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.
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
Online counselling sites:
My Compass (Black Dog Institute) www.mycompass.org.au
On Track www.ontrack.org.au/web/ontrack
This Way up www.thiswayup.org.au/
Mood Gym (ANU) https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome