Research Assessment

Overview

As part of the Training Program training requirements trainees must complete the following components which combined constitute the research requirement prior to the end of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training:

  • An approved supervised research project (see Regulation 5.3)
  • An approved research presentation (see Regulation 5.4)
  • A publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal (see Regulation 5.5)

Recognition of prior learning for the research requirement or a component thereof may be considered in accordance with Section 8 of the Regulations. Trainees commencing on the Training Program prior to 2012 have different research requirements which are detailed in the Training Program Regulations.

 Download the Training Program Regulations here

Supervised Research Project

It is the responsibility of the trainee to make all applicable arrangements for their supervised research project and to obtain the prior approval of the Research Committee.  The research project must be:

  • Completed simultaneously while undertaking clinical training or during a period of Board approved interruption or flexible training; and
  • Supervised by an appropriately qualified consultant or researcher; and
  • Be a substantive project relevant to neurosurgery.

 For approval of the research project trainees will be required to submit a written research proposal, on the prescribed form, and present the proposal orally to the Research Committee. Trainees will also be required to provide an oral progress report to the Research Committee at a time determined by the Research Committee which will usually be around the midpoint of the research project.  For approval of successful completion of the research project trainees will be required to submit a written research completion report, on the prescribed form, and present the completion report orally to the Research Committee.

The Research Committee will consider proposals and completion reports bi-annually during the scheduled training seminars. The dates for the 2017 training year are as follows:

  • Submissions close Tuesday, 28 March 2017 for presentation to the Research Committee on Friday, 28 April 2017
  • Submissions close Wednesday, 13 September 2017 for presentation to the Research Committee on Friday, 13 October 2017

During the oral presentation, the Research Committee will ask questions to assist them in determining the approval or rejection of the research proposal or research completion. Trainees must undertake the research project approved. Any modifications, including changes in supervisors, institutions, higher degrees or the research project must be approved by the Research Committee by way of a revised research proposal using the prescribed form and where requested an oral presentation to the Research Committee.

Download the Training Program Regulations here
Download the Research Project Proposal Form here
Download the Research Project Completion Report here

Research Presentation

Trainees must present an oral presentation of the research findings from the supervised research project approved in accordance with Regulation 5.3 at the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting or at an alternative national or international meeting approved by the Research Committee which is subject to competitive abstract selection prior to the end of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training.

For accreditation of the research presentation, a letter from the meeting organisers at which the presentation was given must be submitted to the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia office prior to the end of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training.  The letter must confirm the trainee personally presented the paper and the title of the same.

View details of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting here
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Research Publication

Trainees must have one neurosurgical publication (not a case report or abstract) in a peer reviewed scientific journal based on the research findings from the supervised research project approved in accordance with Regulation 5.3. The publication must be as primary author and must be accepted for publication prior to the end of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training.

For accreditation of the research publication requirement, a copy of the article as published must be submitted to the NSA office prior to the end of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training.  If the publication has been accepted, but not yet published, a copy of the article accepted and a letter from the publisher, on the publisher letterhead, confirming acceptance of publication must be provided to the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia office prior to the end of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training.

 Download the Training Program Regulations here