Clinical service overview
Psychology Department is staffed by Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists.
Clinical Psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of major mental illnesses and common psychological problems. They are skilled in the use of a range of formal psychological assessment instruments that can assist with assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning. Psychological treatment can take a variety of forms with the underlying philosophy being oriented to change.
These psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) under the Health Professions Registration Act 2005 and have a minimum of six years of university training, having completed post-graduate training in psychology. They are required to undertake regular professional development activities including supervision to maintain registration and ensure the highest level of expertise.
Clinical Neuropsychologists specialise in the relationship between brain function and behaviour. Clinical Neuropsychologists assess the changes in cognition (i.e. memory, language, intellect, etc.) and behaviour, which may arise from brain dysfunction, such as head injury, epilepsy, brain infection, stroke, drug and alcohol disorders, schizophrenia and developmental disorders.
At The Alfred psychologists are attached to a number of units. There are Clinical Psychologists working in:
- Adult Psychiatry (Acute, Community & Consultation Liaison Psychiatry)
- Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- HIV Services
- Heart Failure/Transplant
- Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP)
- Rehabilitation and aged care services
Neuropsychologists are attached to:
Accessing the service
Unfortunately we do not accept external referrals to our service. If you are under a unit or team which has a psychologist as part of their multi-disciplinary team, and you require psychological support, we can offer this.
For patients requiring care in the community, we recommend a referral to an appropriate Community Mental Health Service.