Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDMS)

The Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) is a specialist diagnostic service for people over the age of 50 who are worried about memory loss or changes in their thinking.    

We accept new referrals from medical and health professionals, family members, and individuals.  The service is free. 


Our Team

The CDAMS team includes:

 

  • Geriatrician
  • Psychogeriatrician
  • Neuropsychiatrist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Clinical Nurse Coordinator
  • Keyworkers who come from a variety of nursing and allied health backgrounds including  Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses and Neuropsychologists.

Our Services

  • A thorough and sensitive assessment 
  • Expert clinical diagnosis
  • Information on appropriate treatment options
  • Post diagnosis education, support and future planning advice with Keyworker
  • Links for clients or their family to other service providers and community supports
  • Care that responds to the needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, using interpreters when appropriate

Referral Information

Referral/Eligibility Criteria

  • All new clients must agree to engage in the assessment process, which involves a minimum of 3 visits each of 90 minutes duration before an assessment for diagnosis can be concluded. 
  • People of any age can be referred to CDAMS, but it is typically for the assessment of memory and thinking changes associated with ageing. 
  • Primary reason for referral must be for diagnosis, and not for carer stress, functional issues or abuse.
  • Clients with an existing diagnosis (e.g., Alzheimer’s dementia, stroke, head injury) are generally not eligible unless a specialist second opinion is requested
  • Referrals for single service only is not accepted eg neuropsych only including for the determination of competence or cognitive strategies only.
  • Clients must live in the Cities of Boroondara, Yarra or Darebin . 
  • Appropriateness is determined at triage.
  • Clients assessed as having High Care needs are ineligible regardless of living setting
  • Client must be medically stable
  • Client needs to be able to travel and attend clinic.
  • CDAMS does not provide case management.

Referral Forms and Guidelines

Refer to the Aged Care and Community Services area

Our Location

CDAMS is based at St George’s Health Service in Kew, which is part of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. It is serviced by both trams and buses on Cotham Road. 

The address is: 

St George’s Health Service
283 Cotham Road, Kew, 3101 
(Melways ref: Map 45 H6).

Limited disabled parking is available at the front of the hospital (enter via Cotham road) and further parking is available at the rear of the hospital for a fee (enter off Normanby Street). 

For more information about St George's Health Service, visit the Campus Information page.

Clinic Times

  • Thursday mornings

Useful Links



Contact Us

St George’s Hospital Specialist Clinics – CDAMS 
Ph:  (03) 92318577    
Fax: (03) 9231 2202