Neuropsychological assessment encompasses evaluation of general level of cognitive functioning (i.e., IQ) as well as literacy, perceptual ability, processing speed, learning ability, verbal and visual memory functioning and executive skills (problem solving/judgement/planning/reasoning abilities etc.) Sometimes it is also necessary and relevant to include an assessment of the person’s personality/emotional wellbeing, as well as functional ability.

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.

    A neuropsychological assessment may be helpful when a person is suspected or known to have suffered a brain injury and changes in thinking or behaviour have been recognized. 

    The people with the following conditions are often referred for assessment:

    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Dementia – Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Huntington’s Disease and Early Onset Dementia.
    • Stroke
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder),
    • Psychiatric Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia)
    • Functional Neurological Disorders
    • Drug and Alcohol Disorders
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Learning Disorders
    • Global Developmental Delay
    • Giftedness
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Epilepsy
    • Brain Infections (Meningitis, Encephalitis),
    • Tumours

      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.