Flinders Heart Failure Fellowship
The current era of Heart Failure medicine represents an exciting time in the treatment of cardiac patients with access to new medical, device and structural valvular therapies, availability of mechanical ventricular assist devices and ultimately, if required, cardiac transplantation. The heart failure fellowship at Southern Adelaide Local Health Network represents an opportunity to work with such patients in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
Our Heart failure unit is staffed by four advanced heart failure physicians and specialist nurses trained in transplant, pulmonary hypertension and advanced heart failure medicine. The Cardiology department has a successful research division with multiple Heart failure research projects comprising both sponsored multi-centre major endpoint clinical trials and local investigator-initiated research.
Flinders Medical Centre has close ties to the transplant centres in Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
The successful applicant will be involved in the routine care of heart failure inpatients as well as participate in dedicated outpatient clinics for heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, heart transplant waiting list / mechanical assist device and post-transplant patients. Lastly, there is an interventional aspect to the training with the Heart failure fellow performing right heart catheterisation and endomyocardial biopsy in a weekly laboratory session.
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My decision to do a heart failure fellowship at Flinders Medical Centre was the best decision I ever made in my career. The heart failure Consultants are highly knowledgeable and experienced teachers. They provided me enough support yet allowed sufficient autonomy in caring for patients. From day one, the consultants and specialist nurses involved me as part of the team and made me feel very welcomed. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would choose FMC again, no question.