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Cognitive Assessments After an Acquired Brain Injury

When you’ve experienced brain dysfunction as a consequence of an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), your trauma may not be obvious.


If your disability is invisible, other people may be unaware of the level of cognitive impairment you’re coping with. This can be frustrating for you and for them.


It can put a strain on personal relationships and make any return to study or the workplace difficult to manage.


A cognitive assessment by a Clinical Neuropsychologist can help by:


Confirming or clarifying your diagnosis

Building a profile of your strengths and weaknesses to guide your rehabilitation

Establishing a baseline to document changes in functioning between assessments

Generating a referral to another type of required health specialist


Our Clinical Neuropsychologist, Dr Kate Elliott, is trained to assess, diagnose and treat conditions caused by an ABI.

Want to learn more about organising a cognitive assessment for your Acquired Brain Injury?

Contact our helpful reception team for more information.

What is an Acquired Brain Injury?

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is widely considered to be damage to the brain acquired after birth that results in cognitive impairment. Recognised causes include:


Accidents and trauma


Brain tumours

Bacterial or viral infections like meningitis or encephalitis

Lack of oxygen – hypoxia or anoxia

Degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s,
Alzheimer’s, Lewy Bodies disease, Multiple Sclerosis

What happens during a Neurophysiological Cognitive Assessment?

Our Clinical Neuropsychologist uses scientifically validated tools to understand your brain dysfunction and how it impacts your daily life. At Gateway Psychological Services, our neuropsychological evaluations include the following:

Clinical Interview

this allows us to gather your relevant historical medical information. We may also review medical records or other reports.

Family Member Interviews

with your permission, family members may be interviewed and asked to share their perceptions on relevant aspects of your history or any observed symptoms.

Neuropsychological Examination

this is a non-invasive process that typically includes some standardised tests.

You can expect oral questions, paper and pencil tasks and the manipulation of materials such as blocks and puzzles. You may also be given questionnaires relating to your mood, behaviour and personality. Our Clinical Neuropsychologist is trained to integrate these medical, personal and psychological elements to gain a comprehensive understanding of your cognition and quality of life. Your cognitive assessment can also clarify whether the cause of your cognitive impairment is an ABI or the normal aging process.

Book a cognitive assessment to better understand the impact of your Acquired Brain Injury.