Recruitment Of Trainees

Selection to Neurology Advanced Training – Australian and New Zealand MATCH PROCESS
Eligibility 1st year

  1. Ordinarily applicants must have successfully completed the basic physician training requirements by the end of the year the application is submitted including successful completion of the Part I and Part II RACP examinations. In 2021 applicants need only have completed the Part I by the time of application.  If applicants meet the preliminary requirements for entry into training, enter the match, but after the interviews are subsequently notified they have not passed the Part II RACP exam, the applicant will not be eligible to take up the matched position, nor enter the Neurology Advanced Training Program in 2022. The applicant/s will be removed from the match, and the position/s offered to the next highest ranked applicant/s.
  2. Applicants should have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia for Australian applicants or for New Zealand for NZ applicants.

(The employability of overseas trained physicians who do not hold an Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency for these positions varies between states. Applicants who fall into this category are advised to contact their state director of training well before the state interviews for more specific information).

  1. Applicants must have successfully submitted their application (see below) to the ANZAN MATCH Website (include website address). The opening and closing dates will be available on the ANZAN website.

Application Process 1st Year
The following must be submitted online through the MATCH website:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (Please note that first author papers are to be listed as such (i.e. separately) and then second etc. author papers and published case reports are to be listed as such i.e. separately from 1st author papers; please also note that abstract publications and papers submitted, but not yet accepted, are not to be listed).
  2. The name of 3 referees, at least one of whom should be a neurologist. The applicant must ask each referee to submit a standardised referee report form to the Secretary of ANZAN.  Referees will automatically receive the reference form from ANZAN upon receipt of their contact details.

Applicants may wish to meet with the Head of the Neurology Department in the hospitals in which they would like to work before the state interviews. This is not compulsory.
Assessment Process 1st year
Each candidate will be ranked out of 100. The weighting allocation is as follows:

  1. 25 points are allocated for the CV.
  2. 25 points are allocated for referee reports.
  3. 50 points are allocated for the interview*

*Applicants who meet the employability and basic selection criteria are invited to attend a state interview.
A candidate must get a minimum of 25/50 for interview and 65/100 points total score to be eligible to enter in to the MATCH process. A score of 65 or above will not guarantee a position, as this is determined by availability and demand.
Scoring Process 1st Year

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  1. Curriculum Vitae

Each candidate’s CV is marked by 2 interstate neurologists, and the scores are averaged. If the independent reviewers’ scores differ by more than 2 points the reviewers are asked to rescore. If scores still significantly differ the scorers will discuss the scores.
Scoring for the CV is as follows:
Completing medical degree – 2 points
Internship + 3 years of general medical training – 4 points
Passed both components of FRACP exam - 4 points
PhD – 5 points
B. Med Sci or other postgraduate degree – 2 points
Neurology Elective Year – 2 points
Neurology residency experience (any) – 1 point
1st author paper, or high impact factor journal – 1 point per paper
Subsequent author or case report - 0.5 points per paper
One or more prize during medical course or training - 1 point
Significant involvement in hospital committees, RMO association – 2 points
Significant teaching achievements – 2 points
Non-medical activities that show leadership, application, determination,
Personal sacrifice or voluntary activities for common good – 2 points
(Note that it is possible to achieve more than 20 points, however the maximum score is 20).


  1. Reference Scoring: 1st year

The referee reports are scored automatically when the referee enters a number between 1-5 for each question. There is a guide as to what each number reflects. There is an automated calculation that totals the score and gives a score out of 25. 

  1. Interview Scoring: 1st year

Each candidate will sit an interview in the State or region in which they wish to train. The interview panel will be made up of a representative from each hospital, and is chaired by the state lead of the ANZAN education and training committee. It is possible to interview in one state only.  Applicants should interview in the state where they prefer to work should they be successful in the match. At the interview a number of standardised questions will be asked. Each interviewer will score each answer independently and then provide an independent score for the entire interview out of 50. The scores will be submitted by each interviewer and then averaged to provide a score out of 50 for the candidate. This will then be added to the CV and referee scores to provide each candidate with a mark out of 100. At the end of the interview, the panel ranks applicants based on these scores.
Advanced trainees seeking appointment to a 2nd year of core training need to reapply using the same process as 1st year, without the need for a state interview.
The following must be submitted online through the MATCH website:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. The name of 3 referees, at least two of whom must be a neurologist. The applicant must ask each referee to submit a standardised referee report form to the Secretary of ANZAN.  Referees will automatically receive the reference form from ANZAN upon receipt of their contact details.

Advanced Trainees are expected to complete their two years of core training at different hospitals unless there are exceptional circumstances which prevent this.
A second consecutive year of core training is guaranteed subject to satisfactory supervisor’s reports, and on the basis that when submitting applications for the following year, the applicant applies for all positions within their state (see MATCH process below).
The MATCH process 1st and 2nd year
All 2nd year applicants, and 1st year candidates equal to the available number of positions who meet the predetermined cut-off score will be asked to submit on line a list of hospital positions in order of preference. This will be matched against each hospital’s preference list of candidates using the RACP matching algorithm for advanced training.
If a candidate does not wish to work at a certain hospital (for example, a regional centre) they must not enter that in to the MATCH, however this may affect their chance of getting a core position.
The candidate must number their preferences from 1 to X, X being the number of hospitals with available training positions that the candidate is willing to work at. If a hospital has more than one position the candidate DOES NOT enter that hospital multiple times. For example the RAH has 3 core jobs, however the candidate does not enter the RAH as preference 1, 2 and 3 if the RAH is their first preference, they simply list it as preference 1. The matter is different for the heads of units whereby in the above example the HOU of the RAH would list their first 3 candidates.

MATCH Outcome: 1st and 2nd year
After the match is complete, applicants and hospitals are informed of the results of the selection process within 7-10 days and for those successfully matched, no changes will be considered. Appointments are for a single year of training.
Unmatched applicants and hospitals with unmatched positions are also notified. Filling these vacancies is conducted by way of negotiation between individual hospitals and candidates.
Dr Michelle Kiley
Chair, ETC             


Accredited Training Positions

(This information is subject to updates to core posts in some states.)

Please note that although hospitals are listed state by state below, for the purposes of matching applicants to hospitals, Canberra Hospital (ACT) is included with NSW hospitals, and Royal Hobart Hospital and Launceston(TAS) is included with Victorian hospitals.

Part time training positions

Many hospital departments have indicated they will consider part-time training provided that any such request involves a team that the applicants organise so that there is full coverage for the workload. The positions suitable for elective training rather than core training may be more suitable for part-time training. If you are interested in listing your name as a potential job share partner please contact the ANZAN Secretariat on 

Important Dates 2023 Match

  • 21 July Applications close
  • 4 August Interview
  • 7 August successful applicants informed
  • 11 August Preferences
  • 15 August Match