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Surgeon: Deputy Director of the Burns Unit

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.

The Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS) at The Alfred Hospital is the state-wide provider of burns care for all adults with complex major burn injuries in Victoria. Each year we admit over 300 burns patients and review over 1000 outpatients. The unit provides training for local and international Fellows, advanced surgical trainees in Plastic Surgery, and placements for junior medical, nursing and allied health staff and students. We are leaders in translational, registry based and clinical research in the area of burns, skin bioengineering and wound healing.

We invite applicants, who are suitably qualified surgeons, with a strong interest in research and leadership in service improvement for the position of Deputy Director of the Burns Unit.

Experience in all aspects of the surgical management of patients with burn injury during acute and rehabilitation phases, and a capacity and desire to adopt a leadership role in the clinical team are essential. Interest and experience in resource management for provision of a state-wide Burns Service and an academic qualification (higher research degree) in a relevant discipline are highly desirable.

The appointee must be a legally qualified practitioner, registered or registrable with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and hold a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons or equivalent. The appointee will have demonstrable relevant contemporary knowledge and experience in acute and secondary burns surgery and meet Alfred Health requirements for credentialing and scope of practice in burns surgery.

Enquiries: Miss Heather Cleland on 03 9076 3626


Application Close Sunday 6 May 2018

Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.  Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.




2018 Victorian Burns Fellowship

The Victorian Burns Fellowship is a cross campus full time position at the 2 State-wide burn services in Victoria, Australia, and is based at The Royal Children’s Hospital (Paediatric burns) and Alfred Hospital (Adult burns) in Melbourne. The Fellow’s commitments are split evenly across the two campuses.

Setting: The Australian mainland state of Victoria has a population of more than 5.6 million people. The 2 services are the state-wide providers of burns care for all children and adults with complex major burn injuries in Victoria, as well as for many people with less severe burns. In addition, we provide education and training for rural and regional clinicians involved in caring for burn-injured patients, and collaborate with community and industry groups on burn awareness campaigns and to provide first aid education and training.

In addition to clinical care provision and provision of clinical leadership in all aspects of burn care, we undertake research into the causes and mechanisms of burn injuries, clinical outcomes and emerging clinical treatment technologies. The Victorian Adult Burns Service at The Alfred and the Burns Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital provide:


  • Acute care for all severely injured burns patients in Victoria;
  • Secondary reconstructive surgery for burns patients in association with the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Units;
  • Post-Operative rehabilitation and scar management services;
  • Advice, assessment and treatment of outpatients with minor burns.

Role: The aim of the 12 month Fellowship is to foster the development of clinical skills in both the medical and surgical management of adults and children with burn injuries, during the acute, rehabilitation and secondary reconstructive phases of the episode: together with acquisition of management and research skills to enable the Fellow to take up a position as a consultant in burn surgery on completion of the Fellowship.

The Fellow will conduct rostered theatre lists, undertake care of inpatients, both elective and non-elective, and assess referrals from the Emergency department and other hospital Departments both in hours and after hours.

The Fellow is also expected to complete a research project during the Fellowship. This research project can be clinical, basic science or translational research.

Applications are open to Paediatric, Plastic or General Surgeons who have recently completed their training or who expect to complete training, and who seek to pursue further subspecialty training in Burns.  Commencement of this position is July 2018.

Overseas applicants should have a medical degree that is registrable with the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), and have completed or be near completion of surgery training in their country of origin.

Enquiries to: Ms Tracey Petrie, e-mail






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