Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with a wide range of disorders of the nervous system.
A neurological disorder is a disease or injury of the central or peripheral nervous systems that cause symptoms including headache, weakness, difficulty walking, odd sensations or movements such as tremor, pain, and memory loss or problems thinking. Sometimes we know the cause of these problems e.g. stroke, inflammation or physical injury to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves , or biochemical or genetic causes. At other times, the cause is unknown and only the effects of the condition are seen.
Our neurologists provide a quality neurological service to central western NSW with a rural population of approximately 300,000 people. The neurologist to general population ratio is approximately 1 per 75,000. Neurological practice is largely rooms based and in addition to consultative services we also provide diagnostic neurophysiological services.
In addition we train a Neurology Advanced Trainee Registrar appointed by the Western Area Health Service who provides additional support to the Neurology Services in our region. Orange was the first non-metropolitan centre in Australia to be accredited for core neurological training by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists.
Teleconsultations are available for follow up appointments for those who have difficulty presenting in person (initial appointments will need to be face to face). The telconsultation can take place in the patient’s home or at the referring doctor’s surgery by video linkup, and is covered by Medicare. Medicare has set down guidelines to obtain an electronic signature from patients to be recognised for telehealth consultations which requires email confirmation before and after the service.
Patients who live more than 15km from Orange and who are unable to attend the rooms for distance or medical reasons.