Aboriginal Assessment Project
PROVIDING NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS TO ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE IN NEED IN THE NEW ENGLAND AND NORTH COAST AREAS OF NSW
Does the person possibly have a cognitive impairment?
- Does the person speak in short sentences with poor grammar or with simple words?
- Does he/she seem confused when you ask questions that are not straightforward or simple?
- Does the person have a limited ability to understand/paraphrase advice and ask relevant questions?
- Is the person unable to explain why they are to appear in court?
- Is he/she unable to understand the consequences of the court decision?
- Has the person’s occupation indicated that he/she could function only with supervision?
- Is there a history of school failure, slow progress in school (‘slow learner’) or have they attended special classes (non-mainstream)?
- Is there a history of problems learning how to read, write or spell? This may indicate a learning disability.
- Is there a history of serious head injury (e.g., necessitating hospital admission)?
- Is there a history of complications at birth, such as seizures, premature birth etc…?
- Is there a history of developmental disorder, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
- Is there a history of heavy alcohol consumption in the mother or foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)?
NB: Responses to questions should be considered in total; no one indicator alone should be taken as a probable sign of cognitive impairment.
Who can refer?
The project will consider referrals from the following sources in the New England and North Coast areas of NSW. If time and funding allow, we may expand the project to other areas and sources as well.
- Aboriginal Legal Services
- Legal Aid
- Aboriginal Medical Centres
- Aboriginal families with a relative who is awaiting court and sentencing