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(03) 4335 5201

B.A. (Psych); M.Litt. (Clin.Psych); M.Psych.Ed; D.Psych.Ed., BCN


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Dr Rachael Macdonald's
personal practice philosophy aims to integrate cutting-edge psychological and neuroscience assessments, with developmental, neuropsychotherapeutic and cognitive intervention techniques, and traditional mindfulness-based healing traditions.

Dr Rachael Macdonald offers:

  • Over 25 years of experience providing comprehensive psychological assessments, using the latest assessment systems.
  • Treatment in the exciting new field of Neuroscience, where patients learn to self-regulate their own brain activity. Click for more information on Neurotherapy.
  • Comprehensive intervention programs and counselling that include a holistic approach to, if at all possible, non-drug related treatments, or combined therapy.

    Work Experience

    Dr Rachael Macdonald has worked as a Psychologist with children and young people across a variety of settings, including:

    • Royal Children’s Hospital (Brisbane) – Dr Rachael as worked at the RCH for 13 years, including 9 years as the Senior Psychologist and Head of Department for the Outpatients Department Psychology Service.
    • Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service – A service for children with acquired brain injuries.
    • Adolescent Mental Health Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – a service for young people with acute mental health issues.
    • Queensland Cerebral Palsy League – A service for children with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities.
    • Numerous schools and pre-schools – Consultation and diagnostic assessment

    Dr Rachael Macdonald has also been a co-researcher and co-author on numerous research projects undertaken at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and has also been involved in numerous University-based research projects.
    Since moving to Ballarat in 2010, Dr Rachael has worked for:

    • Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment – Dr Rachael was a major contributing examiner for the Australian and New Zealand WISC-V and WIAT-III norming and standardisation project to develop new cognitive and educational assessments for use by psychologists. (Dr Rachael was also involved in the WISC-IV standardisation project whilst working at RCH).

    Currently, Dr Rachael Macdonald works in:

    • Private Practice
    • Providing extensive outreach to rural areas in Western Victoria.

    Training and Education

    Dr Rachael Macdonald has completed extensive University training including:

    • Doctor of Educational Psychology (2006) - University of Queensland
    • Master of Educational Psychology (2001) - University of Queensland
    • Master of Letters (Clin. Psych) (1994) - University of New England
    • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (1991) - University of Queensland
    • Clinical Neuroscience (BCN) (2018) - Saybrook University

    Dr Rachael Macdonald has also completed post-Doctoral training and research in Applied Cognitive Clinical Neuroscience, using EEG-based neurodiagnostic assessment and intervention. She has completed the Internationally recognised BCIA-A Certification.

    Other qualifications (trained by Professor Matt Sanders):

    • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) - Level 4 (Standard) and Level 5 (Enhanced) Treatment Programs
    • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) for children with Developmental Disabilities

    Professional Associations

    Dr Rachael Macdonald is a member of the following professional organisations:

    • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
    • Fellow of APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (FCEDP)
    • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with Endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology
    • Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA)
    • Biofeedback Certification International Alliance - Australasia (BCIA-A)
    • International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (ISNR)
    • EEG Education and Research (EEGer)

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