All our mental health services are medicare rebatable but for most of them a GP’s referral is required. Talk to your Doctor about this. A Psychiatrist can also refer for the same services.
If you are shy and you really want to only deal with one person, you can still see our counsellors privately. Just make an appointment at reception. Medicare rebates would not apply in this case but perhaps your private health fund would reimburse some of the cost.
At Health & Wellbeing North Ward we are lucky to have a Psychiatry service we can offer to our patients. A mental health diagnosis is often a heavy burden and we are very careful not to label our clients with diagnoses that may change the course of their lives. Before embarking in treating our clients with these types of conditions, we make sure a formal Psychiatric assessment is completed base on which we prepare our treatment plans.
Life inevitably leaves us with scars that take time to heal and sometimes turn into ‘chronic ulcers.’ Physical wounds are easy to take care of, but where do you go for those emotional scars that weigh so much and prevent you from living a fully successful and satisfactory life?
Counselling has proven over and over to be an essential component in the treatment of all mental and emotional conditions like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, etc.
For more information about Psychotherapy, see HealthInsite, an Australian Government initiative site that looks into all sorts of available medical treatments.
Psychotherapy, one of the well known counselling practices, takes time but is worth it!
Psychologists apply Psychotherapy and other methods of ‘talk therapy’. They also apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as other well known treatment modalities which have proven efficacious for a gamut of mental and psychological conditions.
For a comprehensive list of therapies applied by Psychologists and counsellors, follow this link. Our Psychologists are trained and experienced in child, youth and adult counselling as well as family therapy. We also have expertise in counselling people serving with the armed forces and their families.
Mental Health Nursing
Specially credentialled Nurses with extended experience and skills in counselling and case management have recently been recognised by Medicare and can be accessed through a Mental Health Treatment Plan which your GP or Psychiatrist can set up. We have 3 Mental Health Nurses at Health & Wellbeing North Ward, each with their own skills, see our Mental Health Team page for details on each of them.
Occupational Therapists specialise sometimes in Mental Health and Counselling. Life coaching is a specific type of talk therapy that we have introduced at Health & Wellbeing North Ward. Life coaching is based on the principle that suffering can sometimes be simply an indication that we are changing stage in our lives. Recognising this can be difficult and our Therapist is trained to help you.