The specialty of clinical neuropsychology is recognized by the Psychology Board AHPRA (PBA). AHPRA is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Only PBA registered Psychologists that hold “Clinical Neuropsychology Practice Endorsement” by the PBA hold the relevant training and expertise to conduct neuropsychological assessments and interventions.
In Australia, after completing registration a psychology degree, the specialised training for Clinical Neuropsychology requires a minimum two-year postgraduate Masters or three year Doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology, which includes up to 1500 hours of clinical supervision experience under the mentoring of senior Clinical Neuropsychologists.
To achieve the Clinical Neuropsychology Practice Endorsement, a further 1-2 years full-time equivalent in clinical neuropsychological practice is required supported by Clinical Neuropsychology supervisor. This is referred to as the Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar program.
With around 8 years of study and clinical supervision, it is easy to see why Neuropsychology is a highly specialised field. Only 1.3% of Australian registered psychologists have the Clinical Neuropsychology Practice Endorsement.