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The practice of neurology encompasses the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems and muscles.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$52,381 – $232,500
average salary
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years
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The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
The practice of neurology encompasses the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems and muscles.
6 (adult medicine); 1 (paediatric and child health)
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
100 (AM); 19 (PCH)
Entry requirements for Advanced Training in Neurology through RACP:
- Completion of RACP Basic Physician Training, including the RACP Written and Clinical Examinations
- Current Medical registration
- Appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position
Entry requirements for RACP Basic Training:
- Complete a medical degree accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) or Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ);
- Have a general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia, or a medical registration with a general scope of practice with the MCNZ if applying in New Zealand;
- Have satisfactorily completed at least one intern year (post graduate year one); Be employed by an accredited training hospital or health services (where you will do your Basic Training);
- Discuss your application and receive approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital (or network) Director of Physician Education (DPE)*. Approval of the DPE is subject to selection processes, training capacity and/or performance of the prospective trainee.

For more details visit: college website.
Applications are made online via the college: http://web1.racp.edu.au/traineeregistration/
NB: Registration with the RACP does not mean that you are automatically on a training network and you should refer to the state-based websites regarding employment.
$52,381 – $232,500
Basic training written exam: $1,820
Basic training clinical exam: $2,723

Advanced training For more information visit https://www.racp.edu.au/become-a-physician/membership-fees
$4,543 basic training + advanced training (enquire with RACP)
Time-based requirements - Training time and rotations – Adult Medicine
Purpose: To ensure adequate time for trainees to gain necessary learning experiences across a range of relevant rotations.
Total training time: 3 years (36 months) (FTE)
Training rotations:
-Minimum 24 months core training
-Maximum 12 months non-core training

Core training
A minimum of 24 months FTE must be spent in accredited core clinical training positions under the supervision of Fellows of the College. Trainees are expected to complete their two years of core training at different hospitals, unless there are exceptional circumstances which prevent this.
Emphasis is given to the management of inpatients, outpatients and on-call emergency neurology, and the exposure to neuropathology, neurophysiology and neuroimaging. Within this period of 24 months, the following minimum requirements must be met:
-Direct responsibility for emergency assessment and inpatient care of general neurology patients (8 minimum months experience)
-On-call for neurological emergencies (12 minimum months experience)
-Neurology consultations within a general hospital (12 minimum months experience)
- Neurology ambulatory care at a minimum of one clinic per week, or the equivalent number over a shorter duration (24 minimum months experience)

The following frequency of training and teaching is required per subspecialty:
Neuroimaging: One neuroimaging teaching period per month for two years, or attendance at two neuroimaging teaching courses
Neuropathology: One neuropathology teaching period per month for two years, or attendance at one neuropathology teaching course, e.g. Postgraduate ANZAN/BMRI Neuropathology Course
Neurorehabilitation: One neurorehabilitation period per week for six months, preferably at an approved rehabilitation facility or in rehabilitation activities in a general hospital Training in clinical neurophysiology

EEG & EMG Training in EEG and EMG is conducted as part of Advanced Training in Neurology and must be completed to meet the criteria for FRACP. By the end of training, the trainee must have satisfied their supervisors in clinical neurophysiology that the skills and knowledge they have acquired meet the Level 1 EMG & EEG training requirements as described in Neurophysiology Requirements.
Level 2 & 3 EMG/EEG training is optional and is accredited by ANZAN. It is not a requirement that this be completed during Advanced Training in Neurology.

Non-core training
A maximum of 12 months of non-core training may be undertaken in an accredited non-core training position. Non-core training need not be directly related to clinical neurology and may consist of a period of neuroscience research. The principal aims are to enable trainees to develop ability for critical appraisal of specific research and publications, and to promote research within the neurosciences by clinicians. Non-core training also allows for development of more experience in a particular specialty area of clinical neurology.
It is recommend that non-core training take place following the completion of core training. This is to ensure that the trainee is able to gain maximum training benefit from the non-core year. The overseeing committee recognises that in some circumstances an earlier non-core year may be beneficial, for example when a person is engaged in neuroscience research. An Advanced Trainee who commences neurology training with a non-core year and wishes to have the training considered must apply prospectively for provisional approval of this position. Provisional approval of a first non-core year of training does not mean that the trainee has been formally accepted into the Advanced Training in Neurology program. Furthermore, a first non-core year of training will only be certified towards the RACP requirements for Advanced Training in Neurology after the Advanced Trainee has gone through the ANZAN match/interview process, has been matched to an accredited core training position, and has satisfactorily completed a first core year of training. High standards of training are maintained by the accreditation of both training hospitals and individual neurology training positions.

Training time in Australia/New Zealand: At least 24 months of core Advanced Training in Neurology must be undertaken in Australia and/or New Zealand. This is to ensure that trainees receive adequate exposure to local practices and health services.

Other requirements: It is strongly recommended that trainees complete their Advanced Training at more than one training site.
Applications are due mid-February.
Advanced training

NB: Salary figures, working hours, undersubscribed and oversubscribed can vary greatly depending on various factors including but not limited to geographic location, private or public practice. MedVersus provides an Australia wide overview. For information specific to your needs we encourage you to discuss further with the relevant colleges/associations. For feedback/information to keep the site up to date please contact us by email: media@gptq.qld.edu.au

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