Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during an assessment?

The neuropsychological assessment is individually tailored to your specific needs and concerns and is typically completed over a series of sessions. The entirety of the assessment can take anywhere from 4-8 hours, depending on the complexity of the presenting issues.

The assessment commences with a detailed interview, to gather relevant information about your current concerns regarding your cognition, as well as your medical, psychological, educational and occupational history. This information will help guide the assessment and inform the results and recommendations.

The interview is followed by a range of neuropsychological tasks, to evaluate your cognitive functions and typically includes:

  • Attention and concentration.

  • Processing speed.

  • New learning and memory.

  • Language and visuospatial functions.

  • Executive functions (complex thinking skills) such as planning, organisation and problem solving.

The results will be provided to you in a formal report, which will include specific recommendations. You will also receive feedback where you will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the recommendations further.

How do I prepare for an assessment?
  • Write down any questions you wish to ask.

  • Arrange your appointment for the time of day when you feel most alert.

  • If you wear glasses or a hearing aid, remember to bring them along.

  • Bring along results from any previous medical or psychological assessments, if available (e.g. brain CT or MRI). 

  • If you become ill prior to your scheduled appointment (e.g. cold or flu), it is recommended to postpone your assessment until you are feeling well again.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

A referral from your own doctor or other medical specialist is recommended. It can be important to first discuss your situation with a medical professional who can then advise on whether a neuropsychological assessment would be appropriate for you. If your doctor is unsure about whether a neuropsychological assessment is appropriate, please feel free to provide them with our information brochure (click here).

Can a family member or friend accompany me to the appointment?

You are welcome to ask a friend or family member to attend the interview with you, as speaking to someone who knows you well can be helpful. They are also welcome to attend the feedback session. 

What does a neuropsychological assessment cost?

Neuropsychological assessments are currently not covered by Medicare. 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 rebates.

 

Fees will depend on the complexity of the case and the time involved in completing the assessment. A quote for services will be discussed and given at the time of booking. Rates are based on the Australian Psychological Society’s recommended fee schedule.

 

Fees are required to be paid in full before the release of the formal report by cash or bank transfer. We require 24 hours notice for the cancellation or rescheduling of appointments. Otherwise a 50% cancellation fee may apply. 

Referrer Information

 

 

Why refer for a neuropsychological assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment can be useful for clients experiencing cognitive difficulties and can help answer questions such as:

  • Are cognitive changes part of normal ageing or not?

  • What are the underlying causes of cognitive difficulties?

  • Are cognitive difficulties likely to resolve or progress?

  • What can be done to treat or minimise cognitive difficulties?

  • Is further investigation into the cause of cognitive symptoms required?

The neuropsychological assessment results can also be used to:

  • Determine the presence of brain injury and the consequences of the injury on the individual’s everyday life.

  • Assist with differential diagnoses of various neurological and neurodegenerative conditions.

  • Provide guidance and recommendations for treatment and management.

  • Identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses to provide guidance for vocational or rehabilitation purposes.

  • Establish a cognitive baseline to help monitor cognitive changes over time.

 

Who would benefit from a neuropsychological assessment?

 

A neuropsychological assessment can help clients who have, or are suspected to have, sustained brain injury or medical conditions affecting their brain function. This can include, but is not limited to: 

  • Neurodegenerative conditions (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia).

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (e.g. motor vehicle accidents, assaults or falls).

  • Neurological conditions (e.g. stroke, tumours, epilepsy).

  • Autoimmune/Inflammatory diseases affecting the central nervous system (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis).

  • Psychiatric conditions (e.g. schizophrenia).

  • Developmental disorders (e.g. learning disorders).

  • Intellectual disabilities.

Please note: 

*Neural Networks accepts referrals for adults (18 years +).

*Neural Networks is currently not accepting referrals for medico-legal purposes.