What is neuropsychology?
After illness or injury (such as a head injury or stroke), some people experience changes in their thinking skills. This can include problems with memory or concentration, which can affect work, driving, daily tasks (e.g. cooking, taking medications, remembering appointments, or hobbies).
Completing an assessment with a neuropsychologist can help you to:
- understand your current thinking skills and any changes
- understand how these might impact on your daily life
- discuss strategies to support your thinking skills in daily life.
What does an assessment involve?
An assessment usually takes place over 2 or 3 sessions, and involves several parts:
- An interview to identify what you would like to achieve from the assessment and to discuss any changes in your thinking skills. The neuropsychologist may ask to speak to a family member or close friend to hear their point of view.
- Completing a series of tasks looking at memory, thinking speed, ability to pay attention, solving puzzles, and other thinking skills. This includes “paper and pencil” tasks, remembering information, and answering questions.
- A feedback session to review your goals, look at the results, explain what they mean for you in everyday life. A family member or friend is able to attend the feedback session. You will receive a written summary of recommendations and strategies that may help you in your everyday life.
A formal report will be written for the person who referred you. A copy can also be provided to your GP and other appropriate people (e.g. other specialists, your workplace) if you choose.
The service is available to adults who live in the ACT and is free for Medicare or Asylum Seeker cardholders.
You need a referral from a doctor or another service in Rehabilitation, Aged, & Community Care. You must also meet eligibility criteria.
For more information, please see https://www.psychology.org.au/.