Courses and Seminars

Compulsory Courses

The Surgical Education and Training Program training requirements include successful completion of the following courses:

  • Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient Course (CCrISP)
  • Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)
  • Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)

Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient Course (CCrISP)

The CCrISP course must be completed prior to or during Basic Neurosurgical Training. Trainees are advised to register as soon as is practical after appointment.  The CCrISP® course assists doctors in developing simple, useful skills for managing critically ill patients, and promotes the coordination of multidisciplinary care where appropriate. The course encourages trainees to adopt a system of assessment to avoid errors and omissions, and uses relevant clinical scenarios to reinforce the objectives. Registration and delivery of the course is managed by the RACS with a fee charged.

Trainees who have satisfactorily completed an above course or a RACS recognised equivalent to the course, may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for this component. Please see section 8 of the Regulations for further details.

View the CCrISP course dates, registration and fee information here 
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)

The EMST course must be completed prior to or during Intermediate Neurosurgical Training. Trainees are advised to register as soon as is practical after appointment.  The EMST course is concerned with the management of injury victims in the first hour or two following injury, which emphasises a systematic clinical approach. It has been tailored from the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course of the American College of Surgeons. The course is designed for all doctors who are involved in the early treatment of serious injuries in urban or rural areas, whether or not sophisticated emergency facilities are available.  Registration and delivery of the course is managed by the RACS with a fee charged.

Trainees who have satisfactorily completed an above course or a RACS recognised equivalent to the course, may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for this component. Please see section 8 of the Regulations for further details.

View the EMST course dates, registration and fee information here 
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)

The CLEAR course must be completed prior to or during Intermediate Neurosurgical Training. Trainees are advised to register as soon as is practical after appointment.  The CLEAR course is designed to provide tools to undertake critical appraisal of surgical literature and to assist surgeons in the conduct of clinical trials. These 'hands on' courses aim to make the language and methodology relevant to surgeons and the day-to-day activities in their practice. Registration and delivery of the course is managed by the RACS with a fee charged.

Trainees who have satisfactorily completed an above course or a RACS recognised equivalent to the course, may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for this component. Please see section 8 of the Regulations for further details.

View the CLEAR course dates, registration and fee information here 
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Training Seminars

The training seminars are held twice a year and deliver topics on a rotational basis.  Trainees are required to attend all scheduled training seminars occurring while they are undertaking the Surgical Education and Training Program unless they have been granted leave by the Board Chair. Applications for leave must be submitted in writing at least two months prior to the training seminar commencement unless the circumstances make this impractical.  Applications must be sent to set.neurosurgery@nsa.org.au.

Expenses incurred in attending the training seminars are the responsibility of the trainee. Trainees are responsible for their own accommodation and travel arrangements.  A fee may be charged.  Trainees may be required to submit presentations or abstracts for training seminars.  All submissions must be received prior to the due date in the format requested. The program will usually be released by email 2 months prior to the scheduled commencement of the training seminar.

A training seminar will not be recognised as a completed training requirement if the trainee:

  • does not attend the training seminar or part thereof without leave being granted; or
  • does not present at the training seminar if requested or given the opportunity; or
  • does not submit the presentation and/or abstract by the due date; or
  • attendance at the training seminar was deemed unsatisfactory by the training seminar convenor.

 Download the Training Program Regulations here

Next Training Seminar

The next training seminar is scheduled as follows:

Functional, Epilepsy and Pain
8.00am Wednesday 26 April to 1.00pm Friday 28 April 2017
Sofitel Brisbane Central
249 Turbot Street
Brisbane, Queensland

Trainees must submit the attached registration form prior to 18 January 2017.  The program, including trainee topic allocations, will be released on or prior to 27 February 2017. The submission of presentations and abstracts will be due on 27 March 2017. Further details will be available here in February 2017.

Download the registration form here for submission by 18 January 2017

Future Training Seminars

The seminar topics and locations are provisionally scheduled as follows, noting these are subject to change without notice unless otherwise indicated:

Skull Base Surgery
Wednesday 11 October to Friday 13 October 2017 (times not yet available)
Crown Plaza Adelaide
16 Hindmarsh Square
Adelaide, South Australia

Neuro-oncology
Perth, Western Australia
May 2018

Spinal Surgery
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
October 2018

Cerebrovascular
New Zealand
May 2019

Neurotrauma
Hobart, Tasmania
October 2019

Paediatric Neurosurgery
Sydney, New South Wales
May 2020