Dr Brendon Dellar

BSc PGDPsych MPsych PhD FCCLP
Adjunct Associate Professor

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A/Prof Brendon Dellar is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (Curtin University) and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP). He teaches trainee Clinical Psychologists studying at a Masters and Doctoral level in the area of Psychological Assessment and report writing as well as Addictions and Neuropsychology. Dr Dellar currently supervises postgraduate students on clinical practicums and Clinical Psychologist Registrars completing their training for endorsed title. He is registered with AHPRA to provide clinical supervision at all levels. This includes Postgraduate Students, Registered Psychologists (4 + 2 or 5 +1), Clinical Psychologists Interns, Clinical Psychologist Registrars and Research Students Enrolled in Higher Degrees (PhD candidates). 

Brendon has worked extensively in the area of treating Addictive Behaviours, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and complex Bereavement (where individuals may experience co-morbid grief reactions as well as traumatic anxiety). His main area of clinical interest is in trauma with co-morbid conditions such as alcohol & drug dependency, grief and depression. He has been involved as clinical supervisor for agencies involved in addictions and traumatic grief. Brendon is experienced in Workers' Compensation injury management and the clinical treatment of psychological injuries (such as PTSD) caused by workplace trauma. 

One main interest is the use of illicit drugs in high functioning individuals (e.g., professionals) as well as the abuse of prescription medications in these populations. This extends to drug abuse and dependency in professional sports. 

Other special interests include
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
• Major Depressive Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia

Dr Dellar’s current role is as the Director of Cygnet Clinic, a large centre for psychological assessment and treatment. Cygnet Clinic is among the largest private clinics in Western Australia and undertakes a variety of work including Workers‘ Compensation and Rehabilitation, Better Access to Mental Health, Employee Assistance Programmes and assessment through Criminal Injuries Compensation. Cygnet Clinic has a reputation for excellence in clinical practice and includes purpose-built facilities for postgraduate students on clinical placement.

No new referrals are accepted due to committments with supervision and training.

Assessment based services will continue to be offered in a restrictive range of areas as a co-author of reports or psychometric testing conducted by registrars under supervision.

Experience
Associate Lecturer Curtin University of Technology 2000-2003
Associate Lecture and Unit Controller for Addiction Studies (school of Psychology and Public Health), Sensation & Perception, Health Psychology.

Lecturer Curtin University of Technology 2004 - 2006
Lecturer and Unit Controller for Professional Practice, Addiction Studies, Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology & Medical Imaging Technology.

Lecturer Behavioural Science, Notre Dame University 2004-2009
Unit controller for Abnormal Psychology

Lecturer Medicine - Notre Dame University/Curtin University/Murdoch University 2008 to Current
Provide lectures to graduate Medicine students on psychological theories of mood and mood disturbances

Specialist Clinical Psychologist - Swan Medical Group 2006 to 2012
Provided Clinical Psychologist services in a primary health care setting. Working as a Clinical Psychologist Registrar and Clinical Psychologist under the Better Access to Mental Health Medicare initiative at Melville Family Health and Swan Medical Group.

Clinical Scholar - Curtin University of Technology. 2011
Lecturer and Unit Controller for Addictions & Neuropsychology & Psychological Assessment

Clinical Supervisor - Cygnet Clinic 2010 to Current
Supervising postgraduate students on placement and graduate registrars working towards their endorsement as Clinical Psychologists. Provide external supervision for Mental Health Nurses and Psychologists in a number of agencies including Anglicare and Holyoke. 

Criminal Injuries Compensation - Psychological Assessment / Report Author - Current
Provide assessment services and reports to the Health Department of Western Australia. These reports are used to determine the compensation entitlements for victims of crime under state based legislation. 

Assessment of the impact of trauma has been extended to the victims of childhood sexual abuse as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. I have been actively involved in the support of clients during the commissions private hearings into individual WA based cases and providing reports of impact of abuse for WA residing cases where the abuse occurred in another state or territory. 

Australian Football League (AFL) Players Association - Wellbeing and Support Service Provider. 2013 - Current

Adjunct Associate Professor - Curtin University of Technology 2014 - Current
Adjunct to the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology. Development of course materials and establishing a purpose built postgraduate clinic within Cygnet. Supervision of Master's students on clinical placement. 

Education
PhD
Master of Psychology (Clinical & Health)
PGDipPsych (with Distinction)
Bachelor of Science, Psychology. 

Awards & Memberships
Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists (Australian Psychological Society)
Full Member: Australian Psychological Society
Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists 
Elected Western Australia Committee Member: College of Clinical Psychologists (2008)
Curtin University Postgraduate Award, 2002.
Curtin Postgraduate T/U Scholarship 2003
Teaching Award: Curtin University Guild Excellence in Teaching Hon Mention, 2005.
Offered Honours for Bachelor of Science Psychology 1997.
Arbor - Expert Reference Group 2012
St John Wellbeing & Support - Expert Advisory Group 2018

Clinical Interests
Dr Dellar’s main clinical interests are Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Addictive Behaviours. He has lectured in a number of areas including Psychological Assessment and Treatment Planning. Clinical techniques include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Advanced Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Imagery Rescripting, & Schema Therapy. 

Selected Presentations
2005 - Inner City Mental Health, Royal Perth Hospital. Workshop Presentation: Current developments in the assessment of traumatic anxiety conditions.

2005 - International Trauma Conference, Stockholm Sweden. Assessing Visual Disturbances in Traumatic Anxiety

2007 - General Practitioners Training- Assessment and treatment of Addictive Behaviours 

2008 - General Practitioners Training - Assessment and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder 

2008 - ARAFMI State Seminar - The nature of Anxiety in Psychiatric conditions. 

2010 - Midland Mental Health Network - Are Visual Symptoms worth Looking at? Assessing visual disturbances in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

2016 - Department for Child Protection - Drug & Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Children. Workshop for Foster Carers.

2018 - The current understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder and its management in Primary Health Care (GP Practices in the Fremantle Region)

Fees
Fees for private consultations can be found on www.cygnetclinic.com.au/fees

Referrals
Referrals are accepted from MVA insurance Workers’ Compensation only. No Medicare based referrals for new patients are accepted due to limited capacity. Private Clinical Supervision for Registrars and Masters students are accepted.

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