About Us

Briz Brain & Spine was established in 2005 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 combined their knowledge to optimise treatment and advance research to provide new and enhanced treatments in the future.

Today the surgical team includes six neurosurgeons and two orthopaedic spinal surgeons and is supported by a neurosurgical nurse practitioner, clinical nurses and an administration team over 20 strong, to ensure our patient care is seamless, from diagnosis right through to recovery.

We are committed to providing the highest level of professional service and quality personalised care using the most advanced applications in medical skills and technology available now and in the future.

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 Briz Brain & 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.

Briz Brain & Spine offer a range of services in the Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic surgery fields.

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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, Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine, our first regional stand alone practice, located in Birtinya on the Sunshine Coast.

Briz 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 and orthopaedic spinal surgery clinic, Briz Brain & Spine supports the Newro Foundation who conducts research to develop new ideas and hope in the fields of neurosurgery and spinal surgery.

As a gift to all our Briz Brain & Spine’s supporters, we have donated $5000 to the AMA Queensland Foundation on their behalf.  The AMA Queensland Foundation aims to relieve sickness, suffering and disability among Queenslanders in need – especially those patients in rural and remote locations who face logistical challenges accessing timely treatment. They also provide financial support to medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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We thank everyone for their support throughout 2019 and we wish you, your staff and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

COVID-19 Patient Message** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **

Patient and staff safety is our highest priority at Briz 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 travelled 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.

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

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