Clinical Neuropsychology is a sub-field of Psychology concerned with the applied science of brain-behaviour relationships. Clinical Neuropsychologists use this knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and or rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders.
The branch of Neuropsychology associated with children and young people is Pediatric Neuropsychology. Assessment is primarily by way of neuropsychological tests, but also includes patient history, qualitative observation and may draw on findings from neuroimaging and other diagnostic medical procedures. Clinical neuropsychology requires an in-depth knowledge of: neuroanatomy, neurobiology, psychopharmacology and neuropathology.
Importantly, Neuropsychologists can assist by providing information about the nature of a person’s strengths and weaknesses, which can assist with treatment and discharge planning, rehabilitation, or determining a person's capacity to make decisions.
The Adult Neuropsychology Service provides a prioritised service to the following areas:
ALL acute and subacute wards at all campuses of Western Health (on a prioritised basis)
Inpatient Rehabilitation Ward
Bed Based Transition Care Program
SPECIALIST CLINICS (OUTPATIENTS)
General Neuropsychology2 (commencing January 2016)
Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS)1
Community Based Rehabilitation1 (Sunshine and Williamstown Hospitals)
Care Coordination [ACAS, HARP, and IRS]1
1 Please note that referrals to these areas requires that the patient is eligible for the parent service.
Neuropsychology-only referrals are not accepted.
2 only internal referrals are accepted