Psychological Services Program
The Psychological Services Program provides people who are financially disadvantaged with access to a Mental Health Professional (psychologist, social worker, mental health nurse, occupational therapist).
The psychological Services Program is available for people who identify with one or more of the following groups, and are disadvantaged:
- People who are, or are at risk of, homelessness
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse population (CALD)
- People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, pansexual and others (LGBTIQAP+)
- Women experiencing prenatal depression (until one year after childbirth)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Children (aged 0-12)
- People who self-harm or who are at increased risk of suicide
To be eligible for the Psychological Services Program you must have a diagnosable moderate mental health disorder that can be short term psychological services.
How to access the service
With your consent, your GP can refer to the Program by completing a Psychological Services Program Referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan. Once the referral has been made a Mental Health Professional will contact you to make an appointment.
A session with the Mental Health Professional will run for approximatley 45 minutes. You can access up to six sessions over a six month period and can request to change professionals at any stage.
On completion of your sessions a report will be provided to your GP about your treatment. Your Mental Health Professional may also provide you with the option to access a group program to continue your support.
You must attend your first appointment within one month of the referral being made. You are only able to have one referral to the program in the calendar year.
People who are or at risk of homelessness, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse population (CALD), People who identify as: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, pansexual and others (LGBTIQAP+), Women experiencing perinatal depression, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Children aged 0-12 and People who self harm or at risk of suicide
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
- General Public
- Healthcare Professionals
- Mental Health