​Royal Adelaide Hospital—Adelaide, Australia

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Royal Adelaide Hosptial
North Terrace
5000, Adelaide
South Australia
Australia

  Tel: +618 8222 4466
Fax: +618 8222 2480
Email: brian.freeman@health.sa.gov.au

 

Program director

Professor Brian Freeman FRCS, MBChB, MD
Royal Adelaide Hospital
North Terrace
5000, Adelaide
South Australia
Australia

 

Contact person

Spinal Unit Co-ordinator 
Tel: +61 8 82224466
Fax: +61 8 82222480
Email: RAHspine@health.sa.gov.au

Spine team

Professor Brian Freeman, Dr YH Yau, Professor Robert Fraser, Dr David Hall, Dr Mike Selby, Dr George Potter, Dr Nick Vrodos, and Dr Matthew McDonald

Center description

The Royal Adelaide Hospital is a 1000 bed tertiary referral centre servicing South Australia and the Northern Territory and is home to the regions only Spinal Injuries Unit. A full range of adult degenerative and reconstructive surgery is carried out.

The Spinal Unit and has close links with the Women's & Children's Hospital providing access to paediatric deformity and reconstructive work.

The Royal Adelaide Hospital was also one of first in the country to integrated Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic spine services.

Procedures

  • ​Cervical deformity
    Ankylosing spondylitis osteotomy 
    Paediatric cervical reconstruction


approx. 1 per half year
approx. 1 per half year

  • Cervical trauma
    Cervical stabilisation 

approx. 1 per fortnight
  • Degenerative cervical spine 
    Anterior foraminotomy
    Cervical stabilisation
    Laminoplasty  
    Posterior foraminotomy

approx. 1 per month
approx. 1 per fortnight
approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per quarter
  • Degenerative lumbar spine 
    ALIF 
    Microsurgical disc surgery
    Microsurgical spinal stenosis  
    Open stabilisation

approx. 1 per month
approx. 1 per week
approx. 1 per week
approx. 1 per month
  • ​Rheumatoid cervical spine 
    Ankylosing spondylitis osteotomy 
    C1/C2 stabilisation 
    Craniocervical stabilisation

approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per half year
  • Special procedures 
    Cervical laminoplasty 
    Closing wedge osteotomies for ankylosing spondylitis  
    Congenital deformities 
    Neuromonitoring

approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per quarter

approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per fortnight
  • Thoracic & lumbar trauma 
    Anterior thoracic and lumbar reconstruction  
    Paediatric spine trauma  
    Thoracic & lumbar stabilisation

approx. 1 per quarter

approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per fortnight
  • ​Thoracic & lumbar tumor 
    Anterior thoracic and lumbar reconstruction 
    Thoracic & lumbar stabilisation

approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per quarter
  • Thoracolumbar deformity 
    Ankylosing spondylits osteotomies  
    Congenital deformities 
    Kyphotic deformities
    Neuromuscular deformities  
    Scoliotic deformities 
    Spondylolisthesis

approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per half year
approx. 1 per half year
approx. 1 per quarter
approx. 1 per fortnight
approx. 1 per month

Fellowship types

Observerships, Short-term, Long-term

Observership / short-term language requirements

English

Long-term language requirements

English

Accommodation

Short term fellows can be accommodated in the residential wing of the hospital for a reasonable charge.

Long term fellows usually prefer to arrange accommodation off site and assistance can be provided in this regard if needed through the unit secretary.