Cognitive Rehabilitation

Neuropsychologists are not only skilled in identifying issues with thinking, mood or behaviour, but can also assist in developing strategies to better manage these changes. Once a neuropsychological assessment has been completed the client is provided with a number of strategies that are tailored to their specific pattern of strengths and weaknesses, as well as their own current concerns. Direct support may be provided in implementing these strategies. Secondary consultation with other service providers and family is often also provided (where appropriate).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions that we find are important to both patients and families.

What is a neuropsychologist?

A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who specialised in understanding how the brain works and specifically how changes to the brain can impact on thinking skills (also called cognition), behaviour and mood.

Who does a neuropsychologist see?

People present for a variety of conditions such as:

  • Acquired brain injury, closed head injury or concussion from an accident
  • Alcohol or drug related brain injury
  • Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or Schizophrenia
  • Various neurological conditions, such as stroke, brain tumours, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, hydrocephalus, hypoxia, meningitis to name only a few.
  • Changes to thinking associated with ageing, such as confusion, delirium, mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
  • Intellectual disability

What does a neuropsychological assessment involve?

The assessment usually begins with an interview, in order to get to know the person and their relevant background. Following this they are given a variety of paper and pencil tasks, puzzles and memory questions which give insight into various aspects of their thinking, such as attention, memory and problem solving.

How long does it take?

This depends on the type of assessment requested. Assessments with very simple referral questions can take 2 hours. More complex, medicolegal assessments can take up to 5 hours. On average most assessment take approx. 3 hours. Assessments may be completed in one sitting (with breaks) or spread over a few sessions.

What happens after the assessment?

The neuropsychologist may need to interview other people involved, such as family, friends or other support providers. They also take time to score your assessment and write a comprehensive report with the findings and a set of recommendations. The client is then offered a follow up session to discuss these findings. Ongoing intervention or counselling is then negotiated.

How much does it cost?

This will depend on the complexity of the case and the number of hours needed. Fees are slightly below the hourly rate recommended by the Australian Psychologist Society (APS). Please contact Dr Michelle Morandin to discuss the fee structure further.

Who can make a referral for assessment?

Referrals are accepted from individuals making a ‘self-referral’. GPs. other health practitioners, support people or funding bodies can make referrals for neuropsychological input. It is imperative that the individual is aware that they have been referred.

How can I pay for it?

Unfortunately Medicare does NOT cover neuropsychological assessments. Some private health funds may cover part of the fee for a neuropsychological assessment; however it is the responsibility of the patient to enquire with their respective health fund regarding available rebate DVA, TAC, WorkSafe and the NDIS may cover the cost of a neuropsychological assessment. Privately funded by the client.

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