About Us

Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine is part of the Briz Brain & Spine group, which was founded to provide the most advanced and modern treatment of conditions of the brain and spine. Like-minded neurosurgeons came together to support each other and combine their knowledge to optimise treatment and advance research to provide new and enhanced treatments in the future.

The Briz Brain & Spine surgeons recognised the need to provide local neurosurgical and spinal care to the growing Sunshine Coast community and decided to open our very first stand alone regional clinic on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine are committed to providing the highest level of professional service and quality personal care using the most advanced applications in medical skills and technology available now and in the future.

Our aim is to become the leading provider of neuroscience and orthopaedic services in not only Queensland, but Australia-wide through dedicated quality of care and treatment.

Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine is proud to be a teaching practice and is responsible for teaching a number of medical students each year through its associations with a number of universities.

Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine offer a range of services in the Neurosurgery field.

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Neurosurgery is at the cutting edge of modern medicine and technology. Investigations of conditions of the brain and spine use advanced scanners such as CAT scans, MRIs and PET scans. These display detailed anatomy, can be used to create three-dimensional models, and allow us to map areas of the brain as you think and move, so that we know which areas to protect and preserve.

Much of brain and spine surgery is performed using powerful operating microscopes (Microsurgery) that magnify the operation and allow us to see the finest details, reducing normal tissue trauma. Pre-operative scans can be projected into the microscope to create a ‘heads-up’ view, which allows us to locate and define tumour margins.

Neurosurgery has blended with computers to allow computer-guided surgery called Stereotacticsurgery. Computers help the surgeon locate the pathology of the brain and spine and direct treatment. This allows for more efficient surgery through much smaller incisions and is called Minimal Access Surgery.

Keyhole surgery is now also available for spinal surgery. New techniques permit operations through special tubes to allow much smaller incisions and reduce trauma to normal tissues. This can be combined with microscopes and computer guided (stereotactic) techniques to preserve normal anatomy and treat abnormal anatomy.

Neurosurgeons combine their skills with other specialists involved in brain conditions, such as Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons to treat tumours of the skull base, such as Acoustic Tumours. Neuroradioligsts specialise in treatment of brain aneurysms and vascular malformations. Treatment can sometimes be directed through blood vessels without opening the skull or in combination with surgery to address this life-threatening condition.

New advances are constantly being made in the treatment of brain and spinal conditions and BrizBrain & Spine is always at the forefront of these medical advances to ensure that our patients are receiving the most innovative care available.

17 Years of Training

Becoming a neurosurgeon involves one of the most comprehensive and difficult training programmes. Before entering a programme, one must complete medical school, an intern year, two years of supervised basic surgical training and a Part 1 exam (entrance exam). This is usually followed by two to three years of research and clinical experience in neurosurgery.

Applications can then be made for ‘advanced training’. If accepted, the trainee then enters a five year training programme. During training, regular assessments are made of clinical skill, judgement and surgical capability. At the end of this period an exit exam (Part 2), which tests all aspects of neurosurgical care, must be passed. Following this a ‘fellowship’ year is spent training in a sub-specialty area of neurosurgery.

This is usually performed overseas and it takes approximately 17 years of study and training to become a neurosurgeon. However neurosurgeons must continue to advance their skill and knowledge to provide effective, safe and modern neurosurgical care.

We continuously update our case studies section to provide more insight into conditions and treatments our surgeons perform. Find them here.

The practice has a partner clinic, Briz Brain & Spine, which is located in Brisbane.

Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine is managed by the Fortus Health Group, which is one of Australia’s few providers who solely specialise in the foundation and management of Specialist Medical Practices.

Led by General Manager, Mark Higginbotham, the Fortus Health team is made up of business professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and skills in setting up and supporting medical practices. Their team comprises of experts in areas such as IT, accounting, practice management and marketing.

To find out if Fortus Health Group could help with the establishment or management of your private practice, please call 1300 147 055 or visit their website at https://fortushealth.com.au

More than just a neurosurgery clinic, Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine supports the Newro Foundation who conducts research to develop new ideas and hope in the fields of neurosurgery and spinal surgery.

COVID-19 Patient Message** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **

Patient and staff safety is our highest priority at Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine.

For patients with appointments, if you are suffering any symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath or have recently traveled or been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas, please contact our friendly reception team before attending the clinic. A telehealth appointment may be an alternative method of speaking with our surgeons.

Protecting the health of our staff is vital to ensure they can continue to provide great service.  Patients are encouraged to prepay accounts over the phone prior to appointments or via payWave or other contactless payment methods. Patients are also asked to complete the Patient Details Form and sign the Privacy Policy Agreement electronically prior to their appointment. These forms can be found under our Contacts page on the website or by clicking here. Please note, patients are asked to bring only ONE support person to their appointment and maintain appropriate social distances to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

During this current outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus we want to assure all of our patients that we will continue to implement procedures to maintain a hygienic clinical environment. This includes:

-          Disinfecting and wiping down all treatment surfaces

-          Regular cleaning of rooms and shared equipment

-          Thorough cleaning of all communal items including reception chairs, tables, door handles, pens and other shared items

-          All staff have access to infection control procedures and training to implement these as necessary

We are carefully monitoring the directions and advice of Queensland Health, the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organization. In the meantime, it is still business as usual and our doors are open.

Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented situation.