The Neonatal/Perinatal curriculum at the two tertiary units in Perth, Western Australia offers a comprehensive two-year program for propective Neonatologists. We train advanced traineees/fellows to become experts in all aspects of neonatal medicine such as patient care, research, teaching and administrative activities, gaining the knowledge and skills required to be sought after employees in any academic or clinical neonatal unit.
We network closely with specialists in Maternal/Fetal medicine, Paediatric and Cardiac surgery, Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Endocrinology, Paediatric Neurology and other sub-specialities to ensure optimal management and coordination of neonatal care, from prenatal consultation to discharge planning and follow-up. The units are accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians meeting the needs of Australian advanced trainees/fellows as well as international graduates who want to further their knowledge or careers in neonatal medicine.
King Edward Memorial Hospital manages in excess of 6000 deliveries annually including close to 95% of WA's high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. The neonatal unit cares for neonates who are delivered in the hospital including extreme premature neonates as early as 23 weeks gestation. The neonatal unit at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children manages neonates with surgical conditions as well as outborn neonates who need tertiary care. It also houses the Neonatal Emergency Transport Service (NETS), the only retrieval service for newborns in Western Australia.
It has an active Neonatal academic program where advanced trainees participate in discussions covering the spectrum of neonatal/perinatal medicine.
The cirriculum is structured to foster these qualities in a supportive milieu with trainees rostered through the medical and surgical level two, level three and High Dependency Units as well as neonatal emergency transport while having sufficient time to develop skills, understanding, design and perform clinical and/or laboratory research in the field of neonatology.