Training Posts


Clinical training posts facilitate workplace hands on service learning and exploration in a range of training environments providing the opportunity for the trainee to develop, with supervision, the requisite experience, knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to become a competent independent specialist neurosurgeon. Each training unit has its own profile for patient case mixes, supervision, staffing levels, working requirements for trainees and equipment. Each clinical training post has an allocated supervisor, satisfying the requirements in the Training Post Accreditation Regulations. Clinical training posts are accredited in accordance with the Training Post Accreditation Regulations available below.

Download the Training Post Accreditation Regulations here

Training Post Accreditation

The standards, terms and conditions for the assessment and accreditation of training posts for the Training Program are outlined in the Training Post Accreditation Regulations.

Applications for accreditation can be submitted by a single training unit (a primary site), or by multiple training units in collaboration.  Where an application is made by multiple training units:

(a) each site in the application will be assessed as either a primary site or a secondary site;
(b) a secondary site will be one which, on its own, does not satisfy the primary site accreditation criteria in Regulation 1.6;
(c) secondary sites must be located near a primary site in the application; and
(d) there must be at least one primary site in each application.

Trainees are only allocated to primary sites.  Where secondary sites are accredited in conjunction with one or more primary sites, trainees may spend no more than 20% of their time each week in the secondary site.

Applications should be received no later than 1 March in the year prior to allow for completion of the accreditation process prior to the final allocation of trainees.  Applications received after 1 March may be held over to the following year.  The application must include the completed Application Form and a separate logbook for each site which forms part of the accreditation application. The forms below must be used and must be submitted to

Download the Training Post Accreditation Regulations here
Download the Accreditation Application Form here
Download the Accreditation Adult Logbook Form here
Download the Accreditation Paediatric Logbook Form here

Trainee Assessment of Training Positions

The assessment of training posts by accredited trainees is a critical component of the training post review process. All trainees are required to complete the online training post evaluation form on a six monthly basis providing information regarding their experiences in their accredited training post. The training post evaluation forms are kept confidential and are not released to hospitals or supervisors.

Trainees will receive an email link to complete the forms twice a year during August and February.

Training Post Allocations 

Trainees will be allocated to a region where it is intended they will undertake most of their training. This allocation will be made at the start of their training based on their pre-training appointments. The region, once determined, may only be changed by applying in accordance with Regulation 1.9.

Trainees will rotate through a minimum of three training units during their SET Program to ensure they receive a wide exposure to systems, supervisors and case mixes.  Trainees will ordinarily spend no more than two years in any one training unit. Exceptions may be made, particularly where the trainees’ region has less than three accredited training units.

The Board approves the allocation of trainees to accredited posts during all clinical training years.  Trainees must be prepared to be assigned to a post anywhere in Australia and New Zealand. Singapore trainees must be prepared to be assigned to the posts in Singapore for at least three years of their SET Program.  Trainees are not permitted to swap training post allocations. 

Trainees should expect to move from their region at least once during their training.

Trainees will be invited to submit preferences during April 2020 for the 2021 training year.