Neuropsychiatry Certificate

Mater's Neuropsychiatry Certificate is an Australian-first program, designed to support psychiatry registrars, neurology registrars, junior psychiatrists and junior neurologists, to effectively assess and manage neuropsychiatric disorders.

As a collaborative between Mater's Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychiatry, and Mater Education, the six-month program provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • attend supervised treatments and management of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders,
  • participate in a range of specialist case planning meetings and research events, and
  • present a case study and current evidence pertaining to neuropsychiatry texts and current journal articles as part of their learning.

Participants will receive first-hand exposure to neuropsychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s, Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), Epilepsy and Cognitive Impairment, with supervision and endorsement by the treating neurologist or psychiatrist.

Endorsed by the Queensland Neuropsychiatry Section of RANZCP, certification provides access to:

  • Professional networks and discussion forums
  • Networking opportunities within research and education
  • Contact with specialty neurologists and psychiatrists.
Who should attend?
  • Psychiatry registrars
  • Neurology registrars
  • Junior psychiatrists
  • Junior neurologists
Course structure

Skill development

  • Advanced neurological physical examination
  • Observing neurofeedback therapy (elective)

Supervised treatment (10 neuropsychiatry patients)

  • three movement disorder patients (at least two Parkinson’s patients),
  • three FND patients
  • three epilepsy patients
  • one other patient (e.g. traumatic brain injury, neuro-immunology and associated cognitive impairment).

Participation at case planning sessions

  • five FND meetings
  • five epilepsy meetings
  • three memory clinics

Contribution to neuropsychiatry research

  • Participation in at least 5 neuropsychiatry research meetings/journal clubs
  • Presentation of case study or literature review presentation at neuropsychiatry research meetings/journal club.
Learning outcomes and assessment

Primary learning objectives are to support participants to effectively assess and manage neuropsychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s, Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), Epilepsy and Cognitive Impairment with supervision and endorsement by the treating neurologist or psychiatrist. 
The secondary learning objective will be to contribute to the body of knowledge in these areas in the neuropsychiatry field. Although a clinical research component is not required for the certificate, a literature review of current evidence within a neuropsychiatric topic will be required. Opportunities for networking, collaboration and research within a wide Neuropsychiatry Collaborative will be a further benefit of participating in this program.


A list of approved supervisors (both internal and external to Mater) will be available via the electronic learning platform (participants will be granted access following registration).

Participants will be required to initiate contact with supervisors directly to arrange participation and supervised practice to demonstrate successful completion of the program requirements. 


Endorsed by Queensland Neuropsychiatry Section of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP).

While the Certificate is separate from the RANZCP and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) training programs, development activities within the certificate may potentially be used for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Fellows may wish to include these activities as part of their annual CPD document planning, and registrars may use parts of the learning activities within the certificate college training needs.

Duration and cost

Intakes will commence in August 2019 and February 2020 and take approximately six months to complete (estimated minimum 65 contact hours).

$ 200 (incl. GST)
Free for Mater People


Mater South Brisbane Campus
Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane

For more information and a campus map visit the contact page.

Registration and more information

To register your participation, please complete the online application form and upload your CV.

Currently no sessions are available for this course.

Please contact us to find out about upcoming sessions for this course.

For more information, please contact Ash Gibson via email.