NQNS welcomes referrals from an extensive referral base including medical doctors, medical specialists, allied health professionals, Insurance organisations and schemes, medicolegal and forensic professionals, NDIS support co-ordinators and other support services.

The purpose of assessments varies for each individual case. The following are some common reasons for referral:

Decision making capacity

Neuropsychological assessments address decision making capacity across health, lifestyle/accommodation, finances and legal domains; testamentary capacity including capacity to prepare a Will or EPOA; QCAT application for Guardianship.

To assist with diagnosis

Neuropsychological assessments can often tease out type of dementia (eg., Alzheimer’s Disease versus Fronto-temporal dementia); address whether a child satisfies diagnostic criteria for Learning Disorder and/or Neurodevelopment Disorder(s); address Intellectual Disability; and whether a person presents with a Neurocognitive Disorder.

Baseline assessment and Management advice

Neuropsychological assessments are essential in providing a baseline assessment for a person in the initial stages in their recovery (eg., 6 months post traumatic brain injury or stroke and outline the individual’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses, and severity of impairment if relevant. The results of a neuropsychological assessment can then help inform doctors and other health providers in terms of appropriate strategies and treatment/management advice.

Monitoring of recovery post cerebral event

Baseline and serial assessments assist in addressing important matters like returning to work, returning to driving, and capacity for independent living.

To assist with an application or review

Neuropsychological reports are often used to assist individuals in their application for NDIS, disability pension, QCAT application and TPD.

To assist with access to Specialist Disability Support in Schools Program

Neuropsychological assessments can confirm whether an individual has an Intellectual Disability, or Autism Spectrum Disorder or Learning Disorder which then assists with school verification and funding.

Medicolegal, litigation, capacity to plead or give evidence

Neuropsychological assessments are often used in medicolegal settings for a host of reasons which might include personal injury claims, capacity to plead or give evidence and Total and Permanent Disability insurance claims etc.

Head injury assessment including recurrent concussion

Neuropsychological assessments are integral in confirming whether a person has suffered a traumatic brain injury and whether it is of a mild, moderate or severe degree. This is particularly relevant to sporting professionals/athletes with the potential for repeated concussion injuries and Defence members post blast injuries.

Suitability for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Neuropsychological assessment is paramount in the workup of an individual in terms of determining suitability to proceed with Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery.

Psychoeducational Assessments/Reports

Psychoeducational assessments focus on assessment and interpretation of tests of intelligence and other cognitive abilities, memory, and academic achievement, together with measures of behaviour/emotion/function. These assessments can address whether a student has a learning disability, developmental disability, and/or attentional problems, and identify the student’s strengths and weaknesses and guide treatment and educational supports.

Steps for making a referral:

  1. Provide a detailed referral letter outlining background, reason for referral and specify what the assessment is to address – be as specific as possible
  2. Provide personal details and contact number of the person referred

    If available, attach any relevant documentation such as medical/allied reports, brain scans, Workcover Claim number, NDIS number etc.

  3. Send referral letter to NQNS via email: info@nqns.com.au or Fax: 07 4420 3812

If you have any questions related to making a referral, please contact our knowledgeable practice manager who will be able to assist with your inquiry.

NQNS is registered and/or partnered with:

  • NDIS
  • Open Arms
  • Workcover
  • BUPA ADF services
  • Alliance Rehabilitation

NQ Neuropsychology would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

NQ Neuropsychology is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. We welcome all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.