We are enthusiastic about nephrology and nephrology surgery training. Our department has medical students and nurses joining us as part of their study.
- Teaching students is an integral part of our unit philosophy
- Many Victorian nephrologists trained at the RMH in clinical and research training programs
- We also have career progression and development opportunities for people in a nursing career
We are proud of our association with the University of Melbourne and teaching students is an integral part of our unit philosophy.
Nephrology as a career
If you are considering a career in nephrology or nephrology surgery we would be delighted to discuss this with you. An option to launching your career is through one of our hospital medical officer (HMO) posts which will provide the opportunity to discover if you enjoy the varied work of a nephrology unit.
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. Clinical training at the RMH in Nephrology is recognised nationally and internationally as world-class.
The specialist expertise of the Kidney Care team at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) has attracted dozens of young nephrologists from across the world.
Often sponsored through the International Society of Nephrology Fellowship program, these people have returned home to strengthen and grow fledgling specialist nephrology units, with ongoing support from the nephrologists at the 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.
We have many highly specialised nursing roles across our service and strive for a highly skilled and flexible workforce able to work across the continuum of nephrology care.
There are many career progression opportunities within the service, and participation in professional development and ongoing education are supported and encouraged.
Initial dialysis training and ongoing professional development for regional and rural satellite staff is coordinated and delivered by a dedicated regional team, including a Nephrology Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Consultant, to ensure that staff are confident with patient care and dialysis management.
Internationally recognised postgraduate nephrology nursing courses are regularly run within the unit.
We have a very successful Nurse Practitioner team covering all aspects of the service and many staff undertaking their Masters degree.
We also train dialysis physiologists to perform haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and have in-house educational updates and training. We have a partnership with Swinburne University and sponsor several students every year to work within our program for 12 months as part of a professional placement program.