Information for patients

What is neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is the study of brain and behavior, and how brain injury or disease can affect cognition (thinking skills such as memory, concentration and problem solving), emotion and personality.

Neuropsychological assessment can help to:

  • Characterise your cognitive functioning after a brain injury or in the context of a neurological or psychiatric condition.
  • Determine your cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
  • Provide advice on what can be done to treat or minimise your cognitive difficulties.
  • Provide recommendations about whether you are able to return to study or work and if so, which strategies would be helpful in supporting you to do so.
  • Assist medical professionals to determine whether you are safe to return to, or continue driving.
  • Provide an opinion about your capacity to make decisions about your finances, accommodation, medical treatment, or change a will.

Conditions that neuropsychologists can help with:

  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Cognitive changes associated with mood disorders (such as depression, anxiety) or psychiatric conditions (such as schizophrenia)
  • Learning difficulties
  • ADHD
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy

What types of assessments are offered?

Assessments for adults only (aged 16 years and over).

  • Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to assess a range of cognitive functions including memory, attention, processing speed, language, visual-spatial skills, and higher level executive functions.
  • Medico-legal neuropsychological assessment.
  • Intellectual assessment (IQ only) to determine an individual’s current level of intellectual functioning, which can assist with decisions regarding education/work options/funding, e.g. intellectual disability, or gifted and talented. If querying an intellectual disability, this includes an adaptive behaviour assessment (ABAS-II), which is required for the diagnosis and associated education, funding, and/or Disability Support Pension and NDIS Evidence of Disability applications.

Is there anything I need to bring with me for an assessment?

It is important that you bring glasses for reading or hearing aids if you use them. It would also be helpful to bring along a partner, family member or close friend for the first 30 minutes of the consultation.

Are neuropsychology assessments covered by Medicare, Private Medical Insurance, or any other agencies?

Unfortunately, no Medicare rebate is available for neuropsychological assessments. Some private health insurance companies offer small rebates and if you have private health cover, you should enquire with them as to the level of rebate available under your plan. You will need to claim any available rebates directly from your insurer. Dr Amee Baird is a registered service provider under the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA).