We provide high quality care for people who need diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the brain, spine, nerves and muscles.
Dr Emma Blackwood
BSc(Med), MBBS(Hons 1), FRACP
Dr Emma Blackwood is a consultant neurologist and neurophysiologist practising in Orange.
She grew up in Bathurst and studied medicine at the University of New South Wales, graduating with first class honours in 2003. She subsequently undertook basic physician training at Concord hospital and then trained in neurology at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred and Prince of Wales Hospitals. She attained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2010. She worked for two years as a Staff Specialist Neurologist at Liverpool and Concord Hospitals before moving to Orange in 2013.
Dr Blackwood undertook a neuromuscular fellowship at Concord Hospital, receiving training in neurophysiology, neuroimmunology and neuromuscular medicine. She is qualified in neurophysiology including performing and reporting nerve conduction studies, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potential studies. In addition she has expertise in the injection of botulinum toxin for the treatment of neurological conditions including hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, post-
Dr Simon Hammond
MBBS(LOND), PhD(SYD), FRCP(UK), FRACP
Dr Hammond has provided a neurology and neurophysiology service in Orange and the Central West of NSW since 1989.
He was born and grew up in England, and he graduated with a MBBS from Guy's Hospital, University of London in 1971. He obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP[ UK]) in 1976. He came to Australia in late 1976 and he attained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1980 after three years of training in neurology and neurophysiology in Canberra and Perth.
In 1980, he became a research fellow in neurology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney under Professor Jim McLeod. His major projects were a nationwide epidemiological survey of multiple sclerosis (MS), treatment trials of transfer factor and alpha-
In 1994, he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (FRCP[ UK]).
Dr Hammond was a foundation member of the Central West Parkinson’s Disease Research Group, which was formed in 1993. The group conducted a study into the social and psychological effects of Parkinson’s disease in the Central West, and in 1999 published “Living with Parkinson’s Disease in the Central West of NSW”. Subsequently, the group further expanded that research through supervision of a PhD student, Ian Cooper, which culminated in Dr Cooper’s 2009 thesis “Parkinsonism in Australia”.
Dr Hammond’s contribution and services to medicine and neurology in the Central West of NSW were recognised in the 2006 Australia Day honours, with him being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Prof Simon Hawke
MBBS (Syd), DPhil (Oxon), FRACP
Although a general neurologist, Simon has a particular interest in neuroinflammatory diseases such as MS and in neurodegenerative disorders such Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. He serves on the CJD International Support Alliance (CJDISA) - Friends and Advisory Group. As well as his clinical practice in Orange, he holds weekly clinics at Sydney Neurology in Camperdown.