Mental Health

Mental Health

At Floreat Medical we seek to provide holistic, compassionate care to our patients no matter what their condition.

Psychological well being is not separate to our physical health and as General Practitioners we are highly trained to consider psychological distress as a cause of illness. Doctors have many tools to help you regain your sense of balance, not just medicines although these are important and have their place. We have new online strategies, can recommend fabulous resources and liaise with your specialist teams as required. We can help you get back on track with motivation and exercise to enhance your mood.

Young people are a particularly vulnerable group, as are those who are recently bereaved, new parents, and those who may be socially isolated. At Floreat you will be treated with dignity and respect so if you think you could need some help, don’t suffer in silence.

Mental health issues are just health issues and nothing to be embarrassed about, and the more we talk about them the better we will be as a community.

 

We are able to refer you for psychological strategies through a mental health care plan to get a substantial Medicare rebate that makes counselling more accessible for everyone.

A mental health care plan is a plan for improving your management of a mental health disorder. If you are being impacted by mental health issues, your doctor can write out this plan (GPMHCP). 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 may refer you to other care providers or your local mental health services.

Visit your regular doctor at Floreat Medical who will assess whether you will benefit from a GPMHCP. If you have a GPMHCP from your doctor, you will be entitled to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual or 10 group appointments with some allied mental health services in a year. This means that if you are referred to a psychologist for one-on-one counselling sessions, you will be able to access a Medicare rebate component for each of the cost of your visits for 10 visits in a year.

You can’t get all 10 sessions in one go though. After the first 6 appointments, you need to see your doctor again for a mental health plan review and another referral for 4 more visits in that calendar year.

By letting us get to know you we can help connect you with the right people to get you back up and smiling. If you think you could use a little help with your mental health please come in for a confidential chat. Remember sometimes discussing personal information can be hard for some people so allow yourself enough time to have a detailed conversation with your GP.

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3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression

Beyond Blue at https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Our doctors are experienced and skilled at having conversations and understanding people experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and who may be at risk of suicide.

Formulating a plan for management of your symptoms through a mental health care plan or referring you for mental health services such as counselling provides an opportunity for mapping a path to wellness.

Talk to your regular GP if you have mental health concerns.