Help in Your Area
Resources Available Around Australia
There are a lot of good resources available for treatment, help and support for people living with depression and other mood disorders, including some great resources for families & friends.
We are currently doing a major review of our HIYA section so many sections are not yet included in our new website. We are steadily updating so return regularly to check on new resources available.
Below we have information on, and links to:
- Finding a health care professional
- How to obtain psychological services under medicare
- What is the difference between psychologists & psychiatrists?
- Services for families and friends
- Online Treatments & Trials There are some really helpful treatments and courses that are available to anyone, anywhere via the internet!
- Research Projects Participating in research projects is a great way to access free treatments and also helps to improve the quality of treatment for us all.
- Telephone Based Services in Your State These include contact numbers for specific mental health services, public hospitals and other useful phone numbers.
- Support Groups around Australia
- What you can to do to Keep Yourself Safe – Just in case!
If you know of resources that may be of value to others, please let us know!
Finding a health professional
If you would like to find a psychologist and don’t know where to start you may find the following links helpful:
Australian Psychological Society (APS) (National) Links directly to the APS 'Find a Psychologist' service.
Complete the search form and it will bring up a list of Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists in your suburb and the radius you have specified. If you then click on the name of an appropriate Psychologist it will bring up further information, i.e. contact details, the type of therapy they provide, whether they are registered with Medicare, etc.
Beyond Blue (National) Links to the beyondblue Directory of Medical and Allied Health Practitioners in Mental Health.
Click on “Find a Medical or Allied Health Practitioner” and enter your postcode (after ticking the appropriate boxes at top of page) and follow the instructions. If you do not find a listing for your particular suburb then type in the neighbouring suburb until you get a result. This search provides information about Psychologists and GPs who have completed extra training in mental health matters.
Better Health Channel (Victoria Only) Links directly to the Find a Health Service in Victoria search page of the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel website.
You just need to enter your postcode (must begin with '3' for Victoria) and select the type of health professional or service you need.
If you have private health insurance many of the Funds will provide rebates for psychologist fees. Check with your Fund.
If you are unable to afford the fees for a psychologist it is a good idea when making your first appointment to clarify whether they will bulk bill Medicare for your consultations. There is more information below regarding…
How to obtain psychological services under Medicare
To see a psychologist under the Medicare scheme you need to talk to your GP and ask that he/she draw up a “Mental Health Treatment Plan” (this is the red tape side of obtaining a referral for a psychologist).
Your GP may ask questions about why you think you need this service if they have no previous knowledge of your problems, and ask you to complete a short questionnaire to assess how you are feeling (usually a K10 form).
They will then complete the necessary Medicare forms and give you a referral for the Psychologist. If you have already found a Psychologist yourself take his/her details with you to the appointment. Alternatively your GP should be able to recommend someone to you.
Under the bulk billing provisions, from 1st November 2011, you can have up to 10 individual psychologist sessions in a calendar year (your GP will need to assess you after 6 sessions) AND up to 10 group therapy services per calendar year.
Your psychologist will guide you as to how many appointments he/she feels you need. If therapy goes into the next calendar year, you will need a new referral from your GP.
The APS has a very good Information for Clients summary on their website.
(Information sourced from Medicare and APS)