Psychology

We offer clinical psychology services tailored to the needs of each patient and their families.

Our services

We provide:

  • neuropsychological assessments to help with diagnosis, medical treatment and discharge planning and rehabilitation and care planning.
  • clinical psychology assessments to identify and treat psychological factors blocking medical recovery or engagement with treatment.
  • supportive psychological therapies to assist with adjustment, grief and loss issues relating to medical conditions.
  • assessment and treatment of common childhood conditions including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, anxiety, behavioural problems and learning difficulties.

We also offer specialised psychological interventions to help you with difficulties such as:

  • pain management
  • stress management
  • mood management
  • trauma, fears and phobias relating to being in hospital
  • problems with bodily changes after surgery.

Our team

We have clinical and health psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists in our team.

Our clinical and health psychologists are specialists in:

  • the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of major mental illnesses and common psychological problems in medically unwell patients.
  • administering a range of assessments that can help with diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • the provision of brief psychological interventions that target factors that are impacting on a patient’s medical recovery.

Our neuropsychologists are specialists in:

  • looking at the relationship between brain function and behaviour.
  • diagnosing a range of neurocognitive disorders and dementia syndromes.
  • assessing the changes in cognition (memory, language, intellect) and behaviour, which may arise from brain dysfunction, such as head injury, epilepsy, brain infection, stroke, dementias and other neurological disorders.
  • providing strategies to optimise everyday functioning in people with memory and cognitive difficulties.

We care for

The Psychology Department supports many patient units across the hospital as well as specialist outpatient clinics. We provide care in:

  • oncology
  • cystic fibrosis
  • lung transplant
  • congenital heart disease
  • rehabilitation and acute stroke
  • general medicine
  • internal medicine
  • geriatric evaluation and management
  • sleep disorders
  • Paediatric Outpatients Department.

How to access this service

No external referrals are accepted for this service. You can only access this service when you are staying in hospital or if you have been referred by a hospital clinician.

For patients requiring care in the community, we recommend a referral to an appropriate psychology service within the community. You do not need a referral to see a psychologist in private practice, however you will need a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP if you wish to access the Medicare rebate for psychology.

What to bring

Each time you visit us
  • Your Medicare card
  • Private health insurance card (if you have one)
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
  • Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
  • Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
For an outpatient or clinic appointment
  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
  • Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
  • Something to read or do while you wait

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Contact us

Specialist Outpatients/Allied Health Services
Location: Ground floor, Main Building, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 4443
Email:
Open: 8.00am-4.30pm daily

Need help outside hours?

For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.

In an emergency call 000.

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