Royal Hobart Hospital

Training Positions

Core Training: 1
Non-core: 1

Current Trainee/s

John May
Mathuja Bavanendrakumar

Patient Services per Standard Week

Average inpatients: 2-6 per week
Average consults: 10-15 per week
Clinics: 4 clinics per week
Specialized clinics:

  • Spondyloarthritis clinic weekly
  • Scleroderma clinic fortnightly
  • Back pain assessment weekly
  • Private rheumatology clinic weekly
  • Paediatric rheumatology patients attend Dr Cooley’s rheumatology clinic. Visiting paed rheum twice a year
  • Uveitis  clinic (visiting uveitis expert/ ophthal/rheum) 3x a year

Requirements for On Call / Afterhours (including weekends)

Rheumatology first on call offered to second year trainees
Participation in General Medicine After-hours

Education Activities

Educational meetings:

  • Weekly Hospital Grand Rounds
  • Journal club: monthly
  • Radiology meetings: monthly
  • Pathology meetings: every 1-2 months
  • Morbidity & Mortality meetings monthly

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Medical students: Supervision of 1-2 medical student on 2 week rotations
  • Participate in Basic Trainee Clinical Tutorials
  • Assist with RACP Divisional Written & Clinical Examination preparation

Research Interests of Unit

Links with Musculoskeletal Research Group at Menzies Research Institute, UTas with strong track record in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis research and developing health services research.

Head of Unit

Dr Deborah Speden or


Staff Specialists:

  • Dr Deb Speden
  • Dr Malcolm Turner
  • Dr Mat Reynolds
  • Dr Emma Mitchell

Visiting Medical Officers

  • Dr Helen Cooley

Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner:

  • Emma Bavage

Rheumatology Specialist nurse:

  • Donna Baker

Allied health

  • Rheumatology physiotherapist: Janet Millner
  • BAC physiotherapists: Hamish Newsham-West and Mike Munt




Core Training is part of the Vic/Tas selection and training program with application through the PMCV portal.
Non-core position is advertised on the Tasmanian DHHS Careers page

Flexible Training

Job sharing and part-time positions supported