We know there’s a lot to consider when you are trying to understand how to help your child and improve their mental health. So, we’ve put together below some of the frequently asked questions we get about our assessment suites. If you have any further questions, please complete our enquiry form below.

The Suites

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The Life Matters Child Mental Health Assessment Suites are a set of psychometric measures designed to ascertain the presence and severity of mental health symptoms. It is useful to ascertain whether or not your child may be experiencing a mental health problem requiring clinical attention.

The assessment suites offered by Life Matters have been specifically designed to be comprehensive and rigorous. This means, that the information obtained, measures a wide range of clinical problems common in children and adolescents.

Results of the measures may point to clinical problems warranting further attention and possible diagnoses for further investigation by health professionals. Results on these psychometric measures may form an important part of obtaining a diagnosis and/or support funding for your child (e.g., NDIS funding).  

  • Psychometric Assessment Tools (investigative questionnaires)
  • Comprehensive Clinical Assessment
  • Comprehensive Clinical Report
  • Feedback session with a Psychologist (Medicare rebates may be available / recoup up to $126.50)

This is a complex question, so take your time to read.

A psychometric measure is a tool used by psychologists and other mental health professionals to quickly gather information about a person’s mental health symptoms.

What makes a psychometric measure different from a general set of questions, is that they have been tested extensively to ensure that they are reliable (i.e., measure what they are measuring consistently) and valid (i.e., have been demonstrated to actually measure what they say they measure).

Responses on psychometric measures are tested on a large representative sample. This provides a normative data set which indicates what the “average” individual scores on the measure, and also what scores should be considered particularly high or particularly low within the population.

Psychometric measures are very useful for making diagnoses as they provide specific information about how an individual compares to their peers on the measure.

All psychometric measures used in the Life Matters Child Mental Health Assessment Suites are of high quality – that is to say that they are reliable and valid and are normed against a large representative sample of the population of interest.

Please see below for what mental health problems are assessed in each suite.

Please note: all suites include report generation, a background information survey and a feedback session with a Psychologist from Life Matters to discuss the results (this is essential).  

General Mental Health Assessment Suite

  • Inattentiveness  
  • Hyperactivity  
  • Depressive symptoms 
  • General anxiety symptoms  
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms),  
  • Behavioural conduct problems  
  • Oppositional behaviour 

Behavioural Problems Assessment Suite

  • Inattentiveness,  
  • Hyperactivity,  
  • Behavioural conduct problems  
  • Oppositional behaviour  
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms),  
  • Depressive symptoms.  

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Suite

  • Adaptive Functioning (i.e., communication and social skills, self-care, level of engagement in leisure and work activities, and capacity to negotiate the demands of living within a community) 
  • Ritualistic and repetitive behaviours.   
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms),  
  • Depressive symptoms. 

Comprehensive Assessment Suite

  • Adaptive Functioning (i.e., communication and social skills, self-care, level of engagement in leisure and work activities, and capacity to negotiate the demands of living within a community) 
  • Ritualistic and repetitive behaviours.   
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms), 
  • Depressive symptoms 

If you would like a general investigation into your child’s mental health, we would suggest the General Mental Health Assessment Suite.

If your child’s problems appear to be predominantly behavioural (e.g., hyperactivity, fighting, disruptiveness at school), we would suggest the Behavioural Problems Assessment Suite.

If your child appears to have significant problems with social communication and/or engages in repetitive behaviours (e.g., rocking, hand flapping, specific rituals), we would suggest the Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Suite.

If your child is presenting with multiple or complex issues, we would suggest the Comprehensive Assessment Suite.

If you need guidance on which assessment suite you should choose, please complete our enquiry form or call 02 4965 3530.

1. Choose the Suite

Choose the suite that is the best fit for your child. If in doubt, Life Matters can assist in guiding you. Pay for the chosen suite here.

2. Complete the Assessment Questionnaires

Once you have paid for the suite, we will initiate the assessment process within 48hrs by sending you an email with links to psychometric measures (investigative questionnaires). These questionnaires will assess your child’s mental health/behavioural problems. These questionnaires will need to be completed by a parent and the child’s teacher. Children over 11 can complete their own self-report scales.

3. Results are then Interpreted

The answers to these questionnaires will generate diagnostically relevant information which a Psychologist will then interpret. In easy speak, the psychologist will read the results as a whole in order to understand the ‘big picture’ around your child’s mental health problems.

