The service is available to all adults with a memory problem requiring a diagnostic assessment, treatment and management.
A referral from your local doctor is required to access this service.
Urgent cases can be discussed with the Clinic Nurse at the time of referral.
Getting a diagnosis
Dementia is a progressive irreversible syndrome that affects memory, intellect, personality and behaviour causing significant impairment in function. These symptoms are caused by disorders affecting the brain. There are many types of dementia with Alzheimer's disease being the most common.
Information and education
Early diagnosis is important. It can assist the person concerned and their Carer to:
Access support and services
GPs may complete a short screening test for memory, followed by a range of tests including blood tests and a brain scan. These investigations are made to ascertain whether or not dementia is a possible cause for memory problems.
Referral to specialists such as a geriatrician, Old Age psychiatrist, neurologist or a Memory Clinic can be made for further assessment and diagnosis.
The Northern Sydney area has Memory clinics located at several local hospitals:
The key elements of the Memory Clinic include:
Access to neuropsychology service
Access to Old Age Psychiatry service
Detailed assessment by a Cognition Nurse for selected patients
Detailed letter sent to referring doctor following assessment
Social worker available if required
Links to other clinics and allied health services (eg. Bone & Balance, Osteoporosis, Spasticity, Continence, etc)
NSLHD Carer Support Service www.nscarersupport.com.au call 9462 9488
My Aged Care www.myagedcare.gov.au call 1800 200 422
National Dementia Helpline call 1800 100 500
Memory Problems Brochure