ISLHD has more than 50 Specialist Consultant Surgeons and 30 Registrar medical officers operating across a comprehensive range of surgical specialties, and these numbers are continuously growing as our community’s needs increase.

Surgeons can specialise in the following areas:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Breast Endocrine
  • Colorectal
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
  • General Surgery
  • Head and Neck
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastics
  • Trauma
  • Upper GI
  • Urology
  • Vascular

    You are also supported to constantly update your skills through courses, Fellowships, training programs, and research.

    As a Surgeon, you will have the opportunity to build your career through various stages:

    Junior Medical Officer (JMO)

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    Work in a hospital prior to obtaining full Medical Board of Australia registration


    Obtained full AHPRA registration


    At least three years' experience in public hospital service

    At this stage you can either move to a Career Medical Officer (CMO) or to pursue a specialistion through a JMO Specialist Career Path.

    Career Medical Officer (CMO)

    As a CMO you have made a decision not to pursue specialist training and have been appointed to a permanent position.

    This is the most senior of the non-specialist surgical staff -– (a non-specialist medical officer) working in a hospital who is not in a training position. You will work across the range of specialities, and may supervise interns and residents.


    Junior Medical Officer - Specialist

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    Unaccredited Trainee

    Take on the duties of a Trainee (see below), without undertaking a specialist training program


    Accepted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and working towards specialist qualifications

    Senior Registrar

    Obtained Fellowship of a relevant Australian specialty college

    Senior Medical Officer

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    Postgraduate Fellow

    Completed postgraduate medical training, but have not yet been appointed as a specialist/senior specialist.

    Staff Specialist

    A Specialist, Senior Specialist and Post Graduate Fellow

    Senior Staff Specialist

    You hold a medical qualification that is registrable in NSW, and have had at least five years’ experience practicing medicine, three of which have been in specialist training/experience

    Visiting Medical Officer (VMO)

    As a VMO, you provide surgical services under a sessional contract

    Honorary Medical Officer As a HMO, you are appointed by various health facilities to provide your expert specialist services on an honorary basis

    More information

    Want more information about becoming a Surgeon?

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    The Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACs) has a Surgical Education and Training (SET) program. RACS has been recognised for over 80 years as the authoritative body for standards and training in surgical practice in Australia and New Zealand.

    Need help with planning your career or picking your surgical specialisation?

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    NSW Health has developed a number of helpful fact sheets on a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.