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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 processing in 2023 are now open and close on 1 March 2023.

The application must include the completed Application Form and a separate logbook for each unit which forms part of the accreditation application. Additional attachments are also required as specified in the application form. The forms below must be used and must be submitted to [email protected].

Download the Accreditation Application Form here  

Download the Accreditation Adult Logbook Form here

Download the Accreditation Paediatric Logbook Form here

For the purpose of these Regulations for 2023, in Australia “RACS defined regional area” are those classified as category 3 by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.  In New Zealand, “RACS defined regional area” are those classified as low urban accessibility, remote or very remote by Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa.

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.

Training Post Allocations 

At the commencement of the SET Program, trainees will be allocated a Home Region where they will ordinarily spend most of their SET Program if there are available accredited training posts. 

Trainees with a Home Region in Aotearoa New Zealand will undertake up to two full-time equivalent training years of their training in Australia and the remainder, including Advanced Training, in New Zealand training posts.  All 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 full-time equivalent training years in any one training unit. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Board Chair, particularly where the trainee’s Home 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

Trainees will be emailed a link to submit their post preferences for 2024 in the first quarter of the 2023 training year. 


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