Neurology is the area of medicine that deals with the central nervous system. A neurologist handles the diagnosis and treatment of all conditions and diseases within the central and peripheral nervous systems, including the autonomic and somatic systems.
Besides private practice, a neurologist may also be involved with clinical research, and clinical trials. Neurology is a non-surgical practice. The corresponding surgical aspect of this is neurosurgery. Neurologists often provide diagnoses and treatments that overlap with the work of psychiatrists, as the central nervous system plays a part in certain conditions and disorders that to the layman may be thought of as mental disorders.
Conditions and disorders such as Asberger syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and bi-polar disorder are considered neurological diseases rather than psychiatric disorders. Even alcoholism is considered a neurological disease.
With further research, many conditions and disorders once thought of as psychiatric problems, have been re-classified as neurological disorders.
Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN)
ANZAN is the main association of the more than 400 qualified neurologists in Australia. The main goal of ANZAN is to ensure that Australians enjoy the highest level of neurological practice by playing an active role in continuing the education, training and research of Australia’s neurologists and neurosurgeons.
Dr Andre Troiano - Neurologist
Dr André Troiano is a Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He practices General Neurology and has a special interest in Movement Disorders (Parkinson disease, tremors and dystonia), Headaches and Neurophysiology (entrapment neuropathies, peripheral neuropathies and radiculopathies).
Dr Jefferson Webster - Neurosurgeon
Dr Jefferson Webster is the founder and the Managing Director of the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery. He has a special interest in minimally invasive and minimal access surgery for the brain and, skull base and spine. Dr Webster undertook his MBBS at the University of Queensland and was trained in Brisbane, Melbourne and Townsville with speciality FRACS in 2006.