Neuropsychological assessment can:
For medico-legal assessments, in which a comprehensive report is required to act as expert evidence the following information is required:
For some assessments, the following might be helpful:
Your client may wish to bring any medication that must be taken regularly. Please advise me before the assessment if your client is taking any opiate-based pain medication, or other strong medication likely to impair concentration or attention.
A neuropsychological assessment will usually last a full morning or afternoon. It’s best to advise your client of this in advance. If your client is coming from some distance, it is advisable that they arrive in good time, refreshed and not fatigued from lengthy travel. Fatigue compromises the integrity of the assessment. There will be time for your client to have short breaks.
The practice is conveniently located just off Canning Highway, and well serviced by public transport to and from various localities around the metropolitan area of Perth (rail and bus). A map can be found here.
The practice is accessible to wheelchairs. Please advise beforehand if your client uses a wheelchair.
If your client is of non-English speaking background please ensure their English is sufficient for the purpose of a neuropsychological assessment. While an individual’s English may be sufficient for many specialist appointments, this does not necessarily mean it is adequate for a neuropsychological assessment. As a guide, the client should be able to converse in English without difficulty. If you are unsure whether your client needs an interpreter, please contact the office in advance to discuss.
If an interpreter is needed, an interpreter will need to be arranged by your office in advance. An accredited interpreter must be used for medico-legal or forensic assessments. Telephone-based interpreting services are not adequate for neuropsychological assessments. The interpreter should be booked for a minimum of four hours per session to avoid the need to re-schedule and incur further fees. It is not appropriate to use family or friends in place of professional interpreters.
It is helpful if a family member or friend accompanies your client to the appointment so that they can provide further details and information, and a collateral history. If there is no one available on the day, with your client’s permission, a nominated person can be contacted by phone at an agreed time and date.
As this practice is in high demand, failure to attend or late cancellations will incur a fee.
Please ask your client to bring along photo identification such as a driving license or passport. Alternatively a photograph will be taken of your client for identification purposes.