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Neurology
 

A Medical Perspective to the Brain and Nervous System

Adult Neurology is an area of medicine that looks after adolescents from age 16 years to adult
patients of every age group.

Adult neurologist are specialised to diagnose and treat problems involving the brain, the spinal cord,
nerves and muscles. Adult neurologists are both trained in general medicine and neurology.

Adult neurologist usually take over care from paediatric neurology once the patient turns 16.

Common neurological problems are:

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Weakness of limbs or face
  • Involuntary movements
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulties with memory
  • Abnormal behaviour

Neurological tests: The neurologist will usually take a history and perform a neurological exam. At
times the neurologist will also examine the heart or the skin or other parts of the body. Neurologists
often refer for a CT scan of the head or arrange for an MRI, sometimes for EEG (trace of brain
activity) or nerve testing (nerve conduction tests). Sometimes more comprehensive tests are
considered. If these tests are needed, the neurologist will explain them to you in detail and why the
testing would be of benefit to you.

Neurological treatment: This can be life-style adjustments, medication, physiotherapy or speech
pathology. Botox treatment can be given if required and is often used for refractory migraines or
persistent and difficult to treat involuntary movements.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist?

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who is able to prescribe medication for mental health difficulties. A referral from a GP is needed to see a psychiatrist. Psychologists on the other hand, provide long-term therapy and counselling. Often the psychologists and psychiatrists work very closely together.

What is the process for booking in to see a psychiatrist/psychologist?

Psychiatry: You need to see your GP for a referral to one of our psychiatrists (we try to gauge what the concerns are and suggest the names of applicable clinicians). Once we receive the referral it is reviewed by the clinician to ensure it meets the intake criteria. Once we receive the referral back from the clinician the relevant receptionist will contact you to book an appointment. (Also explain fees and next available etc).


Psychology: You don't need a referral to see a psychologist at EDUCARE. Commence enquiry and book initial appointment.

What is the main area of work covered by Paediatricians?

Paediatricians see patients from birth to 18-years-of-age. They assess and treat sickness and developmental difficulties among children and adolescents. A referral from a GP is needed to see a Paediatrician and so you would need to discuss such a need with your GP.

Which service should I see first (psychologist/paediatrician), I need my child assessed.

Suggest that you speak to the GP regarding your concerns and your GP will advise accordingly.