"Inspiring Hope, Creating Expertise and Enhancing Humanity" 


The Institute of Functional Neuroscience was founded in Australia in 2008. Our mission has been to help improve the health and lifestyles of patients through clinical advances in Neuroplasticity. At the Institute of Functional Neuroscience we use scientific research to help get the optimum performance from your brain. We are committed to working alongside the world leaders in education and research to ensure that we are delivering cutting edge technology and treatment to our patients.

(Beck 2003; Beck 20013; Korr 1979; Sato 1992; Chiu & Wright 1996; Thomas & Wood 1992; Carrick 1997; Cramer & Sur 2011; Beck 2003; Beck 2013; Kelly et al 2000; Davidson & Hugdahl 1995; Geschwind & Levitsky 1968; LeMay & Culebras 1972; Galaburda et al 1978; Falk et al 1991; Steinmetz el al 1991)


The Institute has introduced the use of sophisticated, non-invasive diagnostic technology, including Qualitative Electroencephalography (QEEG), and Low-resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA), to detect underlying functional brain abnormalities which are not generally observed or measured with standard clinical testing (Thatcher & Walker 2003; Duff & Hughes 1994; Epstein 1980; Fischer 1987; Gasser & Verleger 1988; Gasser & Jennen-Steinmetz 1988; Hanlon 1996; Hanlon & Thatcher 1999; John &  Karmel 1977; John & Prichep 1988; Lubar 1997; Matousek & Petersen 1973; Nunnally 1978; Nunez 1981; Thatcher & McAlaster 1983; Thatcher & Walker 1987; Thatcher 1988; Thatcher & Walker 1989; Thatcher 1992; Thatcher 1998; Thatcher & Biver 1998 ).


By tracking the functional status or central integrative state of a patient's unique brain patterns, clinicians at the Institute are able to identify abnormal neurologic pathways that may be involved in a patient's failure to respond, or prove to the be underlying cause. Once the nature of a patient's neurologic dysfunction has been explored and understood, a strategy for normalising neural integration is implemented using conservative, evidence-based sensory, motor, auditory and visual stimulation techniques. (Beck 2003; Beck 2011; Beck 2013; Carrick 1997; Chui & Wright 1996; Davidson & Hugdahl 1995; Falk & Hildebolt 1991; Galaburda & LeMay 1978; Geschwind & Levitsky 1968; Kelly 2000; Korr 1979; LeMay & Culebras 1972; Sato 1992; Savic & Pauli 1994; Steinmetz & Volkman 1991; Thomas 1992)


By taking a different perspective the Institute focuses on the things that are important: the freedom to enjoy life, to love your family and to pursue your dreams. If you would like the Institute to consider taking your case - or that of someone you know - please contact us via our contact us page.





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"All healthcare practitioners who provide treatment at the Institute of Functional Neuroscience hold general registrations with the Australian Health Registration Regulatory Board (AHPRA) and unless specifically stated do not hold specialist registration and are not medically trained”

“Patients may seek a second opinion from a registered specialist neurologist or medical practitioner, if they wish to do so, prior to commencing treatment”