Why choose ACTION?

Neurological diseases  represent  an   increasing   health burden on  society. The  World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease Report 2008 highlighted the  fact that ‘neurological disorders  are   an   important cause of mortality and constitute 12% of total deaths globally’.

Closely linked to  this  finding are  the  rapid advances  in diagnosis and treatment of  neurological diseases  which provide great potential for improved neurological health. It is  only  by  embracing a  solid  understanding of  these clinical advances that  neurologists can  provide the  best treatments for their patients.

What is ACTION?

ACTION (Australia China Training Initiative in Neurology) is an  initiative of the Melbourne Brain Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Tiantan Hospital (Beijing) and Tonji University Affiliated No 4 Hospital. (Shanghai)

The Melbourne Brain Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital has been delivering the Australia China Training Initiative in Neurology (ACTION) since 2010. Since its inception, 317 neurologists from China have participated in the program. The program provides neurologists from the China with an opportunity to learn leading edge practices in clinical science and in research in neurology from internationally recognised leaders in specialist fields of neurology.

The ACTION (Australia China Training Iniitative in Neurology) program has been endorsed by the WFN (World Federation of Neurology).

Program Structure
The program is delivered over two weeks, with the first week delivered in China and the second week in Australia. This allows the course faculty to initially engage with the participants in their home environment. The second week in Australia is based at the Melbourne Brain Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Combining lectures, workshops and case studies, the program provides a first step for advanced training in clinical neurology and introduces the participants to current and emerging practices in clinical neurology.

The   course  covers training in the following  neurology subspecialties:

  • acute stroke management
  • headache: advanced management
  • epilepsy
  • neuroimmunology
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neuroradiology
  • movement disorders
  • neuro-ophthalmology
  • neuromuscular disease
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neurogenetics


  • Professor Stephen Davis
  • Professor Bernard Yan
  • Professor Shaoshi Wang
  • Professor Liu Liping
  • Professor Wang Yongjun


  • Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Melbourne Brain Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital, The University of Melbourne
  • Tiatan Hosptial (Beijing)
  • Tonji University Affiliated No 4 Hospital (Shanghai)