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What to expect from your visit

Your appointment explained.

When attending a psychiatric assessment as part of your medicolegal claim, it’s understandable to have questions and concerns about what to expect.

We’re here to guide you through the process.

  • Before Your Appointment

    We will be in contact as soon as we get the referral from your lawyer or the insurance company to book a time for your assessment.

    We will send you a text message the week before to confirm your appointment. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy so please get in touch to let us know if you are unable to make the appointment and we will arrange to re-schedule. Please note that our psychiatrists have set aside 2 hours to conduct your assessment, so it is important that you give us reasonable notice if you are unable to make it. A late cancellation will attract a fee.

  • Arriving At Your Appointment

    On the day, it would be best to arrive at our office at least 15minutes before your appointment so that our staff can meet you and direct you to the waiting area.

    Our address is 313 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco WA 6008 and there is street parking available on Rokeby Rd.

  • The Appointment

Interview

One of our psychiatrists will meet you and explain the process of the assessment before beginning. You will be given an opportunity to ask any questions. They will begin by conducting an initial interview to gather information about your background, medical history, and the nature of your claim. They may ask questions about your symptoms, any previous treatments or therapies, and how your condition impacts your daily life.

Mental Health Evaluation

The psychiatrist will assess your mental health by using various assessment tools, such as questionnaires or structured interviews. They will explore different aspects of your mental well-being, including mood, cognition, perception, and overall functioning.

Diagnostic Assessment

The psychiatrist will evaluate your symptoms and compare them to established diagnostic criteria to determine if you meet the criteria for any specific mental health disorders. They may also consider any co-existing conditions or factors that could be relevant to your claim.

Review of Medical Records

The examiner will review your medical records, including previous psychiatric evaluations, treatment history, and any relevant documentation. This helps provide a comprehensive understanding of your mental health journey. These records may not be available at the time of your assessment but will be requested after your interview. If you think there are any records that may be important for the psychiatrist to consider, it is best that you highlight this to your lawyer before the interview.

Discussion of Functional Impairments

The examiner will explore how your mental health condition impacts your ability to function in various areas of life, such as work, relationships, and daily activities. They may discuss limitations, challenges, and any accommodations you may require.

Documentation

Throughout the assessment, the examiner will document their findings and observations accurately. This documentation will be used to provide an expert opinion or a professional report that can be used in legal proceedings.

Questions

At the end of the interview, which should last between 90min to 2 hours, you will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The psychiatrist will not however be able to answer any questions relating to their opinion of your case. 

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For reliable and expert psychiatric assessments and reports, contact Clear Health Legal Medicine to assist you in your legal proceedings.

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For reliable and expert psychiatric assessments and reports, contact Clear Health Legal Medicine to assist you in your legal proceedings.

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