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Mater Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic - public patients

This page contains information about how to refer patients with acquired cognitive disorders to the Mater Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic at Mater Hospital Brisbane.

Service Availability:

Mater Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic accepts referrals from specialists throughout Queensland as well as interstate.

How to refer:

  • Specialist referrals should be addressed to Prof Peter Nestor, Mater Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic.
  • Please include past relevant correspondence and investigations including any neuropsychological assessments.
  • Please include the details of where any previous brain imaging studies can be found (QXR, i-Med, Qscan etc).

Preferred option for referrals is via faxed letter to Prof Peter Nestor, however if you prefer to send an electronic referral through your practice system please ensure you provide patient history, relevant correspondence and investigations including any neuropsychological assessments, and the details of where any previous brain imaging studies can be found (QXR, i-Med, Qscan etc).

Smart Referrals

Digital referrals in your practice software that include templates linked with referral criteria for quality handover for any public hospital

SmartForms

Cloud solution in your practice software that eliminates the need for template management

Secure messaging

Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8

HealthLink EDI: materref     

Fax         07 3163 8548

For fax and secure messaging our latest Mater Adult Referral Form is available to embed into most major Practice Management software systems.                                 

Scope of Service

Services out of scope:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Developmental disorders

 

View list of services:

  • Assessment, diagnosis and management of acquired cognitive disorders.
  • CSF biomarker service for suspected Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Counselling for patients diagnosed with dementia and their families

Conditions in Scope:

Suspected degenerative dementias including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Posterior cortical atrophy
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Primary progressive aphasias
  • Frontotemporal dementias
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal degeneration

Other acquired cognitive disorders of uncertain aetiology

Categorisation Times 

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended for initial appointment is 365 days

No Category 1 criteria

Category applied according to condition and need 

Category applied according to condition and need

 

Our Team

Prof Peter Nestor

Professor of Cognitive Neurology

Dr Emily Ahern

Geriatrician
Caitlin McElligott

Research Nurse

Katie Vivian

Clinical Psychologist

 

Bulk Billed Clinics

Mater Health offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed clinic, please provide a named referral to Prof Peter Nestor.

Contact Us:

If you would like to discuss a referral, including clinical criteria, or update the status of a current patient please contact our priority GP phone line on 07 3163 2200

Current Waiting Time for Appointments:

We provide up to date data on how long patients are waiting for their first appointment by specialty here.

As a clinical sub-unit of Neurology, waitlist times for this clinic may vary.

This page was last reviewed 27 August 2021

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