Dementia and Memory Clinics
Our Dementia and Memory Clinics offer access to a range of health professionals including neurologists, geriatricians and neuropsychologists to ensure accurate diagnosis and management of cognitive concerns, mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Our research programs and clinical care focus on strategies to reduce the risk of dementia, early diagnosis and intervention and some clinics/specialists also offer long term management. Our range of clinics also allow those with more unusual or complex presentations and those with younger onset dementia to receive specialist care and access to our research.
For most elderly patients living with dementia, the services of the Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) in the region are most appropriate. ACATs are multidisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists that can assess the health needs of ageing individuals and put the individual in contact with the relevant services in their area. They make recommendations about the level of care required and approve eligibility for certain services. You can apply for an assessment online or call 1800 200 422.
While dementia mainly affects older people, it does occur in people under the age of 65 (and even in people in their 30s and 40s). These people with younger-onset dementia often have more difficulties getting a diagnosis because they seem too young. They often have at least another family member with dementia, suggesting that genes may be involved. Our clinicians specialise in determining the type of dementia in these younger-onset patients.
Movement Disorder Clinics
Our Movement Disorder Clinics concentrate on Parkinson’s disease, which is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. We see more atypical parkinsonian sydnromes like multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal degeneration. People with these disorders have the opportunity to participate in our clinical research studies and clinical trials.
Neurosleep Disorder Clinics
Sleep is an essential part of life – you spend 33% of your life asleep. While we don’t know exactly why we sleep, scientisits have shown that lack of sleep or disturbed sleep has serious health consequences.