Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS)

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. 

GP Referrals:

  • In addition to full demographic information, medications and past history, GP referrals should include the reason for the referral including severity, duration of symptoms and past treatments tried.
  • Memory Clinic Fax: (03) 9231 8001
  • Enquiries Tel: (03) 9231 8577

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

Inclusion Criteria

  • Clients must live in the Cities of Boroondara, Yarra or Darebin.
  • All new clients must be medically stable and capable of attending the assessment process, involving a minimum of 3 visits each of 90 minutes duration. 
  • People of any age can be referred to CDAMS, but it is typically for the assessment of memory and thinking changes associated with ageing. 
 

Exclusion Criteria

  • Primary reason for referral must be for diagnosis, and not for carer stress, functional issues or abuse, or case management.
  • Clients with an existing formal diagnosis (e.g., Alzheimer’s dementia, known history of ABI or recent stroke) are not eligible.
  • Referrals for single service eg neuropsychology or for determination of competence or cognitive strategies are not accepted.
  • Clients assessed as having High Care needs are ineligible regardless of living setting.

 

GP Referrals

  • In addition to full demographic information, medications and past history, GP referrals should include the reason for referral including severity, duration of symptoms and past treatments tried.
  • Memory Clinic Fax: (03) 9231 8001
  • Enquiries Tel: (03) 9231 8577

 


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

•    Dementia Australia
•    My Aged Care



Contact Us

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