What is a neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor who focuses on diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. They primarily use non-surgical treatments such as medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

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What is a neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon is a medical doctor who specialises in the field of neurosurgery. Neurosurgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and surgical management of conditions affecting the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and associated structures.

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What is a neuro nurse?

A neuroscience nurse is a nurse caring for patients with neurological conditions. They provide care and support during any hospital admissions and pre- and post-surgery.

You may also be assigned a nurse specialising in your condition, such as a Stroke Clinical Care Coordinator.

What is an orthopaedic surgeon?

An orthopaedic surgeon may be involved in neurological conditions affecting the spine.

An orthopaedic surgeon is a medical specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of conditions and injuries related to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other structures that provide support, stability, and movement to the body.

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What is allied health?

An allied health team refers to a group of healthcare professionals who work collaboratively and typically have expertise in specific areas outside of medicine and nursing. Members of an allied health team can include physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, dietitians and more.

What is a speech pathologist?

A speech pathologist can help manage communication difficulties that arise due to muscle weakness in the face and throat. They may provide strategies to improve speech, recommend augmentative and alternative communication methods, and assist with swallowing difficulties.

What is a neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychologists evaluate cognitive and psychological functioning in individuals with neurological conditions. They assess memory, attention, and other cognitive skills to better understand the impact of the condition on cognitive abilities.

What is an occupational therapist?

An occupational therapist can help you maintain independence and improve your ability to perform daily activities despite muscle weakness. They may suggest adaptations, assistive devices, and techniques to help you manage self-care, work, and leisure activities.

Neurology and neurosurgery


Overview of specialised neurological and neurosurgical care available at Epworth, in Melbourne and Geelong.
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