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ASSESSMENTS EXPLAINED


NEUROPSYCHIATRY / NEUROLOGY
Drs Dennis Velakoulis, Mark Walterfang, Ramon Mocellin, Samantha Loi
Neuropsychiatry Inpatient Registrar
Neurologist - Dr Andrew Evans
Neuropsychiatry resident medical officer

On arrival to the ward patients will be seen by the neuropsychiatry registrar and the medical officer who will take a full and comprehensive history and perform a physical examination. They will then organise for blood tests and scanning to be done. Dr Velakoulis and Dr Evans will assess the patients (usually either on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the first week of admission) and determine if further tests are required.

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NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Dr Wendy Kelso
Dr Joanna Neath
Dr Chris O’Halloran
Ms Simone Manglesdorf

During your stay you may meet with one of our neuropsychologists who are trained in understanding how the brain works and how it affects our thinking, behaviour and personality. In particular they will assess possible changes or difficulties you may be experiencing in your concentration, memory, language, visual processing or problem solving skills. In order to gather the relevant information they may ask you to answer questions, remember certain information, complete drawings or write information down.The assessment usually takes up to 2 to 3 hours, which is usually broken up over a few sessions throughout your stay.

NURSING STAFF

Nursing staff are on the Neuropsychiatry inpatient ward 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The observations and assessments undertaken by the nursing staff are often very important in terms of understanding patient’s symptoms and concerns. These assessments are a key part of the neuropsychiatry admission.

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Ms Aoife Pollins

The role of the occupational therapist on this unit is to learn about the patient’s strengths and difficulties in the areas of self care (toileting, showering, dressing, eating), home duties and how they are able to manage community based activities such as shopping, transport, banking and communicating with others.

SOCIAL WORK
Ms Daina Fail

The role of the social worker is to liaise with patients, families and carers during the admission. The social work assessment is important in terms of both the assessment/diagnosis and in planning for discharge.

ART THERAPY

Art Therapy is also available on the ward with a variety of materials that can be used. At times the Art Therapist will be available to help facilitate this process.


OTHER ASSESSMENTS

When required we will request assessments by medical specialists from the Royal Melbourne Hospital (e.g the diabetes or heart specialists), speech therapists and physiotherapists.