4. Clinical Assessment and Report is Prepared

Based on the results, a Psychologist will then conduct a thorough clinical assessment of your child and prepare a report. You will then be contacted to book in a feedback session.

5. Feedback Session is Conducted

A feedback session will be held with you and a Psychologist from Life Matters to discuss the findings of the assessment and (if necessary), the suggested intervention options to assist. The cost of this session is included in the Suite price. Medicare rebates may be available on this proportion of the cost.

If you need assistance in choosing the right suite for you or any further information. Please complete our enquiry form.

A feedback session ($220) is included in the cost and you may be able to claim a rebate on this proportion of the cost either through Medicare or with your Private Health fund.

To access a Medicare rebate

You will need to first contact your GP to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). With a MHCP, you are entitled to up to 10 rebatable psychological sessions per calendar year. On the day of your feedback session, a rebate between $86.15 – $126.50 will be processed back into the account you have registered with Medicare.

Please note: as per Medicare’s requirements, we can not process rebates until the session has been held.

To access a Private Health rebate

If you have Private Health cover, you may be able to claim a rebate on the feedback session. Check with your private health fund to see if you are covered for Psychology under your policy.  

Please see below for what mental health problems are assessed in each suite.

Please note: all suites include report generation, a background information survey and a feedback session with a Psychologist from Life Matters to discuss the results (this is essential).  

General Mental Health Assessment Suite

  • Inattentiveness  
  • Hyperactivity  
  • Depressive symptoms 
  • General anxiety symptoms  
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms),  
  • Behavioural conduct problems  
  • Oppositional behaviour 

Behavioural Problems Assessment Suite

  • Inattentiveness,  
  • Hyperactivity,  
  • Behavioural conduct problems  
  • Oppositional behaviour  
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms),  
  • Depressive symptoms.  

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Suite

  • Adaptive Functioning (i.e., communication and social skills, self-care, level of engagement in leisure and work activities, and capacity to negotiate the demands of living within a community) 
  • Ritualistic and repetitive behaviours.   
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms),  
  • Depressive symptoms. 

Comprehensive Assessment Suite

  • Adaptive Functioning (i.e., communication and social skills, self-care, level of engagement in leisure and work activities, and capacity to negotiate the demands of living within a community) 
  • Ritualistic and repetitive behaviours.   
  • Symptoms of specific anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic symptoms), 
  • Depressive symptoms 

The measures are administered to you online via web links in an email. 

Following receipt of payment, you will be provided (via your nominated email address) links to the relevant online assessments for you (i.e., parent/carer) and your child’s teacher to complete. If your child is 11 years of age or older they will be provided with a set of measures to complete also.

It is the payee’s responsibility to ensure that all relevant parties complete all measures. Once the measures have been completed, the results will be immediately available to us at Life Matters and the assessment process will begin. 

Yes. Information gained through these measures will be an accurate indication of your child’s mental health issues.

We are using a number of high quality, validated and normed measures that are widely utilised and accepted by psychologists, medical professionals, and other allied health professionals.

All measures have been rigorously tested by the test developers and have all met established standards of validity and reliability of psychometric instruments. 

For more information, see our FAQ – what is a psychometric measure.

Gathering data from multiple raters (others who measure performance in your child) is advantageous for a number of reasons.

It provides confirmatory evidence, where results are similar between raters and discrepancies between raters, may be informative (e.g., problems with the school environment).

The more data we have, the better we are able to make judgements regarding what is best for your child.

Further, some diagnoses require corroborating evidence from multiple contexts (i.e., home and school) before a diagnosis can be made.

Where a diagnosis is required for funding (e.g., NDIS or other support funding), having multiple sources of evidence helps ensure that the reasoning for the diagnosis is sound. 

A feedback session allows a Psychologist to explain the results of the assessment to you. 

In the feedback session, the psychologist will provide you with copies of the report (as a .pdf and printed), assist you in interpreting the report and provide you with information regarding recommendations for any further management of your child’s clinical needs. It is also a great opportunity to ask questions of the psychologist.

The feedback session is included in the cost. A Medicare rebate may be available on this proportion of the cost.

While COVID-19 restrictions are in place – feedback sessions will be provided via video link. 

Psychologists have a professional responsibility to ensure that psychometric testing results are fully understood by their clients – the feedback session ensures this. Being provided a report without this feedback session could lead to significant anxiety and distress on the part of the parent/child due to a misinterpretation of the results. 

Generally a report can be generated within one week of receipt of the completed online questionnaires. You will be informed if there is an unexpected delay.