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Psychological treatment is available through the Better Access initiative at South Coastal Health and Community Services. The purpose of the Better Access initiative is to improve treatment and management of mental illness within the community. Under this initiative, Medicare benefits are available to eligible patients for selected mental health services. Please note that a small gap payment may be applicable and Medicare rebates are limited to a number of services per year. A referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan from a GP are required to access our psychological services.
Our psychologists can assist adults and children with a diagnosed mental health condition such as:
- Adjustment disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Sleep problems
- Somatic complaints
- Conduct disorder
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Treatment will be determined by the psychologist and involve the use of evidence-based strategies to assist you with your specific concerns.
In certain circumstances, a thorough assessment by a psychologist may be needed. Fees vary for these services – please call us for more information. At South Coastal Health and Community Services, we offer the following assessment services:
Cognitive assessments are used to understand an individual’s general thinking and reasoning abilities, and learning capability. Together with information gathered from caregivers and teachers, these assessments are used to determine cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Specific strategies to enhance learning and understanding can be recommended once these strengths and weaknesses are known.
South Coastal Health and Community Services use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children–Fifth Edition (WISC-V) for children and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV) for adults.
A cognitive assessment, along with other tools, can help contribute to diagnoses of intellectual disability, learning disorders, and attention and memory problems.
Academic assessments determine an individual’s skills in reading, writing, maths, written expression, and oral language. An academic assessment can help diagnose learning disorders, and identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student, to help inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services and interventions.
Some children may experience difficulties associated with inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, that are outside the normal limits for children of their age. A behavioural assessment can be helpful for children presenting with these behaviours, which will explore the child’s behaviour across multiple settings (e.g. home and school). Behavioural assessments can assist with guiding suitable treatment options.
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WHAT TO DO NEXT
Ask your Doctor to send us a Letter of Referral and a Mental Health Treatment Plan
In an emergency,
or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger,
call the Police now on 000.
South Coastal Health and Community Services does not offer services to people in immediate crisis.
If it’s not an emergency and you need support, please contact your local services or contact a crisis line below. Trained, compassionate professionals are available to help you plan for your safety, connect to available resources and discuss the options that are available to you. The calls are confidential.
24 hours 7 days a week Telephone Services