PEOPLE who drink alcohol or smoke tobacco are encouraged to take part in a free brain health check this year.
The assessment, run by Turning Point, measures the effect of lifestyle choices on the brain using a state-of-the-art MRI scan and a series of cognitive thinking tasks.
Turning Point and Monash University Professor Dan Lubman said this was a perfect time for Victorians to pay attention to their wellbeing.
‘‘People may have over-indulged in more than just pudding during the Christmas period – consumption of cigarettes and alcohol generally increases during this time,’’ he said. ‘‘We are offering participants a fantastic opportunity to check their brain health, free of charge, using state-of-the-art brain scanning technology which would usually cost hundreds of dollars.’’
Participants will be financially reimbursed for their time, in addition to receiving a free assessment of brain structure health by a qualified radiologist.
The assessment will take four hours to complete, including one hour inside the MRI scanner, and is located in Clayton.
For information, call 99051402 or go to tinyurl.com/mybrainhealth