What is a decision making capacity assessment?
A decision making capacity assessment (or ‘mental capacity assessment’) is a neuropsychological test that evaluates a person’s ability to make logical, reasonable, and informed decisions. It may also uncover any mental impairments due to illness, disability or injury, which may impact decision making capabilities.
Decision making capacity assessments play an important role in determining whether an individual can make decisions for themselves, or whether they may require a ‘legal guardian’ (or ‘litigation guardian’) to make decisions on their behalf.
At Invictus Health, our expert neuropsychologists provide decision making capacity assessments for the medico legal industry including tribunals and other legal matters. If you’re looking for a thorough and detailed medico legal report and decision making capacity assessment in Melbourne, Tasmania or anywhere in Australia, enquire now or book an appointment today.
Advanced Investigative Skills
Our clinical medico legal neuropsychologists have advanced skills in investigating and understanding the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of your brain. We provide you with highly informative, accurate, and detailed information about assessments of cognitive capacity - all outlined in a comprehensive capacity assessment medico legal report.
Variety of Disorders
Whether you’re experiencing difficulties with memory, mood, attention, language, reading, problem solving, decision-making or in other areas of neuropsychological health, we offer you a wealth of experience and knowledge in assessment of decision making capacity.
Tailored Decision Making Capacity Assessments
Depending on the requirements of the specific tribunal or government body, we’re able to tailor a comprehensive decision making capacity assessment and medico legal report for you, ensuring it meets the relevant requirements and regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although we can’t tell you exactly what will be asked, we can say that the assessment includes two sections. The first is the interview stage, where you and the Neuropsychologist will discuss topics of interest. The second is the ‘pen and paper’ stage where the cognitive testing happens.
During the interview stage of the assessment the Neuropsychologist will gear some of the questions towards the specific decision-making capacity topic of interest. These questions help our Neuropsychologist make sure the assessee can comprehend and retain the information relevant to the topic, and is able to make decisions without putting themselves or people around them at risk. The standard test forms used may also differ to suit the needs of the assessee.
Decision-making capacity is used to assist an individual in making decisions to improve their quality of life, and is not to be used to inhibit someone’s ability to make choices within their lives. A person’s capacity to make a decision is ‘decision-specific’. If someone is identified as unable to make some decisions, it does not mean they are unable to make all decisions. The results of a decision-making capacity assessment can vary from allowing a person to regain financial independence to recommendations for future planning and implementing surrounding supports.
Consistent, standardised testing
The formal neuropsychological assessment you’ll undergo with Invictus Health is fully standardised, so it is administered in a consistent manner for all patients and scored using a consistent approach each, and every time.
Secure data collection & storage
You can rest assured that the data that is collected on you is done so in a responsible and ethical manner, and that such data is only kept on file in situations where it is absolutely necessary.
Regular professional development
Our team undergoes continuous learning and mentoring, ensuring best practice across all modalities and areas of neuropsychology, with ongoing professional development undertaken and strict adherence to APS Guidelines maintained.
Why choose Invictus Health as your Neuropsychology Specialists?
A team of experiences and professional health experts.
Friendly and informative approach to health and wellbeing
A holistic and collaborative approach to health
No GP referral needed