Caring beyond the hospital’s walls
Rob is providing quality care beyond The Alfred’s walls, balancing treating patients at The Alfred and Sandringham Hospitals, with an interest in global health.
Rob first came to The Alfred as a medical student, doing most of his final year at the hospital. After working interstate and in the Pacific, he has returned more recently as a qualified emergency consultant.
A reputation for being forward thinking and progressive made The Alfred’s Emergency & Trauma Centre a place Rob wanted to be.
Today, Rob is a key member of the Emergency Department at The Alfred and Sandringham Hospital, where meeting the care needs of patients is paramount.
“We’re incredibly fortunate as emergency department clinicians to meet all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds – we take care of anyone, of any age, with any problem, at any time of day or night,” he said.
“The work can be challenging and confronting. But I feel very fortunate to work with a fantastic team. Emergency care is genuinely multi-disciplinary care.”
However, Rob’s interest in medicine also means sharing his knowledge beyond The Alfred.
He is involved with global emergency care projects across the Pacific, encompassing places such as Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
Linked with this work, Rob is completing a PhD at Monash University, focussed on emergency department triage in resource limited settings.
Pleasingly, these interests have come with The Alfred’s approval.
As The Alfred marks its 150th anniversary, it is important to highlight the care its staff provide to the local as well as the global community – be it through clinical care, research or education.
“It’s an enabling environment. Alfred Health is willing to invest in innovation and support individuals who have ideas they wish to progress. It’s an outward looking place,” he said.
The combination of working in an emergency department and in academia is something Rob enjoys about Alfred Health.
“The emergency care work I am involved with – in Australia and beyond – provides me with a great sense of satisfaction. I feel nourished, and personally rewarded,” he said.