As previously outlined, our Psychologists are able to provide services which can compliment treatments provided by other health professionals, such as yourself. Our Psychologists work with the way people think, feel and behave, and focus on how their habits and behaviours can impact upon their mental and physical well-being. AusPsych Psychologists have an understanding of human behaviour and motivation. We can provide support and strategies to help patients to adjust to and cope with difficult situations. This can often have a direct impact upon the patient’s participation in treatment.
Our Psychologists help mentally healthy people find ways of functioning better, and can provide information and strategies to you and your colleagues, to address these concerns and encourage patients to access additional support services available.
As outlined in Our Services, we offer a wide range of professional, psychological services in the areas of counselling and assessment, trauma, relationship/marital, child and adolescent, injury adjustment, pain management, anxiety and mood disorders, personal, rehabilitation, medico-legal, and employee assistance services. We have established an outstanding record for the high standard programs we deliver to meet the needs of the individual client, their respective families and the general community.
Our Psychologists are also able to provide critical incident debriefings, mediations, training and coaching. Provision of counselling is available on either a group or individual basis. This requires a thorough initial assessment of the nature of the situation, as to whether a group setting would be psychologically effective and appropriate as an intervention.
At times, whilst it may appear clear to other health practitioners that a patient may benefit from further support, patients can be reluctant to pursue counselling themselves. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as:
- Fear or unfamiliarity with the process of what is involved or expected
- Misperceptions of counselling and a possible stigma of seeing a mental health professional
- Concerns regarding confidentiality
Who pays for the service?
All AusPsych Psychologists are registered with Medicare and as such, can provide services through the Better Access to Mental Health Scheme (a plan in conjunction with a person’s treating GP or Psychiatrist, may entitle the client to up to ten visits per calender year, subsidised by Medicare). Some individuals may be able to access an additional 10 sessions under the Better Access Pandemic Support measures.
Worker’s Compensation or CTP claim patients can access services if their Nominated Treatment Practitioner has referred them and the provision of services has been approved by their Insurer. If approval has been received, they can access the service at no cost to themselves.
Private counselling is paid for by the individual client. Clients may be able to seek a rebate of their costs for treatment with their Private Health Fund depending on your level of cover.
All AusPsych Psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and are eligible for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
How can the service be accessed?
There are two forms of access to AusPsych services – Self Referral and Encouraged Referral.
Clients can refer themselves to see one of our Psychologists. Appointments can be made by telephoning AusPsych directly. They may be asked a brief description of the nature of the problem (for example work, or personal), and whether they would prefer to see a male or a female Psychologist.
Clients may be referred to AusPsych by another health professional, such as a GP, Psychiatrist, Paediatrician, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Nurse, or Rehabilitation Provider. AusPsych requires a copy of the referral letter, outlining the reason for the referral, before the first appointment.
Treating Doctors who wish to refer clients under Medicare, Worker’s Compensation, will need to send the referral and Mental Health Care Plan (2710) to our head office.
How to make an appointment
People wanting to make an appointment can call AusPsych direct for advice on the services and locations best suited to them and/or their family member on the following number –
(02) 4926 1688
AusPsych guarantees prompt, caring, professional and informed psychological services that make a difference. We keep in touch with you and provide regular updates.
If you have any further queries or to make a referral, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.