Registration, Fees and Leave

Registration

Trainees selected to the Training Program will be automatically registered with the RACS in accordance with the RACS Trainee Registration and Variation Policy. Trainees must keep the Board up to date with their contact details at all times.  Changes can be sent to set.neurosurgery@nsa.org.au.

Download the Training Program Regulations here

Training fees

The Training Program annual training fee has two components; one component to the RACS and the one component to the NSA.  For the 2017 training year, the fees are as follows:

  • Australian Full Training Fee - RACS Component:  $3,405 (Australian dollars)
  • Australian Full Training Fee - NSA Component:  $3,405 (Australian dollars)
  • New Zealand Full Training Fee - RACS Component: $4,270 (New Zealand dollars)
  • New Zealand Full Training Fee - NSA Component: $4,270 (New Zealand dollars)

Trainees undertaking part-time clinical training will be charged areduced fee. Trainees who are not in clinical training (interrupted, deferred, suspended, exam pending) will not be charged a fee by the NSA, but will be charged a fee by the RACS. These fees can be found on the RACS website  (click here to view the RACS fees). All training fees above, including the NSA component, are invoiced by the RACS.

In addition to the above, fees are charged for compulsory courses and examinations which form part of the Training Program requirements. These fees are charged by the RACS and can be found on their website (click here to view the RACS fees).

Applicants to the Training Program are required to pay a registration fee to the RACS and an application fee to the NSA. These fees can be found in the selection registration and application section of this website (click here to view the selection registration and application fees).

Trainees who fail to pay outstanding monies owed to the RACS or the NSA may be dismissed in accordance with the RACS Surgical Education and Training Fee and the Specialty Surgical Education and Training Fee policies.

Leave  

Trainees undertaking full-time training are entitled to a maximum of six weeks leave per six-month rotation subject to approval by the employing authority.  Periods beyond this may result in the rotation being deemed unsatisfactory. The maximum leave entitlement is inclusive of, but not limited to, combined annual, personal, compassionate, parental, study, conference and carer’s leave. Trainees wishing to take more than six weeks’ leave must apply for interruption of training (see Training Program Regulation 1.6).

Download the Training Program Regulations here

Deferment

Deferment applies to new trainees who have not yet commenced on the Training Program. New trainees wishing to defer commencement on the Training Program to complete a higher research degree relevant to neurosurgery must be undertaking the higher degree at the time of application for selection.  The maximum period of deferment that will be granted for higher degree research is 12 months.  Additional periods of interruption to continue the higher degree research will not be granted. The application for deferment must be made at the time the selection offer is accepted.

Interruption

Interruptions apply to existing trainees who have commenced on the Training Program. Interruptions for any purpose may be granted in 12 month increments to coincide with the training years. Shorter periods of interruption may not be available.  

Existing trainees wishing to interrupt their Training Program for circumstances other than research, including ill-health and parenting can apply at any time in writing to the Board. In circumstances of ill-health a medical certificate for the proposed period of interruption must be provided. 

Existing trainees wishing to interrupt their Training Program to undertake a higher research degree relevant to neurosurgery may apply for interruption following satisfactory completion of one year of the Training Program. The application must be submitted prior to 1 May in the year prior to the proposed commencement of the interruption.  Approval of interruption is at the discretion of the Board. The application should address, and the Board may take into account, the following:

(a)    Whether there have been any performance concerns;
(b)    The topic of the research and research degree;
(c)    The level of support from the current surgical supervisor:
(d)    The level of support from the institution in which the research is proposed; and
(e)    The trainee plan for maintenance of surgical skills during interruption.

Research interruptions should ordinarily occur during Intermediate Neurosurgical Training. Applications for interruptions outside Intermediate Neurosurgical Training must demonstrate strong performance in all areas and strong support from the current surgical supervisor and proposed research institution.

Download the Training Program Regulations here

Flexible Training

The Board fully supports the concept of part time training while recognising the complexities in arranging the logistics to make the Training Program feasible.  The Board is unable to guarantee that part time accredited training positions can be identified and requests fulfilled.  The Board is currently working with accredited institutions to establish a list of possible flexible training positions.