Assessments

ADHD Assessments

At Macquarie Psychology, we understand the challenges that come with ADHD and how it can impact all areas of life, including relationships, school or work performance, and self-esteem. That's why our approach to ADHD assessment goes beyond just diagnosing the condition. Our ADHD assessor is an experienced psychologist with specialized training in assessing and diagnosing ADHD. Using evidence-based tools, our assessor will gather information about symptoms and behaviours to determine whether you or your child meet the criteria for ADHD. The assessment process is thorough and comprehensive, ensuring an accurate diagnosis, comprehensive assessment report, and recommendations for future support.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. It is characterised by symptoms such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behaviour.

The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but current research shows that genetics plays an important role. Other possible causes and risk factors include brain injury, exposure to environmental risks such as lead during pregnancy or at a young age, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, and premature delivery.

What does an ADHD assessment involve?

An ADHD assessment typically involves a series of evaluations to diagnose the condition. The following are the steps involved in an ADHD evaluation:

Why are ADHD assessments helpful?

An ADHD assessment can help identify the symptoms of ADHD and provide a diagnosis. It can also help rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve quality of life for those with ADHD, as it can be accompanied by learning and behavioral problems.

In addition, an ADHD diagnosis can help individuals understand their condition and take control of their life. People with ADHD may have certain strengths and benefits, such as creativity and energy.

How long does an assessment take and what do I need to bring?

Most assessments typically take place over 1 x 2-3 hour session, with breaks offered as required. If you require glasses or hearing aids, you should bring them with you.

How much does an assessment cost and does Medicare or private health provide any assistance?

The standard cost for an ADHD assessment is $850. This includes psychological testing and a comprehensive report detailing your results and recommendations. In some cases, additional sessions may be necessary to complete the assessment, in which case these will be charged at $180/session. 

There are no Medicare Rebates available for the assessment. Some Private health funds may allow rebates for psychological testing services, however, it is advisable to check with your specific fund to see if your ‘extras cover’ includes this and the rebate amount. If you are eligible, you will have to pay the total cost of the test, and we will send you a receipt for you to claim your rebate.

AFTERPAY: We understand that assessments can be costly , which is why we offer Afterpay as a payment option. This allows you to spread out some or all of the cost of the assessment over four equal fortnightly payments with no interest or hidden fees. You’ll pay your first instalment at the time of assessment and the remainder every fortnight.  For more information about Afterpay, visit https://www.afterpay.com.

Assessment and Report Information

Psychologist: Lucy Prieto
Referral: Not required but recommended
Clients: 12 years +. Referrals for younger children considered on a case-by-case basis.
Asssessment Time: approx. 2 hours
Assessment and Report Costs: $850 +