Disciplines

General Practice

The Discipline of General Practice (DGP) was formed in 2012. It provides important promotion of general practice within the university, recognising that a large percentage of students will take this pathway in their careers.
The DGP has encouraged many GPs to be more involved with the University. For those who would be keen to diversify their work, becoming a tutor is an excellent way to start. This entails taking weekly tutor groups for clinical reasoning/problem-based learning sessions.
There are many opportunities for general practitioners to be actively involved in medical education, teaching and research. The easy access to support from other disciplines provides exciting opportunities for the DGP’s development.
Local general practitioners are also actively involved with medical student examinations at all stages.
The Tuesday Talks are a regular lunchtime presentation series under the auspices of are of the DGP. Not only are there invited speakers, the series also encourages GP and GP Registrars to give presentations.
The DGP is very involved with student welfare and is closely associated with the Student Mentor Scheme.

Dr Adrian Sheen was instrumental in promoting Primary Health in the MOU between the University of Sydney and Fiji National University in 2013. He is currently working on developing that relationship for the mutual benefit of medical education, training and research. In particular, the establishment with FNU of a permanent Primary Health Centre in a Fijian village is currently being pursued.

The DGP is always keen to hear from interested GPs who wish to diversify, be challenged and supported.

For more information contact:

Mobile: 0402 753 764

Intensive Care Medicine

There is a strong teaching and research program in the Discipline of Intensive Care Medicine under the guidance of Professor Anthony McLean. Teaching of students is a major commitment by the Intensive Care team who are actively engaged in all levels of the medical program. Research is performed at the local level and also as participants in large national and international trials on critically ill patients. At the local level the research emphasis in on sepsis, genetic microarrays, sedation practices, acute decompensating heart failure and the application of echocardiography to the critically ill patient. Publications on all these subjects in high impact journals have been a feature of the unit over the past few years and currently there are a number of PhD and Masterate candidates working in these areas of special interest.

Contact:
Administrative Assistant for Critical Care Nepean : Leanne Hannan

Discipline of Intensive Care

Medicine

The Discipline of Medicine at Nepean includes the sub-specialties of Addiction Medicine,Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Geriatrics, Haematology, Infectious Disease, Neurology, Nephrology, Oncology and Thoracic Medicine. Accredited Advanced Trainees work in all of these specialties with further support from Basic Trainees from the Concord-Nepean Training Network. Laboratory and clinical research opportunities and Honours supervision exist within all these specialties. The Discipline is headed academically by Professor Jack Wall, Endocrinologist. Students have the opportunity rotate through sub-specialty rotation in all of these areas, as well as exposure to traditional General Medicine through Blue Mountains Hospital.

Discipline of Medicine

Addiction Medicine

The discipline of Addiction Medicine is an exciting area of medicine with a wealth of opportunities for learning and research. It offers opportunities to be involved in novel innovative research utilising a full spectrum of skills, and scientific techniques.
Drug and alcohol use affects and impacts all body systems, affecting individuals, families and societies.
As the discipline is still developing and growing, it offers an ideal opportunity for students in a myriad of projects - whether these are completed as Independent Learning Activities, electives, research projects, Honours, Masters or indeed Ph.D theses.
We are delighted to receive your enquiries and have a dedicated research assistant, statistics and data analysis support available for projects undertaken. The service at Nepean Blue Mountains LHD comprises inpatient and outpatient services, community clinics delivering services from Penrith to Lithgow in diverse styles to patients aged from 12 through to 100.
Each clinician has various interests and projects available for students, and is happy to discuss student initiated ideas.

Contact :
Admin Assistant to Clinical Director Drug & Alcohol NBM Centre for Addiction Medicine

Tel 02 4734 3332


Cardiology

Cardiology was the first internal medicine sub-specialty to be established at the Nepean Hospital
The Department is committed to teaching students at all levels of the medical program. It participates in international trials involving patients with acute coronary syndromes, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure.

The Head of the Department is Dr David Coulshed whose major interest is cardiac electrophysiology and pacing. Associate Professor Drew Fitzpatrick was the foundation director and is the Director of Research and Training for the Cardiology Department, and the NSW Director for Cardiology Training. His major interests include heart failure and ACS outcome studies. Drs Clyne Fernandes and Hisham Hallani have a major interest in interventional cardiology. Drs Tony Donald, Choon Lee and Raul Amor assist with general cardiology care and teaching.

Contact:

Ph: +61 2 47342605

Endocrinology

Professor Wall is a member of the Discipline of Medicine and he and his colleagues including Dr Bernard Champion, Lecturer, Department of Medicine are involved in teaching of endocrinology at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Annually, many International students join the department for electives in endocrinology.

