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The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Royal Perth Hospital is staffed by eight consultant and six junior medical staff.
It provides a tertiary level care for patients from across the state of Western Australia with gastrointestinal and liver problems.
Clinical services include specialty inpatient management, consultative support to other medical and surgical disciplines, outpatient care and tertiary-level endoscopic services.
Superspecialty endoscopy services include interventional gastroscopy and colonoscopy, ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound, capsule endoscopy, double balloon enteroscopy, and after-hours emergency endoscopy.
The department provides a statewide oesophageal manometry and pH service, Telehealth services to rural communities and viral hepatitis management in the prison population.
There is a significant viral hepatitis service, facilitated by dedicated nurse practitioners and staff from the department work in the WA liver transplant service.
The department provides guidance, advice and sets standards for local and regional service providers.
Among medical and nursing staff, there is a major emphasis on training, teaching, quality assurance and research.
Trainees from both physician and surgical backgrounds undergo training under the guidance of our staff, and there is a steady flow of local, national and international research fellows though the department.
While the department is perhaps best known for the work on Helicobacter pylori by Nobel laureates Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, other major research interests have been in colorectal cancer screening, virtual colonoscopy, viral hepatitis, and therapeutic endoscopy.