Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) are common neurological disorders caused by an abnormality in brain or central nervous system functioning. FND can cause seizures, weakness, tremor and other abnormal movements, or cognitive, speech, gait or vision issues. Chronic pain, fatigue, gut and respiratory symptoms can also occur, and many patients are unable to work or engage in usual activities. Clinical expertise in FND remains limited and GPs and clinicians in hospitals report feeling ill-equipped in caring for these patients.
About the project
The Mindgardens Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic provides multi-disciplinary assessment and a brief intervention program for patients aged 18 to 65 years with a confirmed FND diagnosis. The service brings together clinical experts from neuropsychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, physiotherapy and psychology for the first time in NSW. Guided by consultation with people who have a lived experience of FND, it aims to develop a new model of care, continually refined using patient assessment data. Another objective is to build GPs’ and specialists’ skills in caring for people with FND to improve responses in emergency, inpatient, and outpatient settings, including through telehealth consultation with clinicians in regional NSW.
The Mindgardens FND Clinic operates at the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), a clinical academic facility of The Prince of Wales Hospital within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD).
The clinic makes available a series of resources to support consumers as they navigate their FND health care, and to help clinicians from multiple disciplines extend their skills in caring for people who experience FND.
How to refer:
More information about the Mindgardens FND Clinic including referral information can be found at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing.
To contact the clinic directly email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9382 3763.