Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowships

Clinical Diagnostic Neuroradiology training is provided as a cross campus scheme with training at Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Access to case discussion at both Princess Margaret Hospital and Swan District Hospital is also available.

Training is provided by the Neurological Intervention and Imaging Service of WA (NIISwa), the first specialist Neuroradiology department in Australasia. NIISwa provides a state-wide service of both tertiary and quaternary Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology. It is headquartered at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital but the services are provided at SCGH, RPH, PCH and KEMH campuses with a staff of 10 full time Neuroradiologists.

The service has access to one 320-slice and three 256-slice slice CT scanners, two 1.5T MR scanners and three 3T MRI scanners. The full range of advanced diagnostic imaging including CT angiography, CT Perfusion, MR functional imaging, MR spectroscopy and MR perfusion is available. Carotid Doppler and transcranial Doppler services are available. Diagnostic Fellows are also trained in a wide variety of spinal and para-spinal percutaneous interventions, including myelography, lumbar puncture (including for chemotherapy), lumbar drain, facet joint injection, epidural injection, nerve root sleeve injection and other ancillary injections.

The full range of Interventional Neuroradiology procedures are performed by NIISwa. The Neurodiagnostic Fellows are not involved in these procedures but are involved in the imaging work up and get a comprehensive understanding of the role of intervention in these cases. Diagnostic Fellows will be trained to assist in the basic post-operative care of neurointerventional patients, including access haematomas.

NIISwa has forged very strong links with other departments and holds many regular inter-disciplinary meetings, some of which are video conferencing across both campuses.

Formal meetings include:

  • Aneurysm review meeting (weekly)
  • AVM review (monthly)
  • Morbidity and mortality meeting (monthly)
  • Royal Perth Neuroradiology meeting (weekly)
  • Departmental CME meeting (fortnightly)
  • Royal Perth Head and Neck meeting (weekly)
  • Sir Charles Gairdner cancer board meeting (weekly)
  • Sir Charles Gairdner interdisciplinary aneurysm meeting (weekly)
  • Statewide interdisciplinary AVM meeting (monthly)
  • ENT meeting Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (weekly)
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital neurology meeting (monthly)
  • State based Neurology grand round meeting (weekly)
  • Peripheral AVM meeting (quarterly)
  • Interdisciplinary epilepsy meeting (monthly)
  • Deep brain stimulation meeting (quarterly)
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ophthalmology meeting (monthly)
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital thrombolysis meeting (monthly)
  • The Fellows are supervised by five Diagnostic Neuroradiologists and five Interventional Neuroradiologists.

    Head and Neck/ENT radiology is also performed by the service with two of the five Diagnostic Neuroradiologists having a special interest.

    The Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellow is involved in a 1:4 on-call system with close provision of supervision by a Consultant on call.

    The Fellow is expected to produce at least 1 publication and 2 CME lectures during his/her tenure and will have regular review meetings with supervisors as to progress.

    Training will ensure the Fellow is competent in multi-disciplinary patient care. Training in communication skills will be provided ensuring the fellow recognises the importance of communication and the fellow will be able to recognise the vital roles of good communication skills in their roles.

    Effective utilisation of healthcare resources in the context of individual patient care is emphasised. The importance of research and actively participating in advancing their knowledge of their specialty is also emphasised.

    Goals for the Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship include:

  • Extensive clinical experience and expertise in diagnostic Neuroradiology in a highly professional academic teaching environment under the direct Consultant supervision.
  • Extensive experience in spinal and para spinal injections which can be provided for neurosurgical, orthopaedic and allied craft groups.
  • Understand perioperative and intraoperative medical therapy used in Interventional Neuroradiology;
  • Knowledge and experience of quality assurance and patient safety initiatives.
  • The ability to present and improved lecture skills by contributing to the meetings.
  • Please note that the next available start date for the Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship is January 2022.

    Applying for the Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship

    NIISwa Fellowship applications are handled by:
    Fiona Solly, Clerical Manager
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    If you are interested in one of these Fellowships, please forward an up-to-date version of your CV and three references to the above address, along with a covering letter briefly indicating:

    1. Your prior experience in both diagnostic and interventional radiology.
    2. Your training preference with regards to the Fellowships on offer.
    3. Whether you are interested in one or two years of Fellowship training.
    4. Whether you possess any external funding.
    5. Specific career goals once you have completed the Fellowship.
    6. If you plan to undertake the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists Board Exams as part of your career goals during your tenure in Australia?

    We welcome both local and international applicants, however FRANZCR eligibility or equivalent board certification is a requirement.