Why is it helpful:
A Neuropsychological assessment uses specific tests designed to assess for thinking or memory difficulties. There are lots of reasons why a Neuropsychological assessment would be helpful such as:
- Does the person have an acquired brain injury (ABI)?
- Why is this person experiencing memory or other cognitive difficulties?
- Does the person have ADHD or another learning disorder?
- What is the impact of this person’s diagnosis (e.g. ABI, medical condition, psychiatric illness) on their thinking and memory skills?
- What are the person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
- Does this person meet eligibility criteria for access to disability supports?
- Advice and strategies for managing memory or other cognitive difficulties
- Recommendations for treatment planning and support needs
- Potential implications of cognitive difficulties for work or study
- Assessment and advice regarding management of ABI-related behaviours of concern (e.g. aggression, disinhibition, reduced initiation)
- Psychoeducation and support for clients and families about the brain, ABI, and cognitive strategies
- Does the person have high functioning Autism/Asbergers?
- Does the person have dementia?
Psychological Tests Used:
- Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-IV)
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)
- Test of Premorbid Functioning
- Rey Complex Figure
- Various Word-List Learning Tasks
- Verbal fluency tasks
- Stroop colour-word interference test
- Trail Making Test
- Boston Naming Test
- Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-II)
- Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM)
Fees and Availability:
Unfortunately there are no Medicare rebates available for Neuro-psychological assessments, however Private Health Insurance may offer some rebate so important to check with your Provider.
A comprehensive Neuro- assessment comprises 2-3 hours of testing, interpretation of the results, a comprehensive report answering the referral question, and a feedback session to provide results and helpful recommendations (can be 6 – 10 hours of the Psychologist’s time). At DS Psychology Group we aim to keep costs as low as possible in order for clients to access an effective service so speak to our admin about your personal situation and needs.
Dr. Louise Bannister is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who conducts Neuropsychological assessments at DS Psychology Group (see profile and photo on team page). She has over seven years’ experience providing neuropsychological assessment and intervention for adults with a variety of medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions. Louise has worked in the Psychology Department at Ballarat Health Services since 2009, delivering neuropsychology services for adult clients across inpatient and community-based rehabilitation, and Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) programs. She has also worked at the statewide ABI Behaviour Consultancy at Austin Health since 2012, providing neurobehavioural assessment and intervention services for adults with ABI and their families and support workers. Louise is highly experienced and is currently the Senior Neuropsychologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Clinical Neuropsychologist at The Melbourne Clinic. She values a person-centred approach to practice and emphasises the importance of providing reports and recommendations that are understandable and relevant to the client and the people supporting them.
Louise is available on Saturdays to conduct assessments for clients aged 16+ and/or for individual hourly consultation.