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Your Pathway into Neurosurgery training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Australia or New Zealand permanent resident or citizen
  • General medical registration
  • 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:
    - Complete a minimum of 24 weeks full-time equivalent dedicated neurosurgical experience in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore in the three years immediately prior to application in a public hospital with a neurosurgical department

  • Refer to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  for further information on selection and/or eligibility

Total Training Time

Total: 5 years (full-time)

  • A three-level sequential curriculum through basic, intermediate, and advanced training conducted over a minimum of five years and a maximum of nine years

How To Apply

The responsibility of the administration and recruitment for the Neurosurgical Education and Training (SET) program of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has been delegated to the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA).

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.

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