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Neuropsychology (Brain changes, injury or cognitive impairment)

 

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Neuropsychology Service at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) provides psychometric assessment into suspected brain changes/injury and cognitive impairment. Assessment may include attention and concentration, speed of information processing, learning and memory, as well as more complex skills such as problem solving, reasoning, and planning.

A Neuropsychologist's opinion may be sought for:

  • diagnosis and differential diagnosis
  • mental capacity and issues related to guardianship
  • strengths and weaknesses profiling
  • rehabilitation planning
  • development of tailored cognitive strategies

The Neuropsychology service does not conduct assessments for medico-legal, educational or National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) purposes.

The duration of assessment typically ranges between two to four hours. If an assessment can be completed a report will be provided to assist in the patient's ongoing management.

For more information please view the CALHN Neuropsychology outpatient service web page.

Appointment location at RAH

Outpatient Department, Level 3.
RAH, Port Road SA 5000

  • Outpatient map – RAH

Outpatient appointments are for 9.00am. We recommend patients register with Outpatients at 8:45am.

Outpatient clinics may close in response to inpatient demand.

Consultants at RAH

  • Wendy Barsdell - Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Essie Low - Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Suzy Hackett - Clinical Neuropsychologist

Referrals to RAH

Fax referral to the Administrative Hub 

Fax:  (08) 7074 6247 and attention to: Neuropsychology

We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service. 

All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. 

To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results. 

If a previous cognitive assessment has been conducted by a psychologist or neuropsychologist please state the name of the clinician/service and when the assessment occurred.

If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the Patient Services Team on 1300 153 853 .

To make a referral:  

  • Fax: (08) 7074 6247
  • Telephone: 1300 153 853

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