Areas of Expertise

  • Spine injuries – spinal cord compression, radiculopathies and nerve root compression
  • Musculoligamentous spine injuries
  • Head, brain and skull trauma
  • Neuralgia
  • Haemorrhagic Stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies – carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy et cetera
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Brain tumours
  • Cerebral aneurysms


Dr John Baker has extensive experience in neurosurgery, having practiced as a neurosurgeon since 1982, training in both Brisbane and Scotland.

Dr Baker worked as the Director of Neurosurgery in Rockhampton offering services to Mackay and Central Queensland, where he collaborated with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  In 2006, he was awarded an Order of Australia for his service to medicine as a neurosurgeon, specifically through the provision of neurological services in Central Queensland.

Current Positions

  • Visiting Neurosurgeon at the Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane
  • Chairman, Neurology and Neurosurgical Medical Assessment Tribunal, Q-COMP

Former Positions

  • Visiting Neurosurgeon
    • Rockhampton Hospital
    • Mackay Base Hospital
    • Mater Hospital, Rockhampton
    • Royal Brisbane Hospital
    • Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
  • Director of Neurosurgery at Rockhampton Hospital
  • Member, Human Ethics Research Review Panel, Central Queensland University
  • Chairman, Neurosurgical Society of Queensland
  • Member/Deputy Chair, Neurology and Neurosurgical Medical Assessment Tribunal
  • Chairman, Neurosurgery/Spine Special Interest Group, Mater Private Hospital


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (A.B.I.M.E.), AMA4, AMA5 and AMA6
  • Comcare: Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment, Second Edition
  • Queensland Workers’ Compensation Scheme Guidelines for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (GEPI) training, Core, Spine and Nervous System
  • Member of the Order of Australia, 2005
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