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Your Pathway into Neurosurgery training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Must have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand 
  • Must have general (unconditional) registration with the Medical Board of Australia or general scope registration or restricted general scope registration in Neurosurgery in Aotearoa New Zealand.  
  • Completion of PGY2 
  • Completion of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Hand Hygiene Learning Module 
  • Completion of the RACS “Operating with Respect” eLearning module and Completion of the Generic Surgical Sciences exam 
  • Neurosurgery Specific Eligibility Criteria:
    • Must have completed a minimum of 24 weeks full-time equivalent dedicated neurosurgical experience in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand in the three years immediately prior to application in a public hospital with a neurosurgical department 
    • Must have satisfactorily completed the RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Examination at the time of application.  

Total Training Time

Total: 5 years (full-time)

  • First Level – Basic Neurosurgical Training (one (1) full time training year)  
  • Second Level – Intermediate Neurosurgical Training (three (3) full time training years)  
  • Third Level – Advanced Neurological Training (one (1) full time training year)  
  • Maximum time to complete training is nine (9) years from the commencement of training 

How to Apply

  • Applicants must first register with RACS in accordance with the Registration for SET Selection policy. 
  • Applicants must also apply for selection to the NSA via the neurosurgery online application form. 
  • Queensland Health offers a central allocations program for SET 1 Principal House Officer (PHO) applications in General Surgery through the RMO Campaign. 
  • Selection to SET 2-5 Neurosurgery Registrar positions in Queensland is managed by the RACS and the NSA. 
  • Applicants who are successful with RACS and NSA will need to apply to the Queensland Health RMO Campaign for an employment contract to be issued by the allocated facility. 

Application Deadline

RACS Registration opens – January each year  

Neurosurgery Applications open – March each year  

Dates change each year, please visit the NSA website for more information.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Is flexible training an option?

The training board is committed to supporting trainees to reach their full potential by providing opportunities for flexible training. Flexible training is defined as training undertaken on a minimum 50% full-time equivalent basis, but less than 100% full time.  

What is the cost of the training fees?

Surgical training fees are approved by the RACS and the NSA each year and are published on their respective websitesInvoices are issued prior to the commencement of the training year. The RACS is responsible for invoicing and collection of fees.  

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website aims to assist medical students and doctors in training with medical career planning. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is current and accurate, all details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College.

NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.

Cairns region
(07) 4226 8187

Central West region
(07) 4764 1547

Mackay region
(07) 4885 7122

North West region
(07) 4764 1547

Torres and Cape region
(07) 4095 6103

Townsville region
(07) 4781 3424