Medical specialists are involved in a patient’s care depending on the type and extent of the injuries. Some specialists you may encounter include:
Intensive care physician: a doctor who specialises in the management of patients who require the complex support available in an intensive care unit.
Registrar: a senior doctor who directs the hospital unit team and patient management. The registrar may also assist the specialist/consultant in caring for the patient.
Visiting Medical Officer: a visiting medical officer is a senior doctor subcontracted by the hospital to provide oversight and mentorship for registrars and residents. This role may also be called a VMO or consultant.
Neurosurgeon: a surgeon who is a specialist in the management of disorders of the nervous system, brain and spine.
Neurologist: a medical specialist who has a high level of expertise in diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, brain stem and cranial nerves.
Neuropsychologist: a psychologist who is trained in understanding how the brain works and how it affects behaviour, memory, learning and personality.
Occupational therapist: a therapist who has the expertise to improve or maintain independent functioning in all aspects of daily living.
Physiotherapist: a therapist who deals with the physical problems caused by the brain injury in order to maximise physical functioning.