Acute Neuropsychology

Paediatric Neuropsychology input is provided to children aged 0-18 who are current inpatients at Monash Children’s Hospital.

Phone: (03) 8572 3003
Email: PediatricNeuropsychology@monashhealth.org

 To support the Acute Neuropsychology department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

Paediatric Neuropsychology input is provided to children aged 0-18 who are current inpatients at Monash Children’s Hospital.

Neuropsychologists are skilled in the assessment and understanding of the effects of brain function on the child’s cognitive, behavioural and emotional states.

The neuropsychologist works as part of the health care team alongside Allied Health, nursing and medical staff.

Expertise and services

The neuropsychologist can provide input to help understand a child’s cognitive, developmental and behavioural state. The key services the neuropsychologist can offer include:

  • secondary or tertiary consultation
  • assessment and feedback of a child to better understand the child’s abilities (strengths and weaknesses) to assist in the establishment of appropriate interventions
  • an understanding of a child’s cognitive and psychosocial state, as critical for medical treatment planning, or in managing non-compliance with treatment
  • help understanding a child’s strengths/weaknesses and behaviour, in order to assist the treating team/allied health/nursing staff provide the best quality of care
  • neuropsychological input into treatment planning and programme implementation
  • advice and recommendations regarding the optimal return to home and school activities
  • consultation or second opinion for children who present unresolved diagnostic dilemmas
  • an opinion of the impact of a child’s developmental, cognitive or learning difficulties on their functioning
  • liaison with ward staff about the behaviour of neurocognitive deficits associated with key medical illness which may affect the CNS or brain function, such as prematurity, diabetes, leukemia, heart disease etc;
  • support to ward staff around management of patients with neurocognitive difficulties

We have particular experience in the assessment and management:

  • Of children who present with complex developmental, cognitive, or learning difficulties in the context of a chronic medical disorder
  • Of children who present with challenging developmental, learning, behavioural or academic difficulties, where assessment requires a high degree of specialised knowledge and skill
  • Of children who present with an identified or suspected neurobiological disorder eg. Epilepsy
  • Of children with an acquired a brain injury as a result of head injury, cerebral infection anoxia etc (unless they are managed by the Paediatric Rehabilitation Services)
  • Children with a medical illness which may affect the CNS or brain function, such as prematurity, diabetes, leukaemia, heart disease etc.
  • Of children who present with an identified neurological disorder
Information for patients and families

General information about psychologists and community psychological services can be found on the Australian Psychological Society website.

Referrals

Referrals should be made whilst inpatients (or outpatient within 30 days of discharge from inpatient status) at Monash Children’s Hospital to Paediatric Neuropsychology.

Note: whilst children may not be able to complete formal neuropsychological assessments as an inpatient, initial contact with Paediatric Neuropsychology must be made as an inpatient. After the initial inpatient contact, assessment may then be completed within 30 days of discharge to outpatient status.

Referrals can be made to:
Paediatric Neuropsychology

Referring staff should:

  • Complete the all details Consultation Referral Form
  • Mail or fax referral to:
    Acute Neuropsychologist, Level 4, 41 South, Main Building
    Monash Medical Centre
    268 Clayton Road
    Clayton VIC 3168

Phone: (03) 8572 3003
Fax: (03) 8572 3048
Email: paediatricneuropsychology@monashhelath.org

An acknowledgement of acceptance will be sent to the referrer and to the family, indicating how long before an appointment will be given.

An appointment will be sent to the family when the case has been allocated.

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