There are a number of reasons why people with HIV can experience cognitive impairment:
The Adahps psychologist can assist in the assessment and management of HIV associated cognitive impairment.
A neuropsychological assessment can assist people with HIV who have concerns about memory loss, confusion and changes in their behaviours by:
It is important to mention that a diagnosis will not be made on the basis of the outcomes of this assessment alone. Neuropsychological assessments are only one aspect of the overall assessment and management of cognitive impairment. The results are not 100% definitive and can be affected by a variety of factors including: motivation level, ill-health, extreme anxiety, low mood, fatigue or effects from medicines.
Most health professionals such as a GP, HIV specialist, nurse, social worker or case manager can make a referral. We also accept referrals from individuals or their family and carers. Adahps must be given permission to share the results with the individual's treating doctor or health team.
Our psychologist travels throughout NSW to perform assessments.
A neuropsychological assessment usually involves three stages:
To be eligible an individual will:
Residents of SESLHD should be referred to the St Vincent’s Hospital neuropsychologist in the first instance.