Rehabilitation

After a neuropsychological assessment has been undertaken, being provided with a diagnosis or an understanding of what is happening is sufficient for some people. Others may prefer more follow-up and guidance with respect to potential remediation of their difficulties and/or implementation of strategies to help them tackle any ongoing difficulties.

After a neuropsychological assessment has been undertaken, being provided with a diagnosis or an understanding of what is happening is sufficient for some people.

Others may prefer more follow-up and guidance with respect to potential remediation of their difficulties and/or implementation of strategies to help them tackle any ongoing difficulties.

Guidance can be provided to both the affected individual and their carer (if appropriate). This can include:

  • assistance with strategies designed to address cognitive difficulties (for example, practical guidance concerning the use of alarms and reminders on a smart phone/tablet/diary or calendar);

  • guidance with cognitive remediation through the use of cognitively stimulating activities (e.g. computer- and/or internet-based games designed to enhance cognitive skills and other activities that improve cognition);

  • provision of information about cognitive problems and lifestyle factors that might affect thinking skills and cognitive capacity;

  • discussion of how the brain works and the effects of specific medical or psychiatric conditions on cognition.

 

Medicare rebates for rehabilitation/remediation sessions may be available if you have received a referral under a Mental Health Care plan from your GP, while private health insurance rebates are usually available for these sessions if you have ‘extras’ cover on your private health policy.