Mental health services
General practitioners have an important role to play in reducing the burden of common mental disorders in the Australian community and are often the first port of call for people seeking help when suffering a mental illness.
At Gympie Road Medical Centre some of our doctors have strong interest in mental health and are happy to help our existing patients as well as taking on new patients.
They are enthusiastic to help patients with different types of mental health issues and providing variety of services to the local community of Morton bay.
In addition to services provided by our general practitioners, we offer onsite psychology services as well as visiting psychiatrist assessment.
Our clinical psychologists are experienced, helpful and well trusted by their patients. They are trained in a range of different psychological therapies such as CBT, EMDR, Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Counselling and Narrative Therapy which can be applied to the particular needs of each individual.
One commonly used therapy for depression is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). CBT aims to show people how their thinking affects their mood and to teach them to think in a less negative (and more ‘realistic’) way about life and themselves. CBT can be very beneficial for some individuals who have depression but there will be others for whom it is irrelevant.
You might be eligible for a mental health care plan and referral to our psychologists through your Medicare card. Please talk to your doctor to check if you are eligible.
Gympie Road Medical practice is fortunate to have onsite visiting psychiatrists to help with our team of general practitioners and to ensure best outcome for patients with mental health issues. Psychiatrists are specialist medical doctors who diagnose and treat mental illness and mental disorder. Psychiatrists can prescribe, administer and monitor medication and provide physical treatments. They may also offer psychotherapy which involves the psychiatrist and patient discussing problems during regularly scheduled sessions. Depending on the extent of the problem, such treatment may take a few sessions over several weeks or many sessions over a longer period of time.
You need a referral from your doctor to be able to see a psychiatrist and you might be eligible for a bulk billing psychiatrist visit through a mental health care plan. Please talk to your doctor about this.
Mental health care plan:
The Mental Health Care Plan is part of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative. This initiative aims to improve outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental disorder.
A mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental health disorders. If you have mental health issues, your doctor can write out this plan.
It identifies what type of health care you need, and spells out what you and your doctor have agreed you are aiming to achieve. It also refers you to local mental health services.
If you have a mental health care plan, you will eligible for bulk billing psychology services or for getting part of your visit covered by Medicare for up to 10 individual appointments with our psychologists in a year.