What is Clinical Neurophysiology?
Clinical Neurophysiology is the study of the functions of the brain and nervous systems. Technologists are able to record electrical activity arising from the brain, central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems using techniques such as Electroencephalography (EEG), Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSEP), Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAEP), and Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP).
What is the role of a Neurophysiology Technologist?
Technologists are responsible for the preparation of patients, and performance of procedures such as EEG, Evoked Potentials and Nerve Conduction studies. They are required to take medical histories, elicit and record electrical potentials, interpret responses for review by a Neurologist and maintain equipment used in these procedures.
Neurophysiology Technologists must have excellent communication skills as there is direct patient contact and a comforting approach must be used to develop a good rapport with patients.
Neurophysiology Technologists must understand the concepts of Neurophysiology and be able to recognise normal and abnormal electrical activity. Manual dexterity, the ability to adapt to difficult circumstances and a sound judgement are all qualities expected of a Neurophysiology Technologist.
Where does a Neurophysiology Technologist work?
The majority of Technologists across Australia are employed in major hospitals in Neurology and Neurophysiology Departments. Some Technologists are employed in mental health divisions and others by private Neurologists.
There is a growing need for trained Neurophysiology Technologists, and the demand grows as laboratories across Australia expand with the opening of specialty programs for Epilepsy monitoring and surgery.
How much does a Neurophysiology Technologist earn?
Salaries depend on education, experience, type of employment, and level of responsibility.
Qualifications and Training
Please go to the educational affairs section of this website for further information.
Qualifications for Overseas Technologists.
Technologists with qualifications and training from Universities, Colleges, Neurophysiology Departments and laboratories in countries other than Australia can apply to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to have the educational level of their formal qualifications benchmarked against the Australian Qualifications Framework.”
Please go to http://www.aei.gov.au/Services-And-Resources/Services/Assessment-of-Overseas-Qualifications/Our-Assessments/Pages/default.aspx for further information.
Neurophysiology Departments and Laboratories throughout Australia have differing requirements of training and qualifications for their employees. It is best to contact an employer directly for their specific requirements.