The practice of paediatric neurology involves the diagnosis and treatment of children with diseases affecting the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems, and muscle.
Many neurological conditions are chronic and disabling, and the paediatric neurologist may need to treat psychological, cognitive and behavioural complications, liaise with other medical and allied health professionals, and be involved in rehabilitation.
40 hours/week average time worked
$124,696/year average salary
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years min full time
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
The practice of paediatric neurology involves the diagnosis and treatment of children with diseases affecting the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems, and muscle. Many neurological conditions are chronic and disabling, and the paediatric neurologist may need to treat psychological, cognitive and behavioural complications, liaise with other medical and allied health professionals, and be involved in rehabilitation.
6 (adult medicine); 1 (paediatric and child health)
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
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.
$4,543 basic training + advanced training (enquire with RACP)
Time-based requirements - Training time and rotations – Paediatrics & Child
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)
Minimum 24 months core training
Maximum 12 months non-core training
A minimum of 24 months FTE must be spent in accredited core clinical training positions under the supervision of a Fellow of the College.
Core training in paediatric neurology must include experience in the following:
- Direct patient care, both inpatient and outpatient, normally under the supervision of at
least two paediatric neurologists in the setting of a busy teaching hospital.
- Regular participation in an after-hours on-call roster. This is a prerequisite for a year to be considered for accreditation as core training.
Trainees in paediatric neurology are encouraged to participate in the following optional
requirements for core training:
- Clinical research – with the condition that any laboratory research should be no more than half a day per working week.
- Training in the subspecialties of paediatric epileptology or paediatric neuromuscular
disease – a maximum of six months training may be accredited as core training.
Procedural skills and training in clinical neurophysiology
At the end of two years of core training, trainees should have:
- Expertise in paediatric EEG interpretation and knowledge of the technical aspects of, and indications for neurophysiological studies
-Ability to reliably interpret most paediatric neuroradiological studies
-A working knowledge of neuropathology
A maximum of 12 months of non-core training may be undertaken with the prospective
approval of the overseeing committee. Non-core training can be undertaken in any of the subspecialties of paediatric neurology, for example neurorehabilitation, neuroradiology, neurometabolic disease, neurogenetics or neuro-ophthalmology.
For a position to be considered for certification as non-core training in paediatric neurology, the relevance of that position to the field of paediatric neurology must be demonstrated.
Accordingly, non-core training can also be obtained in neurophysiology, neuropathology,
psychiatry and clinical or basic research, so long as it is related to the neurosciences.
It is recommended that formal training in clinical adult neurology be obtained.
It is recommended 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.
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 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.
It is strongly recommended that trainees complete their Advanced Training at more than one training site.