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The Westmead Network Physician Training Program

  • Westmead Hospital
  • Blacktown Hospital
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-Gai Hospital
  • Orange Base Hospital

The Westmead Basic Physician Training (BPT) network is a multi-site network consisting of Westmead, Blacktown, Hornsby and Orange Base Hospitals, and is the largest metropolitan based BPT network in NSW. The clinical exposure for candidates within our network is unmatched for variety and depth by any other training network.

Basic physician training is a vital stage in preparing for practice as a specialist physician. Graduates of the Westmead BPT program are widely considered to be excellent clinicians and are highly desirable candidates for further training and specialist appointments due to the combination of clinical skills and professional values that are nurtured through the Westmead BPT program.

The network team is energetically dedicated to education, training and the future of junior doctors who train in internal medicine. At Westmead we provide a supportive teaching environment within busy clinical appointments. There is a focus on bedside teaching within work by senior Physicians, and a structured BPT training program which includes teaching ward rounds, an extensive lecture program, a clinical program and a professional development program. Weekly Journal Clubs, Grand Rounds, and extensive exam preparation sessions compliment the comprehensive lecture program. Exam preparation includes MCQ and long and short case preparation, trial examinations, and presentation skills workshops.

We have a strong teaching and learning culture which has been developed throughout the Network, led by a core team of highly motivated teachers in clinical and theoretical medicine who are committed to producing physicians who will practice internal medicine with compassion, integrity and to a high clinical standard.

Network Director of Physician Training: Dr Andrew Henderson

BPT Education Support Officer: Ms Cat Squire


Westmead Hospital

  • Westmead is the major teaching hospital of the University of Sydney for medical and dental students and one of Australia’s largest centres for postgraduate training to a speciality level in all fields
  • Westmead Hospital is a specialised tertiary referral hospital for the western metropolitan area, which has a population of 1.5 million people and 15 local government areas. It also acts as the local hospital for the immediate surrounding community
  • Patients are admitted by referral and through extensive Accidents and Emergency and Outpatient Services
  • As well as General Wards, there is a range of high dependency wards at Westmead Hospital including Coronary Care Unit, an Intensive Care Unit, and a Special Care Unit. For a full list of services, refer to the table in the links below.
  • Westmead Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Australia seeing over 52,000 adult patients annually. It is supported by tertiary specialist services including 24 hour/7 days per week intervention cardiology, trauma services, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and toxicology
  • Westmead Medical Research Foundation provides fundraising support and community advocacy for medical research and patient care at Westmead.
  • Westmead Hospital is the base for the New South Wales helicopter operations of Care Flight air ambulance service. Its aircraft and trained medical and operational crews respond to emergencies threatening the life, health and safety of people caused through medical emergency, illness, natural disaster, accidents or mishap/ Within Westmead Hospital exists the prevention and death statistics
  • Hospital services include: Acute Intervention Medicine, Aged Care, Neurology and Rehabilitation, Allied Health, Anaesthetics, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Cardiac Services, Dermatology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Division of Imaging, Emergency Services, General Surgery, Intensive Unit, Nuclear Medicine & Ultrasound, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Oral Health Dentistry, Pathology Services, Patient Education, Public Health & community Medicine, Radiology, Renal & Transplant Surgery, Resident Support Unit, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Mental & Sexual Health, Plastic Surgery & Infectious Disease.

Director of Physician Training, Westmead Hospital: Dr Cristina Ciobanu

Director of Physician Training, Westmead Hospital: Dr Lucinda Berglund

Clinical Superintendent, Westmead Hospital: Dr Ella Stephens

Blacktown Hospital

  • Blacktown Hospital is an acute care hospital. We are committed to providing the highest quality of healthcare to the people we serve in a compassionate and respectful manner.
  • Blacktown Hospital provides a 24-hour emergency service, intensive and high dependency care, specialist adult acute medical and surgical services, obstetrics and newborn care and mental health services. Ambulatory care services provided on site at Blacktown include satellite renal dialysis, chemotherapy, primary care and community health, drug and alcohol and dental clinic services.
  • Blacktown hospital has approximately 400 beds, however, is increasing in size with the wonderful renovations. It provides a wide range of health services including;
  • Ante-Natal/Gynaecology Unit; Delivery Suite; Post-Natal; Special Care Nursery; Acute Medical; Coronary Care and Coronary Stepdown Unit; Diabetes Centre; Acute Rehabilitation; Acute Stroke Unit; Pre-Admission Clinic; Day Procedure Unit; Orthopaedic; Surgical; Surgical/Medical Short Stay Unit; Intensive Care Unit; High Dependency Oncology Services; Mental Health; Regional Dialysis Centre; Community Health Services including Dental.
  • The hospital is a teaching hospital of the University of Western Sydney's Blacktown-Mount Druitt Clinical School (commenced in October 2007) and University of Sydney’s Western Clinical School.
  • The Hospital complex also includes Bungarribee House, a psychiatric unit that, along with Cumberland Hospital provides mental health services to western Sydney.

  • Director of Physician Education, Blacktown Hospital: Prof Lukas Kairaitis

    Medical Clinical Superintendent, Blacktown Hospital: Dr Aditya Bhat

    Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

    • Hornsby Hospital is a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney.
    • The Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Health Service incorporates a 312 bed, major metropolitan hospital providing a comprehensive range of secondary level services, outpatient services, six community health centres and ten early childhood centres. Located on the main campus are NSLHD mental health services including an inpatient mental health ward (Lindsay Madew Unit), a Psychiatric Emergency Centre (PEC)and a Mental Health Intensive Care Unit (MHICU).
    • Major services provided are: Elective & Emergency Surgery, Respiratory Medicine, Obstetrics & Paediatrics, Cardiology, General Medicine, Emergency & Critical Care Services, Aged Care & Rehabilitation, Neurology & Stroke Services, Mental Health and Community Services.
    • Other services include Pharmacy Department, The Medical Imaging Department, the Education Centre and Cardiology.

    Director of Physician Education, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital: Dr Yog Chopra


    Orange Hospital

    • Orange Health Service’s new hospital opened in March 2011 on the Bloomfield site.
    • It is the largest rural hospital in NSW, comprising of 520 beds that include mental health and forensic psychiatry.
    • In 2012 a new Cancer Services Unit was opened and radiation therapy was introduced.
    • Services include: Cancer treatment, Coronary Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency, elective surgery, acute medical, short stay medical, Day Surgery Unit, Diabetes Service, Renal Dialysis (including outreach), rehabilitation. Stoke Unit, Community Health Services including dental. Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

    Director of Physician Education, Orange Hospital: Dr Phillip Butler

    Director of Physician Education: Orange Hospital: Dr Lauren Bradbury


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