Training Positions

VIC – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


Breast Fellowship


First Year


305 Grattan Street, Melbourne


Dr Catherine Poliness


Position Description

The Peter McCallum Cancer Centre is the only public hospital in Australia dedicated to cancer. It is the largest cancer research facility in Australia with active engagement and collaboration between local and international researchers and clinicians. Exposure is primarily to breast cancer, but opportunities for breast cancer genetics, attendance at Breast Screen and reconstruction both immediate, delayed and more complicated are part of this role.

Oncoplastic procedures 50+ per year, reconstruction 70+ per year, no general surgery or on-call allow opportunities for new and established research projects to occur.

Other: Familial Cancer Centre, Breast Screen, reconstruction service, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and research program

Unit Consultants
Dr Catherine Poliness, Breast Surgeon, PFT Supervisor
Dr Michael Henderson, Breast Surgeon
A/Prof. Anitha Skandarajah, Breast Surgeon
Dr David Speakman, Breast Surgeon
Dr Holly Keane, Breast Surgeon
Dr Sophie Nightingale, Breast Surgeon
Dr Chantal Thornton, Breast Surgeon
Dr Diarmuid O'Mally, Breast Surgeon
Prof. Bruce Mann, Breast Surgeon
Prof. Christobel Saunders, Breast Surgeon

Hospital culture is one of respect and professionalism Yes
A published and accessible complaint management process Yes
Computer facilities / IT Support Yes
Private Study Areas Yes
General hospital educational activities Yes
Regular supervision, assessment, and feedback Yes
Safe hours practised Yes
Access to external education activities for Fellow Yes
Credentialed and specialist surgical staff committed to assist surgical training of BreastSurgANZ Fellow Yes

Summary Hospital Information

Breast Oncoplastic Surgery:

Oncoplastic procedures 50+ per year

Breast Reconstruction Surgery:

Reconstruction procedures 70+ per year

General and Other Surgery:

No general surgery or on-call allow opportunities for new and established research projects to occur

Breakdown of hours:

8 day fortnight, rotating roster with registrar responsible for 5 outpatient clinics per week, 8 theatre lists, on-call negotiable

Private Consulting:

By arrangement


Post operative, Advanced Cancer Care, Radiological Review (weekly)

Academic & Research:

Possible to achieve higher degree


1 year Full Time Equivalent role commencing early February 2025


Full time salary equivalent to Senior Registrar salary (or greater) and minimum salary package and requirements and conditions as required by law in the Hospital jurisdiction will apply

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