MQ Health - Macquarie University

Neuropsychology clinic

MQ Health Neuropsychology is located in Suite 401 of the Clinic Building. The team of clinical neuropsychologists apply expertise in the assessment of cognition (thinking), emotion and behaviour in individuals with brain dysfunction arising from various neurological, psychiatric, or other medical conditions.

Cognitive impairment might involve difficulty remembering recent events, trouble concentrating, difficulty finding the right words, communicating or understanding, or problems involving changes in behaviour or emotional control. Brain-related conditions might include tumours, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disorders (eg. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease), stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, or autoimmune or metabolic disorders.

The findings of a neuropsychological assessment can play an important role in:

  • Establishing or clarifying a diagnosis or differentiating between two or more conditions (particularly if problems are subtle)
  • Determining cognitive strengths and weaknesses
  • Increasing understanding of the impact of a condition on an individual’s level of function
  • Guiding return to work, study or rehabilitation planning
  • Identifying strategies that may assist performance and help improve quality of life
  • Demonstrating how well an individual is recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury

Most assessments require about two to three hours, involving comprehensive psychometric testing. Feedback may be given on a subsequent appointment, by phone, or via the referring specialist or GP, who receives a detailed report.