Gastrointestinal and Liver Unit

Department Profile  

The Gastrointestinal and Liver Unit at POWH is a busy clinical, research and teaching department that provides specialist services for all aspects of acute and chronic Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  The Unit functions as a tertiary referral centre, specialising, in particular, in diagnostic and interventional endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, viral hepatitis and cirrhosis and all its complications. The Endoscopy Suite (which was re-named the Billington Centre in 2004 after the Unit’s inaugural Director, Dr Brian Billington) utilises gastroscopy, colonoscopy, ERCP, capsule endoscopy technology and endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis and treatment of gastroenterological conditions. The Gastrointestinal and Liver Unit is also actively involved in a range of clinical trials of potential new therapies for various gastroenterological and liver disorders, including chronic viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Senior staff include Dr Vic Duncombe, Dr George Marinos, Dr Jelica Kurtovic, Dr John Almeida, Dr Arthur Kaffes and Professor Stephen Riordan (Director).

Departmental activities and orientation

Teaching Ward Rounds, Endoscopy Clinics and Gastroenterology/Hepatology Clinics are conducted daily. Students meet at the Billington Centre at 9 am on the first day of attachment. The student’s weekly timetable will vary depending on Phase of attachment. Jaundice Breakfast, an interactive clinical meeting aimed at all levels from medical student to senior consultant and now in its 46th consecutive year, is held every Friday at 8 am in the POW Clinical School.

Undergraduate teaching activities

The Gastrointestinal and Liver Unit is actively involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Medical students will have the opportunity to join the Unit in Gastroenterology/Hepatolgy Clinics and in the Billington Centre in Phase 2, Adult Health 1. In Phase 3, the POW Clinical School places students in longer selective attachments to the Unit. Regular tutorials are timetabled for Phase 3 students. Elective terms are also available.

Contacts/Coordinator details

Professor Stephen Riordan is the coordinator of teaching.

Departmental Office phone (02) 9382 3100

Departmental Fax (02) 9382 2727