A neurologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disorders of the nervous system, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
The scope of a neurologist is wide and can include involvement in the treatment of epilepsy, stroke, cerebral palsy, neural tube defects, muscular dystrophy, autism spectrum disorder, movement disorders, acquired brain injury, and speech, language and memory problems.
Basically investigates, diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries of the human brain, spinal cord, nervous system and muscle tissue. They work in hospitals, private practice or a combination of both. Some neurologists work 60 hours a week which can include shift, weekend and on-call responsibilities. A general routine day involves seeing patients and time spent doing paperwork. Although the job can be emotionally demanding it can also be emotionally rewarding.
- Paediatric Neurologist
- The intellectual ability to apply the concepts of neurological medicine.
- To enjoy finding solutions to problems, dealing with people and directing the work of others.
- To be confident and a strong decision maker.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- To empathize and be compassionate towards others.
- Emotional strength and maturity.
- To be able to work under pressure and have the stamina to work long hours.
- Strong ethics.
- Provide patient-specific treatment plans and interventions to manage and treat conditions.
- Order and interpret diagnostic images and tests to diagnose neurological conditions.
- Examine and investigate potential neurological conditions in patients.
- Advise patients and families about conditions, treatments, prognosis, and side effects.
Must obtain a 6 year medical degree and then undertake further training.
The pay scale of a neurologist ranges betweenAUD$48,831 – AUD$206,084 and the median being AUD$107,999.