Prince of Wales Hospital

Prince of Wales Hospital is a large metropolitan tertiary referral hospital located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Co-located on the same campus are the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women and the Prince of Wales Private Hospital. The Prince of Wales Emergency Department serves as the Adult Emergency Department for the above hospitals and institutions on this campus (including The University of New South Wales Clinical School, Professorial Units, NeuroScience Research Australia, and the Black Dog Institute). The University Of New South Wales is across the road and has close ties to the hospital with regard to teaching and research.

Prince of Wales Emergency Department is accredited for Emergency Medicine Training by the Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM). The department manages illness presentations across the whole spectrum of diseases from the teenage to the Geriatric populace. As a referral centre, POWH receives patients from all over the state (e.g. the only public hyperbaric unit, one of two Acute Spinal units, Justice Health ward for NSW), country (including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands) and internationally, as well as serving the local area. The caseload is in excess of 53000 per year with a high acuity and an admission rate over 55%. The Department is staffed by Emergency Physicians, Trainees, JMOs, and Advanced Practice Nurses. There are ED Registrars onsite 24/7 with FACEM Consultants onsite 0800-2400 7 days + on call. The Emergency Department at Prince of Wales has one of the few toxicology/toxinology units in NSW with dedicated Registrars and Toxicologists on-call. The POW ED practices and teaches Focused Bedside Ultrasound.

The Department has an Aged Care Assessment Team, Mental Health Clinical Nurse Consultants, Physiotherapy Services, social workers, etc. There is point of care blood gas machines in the Emergency Department, 24 hour access to laboratory services and a full range of Diagnostic Radiology services. There are Consultants and Registrars on-call for the tertiary service specialties.

Commitment to Training

The Prince of Wales Emergency Department is committed to Emergency Medicine training. A weekly ‘quarantined’ education schedule (inclusive of access to the Simulation Centre on campus) for Trainees as per ACEM guidelines, in addition to preparation courses for both Primary and Fellowship exams, provide a robust training program. Trainees are also encouraged to attend network, regional and national educational activities.

Training Program

The broad case mix gives Trainees a plethora of clinical experience, including an ultrasound training program which complies with College requirements, in addition to Toxicology. As one of the pilot site for Work Based Assessment, the FACEMs and Trainees in the Prince of Wales Emergency Department are working towards its implementation in 2015. FACEM Consultants actively participate in and chair the various ACEM committees and are up-to-date with the current, as well as the proposed, curriculum revisions.

Secondments offered include:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Intensive Care
  • Medical Registrar
  • Paediatrics
  • Toxicology/Toxinology
  • ED Management
  • Other hospitals – for ED, trauma, rural experience.

The Prince of Wales Emergency Department provides support to the Trainee as their “base hospital” whilst they undertake the training necessary for their Fellowship.


Trainees in their final year of training, who are preparing for the Fellowship Exam, are considered for the role of Senior Advanced Trainee (SAT). In this unique role, they are encouraged to perform and train at standards expected of a graduating FACEM Consultant. This gives them an advantage in preparation and practice towards the Fellowship Exams, as well as assisting in the transition to FACEM Consultant.

Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department has an enviable record of exam success with many prizes being won by Prince of Wales trainees in both the Primary and Fellowship examinations. This has been the result of the dedication of the consultants involved in training, participation in examination preparation programs and individual one-on-one tutoring. There is also a wealth of research opportunities which have facilitated the completion of this component of the Fellowship assessment.

Location, Location, Location

Prince of Wales Hospital is located at Randwick, between the city of Sydney and the world famous Eastern Suburb’s beaches (from Bondi to Maroubra). Nearby you will find a smorgasbord of restaurants, entertainment venues (including Royal Randwick Racecourse with its famous race days and fashion stakes), parks and recreation areas (for example, Centennial Park), shopping precincts and a bustling nightlife. It is within close proximity of Sydney Airport.

Above all, Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department has a friendly, supportive atmosphere where we work hard to care for our patients as our main focus but also realize the importance of staff education and staff well-being, without which that care could not be so effectively delivered.


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Marian Lee
Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training
Ph: (02) 9382 3901 (ED Admin Offices)

Dr. Kate Sellors
Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training

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