The Department of Endocrinology is a busy unit involving both inpatient and outpatient care. Along with Dr Kris Park, Dr Bernard Champion and Professor Jack Wall, osteoporosis, Thyroid and general endocrinology clinics with future plans for an obesity metabolic syndrome clinic and expansion of services for treatment of patients with osteoporosis.

A high level of training and teaching in endocrinology, in particular, areas of diabetes, thyroid disease and obesity, is provided using state of the art technology including real time thyroid ultrasonography and fine need aspiration of thyroid nodules.

Contact:
Administrative Assistant for Medicine Nepean : Robyn Lewis

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology at the Nepean Hospital is a thriving discipline. The Discipline has an international reputation for research and education in both Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The Department has been training gastroenterologists for over ten years, and its trainees are in academic centers of excellence or in practice around the country It has formal links with the Mayo Clinic in the USA as well as with the Karolinska Institute, Sweden and Imperial College, London. the Department has been involved in a wide
variety of clinical trials in the area of Hepatitis B and C , NASH. Alcoholic Liver Disease, Inflammatory bowel Disease and GORD. The Department also has an evolving interest in the area of research into the causes and therapy of Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis

The Head of the Department is Associate Professor Martin Weltman, who is a national expert in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Professor Weltman also has a major interest in hepatitis C infection. Dr Nghi Phung is also an expert in NASH and liver fibrosis. Dr Andrew Keegan is the previous Head of Department and has particular expertise in alcoholic liver disease.

Professor Nick Talley has been a Visiting Professor to the Department since 2003; he was formerly the Foundation Professor of Medicine. His research areas include functional and motility disorders, H. pylori, obesity and gastrointestinal disease, and Barrett’s oesophagus. Dr Jim Kalantar is a Senior Lecturer and Staff Specialist with similar interests. Their active research currently includes evaluating eating patterns and obesity in the community, the natural history of irritable bowel syndrome, and landmark research on eosinophils and mast cells in the genesis of upper gut symptoms.
Other members of the Discipline include Dr Martin Grehan who has an interest in probiotics and Dr Rahim Danesjhoo who has an interest in quality assurance.

Contact :
Admin Assistant to Clinical Director Drug & Alcohol NBM Centre for Addiction Medicine

Tel 02 4734 3332
Discipline of Addiction Medicine

Genetics

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Geriatrics

Geriatric Medicine is headed by Professor Gustavo Duque who is the Director of the Musculoskeletal Ageing Research Program. The research in this group focuses on the identification of the mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of osteoporosis in older persons as well as the prevention of osteoporotic fractures in this population. In addition, our outpatients clinics cover several important aspects of Geriatric Medicine including Dementia (run by Doctors. Luis Sardinha and Anita Sharma) and general Geriatric conditions (run by Dr. Peter Webster).
Our Geriatric Research Program has collaborations with major academic institutions worldwide and has published extensively on the biology of aging bone and the effect of vitamin D on bone formation. Additionally, clinical studies on vitamin D deficiency and falls prevention in older adults are being run at our clinical research program. Finally, we have implemented a state-of-the-art Falls and Fracture Clinic at Nepean Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fracture risk in an holistic manner.

Contact :
Administrative Assistant for Geriatric Medicine : Ms Brooke Keogh


Haematology

The Department of Haematology cares for a broad range of malignant and non-malignant haematological disorders. The group consists of Associate Professor Stephen Fuller, staff specialist Dr John Taper and research scientist Kristy Skarratt. The department has a strong commitment to teaching local and international medical students. In outpatient clinics patients are referred for investigation of acute and chronic leukaemia, non-Hodgkins and Hodgkins lymphoma, anaemia, haemoglobinopathies, inherited and acquired clotting disorders, and venous thromboembolic phenomenon. In-patient care is for treatment of malignant haemotological diseases with high dose chemotherapy and autologous peripheral blood haemopoietic stem cell transplants. As well as clinical teaching, haematology has a strong basis in pathology teaching with regular blood and bone marrow morphology sessions and laboratory sessions on flow cytometry, blood count instrumentation, coagulation instrumentation and blood banking. The department is involved in biomedical and clinical research with a number of publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Dr Fuller study the genetics of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and factors affecting host immunity to infections such as tuberculosis and toxoplasmosis. Dr Taper heads clinical trials in the department for a large range of haemaotological diseases.

Contact :
Administrative Assistant for Geriatric Medicine : Ms Brooke Keogh


Neurology

The Neurology Department of the Nepean Hospital delivers the primary care for a large population in western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Five specialists are attached to the hospital.The core interests of this group are Movement Disorders like Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, and Tremor and neurovascular disease.
The Department of Neurology offers general neurology outpatient clinic, a movement disorder outpatient clinic, and a stroke outpatient clinic. All undergraduate students as well as junior doctors are welcomed to participate in these clinics. Dr Mark Thieben offers a Neurophysiology service including Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, and a limited number of evoked potentials (mainly SEP and VEP) which is open for junior trainees as registrars likewise. All staff specialists will participate in an EEG service to the area.

