NovoPsych Pty Ltd. grants users use of this service in a bona fide mental health care setting. The user of this service should have suitable qualifications. This could include, but is not limited to the following professions as registered by appropriate governing bodies:
Individuals who are currently enrolled in postgraduate study in one of these fields; or those who are under supervision of a psychologist, are also suitable users.
Use of Assessments
The provided psychometric assessments can never be used as a sole means of mental health diagnosis. Our service consists of software that is a delivery tool for psychometric tests. Our service should be considered as a delivery tool and scoring calculator. The psychometric material that we employ is interpreted and audited by our internal team, however we encourage users to independently investigate the psychometric merits of each assessment.
Each assessment provides a reference list so that users can independently investigate the psychometric properties of the scale and determine if they are of utility in their particular context. Assessments are not suitable in all contexts or with all individuals.
Psychometric assessments do not diagnose. Suitably qualified mental health professionals such as psychologists and psychiatrists, who use psychometric assessments, diagnose.
Results of psychometric assessments must always be interpreted in the appropriate clinical context by a suitably qualified individual. Results can never be used as a sole means of diagnosis. Use of assessments for self-diagnosis is not permitted.
Generally, raw scores or outputs from psychometric tools are not self-explanatory. The interpretation of these scores typically requires expertise. Therefore, a qualified expert (e.g., a psychologist) is needed to interpret the results and provide guidance on their significance. Without such an expert, results might be considered ambiguous and lacking in context.
Why do psychometric scales require interpretation by suitably qualified professionals?