The Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) aims to assist in diagnosing and providing support to people who are experiencing changes in their thinking, behaviour or memory.
For example confusion, slowness in thinking or difficulty concentrating. We also support the carers and family of people with thinking or memory difficulties.
- Expert clinical diagnosis
- Information on appropriate treatment options
- Education, support and information
- Direction in planning for the future
- Information on dealing with day to day issues
- Links for the patient or their family to other service providers or community supports
What will happen at the clinic?
Assessment at this clinic may include medical, nursing and allied health consultations - it may also include a visit to your home.
The assessment process may occur over several months and will include questions about your health, memory and thinking. Family members are encouraged to participate in this process, with your consent.
A review appointment may be arranged at that time and the doctor may recommend that they and their carer meet other members of the CDAMS team. The CDAMS team may arrange for a meeting with their family to discuss the assessment findings.
Who is involved in a patient's care?
At the clinic the patient will see a number of health professionals including:
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Worker
- Clinical Nurse Consultant
Anyone over 50 years of age who is experiencing changes in their memory or thinking, who meet the clinic's referral criteria.
We generally see people who live in the local council areas of Melbourne, Moonee Valley and Moreland but may accept referrals from other areas after discussion. For information on CDAMS programs in other parts of Victoria refer to the Department of Health CDAMS Directory.
People who already have a diagnosis of dementia or have had memory change for many years are unlikely to benefit from a CDAMS review. In these instances consider referral to the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS).
Younger patients experiencing memory change and possible dementia should be referred to the Young-Onset Dementia Clinic run through the RMH Neuropsychiatry Unit.
A GP referral is required to attend this clinic.
The Direct Access Unit welcomes phone enquiries. To discuss referrals (potential or existing) please contact (03) 8387 2333.
Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency and Trauma Service at any time.
To refer a patient, complete and fax your referral to Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2217
You can use the following forms or a template from your own system.
Referrals should include:
patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
the reason for referral
- relevant clinical history for the patient
- list of current medications
- any risks to clients or staff
the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
- your details and provider number (if applicable)
- TAC or WorkCover claim details
Special referral instructions
GP referrals need to include information about the patient's memory or thinking change, current medications and relevant medical, psychiatric and social information. The GP will need to arrange several tests prior to a patient's CDAMS appointment (eg FBE, E&Us, LFTs, Calcium, Thyroid function, B12, Folate, CT Brain and ECG).