Using MALT is optional for all SET Trainees in Neurosurgery.


This logbook uses the SNOMED CT-AU reference set with specific terms included in the MALT Logbook Summary Report. These terms are known within the MALT system as board reporting terms. The MALT logbook summary report will only show procedure counts for these board reporting terms.

A report listing all procedures can be generated via the MALT custom report tool, 'All Procedures Logged Report' tab.

Please note that neither the logbook summary report (LSR) or the all procedures logged report are valid for submission to the Board of Neurosurgery. Procedure totals from the LSR may be entered into the Neurosurgery Training Board online system.

Trainees who have transferred from a different specialty, where access has been granted to MALT, will retain access to the logbook from that specialty for reporting.


MALT uses the terms 'nominated supervisor' and 'alternate supervisor.' Supervisors can view cases for the Trainees they are supervising and provide comments on specific cases.

Nominated supervisor: the surgical supervisor
Alternate supervisor: the surgeon in theatre with the Trainee

Nominated Supervisors must be RACS Fellows.

Alternate Supervisors can be RACS Fellows or Specialist International Medical Graduates.

Individual cases do not require supervisor approval from within the MALT system (see approval process below).


Record cases done in accredited hospitals only.


The SET - SNOMED Neurosurgery logbook type utilises the SNOMED CT-AU procedure list, with selected terms marked as (XLSX 12.42MB)board reporting terms (XLSX 4.27MB) (XLSX 12.42MB). The MALT logbook summary report will only show procedure counts for board reporting terms.

As per the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA) training program regulations, for each operative case where more than one surgical procedure is undertaken only one procedure may be recorded. For a procedure to be recorded the Trainee must have been involved in the performance of the surgery and the pre-operative and post-operative management of the patient in the unit in which the accredited training post is located.

Approval process

Cases move through a non-supervisory workflow progression from "Draft" to "Completed".

  1. Fill in and save the case (Draft).
  2. Ensure all cases are marked as complete (Completed).
  3. Generate the logbook summary report.
  4. Enter the procedure totals into the Neurosurgery Training Board online system, as per the instructions provided by the board.

Rotation periods

Rotation periods are deactivated at a set date, after which no further cases can be entered.

The rotation periods have been configured within MALT with start and end dates which encompass both the Australian and New Zealand actual rotation period date ranges. This has been requested by the Training Board and has been done to cater for Trainees moving countries. Trainees should select the rotation period that is correct for their situation.

 Rotation period  Start date  End date  Deactivation date
 R1 2022 7 February 2022 7 August 2022 15 August 2022
 R2 2022 8 August 2022 5 February 2023 13 February 2023
 R1 2023 6 February 2023 6 August 2023 14 August 2023
 R2 2023 7 August 2023 4 February 2024 12 February 2024

Aotearoa New Zealand

 Rotation period  Start date  End date  Deactivation date
 R1 2022 31 January 2022 31 July 2022 15 August 2022
 R2 2022 1 August 2022 29 January 2023 13 February 2023
 R1 2023 30 January 2023 30 July 2023 14 August 2023
 R2 2023 1 August 2023 29 January 2024 12 February 2024

Accessing MALT and support

MALT access and support documentation can be found in the links below.