Our fellowship programs have now been running for over 20 years, with great success. We’ve had both national and international fellows, with the latter coming from the USA, Canada, Britain, Scotland, New Zealand, Spain, Germany and other countries. There are two fellowships available within our group:
Dr Greg Witherow and Dr Greg Janes
Lower limb, Knee and Shoulder
Dr Peter Annear and Dr Jens Buelow
Sports knee surgery, Knee replacement and Hip replacement
They’re open to qualified orthopaedic surgeons wishing to extend their expertise in shoulder, knee or hand and upper limb surgery. They are open to all applicants, both overseas and local.
Applicants are chosen both on their merits, and on their ambition to pursue practice in these sub-specialist areas. Because of the highly specific nature of this clinic, we don’t believe our fellowship programs are suitable for orthopaedic surgeons wanting to practice general orthopaedics with just an interest in these areas. Rather, we consider these as sub-specialist training posts for surgeons wishing to work in these areas for the longer term.
They begin on February 1 or August 1 each year. During your fellowship, you’ll be exposed to supervised consulting with patients, (both pre- and post-surgical). You’ll also be exposed to a variety of surgical experiences, including both assisting, and supervised operating. In our clinic, there are no opportunities for consulting or operating without supervision. So you won’t be required to write prescriptions or investigation forms etc.
As a fellow, you’ll be required to work with your fellowship supervisor(s) for the majority of your time. Some of your time will be allocated for research. Both clinical and/or primary research can be carried out, with the aim of publishing and adding to the world literature. This can be an opportunity to provide peer review for the specialists in the clinic.
The programs are generally booked up about 2 years ahead, and we don’t confirm any application for fellowship further out than that. It’s important to realise that this opportunity is for a limited period of time, and that it’s very difficult for a surgeon from overseas to become an Australian resident, or to get a visa to work here. All applicants are therefore approved for training for that period of time, on the expectation that they’ll return to their country of origin, once their fellowship is completed.
To enable conditional registration with the Australian Medical Board, you may wish to refer to their website for requirements..
Download Limited Registration for Postgraduate Training or Supervised Practice Registration Standard PDF
Occupational trainee visa
To enable entry into Australia you will require an occupational trainee visa. Perth Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre will provide a nomination letter to the Immigration Department and you will need to apply to your nearest Australian Consulate. For more information refer to their website.
Apply for a training visa (subclass 407)
You will be required to pay your own rent, rental bond, exit cleaning fees, telephone, gas and electricity bills in full prior to your departure from Australia.
If you require any assistance in finding suitable accommodation while in Perth every effort will be made to assist you.
For your convenience, we recommend that you set up a bank account with an Australian bank.
The 4 largest banks in Australia are Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Bank of Australia (NAB) and ANZ.
Opening an account with any of these banks should ensure that you have easy access to your stipend as there are many branches and ATMs (automatic teller machines) located throughout Perth.
Education for children
If you will be accompanied by your children for the duration of your Fellowship, you may wish to enrol them in an Australian school to continue their education. To arrange an application form and for additional information, visit the Department of Education, Western Australia website.
Employment for spouses
Family members may work up to 20 hours per week on the Occupational Training Visa.
It can be very difficult to obtain employment for a Fellow’s spouse, even for a spouse who is also employed in the medical profession.
If you would like to arrange full time employment for your spouse for the duration of your Fellowship, please be advised that a special visa may be required for your spouse. To find out the visa requirements for your spouse’s circumstances, you will need to visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Information on employment in Australia can be obtained via the following websites: