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Neuropsychological Assessments Completed In Australia

Strathfield SouthNSW1137
St LeonardsNSW75
East SydneyNSW53
Bondi JunctionNSW40
Wagga WaggaNSW16
Little BayNSW9
Lake HavenNSW5
East MelbourneVIC2
Emu PlainsNSW2

Clinical Neuropsychologists are experts at understanding the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of brain-based conditions

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Neuropsychological assessment may be helpful across a range of situations, including:

  • Clarifying Diagnosis. Neuropsychological assessment may establish a new diagnosis (e.g., Alzheimer’s Dementia), or clarify the contribution of a range of possible diagnoses (e.g., Is it ADHD, Learning Disability or Asperger’s Disorder?).
  • Clarifying Prognosis. Prognosis is a specialist opinion regarding the likely natural history of a medical condition. For example, prognosis for Alzheimer’s dementia is often poor, especially if treatment has not been applied. However, prognosis for someone with alcohol-related cognitive impairment may be good, depending on the person’s drinking history, age and commitment to reducing alcohol intake.
  • Establishing a Treatment Plan. Neuropsychological disorders often affect an individual in complex ways. For example, Traumatic Brain Injury may result in memory difficulties, which may in turn affect a person’s mood. Applying evidence-based treatment for the memory disorder may therefore be sufficient to resolve the depression, reducing the need for antidepressant medication.
  • Providing Rehabilitation Recommendations. A neuropsychological assessment can clarify whether or not a person is fit to return to work or study, when cognitive impairment is suspected as a potential barrier for these activities. Neuropsychological assessment may also be used to screen people for return to driving (often after a neurological event such as a acquired brain injury).
  • Assisting with Medico-legal cases. Neuropsychological assessment is often requested by courts and tribunals to provide expert evidence regarding any of the questions considered above (e.g., diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, return to work) as well as to address more specific legal questions, such as:
    • Capacity to make independent decisions
    • Capacity to plea
    • Capacity to understand and follow legal proceedings
    • Influence of a neuropsychological/medical condition on offending behaviour

Our specialist clinical neuropsychologists are expertly trained and have the experience to provide comprehensive neuropsychological assessment for the purposes outlined above. We have neuropsychologists with experience and accreditation for the following types of assessments:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
  • Centrelink, Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Lifetime Care and Support (LTCS)
  • Workcover
  • Guardianship Tribunal of NSW
  • Motor Accidents Authority of NSW (MAA)
  • Legal Aid
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
  • Transport and Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS)

Furthermore, our consultants have individual registration with various insurers, who are usually able to provide a rebate for neuropsychological assessment and treatment services.

Typically, the duration of a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment is 3-4 hours. Some may be shorter and others longer. The length of the assessment depends on various factors, including the complexity of the presenting problem, the availability of corroborative information, the need to interview a significant other and client energy levels / fatigue. One or two short breaks are typically taken over the course of the assessment.

At ANTS, we offer Abbreviated Neuropsychological Testing, with a maximum duration of 60 minutes. This service is not a substitute for a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, in that it is not suited to answering questions regarding diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment. There is no clinical interview – it just comprises brief neuropsychological testing, sampling each of the major areas of cognitive functioning, and a brief report is made available on completion.

Comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment

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Neuropsychological assessment typically involves 3-4 hours of face to face contact. This includes a detailed clinical interview and comprehensive testing of cognitive abilities (e.g., intelligence, memory, learning and executive functions) using standardised tests and questions. Opinion regarding diagnosis / prognosis and treatment recommendations is provided in a 6-8 page report.

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Cost: Depending on the referral question, complexity of the case and purpose of the assessment, cost of assessment and a detailed report ranges from $800 to $1800.

Abbreviated Neuropsychological Testing

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In cases where a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment is impractical or unaffordable, abbreviated neuropsychological testing provides information about general level of cognitive functioning, including memory and executive functioning, and may reveal areas of gross dysfunction. Brief neuropsychological testing takes approximately one hour. Testing involves completing standardised tests and questions. Brief testing is insufficient to answer questions about diagnosis and/or prognosis.

Cost: One hour of testing plus a brief report = $275.

Not sure if you or your client/patient need(s) an assessment?

It can be difficult to determine the need for a neuropsychological assessment, especially if you have never used a neuropsychological service before. That’s why we have developed the Neuropsychological Assessment Need Tool (NANT). This will take you approximately 2 minutes to complete and at the end you will receive a rough guide as to whether or not a neuropsychological assessment is warranted.

Neuropsychological Assessment Need Tool (NANT)

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The Neuropsychological Assessment Need Tool (NANT) is a quick and easy to use online application, to help assess the need for a neuropsychological assessment.

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