Course Title: CE 02: A Practical Guide to the Ethics and Practice of Rural Health and Teleneuropsychology (Hammers & Stolwyk)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor(s) Dustin Hammers; Rene Stolwyk

Dustin B. Hammers, PhD, ABPP(CN) Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology Chair, APA Committee on Rural Health Associate Professor, Department of Neurology Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging & Research University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah and Rene Stolwyk, DPsych(Clin.Neuro), PsyBA Convenor, Clinical PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) program Lead, Monash TeleNeuropsychology Clinic Lead, Stroke and Telehealth Research Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
CE Workshop # 2: A Practical Guide to the Ethics and Practice of Rural Health and Teleneuropsychology
Abstract & Learning Objectives: Many people with neurological conditions from rural and remote areas experience significant unmet need regarding their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional impairments. Unfortunately, due to a range of organizational, legal, financial, and social barriers, access to quality neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation services in non-metropolitan areas has remained stubbornly poor. Encouragingly, new evidence is emerging to support development of novel models of neuropsychology service provision in rural and frontier areas. Using North America and Australia as examples, this continued education workshop will first illustrate the many opportunities and challenges of working in rural health settings. A specific focus on ethics and legal issues in this field will be provided in addition to evidence to support the emerging diversity of models of service provision. In particular, the use of teleneuropsychology to provide assessment and rehabilitation services within dementia and neurorehabilitation services will be addressed. Utilizing a blended approach of lecture-style presentation, case-based learning and practical demonstration.Upon conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Identify key legal and ethical considerations when providing neuropsychological services in rural and remote regions
  • Apply their knowledge of models of rural health service provision and evaluate potential feasibility within their own clinical settings, including teleneuropsychology
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding a range of strategies and tools to overcome barriers to neuropsychological service provision in rural areas, particularly as it pertains to teleneuropsychology
Speaker Biography: Dr. Dustin Hammers is an associate professor and board certified clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah. In addition to a past Clinical Director role, he has extensive experience working with patients who have concerns of dementia. Additionally, he has been leading the University of Utah’s teleneuropsychology program for the past five years, which provides outpatient neuropsychology services to those underserved in the Intermountain West through a contract with St. Johns Hospital in Jackson, Wyoming. Related to his teleneuropsychology work, he is the current Chair of APA’s Committee on Rural Health and has been serving on the committee for the past three years, which is a leading advocate for identifying and overcoming barriers that rural and frontier populations face when seeking out mental and behavioral health services. His research has included evaluating diagnostic consistency between neuropsychological and imaging (Flutemetamol, PiB, FDG-PET, etc.) data in an effort to improve diagnostic accuracy, assessing cognitive change over time using reliable change methodology, and identifying cognitive predictors of enrollment in Alzheimer’s Disease clinical drug trials. Dr. Rene Stolwyk is a senior lecturer and clinical neuropsychologist based at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has extensive clinical experience working in stroke rehabilitation, including at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. He is the founder and clinical lead of the Monash TeleNeuropsychology Service, which provides neuropsychological services to multiple inpatient neurorehabilitation units throughout rural Australia via telehealth. Dr Stolwyk is convenor of the Clinical PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology training program at Monash University and is a core member of the clinical teaching staff. From a research perspective, Dr Stolwyk leads the stroke and telehealth research team within the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre. He has published over 50 scientific works in the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation. This includes one of the first randomised controlled trials of memory rehabilitation post-stroke in addition to investigations of driver rehabilitation following brain injury and examining the validity of teleneuropsychology assessment and rehabilitation.