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) towards Fellowship of FPM.
Candidates should apply to the Faculty of Pain Medicine for trainee registration and to determine the training requirements.
We are seeking either:
- advanced trainees nearing completion of medical specialty training in their primary specialty
- or holders of relevant medical fellowship specialties: Anaesthetists, Rehabilitation Medicine physicians and other specialties.
The field of pain medicine recognises that the management of severe pain problems requires the skills of more than one medical craft group.
Such problems include:
- Acute pain (post operative ward rounds, post-trauma, post burns, acute episodes of pain in medical conditions).
- Persistent (chronic) pain (including over 200 conditions described in the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Taxonomy of Chronic Pain2nd Edition, such as phantom limb pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, mechanical low back pain)
- Cancer pain (pain directly due to tumour invasion or compression, pain related to diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, pain due to cancer treatment).
The pain medicine specialist serves both as a consultant to other physicians and often as the principal treating physician. The spectrum of care provided by a pain specialist includes medical assessment and management including prescribing medication, directing a multidisciplinary team for rehabilitative management, psychological and functional assessments, counselling patients and families, performing pain relieving/modulating procedures, collaborating with other health care professionals, liaising with public and private agencies, updating, teaching and research in best practice of pain medicine.
The Fellowship in Pain Medicine is a post-specialisation qualification in Australia and New Zealand. Thus, those wishing to enter the field usually will either have or be training toward a specialist qualification recognised in Australia in one of the participating specialties, namely anaesthesia, rehabilitation medicine, surgical specialties, psychiatry, a branch of internal medicine, or general practice .
The successful candidate would be expected to develop advanced skills in pain management which will include:
- Acute pain, including post-operative ward rounds, post-trauma, post-burns and acute episodes of pain in "medical conditions"
- Chronic pain, working in multidisciplinary pain management with full understanding and management of physical, psychological and social factors involved in service delivery
- Cancer pain management in all aspects
- Pain related interventions: indications, assessment of patient suitability, complications and technical skills (if required)
- Basic research skills and quality management in health care
The training program offers 2 full time appointments working across 2 campuses:
- Caulfield Hospital for the chronic pain service
- The Alfred for acute pain, cancer pain and complex pain inpatients
Trainees can participate in the FPM trainees tutorials run jointly by Pain training centres in Melbourne (usually Thursday afternoons from 4pm). There are also regular onsite pain education activities, grand rounds and library access.
After hours commitment
The Fellow is not expected to participate in after-hours rosters, although a half day round every 4 weeks occurs on Saturday mornings. Training occurs "in business hours" and is the priority activity. One session (a half a day) can be made available, if desired, for practice in The Alfred or Caulfield Hospital, in the primary specialty field of the trainee (for example a rehabilitation medicine outpatient clinic, or an anaesthetic list).
Remuneration is according to the Victorian HMO Award.
The applicant would need to have:
- Registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency(APRHA)
- Fellowship in designated Specialty or be an advanced trainee in specialty training (see above) recognised in Australia by the Australian Medical Council
- Registered as a Trainee with Faculty of Pain Medicine
- Be intending to complete Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine by Qualification, Training and Examination
- Successful completion of the Foundation Faculty of Pain Medicine Exam prior to commencement of training in order for training time accreditation
Enquiries can be directed in the first instance to A/Prof Carolyn Arnold or Dr Alex Konstantatos.
1. Organise referees and CV
Before you apply online, make sure you:
- Send the HMO & Registrar Referee Form to your three referees
- Have your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter ready for upload during online application.
All referees must be at consultant level. Registrars will not be accepted.
You or your referees need to email the completed referral forms by the due date to Medical Workforce Unit email@example.com
2: Apply online
Select Apply now. Complete and submit the Alfred Health application form online, together with your cover letter and your Curriculum Vitae (CV).
3: Be available for interview
Only applicants who have been selected for an interview will receive an email to book an interview time.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions may be offered before the closing date.