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Cognitive Screening in Practice

Duration of the course:
Ideal for: Allied Health, Nurses
Topics: Cognition

About The Course


Learn the correct screening technique, appropriate screening tools and some of the ethical considerations we must be aware of when screening cognition.
Duration: 60mins

Cognition is a combination of processes in the brain that involve almost every aspect of life. It includes thinking, memory, language, judgment, and the ability to learn new things.

As health professionals we frequently perform cognitive screening but few of us have had updated training on these skills. During this webinar our panel of clinicians will use a case study to discuss correct screening technique, the most appropriate screening tools and some of the ethical considerations we must be aware of when screening cognition.

We will also look at differing responses we might note when dementia, delirium or depression affect cognition.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improve technique in the use of the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE)
  • Name situations where the MMSE may not the most appropriate screening tool.
  • Describe the ethical considerations that relate to the cognitive screening of your patients.

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Course Instructor

Cheryl Constance
Cheryl Constance Nurse Educator

Cheryl is a Registered Nurse with clinical and management experience across acute care, primary and aged care. With a passion for quality in health care and staff development, Cheryl has been actively involved in the design of high quality clinical education with a focus on areas of identified need.

Dr Lynne Ridgway
Dr Lynne Ridgway Clinical Neuropsychologist

Lynne is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with over 18 years’ clinical and leadership experience in disability, mental health, and brain injury services. She recently spent three years as Director of Specialist Mental Health Services in the beautiful Torres Strait Islands. Her PhD included a fascinating thesis on Hypoxia: The neurocognitive effects of prolonged and repeated apnoea in elite freedivers. Lynne’s specific interests include working with adults with neurodegenerative disorders, severe traumatic brain injury, disability, and functional neurological disorders. In addition, she is following new technology advances in artificial intelligence and virtual reality as tools for understanding of, and rehabilitation for people with neurocognitive disorders.