The Clinical Neuropsychiatry Stream of the MNC is based at the Neuropsychiatry Unit (NPU), John Cade Building, Royal Melbourne Hospital. The NPU is a statewide specialist mental health service that offers neuropsychiatric assessment and advice to psychiatric, neurological and other medical and mental health services.
The clinical team at RMH has developed three useful screening tools, the Neuropsychiatry Unit Cognitive Screen (NUCOG) the Behavioural Assessment Tool for Cognition and Higher function (BATCH) and the CogRisk.
The NUCOG is a bedside battery that has been used in neuropsychiatric populations to assess cognition in medical or psychiatric patients. It assists clinicians in their assessment of cognitive deficits
The BATCH uses systematic observation and recording of ward-based behaviours to assess cognitive function in patients who cannot be formally tested
The CogRisk is a carer questionnaire that provides information on the patient's demographics, cognitive risk factors and cognitive symptoms
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