Nick Brook has been a consultant urological surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Adelaide since 2009. His private practice is located at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, 89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide, with appointments at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and Burnside War Memorial Hospital.
Nick completed surgical urology training in the UK, before undertaking an advanced laparoscopic and cancer fellowship placement at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane from 2008-2009.
Nick holds Fellowships of both UK (FRCS Urol) and Australasian (FRACS Urol) Colleges of Surgeons, a Doctor of Medicine higher degree by research (MD), a MBBS, and extensive basic science research training (BSc and MSc).
He is trained in all aspects of adult urology practice, and has a special interest in urological cancers. He has subspecialist experience in kidney, bladder and testicular cancer, including minimally invasive surgical treatment for kidney cancer, and an interest in modern treatment of prostate cancer with brachytherapy.
Nick also has extensive experience in the management of urological conditions in patients with complex medical problems and kidney failure.
His clinical and basic science research interests encompass novel treatments for advanced prostate cancer, and is the lead urologist on a number of clinical trials based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous international meetings. Nicholas Brook Curriculum Vitae
Many recent improvements in public service delivery at the Department of Urology of the Royal Adelaide have been delivered by Nick, including substantial funding arrangements to bring in nursing support for prostate cancer patients and their families.
Nick is the Urology Training Supervisor for urology surgery trainee doctors at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is actively involved in the training and educational development of registrars and advanced trainees in simple and complex urological surgery and management.
He was also the Director of Surgical Resident Medical Officer training from 2010-2013, and along with his active role in regular medical student teaching, is now leading the re-development of the Urology Curriculum for University of Adelaide Medical Students at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Urological Cancer Service Development at the
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Multidisciplinary Urology Cancer Team
Nick started the RAH Urology Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Meetings two years ago, and chairs the fortnightly meetings. These bring together specialists from urology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and nursing, so that complex cases can be discussed together to help decide the best treatments for individuals.
Director of Urological Cancer
In 2012, Nick was appointed as Director of Urological Cancer in the Department of Urology. This position reflects the high volume of and complex nature of urological cancer surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Development of Joint Urological Oncology Clinics
Together with Dr. Hsiang Tan, a specialist medical uro-oncologist, Nick started and runs joint clinics for patients with urological cancer, who need input from both an urologist and an oncologist. This service has improved and streamlined management for patients with advanced bladder, kidney, prostate and testis cancer. This clinic also has access to new drug trials that are being run in urological cancers, and Nick is a co-investigator on a number of these.
Establishment of Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Service at RAH
In 2011, Nick made a successful application to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia for the appointment of a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse. The Royal Adelaide Hospital has one of only 13 funded positions in Australia. Prostate cancer patients now have access to a specially trained nurse who can support them through diagnosis and treatment, and provide a point of contact for any problems. Click here for more information
Chair PCFA rural roadshow education content committee.
In 2012, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia received funding from the Department of Health to run Prostate Cancer Education Roadshows to Rural areas of Australia. Nick was asked to Chair the Education Content Committee for these, and continues in this role. Nick led the RAH team for the first Roadshow in Australia, delivered to Port Pirie, in March 2013.
Lead investigator for Cancer Aus CaP dataset collection
Nick is the lead investigator for a pilot being run by jointly Cancer Australia and Andrology Australia to examine what data should be collected about prostate cancer. The RAH have been appointed as one of only three centres in Australia to trial this data collection. Click here for more information