Graduates of this course will have a sound understanding of the theoretical principles and practical application of all the commonly employed techniques in clinical neurophysiology. You will be able to apply your knowledge directly to your work in diagnostic and perioperative settings. Career options are diverse and graduates may work in a clinical and/or research capacity in a hospital or private clinic or in an operating theatre.
The program is designed for trainee and qualified anaesthetists, neurologists, neurophysiology scientists and technologists. As the only postgraduate program of its kind offered in Australasia, (and the only University coursework in intraoperative monitoring worldwide) the coursework provides a structured curriculum in neurophysiological monitoring, and aims to enhance learning opportunities and skills taught in the workplace. There is demand in the field for qualified clinicians, nationally and internationally.
The program is ideal for those who intend to work, or already work, in neurophysiology laboratories and/or private practice and/or in hospital theatres.
The program is available for part or full-time study and is delivered largely online. This means you can tailor your course load to meet your professional demands. You can undertake up to four units of study per semester and you are able to suspend your studies for a period if required. Modules are available online so you can access them at your convenience. Intensive face-to-face teaching in block mode for some clinical units of study, provides an opportunity to meet leading teachers, like-minded students and learn practical techniques essential for expert practice.
The Clinical Neurophysiology program at Sydney Medical School is taught by experienced anaesthetists, neurologists and neurophysiology scientists from Australia and overseas.
The course is led by Dr Adam Hastings, a consultant anaesthetist at Westmead Hospital and Head of the Department of Anaesthesia of Westmead Private Hospital. Dr Hastings is the only American Board certified anaesthetist in Australia (Certificate in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring). He specialises in neuroanaesthesia, intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring, cardiac anaesthesia and extracorporeal perfusion. Dr Hastings has led the development of this course in collaboration with a group of neurologists, anaesthetists and clinical scientists, having recognised the lack of postgraduate training available in this field.
Alison Szekely is a senior neurophysiology scientist with 12 years experience in the field of neurophysiology. Alison has worked in diverse settings throughout her career in neurophysiology including adult and paediatric public hospitals and private practice. Alison is experienced in many modalities including EEG, nerve conduction studies and intraoperative monitoring.
Sydney Medical School has designed this course with several course options, allowing students to customise the degree to suit their individual needs. Streams are open to medical and non-medical graduates from a range of disciplines and study can be undertaken at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and Advanced Masters levels.