1. Assessments

Neuropsychological assessments:

Neuropsychological assessment encompasses evaluation of general level of cognitive functioning (i.e., IQ) as well as literacy, perceptual ability, processing speed, learning ability, verbal and visual memory functioning and executive skills (problem solving/judgement/planning/reasoning abilities etc.) Sometimes it is also necessary and relevant to include an assessment of the person’s personality/emotional wellbeing, as well as functional ability.

Neuropsychological assessment can assist with:

  • Diagnosis
  • Provision of management advice – Strengths, weaknesses, severity of impairment
  • Rehabilitation strategies and remediation
  • Family and carer educational counselling
  • Monitoring progress
  • Legal competency
  • Access to support services, funding, and pensions

A neuropsychological assessment may be helpful when a person is suspected or known to have suffered a brain injury and changes in thinking or behaviour have been recognized. 

The people with the following conditions are often referred for assessment:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Dementia – Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Huntington’s Disease and Early Onset Dementia.
  • Stroke
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder),
  • Psychiatric Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia)
  • Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Disorders
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disorders
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Giftedness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain Infections (Meningitis, Encephalitis),
  • Tumours

The purpose of assessments varies for each individual case. The following are some common reasons for referral:

  • Decision making capacity
  • To assist with diagnosis
  • Management advice and baseline – strengths, weaknesses, and severity of impairment
  • Monitoring of recovery post cerebral event – including returning to work/drive
  • To assist with an application or review – E.g., NDIS, disability pension, QCAT application
  • To assist with access to Specialist Disability Support in Schools Program
  • Medicolegal, litigation, capacity to plead or give evidence
  • Head injury assessment related to recurrent concussion – e.g., Sporting professionals and athletes, Defence etc.
  • Suitability for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

2. Clinical Supervision

Deidre Bradshaw is an approved supervisor for Clinical Neuropsychology and all other levels of psychological practice with the Psychology Board AHPRA (PBA). Deidre has supervised both provisional psychologists and registered psychologists completing their post graduate qualifications in areas of specialist endorsement. Deidre enjoys the collaborative process that supervision provides and the supervisory alliance and is committed to open and informed feedback supervision.

3. Other interventions

NQNS provides additional clinical and neuropsychological interventions such as:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Adjustment counselling – post cerebral events, or post diagnosis
  • Cognitive rehabilitation and remediation
  • Brain health/lifestyle education
  • Neurofeedback Therapy
  • Acupuncture for neurological conditions

NQ Neuropsychology would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

NQ Neuropsychology is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. We welcome all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.