Comprehensive Neurological and Geriatric Care

Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology

Beach Brain is excited to announce two Neuropsychologists have joined us from Melbourne, to provide a valuable neuropsychological testing service to the Sunshine Coast!


About Susan Carey

Susan is highly experienced in the provision of medicolegal reports for court, having provided expert witness opinion in over 200 matters before for the Courts in Victoria, Queensland, and NSW.  She works primarily with adults, older adults, and adolescents. Susan specialises in drug and alcohol related brain impairment, acquired brain injuries (ABI), neurodegenerative disease (e.g., dementia), intellectual disability, learning disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorders.


About Charles Malpas

Charles currently holds clinical appointments at the Alfred Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is highly experienced in the diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders and has conducted extensive research in Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and related disorders. He is also specialised in the diagnosis of cognitive impairment secondary to epilepsy and related disorders. 


Costs

Assessments begin at $1,200.00 (excluding GST) for clinical diagnostic cases, which includes a comprehensive clinical review and detailed report (average turn-around time 1 week).  More complex examinations and medicolegal assessments will attract a higher fee. Concessions may be available for health care card holders. DVA and Workcover patients are generally bulk billed provided those agencies approve the assessment.


Unfortunately, Neuropsychological assessments are rarely eligible for Medicare or private health fund rebates.


Types of assessments

  • Diagnosis of neurodegenerative conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia)
  • Diagnosis of cognitive impairment secondary to other neurological disorders (e.g., epilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis)
  • Objective assessment of cognition in patients with memory/cognitive complaints
  • Assessments for intellectual disability, learning disorder assessments (e.g., dyslexia), NDIS applications
  • Personality assessments (e.g., borderline personality disorder), autism spectrum disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Cognitive strengths and weaknesses for a variety of referrals
  • Capacity assessments (e.g., for application or revocation of guardianship and financial administration orders, ability to instruct lawyers)
  • Diagnosis of neuropsychological disorders in the criminal setting.  Addressing sentencing considerations.  Undertaking fitness to plead, mental impairment, and doli incapax due to suspected cognitive impairment
  • Personal injury considerations (e.g., degree of cognitive injury, return to work considerations, etc.)


Referrals accepted via fax or Medical Objects (can direct the latter to any of the physicians and we’ll sort it out internally, as Susan and Charles will not be on Medical Objects)

Susan Carey and Charles Malpas
Susan Carey and Charles Malpas