PSY6203 - Recovery of function and rehabilitation after brain injury - 2018

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jennie Ponsford


Professor Jennie Ponsford

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Students will develop an understanding of principles of injury and recovery of function and of neuropsychological rehabilitation. They will learn how to assess the needs of and set goals in the context of rehabilitation. They will learn strategies to rehabilitate everyday problems arising from impairments of attention, memory, executive function, language and visuo-spatial function and to manage behavioural problems and psychological issues in both adults and children of all ages in both hospital and community settings. They will also learn how to assess the efficacy of techniques used in rehabilitation and management. Participants will receive information from other allied health professionals regarding rehabilitative approaches used by these professions and discuss how a multidisciplinary approach can be used to provide substantial benefits to the brain-injured individual and their family.


This unit aims to equip students with the conceptual information necessary for them to work effectively in a rehabilitation setting.

On completion of the unit students will:

  1. Have acquired a good understanding of current theories and models of recovery of brain function after neurological damage;
  2. Be familiar with recent research examining plasticity and reorganisation in the primate brain;
  3. Be informed about the current World Health Organisation (WHO) framework for conceptualising disability in terms of impairment of function, activity limitation and participation restriction;
  4. Know how clinical neuropsychologists and other allied health professionals assess function following neurological damage and set rehabilitation goals;
  5. Be familiar with current rehabilitative interventions for specific neuropsychological disorders, in adults and children of all ages in the hospital and the community and the methods commonly used to assess the effectiveness of these interventions;
  6. Be familiar with methods of managing behaviour problems.


Take-home Assignment (20%)

Case Study Report and Class Presentation (80%)

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