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13
January
2018

Robotic Fellowship in Europe

Robotic Fellowship in Europe

Advanced robotic training fellowship in Europe


Nick Brook will be in Belgium from April to Sept 2018

I will be undertaking a period of advanced robotic surgical training at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Aalst, Belgium from April to September 2018, under the mentorship of Prof Alex Mottrie.

The OLV is a high-volume robotic surgery hospital with a large department of Urology. The hospital has been undertaking robotic surgery since 2001 and is closely aligned to the OLV Vattikuti Robotic Surgery Institute (ORSI). The urology department produces a large volume of clinical data on outcomes for robotic surgery and regularly reports on new techniques.


Advanced robotic skills to bring back to Adelaide

The aim of this outstanding and internationally recognised fellowship is to gain full competence in a range of advanced urological robotic-assisted techniques. The training is purely in robotic urology – five days of operating a week. I will return to Adelaide and be able to provide these advanced techniques to patients. The training serves three purposes. First, after six-months I will be fully trained in a range of urological robotic surgery. I will be able to bring these skills back to South Australia for service provision from October 2018. Second, the time will be invaluable in developing the skill set necessary to train our local urology registrars in robotic surgery. Since robotic surgery was introduced in SA in 2004, no registrars have been able to train in robotic surgery. It is vitally important for South Australian patients that doctors of the future are able to provide this kind of surgery. Third, the academic work and clinical outcomes data will open-up the possibility of international collaboration in this area for South Australia.

I undertook a period of fellowship training (2008-2009) with Prof David Nicol in Brisbane, and was appointed as a consultant Urologist in Adelaide in 2009, where I have been a urological surgeon with broad practice including benign and cancer work. I have a particular interest in urological cancer surgery and have been instrumental in developing urology cancer provision at the Royal Adelaide Hospital into a fully functioning multidisciplinary service. I have made a large contribution to the public service system by bringing innovative strategies and significant funding to the department.

I see a great number of benefits to this 6 month fellowship for the provision of service to the public and private hospital systems in Adelaide, and also for the development of our training registrars. I will be unpaid for this period, and will be leaving a young family in Adelaide for six-months. I believe this demonstrates my dedication to further training and professional development, and its importance for bringing high level robotic urology surgery skills to South Australia.


Categories: Updates

27
June
2017

Urologist in Adelaide - Prostate Biopsy

Urologist in Adelaide - Prostate Biopsy

Urologist in Adelaide, Nick Brook using the Mona Lisa Biobot


Robotic prostate biopsy

In January 2017, Nick Brook organised for a 6 month free trial of the Biobot robotic biopsy system at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This is the first such system in South Australia, and was only the third in use in Australia.

The system uses a patient's MRI scan and fuses this with a real-time ultrasound of the prostate to enable targeting of suspicious areas in the prostate.


Increased accuracy of diagnosis leads to increased confidence that the correct treatment can be chosen.

Software controls the robotic arm, to ensure that the needles are placed in the correct position for biopsy

The Advertiser story on the introduction of the Biobot to South Australia by Nick Brook can be found here

Categories: Updates

15
June
2017

Nick Brook Urology Website online again

Nick Brook Urology Website online again

Adelaide Urologist Associate Professor Nick Brook has re-launched his urology practice website.


The website is relaunched

This was the most visited urology website in Adelaide, and has returned with updated patient information on urology conditions and procedures.

It highlights treatment options for prostate cancer, kidney stones, bladder stones, kidney cancer, vasectomy, vasectomy reversal and many others.


Optimised for mobile, tablet and desktop

You can view the website on your chosen device, for all the information you need on urology problems.


Categories: Updates

03
January
2015

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia break the $6M mark

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia break the $6M mark

Towards the end of 2014, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia smashed the $6M mark in income since the charity in Australia was created just over two years ago.


Dr. Hamlin and the whole team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in Australia and Ethiopia have had a huge impact on the lives of the women with obstetric fistula they treat and train.


Our practice will be supporting the work of this charity in 2015 and encourage you to read about the amazing work they do.

Please read more about the work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and stay up to date with latest news from Nick Brook Urology, as we support this work throughout 2015.


Follow this link to a short youtube video

And please pass on the links to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, via word of mouth, email and social media - the work they do is so important. You can follow Hamlin Fistula on Twitter.


Categories: Updates

29
November
2014

Nick Brook Urology Moving to New Location

Nick Brook Urology Moving to New Location

The North Adelaide practice has grown rapidly, and we are moving the rooms to a new location. We will be moving on the 16th December, and will be sending details through the post to all our patients.


Where are we moving to?

The new address for the the practice is Calvary North Adelaide Hospital (Ground Floor), 89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5006. The new telephone number is 08 8267 1424

The email address and website will stay the same; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., website www.nickbrookurology.com


Why are we moving?

The practice has grown significantly and the new location at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital has more space to allow for staff expansion, but importantly will offer many benefits for patients:

  • Located in a major private hospital
  • Easy ground floor access for patients, with 2 hour parking
  • Direct access for patients to radiology and pathology - located on the same corridor
  • On-site access for patients to Continence Nurse expertise
  • Immediate booking of procedures from clinic
  • In-patients have access to our office facilities and support

When are we moving?

16th December 2014. If you have an appointment prior to this date, then please come to the old 175 Ward Street address. After the 16th December, all consulting will be at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. We are on the ground floor. Just ask at reception, and they will point you to the new rooms.


What if I need further information?

We are writing to all our patients and their GPs to let them know about the move, with all the details of the new location. If you have any questions, Jane or Heather will be pleased to help. Before 16th December, call them on 8267 2200, after that date, call them on 82671424. We apologise for any inconvenience, and we are confident that you will find the new location is able to meet your expectations as a customer of the practice.


Categories: Updates

30
November
2014

Enzalutamide available on the PBS

Enzalutamide available on the PBS

From 1 December 2014, a new drug for advanced prostate cancer will be available and listed on the PBS. Enzalutamide is an oral drug used for advanced prostate cancer (metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer). It works by inhibiting binding of androgens (such as testosterone) to the androgen receptor (AR), as well as inhibiting the AR from entering the cell nucleus and from binding to DNA. It has had encouraging results in clinical trials.


What are the PBS criteria for enzalutamide?

The treatment cannot be used in combination with chemotherapy (docetaxel in the common chemotherapy agent used in advanced prostate cancer)

AND

The patient must have failed treatment with docetaxel due to resistance (this generally means progression of disease or non-response to docetaxel) or intolerance

OR

The patient must be unsuitable for docetaxel treatment on the basis of predicted intolerance to docetaxel

AND

Patient must have a World Health Organisation Performance Status of 2 or less (this means good performance)

AND

The patient must not receive PBS-subsidised treatment with this drug if progressive disease develops while on this drug

AND

The patient must not have received prior treatment with abiraterone

OR

Patient must have developed intolerance to abiraterone of a severity necessitating permanent withdrawal of abiraterone.

Categories: Updates, Prostate Cancer

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