Philip J Worley


M.B.,B.S., F.R.A.C.S.

Dip. Obs. R.A.C.O.G.






19th March, 1965

Adelaide, South Australia




Married to Julie with three children



  • House Captain in Year 12
  • Sports Blues award for tennis, basketball and table tennis
  • School General Service Blue


  • Completed 6 year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Degree
  • 1986.  Spent a 6 week Elective term in Valens Klinik, Switzerland, a private orthopaedic, neurological and rheumatological Hospital
  • Represented Adelaide University at the National Inter-Varsity Basketball Championships 1982 & 1983
  • Participated in a Youth Culture Exchange, living in Tonga, South Pacific, for one month, January 1984
  • Representative in the Australian "Venture for Victory" basketball team on a one month tour of The Philippines and Hong Kong, January 1986


1988     Internship at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide

1989     1st Year RMO at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide

1990     Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide (12 months Diploma of Obstetrics (RACOG)- awarded April 1991

1991     Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide (12 months Registrar in Accident and Emergency)

1992-3  Taunton and Somerset Hospital, England

  • 2 years Senior House Officer in General Surgery (equivalent to Junior Registrar level in Australia, experience in all areas of general surgery and vascular surgery)
  • Completed Practical Course in Surgery, Plymouth Postgraduate Medical School, April 1992
  • Successfully completed Advanced Trauma Life Support Course  (ATLS), Western-Super-Mare, October 1992.

1994     February to April as Assistant with View in general practice, Clare, S.A.

  • November, passed FRACS Part 1 MCQ  at first attempt
  • December, and January 1995, as Surgical Registrar, Breast/Endocrine Unit, Flinders Medical Centre

1995     Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide

  • 6 months Vascular Registrar
  • March, passed FRACS Part 1 OSCA, at first attempt
  • 6 months Breast-Endocrine registrar

1996 -1st year Advanced Training in General Surgery

  • February to July, Surgical Registrar at Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory
  • Covering General, Vascular, Plastics, Urology and Neurosurgery
  • August to January 1997 - Vascular Registrar, Royal Adelaide Hospital

1997     2nd year Advanced Training in General Surgery, spent in accredited positions at Southmead Hospital, 
Bristol UK

  • February to September - Colorectal Surgical Unit
  • October to December - Upper G.I. Surgical unit
  • Participated in advanced endoscopy meeting, April 1997, at the European Postgraduate Gastro Surgical School in Amsterdam, Holland, under Prof G.N.J. Tytgat
  • Participated in Advanced Course on Laparoscopic, Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgery, November

1997, at the European Institute of Telesurgery in Strasbourg, France, under Prof. J. Macrescaux and Prof. B. Gigot

  • Attended the Glasgow Surgical Forum, November 1997, with Profs R. Blamey, P. Cotton, A. Fingerhut, S. Goldberg, M. Irving and J. Lau

1998   3rd Year Advanced Training in General Surgery

  • January to June, Surgical Registrar on the Professorial Upper GI Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide
  • April - accredited by Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastro-intestinal Endoscopy in both Upper GI Endoscopy and Colonoscopy
  • July to December, Surgical Registrar at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Adelaide


1999     4th Year Advanced Training in General Surgery

  • January to June, Surgical Registrar on the Breast-Endocrine Unit at Flinders Medical Centre  and Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide
  • May, passed FRACS Part 2 Fellowship exam at first attempt
  • July to December, Registrar and Senior Registrar on the Professorial Hepatobiliary Unit at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide.  This completed advanced training in General Surgery.

2000     February

  • Appointed as Visiting Medical Specialist- General Surgeon, 5 sessions per week, Modbury Public Hospital , Adelaide
  • Private practice at Burnside, Wakefield and North Eastern Hospitals, Adelaide

2001     July

  • Appointed as Senior Visiting Medical Specialist - General Surgeon, 5 sessions per week, Modbury Public Hospital , Adelaide
  • Visiting General Surgeon to the Barossa Valley

2006     Private practice at St Andrew’s Hospital

2008     September

  • Visiting General Surgeon to Mt Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

2010     March

  • Private practice at Stirling District Hospital

2011     March

  • Invited speaker at Adelaide International Hernia Conference


  • Attended European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons Conference, Turin, Italy




  • "Strangulated gastro-thorax mimicking tension pneumo-thorax".                Emergency Medicine 1991; 3:93-96
  • "Surgical Aspects of Melioidosis" - being considered for publication, ANZ J. of Surgery
  • “Benign inflammatory pseudo-tumour of the bile duct masquerading as a Klatskin tumour.”   HPB Journal 2001
  • Co-author of Chapter “Gastro-intestinal bleeding” in “Radiology in Surgical Practice”.   S Neuhaus et al, 2006, Elsevier Ltd


  • "Surgical Aspects of Melioidosis" - presented at combined RACS/RACP
  • "Abdominal wall bruising in road traffic accidents" - presented at RACS, S.A. and RACEM national meeting
  • Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting, October 1996
  • “Kugel Patch Hernia Repair – How I Do It” – presented at International Hernia Conference, Adelaide, March 2011



  • A primary investigator in a clinical trial of a new method of inguinal hernia repair - the Kugel patch extraperitoneal repair
  • The erect abdominal radiograph – is it necessary?  Awaiting publication






  • Active involvement since graduation, particularly throughout advanced training, including junior doctors, medical students, staff and student nurses and regular participation in audits, case presentations, Journal Club and presentations at departmental academic meetings.  Since being appointed as a Consultant, increased level of teaching with 4th and 6th year students, interns, basic and advanced surgical trainees and Fellows.
  • Chairman of an educational session during "Trainees Day" at the inaugural General Surgeons Australia (GSA) scientific meeting, October 1999, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Tutor for Long Course for S.A. Advanced General Surgical Trainees 2000 -
  • Organiser of trial exam for short course for Advanced General Surgical Trainees 2000 – 2014
  • Instructor Basic Surgical Skills and Care of the critically ill surgical patient courses as part of RACS Basic Surgical Training 2001 -
  • Appointed Clinical Lecturer, University of Adelaide 2003
  • Hospital Supervisor, Surgical training, Modbury Hospital 2010 –
  • Local coordinator FRACS Fellowship exam, Adelaide 2013


  • Deputy Chairman – Burnside Hospital Medical Staff Society 2001 – 2004
  • Provision of Surgical Training for Rural General Practitioners 2001 – 2008
  • Wakefield Region Privileging Advisory Committee 2002 – 2008
  • Operating Room and Anaesthetic Advisory – North Eastern Hospital 2001 –2010
  • Infection Control and Waste Management – Modbury Public Hospital 2000 –
  • RACS SA Regional Board of Surgical Training 2010 –
  • North Eastern Community Hospital Medical Executive Committee 2013-
  • Appointed to Court of Examiners, RACS General Surgery 2014-



  • Assistant Coach and Runner – Uraidla Junior Football 2002 - 2007
  • Wine – wine reviewer for Medical Forum S.A. 2003 - 2007
  • Match day medical officer for Sturt Football Club League Team SANFL 2000 -
  • Music - Playing and listening, Lead singer “The Usual Suspects” rock band 2007-2013, “ Get Smart” 2013-2014
  • Cooking/Entertaining
  • Playing sports - Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Bike riding, Athletics, Cricket