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From respiration to cognition

Since COVID-19 emerged in December 2019, scientists have been trying to fully understand how the virus affects those that it infects.
Originally it was believed that COVID only infected the respiratory track, leading to breathing difficulties and oxygen starvation in the host body. But within months new symptoms were added to this list including loss of taste and smell, two senses linked to brain function.
This raised the question of whether COVID was also impacting the brain.


Cognition and Psychology 

The cognitive and mental health impact of COVID


Your patient's cognitive function can impact how they interact and thrive in their day to day lives. Current research into long COVID suggests that the virus may have long term effects on intellect, including a decline in memory, confusion and brain fog* long after recovery.

As such, finding the right tools to confidently assess and help individuals overcome these changes is paramount. The trauma of the illness may have also impacted your patient's mental health, with reports showing that several people have indicated high levels of PTSD, anxiety, insomnia and other mental health issues**. 

To help you to continue to provide the care your patients’ need we have collated a number of our key assessments that can help assess and support your patients cognitive function and mental health:  


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Predict everyday problems associated with the dysexecutive syndrome (disorders of planning, organisation, problem solving and attention) 

Age: 16 to 87 years 

Administration: Individual – 40 minutes 




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Assess visual-motor skills in children and adults that can lead to learning, neuropsychological and behaviour problems 

Age: 2 to 100 years 
Administration: Individual and Group - Short and Full Format tests: 10–15 minutes each; Visual and Motor tests: 5 minutes each 





Assess cognitive abilities quickly and reliably 

Age: 16 years + 

Administration: Individual - 15 to 20 minutes 



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An assessment of verbal learning and memory deficits in adults 

Age: 16 to 89 years 

Administration: 30 minutes, plus a 30 minute delay 



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Provides a comprehensive assessment of higher-level thinking and cognitive flexibility 

Age: 8 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual - 90 minutes 



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A comprehensive screening tool combines behavioural neurology and traditional neuropsychological approaches to assessment 

Age: 20 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual – 60 minutes 




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Brief, individually administered battery to assess neuropsychological status 

Age: 12 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual – 30 minutes 



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Predict everyday memory problems in people with acquired, non-progressive brain injury and monitor change over time 

Age: 16 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual – 30 minutes 



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Measure selective attention, sustained attention and attentional switching 

Age: 18 to 80 years 

Administration: Individual- 45 to 60 minutes 




An effective test for predicting a person's pre-injury IQ & memory abilities 

Age: 16 to 89 years 

Administration: Less than 10 minutes 




An ecologically valid, performance based measure of functional abilities with an emphasis on instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) skills 

Age: 16 to 90:11 years 

Administration: Individual – 15 minutes 



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Provides you with the most advanced measure of cognitive ability in adults 

Age: 16 to 90:11 years 

Administration: Individual - 75 minutes 



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Assess verbal and non-verbal memory abilities in adults 

Age: 16 to 90:11 years 

Administration: Individual - 75 minutes 




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Provides a reliable, brief measure of intelligence in clinical, educational and research settings 

Age: 6 to 90:11 years 

Administration: Individual - Four Subtest Form = 30 minutes; Two Subtest Form = 15 minutes 




Measure short- and long-term memory functioning and the ability to learn new material in children and adults 
Age: 5 to 90:11 years 
Administration: Screener: 20–30 min; Brief (2 subtests): 12-15 min; Brief (6 subtests): 25–30 min, not including elapsed time; Full administration: 70–90 min 


Vineland-3 Kitshot

The leading instrument for supporting the diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Designed to meet any adaptive behaviour assessment need.

Age: birth to 90 years 

Administration: Approximately 20 minutes for Interview Form; 10 minutes for Parent/Caregiver and Teacher Forms 



To learn more on our elderly care support you can visit our aged care page.





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