Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Services Clinics (CDAMS)
The CDAMS team offers diagnosis, treatment and services for people with cognitive, dementia and memory-related illnesses and issues.
What do we do?
The Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) is a specialist diagnostic service for people experiencing memory loss or changes to their thinking, and for those who care for them.
The CDAMS team offers expert clinical diagnosis, appropriate treatments, education, information about support services and direction in future planning.
What can you expect?
The CDAMS team will carry out an initial assessment, which may include a visit to your home.
This is followed by a clinic appointment with a Geriatrician.
Further assessment may include neuropsychological and/or occupational therapy assessment.
At the conclusion of the assessment the outcomes and recommendations are given in writing to the client and their family or carer.
Early diagnosis is important – this helps to better understand the condition and develop suitable treatment options. Early diagnosis also assists with planning for the future.
This gives clients and carers a chance to learn about the condition early enough to better understand changes as they occur, and to cope with the day-to-day issues of cognitive impairment.
How can you access this service?
Referral is preferred through a client's GP. Referrals can also be made directly by community agencies or through self-referral, however, some information and test results will be required from your GP.
If the referral is through a health care practitioner, a copy of the Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE), a copy of the required blood test results and a CT Brain report are requested.
Queen Elizabeth Centre
102 Ascot Street South
Ballarat VIC 3350
Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
(03) 5320 6612
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