FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a clinical neuropsychologist?
Clinical neuropsychologists provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a range of disorders than can impact on brain function. They have particular expertise in assessing and treating cognitive (thinking) and behavioural issues in areas such as attention, memory, problem solving, language, spatial function and inhibition. Clinical neuropsychologists have post-graduate training and are endorsed in the area of neuropsychology by the Psychology Board of Australia.
What is involved in neuropsychological assessment?
An assessment begins with an interview between the neuropsychologist and the client. This provides an opportunity to review the client's concerns about cognition (thinking abilities), as well as mood and any other issues that may be impacting on day-to-day activities. A close supporter such as a family member or friend may also be asked some questions about what they have noticed. Questions regarding educational, occupational and medical history are also undertaken.
Following an interview, the client undertakes a series of pencil and paper tasks including questionnaires, completing puzzles and problem solving activities, as well as remembering certain information. The assessment aims to cover many aspects of cognition including memory, learning, attention, language, reading, problem-solving, decision-making or other aspects of behaviour and thinking abilities.
Depending on the nature of the referral questions, assessments can range in length from three to six hours, with the testing completed across one or two appointments.
Following an assessment, the referring doctor will be provided with a detailed report outlining test performances and recommendations. Feedback sessions and written summaries about the outcomes and recommendations from the assessment are usually provided to clients and supporters.
Why see a neuropsychologist?
People see neuropsychologists for a number of reasons. These include:
Is any preparation required prior to an assessment?
A client needs to bring any aids that they have such as glasses or hearing aids. A good rest and avoidance of any alcohol or other intoxicating substances in the 24 hours prior to the assessment is recommended.
How much does it cost for an assessment?
Fees depend on the complexity of the case and the time involved. Competitive rates are offered based on the Australian Psychological Society's recommended fee schedule. Some clients may be eligible for a medicare or private health insurance rebate. Where the cost is to be met by a third party (e.g., TAC, DVA, Work Safe or DHS), funding approval must be obtained from the relevant agency before the assessment.
Feel free to contact us with any enquiries about pricing on 0411863482.