BBScHon, DPsych(Clin Neuropsych)
Dr Kate Noonan is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with over 5 years’ experience providing neuropsychological assessments for medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions for individuals (aged 16 +). Kate has significant practice experience in the fields of mental health, substance and alcohol abuse and neurodegenerative disorders. Since 2014, Kate has been employed as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the ABI behaviour consultancy at Austin Health providing neurobehavioural assessment and support to adults with an acquired brain injury, their families and the people supporting them. As a result Kate has significant expertise about the effects of acquired brain injury, its impact on behavioural changes and the development of positive behaviour support plans that emphasise proactive strategies to help clients and their families to manage challenging behaviour. Prior to that, Kate worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in forensic neuropsychology settings for over 12 months assessing clients within the criminal justice system with complex diagnostic issues. Kate has an interest in assessment and interventions to improve the mental health and well being of individuals. She values a client centred approach to client care and emphasises the value of writing reports that are easy to understand with practical recommendations that are useful to the client and those supporting them.
Common referral questions:
- Does the person have an acquired brain injury (ABI)?
- Why is this person experiencing memory or other cognitive difficulties?
- Does the person have a learning disorder or ADHD?
- What is the impact of this person’s diagnosis (e.g. ABI, medical condition, psychiatric illness) on their thinking and memory skills?
- What are the person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
- Does this person meet eligibility criteria for access to disability supports?
- Advice and strategies for managing memory or other cognitive difficulties
- Recommendations for treatment planning and support needs
- Potential implications of cognitive difficulties for work or study
- Assessment and advice regarding management of ABI-related behaviours of concern (e.g. aggression, disinhibition, reduced initiation)
- Psychoeducation and support for clients and families about the brain, ABI, and cognitive strategies.
- Does the person have dementia?