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REFERRING TO THE NEUROPSYCHIATRY UNIT
The Neuropsychiatry Unit generally takes referrals from other mental health services, medical practitioners, and other health care services involved in the care of neuropsychiatric conditions.

Because of the statewide nature of the service, referrals taken from all regions of Victoria are appropriate for the service. For referrals from outside Victoria, usually negotiation between the health service of origin and the Neuropsychiatry Unit is required to ensure that funding protocols are met for service delivery.
Common referral disorders:
  • Movement disorders associated with psychiatric illness:
    • Primary (e.g. Huntington's disease)
    • Secondary (e.g. antipsychotic-related)
  • Younger-onset dementia
  • Neurometabolic disorders
  • Cognitive impairment for investigation
  • Conversion or other somatoform disorders
  • Chronic psychiatric disorders associated with cognitive or neurological disturbance
  • Catatonia
  • Electroconvulsive therapy in the medically unwell
  • Inborn errors of metabolism with psychiatric sequelae
  • Intellectual disability with neuropsychiatric complications
  • Severe, treatment resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder
Common referral questions:

  • The relationship between psychiatric illness and cognitive impairment or neurological symptoms
  • The nature of movement disorders in chronic psychiatric illness
  • Atypical psychiatric presentations that may be a manifestation of a systemic or neurological disorder
  • Understanding treatment resistance in psychiatric illness
  • The co-presentation of psychiatric and neurological/cognitive disturbance
  • Late-onset/atypical psychiatric illness, or young-onset dementia?