General hospital overview
Liverpool Hospital was founded in the late 18th century and has been running continuously since that time. It is the NSW Health Department designated major trauma service for the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Liverpool Hospital sits within an education and health precinct which includes the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, the Clinical Schools of the University of New South Wales and University of Western Sydney, South West Private Hospital and South Western Sydney TAFE. It is a principal teaching hospital of the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney and has an active education programme for medical practitioners, nurses and health professionals, with a range of clinical placements available for students from universities around Australia.
It serves the population of South Western Sydney (in excess of 1,000,000), acting as a referral hospital for two rural (Camden and Bowral) and three urban hospitals (Fairfield, Campbelltown and Bankstown). It has a maximum capacity of 960 beds, 23 operating rooms and 60 critical care beds, diagnostic and imaging services, emergency and trauma care, maternity, paediatric, cancer care, mental health, ambulatory care, allied health and medical and surgical services from birth to aged care. It also provides a range of state-wide services in areas such as critical care and trauma, neonatal intensive care and brain injury rehabilitation.
South Western Sydney is now seen as Australia’s fastest growing region and is also the site of the second International Airport currently under construction. The hospital itself is currently undergoing a $1billion rebuild and expansion, the first stage due for completion in 2026.
The trauma service at Liverpool Hospital has a long history of excellence. Trauma is considered core business at Liverpool Hospital and it is a highly regarded and recognised specialty within the hospital seeing around 500 major trauma cases per year. It is the second oldest established trauma centre in Australia and as expected of a Level 1 Trauma Centre, we have all the components necessary for the optimal care of the trauma patient including injury prevention, a well-established prehospital system of care and transport, all clinical specialties and disciplines for acute management, a brain injury unit, a rehabilitation team, and a very comprehensive educational and training curriculum as well as research activities. Liverpool Hospital is situated around 30 minutes from the Sydney CBD, at the Corner of Elizabeth and Goulburn Streets, Liverpool, NSW 2170.
Last year the Trauma Unit was merged with the Acute Surgical Unit forming a large Acute Care Surgery Unit. This Unit has 4 Fulltime Staff Specialist Surgical Consultants, 2 VMO Surgical Consultants, 2 Fellows, 2 SET Trainees and 1 non SET trainee as well as 2 RMOs and 2 Interns. We also have 3 administrative staff and 3 Clinical Nurse Consultants. The ACSU team is one of the busiest general surgical units at Liverpool Hospital, with approximately 130 – 160 patient discharges per month (not including the paediatric discharges or consults to our unit). The patient cohort consists of approximately 75-80% acutely admitted general surgical and trauma patients which is greater than that for other surgical units. This represents a high intensity, high turnover unit that has complex general surgical and trauma patients that require prompt and thorough assessment and management. In addition an array of general surgical elective work passes through the unit (including UGI, colorectal, breast and paediatric procedures).
Dr Valerie Malka
Telephone: +61 2 8738 3038 or 3928
2 x Accredited Posts in Trauma - which are combined with Emergency Surgery as a 12-24 month fellowship.
There are typically two Fellows attached to the unit. The fellows rotate between the Acute Surgery and Trauma components of the unit every three to six months but provide cross coverage of Trauma and General Surgical roles and to assist with on call/roster demands and to improve training opportunities in Trauma, Acute and General Surgery.
Opportunities on the Unit:
Given the longstanding service and well established infrastructure we have many opportunities in this Unit for education, training and research. The trauma education offered at Liverpool Hospital is the most extensive education program across Australia and New Zealand. The program has a long history and extends across many disciplines beyond medicine. The hospital has an extensive trauma publication record.
The Unit runs the following programs:
Trauma Education – Medical, Nursing, Allied Health – Weekly Thursdays 07:30am
Nursing In-services / Education – Trauma Wards – Weekly Fridays – 2:00pm
Nursing In-services / Education – Emergency Department every 2nd Sunday 13:30pm
Radiology Teaching Rounds – Daily - 10:00am
Consultant Led Clinical Rounds – Daily – 8:30am
Trauma Team Training – SIM Centre and In Situ
Surgical Trainees Education Meeting – Weekly – Tuesdays – 08:30
Monday Morning Registrar Teaching Meeting – Mondays 07:30
Medical Students – UNSW and Western Sydney
SWSLHD District Teaching – Fellow Schedule – once per month
ASSET Course – Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma – Annual - July
DSTC/DPNTC/DATC – Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course – Annual – July
TOPIC – Trauma Outcomes Performance Improvement Course – 2x per year
DMEP – Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Course – 2x per year
SWAN International Conference – Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Critical Care – Annual – July
FAST Course – 2x per year – Emergency Ultrasound Course
Trauma Nursing Course – 2x per year
EMST 1-2 courses per year
LATTE – Liverpool Advanced Trauma Teaching Experience- Emergency Department Education