• Counselling
    Depression, anxiety and adjustment difficulties are common experiences
    following a brain injury or change to brain function.
    Neuropsychological counselling aims to support individuals to address changes
    to their mood and general wellbeing.
  • Assessments
    A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who specialises
    in understanding how the brain works and specifically how changes
    to the brain can impact on thinking skills (also called cognition), behaviour and mood.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Providing a collaborative, flexible and evidence based service to the Surf Coast, Geelong and Melbourne.

  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Counselling
  • Concussion Management

About Dr Michelle Morandin,

BA (Hons), DPsych (ClinNeuro)


Dr Michelle Morandin completed her doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2006. She is registered as a psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and endorsed in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). She is also a board approved supervisor with the PBA.

Since graduating Michelle has worked across a wide variety of settings in the public and private health system. These have included working in adult and aged psychiatry, paediatrics, drug and alcohol and medicolegal services. More recently she has worked extensively in brain injury rehabilitation, where she has further developed her skills in neuropsychological assessment, behaviour management and counselling.


Contact Dr Michelle Morandin

NDIS, WorkSafe and the TAC Registered


Michelle enjoys working with not only the client, but the whole support network. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals and collaborating with family and other services to address cognitive- behavioural concerns. Her philosophy is to provide clinically and scientifically sound assessment and treatment, while working in a warm and collaborative way.

  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Counselling
  • Concussion Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions that we find are important to both patients and families.

What is a neuropsychologist?

A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who specialises in understanding how the brain works and specifically how changes to the brain can impact on thinking skills (also called cognition), behaviour and mood.

Who does a neuropsychologist see?

People present for a variety of conditions such as:

  • Acquired brain injury, closed head injury or concussion from an accident
  • Alcohol or drug related brain injury
  • Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or Schizophrenia
  • Various neurological conditions, such as stroke, brain tumours, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, hydrocephalus, hypoxia, meningitis to name only a few.
  • Changes to thinking associated with ageing, such as confusion, delirium, mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
  • Intellectual disability

What does a neuropsychological assessment involve?

The assessment usually begins with an interview, in order to get to know the person and their relevant background. Following this they are given a variety of paper and pencil tasks, puzzles and memory questions which give insight into various aspects of their thinking, such as attention, memory and problem solving.

How long does it take?

This depends on the type of assessment requested. Assessments with very simple referral questions can take 2 hours. More complex, medicolegal assessments can take up to 5 hours. On average most assessment take approx. 3 hours. Assessments may be completed in one sitting (with breaks) or spread over a few sessions.

What happens after the assessment?

The neuropsychologist may need to interview other people involved, such as family, friends or other support providers. They also take time to score your assessment and write a comprehensive report with the findings and a set of recommendations. The client is then offered a follow up session to discuss these findings. Ongoing intervention or counselling is then negotiated.

How much does it cost?

This will depend on the complexity of the case and the number of hours needed. Fees are $180 per hour but the total assessment fee will depend on the number of hours required for the assessment. Please contact Dr Michelle Morandin to discuss the fee structure further.

Who can make a referral for assessment?

Referrals are accepted from individuals making a ‘self-referral’. GPs, other health practitioners, support people or funding bodies can make referrals for neuropsychological input. It is imperative that the individual is aware that they have been referred.

How can I pay for it?

Unfortunately Medicare does NOT cover neuropsychological assessments. Some private health funds may cover part of the fee for a neuropsychological assessment; however it is the responsibility of the patient to enquire with their respective health fund regarding available rebate. DVA, TAC, WorkSafe and the NDIS may cover the cost of a neuropsychological assessment. Assessments may be privately funded by the client.

Providing a collaborative, flexible and evidence based service to the Surf Coast, Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Melbourne.