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Cognitive Assessment Tools

1. Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA)  - Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment

"The Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) was developed in response to the need for a  cognitive screening tool for older Indigenous Australians (45 years plus) living in rural and remote areas.  The needs for older adults with dementia are complex. "

Individual tool templates available for download such as:

2. DementiaKT

A resource focusing on translating research into practice. it has a number of toolkits for professionals including the Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite or DOMS. DOMS is a compendium of validated tools for the assessment of various aspects of dementia by health care professionals.

3. Palliative Care Online Training

This free online training is designed for the Australian health context, and is available to participants by simply creating an account and logging in. This project is funded by the Department of Health and is developed by AHHA, with input from industry and other specialists.

WEBSITES

Alzheimer’s Australia

Alzheimer’s Australia is a leader in the prevention of dementia, while valuing and supporting people living with dementia.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

Dingwall KM, Gray AO, McCarthy AR, Delima JF, Bowden SC. Exploring the reliability and acceptability of cognitive tests for Indigenous Australians: a pilot study. BMC Psychology. 2017;5(1):26.

Background

Reliable cognitive assessment for Indigenous Australians is difficult given that mainstream tests typically rely on Western concepts, content and values. A test’s psychometric properties should therefore be assessed prior to use in other cultures. The aim of this pilot study was to examine the reliability and acceptability of four cognitive tests for Australian Aboriginal people

MOBILE APPS FOR PATIENTS

Rate and track your brain health today!

Complete activities and engage with others. Earn badges and reduce your risk of dementia.

BrainyApp has been developed by Alzheimer's Australia in partnership with Bupa Health Foundation.

MOBILE APPS FOR CLINICIANS

DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria

The DSM-5® Diagnostic Criteria Mobile App provides mental health practitioners, researchers and students fast access to vital DSM criteria and codes so they can fully integrate the new data into their practice and study. Users have complete offline access to all of the criteria sets as well as online access to supporting videos, commentary and resources. Powerful search and customization tools aid and enhance assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical and administrative settings. (Summary taken from iTunes )