Liverpool Hospital

Training Positions

Core: 2

Current trainee/s

Information pending

Patient Services per standard week

Inpatient numbers

The Department has 5-10 inpatients per week and receives 5 -15 inpatient consults per week.

Outpatient clinics

All outpatient clinics at Liverpool Hospital are supervised by a consultant rheumatologist. All new patients are reviewed by the consultant and all follow-up patients are discussed with or reviewed by the consultant. Letters dictated to GPs and discharge summaries are regularly reviewed.

Advanced trainees attend a minimum of 4 outpatient clinics per week (general rheumatology and connective tissue disease) and attend specialist clincis e.g. paediatric clinic (monthly), adolescent transition care clinic (quarterly), pulmonary hypertension clinic (monthly), osteoporosis refracture prevention clinics and weekly Psoritaic arthritis /IBD research clinic. We have physiotherapists attend our Monday, Wednesday and Thursday general rheumatology clinics, which has increased our learning opportunities for trainees and allows for a patient-centred approach to care.

We have 7 active clinical trials recruiting and the AT has the opportunity to be involved in the trials. The Clinical Trials unit is supported by a full time clinical trials nurse. Trainees are supported to obtain GCP certification.


We receive referrals from general practitioners, private specialists and speciality clinics within SWSLHD. We also receive referrals from Liverpool ED and Liverpool Hospital inpatient and outpatient services.

Requirements for On Call/Afterhours (including weekends):

  • Participate in the after-hours medical registrar roster as determined by the Director of Medicine (including rostered weekendshifts).
  • No on-call is required by Liverpool Hospital

Education Activities

  • Attend radiology and departmental clinical meetings and formal teaching sessions held within the Department
  • Present clinical cases and literature reviews as required and present grand rounds twice per year 
  • Attend weekly hospital grand rounds and monthly hospital M&M Meeting
  • Prepare and present cases at the NSW ARA monthly meeting
  • Maintain patient log book as required by the SAC in Rheumatology 
  • Participate in MDT education and training sessions
  • Complete on-line and practical Mandatory Training as required by LHD and Liverpool Hospital.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Supervise and teach departmental basic physician trainee and intern, participate in teaching other junior staff and medical students (UNSW and WSU) within the hospital as requested.
  • Organise the annual Rheumatology BPT Scorpio. 

Research Interests of Unit

  • There are multiple opportunities to conduct clinical and translational research within the Department of Rheumatology. We have research and methodology expertise in SLE, Scleroderma, PsA, RA, OA, OP, Gout, Patient Reported Outcomes Measures and Patient Reported Experience Measures
  • We also have strong links to groups undertaking qualitative research and have supervised a number of trainees in qualitative projects
  • We supervise a number of PhD and Masters candidates and have an active ILP student research program.
  • We have an Arthritis Research Unit within the Ingham Applied Science Research Institute and there are many opportunities to attend courses and lecture series on applied research and statistics
  • Early discussion regarding a research project that meets the RACP guidelines with the Director of the Department upon successful appointment to the position is encouraged.

Head of Unit

Dr Geraldine Hassett
Phone: 02 8738 4088


Kathryn Gibson
Carlos El-Haddad
Ayano Kelly
Michael Oliffe
Vivek Thakkar
David Massasso
Ian Gotis-Graham
Damian McKay
Davinder Singh-Grewal


Selection Criteria

  • MBBS or equivalent, successful completion of the FRACP written and clinical examinations
  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or eligible for same
  • The appointment to this position is through the NSW Rheumatology Advanced Training Scheme and NSW Health.