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A Neurologist is a physician that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disorders of the nervous system, ranging from diseases of muscle, to disorders of cognitive function and behaviour. Neurologists can encounter a wide range of disorders such as stroke, cerebral palsy, neural tube defects, muscular dystrophy, autism spectrum disorder, movement disorders, acquired brain injury, and speech language and memory problems.
Employment as a Neurologist requires the completion of a medical degree, followed by three years of basic training, a written and clinical examination, and then two years advanced training in clinical neurology with responsibility for patient care, and a year of training in an elective area. Accreditation with the Royal Australian College of Physicians will then be awarded on successful completion of the training programme.