We are enthusiastic about training in nephrology and nephrology surgery. Our department has medical students and nurses joining us as part of their study.

Medical students

We are proud of our association with the University of Melbourne and teaching of students is an integral part of our unit philosophy.

The University of Melbourne has risen to 43rd in the world and remained top in Australia in the 2012 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

Melbourne University is a the leading university in the Oceania region. The rankings are based on a survey of 17,554 academics from 137 countries. The survey asked academics to nominate up to 15 of the "best" institutions in their field of expertise, based on their experience and knowledge. The reputation rankings complement the Times' annual World University Rankings, in which Melbourne is ranked 37th in the world and top in Australia.

Nephrology as a career

At RMH Kidney Care we are enthusiastic about training in Nephrology and Nephrology Surgery. If you are considering a career in nephrology or nephrology surgery we would be delighted to discuss this with you. Probably the best route is to apply to do one of our HMO posts, to see if you enjoy the work. Here you will have the opportunity to discover if you enjoy the varied work of a renal unit.

Young Australian doctors, from hospitals throughout Victoria and also interstate, who wish to specialise in Nephrology, are strongly attracted to RMH training programs. Many current Victorian nephrologists, including many current Heads of Units, have trained here, in clinical and research training programs including MD (research) and PhD pathways. RMH clinical training in Nephrology is recognised nationally and internationally as world-class.

Overseas trainees

The specialist expertise of the Nephrology Department at RMH has attracted dozens of young nephrologists from countries including mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nepal, Mongolia, Jordan, Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UK and New Zealand. Often sponsored via the International Society of Nephrology Fellowship program, these people have returned home to strengthen and grow fledgling specialist renal units, with ongoing support from the nephrologists at RMH. They in turn train young local nephrologists, contribute to international research, and make an immeasurable positive contribution to the care of patients across the globe.


Initial dialysis training and ongoing professional development for regional and rural satellite staff is coordinated and delivered by a dedicated regional team, including Clinical Nurse Consultant and Regional Nurse Educator, to ensure that staff are confident with patient care and dialysis management.

Post Graduate renal nursing courses are being run within the unit and students will acquire an internationally recognised renal nursing qualification.

We have a number of Masters degree candidates within the department and we are keen to support further development of Nurse Practitioners.

We also train dialysis technicians to perform HD and PD and have in house educational updates and training.