Psychology

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

Northern Health Psychology Services incorporates Clinical Psychologists, Health Psychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists who work across Northern Health programs providing specialised assessments and strategies to assist patients in managing emotional stresses, behavioural difficulties, thinking or memory issues.

Clinical and Health Psychologists

Clinical and Health Psychologists focus on the connection between physical and psychological health. They can help with psychological problems that often present in the context of medical illness or injury. Clinical and Health Psychologists at Northern Health are skilled in providing assessment and psychological strategies to assist patients to make long-term changes to address issues including:

  • Adjustment and coping with illness,
  • Emotions such as stress, anxiety, worry, fear, depression, grief and loss,
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic or persistent pain
  • Management of health behaviours (e.g., weight management)

Clinical Neuropsychologists

Clinical Neuropsychologists focus on how the brain works. They look at how thinking and behaviour are related to different areas of the brain. Neuropsychologists assess how the brain works through standardised tests of memory and thinking. The tests identify strengths and weakness and are used to assist with diagnosis, treatment recommendations and treatment planning.

What can I expect from the service?

Clinical and Health Psychologists

Initial contact with the psychologist may be by phone or clinic appointment. The psychologist will discuss the types of issues/problems you may be experiencing, their impact and how you feel you are managing at present. After an initial assessment, your psychologist will develop a treatment plan with you and discuss whether further support is needed. Psychological support can vary from single session therapy to more regular ongoing therapy sessions. It may be provided via telephone, inpatient, outpatient, or group support.

Clinical Neuropsychologists

A neuropsychological assessment involves an interview and a number of ‘paper and pencil’ tests designed to examine different areas of thinking and memory. An assessment usually takes around 2-3 hours. People are usually seen on their own during the assessment and the neuropsychologist will speak to people who know you well such as family, friends or other health care professionals. A neurobehaviour assessment involves observations and interviews with yourself and those that know you well to identify any changes in behaviour following illness or injury. These assessments can then be used to provide strategies to help with memory, thinking or behaviour problems. Services may be provided by video call or face-to-face support.

Psychology services are provided at Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora Centre, Craigieburn Centre and the Northern Hospital, Epping.

What can I expect from the service?

Clinical and Health Psychologists

Initial contact with the psychologist may be by phone or clinic appointment. The psychologist will discuss the types of issues/problems you may be experiencing, their impact and how you feel you are managing at present. After an initial assessment, your psychologist will develop a treatment plan with you and discuss whether further support is needed. Psychological support can vary from single session therapy to more regular ongoing therapy sessions. It may be provided via telephone, video call, face-to-face, or group support.

Clinical Neuropsychologists

A neuropsychological assessment involves an interview and a number of ‘paper and pencil’ tests designed to examine different areas of thinking and memory. An assessment usually takes around 2-3 hours. People are usually seen on their own during the assessment and the neuropsychologist will speak to people who know you well such as family, friends or other health care professionals. A neurobehaviour assessment involves observations and interviews with yourself and those that know you well to identify any changes in behaviour following illness or injury. These assessments can then be used to provide strategies to help with memory, thinking or behaviour problems. Services may be provided by video call or face-to-face support.

Psychology services are provided at Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora Centre, Craigieburn Centre and the Northern Hospital, Epping..


Contact us

If you would like any further information about the Psychology Department, please contact: AlliedHealthenquiries@nh.org.au

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

Northern Health Psychologists provide specialised assessments and strategies to assist patients in managing cognitive, mood and behavioural issues. Psychology services are provided by Clinical Psychologists, Health Psychologists and Neuropsychologists working within a variety of Northern Health programs across sites. Programs in which psychology services can be accessed include: Community Therapy Services (including rehabilitation and complex pain services), Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS), Hospital Admission Risk Programs (HARP), KAW (Dementia) Behaviour Support Service, subacute inpatient (Geriatric Evaluation Management and Rehabilitation) and outpatient clinics (Psycho-oncology and Renal psychology). Services are only available during normal weekday business hours.

Inclusion criteria:

Existing Northern Health subacute inpatients

Patients meeting inclusion criteria for the respective Northern Health programs in which psychology services are available (e.g., Community Therapy Services, CDAMS, HARP).

Exclusion criteria:

Patients with acute psychiatric conditions meeting public mental health eligibility criteria (e.g., moderate to high risk of harm to self or others) should be referred to an area mental health service.

How to Refer:

Please speak to one of your treating medical or health professionals at Northern Health to ask for a referral to psychology. After you have been referred, you will be contacted you to make an appointment.

Alternative service options:

If you have concerns about your safety due to a mental health condition you can call the Psychiatric Triage Line on 1300 874 243 to talk about your concerns.

Other crisis support services you can call include Lifeline on 13 11 14 or The Victorian Suicide Line on 1300 651 251.

These services are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Head of Unit:

Dr Brooke Froud-Cummins, Psychology Clinical Leader, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist.

Enquiries:

If you would like any further information about the Psychology Department, please contact: AlliedHealthenquiries@nh.org.au