Mental Health

Erskineville Doctors

Your GP is a good person to talk to if you are feeling upset, sad, anxious, panicky, distressed or depressed. Your doctor can assess your mental state, help you with a plan to manage your emotions and make any necessary referrals.

If you are planning to talk to your GP about mental health issues it is best to book a long appointment to give adequate time to care for you properly. In some situations we may suggest a follow up appointment to check on your welfare and complete any referrals.

Medicare can provide rebates to eligible patients with for counselling with a psychologist for specific mental health problems. To access these rebates you will need to see you GP for a long appointment for an assessment and mental health plan, which can include a referral to a psychologist. Depending our your situation, your doctor might need 2 appointments to complete this plan and referral.

Psychologist fees are usually higher that the Medicare rebate so you will have a gap payment. Your private health insurance might also pay rebates for psychology.

Under Medicare rules, we need to see you for review after 6 sessions with a psychologist to refer you for further counselling sessions. These referrals cannot be a phone request.

Telephone support
Lifeline 13 11 14
beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Kid’s line 1800 55 1800
Men’s Line 1300 78 99 78
Perinatal (Pregnancy and Postnatal ) 1300 725 9978 (Mon – Fri)

Some useful websites for your mental health

General information
Black Dog Institute
Beyond Blue

Meditation and exercise:
Smiling Mind
Fact Sheet about exercise

Online counselling sites:
My Compass  (Black Dog Institute)
On Track
This Way up
Mood Gym (ANU)

SHUTi (Black Dog Institute)
Sleep Shack (Woolcock Institute)

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression
Mental Health checklist
Dad’s website

Drugs & Alcohol
Information for young people
List of resources: CESPHN  
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