Post Fellowship Education and Training Programs in Spinal Surgery
The Spine Society of Australia is committed to the advancement of spinal surgery. In the view of the Society this means that in order to perform complex modern spine surgery that special post fellowship training for both orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons is needed to secure the future of excellence in spine surgery in Australia.
The Society recognizes that the disciplines of both orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery bring unique skills to the process of training a spine surgeon.
NSA & AOA PFET Program in Spinal Surgery
Post Fellowship Education and Training (PFET) Programs in Spinal Surgery are one year minimum supervised training programs designed to allow orthopaedic and neurosurgeons to develop their surgical skills in spinal surgery. The Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA) have worked closely together to develop a joint Spinal PFET Program that has been accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
The objective of the PFET Program in spinal surgery is to provide competent, independent, specialist neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons with advanced procedural experience, knowledge and surgical skill relevant to the safe and effective treatment of complex spinal conditions.
Detail about the PFET Program can be found on:
AOA Accredited Spinal Fellowships
The AOA also offers accredited fellowships in spine surgery and information about these fellowships can be found on the AOA website: