Training Positions

WA – Royal Perth Hospital


Breast Surgical Fellow


Second Year


197 Wellington Street, Perth, Western Australia


Dr Vanitha Budhavaram


Position Description

The Royal Perth Hospital multidisciplinary breast service cares for 250-300 women with New breast cancer each year. The breast clinic is staffed by breast physicians, radiologists, specialist breast cancer nurses, physiotherapist, clinical psychologists and breast surgeons.Weekly multidisciplinary meetings are conducted with significant contributions from medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, psychology, plastic surgery and genetic services.

There are 5 consultant breast oncoplastic surgeons in the service. Standard oncologic breast resections, including sentinel lymph node biopsy are routinely performed. In addition, oncoplastic techniques e.g. therapeutic mammoplasty; symmetrising mastopexy; Fat grafting, lipomodelling, Implant based reconstructions; and Latissimus Dorsi flap reconstructions are performed by the breast surgeons in the unit. Strong relationships with the plastic surgery department generate a significant number of tissue flap immediate reconstructions.

To complement the continuing education program, monthly breast service presentations/meetings are conducted either by local or visiting speakers. During the 12 month term, there is ample opportunity for the breast fellow to perform oncologic breast surgery independently, and the fellow would be expected to perform some teaching to advanced trainees. The fellow would also gain valuable exposure to oncoplastic techniques and would be expected to be comfortable performing some of these techniques by the end of the term.

The unit has a strong focus on research and participation in clinical trials. The General Surgery on-call commitment is small.

Unit Consultants
Dr Vineeta Singh, Consultant Breast Surgeon
Dr Vanitha Budhavaram, Consultant Breast Surgeon
Dr Synn Lynn Chin, Consultant Breast Surgeon
Dr Helen Ballal, Consultant Breast Surgeon
Dr David Lim, Consultant 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 No
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:

>50 per annum (Level 1 & Level 2 procedures)

Breast Reconstruction Surgery:

>25 per annum

General and Other Surgery:


Breakdown of hours:

40 hours per/week, 8 - 10 clinics per week, 3 operating lists per week with minimal on-call requirement

Private Consulting:




Academic & Research:

Participation in Audits, trials and journal club


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

Further Information:

MDT Coordinator

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