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, Traumatic Brain Injury or Asperger’s Disorder?).

  • Clarifying Prognosis

    Prognosis is a specialist opinion regarding the likely course 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 Forensic and Medico-legal cases

    Neuropsychological assessment is often requested by courts and tribunals as 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:

  • Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS)
  • Centrelink, Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Legal Aid
  • Lifetime Care and Support (LTCS)
  • Motor Accidents Authority of NSW (MAA)
  • National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS)
  • NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Transport and Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
  • Workcover / SIRA

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

  • Comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment

    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 are provided in a 6-8 page report.

    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 offered over the course of the assessment.

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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 typically ranges from $880 to $2800.

  • Abbreviated Neuropsychological Testing

    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 60 minutes. Testing involves completing standardised tests and questions. Brief testing is insufficient to answer questions about diagnosis and/or prognosis.

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    Cost: One hour of testing plus a brief report = $330

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.

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