Post Fellowship Education and Training


Post Fellowship Education and Training (PFET) Programs in Spinal Surgery are short-term supervised training programs designed to allow orthopaedic and neurosurgeons to develop their surgical skills in spinal surgery.

This sub-specialty training is primarily provided through a work-based surgical program provided by a supervisor and institution. PFET programs have:

  • A defined curriculum
  • Deliverability of the proposed curriculum
  • A series of in-training formative assessments 
  • Process to assess satisfactory performance in training
  • A mechanism to confirm satisfactory completion of training

These programs are only available to those who have obtained a specialist training qualification in orthopaedic surgery or neurosurgery.

In a positive effort to work collaboratively with other surgical specialities, the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA) have worked closely together to develop a joint Spinal PFET Program that has been accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

For additional information regarding the accreditation of programs please refer to the Regulations