Postgraduate qualifications

2020 – 21 Post Fellowship Education and Training, Spinal Surgery, Combined neurosurgery (NSA) and orthopaedics (AOA) accredited fellowship, Austin Hospital, Vic

2020 – PhD Candidate, “Targeted regenerative therapies and clinical studies aimed at improving outcomes in microdiscectomy”, Monash University, Vic

2020 Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Neurosurgery

2019 FRACS NSA Neurosurgery Fellowship Examinations

2016 – 18 Master of Surgery (Research), Monash University, Vic (upgraded to PhD for 2020)

2014 RACS NSA Neurosurgery Specific Surgical Sciences Examination RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Examination

2013 RACS clinical examination

2011 – 12 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons courses completed

ASSET – Australian and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training, RACS, Vic

EMST – Emergency Management of Severe Trauma, Calvary Hospital, Tas

CCrISP – Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient, CTEC, WA

CLEAR – Critical Literature Evaluation and Research, RACS, Vic

2004 PACS administration Course, AGFA

Tertiary Education

2009 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours), University of Tasmania
2008 Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Tasmania
2002 Bachelor of Applied Science, MRS, Diagnostic Radiography, University of Sydney

Secondary Education

1999 Higher School Certificate, Tempe High Languages School, ‘A’ level student


  • 2018 Best Neuroanatomical Microdissection Award, AESCULAP Macquarie University neuroanatomy dissection course.
  • 2017 Best Basic Science Paper Award, North American Spine Society ASM, USA
  • 2009 Honours for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Tasmania
  • 2008 Dean’s Roll of Excellence Award for Bachelor of Medical Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania

Additional Neurosurgery training

Visiting Fellowships/ Observership

2021 Minimally invasive neurosurgery (cerebrovascular and neuro-oncology), Mr Andrew
Hunn, Neurosurgery Tasmania, Calvary Hospital , Hobart, Tas (2 wks, Jan, 2021)
2009 Paediatric neurosurgery, A/ Prof Seow Wan Tew, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital,
Singapore (4 wks, Jan 2009)


2018 Aesculap White matter Microdissection Course, Macquarie University, Syd
Comprehensive Clinical Neurosurgery Review, Krakow, Poland
2015 Aesculap Microvascular Anastomosis Workshop, Macquarie University, Syd
2014 ARGO Cranial, Stryker Cadaver course, Sydney Hospital, NSW
2013 Midex Rex Drill Course, Medtronic, Medtronic Labs, NSW

Additional Spinal Surgery training

Visiting Fellowships/ Observership

2021 Motion preservation and complex spinal surgery, Mr Andrew Hunn and Mr Nova Thani,
Tas Spine, Calvary Hospital , Hobart, Tas (January / March)
2018 Deformity correction and complex spinal surgery, Mr Robert Lee, Stanmore Hospital, United


2020 Endoscopic discectomy training and accreditation program, Joimax + LHC, Mel
Robotics accreditation program, Mezzor + LHC, Mel (using Mezzor robot since 2016)
Nuvasive XLIF Lab, Queensland University, Bris
2019 LHC Bespoke Complex Spine and deformity techniques specimen course with Mr Chester
Sutterlin – C0 to sacrum, Macquarie University, Syd
AO Spine Advanced Level Specimen Course – MISS (ALIF/ XLIF/ TLIF), Syd
St Vincent’s Complex Lumbar techniques workshop – MISS (ALIF/ XLIF), Mel
2016 Orthotech ALIF/TDR Discussion Meeting, Mel
Stryker ALIF Academy, Module II – Live Animal Vascular Lab, Kolling Institute, Syd
2015 Zimmer Advanced Techniques in Cervicothoracic Spine Surgery, Syd
Stryker ALIF Surgical Skills Course, Syd
2014 Spine Fundamentals Course, Elevating Best Practice in Registrar Training, DePuy Synthes
Johnson & Johnson, Mel
ARGO Spine, Stryker Cadaver course, Macquarie University Hospital, NSW
1st Australian Registrar’s Programme in Spine Surgery, Module 1: Basic Concepts of Spine
Surgery, Medtronic, University of Technology, NSW
2013 ARGO Spine, Stryker Cadaver course, Macquarie University Hospital, NSW
2012 Zimmer MIS Spine Master Class, Sydney, NSW

Other training


• Basic Life Support Course, yearly, Royal Hobart Hospital, Tas
• Anaesthetics and Resuscitation Workshop, University of Tasmania, Tas
• Trauma and Rescue Course, University of Tasmania, Tas
• Introduction to Analysis workshop, Australasian Cochrane Centre, Tas
• Developing a protocol for Systemic Review workshop, Australasian Cochrane Centre, Tas
• Child Protection Workshop, South West Sydney Area Health Service, NSW
• Advanced Resuscitation Course, St John Ambulance, ADF, RAAMC, NSW
• Senior First Aid, St. John Ambulance, ADF, RAAMC, NSW