Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS)

Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service brochure


CDAMS is a specialist diagnostic clinic for people with early cognitive changes or concerns about memory loss. CDAMS provides:

  • Expert clinical diagnosis and treatment
  • Assessment of the impact of any impairment within a home or other familiar environment
  • Feedback, education, support, short-term counselling, family therapy and advice
  • Referral for appropriate investigations via a general practitioner or principal care provider
  • Referral, if appropriate, of clients or carers to other service providers.

CDAMS provides an initial assessment that may include a visit to the home or familiar environment. When appropriate, a series of medical, neuro-imaging and neuropsychological assessment will be conducted by CDAMS.



Referral to CDAMS is appropriate where:

  • Diagnosis is the primary reason for referral (rather than testamentary capacity, carer stress, functional issues or abuse) *CDAMS does not provide capacity assessment
  • Cognitive changes have been observed over months/years
  • The person shows mild symptoms of dementia, such as short term memory loss, word finding difficulties and mild changes in ability to perform everyday tasks
  • Multidisciplinary and comprehensive assessment is required for diagnosis
  • Specialist diagnosis is required for consideration of medication
  • The person is medically stable
  • The person is physically able to attend centre based appointments at the clinic
  • The person agrees to attend or can be persuaded by family/carer
  • The person is community dwelling
  • People with recent onset of cognitive decline (last few days/weeks). This requires urgent assessment by GP or Emergency Department.
  • People with moderate to severe symptoms of dementia such as
    • disorientation within home or familiar environment
    • needing assistance with personal care
    • neglecting nutrition
    • significant safety risks
  • People with complex psychiatric conditions who may also have cognitive changes should be referred to the appropriate psychiatric service in the first instance eg. Aged Person’s Mental Health Service. Referral to CDAMS may be accepted if required following the involvement of the psychiatric service.
  • People with longstanding cognitive impairment (stroke/ABI/intellectual disability) are not generally eligible.
  • People under the age of 50 who are complaining of memory problems in the context of stress, anxiety, depression or where other psychiatric conditions may be the cause.
  • People with active abuse of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • People whose diagnosis is already confirmed (e.g. dementia, Huntington’s, ABI, stroke etc.)
  • People whose diagnosis is known and behavioural or psychological disturbance is the primary issue.
  • People requiring neuropsychological assessment only
  • $10.00 per session, capped at $20/week (effective from 1st March 2018)
  • This cost can be discussed in the case of financial hardship

Eastern Health CDAMS provides an interdisciplinary service that includes Geriatricians, Neuropsychology, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Social Work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some people notice mild changes in their memory or thinking as part of normal ageing, or in times of stress or related to being medically unwell. These changes may be normal. When changes in memory and thinking are getting worse over time and begin to impact on day-to-day life, an assessment of memory and thinking may be appropriate.

There are many causes of memory loss or changes in thinking. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Depression, anxiety/stress
  • Neurological disorders such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Side effects of medication
  • Vitamin deficiency

Dementia – such as Alzheimer’s disease – may also be the reason for changes in memory or thinking



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251 Mountain Highway, Wantirna South, 3152


P 9955 1230 F 9955 1388


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