Contact:
Administrative Assistant for Neurology: Ph:47344278

Discipline of Medicine

Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology

Nepean Hospital is a tertiary referral hospital for Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. On the Nepean campus (including both the public and collocated private hospitals) there are approximately 4500 deliveries per year. The discipline has a strong maternal fetal medicine team and the Perinatal Ultrasound Department is probably the largest in New South Wales. The hospital also has a strong gynaecology focus particularly in the areas of urogynaecology, minimal invasive surgery and colposcopy.

The discipline is large with over 15 specialists attached to the hospital including clinical academics, staff specialists and visiting medical officers. A number of other groups help provide care within Women and Children’s Health including Midwifery, Genetics, Clinical Psychology and Neonatology. The hospital is the centre for a RANZCOG accredited integrated training program for specialist and diploma training. The program also rotates registrars to Westmead, Orange and Bristol (U.K.).

The discipline has a large number of research areas which can be seen under research on our website.

Professor Peter Dietz is the academic head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Professor Hans Peter Dietz

Contact :
Administrative Assistant : Linda Bourne

Contact:
Personal Assistant to Associate Dean Professor Michael Peek : Rhonda Willis

Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology

Paediatrics & Child Health

Paediatrics at Nepean has been strongly supported by the University of Sydney with the recent appointment of a Chair of Paediatrics as well as the recruitment of a Senior Lecturer’s position. The Discipline of Paediatrics at Nepean Hospital has developed a strong link with the Clinical School at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in regards to both teaching and research. As part of the Year 4 rotation in Paediatrics, the Nepean campus accommodates a growing number of students. The students enjoy their experience at Nepean as they are exposed to a broad spectrum of general Paediatrics. Paediatrics is also much favoured by students from overseas. Paediatrics is building up a strong profile in regards to research with collaborations with the other Disciplines at Nepean as well as with other major research institutions,specifically with the Charles Perkins Centre.

Contact:
Administrative Assistant for Paediatrics Nepean : Carmel Vagg

Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health

Psychiatry

During their fourth year of studies, medical students have a eight-week rotation in Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol Medicine. During this rotation, they are attached to various psychiatric and drug and alcohol services, receive clinical supervision, participate in PBL sessions and present at evidence-based mental health journal club meetings. All of these activities take place at Nepean Hospital and in the Department of Psychiatry.

The Discipline has been actively involved in revising the curriculum in Psychiatry. As a result, lecture structure will be changed in 2006, and new research-based and practice-based learning topics and seminars introduced.

Contact:
Administrative Assistant for Psychiatry Nepean : Vicki Riley

Discipline of Psychiatry

Surgery

Under the leadership of Professor of Surgery, Michael Cox, the Discipline of Surgery is fostering clinical research within Nepean, maintaining a strong clinical presence in elective upper GI surgery and acute general surgery and inspiring and mentoring students and graduates into the fulfilling and satisfying career offered by surgery and general surgery in particular. Current interests include; Research into complicated biliary stone disease, establishment and improvement of a new model for acute surgical care, training and assessment of surgical trainees, in particular competency based training, improvement of the management of elective surgical conditions in the public sector, surgical management of morbid obesity and changing the surgical paradigm to encourage new graduates into a career in general surgery. Professor Cox is currently working to establish co-operative links with Universities of Western Sydney and Macquarie.

Professor Mohamed Khadra joined the Discipline of Surgery at Nepean Hospital in 2008. He is the Head of the Department of Urology and a Professor of Surgery in the Clinical School. Professor Khadra is the co-ordinator of the Doctorate of Clinical Surgery.

The Whiteley-Martin Research Unit has now been established and Dr Guy Eslick has been appointed as Associate Professor, to head up the research. The Whiteley-Martin Research Unit is so-named to acknowledge the generous bequest of Mrs Nina Whiteley, that shall fund the Unit and Professor Chris Martin, the Foundation Professor of Surgery at Nepean Hospital. The Whiteley-Martin Research Unit shall focus on epidemiological research into oesophago-gastric malignancies. A tumour bank shall be established and collaborative research performed between this unit and other units across Australia. It is envisaged that the Whiteley-Martin Research Unit shall be extremely productive and offer projects for under-graduate honors students, as well as post-graduate degrees in Masters of Surgery and Doctorates.

Professor Michael Cox; MB, MS, FRACS
Professor Mohamed Khadra; B Med, Grad Dip Comp, M Ed, PhD, FAICD, FRACS

Contact:
Administrative Assistant for Surgery : Jan Mondy

Discipline of Surgery