Dr. Louise Bannister is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with over seven years’ experience providing neuropsychological assessment and intervention for adults with a variety of medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions. Louise has worked in the Psychology Department at Ballarat Health Services since 2009, delivering neuropsychology services for adult clients across inpatient and community-based rehabilitation, and Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) programs. She has also worked at the statewide ABI Behaviour Consultancy at Austin Health since 2012, providing neurobehavioural assessment and intervention services for adults with ABI and their families and support workers. She currently works as a Clinical Neuropsychologist at The Melbourne Clinic and as a Senior Neuropsychologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital. She values a person-centred approach to practice and emphasises the importance of providing Neuropsychological Assessment reports and recommendations that are understandable and relevant to the client and the people 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 ADHD or another learning disorder?
- What is the impact of this person’s diagnosis (e.g. ABI, medical condition, psychiatric illness) on their thinking and memory skills?
- What is the person’s decision making capacity?
- 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 high functioning autism?
- Does the person have dementia?
Clinical Neuropsychologist conducting assessments and reports for adolescents 16+ and adults.