The Victorian Brain and Spine Centre (VBSC) provides a complete range of acute and elective Neurosurgical care. The VBSC is based at St Vincents in Fitzroy and provides care across Victoria (see rural clinics).
We also offer Neurophysiology diagnostic services.

As of the 23rd September 2019:

All spinal referral will require the Spinal Assessment and Management Service Referral Form as well as your usual referral letter template.

See Referral Information below for further information.

Our Team

Mr Paul Smith    
Director of Neurosurgery

Mr Christopher Thien    
Head of Clinic

Mr Kristian Bulluss    

Mr Tiew Han    

Mr Carlos Chung  

Mr Rana Dhillon  

Mr David Oehme  

David Simondson     
Consulting Physiotherapist
(spinal assessment only)

Referral Information

Referral Guidelines

Note: All spinal referrals require the Spinal Assessment and Management Service Referral Form as well as your usual referral letter template.

Please refer to the Neurosurgery Referral Guidelines for further information.

Please see here for Exclusion Criteria

Referral Forms

Clinic Times

  • Neurosurgery Clinic – Tuesday 9.00am
  • Neurosurgery Ward Discharge Clinic - Tuesday 1.30pm
  • Neurosurgery Ward Discharge Clinic - Friday 1.30pm

Contact Us

Patient Enquiries:

Tel: (03) 9231 3475

GP Enquiries:

Tel: (03) 9231 2898
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm, or please leave a message.
Fax referrals: (03) 9231 3489

Case Coordinator Nurse:

Tel: (03) 9231 1253


Referral Officer:

Tel: (03) 9231 3492

Health Pathways

HealthPathways Melbourne is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.


Please Note:
This is a public outpatient service. All patients need to be referred to us by a GP. Please see your GP if you believe you would benefit from a referral to this clinic. Many doctors have private consulting suites as well as working in the public hospital system. This is entirely separate from St Vincent’s and our staff do not have any information about the private consulting practices of doctors.