CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY SERVICES (CNS)

Information For Patients

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

A medical referral from your own doctor or other medical specialist is recommended. It is important to first discuss your circumstance with a medical professional who can then advise on whether a neuropsychological assessment would be appropriate for your particular case. Medico-legal clients should consult with their legal team to determine the suitability of undertaking a neuropsychological assessment.

What does a neuropsychological assessment involve?

A neuropsychological assessment usually involves an initial interview, where your medical history and other background information is obtained. Following this, you will be given a number of tests that examine various areas of thinking, such as memory and attention. In many ways, this will largely resemble an ‘IQ test.’ Some tests are designed to to be challenging and very few people answer all items correctly. You will also be given several questionnaires to complete. The assessment length various but usually takes approximately 3-4 hours. You will be provided with rest breaks.

How do I prepare for a scheduled neuropsychological appointment?

As neuropsychological assessments involve tests that examine various thinking skills, the session requires that you are in the best mental state as possible. As neuropsychological assessments are often mentally demanding, a good night’s rest prior to the assessment is ideal. It is also recommended that you avoid physically or mentally draining activities just prior to the session. As neuropsychological assessments take many hours, it is important you do not schedule any important activities for the remainder of the day.

Heavy alcohol consumption or illicit drug use should be avoided prior to the assessment, as these may impact on test performance. Please contact Dr Stewart if refraining from these may be an issue for you. It is, however, important that you continue to take medication as prescribed by your doctor.

Please bring the following items to the session:

  • Reading glasses (if applicable)
  • A medical referral (if one has not already been sent by the referrer on your behalf)
  • A list of all medications that you are currently taking
  • Any recent reports you may have from health professionals (for example, neurologists, psychiatrists etc.)

Is the assessment covered by health insurance or other insurance company?

Only in limited instances are neuropsychological assessments covered by Medicare or private health funds. Please check with your private health fund to determine eligibility for reimbursement prior to making an appointment. Dr Stewart is a registered Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) provider and DVA gold card members are eligible for cover.

In cases where the injury relates to an insurance claim it is recommended that you contact the insurance company involved to determine whether the cost of the assessment is covered by the company.

How do I cancel an appointment?

Contact the office as soon as possible in the event that you need to cancel an appointment. In most instances, it may be possible to reschedule an appointment. Please cancel as soon as possible as late cancellation fees apply.