The practice of clinical neuropsychology in Australia

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Abstract

Objective: This paper describes the development and practice of clinical neuropsychology in Australia. Method: Clinical Neuropsychology has shown rapid growth in Australia over the past three decades. Comprehensive and specialized training programs are producing high quality graduates who are employed in a broad range of settings or private practice. Results: Australia now has a substantial number of clinical neuropsychologists with specialist training. Whilst the majority of Australian clinical neuropsychologists still undertake assessment predominantly, there are growing opportunities for clinical neuropsychologists in rehabilitation and in a broad range of research contexts. Cultural issues relating to the assessment of Indigenous Australians and immigrants from many countries present significant challenges. Some major contributions have been made in the realms of test development and validation across various age groups. Australian clinical neuropsychologists are also contributing significantly to research in the fields of traumatic brain injury, aging and dementias, epilepsy, memory assessment, rehabilitation, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders.
Conclusion: Expansion of roles of clinical neuropsychologists, in domains such as rehabilitation and research is seen as essential to underpin continuing growth of employment opportunities for the profession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1179-1192
Number of pages14
JournalThe Clinical Neuropsychologist
Volume30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • practice
  • training

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