by Ms Claudia Woolf


Summary: Nicholas Malouf

Editor:  Bruce Way


Claudia Woolf, Clinical Neuropsychologist, talks to James about the legal and professional responsibility of all clinicians – obtaining consent before treating any patient and the questions raised regarding capacity and guardianship that are often not well understood by clinicians. 

Claudia Woolf is a nationally endorsed Clinical Neuropsychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. She is also a PhD candidate, enrolled at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof Naismith. Claudia obtained her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons I) from the University of New South Wales in 2010 and her Masters Degree in Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) from the University of Melbourne in 2013. Since then, she has worked at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and the Centre for Healthy Brain Aging on sentinel projects in Psychogeriatrics including the Sydney Memory and Aging Study (MAS), the Older Australian Twin Study and the Sydney Centenarian Study including coordination of the International Centenarian Consortium. Claudia’s academic track record includes, the publication of a number of peer reviewed manuscripts, and international and national consumer and scientific presentations.

She holds an appointment in the School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales as a Research Associate and an appointment within the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists as the Early Career Representative. She currently works fulltime as a Clinical Neuropsychologist within the Psychogeriatric Mental Health and Dementia Service at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney where she recently headed-up the implementation of a group cognitive remediation program for older adults ‘at risk’ of developing dementia and is currently working toward completion of her PhD which investigates cognitive remediation in a clinical population of older adults with current depressive symptoms. At St Vincent’s Hospital, Claudia also works as the Project Officer for Psychogeriatric SOS (services-on-screen), a unique, clinician-to-clinician e-health solution to provide specialist psychogeriatric expertise to older adults in rural and remote Australia. She has also been heavily involved in developing ‘A Workshop on Capacity – Online Module for Junior Medical Officers’.


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Capacity and consent