Psychology Department

Referrals - Psychology

  • When to refer to a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist?

    For advice regarding referrals contact:

    • Co-ordinator of Clinical Psychology Services: Dr Lesley Bretherton
    • Co-ordinator of Neuropsychology Services: Ms Jacquie Wrennall

    We accept referrals for:

    • children who present with complex developmental, cognitive, learning, behavioural or emotional difficulties in the context of a chronic medical disorder;
    • children who present with challenging developmental, emotional, learning, behavioural or academic difficulties, where assessment requires a high degree of specialised knowledge and skill;
    • for a tertiary level consultation or second opinion for children who present unresolved diagnostic dilemmas after appropriate initial assessment at a primary level facility;
    • Where an understanding of the child's cognitive and emotional state is critical for medical treatment planning, or in managing non-compliance with treatment;
    • where an understanding of the child's cognitive and emotional state is critical for medical treatment planning, or in managing non-compliance with treatment.
    • Children who present with an identified or suspected neurobiological disorder eg. epilepsy
    • Children with an acquired a brain injury as a result of head injury, cerebral infection anoxia etc.;
    • Children with an illness which may affect brain function, such as diabetes, leukaemia, heart disease etc.;
    • Children who require treatment and rehabilitation planning and programme implementation .

    Which suburbs do we cover?

    We are a statewide service for children meeting our referral criteria (see under who benefits from our services).

    How to make a referral

    Mail/fax to us a written referral letter address to:

    Psychology Service
    Royal Children's Hospital
    50 Flemington Road
    Parkville 3052

    Facsimile: (03) 9345 5544

    • An acknowledgement of acceptance will be sent to the referrer and to the family, indicating how long before an appointment will be given;
    • An appointment will be sent to the family when the case has been allocated.

    More information

    For advice regarding referrals contact:

    Dr Lesley Bretherton

    Tel:9345 5780
    Coordinator - Clinical Psychology

    or

    Ms Jacquie Wrennal

    Tel: 9345 5373
    Coordinator - Neuropsychology 

    or

    Professor Vicki Anderson

    Tel: 9345 5881
    Head of Psychology and Research Development, Mental Health

    or

    Ms Anna Kouselas

    Tel: 9345 5881
    Administrative Officer (part-time)