Director: Dr Amanda Gilligan​




Since the establishment of neuroscience services at Epworth Richmond in 1970, Epworth HealthCare has developed a national and international reputation for providing the highest levels of patient care and clinical support. The Neurosciences Clinical Institute focuses on neurology, neurosurgery, and neurosurgical and spinal surgery, and aims to teach and develop advanced techniques in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurological and spinal disease.



       F​​Y 2017

​     FY 2018

Services Admissions

Admissions Bed

Neurology 1,559 5,152

1,640​ 4,280​
Neurosurgery 2,944 13,683

3,161​ 13,427​

Conditions treated

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Acute head injuries
  • Brain tumours
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cervical and lumbar disc degeneration/herniation
  • Cluster headaches
  • Dementia
  • Encephalitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Meningitis
  • Migraine
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Spinal cancer and other tumours
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal infections
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischaemic attacks


  • A few of our surgeons are experts in deep brain stimulation to modulate tremor in Parkinson’s disease. Wires are inserted in the deep brain nuclei to provide targeted stimulation. This technique is very successful for the treatment of Parkinson’s tremors.
  • Hybrid theatre: The new Siemens Artis Q hybrid biplane operating theatre, the first of its kind in Australia and New Zealand, has been installed at Epworth Richmond. The hybrid biplane theatre combines advanced, high-precision imaging technology with a fully equipped surgical suite, allowing surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures that result in safer, faster and more efficient treatment of serious heart, stroke and neurological conditions. Epworth Richmond is the first private hospital in Victoria to offer this service.
  • Coiling: Endovascular coiling is a procedure performed to block blood flow into an aneurysm. An aneurysm is a weakened area in the wall of an artery, which fills up with blood, forming a balloon-like bulge on the wall of the artery. As an aneurysms grows, the risk of it bursting increases. If an aneurysm bursts, it causes bleeding and can lead to death.

Our performance

Epworth has taken a leadership position in the healthcare industry and is developing a detailed spine audit system. The driving force behind the system is to strengthen the auditing of activity and complications for patients with spine disorders. This will complement the existing audit systems which focus on care across the neuroscience population using an agreed set of flags.


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