Bedrija Parsons is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who currently works at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. Bedrija's role is diverse and includes covering the Mental Health Assessment Unit, Mental Health Consultation Liaison, Youth Mental Health and the Mother and Baby Unit.
Bedrija completed her Master of Clinical Neuropsychology at Latrobe University, Melbourne Australia in 2012. She has since worked at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre's Acquired Brain Injury Unit, the Royal Melbourne Hospital including working with inpatients and outpatients, and at Eastern Health in a community based rehabilitation program.
Bedrija is an early career Clinical Neuropsychologist currently in her 4th year of working . She discussed with me how the role of Clinical Neurospychology is still fairly new in mental health settings, and how much of her current role at Fiona Stanley Hospital has been about flying the flag for Neuropsychology and educating other practitioners about her role and purpose.
I was inspired by our conversation.
Bedrija's Best Self-care Tip
- Pilates 3 times a week (“It's my reward for moving to Perth”!)
- Walking dogs daily (“I have two lovely sausage dogs that keep me sane or insane – I walk them everyday!”)
- Leave work on time and take your lunch break! Bedrija suggests finding a way to separate yourself from your job. For example she leaves her work site everyday for lunch and never eats at her desk! She reminds us that what you don't do today will be there tomorrow.
- Take time to focus on yourself – Picnics and days at the beach are great!
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